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Hollywood animal : a memoir (edição 2004)

por Joe Eszterhas

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He spent his earliest years in post WWII–refugee camps. He came to America and grew up in Cleveland—stealing cars, rolling drunks, battling priests, nearly going to jail. He became the screenwriter of the worldwide 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 is a complex and paradoxical figure: part outlaw and outsider combined with equal parts romantic and moralist. More than one person has called him “the devil.” He has been referred to as “the most reviled man in America.” But Time asked, “If Shakespeare were alive today, would his name be Joe Eszterhas?” and he was the first screenwriter picked as one of the movie industry’s 100 Most Powerful People. Although he is often accused of sexism and misogyny, his wife is his best friend and equal partner. Considered an apostle of sex and violence, he is a churchgoer who believes in the power of prayer. For many years the ultimate symbol of Hollywood excess, he has moved his family to Ohio and immersed himself in the midwestern lifestyle he so values. Controversial, fearless, extremely talented, and totally unpredictable, the author of the best-selling American Rhapsody and National Book Award nominee Charlie Simpson’s Apocalypse has surprised us yet again: he has written a memoir like no other. On one level, Hollywood Animal is a shocking and often devastating look inside the movie business. It intimately explores the concept of fame and gives us a never-before-seen look at the famous. Eszterhas reveals the fights, the deals, the extortions, the backstabbing, and the sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll world that is Hollywood. But there are many more levels to this extraordinary work. It is the story of a street kid who survives a life filled with obstacles and pain . . . a chronicle of a love affair that is sensual, glorious, and unending . . . an excruciatingly detailed look at a man facing down the greatest enemy he’s ever fought: the cancer inside him . . . and perhaps most important, Hollywood Animal is the heartbreaking story of a father and son that defines the concepts of love and betrayal. This is a book that will shock you and make you laugh, anger you and move you to tears. It is pure Joe Eszterhas—a raw, spine-chilling celebration of the human spirit.… (mais)
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Título:Hollywood animal : a memoir
Autores:Joe Eszterhas
Informação:New York : Knopf, 2004.
Colecções:Patterns & Such
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Etiquetas:Eszterhas Joe, Screenwriters-Biography, Motion picture industry.

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I am glad I picked this book up in the remainder bin a the local big box bookstore. I had never yet seen any of his movies, and it was not until after reading the book that I finally got around to seeing Showgirls.
It was definitely not what I had expected a typical Hollywood autobiography to be like, whatever that is. Maybe one reason, like the author mentions, is that screenwriters are not normal Hollywood people; they are in a category of their own. Also, maybe it is the Roman Polanski or Jerzy Kozinski effect, when you come to America as a young boy from war-torn Europe, you are already destined as an outsider to become notable in the new milieu. Of course hard work, talent and ambition are all essential as well. But what I mean in addition is that for readers and film goers like me the cachet of immigration followed by assimilation into American culture make the whole story that much more exciting. I keep wondering if American home-grown directors, actors and screenwriters have lives that are that much more bland because they do not have all the problems associated with learning a second language and getting along with all the kids at school that the immigrant does.

Part of the enjoyable flavour of this book is how Eszterhas kicks butt when he goes to Hollywood. Apparently from what he says, the only way to survive is to be a predatory, self-serving megalomaniac. By contrast, if I demonstrated these qualities working in a government office or as a school administrator, I would stand out like a sore thumb, and probably get fired, but in Hollywood, they are normal, de rigeur even. Bigger-than--life as he appears in his own description of himself, I wondered if Joe actually exceeds the Hollywood norms of craziness. Or maybe not, and he is just a fish in water and this is his natural environment. But no, because then he feels even he has had too much and moves back out East.
  libraryhermit | May 15, 2010 |
"Basic Instinct" screenwriter's autobiography.

One thing you'll work out pretty quickly is that Mr Eszterhas is not what you'd call a humble man. But humble people seldom write interesting autobiographies.

This is a venomous, slanderous, back-biting book and all the better for it.

Interesting Fact: Sharon Stone claims it's all lies, but who believes a word she says? ( )
  MrBookface | Apr 2, 2009 |
Not what you'd expect from the guy responsible for Basic Instinct, Jade, Sliver and ShowGirls. I thought that I'd despise him, but I came away with nothing but respect. In part an insight into the movie industry (it's as brutal as you'd imagined) and in-part an autobiographical confessional. The book's editor really should have done something about the narrative sag that occurs about about four-fifths of the way through, but otherwise this is an addictive and guilty pleasure. Alternatively brash, touching, hilarious, vulgar, insightful, but always absolutely honest. A compelling memoir, if not to everyone's tastes. Highly recommended. ( )
1 vote JohnnyWalker | Nov 2, 2008 |
The longer this book went on (and it seems to go on forever about two thirds of the way through) the less I cared about what Eszterhas had to say.

Whilst parts of it are undoubtably interesting, huge slabs of it aren't. The inclusion of apparently every letter he ever wrote and the pointless excerpts from his wife's diary are completely inane and superfluous.

In the end the author comes across as a self-indulgent, ego driven loud mouth who got paid a hell of a lot of money for writing the scripts of some completely forgettable trashy movies. ( )
1 vote J.v.d.A. | Jul 3, 2007 |
Interesting but self-absorbed. And a lot of background information was assumed knowledge instead of given. Perhaps I needed the footnotes or a computer in my car so I could have looked up the films and people on IMDB.com. Enjoyable. ( )
  MrBobble | May 6, 2007 |
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He spent his earliest years in post WWII–refugee camps. He came to America and grew up in Cleveland—stealing cars, rolling drunks, battling priests, nearly going to jail. He became the screenwriter of the worldwide 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 is a complex and paradoxical figure: part outlaw and outsider combined with equal parts romantic and moralist. More than one person has called him “the devil.” He has been referred to as “the most reviled man in America.” But Time asked, “If Shakespeare were alive today, would his name be Joe Eszterhas?” and he was the first screenwriter picked as one of the movie industry’s 100 Most Powerful People. Although he is often accused of sexism and misogyny, his wife is his best friend and equal partner. Considered an apostle of sex and violence, he is a churchgoer who believes in the power of prayer. For many years the ultimate symbol of Hollywood excess, he has moved his family to Ohio and immersed himself in the midwestern lifestyle he so values. Controversial, fearless, extremely talented, and totally unpredictable, the author of the best-selling American Rhapsody and National Book Award nominee Charlie Simpson’s Apocalypse has surprised us yet again: he has written a memoir like no other. On one level, Hollywood Animal is a shocking and often devastating look inside the movie business. It intimately explores the concept of fame and gives us a never-before-seen look at the famous. Eszterhas reveals the fights, the deals, the extortions, the backstabbing, and the sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll world that is Hollywood. But there are many more levels to this extraordinary work. It is the story of a street kid who survives a life filled with obstacles and pain . . . a chronicle of a love affair that is sensual, glorious, and unending . . . an excruciatingly detailed look at a man facing down the greatest enemy he’s ever fought: the cancer inside him . . . and perhaps most important, Hollywood Animal is the heartbreaking story of a father and son that defines the concepts of love and betrayal. This is a book that will shock you and make you laugh, anger you and move you to tears. It is pure Joe Eszterhas—a raw, spine-chilling celebration of the human spirit.

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