Lindlof’s account of the controversy is exhaustively detailed—going clear back to Scoresese’s first attempt to make them film in 1983, when Paramount pulled the plug well into pre-production, skittish of exactly the kind of controversy that greeted the film five years later. Lindlof’s prose is tight and punchy, and he’s a skilled storyteller; I particularly enjoyed how we told the tale of an “advance man” for the picture, and how his savvy maneuvers prevented it from being seized by officials in Broward County (where else?). Only one minor criticism: the flurry of executive types and studio muckety-mucks are occasionally hard to keep track of, so an appendix of the book’s “cast of characters” might have been helpful. That note aside, Hollywood Under Siege is a smart, engrossing read.
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