The Making of 'Master and Commander': The Far Side of the World

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - Performing Arts - 167 pages
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Peter Weir's astonishing film brings Patrick O'Brian's world to life, complete with its swashbuckling adventures, brilliantly drawn characterization, romance, and intrigue. It is sure to captivate stalwart enthusiasts of O'Brian's work as well as draw in new fans everywhere. With unique access to the cast and crew, Tom McGregor traces the project, from the actors' boot camp to the filming in the Galapagos Islands and on board a replica ship (in the same studio where Titanic was filmed).

With exclusive photographs and interviews with key members of the cast, including Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind), and director Peter Weir (Dead Poets' Society, Green Card, The Truman Show), this book records the painstaking work of the crew and stars in making the film as historically accurate as possible, from replicating the uniforms of Nelson's navy to bringing the gun deck of the Surprise incredibly to life. Exclusive behind-the-scenes insight and information on the history of the project are dazzlingly showcased in this unique companion, featuring the same high production standards and imagination as the film itself.

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Review: The Making of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

User Review  - Lucy - Goodreads

I like behind-the-scenes books about making movies. This is a very good book of that genre. Good pictures. But it still doesn't make me want to watch the movie or even read the book. chapters are ... Read full review

Review: The Making of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

User Review  - Jess Trebanna - Goodreads

I have had SO MUCH FUN with this book. Like seriously. It makes me grin every time I pick it up, and I always discover something new with each successive reading. The pictures are awesome, and the ... Read full review


Foreword by Tom Rothman
Filming in Baja Mexico
Putting genius into genre

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McGregor is the pseudonym of a well-known author and journalist He has written several books on the film and television industries, and is a regular contributor to national newspapers and magazines in the UK and abroad.

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