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World Directors in Dialogue: Conversations on Cinema

World Directors in Dialogue: Conversations on Cinema

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By (author) Bert Cardullo

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  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
  • Format: Paperback | 274 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 16mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0810877783
  • ISBN 13: 9780810877788
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 1,631,167

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Focusing on practical matters related to filmmaking-acting, design, cinematography, directing, writing, and editing, World Directors in Dialogue: Conversations on Cinema collects probing interviews with 13 major international directors. Representing Italy, France, Belgium, England, Iran, China, India, and Japan, these artists answer questions about how they work, the meanings of their movies, and the relationship of their pictures to other directors' films as well as to other arts. Some of the most acclaimed directors in the world are featured here, including Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Rashomon), Satyajit Ray (Aparajito, Pather Panchali), Luchino Visconti (Death in Venice, The Leopard), Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry, Under the Olive Trees), Ermanno Olmi (The Tree of Wooden Clogs, Il Posto), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (L'Enfant, La Promesse), Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, To Live), Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake), and Ken Loach (Kes, Raining Stones). This collection also includes the final interviews with Eric Rohmer (Claire's Knee, My Night at Maud's) and Francois Truffaut (The 400 Blows, Day for Night), as well as a rare interview with Jacques Tati (Mon Oncle, M. Hulot's Holiday). With a complete filmography for each director, as well as detailed bibliographies and a comprehensive index, World Directors in Dialogue is a book to which one can return again and again for insights, anecdotes, and a vision of what it was to be an auteur in the 20th century and beyond.

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Bert Cardullo is professor of media and communication at the Izmir University of Economics, where he teaches courses in film history, theory, and criticism. He is the author, editor, or translator of many books, including Playing to the Camera: Film Actors Discuss Their Craft and The Ghost of Cinema Past: Contemporary Reflections on Classic Film Art.

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Cardullo conducted these dozen interviews over the past four decades, so they span the cinematic spectrum from such departed giants as Akira Kurosawa, Luchino Visconti, and Satyajit Ray through contemporary figures like Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, and the Dardenne brothers. Although he's a film professor at Turkey's Izmir University and a prolific author, Cardullo considers himself an amateur interviewer since all his conversations were done from a desire to talk with the filmmaker rather than for money; indeed, a number of them remained unpublished for years. His passion, as well as his extensive knowledge of the subjects' work, is evident in these pieces, which touch on all aspects of the filmmaking process, from technical considerations and on-set methodologies to aesthetic and philosophical concernsand the inescapable need to balance between art and commerce. Particularly noteworthy are conversations with the seldom-interviewed Ermanno Olmi and Jacques Tati, and what are said to be the final interviews with Eric Rohmer and Francois Truffaut. Fans of these directors-which would seem to encompass pretty much anyone with a serious interest in film-will derive insight and enjoyment from these revealing encounters. Booklist