Talking Movies: Contemporary World Filmmakers in Interview, written by Jason Wood, with preface by Geoff Andrew
241-page paperback book
Published in 2006
Publisher: Wallflower Press, UK
Printed in India
ABOUT THE BOOK
Talking Movies is a collection of interviews with some of the most creative and respected contemporary filmmakers. The book offers an indispensable view on world cinema, as the directors interviewed here are from as varied countries as France (Laurent Cantet, Claire Denis, Bertrand Tavernier), Canada (Atom Egoyan), Denmark (Suzanne Bier), Vietnam (Tranh Anh Hung), Argentina (Lucretia Martel), Iran (Samira Makhmalbaf), Mexico (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro and Carlos Reygadas), USA (Richard Linklater, Lodge Kerrigan), Nicolas Roeg and Stephen Frears (UK), Jan Švankmajer (Czech Republic), and others. It’s a book about talking movies – conversations between people who know, love, and, in many cases, breath movies. The interviewees are filmmakers, in the pure sense of the word, not commercial directors, not high public profiles. They make movies, and, if you love films as much as I do, you will want to hear, or read, them talking endlessly about their art. Because you will realise that, if you start to look beyond Hollywood, cinema is still very much a form of art.
“This is no self-celebrating souvenier of glamorous meetings with particularly well-known men and women; it’s a collection of unembellished transcriptions of informed, intelligent, down-to-earth conversations with hard-working filmmakers about the creative decisions they made, why they made them, and what the consequences of those decisions were. In each case, you get a real sense of people talking movies – actually thinking about cinema, rather than simply requiring and providing the usual trite soundbites.” From the preface by Geoff Andrew
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