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.
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.
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 AN INTRODUCTION BY MATTHEW TODD In At Your Own Risk, Derek Jarman weaves poetry, prose, photographs and newspaper extracts into a rich tapestry of gay experience in the UK. This is Jarman at his passionate, polemic best, written when he was already ill with HIV and in the midst of the moral panic surrounding the AIDS crisis.
"One of the greatest Italian filmmakers, Federico Fellini (1920-1993) created such masterpieces as La Strada, La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, Juliet of the Spirits, Satyricon, and Amarcord. His prodigious body o"
Michelangelo Antonioni is one of the great visual artists of the cinema. This book shows how difficult it was for the filmmaker to liberate his art from the conventional means of rendering narrative, especially dialogue, conventional sound effects, and commentative music.
The films of Andrei Tarkovsky have been revered as ranking on a par with the masterpieces of Russia's novelists and composers. This book offers a comprehensive account of Tarkovsky's entire film output. It examines Tarkovsky's films elementally, grouping them into four sections: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air.
Working entirely outside the studio system, the Coen brothers scored an unlikely first success in 1984 with their postmodern noir film Blood Simple. Two decades and nearly a dozen movies later, the Coens are now among the best-known writer/directors in Hollywood. This collection of their most important interviews spans twenty years and is the most comprehensive published on the brothers.
Renowned film journalist Ian Nathan delves into the extraordinary lives of the Coen brothers to reveal how they survived flops and triumphs alike, never once compromising their vision, to become two of the world's most interesting, distinctive and creative filmmakers.
At last, the definitive book about perhaps the best cabin crew dramedy ever filmed: View From the Top starring Gwyneth Paltrow.
In Ayoade on Top, Richard Ayoade, perhaps one of the most 'insubstantial' people of our age, takes us on a journey from Peckham to Paris by way of Nevada and other places we don't care about.
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 global overview of the history and progress of women film directors around the world. With over 20 contributors including directors, writers, critics, producers, academics and fans. Includes exclusive interviews with leading female directors and industry insiders. Essential resource for film students, gender studies courses and film fans alike.
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.