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From the New York Times bestselling author of Fifth Avenue Five AM and Fosse comes the revelatory account of the making of a modern American masterpieceChinatown is the Holy Grail of 1970s cinema Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making In Sam Wasson's telling it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history Here is Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers as compelling a movie star as there has ever been embarking on his great doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston Here is director Roman Polanski both predator and prey haunted by the savage death of his wife returning to Los Angeles the scene of the crime where the seeds of his own self destruction are uickly planted Here is the fevered dealmaking of The Kid Robert Evans the most consummate of producers Here too is Robert Towne's fabled script widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written Wasson for the first time peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of its creation Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the '70s filmmaker friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today In telling that larger story The Big Goodbye will take its place alongside classics like Easy Riders Raging Bulls and The Devil's Candy as one of the great movie world books ever written Praise for Sam Wasson Wasson is a canny chronicler of old Hollywood and its outsize personalitiesMore than that he understands that style matters and like his subjects he has a flair for it The New YorkerSam Wasson is a fabulous social historian because he finds meaning in situations and stories that would otherwise be forgotten if he didn't sleuth them out lovingly Hilton Als Writing 45 years or so after the event there are inaccuracies and inconsistencies People rarely maintain a consistent narrative over such a period the reader expects this and accepts that “facts” may not meet an evidential threshold I’ve read and enjoyed many books with these flaws so why am I disappointed?Firstly I find the author’s style intrusive distracting from the story he’s trying to tell He wants to sound like Chandler tell a noir tale and the content seems subservient to his ambition and whims Maybe he should have written a novel or screenplay insteadSecondly the author’s direct sources seem limited yet many unwitnessed conversations and events are presented necessitating 48 pages of “notes” which only the most scrupulous reader will attempt to verifyFrom the reviews others obviously feel very differently but for me the author seems determined above all else to tell the story he wants to tell in the way he wants to tell it leaving me with concerns over selectivity and confirmation bias

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The Big Goodbye Chinatown and the Last Years of HollywoodFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Fifth Avenue Five AM and Fosse comes the revelatory account of the making of a modern American masterpieceChinatown is the Holy Grail of 1970s cinema Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making In Sam Wasson's telling it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history Here is Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers as compelling a movie star as there has ever been embarking on his great doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston Here is director Roman Polanski both predator and prey haunted by the savage death of his wife returning to Los Angeles the scene of the crime where the seeds of his own self destruction are uickly planted Here is the fevered dealmaking of The Kid Robert Evans the most consummate of producers Here too is Robert Towne's fabled script widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written Wasson for the first time peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of its creation Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the '70s filmmaker friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today In telling that larger story The Big Goodbye will take its place alongside classics like Easy Riders Raging Bulls and The Devil's Candy as one of the great movie world books ever written Praise for Sam Wasson Wasson is a canny chronicler of old Hollywood and its outsize personalitiesMore than that he understands that style matters and like his subjects he has a flair for it The New YorkerSam Wasson is a fabulous social historian because he finds meaning in situations and stories that would otherwise be forgotten if he didn't sleuth them out lovingly Hilton Als If you love Robert Towne's and Roman Polanski's Chinatown you'll love this detailed look the film's creators and its journey to the screenForget it Jake

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reader È The Big Goodbye º Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood Ï [Ebook] ➨ The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood By Sam Wasson – Goproled.co.uk From the New York Times bestselling author of Fifth Avenue Five AM and Fosse comes the revelatory account of the makinFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Fifth Avenue Five AM and Fosse comes the revelatory account of the making of a modern American masterpieceChinatown is the Holy Grail of 1970s cinema Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making In Sam Wasson's telling it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history Here is Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers as compelling a movie star as there has ever been embarking on his great doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston Here is director Roman Polanski both predator and prey haunted by the savage death of his wife returning to Los Angeles the scene of the crime where the seeds of his own self destruction are uickly planted Here is the fevered dealmaking of The Kid Robert Evans the most consummate of producers Here too is Robert Towne's fabled script widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written Wasson for the first time peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of its creation Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the '70s filmmaker friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today In telling that larger story The Big Goodbye will take its place alongside classics like Easy Riders Raging Bulls and The Devil's Candy as one of the great movie world books ever written Praise for Sam Wasson Wasson is a canny chronicler of old Hollywood and its outsize personalitiesMore than that he understands that style matters and like his subjects he has a flair for it The New YorkerSam Wasson is a fabulous social historian because he finds meaning in situations and stories that would otherwise be forgotten if he didn't sleuth them out lovingly Hilton Als Fabulously detailed account of a different Hollywood era The actual writing and directing of Chinatown is the anchor for exploring a bygone world of artistic film making Interestingly Jack Nicholson predicted the change and increasing disregard for this approach sometime before it all happened Read this book