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George A. Romero (b. 1940) has achieved a surprising longevity as director since his first film, Night of the Living Dead (1968). After recently relocating to Canada, he shows no signs of slowing up: his recent film, Survival of the Dead (2009), is discussed in a new interview conducted by Tony Williams for this volume, and still other films are awaiting release. Although commonly known as a director of zombie films, a genre he himself launched, Romero's films often transcend easy labels. His films are best understood as allegorical commentaries on American life that just happen to appropriate horror as a convenient vehicle. Romero's films encompass works as different as The Crazies, Hungry Wives, Knightriders, and Bruiser.
The interviews in this collection cover a period of over forty years. In whatever format they originally appeared-the printed page, the internet, or the video interview-these discussions illustrate both the evolution of Romero's chosen forms of technology and the development of his thinking about the relationship between cinema and society. They present Romero as an independent director in every sense of the word.
Table of Contents
Night of the Living Dead-Inter/view with George A. Romero William Terry Ork George Abagnalo 1969 3
Filming Night of the Living Dead: An Interview with Director George Romero Alex Ben Block 1972 8
Romero: An Interview with the Director of Night of the Living Dead Sam Nicotero 1973 18
George Romero: From Night of the Living Dead to The Crazies Fran Lebowitz Pat Hackett Ronnie Cutrone 1973 36
Morning Becomes Romero Dan Yakir 1977 47
The George Romero Interview Richard Lippe Tony Williams Robin Wood 1979 59
Knight after Night with George Romero Dan Yakir 1981 69
George Romero: Revealing the Monsters within Us Tom Seligson 1981 74
The McDonaldization of America: An Interview George A. Romero John Hanners Harry Kloman 1982 88
George Romero on Directing Day of the Dead Paul Gagne 1985 101
George Romero: Monkeying with Horror Frederick C. Szebin 1988 104
George Romero vs. Hollywood Dennis Fischer 1989 107
George A. Romero Stanley Wiater 1992 111
George Romero on Bruiser, Development Hell, and Other Sundry Matters Dennis Fischer 1999 122
An Interview with George and Christine Romero Tony Williams 2000 134
Let Them Eat Flesh Giulia D'Agnolo-Vallan 2005 152
George A. Romero Interview Beth Accomando 2008 156
Turn Me On, "Dead" Man Peter Keough 2008 163
Interview with George Romero Peter Keough 2010 169
George A. Romero Survival of the Dead Tony Williams 2010 178