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Sweet Lies

By (author) Diana Hammond
Format: Hardback
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe, New York, United States
Imprint: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US
Published: 1st Sep 1979
Dimensions: w 160mm h 210mm
ISBN-10: 0070258902
ISBN-13: 9780070258907
Barcode No: 9780070258907

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Tension among the flaky international cinema set - with some convincing and careful attention paid to the craft of film-making. Why is this particular group of artistes working on a stinker of a project called Lover and Clowns? Brilliant French director Trigere and aging (but still potent) Italian actress Maroga need the work; Baker, the American star, hardly a favorite at home, needs the glitter of performing for Trigere; and young British rock idol Joss wants a break into something fresh. But then the filming, stalled in southern France, is moved to a tacky ski resort in Switzerland because producer Ian, traveling on thin air and credit, has made a deal with the resort owner. So the actors, on edge, grouse and hell around, have sex, quarrel, have sex, drink, and have sex. Beautiful Djuna, unhappily married to Baker, clicks into harmonious real passion with Joss; Baker prefers iron Lily, his agent, who nurses his impotence; Trigere uses and then tenderly accepts young American Kat, an apprentice, who has her own magic-mattress moments with Joss; and Trigere and Maroga couple in affection and respect, but Maroga will soon be deep in her cups because of a lost, unworthy love. At the beginning of the book, first-novelist Hammond warns that a number of the cast and crew will die in a helicopter crash and, surprisingly enough, you'll care who lives and dies. Like a good B feature at the Bijou - firm and, in spite of all the trashy goings-on, moderately involving. (Kirkus Reviews)