A life in movies : stories from 50 years in Hollywood

by Winkler, Irwin,

Format: Print Book 2019
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A rollicking autobiography from the legendary producer of Goodfellas , Rocky , and Raging Bull , and an insider's account of making movies in Hollywood over half a century

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 , Creed , and The Irishman . His films have been nominated for fifty-two Academy Awards, including five movies for Best Picture, and have won twelve.

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.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "While film producer Winkler isn't a household name, he amply proves his place in Hollywood history in this uneven but illuminating memoir. Drawing on work diaries, Winkler gives insight into the creation of Raging Bull, The Right Stuff, the Rocky series, and Martin Scorsese's forthcoming The Irishman, among many others. He goes into more detail about some films than others, but at best gives a unique insider's perspective on his profession. He recalls that on Rocky, he and longtime producing partner Robert Chartoff had to take responsibility for any budget overages before United Artists would allow the film's then-unknown screenwriter, Sylvester Stallone, to star. On Guilty by Suspicion, a drama about the Hollywood blacklist that Winkler directed himself, he recounts exhaustively searching for a lead actor, before resolving not to make the film without Robert De Niro: "No one would be as perfect as Bob. That was it." Taken separately, the book's anecdotes can feel thin; in particular, the reader is left wanting to know more about Winkler's relationships with recurring collaborators like Chartoff, De Niro, and Scorsese. However, taken as a whole, Winkler's recollections add up to a lively chronicle that will entertain film buffs and enlighten film students. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Winkler, Irwin.
Motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Abrams Press,2019
Language English
Description 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781419734526
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