Picks and Pans Review: Sounds Off

updated 03/08/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/08/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

Peter Biskind

At the Sundance Film Festival, the buzz from Peter Biskind's book Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film all but overshadowed the films. Biskind talked with People about down and dirty tricks.

ON HIS SOURCES One guy became so frightened during the interview [about possible repercussions from Miramax] that his teeth began chattering.

ON FAVORITE QUOTES IN THE BOOK [Oscar-winning director] Bernardo Bertolucci likens [Miramax co-chief] Harvey Weinstein to a "little Saddam Hussein of cinema" after Harvey cut Bertolucci's Little Buddha without consulting him.... I asked Harvey if he hit [an employee] and he said, "Well, I ripped his ID badge off" after he took another job.

ON MIRAMAX'S COLD MOUNTAIN'S NOT GETTING A BEST PICTURE OSCAR NOMINATION Maybe there was an element of payback. Perhaps voters pictured Harvey getting onstage to accept an Oscar, and that sticks in people's craw. Also there was an Internet campaign against it for shooting in Romania.

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