If the Watergate scandal was a previous generation's National Nightmare, then maybe the Clinton scandal was our National Wet Dream, and who better to narrate it than the screenwriter Joe Eszterhas? In American Rhapsody, Eszterhas, whose credits include Basic Instinct and Showgirls, and Charlie Simpson's Apocalypse, for which he was nominated for a National Book Award, takes us through the events that threatened to topple a president and left most of the nation's citizens with, at the very least, a bad taste in their mouths.
Taking full advantage of his considerable journalistic and storytelling talents, Eszterhas gives us every fact, rumor, or innuendo surrounding the president's foibles in the context of late century American politics and entertainment. Here Washington and Hollywood do more than just flirt with each other; they share the same bed. From scandalmongers Matt Drudge (who began as a Hollywood gossip) and Ken Starr, to would-be president paramours Sharon Stone and Barbra Streisand, to his final, unimpeachable witness, Willard—none other than President Clinton's talking penis—Eszterhas gives us the goods on the story that nobody could stop talking about and, thanks to American Rhapsody, will be impossible to think about the same way again.
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A loud belch commands attention. So will this hyped, bombastic take on the Clinton presidency from Eszterhas, screenwriter of Showgirls, Flashdance, Basic Instinct and other scarlet highlights in filmJul 03 2000 | Read Full Review of American Rhapsody
But Eszterhas neglects to introduce his other silent writing partners, including Eszterhas the arrogant Hollywood gossip who tells wandering stories about Warren Beatty and brags about "creating" Sharon Stone, Eszterhas the former Rolling Stone editor who writes personably and intelligently about...Mar 29 2002 | Read Full Review of American Rhapsody
Eszterhas cleverly skewers Sharon Stone, observing that when she swore she'd been tricked into filming Basic Instinct's notorious leg-crossing shot, ''it was Sharon's way of saying that she didn't inhale.'' His juxtaposition of the Paula Jones incident with a hotel-room meeting during which Eszte...Jul 28 2000 | Read Full Review of American Rhapsody
Eszterhas cleverly skewers Sharon Stone, observing that when she swore she'd been tricked into filming ''Basic Instinct'''s notorious leg-crossing shot, ''it was Sharon's way of saying that she didn't inhale.'' His juxtaposition of the Paula Jones incident with a hotel-room meeting during which E...Jul 25 2000 | Read Full Review of American Rhapsody
Maybe a bitter treatment is just the sort of treatment the Lewinsky scandal deserves, but Eszterhas' notion that he can write in both fictional and nonfictional modes merely by changing the typeface (in certain chapters, in a bolder typeface, Eszterhas inhabits the personalities of, variously, Bo...Jul 28 2000 | Read Full Review of American Rhapsody
And the names - and the sleazy stories behind them - are all here: Warren Beatty, Farrah Fawcett, Ronald Reagan, Robert Evans, even Bob Dylan.Jul 23 2000 | Read Full Review of American Rhapsody
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