Peter Bart on Hollywood

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Peter Bart, longtime editor-in-chief of Variety, tells about upending his life in 1967 to enter the dizzying world of movies as an executive at Paramount. When Bart left Paramount in 1975, the studio had completed a remarkable run with such films as "The Godfather," "Rosemary's Baby," "Harold and Maude," "Love Story," "Chinatown," "Paper Moon," and "True Grit." Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob, (and Sex) is about his role in the studio’s successes and failures, and how a new kind of filmmaking emerged.


Peter Bart

Comments [2]


Don Siegel directed Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He also directed Eastwood in Dirty Harry.

May. 18 2011 03:17 PM
Michael from Gotham

I heard that the powers at Paramount thought that Love Story was going to be such a dud that they offered the production manager a percentage of the profits if he would work for a small salary. When the movie turned out to be a monster hit Paramount tried to change the deal to eliminate the profit sharing deal but the production manager hired a good lawyer made a good deal of money from the movie. One of the few times that a person was able to trump "Hollywood Accounting."

May. 18 2011 01:34 PM

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