Making Movies

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Publish Date: 1996-03-19

Binding: Paperback

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Why does a director choose a particular script? What must they do in order to keep actors fresh and truthful through take after take of a single scene? How do you stage a shootoutinvolving more than one hundred extras and three colliding taxisin the heart of New Yorks diamond district? What does it take to keep the studio honchos happy? From the first rehearsal to the final screening, Making Movies is a masters take, delivered with clarity, candor, and a wealth of anecdote.

For in this book, Sidney Lumet, one of our most consistently acclaimed directors, gives us both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on forty years of experience on movies that range from Long Days Journey into Night to Network and The Verdictand with such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, and Al PacinoLumet explains how painstaking labor and inspired split-second decisions can result in two hours of screen magic.

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