Making Movies

Making Movies

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by Sidney Lumet
     
 

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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

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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.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679756606
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
168,820
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Making Movies 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great! I am inspired to make my own film now
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