My First Movie

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Faber, 2000 - Motion picture producers and directors - 360 pages
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In these vivid and revealing interviews, directors such as the Coen brothers, Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella and Neil Jordan recall the making of their 'first films'. Each chapter focuses on a celebrated debut - from Blood Simple to Muriel's Wedding, Clerks to Angel - and explores its production from the inside. Along the way, every aspect of the movie industry is explored - from first encounters with agents and moguls, to languishing in development hell, to confronting the dreaded 'test audience'. Lowenstein, himself a writer-director on the verge of his first feature, encourages his subjects to relive the pain and elation, the comedy and the tragedy, of their freshman efforts. For aspirant directors, these tales of sleepless nights and nail-biting days will enthral and terrify in equal measure. For everyone else, they offer a privileged glimpse of famous directors taking their first tentative steps.

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Review: My First Movie: Twenty Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film

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Movie buffs will delight in writer and director Lowenstein's collection of interviews with an eclectic selection of filmmakers who take readers behind the scenes of their first work. Film students ... Read full review

Review: My First Movie: Twenty Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film

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Fascinating interviews with independent directors who have made names for themselves. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Stephen Lowenstein has worked on British television documentaries for Channel 4, ITV, & the BBC. He is the writer/director of two critically acclaimed short films & is currently at work on several feature-length projects. He lives in London.

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