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Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System

Author: Sharon Waxman
Original publication date: February 1, 2005

They're six of the most exciting directors working today: Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, David Fincher, David O. Russell, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Spike Jonze. Before they went on to win Oscars, drop classics, and influence generations of filmmaking newbies, that group of cinematic shotcallers all broke into Hollywood's consciousness during the same whirlwind decade: the 1990s.

The New York Times reporter Sharon Waxman kept close tabs on those gents throughout that decade, and the result is Rebels on the Backlot, a frank and entertaining look at how movies like Boogie Nights, Pulp Fiction, Traffic, and Being John Malkovich went from buzzed-about screenplays to seminal uses of celluloid. —MB

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