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The Donnie Darko Book
     

The Donnie Darko Book

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by Richard Kelly, Jake Gyllenhaal (Introduction)
 

A companion volume to "one of the most original works of recent American Cinema"*

Donnie Darko was the surprise cult hit of 2001. Appearing nationwide on critic's year-end top-ten lists, the quirky independent film's effortless blending of science fiction, horror, adolescent angst, and social satire defied description while simultaneously providing

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A companion volume to "one of the most original works of recent American Cinema"*

Donnie Darko was the surprise cult hit of 2001. Appearing nationwide on critic's year-end top-ten lists, the quirky independent film's effortless blending of science fiction, horror, adolescent angst, and social satire defied description while simultaneously providing "an unexpectedly poignant catharsis for Sept. 11 blues" (Jan Stuart, Newsday). Its Möbius strip-like narrative about Donnie, a troubled teenager who can see into the future, continues to inspire fans to obsessive heights. The Donnie Darko Book includes the film's screenplay, an in-depth interview with writer-director Richard Kelly, facsimile pages from The Philosophy of Time Travel book that Donnie uses to go back in time, as well as photos and drawings from the film and the artwork it inspired.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Few filmmakers of any age have blended the sensibilities of pop and art so effortlessly, or combined them with such a haunting tale of loss and redemption.” —Andrew O'Hehir, Salon*

“The most original and venturesome American indie I've seen this year.” —J. Hoberman, Village Voice

“[The] kind of movie that calls out not merely to be experienced but to be solved.” —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Salon* Andrew O'Hehir
Few filmmakers of any age have blended the sensibilities of pop and art so effortlessly, or combined them with such a haunting tale of loss and redemption.
Village Voice J. Hoberman
The most original and venturesome American indie I've seen this year.
Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert
[The] kind of movie that calls out not merely to be experienced but to be solved.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780571221240
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
10/31/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
400,128
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Kelly is currently at work on his latest feature film, Knowing.

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The Donnie Darko Book 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Both the film and book are great. A high school student named Donnie is told by a giant demotic bunny rabbit that the world will end. He learns about time travel so he can go back in time to save people's lives and sacrafice his. Anyone who loves the movie has to buy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since the book is the Donnie Darko Book by Richard Kelly it already has a head start in my rating. True, anyone as obsessed and fascinated by Donnie Darko as i am must have this book. As said before, the interview covers Kelly's background and some insightful questions. The script, philosophy time travel book, and pictures are a very nice add. Although, i have a wishful thinking of the pictures being colored instead of black and white and i thought the book could have been more indepth. Of coures, not 'spoon feeding' the story because i love Donnie Darko for being as cryptic as it is. But rather perhaps a deeper interview and a better overlook of the movie process. Still all in all great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written by writer/director newcomer Richard Kelly releases a book endulging readers with a bit more insight to the 2001 cult hit-underdog Donnie Darko. The Donnie Darko Book is not explainable, or of any interest really, to those who have not yet seen the movie of the same name. In a brief rundown, the plot of the film can attempt to be summarized as follows: Donnie Darko, played by actor Jake Gyllenhaal ('Bubble Boy,' 'The Good Girl,' 'Moonlight Mile,' and the upcoming 2004 natural disaster flick 'The Day After Tomorrow'), finds himself haunted by images of a prophetic life-sized bunny rabbit named Frank. Struggling with himself, Donnie also battles with such subjects of God and religion, the end of the world, and time travel. Since its release in 2001, Donnie Darko has been a surprising success, much more recently on DVD than it's theatrical debut years earlier. The Donnie Darko Book, released in late October of 2003, begins with a short forward by star of the film, Jake Gyllenhaal. The Donnie Darko Book consists of an in-depth and delightfully engaging interview by Kevin Conroy Scott of the writer/director Richard Kelly. The interview is quite concise, addressing the life thus far of Kelly (his background, schooling, and transition into the entertainment world). The interview also attempts to clear up some confusions of the film. I stress the word 'attempts' because Kelly himself admits that the film means something different to everyone who watches it. Amid the interview are black-and-white photographs of Richard Kelly, a few pieces of Kelly's unique artwork, and images of the Donnie Darko film set. The bulk of the book is composed of a copy of the shooting script used during the production of the film, about 100 pages or so in length. Tagged onto the end of the script, are several more black-and-white image stills and sketches from the final edition of the movie as well as a select amount of images from the 'They Made Me Do It' exhibition (emerging graffiti-style artists from the UK who were asked to complete work inspired by the film). Also included with the images at the end of the book are the pages of the movie-novel by Roberta Sparrow entitled 'The Philosophy of Time Travel.' The Donnie Darko Book is a definitely must-have for fans of the unique film. It is a great addition to my personal collection and it has furthered by knowledge of appreciate for the film itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
jake gylehnahall is hott! good book