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By Sharon Waxman

The Nineties observed a surprise wave of dynamic new directing expertise that took the Hollywood studio procedure by means of typhoon. on the leading edge of that circulate have been six leading edge and bold administrators whose motion pictures driven the limits of moviemaking and introduced to the realm that anything fascinating was once taking place in Hollywood. Sharon Waxman of the New York Times spent the last decade overlaying those younger filmmakers, and in Rebels at the Backlot she weaves jointly the lives and careers of Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction; Steven Soderbergh, Traffic; David Fincher, Fight Club; Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights; David O. Russell, Three Kings; and Spike Jonze, Being John Malkovich.

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