TUESDAY, MAY 14 AT 7PM
A LIFE IN MOVIES: STORIES FROM 50 YEARS IN HOLLYWOOD
BY IRWIN WINKLER
in conversation with ADAM WINKLER
introduction by HOWARD WEITZMAN
A rollicking autobiography from the legendary producer of Goodfellas, Rocky, and Raging Bull, and an insider’s account of making movies in Hollywood over half a century.
The list of films Irwin Winkler has produced in his more-than-fifty-year career is extraordinary: Rocky, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, De-Lovely, The Right Stuff, and Creed. His films have been nominated for fifty-two Academy Awards, including five movies for Best Picture, and have won twelve. Winkler’s new film The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese, is a major mafia saga for Netflix starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci will be released November 2019. .
In A Life in Movies, his charming and insightful memoir, Winkler tells the stories of his career through his many films as a producer and then as a writer and director, charting the changes in Hollywood over the past decades. Winkler started in the famous William Morris mailroom and made his first film—starring Elvis—in the last days of the old studio system. Beginning in the late 1960s, and then for decades to come, he produced a string of provocative and influential films, making him one of the most critically lauded, prolific, and commercially successful producers of his era.
This is an engrossing and candid book, a beguiling exploration of what it means to be a producer, including purchasing rights, developing scripts, casting actors, managing directors, editing film, and winning awards. Filled with tales of legendary and beloved films, as well as some not-so-legendary and forgotten ones, A Life in Movies takes readers behind the scenes and into the history of Hollywood.
"I’ve had the good fortune to work with Irwin Winkler on many pictures over the years, from the 70s up to the present, and he’s one of my most trusted and valued collaborators and friends...This book is valuable on multiple levels—as a lively memoir with more than one amazing inside story, as a first-hand work of cinema history, and as the testament of a pivotal figure in American moviemaking."
- Martin Scorsese
Irwin Winkler’s career as a producer, director and writer encompasses popular and influential movies that have impacted contemporary culture. With a passion for big, bold, meaningful stories, his films include an array of true screen classics, garnering among them 12 Academy Awards and 52 Oscar nominations.
Adam Winkler is a specialist in American constitutional law and the Supreme Court. His book We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, received the Scribes Award for the best work of legal scholarship in 2018 and was named a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the American Bar Association's Legal Gavel Award, and the California Book Award.
Howard Weitzman is recognized as one of the most influential attorneys in the nation. Mr. Weitzman has been lead trial attorney in over 200 civil and criminal jury trials, and has represented over 1,000 individuals and companies on matters ranging from intellectual property and entertainment issues to family law and estate issues. He has twice received the Jerry Geisler Memorial Award as the outstanding trial lawyer in Los Angeles County.
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