Former Saturday Night Live writers Patricia Marx and Douglas G. McGrath take aim at Hollywood in this wicked, satirical novel about the making of the flop of flops.
Through the 1930s and 40s, X. Y. Schwerdloff brought us the best: the best comedies (Let’s Play Golf), the best dramas (Surprise Witness), the best musicals (Sing-a-ling), even the best World War II propaganda (Tokyo, Kansas).
But by the 60s, the legendary Schwerdloff studio had fallen on hard times. To get out of accepting an assignment at the studio, many actors served in Vietnam. Fugitives liked to appear in a Schwerdloff film because they would be safe from being seen.
Now, it is up to Bucky Schwerdloff to save his father’s studio. He must produce a blockbuster. To do so, he hires the most successful director in Hollywood, Ferris Keneally, whose last film, The Blinkies, broke box office records. Bucky promises Keneally that he can make whatever film he wants.
Thus begins the hilarious drama of the most breathtaking flop in Hollywood history. There has never been a film to match Keneally’s version of The Pilgrim’s Progress, about which one film critic wrote: “You are mesmerized by it . . . the same way you can’t take your eyes away from a bad car accident.”
“One of the most original and witty takeoffs on Hollywood . . . a delicious read.”—Judith Crist
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Patricia Marx has been a staff writer for Saturday Night Live, created Rugrats episodes for Nickelodeon, and written dozens of books and magazine articles. Her works include Starting from Happy: A Novel, Him Her Him Again The End of Him, and Let’s Be Less Stupid: An Attempt to Maintain My Mental Faculties. She lives in New York City.From Publishers Weekly:
This stultifying tale of the making of a fictional film fated to be the "number one flop of all time" caters to those who exhaust the yearly crop of stupid summer movies. Marx and McGrath, former writers for Saturday Night Live , rely heavily on exaggeration to supply humor, eschewing subtlety in favor of jokes guaranteed not to go over anyone's head. A series of imagined monologues, memoranda and news clippings chronicles the hiring by a Hollywood mogul's doltish heir of a director who is "off his rocker" to make a film of A Pilgrim's Progress. Along the way, we encounter a physician who short-sheets the beds at a California psychiatric facility cannily named "Dave's," a friar who asks a studio head for work ("He told me they were poor. Now I am overjoyed. Tomorrow I will begin begging for the Mr. Schwerdloff Studio."), and a French woman who quits her job leading tours for the deaf at the Jeu de Paume in order to be a movie star. Truly comic touches are overshadowed by bad tastea director's resume includes " 'The Re-Escapers' about three prisoners who tunnel out of a German prison only to discover they have tunneled into a concentration camp"or simply diluted by the book's overall inanity.
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