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Sundance Kids: How the Mavericks Took Back Hollywood: How the Mavericks TooK Over Hollywood

by JamesMottram (Author)


A formidable new generation of American film-makers are currently in their prime: Paul Thomas Anderson, Alexander Payne, Sofia Coppola, David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, to name but six. Call them 'The Sundance Kids'...A conspicuous number of these talents first kick-started their careers in the workshops of Robert Redford's Sundance Institute in Utah, or made the big time after screening their work at the Sundance Film Festival. Nowadays, acclaimed movies, such as Payne's Sideways , Jonze's Being John Malkovich and Coppola's Lost in Translation have reminded people of that great period in the 1970s spearheaded by Scorsese, Altman, and Sofia Coppola's father, Francis. In this comprehensive study, James Mottram traces the roots of this new generation to Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies and Videotape - a low-budget tour de force that was premiered at Sundance en route to conquering Cannes which persuaded some of the 'Sundance Kids' to first pick up a camera. Mottram proceeds to analyse each director and their oeuvre, placing each carefully within the context of the ever-changing landscape of American cinema over the last fifteen years. And, Mottram poses the question - Are we witnessing a new Golden Age of film-making?


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Edition: 1st American Ed
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Published: 16 Mar 2006

ISBN 10: 0571222676
ISBN 13: 9780571222674

Media Reviews
I've never been to Sundance--however, after reading this book, it feels as if I've been there and back. James Mottram makes clear the impact Sundance and all its players has had on the so-called Hollywood studio system, while breaking down the nature and structure of storytelling, something I continually struggle with, and articulating it in a manner that will enable the average movie lover to more fully understand the metaphorical undertones a writer/director is trying to achieve. The result is an enjoyable read, full of a wealth of information that leaves us asking, what next? --Milo Addica, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Monster's Ball
Author Bio
James Mottram is a freelance film critic who has written for a wide range of newspapers, including the Independent and the Guardian, as well as film publications asuch as Empire, Hotdog, and Film Review. His first book for Faber was The Making of Memento (2002) followed by Batman Begins.