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Off the Cliff by Becky Aikman

Off the Cliff

  • Hardcover $28.00

    Jun 27, 2017 | 320 Pages

  • Ebook $14.99

    Jun 27, 2017 | 320 Pages

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“Brings fascinating revelations from interviews with people of varying degrees of involvement in the work: try outs and casting, costuming, location selecting, props and equipment (dust blowers, tumbleweed, five Thunderbirds), relationships among actors (Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, director Ridley Scott, new discovery Brad Pitt)….For film buffs and historians, feminists, and residents of La La Land.” – Library Journal

“Aikman’s copious research, much of it her own interviews with all the heavies, and journalist’s knack for turns of phrase imbue the story with genuine suspense and capture the film’s bewildering singularity at every step of its development…. As both a razzle-dazzle, inside-Hollywood legend and a fearless lamentation of film-industry opportunities for women, this succeeds handsomely.”— Booklist

“Aikman delivers an informative and lively behind-the-scenes look at the making of Thelma & Louise.”— Publishers Weekly

“Entertaining… Off the Cliff is enhanced by informative, brief biographies of key players and mini-essays on pertinent topics like the history of women in film. For fans of the iconic film, Aikman provides everything you wanted to know about it.” —Kirkus Reviews

“‘Thelma & Louise’ is both historic and anomalous—historic because it is so anomalous. Becky Aikman has told its story with the same propulsion as the film itself and manages to ground it in the sexual politics of Hollywood when a movie like ‘Thelma and Louise’ seemed an impossibility. Entertaining, informed, and unfortunately still timely in its perspective on women and the movies, Off the Cliff is one of the very best behind-the-scenes books you are likely to read.”—Neal Gabler, author of Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination and An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood

“A making-of book on ‘Thelma & Louise,’ one of the few diamonds among the films released by the studios in the late ‘80s and ‘90s, is long overdue. This breezy, smart, and informative account is it. Thank you, Becky Aikman!”—Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood

“Thelma and Louise are a modern Damon and Pythias. Until they choose to go out in blazing glory, they live through a free-wheeling, slam-bang, bad-ass, sisterhood adventure saga. It’s great to learn how a modern movie that says women’s lives are important got made and to contemplate what it means in film history and American culture. A great read!”—Jeanine Basinger, Founder of the Film Studies Department and Curator of Cinema Archives at Wesleyan University, and author of I Do and I Don’t: A History of Marriage in the Movies and A Woman’s View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women, 1930-1960

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