Movies, Sex and The Mob
Some of the best tales to come out of Hollywood are the true stories behind the fiction that appears on the big and little screens. A new book, Infamous Players A Tale of Movies, The Mob (and Sex) by Peter Bart (Weinstein Books, 2012) gives readers a look behind the scenes of some of the biggest actors and actresses of past generations.
The author started his own illustrious career as a reporter for the New York Times. After accepting an assignment to cover Hollywood and the movie world, he moves to California. Its not long before he meets the legendary Robert Evans and becomes an integral part of Paramount.
The book is a recount of his journey at the mammoth movie studio along with tales of success and failure, of sex among co-stars and how the mob got involved with the movie business. It is an exciting tale with all of the built-in hot buttons such as big parties, big egos, and lots of sex.
The main focus of the book is movie and star making during the late1960s and early 1970s. The only draw back with the book is that it may not appeal as much to those readers under the age of 40. Some of the movie stars discussed such as Rock Hudson, Warren Beatty and Steve McQueen may not be as well known to younger generations.
While those stars made an impact during their heyday, they have not been as relevant in the past decade or more. Of course, Rock Hudson and Steve McQueen have long passed on to a greater movie stage. Bart also writes about superstars that are still making movies such as Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood among others.
Bart writes, “In fact, the Paramount experience was to last for eight years and prove to be both adventure and nightmare. During my studio odyssey some of the seminal films of the era would emerge from the studio slate-movies that would help define the nation’s pop culture.”Continued on the next page