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Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence (edició 2022)

de Ken Auletta (Autor)

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"A shocking account of how Harvey Weinstein rose to become one of the most iconic figures in the world of movies, how he used that position to feed his monstrous sexual appetites, and how it all came crashing down, from the author who has covered the Hollywood power game for the New Yorker for three decades. Twenty years ago, Ken Auletta wrote one of the iconic New Yorker profiles for which he is famous, of the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, then at the height of his powers. The profile created waves for exposing how volatile, even violent, Weinstein was to his employees and collaborators. But there was a much darker story that was just out of reach: rumors had long swirled that Weinstein was a sexual predator, but no one was willing to go on the record, and in the end he and the magazine concluded they couldn't close the case. But the story always nagged at him, and many years later, he was able to share his reporting notes and all that he knew with Ronan Farrow, and to cheer him along with Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey as they broke their pioneering stories and wrote their bestselling books. But the story continued to nag at him. Farrow, Twohey, and Kantor did a brilliant job exposing the trail of assaults and their cover-up, but the larger questions remained: what explained Weinstein's monstrousness? Even more importantly, how and why was it never checked? How does a man run the day to day operations of a company with hundreds of employees and revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars and at the same time live a shadow life of sexual predation without ever being caught, for years and years? How much is this a story about Harvey Weinstein, and how much is this a story about Hollywood and power? To answer that question fully, Ken Auletta has spent the past three years constructing a full reckoning with a career in film that has no parallel in Hollywood's history in its combination of extraordinary business and creative success and a personal brutality and viciousness that left a trail of ruined lives in its wake. How did one thing relate to the other? Hollywood Ending is an unflinching examination of Weinstein's life and career in full. Not simply a prosecutor's litany of crimes, it embeds them in the context of his overall business, his failures but also his outsized successes. To understand how he could behave as he did, we have to understand the power he wielded. Iconic film stars, Miramax employees and board members, old friends and family, even the person who knew him best, Harvey's brother Bob, all talked to Auletta at length. The result is not simply the portrait of a predator, it is a portrait of the power that allowed Weinstein to operate with such impunity for so many years, the spider web in which his victims found themselves trapped. To understand Weinstein's web is to understand how many other spider webs no doubt still remain."--… (més)
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Títol:Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence
Autors:Ken Auletta (Autor)
Informació:Penguin Press (2022), 480 pages
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The author uses his journalism prowess to produce an exhaustive – and in some sections exhausting — chronicle of Weinstein’s despicable misdeeds. Having closely followed many of the twists and turns since the New York Times’ expose in the fall of 2017, I didn’t encounter too many surprises in Auletta’s skillfully crafted work. But the fact that I managed to finish the book in one week – during an incredibly busy week – is a testament to the book’s overall “pull.” I do agree with one reviewer who suggested that the author should have spent more time digging into the flawed systems that not only ignored but also seemingly sanctioned Weinstein’s abuse. Still, “Hollywood Ending” is an engrossing and well-written book that shines a cringeworthy spotlight on a tragic tale. ( )
  brianinbuffalo | Oct 7, 2022 |
So here is the book that documents and lays out the misdeeds of one Harvey Weinstein, movie mogul. There of course was much publicity and coverage in the news as this case rolled out and drew in the curious public as to how things were done in this industry. We of course had always heard such stories and from the past was passed down as the lore of Hollywood; the infamous casting couch.

Harvey Weinstein of course took this role and maximized it for years, his entire career. And the more successful he became, based on his genius and talent in the business, the more he abused it. And the thing about Harvey is he pretty much had total command over everything he did and got away with. That is until the tide turned and finally relentless pursuit by the likes of Ronan Farrow, and brave women who came forward to tell their stories.

But even in the trial this we found was no slam dunk as well paid attorneys were able to turn the tables on some of these claimants. And even the verdict on just two of the five charges seems somewhat subdued. Yet thanks to a stern judge it looks like Weinstein will finish off behind bars. Well maybe, he does certainly have some avenues for appeal, and think Bill Cosby.

Only time now will tell the final chapter of this predator. He still faces trial in California as a back up. The book made for good coverage of the sordid misdeeds and power plays, and it left me wondering are there others still out there pulling this off? Probably. ( )
  knightlight777 | Aug 20, 2022 |
A fairly comprehensive account of the rise and fall of Harvey Weinstein, Ken Auletta’s Hollywood Ending will have you longing for a shower by the time you finish it. Auletta produces a convincing portrait of Weinstein as a narcissist, an abuser, and a sociopath—one who has no compunction about swearing on the lives of his children while lying through his teeth. But Auletta seems more interested in trying to figure out what makes Weinstein tick (an answer which seems both unknowable and pretty banal all at once) than he is in really digging into the systems which allow for the amassing of toxic and exploitative power in Hollywood and elsewhere. This sordid books provides a few hints that while Weinstein may have been cruder in his manipulations and cruelties than many, he was far from being an outlier. ( )
  siriaeve | Aug 14, 2022 |
I feel strongly that this creep should receive what he gave the women he raped -- fear, a sense of helplessness, the terror that stays long after the terrible event occurred. I'm glad Harvey Weinstein received a long sentence in jail. May he rot in jail the rest of his life.

This book clearly outlines how Harvey Weinstein brought back the old Hollywood days when the infamous couch was in place where producers stalked and raped women in order to dangle the hope of a choice role in a movie. He truly was a creep who knew no boundaries. ( )
  Whisper1 | Jul 29, 2022 |
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"A shocking account of how Harvey Weinstein rose to become one of the most iconic figures in the world of movies, how he used that position to feed his monstrous sexual appetites, and how it all came crashing down, from the author who has covered the Hollywood power game for the New Yorker for three decades. Twenty years ago, Ken Auletta wrote one of the iconic New Yorker profiles for which he is famous, of the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, then at the height of his powers. The profile created waves for exposing how volatile, even violent, Weinstein was to his employees and collaborators. But there was a much darker story that was just out of reach: rumors had long swirled that Weinstein was a sexual predator, but no one was willing to go on the record, and in the end he and the magazine concluded they couldn't close the case. But the story always nagged at him, and many years later, he was able to share his reporting notes and all that he knew with Ronan Farrow, and to cheer him along with Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey as they broke their pioneering stories and wrote their bestselling books. But the story continued to nag at him. Farrow, Twohey, and Kantor did a brilliant job exposing the trail of assaults and their cover-up, but the larger questions remained: what explained Weinstein's monstrousness? Even more importantly, how and why was it never checked? How does a man run the day to day operations of a company with hundreds of employees and revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars and at the same time live a shadow life of sexual predation without ever being caught, for years and years? How much is this a story about Harvey Weinstein, and how much is this a story about Hollywood and power? To answer that question fully, Ken Auletta has spent the past three years constructing a full reckoning with a career in film that has no parallel in Hollywood's history in its combination of extraordinary business and creative success and a personal brutality and viciousness that left a trail of ruined lives in its wake. How did one thing relate to the other? Hollywood Ending is an unflinching examination of Weinstein's life and career in full. Not simply a prosecutor's litany of crimes, it embeds them in the context of his overall business, his failures but also his outsized successes. To understand how he could behave as he did, we have to understand the power he wielded. Iconic film stars, Miramax employees and board members, old friends and family, even the person who knew him best, Harvey's brother Bob, all talked to Auletta at length. The result is not simply the portrait of a predator, it is a portrait of the power that allowed Weinstein to operate with such impunity for so many years, the spider web in which his victims found themselves trapped. To understand Weinstein's web is to understand how many other spider webs no doubt still remain."--

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