Robert Evans: On Film and Behind the Scenes Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the life of Hollywood film producer, Robert Evans.
# 151020 | 1,427 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 18, 2012 in Film (Artist)

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The paper discusses Hollywood film producer Robert Evans' transition into an adult career, his role behind the scenes of the industry and his famous roles as an actor. The paper looks at the films he produced during the radical era of the 1960s and 1970s, with a focus on "The Godfather"'s production, and also notes the success of his autobiography, "The Kid Stays in the Picture". The paper discusses his unstable personal life and his numerous unsuccessful marriages.

From the Paper:

"As the studio system began to decline, Evans became an independent producer in 1974. He oversaw the creation of another classic of director Roman Polanski: Chinatown (1974), which starred Evans' friend Jack Nicholson and later would inspire a less successful sequel The Two Jakes, produced by Evans and directed by and starring Nicholson Evans often liked to work with his friends. For example, another major motion picture he produced, the thriller Marathon Man (1976) starred his other close friend Dustin Hoffman "who would later reportedly use Evans as the inspiration for his undefeatable producer character in 1997's Wag the Dog."
"Evans' golden touch began to turn to lead around the time "he was busted for cocaine possession during the production of Popeye (1980)." The film was also a box-office failure. When he attempted to direct his first film, The Cotton Club (1984), Evans had to beg for Francis Ford Coppola's assistance. "The shoot spiraled out of control as the script was endlessly rewritten, the budget doubled, and Evans and Coppola fought publicly, not to mention the fact that Evans was also implicated in the murder of a funding source. Evans beat the rap, but he couldn't beat the bad publicity or The Cotton Club's mediocre performance." His life, personally and professionally, began to spiral downward."

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