This classic film study revived in a new edition to coincide with Columbia's 20th Anniversary "Classic" DVD launchthe only behind-the-scenes study of the making of the smash comedy. Dustin Hoffman dedicated four years to this comedy in which he plays a man playing a real woman. Sydney Pollack was hot off Absence of Malice
when he chose this project, which had lost two earlier directors and was the butt of many Hollywood bad jokes. Why did they do it and how, and who helped them and how? Making Tootsie
, originally published in 1983 to outstanding reviews, offers an intimate view into the acting and filmmaking process, as well as some insight into the release of comedy, the pull of relevance, and the force of creative power. 50 b&w photos.
Tootsie has been named #2 of the 100 Best Comedies of the Twentieth Century by The American Film Institute (#1 was Some Like It Hot).
Winner of 1983 Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress by Jessica Lange; nominated for 9 other Academy Awards®, including Best Film.
“This fluid, marvelously detailed book goes a long way toward explaining why Tootsie has already achieved a reputation as a classic film comedy…Making Tootsie is more than a pleasing photo-filled souvenir of a popular hit. Books about the making of movies are plentiful; honest ones are rare.” (People )
” A perceptive and provocative work…Dworkin cuts through the filmmaking process’ technical lingo and yet manages to maintain a respect for the dynamics that result in a successful film.” (Los Angeles Times )
“I once said that wanted to be a screenwriter was like wanting to be a co-pilot. Ms. Dworkin captures that perfectly…Making Tootsie has a sense of making a movie that very few books have.” (John Gregory Dunne )
“A must for all film buffs [includes] revealing interviews with Hoffman and Pollack as well as a fascinating section on make-up and costumes.” (Patricia Bosworth )
“A stunning job of research, observation and reporting.” (Larry Gelbart, co-writer of Tootsie and writer on the M*A*S*H* TV series )