Vous n'avez pas le physique de George Clooney mais rêvez de faire carrière dans le cinéma ? Vous avez écrit le prochain hit mondial mais vous ne connaissez personne à Los Angeles ? Ou vous êtes simplement curieux des histoires inavouables d'Hollywood ? Suivez le guide Joe Eszterhas, le scénariste le plus mal élevé d'Amérique.
Après avoir été journaliste pour Rolling Stone de 1971 à 1975, Joe Eszterhas écrit des scénarios et rencontre le succès dès son deuxième film Flashdance. En 1992 il vend 3 millions de dollars le scénario de Basic Instinct et devient une star incontournable. Grande gueule et redoutable businessman, Eszterhas connaît toutes les ficelles de la machine à films, toutes les anecdotes du milieu.
Il raconte avec un humour corrosif comment écrire ses premières pages (penser à tout l'argent qu'on gagnera), qui rencontrer (avec qui coucher), vendre son script (très cher), survivre à la production (s'ils tuent votre film, tuez-les), aux réalisateurs, aux acteurs (et aux actrices) et aux critiques... En bref, comment conquérir l'impitoyable jungle hollywoodienne.
Yes'>#160; 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?yes'>#160; 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.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;yes'>#160;yes'>#160;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.yes'>#160; Here Washington and Hollywood do more than just flirt with each other; they share the same bed.yes'>#160; From scandalmongers Matt Drudge (who began as a Hollywood gossip) and Ken Starr, to wouldbe president paramours Sharon Stone and Barbra Streisand, to his final, unimpeachable witness, Willardyes'>mdash;none other than President Clinton's talking penisyes'>mdash;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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
He spent his earliest years in post-World War Two refugee camps. He came to America and grew up in Cleveland - stealing cars, rolling drinks, battling priests, nearly going to jail. He became the screenwriter of the world-wide hits Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge and Flashdance. He also wrote the legendary disasters Showgirls and Jade. The rebellion never ended, even as his films went on to gross more than a billion dollars at the box office and he became the most famous - or infamous - screenwriter in Hollywood.
Joe Eszterhas has written some of Hollywood's biggest hits - Basic Instinct; Flashdance - and walked away with some of the largest writing cheques in the industry's history. In The Devil's Guide to Hollywood he reveals everything he knows about the movies - the players, the personalities, the legends - and screenwriting itself, revealing all that has inspired, amused and enraged him in Hollywood since his career began. Hilarious, colourful but also practical, this is required reading for anyone who's ever thought of writing for the screen, and for anyone who wants the inside story on the organised insanity of the movie business.