Containing Multitudes Since 2004
Picked up a VHS of this not too long ago but have not had a chance to watch it yet. Need to track Toback down for the book.
I've been seeing James Toback's name mentioned a lot lately since his newest film (the Tyson doc) has been getting good press. I suspect I might like Tyson a bit more than Love & Money, which I didn't care for too much when I saw it back in the late '80s or early '90s.
God, doesn't Toback look like someone who's about to get a knuckle sandwich!
Apart from being King Vidor's debut (and swan-song) as an actor, Love & Money is semi-legendary as the only film Pauline Kael had any involvement in during her ill-fated Production deal with Paramount in 1979. Word had it that Warren Beatty . . . who was Executive Producer on this film (until he saw it) . . . flat-out fired her as nominal Producer after James Toback issued an 'either she goes, or I go' ultimatum six weeks after she got the gig.It didn't help that Kael had spent much of her time at Paramount imploring Beatty . . . and everyone at the studio . . . not to make Reds.Word onna street also had it that the whole Production deal was Beatty's elaborate, byzantine plot to humiliate Kael in the eyes of all Hollywood after her rather stinging New Yorker review of Heaven Can Wait the year before.Anything's possible.
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