Infamous Players by Peter Bart
A Tale of Movies, the Mob, (and Sex)

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In 1967, Peter Bart, then a young family man and rising reporter for the New York Times, decided to upend his life and enter into the dizzying world of motion pictures. Infamous Players is the story of Bart's whirlwind journey at Paramount, his role in its triumph and failures, and how a new kind of filmmaking emerged during that time.

When Bart was lured to Paramount by his friend and fellow newcomer, the legendary Robert Evans, the studio languished, its slate riddled with movies that were out of touch with the dynamic sixties. By the time Bart had left Paramount in 1975, the studio had completed a remarkable run with such films as The Godfather, Rosemary's Baby, Harold and Maude, Love Story, Chinatown, Paper Moon, and True Grit. But this new golden era at Paramount was also fraught with chaos and company turmoil. Drugs, sex, runaway budgets, management infighting, and even the Mafia started finding their way onto the Paramount backlot, making it surely one of the worst-run studios in the history of the movie industry.

As Peter reflects on the New Hollywood era at Paramount with behind-the-scenes details and insightful analysis, here too are his fascinating recollections of the icons from that era: Warren Beatty, Steve McQueen, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polanski, and Frank Sinatra among others.

For over five decades, first on the inside as a studio executive, and later as the longtime editor-in-chief of Variety, Peter Bart has viewed Hollywood from an incomparable vantage point. The stories he tells and the lessons we learn from Infamous Players are essential for anyone who loves movies.

 

About Peter Bart

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Peter Bart is editor-in-chief of "Variety, Daily Variety, "and "Daily Variety-Gotham Edition. "A true Hollywood insider, he has been a studio executive at Paramount and MGM/UA, and a reporter for the "Wall Street Journal "and the "New York Times. "He is the author of "The Gross, Fadeout: The Calamitous Final Days of MGM, "and two novels. His columns in "GQ "and "Variety "are widely respected, if not feared, in the industry.
 
Published May 9, 2011 by Weinstein Books. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Peter Bart’s new memoir recalls his years as a vice president at Paramount under Robert Evans in the late 1960s and 1970s.

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Paramount Pictures as seen from on high when the American new wave came in.

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Once upon a time in Hollywood, between the collapse of the old studio system and the onset of the present system of transmogrifying movies into global licensing properties, there was a brief period roughly between 1965 and 1975 when Hollywood made some of its most distinctive films.

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In pointing out that Evans was a world-class womanizer, for instance, he observes that “there was an understanding within Evans’s pulchritudinous inventory that these were to be one-night stands and that all emotions expressed therein were perforce evanescent.” But success in the movies is also ...

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Huntington News

Paramount Pictures is one of two Hollywood studios celebrating its centennial this year;

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Drugs, sex, runaway budgets, management infighting, and even the Mafia started finding their way onto the Paramount backlot, making it surely one of the worst-run studios in the history of the movie industry.As Peter reflects on the New Hollywood era at Paramount with behind-the-scenes details...

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