By Andrew Sarris
Andrew Sarris, essentially the most influential of the more youthful critics on the time this booklet used to be written, accumulated interviews with 40 of the crucial figures of recent film-making, discussing their very own paintings and the movie as an paintings form.
The administrators: Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Peter Brook, Luis Bunuel, Claude Chabrol, George Cukor, Clive Donner, Carl Dreyer, Sergei Eisenstein, Federico Fellini, John Ford, Jean-Luc Godard, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Buster Keaton, Akira Kurosawa, Fritz Lang, David Lean, Joseph Losey, Ernst Lubitsch, Rouben Mamoulian, Max Ophuls, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sam Peckinpah, Abraham Polonsky, Otto Preminger, Nicholas Ray, Satyajit Ray, Leni Riefenstahl, Jean Renoir, Alain Resnais, Roberto Rossellini, Josef von Sternberg, Erich von Stroheim, Preston Sturges, Francois Truffaut, Orson Welles.
"More inside of info on movie directing than has ever been formerly assembled in one quantity. The interviewers' remarkable familiarity with the medium visibly stimulates the director to larger articulateness approximately his craft."
Table of Contents :
Introduction: the autumn and upward push of the movie Director......9
Joseph Losey and Nicholas Ray......322
Pier Paolo Pasolini......366
Josef von Sternberg......479
Erich von Stroheim......500
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