Making Movies

Making Movies

by Sidney Lumet

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Making Movies by Sidney Lumet

Why does a director choose a particular script? What must they do in order to keep actors fresh and truthful through take after take of a single scene? How do you stage a shootout—involving more than one hundred extras and three colliding taxis—in the heart of New York’s diamond district? What does it take to keep the studio honchos happy? From the first rehearsal to the final screening, Making Movies is a master’s take, delivered with clarity, candor, and a wealth of anecdote.

For in this book, Sidney Lumet, one of our most consistently acclaimed directors, gives us both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on forty years of experience on movies that range from Long Day’s Journey into Night to Network and The Verdict—and with such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino—Lumet explains how painstaking labor and inspired split-second decisions can result in two hours of screen magic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679756606
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1996
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 96,763
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Sidney Lumet’s films have received more than fifty Academy Award nominations. He has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director seven times. In addition, he has received an honorary lifetime membership in the Directors Guild of America as well as its most prestigious award, the D. W. Griffith Award. In 1993, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Arts Club. His films have been shown in retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the American Museum of the Moving Image, the British Academy in London, and the Cinémathèque in Paris. He has also been honored by the French government as a Commander of Arts and Letters. He died in 2011.

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Making Movies 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
castingbarbara More than 1 year ago
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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