Fiasco : a history of Hollywood's iconic flops

by Parish, James Robert.

Format: Print Book 2006
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 791.43 Pari
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
 
Collection  Non Fiction
 
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Summary
A longtime industry insider and acclaimed Hollywood historian goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of 15 of the most spectacular movie megaflops of the past 50 years, such as Cleopatra, The Cotton Club, and Waterworld. He recounts, in every gory detail, how enormous hubris, unbridled ambition, artistic hauteur, and bad business sense on the parts of Tinsel Town wheeler-dealers and superstars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Clint Eastwood, and Francis Ford Coppola, conspired to engender some of the worst films ever.
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Booklist Review: "Hollywood is notorious for big-budget bombs, but Parish points out that of late the amounts of money shoveled into blockbusters have become so excessive as to gin up public interest in fiduciary misadventure for its own sake. Parameters for inclusion among his chosen legends of Tinseltown profligacy are the involvement of stars, moviemakers "becoming so crassly and blatantly intent on turning out a hit picture that nothing else seems to matter," and "the degree of entertainment value in the finished product." Applying these criteria, Parish amassed a roster of turkeys that he discusses with relative restraint, focusing more on offscreen concerns than onscreen missteps. Showgirls0 , which set the cause of gratuitous onscreen nudity back immeasurably, takes the most sustained shredding. Sadly, the emphasis on huge budgets precludes discussion of many older failures; only Cleopatra0 , The Chase0 , and Paint Your Wagon 0 represent pre-1970 fiscal foolishness. Several recent megastinkers don't rate because they've already been extensively pilloried in print. Despite its lack of historical perspective and comprehensiveness, a satisfying flaming of overstuffed cinematic showboats. --Mike Tribby Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A film hit or miss often forms two sides of the same coin, notes veteran entertainment observer Parish (The Hollywood Book of Scandals) in this gleefully readable, well-researched study of hubris in Hollywood. Parish's 15 choice box-office busts since 1963's Cleopatra demonstrate how "the combination of ill-matched personalities and tangled situations can result in chaos during the making of a must-succeed, extremely costly Hollywood feature." Parish's criteria in choosing his stinkers include the toppling of major stars (such as Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1993's frenzied Last Action Hero); wild overspending and lavish promotion that don't translate into a noteworthy product (Paramount's extravagant 1969 Paint Your Wagon); and a shaky idea that would never have taken off if not for the overweening enthusiasm of a big name, e.g., Warren Beatty's protracted albatross, Town and Country (2001). Occasionally, Parish's insider snooping lends some intriguing tidbits, such as the literary history behind the making of Merchant Ivory's 1975 The Wild Party (starring Raquel Welch) and director Elaine May's costly detail obsession as evidenced by the bulldozing of Moroccan sand dunes for the Beatty-Hoffman loser Ishtar (1987). While most of these film disasters have been well documented elsewhere, Parish depicts an industry in harrowing transition. Agent, Stuart Bernstein. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Subjects Motion pictures -- California -- Los Angeles -- History.
Motion pictures -- United States -- Plots, themes, etc.
Publisher Hoboken, N.J. :Wiley,2006
Language English
Description vii, 359 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-347), filmography (pages 315-327) and index.
ISBN 0471691593 (cloth)
9780470098295 (pbk.)
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