Directing: Learn from the Masters

Directing: Learn from the Masters

Hardback Scarecrow Filmmakers (Hardcover)

By (author) Tay Garnett, Edited by Anthony Slide, Foreword by Francois Truffaut

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  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 239mm x 23mm | 535g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0810830469
  • ISBN 13: 9780810830462
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

An essential text on filmmaking that every student, scholar, and teacher of films should own. In it, some of the motion picture industry's most important directors including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Howard Hawks, Louis Malle, Federico Fellini, Blake Edwards, Francois Truffaut, and Rene Clair answer questions on the decisions that all directors must make before filming a movie, questions that help the reader understand the concept of filmmaking. They cover all aspects of filmmaking including script choices, planning, casting, actor choices, editing, rehearsing, and music scoring. Garnett also elicited vital information on the directors' source of inspiration, how they started their career, their philosophy of filmmaking, and their objectives for making their films.

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Tay Garnett directed such films as One Minute to Zero, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and the 1946 classic The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Review quote

...a fascinating look inside the minds of some of the world's most prominent film directors. Library Journal The questions are intelligent, the replies revealing. Garnett has bequeathed a practical gift to film students, scholars and historians. American Cinematographer

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Directing: Learn from the Masters is an encyclopedia of the modes and philosophies of some of the world's greatest motion picture directors. It will serve as a unique working textbook for students of cinema and film production, while historians will appreciate the first-hand accounts of Clarence Brown on working with Maurice Tourneur, Federico Fellini on the importance of the music of Nino Rota to his films, Bryan Forbes' reminiscences of Dame Edith Evans and John Gielgud, Samuel Fuller on the inter-relationship between cinema and the newspaper world, Howard Hawks on the making of To Have and Have Not, George Roy Hill on The Sting, and Fred Zinnemann on Floyd Crosby's photography of High Noon.

Table of contents

Part 1 Foreword-"The Old, Laughing Mariner" Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Genesis of a Textbook Chapter 4 Hal Ashby Chapter 5 Alessandro Blasetti Chapter 6 Clarence Brown Chapter 7 Rene Clair Chapter 8 Jack Clayton Chapter 9 Luigi Comencini Chapter 10 George Cukor Chapter 11 Allan Dwan Chapter 12 Blake Edwards Chapter 13 Federico Fellini Chapter 14 Bryan Forbes Chapter 15 Milos Forman Chapter 16 Samuel Fuller Chapter 17 Tay Garnett Chapter 18 Howard Hawks Chapter 19 George Roy Hill Chapter 20 Jan Kadar Chapter 21 Elia Kazan Chapter 22 Henry King Chapter 23 Stanley Kramer Chapter 24 Alberto Lattuada Chapter 25 J. Lee Thompson Chapter 26 Claude Lelouch Chapter 27 Mervyn LeRoy Chapter 28 Louis Malle Chapter 29 Lewis Milestone Chapter 30 Satyajit Ray Chapter 31 Jean Renoir Chapter 32 Alain Resnais Chapter 33 Tony Richardson Chapter 34 Dino Risi Chapter 35 John Schlesinger Chapter 36 Martin Scorsese Chapter 37 Don Siegal Chapter 38 Steven Spielberg Chapter 39 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson Chapter 40 Francois Truffaut Chapter 41 King Vidor Chapter 42 Raoul Walsh Chapter 43 Robert Wise Chapter 44 William Wyler Chapter 45 Sergei Yutkevitch Chapter 46 Fred Zinnemann