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The Studio #2019

The Studio In John Gregory Dunne asked for unlimited access to the inner workings of Twentieth Century Fox Miraculously he got it For one year Dunne went everywhere there was to go and talked to everyone

  • Title: The Studio
  • Author: John Gregory Dunne
  • ISBN: 9780375700088
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Studio By John Gregory Dunne, In 1967, John Gregory Dunne asked for unlimited access to the inner workings of Twentieth Century Fox Miraculously, he got it For one year Dunne went everywhere there was to go and talked to everyone worth talking to within the studio He tracked every step of the creation of pictures like Dr Dolittle, Planet of the Apes, and The Boston Strangler The result is aIn 1967, John Gregory Dunne asked for unlimited access to the inner workings of Twentieth Century Fox Miraculously, he got it For one year Dunne went everywhere there was to go and talked to everyone worth talking to within the studio He tracked every step of the creation of pictures like Dr Dolittle, Planet of the Apes, and The Boston Strangler The result is a work of reportage that, thirty years later, may still be our most minutely observed and therefore most uproariously funny portrait of the motion picture business.Whether he is recounting a showdown between Fox s studio head and two suave shark like agents, watching a producer s girlfriend steal a silver plate from a restaurant, or shielding his eyes against the glare of a Hollywood premiere where the guests include a chimp in a white tie and tails, Dunne captures his subject in all its showmanship, savvy, vulgarity, and hype Not since F Scott Fitzgerald and Nathanael West has anyone done Hollywood better Reads as racily as a novel Dunne has a novelist s ear for speech and eye for revealing detailAnyone who has tiptoed along those corridors of power is bound to say that Dunne s impressionism rings true Los Angeles Times

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    1. There is an episode here the book is mainly episodes, not chapters, altho the stories about the Boston Strangler and Dr Doolittle pictures are throughlines detailing Henry Zoster pitching a story to Richard Zanuck Will our conductor use the youth symphony, or will he use his own orchestra which is one of the funniest things I have ever read But to call it funny, yuk yuk yuk, or even satiric, is to do a real disservice to Dunne, because it s great straight reportage, and he just gets out of the w [...]

    2. W zesz ym tygodniu zupe nie nie by o mnie w Warszawie, bo by am w Twentieth Century Fox w latach sze dziesi tych Zdolno obserwacji Dunne a jest nie z tego wiata, a liczba celnych uwag wydaje si nie ko czy Kino nie jest moj pasj , ale Dunne by w stanie mnie zaczarowa i opowiedzie historie wszystkich wspomnianych w The Studio film w tak, e obejrz ka dy nawet Dr Dolittle.

    3. This book is rather dated now I work at a movie studio so I found it fascinating how things were run 50 years ago Boy have times changed Things are in some ways exactly the same but in ways totally different It is an interesting chronicle on life on the Fox lot The only drawback, in my opinion, is that the author would touch on something interesting and then move on to something else and never come back to it I wanted to know what happened in a few instances and never found out Other than that, [...]

    4. We had a picture here once, The Gunfighter, with Greg Peck, and it bombed out You know why Peck wore a mustache.

    5. John Gregory Dunne s 1969 book The Studio is a fascinating achievement in writing about the movies Dunne asked for, and was granted, full access to the Twentieth Century Fox studio for a year Dunne shows the reader many vignettes, but the main plotline that we follow in The Studio is the publicity campaign for Doctor Dolittle, the 1967 musical starring Rex Harrison as the doctor who can talk to the animals Fox was hoping that Dolittle would follow the path of the studio s earlier musical success [...]

    6. Time capsule document from the mid sixties, years where the studios found themselves in long slow eclipse Donne amiably taps the bones and kicks at the ashes of the mastodons, as the concept of big movie studio morphs in the background Seems like Donne was lucky in the sense that 2oth Century Fox chose to green light some super losers in the year that the book covers In the later part of the sixties it just seems incredible that studio heads would bankroll flatliner vehicles like Star , Hello Do [...]

    7. John Gregory Dunne s memorized eyewitness account of a year behind the scenes of Twentieth Century Fox reads like the most interesting boring office job you ve ever heard of, involving lobster costume problems negotiations with actors agents over contracts, during which time no one s really willing to put all their cards on the table all hands on decks patience required while the shot needs lining up again and other assorted mini nightmares Somehow it s a hoot and a holler and weirder and norma [...]

    8. In the late 1960s, author Dunne was given unlimited access to Twentieth Century Fox For a whole year, he roamed the studio, talking with everybody from boss Darryl Zanuck and the key executives, producers, and directors, all the way down through the stars to the lowliest bit player and members of the crew, continuously observing the goings on around him in the minutest detail The result is this book Its smooth narrative prose reads like a story, but it s not a novel a docudrama fly on the wall [...]

    9. Really a 3.5, because he is an amusing writer, but in general the book fails because when you re constructing something by presenting snippets of events, written down as they happened with no overt editorial commentary and very minimal surreptitious commentary you know, pointed word choices and all that to really make something special you need to construct them so that the reader is guided somewhere, to some feeling or idea That just didn t happen for me with The Studio I enjoyed all the little [...]

    10. I feel like it probably would ve been interesting when it was originally published, when people had at least seen movies like Dr Doolittle and The Boston Strangler or whatever else was going on at the time Reading it now it feels a little time capsuley, but not in a good way I can t really relate to any of the characters and it s not like I don t think the stories couldn t be told better because Mark Harris did it splendidly in Pictures at a Revolution it justI don t know I was underwhelmed.

    11. This book feels incredibly dated Maybe I was at a severe disadvantage since I read the wonderfulPictures at a Revolution Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood before this Don t bother, despite many calling it a Hollywood classic.

    12. A jewel found dusty and forgotten in my favourite second hand bookstore So enjoyable Recommended for those, like me, whose interest in post Golden Age studio politics now veers into the arcane Is there any other kind Zanuck pere et fils were a couple of hoots And I knew there was a reason I could never get through Doctor Doolittle.

    13. Dated, yet a very compelling and insightful read on the behind the scenes operation of a film studio during the 60 s Even setting aside my personal affection toward 20th Century Fox, this is highly recommended to lovers of movies.

    14. Something of a forgotten classic for people who like to read inside stuff about movie making, especially in the way back when.

    15. Dunne should have stayed around FOX for another year to document the reaction of the Zanucks to the bombs that were Dolittle, Star and Hello Dolly.

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