Monster: Living Off The Big Screen by John Gregory DunneMonster: Living Off The Big Screen by John Gregory Dunne

Monster: Living Off The Big Screen

byJohn Gregory Dunne

Paperback | March 17, 1998

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In Hollywood, screenwriters are a curse to be borne, and beating up on them is an industry blood sport. But in this ferociously funny and accurate account of life on the Hollywood food chain, it's a screenwriter who gets the last murderous laugh. That may be because the writer is John Gregory Dunne, who has written screenplays, along with novels and non-fiction, for thirty years. In 1988 Dunne and his wife, Joan Didion, were asked to write a screenplay about the dark and complicated life of the late TV anchorwoman Jessica Savitch. Eight years and twenty-seven drafts later, this script was made into the fairy tale "Up Close and Personal" starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Detailing the meetings, rewrites, fights, firings, and distractions attendant to the making of a single picture, Monster illuminates the process with sagacity and raucous wit.
John Gregory Dunne wrote six novels—Vegas; True Confessions; Dutch Shea, Jr.; The Red White and Blue; Playland; and Nothing Lost—and seven works of nonfiction, among which are the memoir-like Harp and two books that look at Hollywood, The Studio and Monster. Born in West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1932, he graduated from Princeton in 19...
Title:Monster: Living Off The Big ScreenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.6 inPublished:March 17, 1998Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:037575024X

ISBN - 13:9780375750243


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One of the rare screenwriters who also manages to maintain a distinguished career as a novelist and journalist now bites the hand that feeds him in this sardonically funny expose of life on the Hollywood food chain. "A savvy, acidly funny book that is must-reading on the subject of consensus Hollywood movie-making".--"The New York Times".