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A life in movies : stories from 50 years in Hollywood
Publication Information:
New York : Abrams Press, [2019]
Physical Description:
286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
From Coney Island to William Morris to Hollywood -- Actually making movies, Double Trouble, and a very tough Lee Marvin in Point Blank -- A rebuff of Shakespeare, a welcome from Jack Warner, and diversity -- From the college campus uprising, to decadence in London, to a Hollywood dance marathon, to the Cannes Film Festival -- Starting a long friendship with the great actor Bob De Niro, the 1970s drug culture, and two different looks at the Los Angeles Police Department -- From Africa with Barbra Streisand to Charlie Bronson and a fine script that went sour -- To quote Rick in Casablanca, "This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." -- From Rocky to Oscar -- A very different fight film -- De Niro and Pacino have The Right Stuff -- The Cold War stars in one movie, the Revolutionary War in another, and one very fine movie doesn't get made -- A trip to Paris pays off -- Two political films and a couple of Goodfellas -- A career change from producer to director, back to producer (almost) -- Working with some special ladies--Sandra Bullock and Demi Moore--and a special doctor, Oliver Sacks -- Life with Kevin Kline is De-Lovely; a director gets bullied into not making a film -- From Camp Polk, Louisiana, to the Iraq War -- A wild ride to Wall Street, a gamble turning over a classic to a new generation, a sad loss, and a long-delayed Silence -- Old friends.
Shares the life and career of the producer, writer, and director charting the changes in Hollywood over the decades.

The list of films Irwin Winkler has produced in his more-than-fifty-year career is extraordinary: Rocky, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, De-Lovely, The Right Stuff, and Creed. His films have been nominated for fifty-two Academy Awards, including five movies for Best Picture, and have won twelve. Winkler's new film Creed II, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, opening fall 2018, will be followed by Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, a major mafia saga for Netflix starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. In A Life in Movies, his charming and insightful memoir, Winkler tells the stories of his career through his many films as a producer and then as a writer and director, charting the changes in Hollywood over the past decades. Winkler started in the famous William Morris mailroom and made his first film--starring Elvis--in the last days of the old studio system. Beginning in the late 1960s, and then for decades to come, he produced a string of provocative and influential films, making him one of the most critically lauded, prolific, and commercially successful producers of his era. This is an engrossing and candid book, a beguiling exploration of what it means to be a producer, including purchasing rights, developing scripts, casting actors, managing directors, editing film, and winning awards.Filled with tales of legendary and beloved films, as well as some not-so-legendary and forgotten ones, A Life in Movies takes readers behind the scenes and into the history of Hollywood.
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