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Backstory 5: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1990s (Backstory (Paperback))

Backstory 5: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1990s (Backstory (Paperback))
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780520260399
ISBN 10: 520260392
Edition: First Trade Paperback
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2009-10-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
List Price: $34.95

"I hope Patrick McGilligan keeps doing his invaluable Backstory series as long as there is cinema. No books more clearly elucidate the actual messy, infuriating, and wildly creative process of moviemaking. If you want to know the truth about how films are made today, Backstory 5 is the place to find it."—Joseph McBride, author of Searching for John Ford and Steven Spielberg: A Biography

"Pat McGilligan is the great American film historian, and the Backstory series is his epic, subversive account of how movies are really made. Backstory 5, like the volumes before it, is entertaining, eye-opening and indispensable."—Lee Server, author of Robert Mitchum: Baby I Don't Care and Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing

Library Journal

A premier writer of historical thrillers, Atkins (Devil's Garden; Wicked City) takes his readers back to the 1930s in this mad romp through the South and Midwest following George "Machine Gun" Kelly (1900–54) as he plans and executes his ultimate caper. A moonshine runner-turned-bank robber, Kelly plans a final job: the kidnapping and ransom of Oklahoma oil magnate Charles Urshel. Neither the meanest nor the cleverest of gangsters, Kelly nevertheless pulls off the perfect abduction, only to see it fall apart at the seams as his gangster friends manipulate to cut themselves into the action, his wife undercuts him for her own ends, and a persistent FBI agent stalks him relentlessly, closing the net ever tighter. It is a precocious 12-year-old who ultimately provides the key to Kelly's capture and conviction. VERDICT This tough, boisterous, lustful tale of a would-be playboy miscast as villain compares to the best of Max Allan Collins or Elmore Leonard and will appeal to adult readers who like their gangster stories based on fact.—Thomas L. Kilpatrick, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Libs., Carbondale