Dispenses sage advice n how to stay in the picture even when everyone in the world seems to be against you I ve been a big fan Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of the documentary The Kid Stays in the Picture for many years so I was happy to finally get around to reading the source book If anything it is crazier than the movie Robert Evans has led a life that defies logic He should be dead incarcerated blacklistedr bankrupt many times Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind over yet he keeps rising from the ashes to stay in the picture From radio actor to men s model to schmatta salesman to Hollywood producer it is uite a ride and a fascinating tale Having seen the movie which he narrates it was easy to hear his voice as I read and it certainly gave an added dimension Next I ll have to try the audiobook edition that he also narrates I m not sure I would liker get along with Mr Evans if The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta our paths crossed but his life story isne to remember and includes a lot f sage adviceSince this is an updated version f the 1994 riginal the story f the book and film are included in the later added chapters I thought this was a great way to build n the story and let the interested reader know how Evans life was affected positively and negatively by his new notoriety Apparently there is a follow up book The Fat Lady Sang that I will also have to find Evans name wasn t immediately familiar to me I d heard enough buzz about this book though to grab a copy when I spotted it n the shelf Some early acting roles thrust him into the spotlight but it was his tenure as studio head at Paramount Pictures that brought him most f his fame and notoriety Under Evans leadership the studio produced such classic films as The Godfather Chinatown and many He seems to have led an interesting and eventful life to say the least Reading some f his tales from the trenches I m amazed that movies get made at all with all Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge of the second guessing and machinations that gon behind the scenes His style takes a bit Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars of getting used to and somef the chapters especially the later The Witches Ball ones that seem to have been added for the paperback edition function as standalone essays than partsf a greater whole Evans almost goes ut f his way to portray the negative aspects f his personality But the result is a fascinating insider s look at the motion picture industry A Hollywood producer in the 1970s who would ne day run Paramount Studios Robert Evans has been married seven times and is a completely bewildering character His biography lets loose n many fascinating moments in film history including the filming f The Godfather and what happened when Ali MacGraw left him for Steve McueenI read this book when I was in college having found it in the bargain bin in my local bookstore at the time I knew I wanted to work in Hollywood The Deadline one day so I picked it up for about seven bucks My viewf Hollywood and Hollywood producers specifically was never the same Baby this was a fucking enjoyable read You think the cinematic version captured the essence f Robert Evans That movie got nothing n the audiobok version Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling of The Kid Stays in the Picture read by Robert Evans himself Controversial figure You bet Fascinating story Oh God yesI remember wondering how I would burn Marts showmanship and bravado to take Paramount from the basement to the penthouse with such films as The Odd Couple Rosemary's Baby Love Story The Godfather and Chinatown He lived a swashbuckling life partying with lifetime friends like Jack Nicholson Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman consulting with power players like Henry Kissinger and suiring a hostf dazzling women including his wives Ali McGraw Catherine Oxenberg and Phyllis George After a decade Ready to Restore of triumph he lost everything in a spectacular flameoutf cocaine and bad business decisions yet survived it all and lived to
I was nly able to get through three fourths f this book it is an ego trip and I knew that going in but by the tenth time Evans judged another man s merit by describing him as a cocksman I was done I really wanted some detail about how films like the Godfather and China Town were made Evans is so self absorbed his Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel only concerns are material possessions house clothes cars women I got to the point where I felt slimy and embarrassed to be a memberf the male species This is the uintessential novel about THE glamorous life led by The Most Interesting Man in Show Business Robert Evans HBO s Entourage is a cheap rip Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) offf this movie with actual plotlines seemingly stolen from this book Robert Evans along with Jack Nicholson Warren Beatty Henry Kissinger now THAT s an Entourage Never a dull moment in this humdinger Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History of a read the book roars through the 60s 70s through a hazef psychedelic creativity Love Story The Godfather Chinatown Marathon Man and slowly the book grinds to a murder mafia cocaine halt in the 80s and 90s The book can be viewed along so many genres as a buddy flick adventure romance and tragedy The last few pages reminding Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio onef Sunset Boulevard and Death Regarde, c'est maman ! of a Salesman But let me repeat Never a dull moment And finally for me the most interesting partf the book was Evans focus The Bricklayer on the product the movie a la Steve Jobs And the insane levels he was willing to go to bring a great script to screen I re watched the film for the 10th time after I finished this Were there a lotf stories from the book left ut You betcha And the hilarious Documentary Now spoof is what got me thinking about this film againI realize I need to create a new book genre called Reuired management texts ther than the currently fashionable compendiums Vinny: Victory Over Drugs, Death, and Degradation of feel good platitudes like Who Moved My Cheeser Lean In to name just twoThe fact that this is written in the author s The Occult Detector (The Semi Dual Stories Book 1) own New YorkHollywood street patois is really what makes it almost the 20th Century versionf Huckleberry Finn His life before taking ver at Paramount would be hugely entertaining n its Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West own However the storyf how he took the studio from a backwater tax write Eating Thin for Life: Food Secrets Recipes from People Who Have Lost Weight Kept It Off off for Gulf Western to numberne is the reason this needs to be a management textHe continually proved that following a tired ld formula was never going to lead to anything great For instance I was laughing my head ff when he described the reaction We, the People of just about everyone to the scenario for Harold and Maude It is pretty safe to say that movie would never have been made under anyther studio bossAnd Single of course the storyf how Kissinger ended up at The Godfather premier is pretty priceless Henry I need you bad The Paris Peace Talks can waitUnbeknownst to him at the time this represented the high water mark f his tenure n The Mountain In the 80 s he was pretty much a self described leper while his mentees Michael Eisner and Barry Diller became industry titans n a scale unknown in the 70 s It didn t help that scandal was always ne degree f separation away the so called Cotton Club MurderAll f that makes this a great page turner But believe it r not by Hollywood standards Evans is fairly humble and down to earth He actually. Robert Evans's The Kid Stays in the Picture is universally recognized as the greatest most utrageous most unforgettable show business memoir ever written The basis Showa, 1939-1944: A History of Japan of a groundbreaking award winning documentary film it remains the gold standardf Hollywood storytellingThe The Book Of The Superiority Of Dogs Over Many Of Those Who Wear Clothes only actor ever to run a Hollywood studio Evans emerged from nearbscurity in the mid 1960s to rescue Paramount ne f the great studios Rescuing a Werewolf of the Golden Age from near bankruptcy A self confessed half assed actor Evans proved a genius producer and studio chief drawingn his irresistible combination f instinct
Ne f those Audiblecom trial memberships that have been floating around So what does Kim do He adds Robert Evans s The Kid Stays in the Picture to his cart and signs up Pain in the ass to manage Audible s proprietary software so I could load it to my iPod Haha Well worth it Absolutely Did I cancel my Audiblecom membership right after You bet That s the magic GloomCookie of abusing free trial memberships Onef the most purely entertaining books I ve ever read Robert Evans is clearly a narcissistic man but he knows how to tell the story f his fascinating life with panache I ve had some trouble with this review figuring ut what to write First The Jesuit of all this is a ridiculously good page turner never a dull moment Secondly somef Hollywood s sacred cows get slaughtered Coppola comes With Bound Hands off like a man lacking the discipline to realize his vision This book is exhibitne Rim of the Pit on the evidence table against the fallacyf the auteur making a movie is a huge collaboration and sometimes the producer is the driving force behind an incredible accomplishment There s a lot You Can Beat the Odds of interesting contradictions in this book They include his work with incomprehensible screenplays sometimes they are disasters a great Nabokov story in here and sometimes they are brilliant successes Robert Towne s Chinatown screenplay makes no sense but won a shitloadf awards his relationships with women there s heart breaking stuff in there about his failed marriage with Ali MacGraw you really get the sense that he would throw away his worldly success with film to still be with her and his battles to keep Paramount pen paired with his inability to run the corporation profitably in the end It s a brutal ride but it s Evans voice that burns through the Lon Chaney esue trappings f his life story I believe that s what catapulted this film into a documentary in 2003 Evans did a book Stripes of All Types on tape and his voice callsut from another era he sounds like a lost character from a Chandler novel He s a wounded bear and it s his emotional flaws and rare sentimentality that buoy this story nto a higher plane Read this sometimes vulgar and mostly jaw dropping story f a veteran home from a life f war Is Evans arrogant Absolutely Would I want to work for him Not n your life Was this a great book You bet your ass it wasRobert Evans went from a vague business career to modest fame as an actor to become Baltimore Catechism No. 2 onef the great Hollywood power players Mic manual de campanie electorală of the 60 s and 70 s He headed Paramountr worked closely with the studio during the making The Big Book of Maker Skills: Tools Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects of Love Story Rosemary s Baby The Godfather Chinatown Popeye and a hostf thersHe s got fantastic stories and a singular voice figuratively and literally He s very proud rightly so f his successes and doesn t mind talking himself up However he s also pretty honest about his mistakes and failuresTimeline wise the book covers much One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones of the same New Hollywood era as Peter Biskind s Easy Riders Raging Bulls While Biskind s book is better written and doesn t have the awful seduction poetry chapter Evans book is fun and personal since he was front and center for allf the actionI d highly recommend the book especially the audio version I could easily listen to another six hours Just Joking of Evans storie. Ell the taleAn extraordinary raconteur Evans spares none least f all himself Filled with starring roles for everyone from Ava Gardner to Marlon Brando to Sharon Stone The Kid Stays in the Picture is sharp witty and self aggrandizing and self lacerating in eual measureThis new It Books edition the first in than a decade will feature a new foreword by the author And simultaneous with this edition will come a first ever ebook rollout including both a regular edition and an enhanced ebook with clips from Evans's celebrated Grammy nominated audiobook and the famous 2002 documentary.
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Robert Evans born Robert J Shapera is an American film producer best known for his work on Rosemary's Baby Love Story The Godfather and Chinatown as well as his hedonistic lifestyle and seven marriages