Infamous Players by Peter Bart (Empire book review)

InfamousPlayersSquareThe title of Bart’s latest is a play on Famous Players, the original name for Paramount Pictures. It’s a breezy memoir of his years as Robert Evans’ right-hand man at the studio circa 1967-1975, a golden age which produced such classics as The Godfather, Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown, and which he describes as “a theme park ride with freaks and demons, crooks and visionaries popping up all over the place.” Alas, the book isn’t quite that, being rather a rehash of stories we’ve heard a dozen times already – something Bart would have frowned on in the Paramount years.

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