"These hefty, valuable volumes are stuffed with tons of information about all your favorite filmmakers."
Scene, January 29, 2008
Includes: Woody Allen • Pedro Almodovar • Robert Altman • Wes Anderson • Michael Apted • Dario Argento • Darren Aronofsky • Mario Bava • Warren Beatty • Ingmar Bergman • Busby Berkeley • Bernardo Bertolucci • Luc Bresson • Danny Boyle • Nick Broomfield • Luis Bu±… See more details below
Includes: Woody Allen • Pedro Almodovar • Robert Altman • Wes Anderson • Michael Apted • Dario Argento • Darren Aronofsky • Mario Bava • Warren Beatty • Ingmar Bergman • Busby Berkeley • Bernardo Bertolucci • Luc Bresson • Danny Boyle • Nick Broomfield • Luis Bu±uel • Tim Burton • James Cameron • Frank Capra • John Carpenter • Youssef Chahine • Joel Coen and Ethan Coen • Sofia Coppola • Wes Craven • George Cukor • Cecil B. DeMille • Walt Disney • Marguerite Duras • Clint Eastwood • Federico Fellini • John Ford • Stephen Frears • Peter Greenaway • Hal Hartley • Amy Heckerling • Alfred Hitchcock • Peter Jackson • Derek Jarman • Jim Jarmusch • Spike Jonze • Abbas Kiarostami • Elia Kazan • Krzysztof Kieslowski • Takeshi Kitano • Stanley Kubrick • Akira Kurosawa • Beeban Kidron • Spike Lee • Ida Lupino • Terrence Malick • Fernando Meirelles • Georges Melies • Russ Meyer • Takashi Miike • Michael Moore • Gaspar No© • Roman Polanski • Otto Preminger • Sam Raimi • Satyajit Ray • Jean Renoir • Roberto Rossellini • Martin Scorsese • Ridley Scott • Mack Sennett • Don Siegel • Aleksandr Sokurov • Steven Spielberg • Quentin Tarantino • Bela Tarr • Lars von Trier • Wong Kar-wai • John Woo • William Wyler • Zhang Yimou
Lights, cameras, action! The world of movies is full of glamour and romance--but it is the men and women behind the camera who call the shots, crafting cinema experiences that have enthralled generations of moviegoers.
The successor to the best-selling 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, 501 Movie Directors is a comprehensive guide to the masters of the big screen, from Woody Allen (Annie Hall) to Fred Zinnemann (High Noon), and from Takashi Miike (Audition) to Ingmar Bergman (Persona). Every auteur and action hit maker, comic genius and horror maestro is here, in one beautifully illustrated and fact-filled volume.
From the pioneering Buster Keaton to French New Wave director Lean-Luc Godard and enfant terrible Gaspar No©, all the giants and emerging geniuses of world cinema are included, making this the most comprehensive guide to movie directors ever produced. Each filmmaker receives at least a full-page entry, complete with a critically selected filmography and fascinating facts about his or her influences, trademarks, and creative partnerships. Did you know that Alfred Hitchcock made cameo appearances in thirty-seven of his movies? Discover Martin Scorsese's New York, and how 1960s Italian gothic cinema shaped modern directing styles.
Written by an international team of film critics, film historians, and journalists, this is a complete biography of the creative forces behind more than a century of film. Whether you read it from cover to cover or dip into it from time to time, 501 Movie Directors will broaden your love and appreciation of cinema . . . and continue to do so for many years to come. .
Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and producer, with M.A. degrees in Philosophy and Cinema Studies from Harvard University and New York University, respectively. He is the general editor of the best-selling 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, and 501 Movie Stars, both also available from Barron's.
Scene, January 29, 2008
Schneider, the editor behind 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, has assembled a large team of professors, film historians, writers, editors, and others to contribute to these entertaining single-volume references. Primarily of Anglo-American authorship, both books are arranged chronologically by date of birth and follow the same format: e.g., the bibliographical entries include one highlighted brief but revealing quote either by the person under consideration or by a highly recognized individual about the person in question. Of the total number of contributors to Directors, about 40 percent are from the United States, 24 percent are from the United Kingdom, and the balance is mostly from Australia, Canada, and four European countries. The volume represents quite a variety of perspectives, both in terms of the nationality and of the disciplines of the contributors. The filmmakers do not always garner the same level of coverage as the movie stars (perhaps because information about movie directors is not as readily available as that for movie stars). For this reason, Directorsis useful for bringing to our attention directors born between the 1860s and the 1970s (the last entry is for David Gordon Green, born in 1975).
Movie Starsalso starts with the 1860s but ends with the 1980s (with actress Natalie Portman, born in 1981). The unusual choice of arranging the entries by sequential birthdays means that in order to find someone of interest, readers must use the contents pages. There is a pithy index, but it covers only references within the entries. There is no index to the film titles mentioned in each entry. Each person receives at least a one-pageentry, with a photograph (usually in color) and a list of "Top Takes...." (a list of film credits). The birth date and place of birth begin each entry, followed by a section titled "Star Qualities." (Marilyn Monroe, for example, is described as "'The Blond Bombshell'; quintessential blue-eyed, blonde movie star with a breathless voice and enviable figure; natural comedy talent.") The most notable actors are represented with additional photographic stills from their significant films. The biographical aspects tend to be very limited and inconsistent from one entry to another. The film highlights are of the greatest value.
Graham R. Walden
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Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and producer with an academic degree in philosophy from Harvard University and in cinema studies from New York University. He is also the general editor of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, published in North America by Barron's.
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