Book Soup and the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads program present Sam Wasson discussing and signing The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood
Joining Sam Wasson in conversation will be director and screenwriter James Gray (Ad Astra, The Lost City of Z).
Chinatown is the Holy Grail of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting. Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making. In Sam Wasson's telling, it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history. Here is Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers, as compelling a movie star as there has ever been, embarking on his great, doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Here is director Roman Polanski, both predator and prey, haunted by the savage death of his wife, returning to Los Angeles, the scene of the crime, where the seeds of his own self-destruction are quickly planted. Here is the fevered dealmaking of "The Kid" Robert Evans, the most consummate of producers. Here too is Robert Towne's fabled script, widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written. Wasson for the first time peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of its creation. Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the '70s filmmaker-friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today. In telling that larger story, The Big Goodbye will take its place alongside classics like Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and The Devil's Candy as one of the great movie-world books ever written. (Flatiron Books)
This event will take place at the City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, 90069.
All tickets (available on Eventbrite) include one entry and one copy of The Big Goodbye to be received at check in.
Questions about the event? Please call Book Soup at 310-659-3110 or visit us at www.booksoup.com
For more information on the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads program please visit www.weho.org/wehoreads.