Review: Infamous Players – Peter Bart

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Weinstein Books (May 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602861668
ISBN-13: 978-1602861664
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Peter Bart had a long and illustrious career as an executive in the film industry. This career spanned 17 years, and covered some of the biggest hits and misses in film history. In Infamous Players he details the behind the scenes stories of some of the biggest such as Paint Your Wagon, Love Story, and The Godfather.

Not only does he cover the films, but he covers a lot of the the background politics and decisions that went into them. There were many surprises such as who all wanted to try out and was considered for The Godfather. How some members of the mob were involved.

As a time capsule of movie history, I found it very informative. It’s rare that I read an entire book in a one day period, but this one was one of those types of books. There were tons of pictures to go along with the narrative.

If you are a fan of film history then you defnitely need to grab a copy of this book. You’ll enjoy every minute of it. Be aware that there is strong language and subject matter, so older readers only is recommended.

About the Author

Peter Bart started his career as a newsman with the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, then spent seventeen years as a film executive (vice president of Paramount, senior vice president of MGM, president of Lorimar Film Co.) only to return to journalism as editor-in-chief of Variety. Along the way, he was responsible for seven books, including Shoot-Out, written with Peter Guber (the basis for their current weekly television show), Dangerous Company (a short story collection), and three nonfiction books, The Gross, Fade Out, and Boffo.

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