Making Movies

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From one of America's most acclaimed directors comes a book that is both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on 40 years of experience on movies ranging from Long Day's Journey Into Night to The Verdict, Lumet explains the painstaking labor that results in two hours of screen magic.

Acclaimed director Sidney Lumet provides a revealing and comprehensive guide to...

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Overview

From one of America's most acclaimed directors comes a book that is both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on 40 years of experience on movies ranging from Long Day's Journey Into Night to The Verdict, Lumet explains the painstaking labor that results in two hours of screen magic.

Acclaimed director Sidney Lumet provides a revealing and comprehensive guide to the complex and fascinating process of making a movie.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lumet, the acclaimed director of such films as Dog Day Afternoon and Network, presents an anecdotal insider's account of the key elements in filmmaking. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Lumet's book is about the agonizing and ultimately rewarding art of filmmaking. And who better to elucidate the process than a legendary director, with credits such as 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, and Prince of the City? Lumet discusses writers and actors, camera and editing techniques, art direction and sound. Yet Making Movies is anything but a clinical textbook. Lumet's career straddled the shift between studio management and the rise of financiers and talent agencies: he's seen both worlds and candidly reveals his predilections, including his disdain for teamsters, critics, and market researchers. He alludes to the tension between film as art and as business and shows that filmmaking is ultimately a capricious, collective enterprise with no sure formulas. Although overly mechanistic at times, Lumet is most lucid in examples drawn from his own experiences. A fascinating look at the artist at work; recommended for film studies collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/94.]-Jayne Plymale-Jackson, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679756606
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 111,922
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Director: The Best Job in the World 3
2 The Script: Are Writers Necessary? 28
3 Style: The Most Misused Word Since Love 49
4 Actors: Can an Actor Really Be Shy? 59
5 The Camera: Your Best Friend 75
6 Art Direction and Clothes: Does Faye Dunaway Really Have the Skirt Taken in in Sixteen Different Places? 94
7 Shooting the Movie: At Last! 105
8 Rushes: The Agony and the Ecstasy 137
9 The Cutting Room: Alone at Last 148
10 The Sound of Music: The Sound of Sound 170
11 The Mix: The Only Dull Part of Moviemaking 186
12 The Answer Print: Here Comes the Baby 193
13 The Studio: Was It All for This? 198
Films Directed by Sidney Lumet 219
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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Great book for actors and civilians as well

    Great director's viewpoint. Written for everyone is a simple straightforward style. Loads of information on how movies are made and the thoughts of an excellent director. Really a must for all actors/directors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Awesome

    Great! I am inspired to make my own film now

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