Pictures at a Revolution documents the troubled, challenging, and ground-breaking productions of the five nominees for Best Picture of 1968. Upon release, these films could not have been further apart from each other in style, tone or taste, but in hindsight they are all emblematic of their time, culture, and the industry that made them. Each is a prime example of what was in, what was out, and what was to come in film and the culture at-large. This tome is packed with A-list stars, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and the assured writing of former Entertainment Weekly editor Mark Harris. This is required American film reading and a must-have for any film fan!
Decades before the freedom of the long-form internet podcast, we had Henry Jaglom recording his daily meals at Ma Maison with Orson Welles. Recorded over several years late in Welles’ life, the two discuss everything from gripes with and gossip about Hollywood, politics, art, the correct temperature for chicken salad, Welles’ latest project and, of course, Welles himself. Sifting fact from fiction when it comes to Welles is a fool’s errand, but why would you ever want to? Someone once said “Give a man a mask and he’ll show you his true self” and no one played the part of Orson Welles better than he. Part charming hagiography, part politically-incorrect diatribe and part crash course in the fine art of human conversation, My Lunches with Orson is more than a great book, its great company!
They say the world is made for those without self-awareness but what happens when “they” decide to become actors and make films about human behavior? Tommy Wiseau, a bizarre, wealthy man of unknown origin is just that sort of person. In 2001 he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in "The Room", a film regarded as one of the most poorly-made and unintentionally hilarious films ever made. Greg Sestero, Tommy's "Room" co-star and former roommate, documents his weird friendship and frustrating collaboration with Tommy from their first meeting through "The Room's” production and premiere. Tommy proves to be unpredictably clueless but also oddly inspiring in his effort to get his warped vision to the screen. The Disaster Artist is a fascinating book about a strange film and its even stranger creator.