Action!: Interviews with Directors from Classical Hollywood to Contemporary Iran

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Gary Morris
Anthem Press, 2009 - Performing Arts - 370 pages
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'Action! Interviews with Directors from Classical Hollywood to Contemporary Iran' presents nineteen outstanding interviews with directors past and present, from around the world, working in a variety of genres and budgets and production environments from major studios to indie and DIY. The result is a vibrant group portrait of the filmmaking art, a kind of festival in words that explores everything from the enormous creative and personal satisfactions of filmmaking to the challenges and frustrations that range from meddlesome studio heads to state censorship. These articulate auteurs include iconic figures Fellini and Truffaut (in his moving final interview), avant-garde masters Otto Muehl and the Brothers Quay, social critics Barbara Kopple and Allie Light, mainstream mavericks Robert Wise and Douglas Sirk, and eleven others. While their work (and working methods) varies widely, these directors share the status of pioneer and subversive, fighting - sometimes against great odds - to put their unique vision onscreen.

  

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Contents

Going Hollywood Masters of Studio Style
1
Angel in Exile Allan Dwan
3
An Unhappy Happy End Douglas Sirk
17
Somebody Up There Likes Me Robert Wise
39
The Greatest Movie the World Has Never Seen Peter Bogdanovich and Joseph McBride on Orson Welles The Other Side of the Wind
65
Plant Your Feet and Tell the Truth Clint Eastwood
89
Festival Favorites
103
Manderlay Lars von Trier
105
Edgeplay AvantGarde Auteurs
173
An Actionist Begins to Sing Otto Muehl
175
Theyre Panicking Look at Them The Brothers Quay
207
ArtistActivists
225
Dialogues with Madwomen Allie Light
227
Shut Up Sing Barbara Kopple
235
Brilliance without Borders
245
For a Kind of Pleasure Federico Fellini
247

20 Angosht 20 Fingers Mania Akbari
113
I Am a Sex Addict Caveh Zahedi
123
Caché Hidden Michael Haneke
131
Blows Against the Empire Indie Godfathers
139
Sweet Soul Music Melvin and Mario Van Peebles
141
Nearer My Corman to Thee Roger Corman Bruce Dern and David Carradine
153
Transcendental Style Poetic Precision
265
The Fruitful Tree Bends Abbas Kiarostami
299
Alter Ego Autobiography and Auteurism François Truffauts
323
Contributor Biographies
347
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Gary Morris publishes and edits ‘Bright Lights Film Journal’ and is the author of the monograph ‘Roger Corman’ (1985) in the prestigious Twayne Theatrical Arts Series.

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