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The Celluloid Canon

Philip Gillett

Philip Gillett is an independent film critic and writer and author of The British Working Class in Postwar Film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Movie Greats : A Critical Study of Classic Cinema

Berg, 2008

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...Defining the Canon Film in Britain lies outside the remit of the Arts Councils, which sums up its anomalous position among the arts. Should this shadowy treasure be called an art at all? Janet Staiger in her seminal paper sees...

Steve Martin & Gillies MacKinnon

John Boorman

John Boorman was born in London in 1933. After working as a film reviewer for magazines and radio, he joined the BBC in 1955 as an assistant editor, and later directed a number of documentaries. His first feature was ‘Catch Us If You Can’ in 1965. His latest film, Country of My Skull, opens in 2003. He is a five-time Academy Award-nominee, and was twice awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for Leo the Last (1970) and The General (1998). He is the author of Money Into Light: The Emerald Forest - A Diary, as well as the being the co-founder and editor of Faber and Faber's long-running series Projections: Film-makers on Film-making. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Walter Donohue

Walter Donohue

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Projections 6 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1996

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...Acting, writing and directing Simple Twist of FateGinnie AtkinsonPerhaps you could tell us why you wanted to do the film and wanted to write it yourself, because it's based on the book Silas Mamer.Do we have to? I'd rather start...

Images and Accidents

John Boorman

John Boorman was born in London in 1933. After working as a film reviewer for magazines and radio, he joined the BBC in 1955 as an assistant editor, and later directed a number of documentaries. His first feature was ‘Catch Us If You Can’ in 1965. His latest film, Country of My Skull, opens in 2003. He is a five-time Academy Award-nominee, and was twice awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for Leo the Last (1970) and The General (1998). He is the author of Money Into Light: The Emerald Forest - A Diary, as well as the being the co-founder and editor of Faber and Faber's long-running series Projections: Film-makers on Film-making. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Walter Donohue

Walter Donohue

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Projections 6 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1996

Book chapter

...Introduction I was in San Francisco filming a music video for Chris Isaak directed by Larry Clark. In fact, it was the first time I worked with Larry and the first time he had ever made a movie, albeit a small one. As part of his concept...

Credits and Debits

John Boorman

John Boorman was born in London in 1933. After working as a film reviewer for magazines and radio, he joined the BBC in 1955 as an assistant editor, and later directed a number of documentaries. His first feature was ‘Catch Us If You Can’ in 1965. His latest film, Country of My Skull, opens in 2003. He is a five-time Academy Award-nominee, and was twice awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for Leo the Last (1970) and The General (1998). He is the author of Money Into Light: The Emerald Forest - A Diary, as well as the being the co-founder and editor of Faber and Faber's long-running series Projections: Film-makers on Film-making. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Projections 6 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1996

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...There was a time, not so long ago, when movies concluded with a simple caption saying 'the end', with the possible addition of 'released by MGM' or whichever. Those brief words would be accompanied by sounds of the audience stampeding...

Prestige, education, and cultural value

Jonathan Stubbs

Jonathan Stubbs is Professor in the Communication Faculty at Cyprus International University, Cyprus. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Historical Film : A Critical Introduction

Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

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...Historical cinema and public relations In The Last Tycoon, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s closely observed satire on the 1930s Hollywood studio system, the young Hollywood mogul Monroe Stahr (modeled on MGM producer Irving Thalberg) surprises his...

Westward the Course of Empire

Projections 6 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1996

Book chapter

...Karl Brown.Surely there can't be anybody in the world who does not know all about covered wagons and what happens to the people on the long trek across the burning deserts and freezing mountains. The story has been told and retold so many...

Further Notes

Projections 6 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1996

Book chapter

...Eleanor Coppola (photo by Sofia Coppola).Even though I have seen Francis making films for over thirty years, I always find it a curious profession, an exotic process. I never tire of observing life on the set. I am usually away from home...

Struggling with Success

Projections 6 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1996

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...Lawrence BenderWhen I was younger, some of my friends told me, 'Lawrence, quit acting and become a producer.' It's funny, but as an actor in New York, I never knew what a producer was, and was obviously not happy to hear them say...

Working with Writers

John Boorman

John Boorman was born in London in 1933. After working as a film reviewer for magazines and radio, he joined the BBC in 1955 as an assistant editor, and later directed a number of documentaries. His first feature was ‘Catch Us If You Can’ in 1965. His latest film, Country of My Skull, opens in 2003. He is a five-time Academy Award-nominee, and was twice awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for Leo the Last (1970) and The General (1998). He is the author of Money Into Light: The Emerald Forest - A Diary, as well as the being the co-founder and editor of Faber and Faber's long-running series Projections: Film-makers on Film-making. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Walter Donohue

Walter Donohue

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Projections 6 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1996

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...Most of your movies, even the oldest ones, look very fresh and modern today. Why do you think that is?Most of them were well written. That's why they last. I've always been blessed with great writers. As a matter of fact, I'm such a coward...

Introduction: Bulletins from the War Zone

John Boorman

John Boorman was born in London in 1933. After working as a film reviewer for magazines and radio, he joined the BBC in 1955 as an assistant editor, and later directed a number of documentaries. His first feature was ‘Catch Us If You Can’ in 1965. His latest film, Country of My Skull, opens in 2003. He is a five-time Academy Award-nominee, and was twice awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for Leo the Last (1970) and The General (1998). He is the author of Money Into Light: The Emerald Forest - A Diary, as well as the being the co-founder and editor of Faber and Faber's long-running series Projections: Film-makers on Film-making. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Projections 6 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1996

Book chapter

...I am preparing a movie at present that includes a number of fantasy creatures, which has drawn me into the realm of digital effects and animatronics. Jim Acheson is designing it, and together we journeyed to Los Angeles to visit the magical...