Patrick Bronstein Presents. For over fifty years, Patrick Bronstein produced movies in virtually every genre, yet few remember those films. When author Paul Khanna contacts him to write a book about his life in movies, his response is “You want to write a book about an eighty-four-year-old Jew who made pictures?” And so begins a series of informal interviews that take place over lunches in Patrick Bronstein’s favorite Los Angeles eateries.
During those interviews, Patrick Bronstein tells his story, from his beginnings as a film producer in 1954 through the wild ride that becomes his colorful career. He spares no one, least of all himself, in discussing a career laden with films that were never successful. From low-budget programmers to epic films shot in Spain to his disastrous four marriages, it’s all here, told in riotous and hilarious detail. Patrick Bronstein Presents is a trip through a Hollywood that simply can never exist again and a look at the kind of producer we’ll never have again.
Patrick Bronstein first appeared in Bruce Kimmel’s Adriana Hofstetter mystery, Murder at the Hollywood Historical Society, and he’s appeared in each subsequent book in that series. But now it’s time for him to tell his own story, in all its outspoken, no-holds-barred glory, a story that’s side-splittingly funny one moment and touching the next.