This is the memoir of a former Congressional staffer who left DC for Hollywood and a job with Oliver Stone, hoping to help make politically engaged films and a difference, and found himself instead in a universe ruled by greed, paranoia, narcissism, competition, alcohol and drugs.
Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, the author spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. This book presents a story, which charts the course of his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business.
This is an attempt to illuminate the complexities of the work of the German film-maker, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Prior to his death in 1982 he had made 44 films in 14 years, seeking to reconcile his own artistic demands with the desire of an audience to be entertained.
Star of stage, screen and television, and one of only two people to be awarded two Knighthoods, Sir Derek Jacobi is one of Britain's most distinguished actors. 'If you want to be an actor, don't. If you need to be an actor, do.'
Tells the story of author's journey from his humble early years as the only son of a contortionist in wartime Doncaster to the dizzy heights and excesses of fame as one of the shining lights of popular entertainment.
The author is one of the world's popular actors and his unforgettable performance as The Dude in Coen Brothers film, "The Big Lebowski", made him a cult hero. This title explores how his Zen practice and his life experience inform one another as he discusses his loving relationship with his parents, his marriage, and his highly successful career.
Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, his childhood was an isolated one, scented with fish from his father's shop. So how did this fearful figure become the one of the most respected film directors of the twentieth century? This book tells his story.
A biography that turns the spotlight on Charlie Chaplin's life as well as his work, from his humble theatrical beginnings in music halls to winning an honorary Academy Award. It covers topics ranging from the glamour of his golden age to the murky scandals of the 1940s and eventual exile to Switzerland.
Hitchcock's 1964 psychological thriller "Marnie" generated wider critical controversy than any other film of his career. This study details the film from conception to postproduction and marketing, showing the film-making process in action, with production details and participants' oral history.
Joel and Ethan Coen are among America's most original, innovative filmmakers. This guide offers a chronological exploration of their careers, combining reference material with critical analysis of their films and charts their rise to cult stardom and commercial success.
Peter Weir is, without doubt, one of the most important Australian film directors of all time. This book takes an in-depth look at the career of a filmmaker who has, over the course of 30 years, put together a substantial and much-loved body of work. It illustrates how Peter Weir brings a consistent vision to his films.
With the success of "The Piano" (1993), Jane Campion became revered by many as the leading female film director of the 1990s. In this book, Dana Polan examines the phenomenon of "The Piano" and how it develops from the early shorts and first features. It then examines the director's later work.
This volume examines the films of Jean-Jacques Beineix. His work is placed within the context of the 1980's and each film is discussed in detail, including the controversies surrounding them, while attempting to analyze the films for their intrinsic interest.
Focuses on a century of film. This book argues that - after the century of Chaplin and Pol Pot, Monroe and Hitler, Stalin and Mae West, Mao and the Marx Brothers - film and history are inextricably intertwined. It presents the author's thoughts on film theory, cinematic technique, film histories, as well as the video revolution.
Shyam Benegal is one of India's major film directors. A career spanning more than forty years includes documentaries and television programs as well as over twenty feature films. This book features interviews, which cover Benegal's life and work and, in doing so, present a history of Indian cinema.
Brings together five of the contemporary auteur directors - Francis Ford Coppola, Brian de Palma, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood and Tim Burton - and the directorial team of the Coen brothers. This work features interviews that catch each director at a crucial juncture in their development.
Takes readers back to the author's childhood days, his humiliating expulsion from school and to his army years and wartime service. This book shows how after the war he returned to America and there came his Hollywood success in films such as "Wuthering Heights" and "Around the World in 80 Days".
Presents the accounts of the creative journeys of 21 Hollywood filmmakers into the industry's most coveted positions. This book provides an in-depth exploration of each director's artistic roots and the very different environments and attitudes that these outstanding filmmakers have experienced and embraced in their careers and personal lives.
This important new contribution to studies on authorship and film explores the ways in which shared and disputed opinions on aesthetic quality, originality and authorial essence have shaped receptions of Lynch's films. It is also the first book to approach David Lynch as a figure composed through language, history and text.
A collection of essays on the concept of film stardom, and the shifting definition of a 'star'. The collection ranges across contemporary stars such as Sandra Bullock, Jackie Chan and Jim Carrey, those from Hollywood's past like Clara Bow and Charlton Heston, and those from other arenas, such as Prince and Cynthia Rothrock.
Divided into three sections on radio, film and television, the book's interdisciplinary approach is underpinned by reference to exclusive interviews with the directors and producers with whom Carter collaborated, giving a unique insight into processes of adaptation and the technologies of media production.
This study of Duras cinema, examines such films as "India Song", "Le Camion", and "Nathalie Granger". It provides an introduction to her films, and locates them in their autobiographical as well as social and historical context, with an empahasis on gender issues.
Featuring reseach into the experience of British women who have admired her in the 1950s, 1960s and the 1990s, this is a study of Audrey Hepburn's star persona and films, which suggests that the flexibility of Hepburn's image has contributed to her enduring appeal.
A study of the "enfant terrible" of French cinema. The ingredients and influences of Carax's films (including "Les Amants du Pont Neuf" and "Pola X") are examined: Paris, pop music, flanerie, amour fou, mannerist and neo-baroque aesthetics, "Nouvelle Vague" and contemporary naturalist cinema.
This book analyses one of France's most controversial directors. It discusses Louis Malle's treatment of topics such as fascism, incest, child prostitution and the Holocaust. It is the first work published on the director in the English Language.
This is the first book on the celebrated films of director Claire Denis ('Chocolat', 'Beau Travail', 'Trouble Every Day'), one of the most remarkable filmmakers to come to prominence in the last 20 years. An essential read for students and specialists in contemporary French cinema.
Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe. So how did this fearful figure become the one of the most respected film directors of the twentieth century? This book answers this question.
An expanded and updated study of the thematic concerns and the underlying humanism and morality in Scorsese's films. Contains individual chapters on fifteen Scorsese films, the most complete Scorsese filmography available, and a host of illustrations.
Drawing on "Jules and Jim" and other films by Francois Truffaut, the author provides an in-depth examination of the multifaceted relationship between Truffaut and Henri-Pierre Roche, the French writer and art collector. The book also moves beyond Truffaut's films to explore the intertwined lives and works of other famous artists and intellectuals.
Aristocrat and Marxist, master equally of harsh realism and sublime melodrama, Luchino Visconti (1906-1976) was without question one of the greatest European film directors. This book studies the director and includes the last three films that Visconti made before his death.