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Film Talk: Directors at Work
     

Film Talk: Directors at Work

by Wheeler Winston Dixon
 

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ISBN-10: 0813540771

ISBN-13: 9780813540771

Pub. Date: 09/28/2007

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


What 1970s Hollywood filmmaker influenced Quentin Tarantino? How have contemporary Japanese horror films inspired Takashi Shimizu, director of the huge box office hit The Grudge? What is it like to be an African American director in the twenty-first century?

The answers to these questions, along with many more little-known facts and insights, can be found in

Overview


What 1970s Hollywood filmmaker influenced Quentin Tarantino? How have contemporary Japanese horror films inspired Takashi Shimizu, director of the huge box office hit The Grudge? What is it like to be an African American director in the twenty-first century?

The answers to these questions, along with many more little-known facts and insights, can be found in Film Talk, an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking from the 1940s to the present. In eleven intimate and revealing interviews, contemporary film directors speak frankly about their work-their successes and their disappointments, their personal aspirations, struggles, relationships, and the politics that affect the industry.

A medley of directors including those working in pop culture and documentary, as well as feminist filmmakers, social satirists, and Hollywood mavericks recount stories that have never before been published. Among them are Monte Hellman, the auteur of the minimalist masterpiece Two-Lane Blacktop; Albert Maysles, who with his late brother David, created some of the most important documentaries of the 1960s, including Salesman and The Beatles: What's Happening?; Robert Downey Sr., whose social satires Putney Swope and Greaser's Palace paved the way for a generation of filmmakers; Bennett Miller, whose film Capote won an Academy Award in 2005; and Jamie Babbit, a lesbian crossover director whose low-budget film But I'm a Cheerleader! became a mainstream hit.

The candid conversations, complimented by more than fifty photographs, including many that are rare, make this book essential reading for aspiring moviemakers, film scholars, and everyone interested in the how movies are made and who the fascinating individuals are who make them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813540771
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
The Old Masters
The Horse's Mouth, Tunes of Glory, I Could Go on Singing, The Poseidon Adventure     3
The Quatermass Xperiment, Expresso Bongo, Casino Royale     23
Buchanan Rides Alone, The Killer Is Loose, Arruza     38
Gimme Shelter, Salesman, What's Happening! The Beatles tn the U.S.A.)     58
Cult Visions
The Big Doll House, Coffy, Foxy Brown, Switchblade Sisters     83
The Shooting, Two-Lane Blacktop     98
Putney Swope, Greaser's Palace     119
New Voices
The Grudge, The Grudge 2     139
But I'm a Cheerleader     160
Capote     174
Eve's Bayou     188
Index     205

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