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Alex Belth: Strikes and Gutters - A Year with the Coen Brothers

Projections 8 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1998

Book chapter

...Alex Belth: self-portrait I In the late summer of 1996 I found myself interviewing for a personal assistant job with Joel and Ethan Coen. The summer had been a rough one. I had worked on an independent feature, gaining in experience what...

Francesco Rosi: Heightened Realism

Projections 8 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1998

Book chapter

...Hands Over the City: Francesco Rosi with Rod SteigerFrancesco Rosi is of the same generation as Fellini and Zeffirelli; that is, of the generation who broke into the film industry during the immediate post-war period, working on films...

Cecil B. DeMille Goes to Hollywood

Projections 8 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1998

Book chapter

...Cecil B. DeMille, c. 1914I don't expect to return to work on the legitimate stage, ever!When is it that a film-maker, particularly one who gains the legendary notoriety that was enjoyed by Cecil B. DeMille, catches the fire that never goes...

Conversation with Walter Murch and Michael Ondaatje

Projections 8 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1998

Book chapter

...Michael Ondaatje with Anthony Minghella and Juliette BinocheIn December of 1996 when the film of The English Patient was completed author Michael Ondaatje with film editor and sound mixer Walter Murch joined me for a conversation...

Luise Rainer: A Craving to be Good

Projections 8 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1998

Book chapter

...A visit to Mrs Knittel brought unexpected rewards. Mrs Knittel is a small, elegant, eighty-seven-year-old widow who lives in a large, beautifully furnished flat near Sloane Square. She was blissfully married to the publisher Robert Knittel...

Abbas Kiarostami: Seeking a Home

Projections 8 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1998

Book chapter

...Abbas Kiarostami, the evocative hill near Koker in the background (photo by Godfrey Cheshire)Japanese tourists, Abbas Kiarostami tells me, now visit the hill near Koker that appears in his films Where Is the Friend's House? (1987), And Life...

Phil Tippett: Working on the Threshold of Animation

Projections 8 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1998

Book chapter

...Phil Tippett with the model of Luke Skywalker riding the TauntaunThrough his work at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) and later at his own studio, Phil Tippett presided over the most significant change to stop-motion animation since...

Burgess Meredith by John Boorman

Projections 8 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1998

Book chapter

...Rocky: Burgess Meredith with Sylvester StalloneWe gathered at Guido's restaurant in Malibu for Burgess Meredith's memorial on what would have been his 90th birthday. One after another got up to remind us of his feats in a career...

The Critics

Projections 8 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1998

Book chapter

...François Truffaut: What Do Critics Dream About? François Truffaut One day in 1942,1 was so anxious to see Marcel Carné's Les Visiteurs du Soir, which at last had arrived at my neighbourhood theatre, the Pigalle, that I decided...

Abraham Polonsky: The Most Dangerous Man in America

Projections 8 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1998

Book chapter

...Abraham Polonsky on the set of Romance of a Horse Thief'What are you gonna do, kill me? Everybody dies.'America is a pretty rotten place in the work of Abraham Polonsky. Not just the hand-me-down fatalism of noir but the acutely observed...