Today's premier writers and artists view the culture that is Hollywood in this collection of stories, portfolios, graphs, timelines and charts. Andre Balazs, the owner of the Chateau Marmont, has assembled a unique "tour" of Hollywood with contributions from Jay McInerney, Dominick Dunne, William Faulkner, Gore Vidal and others. With portfolios from Helmut Newton, Dennis Hopper, and many more, this is the most inspired perspective on Hollywood to emerge in many years. 200 illustrations.
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The subhead for this sleazy and rather dull pseudo-expose of Hollywood scandal should probably be Style Slaughters Substance. The ugly, tabloid-sendup layout not only makes the book difficult to read but degrades the little bit of quality it contains. Editor Balazs, who owns the Chateau Marmont Hotel (famous as the place where several celebrities checked in in order to check out), had the taste to choose a very funny selection from Lillian Ross's Picture and the chilling William Faulkner short story "Golden Land" but wastes too much space on the tedious excesses of the druggy 1960s. The surprisingly conservative recounting of the "Top Ten Hollywood Scandals" breaks no new ground. If Balazs's intention was to pique interest in the Chateau Marmont, that venerable survivor comes out sounding like a place with tatty carpets and pleated lampshades, where the sad and desperate go to end their lives. Photos.
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Book Description Universe, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0789300230
Book Description Universe. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0789300230 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0435599
Book Description Universe, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110789300230