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

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

Hardback Anthem Art and Culture

Edited by Gary Morris, Foreword by Jonathan Rosenbaum, Introduction by Bert Cardullo


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  • Publisher: Anthem Press
  • Format: Hardback | 372 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 234mm x 36mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184331312X
  • ISBN 13: 9781843313120
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

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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Author information

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.

Review quote

'A "must-own" for anyone seriously interested in developing a source-book library on film directing. These are the greats and the near-greats, many of whom have rarely been interviewed. The editor did a wonderful job!' "Eric Sherman, author of 'Directing the Film" "'"