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All or Nothing (2002)

Mike Leigh

Born in Salford, Manchester, in 1943, Mike Leigh has developed a unique method of creating films through controlled improvisations. After his debut Bleak Moments (1971) he made a succession of admired TV plays, including Abigail's Party and Nuts in May. He then returned to feature films: High Hopes (1988), Life is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993). Secrets and Lies won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1996. Topsy-Turvy (1999) won two Oscars. All or Nothing followed in 2002. Since then he has made the Oscar-nominated Vera Drake (2004), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010). He also did Two Thousand Years for the National Theatre in 2005. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh

Faber and Faber, 2008

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...Rachel (Alison Garland) works in an old people’s home. Her father Phil (Timothy Spall) is a minicab driver. He hears Ron (Paul Jesson), his co-worker and neighbour, lie to their boss: he accidentally backed his car into a post but pretends...

Editing

Michael Ryan

Dr Sean Michael Ryan is a Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Heythrop College, University of London Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Melissa Lenos

Melissa Lenos is Assistant Professor of English, Donnelly College, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Introduction to Film Analysis : Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film

Continuum, 2012

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...Editing is the art of selection and combination. An editor combines shots and images in ways that illuminate character, suggest ideas, or stage conflicts. The editor also combines scenes into a coherent and unified narrative. S/he maintains...

Buried Treasure: The 5 1/2-hour Cut

Peter Cowie

Peter Cowie began writing about the cinema at Cambridge University in 1960. He has since published more than twenty books, including critical biographies of Bergman, Welles and Coppola. In 1963 he founded the annual International Film Guide, which he edited for forty years. Cowie has also provided commentaries for several DVDs of classic films in the Criterion Collection. He has served on the jury at numerous festivals and is a member of the board of the European Film College. Cowie was International Publishing Director of Variety from 1993 to 2000, and now lives in Switzerland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Apocalypse Now Book

Faber and Faber, 2000

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...Why do we stay here? It keeps our family together – we fight for that.Behind every great film lies a so-called ‘rough cut’. The more control a director has, the more difficult it is for him to accept a reductio ad absurdam of his cherished...

Shooting: Phase 2 – from Brando to Playboy

Peter Cowie

Peter Cowie began writing about the cinema at Cambridge University in 1960. He has since published more than twenty books, including critical biographies of Bergman, Welles and Coppola. In 1963 he founded the annual International Film Guide, which he edited for forty years. Cowie has also provided commentaries for several DVDs of classic films in the Criterion Collection. He has served on the jury at numerous festivals and is a member of the board of the European Film College. Cowie was International Publishing Director of Variety from 1993 to 2000, and now lives in Switzerland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Apocalypse Now Book

Faber and Faber, 2000

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...Francis sent me a telegram saying, “Come to the Philippines and teach me two or three things about Godard, and I’ll teach you two or three things about big-time film-making!”‘Francis sent me a telegram saying’, author’s phone interview...
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...Fabers’ Flat. Hall. Day. The door at the far end of the hall opens and Barbara comes out. She closes the door quietly behind her and hurries along the hall and into the drawing room. She is dressed and looks strained and tired, as though...

The Perils of Post-Production

Peter Cowie

Peter Cowie began writing about the cinema at Cambridge University in 1960. He has since published more than twenty books, including critical biographies of Bergman, Welles and Coppola. In 1963 he founded the annual International Film Guide, which he edited for forty years. Cowie has also provided commentaries for several DVDs of classic films in the Criterion Collection. He has served on the jury at numerous festivals and is a member of the board of the European Film College. Cowie was International Publishing Director of Variety from 1993 to 2000, and now lives in Switzerland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Apocalypse Now Book

Faber and Faber, 2000

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...When I went to the Philippines, and then came back, I had a mission, not unlike Willard.‘When I went to the Philippines’, author’s interview with Beggs, San Francisco, 16 April, 1999. The thing really took on this epic proportion. I guess...

Political Criticism

Michael Ryan

Dr Sean Michael Ryan is a Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Heythrop College, University of London Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Melissa Lenos

Melissa Lenos is Assistant Professor of English, Donnelly College, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Introduction to Film Analysis : Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film

Continuum, 2012

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...Politics derives from the Greek word polis or city, and it names the way governance is conducted and power exercised in communities. The most obvious kind of politics is the institutional life of governments. But there is also a more...

Shooting: Phase 3 – Riding the Edge

Peter Cowie

Peter Cowie began writing about the cinema at Cambridge University in 1960. He has since published more than twenty books, including critical biographies of Bergman, Welles and Coppola. In 1963 he founded the annual International Film Guide, which he edited for forty years. Cowie has also provided commentaries for several DVDs of classic films in the Criterion Collection. He has served on the jury at numerous festivals and is a member of the board of the European Film College. Cowie was International Publishing Director of Variety from 1993 to 2000, and now lives in Switzerland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Apocalypse Now Book

Faber and Faber, 2000

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...I had three birthdays on that film. Imagine having 200 days of shooting today. You wouldn’t have any fireworks, you’d have suicides – harakiri!‘I had three birthdays on that film’, author’s interview with Tavoularis, Paris, 4 November...

‘Golden Age’, El Grupo Nuevo Cine, Boom and Bust

Jason Wood

Jason Wood works for the Curzon Cinema organisation. He is the author of The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema and is also the editor of Nick Broomfield. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema

Faber and Faber Limited, 2006

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...alfonso cuarón director: Remember what Claude Chabrol said: ‘There is no wave, there is only the ocean.’ I am not purely interested in ‘Mexican cinema’, I am interested in cinema. And when you start using these words like ‘wave’, it’s a way...

'I wake up, screaming'

Projections 3 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1994

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...(with apologies to Bertrand Tavernier) Prologue The dreams came first. The dark man, his face hidden, his hat pulled low, his coat garnered around him, standing alone in the wasteland, staring towards the lights of the town, a storm...