BOOKS: FILM FOLLIES

A SCREENWRITER DISHES ABOUT MAKING MOVIES

If you are going to feed a writer, expect to get your hand bitten. It is the nature of the beast, as demonstrated with appropriate relish by John Gregory Dunne in Monster: Living Off the Big Screen (Random House; 203 pages; $21). Dunne is a journalist and novelist who, with his wife Joan Didion, another producer of stinging reportage and fiction, pays the family bills by writing movie scripts. Among those that made it to the cineplexes in one version or another are the Barbra Streisand remake of A Star Is Born and the Robert Redford-Michelle Pfeiffer showcase, Up Close and...

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