Review: Rebel Without A Crew

Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player

By Robert Rodriguez. ISBN: 0-452-27187-8

I admit, I'm a sucker for Horatio Alger stories. And the true ones are even better. This one is both.

With all the whining of the Generation X crowd about how life is so harsh or how we've got it so much tougher than the rest of the world, Robert Rodriguez is a breath of fresh air. Armed with a borrowed camera and and assisted by a couple of friends and the inhabitants of Ciudad Acua Mexico, he scraped together a few thousand bucks, stopped telling people he wanted to be a filmmaker, and became a filmmaker.

This is a fun romp through Rodriguez' rise from a film-school kid who participated in medical experiments so he could buy film, to becoming a big-time director. Along the way he imparts useful information about film-making on the cheap.


Sunday, February 28th, 1998