Inside Move: Redford in new light

Biskind recasts Sundance star in upcoming book

Robert Redford as a heavy? No star has been more diligent about burnishing his public image.

As benefactor of Sundance, he has assumed the position of an elder statesman/guru of independent film.

His press interviews have been rare; the few that occur are with journalists he has known for many years. Even on a recent Charlie Rose TV interview, he chose his words carefully and was instantly guarded.

It’s some surprise, therefore, that Redford is emerging as something of a bad guy in the new book “Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film,” to be published in two weeks by Simon & Schuster.

The book is written by Peter Biskind, author of 1998’s “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls,” a book about the films and filmmakers of the ’70s.

The early buzz about the Biskind book is that Redford is depicted as a paranoid filmmaker and star who is intellectually insecure and habitually nonconfrontational.

While Harvey Weinstein gets more than his share of jabs in the book — especially on the grounds of interfering with the film editing process and reneging on deals — Redford also is described as someone who wields the scissorhands. Per the book, he once locked a filmmaker out of the editing room on a film Redford was producing.

No word has been heard from the Redford camp about the book. And it was unclear whether he cooperated in any way with the writer.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety