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Brave Films Wild Nights: 25 Years of Festival Fever Paperback – Aug 11 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; First Edition edition (Aug. 11 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679310355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679310358
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 20.3 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #699,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the fact that some movie previews manage, in 120 seconds, to give away every plot twist and punchline in a picture running 120 minutes, one can reasonably conclude that encapsulation isn’t easy. Praise Godard, the job of chronicling the first quarter-century of the Toronto International Film Festival has fallen to Brian D. Johnson, senior writer for Maclean’s, and--for three years in the 1980s--festival film-canister courier. In Brave Films Wild Nights, Johnson delivers again, boiling 25 years of cinematic celebration down to 336 addictive pages laden with interviews, gossip, and solid reportage. Charting the festival’s birth, through the efforts in Cannes of a pair of Canadian movie-mogul wannabes, Brave Films spans its history from the early “tax shelter days” to the later criticism of Hollywood influence, introducing the festival folk who took the hits, and the artists who made them. Whether they’re about screening Highway 61 or scoring hashish for Peter O’Toole, stories abound in Johnson’s breezy copy, highlighting the bruised ego (Bruce Beresford assuming that fellow director Atom Egoyan was his chauffeur) and the outrageous personality (movie rights weren’t the only thing picked up when programmer David Overbey went trolling on the beach at Cannes). When the Toronto Sun called the pandemoniac 1989 premiere of Michael Moore’s Roger and Me a “riot,” the American director was puzzled: where was the “gunfire and arson?” In fact, bullets and pyromania are about the only things missing from Brian D. Johnson’s otherwise riotous Brave Films, Wild Nights. --Tony Mason

About the Author

Based in Toronto, Brian D. Johnson is the film critic and senior entertainment writer at Maclean's. He has written for magazines ranging from Saturday Night to Rolling Stone and appears weekly on television to talk about film. His published books include several works of non-fiction, a volume of poetry and a novel, Volcano Days.

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