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Director's Showcase

Get in on the "Action!" with these top-notch titles about your favorite directors.

 

 
1.
Conversations With Wilder
by Billy Wilder, Cameron Crowe

Knopf
Hardcover - 400 pages
(October 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Conversations with Wilder, an invaluable, photo-intensive volume, is a kind of remake of Truffaut's must-read interview book Hitchcock, with Cameron Crowe in the inquisitive Truffaut role and wily 93-year-old Billy Wilder as the crafty master director. Drawing on his experience interviewing the... Read more

 


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Francis Ford Coppola: A Filmmaker's Life
by Michael Schumacher

Crown Pub
Hardcover - 480 pages
(November 1999)


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The terrible fact about Francis Ford Coppola's career is that it will always be divided evenly in half, down a line called Apocalypse Now. Before that film is prodigious promise--an Academy Award for writing Patton, two uncannily fine Godfather movies, and the Antonioni-esque smallness of The... Read more

 


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The Director's Vision : A Concise Guide to the Art of 250 Great Filmakers
by Geoff Andrew

Lawrence Hill Books
Paperback - 272 pages
(October 1999)


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In a refreshingly literal examination of "moving pictures," Geoff Andrew, film editor of London's Time Out magazine, explores the work of 250 filmmakers, one frame at a time. Andrew's approach is akin to yelling "Freeze!" in the middle of a movie, and then analyzing the frozen image as if it were a... Read more

 


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Kazan - The Master Director Discusses His Films: Interviews with Elia Kazan
by Jeff Young(Editor)

Newmarket Press
Hardcover - 352 pages
(June 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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The presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Elia Kazan at the 1999 Oscar ceremony was one of the most controversial events in American movie history. Kazan's theatrical résumé includes the original productions of The Skin of Our Teeth, Death of a Salesman, and four of Tennessee... Read more

 


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Hitchcock's Notebooks : An Authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the Creative Mind of Alfred Hitchcock
by Dan Auiler

Spike
Hardcover
(April 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Dan Auiler is undoubtedly the luckiest Alfred Hitchcock devotee alive. With the permission of the director's family, he sifted through the Hitchcock archives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create a multifaceted portrait of the artist at work. If this book has a fault, it's... Read more

 


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Print the Legend : The Life and Times of John Ford
by Scott Eyman

Simon & Schuster
Hardcover - 592 pages
(November 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Borrowing his title from dialogue in John Ford's classic Western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance ("When the legend becomes fact, print the legend"), Scott Eyman heeds this advice in his splendid study of Ford, finding a convincing balance between the gruff image Ford cultivated and the sensitive... Read more

 


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Mythmaker : The Life and Work of George Lucas
by John Baxter

Spike
Hardcover - 496 pages
(October 1999)
(October 5, 1999)

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Among the wave of film directors who brought fresh blood and maverick sensibilities to southern California in the early 1960s--including Francis Ford Coppola, John Milius, Brian DePalma, and Martin Scorsese--none could have seemed less likely than George Lucas, the short, painfully shy car nerd from... Read more

 


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The Big Lebowski : The Making of a Coen Brothers Film
by William Preston Robertson, et al

W W Norton & Co
Paperback - 182 pages
1 Ed edition (February 1998)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Since their debut with Blood Simple in 1984, Joel and Ethan Coen have created a unique body of work that seems to project their combined imaginations directly onto the movie screen. By concentrating on the filming of their homage to Raymond Chandler, The Big Lebowski, this book provides a great deal... Read more

 


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This is Orson Welles
by Orson Welles, et al

Da Capo Pr
Paperback - 592 pages
(April 1998)


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4 out of 5 stars
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In 1992, the first publication of This Is Orson Welles brought a priceless document to light. In the late '60s and early '70s, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich had conducted extensive interviews with Welles, but a number of circumstances--including the director's decision to compose an autobiography that... Read more

 


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Steven Spielberg : A Biography
by Joseph McBride

Simon & Schuster
Hardcover - 480 pages
(May 1997)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Writing a biography is tough enough when the subject is dead and the biographer must rely on a paper trail and recollections of contemporaries to relate the essence of the man or woman's life. When the subject still lives--and especially when he is as powerful as Steven Spielberg--a whole new set of... Read more

 


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Dark Knights & Holy Fools
by Bob McCabe

Universe Pub
Hardcover - 192 pages
(May 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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With Dark Knights and Holy Fools, film writer Bob McCabe has done a masterful job of depicting the evolution of a filmmaker and his vision. Terry Gilliam, of course, is the mind behind the bizarre and hilarious animations for Monty Python's Flying Circus, as well as the films Time Bandits, Brazil,... Read more

 



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