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1 Bart, Peter Fade Out - The Calamitous Final Days of MGM
London Simon and Schuster 1990 0671710605 / 9780671710606 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 
A Fine unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket which is price clipped. First UK edition. It took Kirk Kerkorian nearly 20 years to wheel and deal to the point wher all that remained of MGM was the faint meow of Leo the Lion. But the descent of that once regal movie powerhouse was occasioned by no small amount of glamour, humour and greed. In the book we are treated to the big picture of a world-class studio over the past 20 years: a time of mergers and junk bond offerings, corporate musical chairs (with Kerkorian the only constant), the selling off of the film library (twice) and the company back lot. Even the historic sets and wardrobes for many of the MGM classics went on the block. Meanwhile MGM produced a succssion of movies: some of them successful, some sleazy, too many of them flops. This is not only a bizarre drama of colourful characters propelled across an Alice-in-Wonderland landscape littered with dashed hopes and bitter betrayals, but also a powerful story of corporate demolition in the 1980's. 
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2 Bart, Peter and Guber, Peter Shoot Out - Surviving Fame and (Mis) Fortune in Hollywood
London Faber and Faber 2003 0571217303 / 9780571217304 Soft Cover Fine No Jacket Signed by Author
SIGNED BY PETER BART to half ttle page with dedication. vi + 278 pages. Two of Hollywood's major players come together to share their insights and anecdotes about the art and business of filmmaking in the 21st century, drawing upon more than three decades at the top of their profession. The driving force behind the narrative is the ever-present 'shoot out': the stand-offs and confrontations, entanglements and dilemmas, as writers, producers, stars and agents vie to put forward their own - often conflicting - agendas in the search for the Holy Grail of box-office glory. From the rise and fall of the studio system to the emegence of stars as entrepreneurs, Shoot Out draws on a vision of the future as well as the oft-unheeded lessons of the past . 
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