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The directors - take two : in their own words
Emery, Robert J.
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New York : TV Books, [2000]

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383 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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This continuation to The Directors: In Their Own Words -- Take One includes extensive, in-depth interviews with the following film directors, as well as with people who worked with them: Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally), Joel Schumacher (Batman & Robin), Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump), Alan Pakula (All the President's Men), John G. Avildsen (Rocky), Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman), John McTiernan (Die Hard), Martha Coolidge (Lost in Yonkers), Herbert Ross (The Turning Point), William Friedkin (The French Connection), Arthur Hiller (Love Story), Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail), and John Badham (Saturday Night Fever).

Fascinating revelations by these renowned directors make this a must-have volume for film students and all movie buffs.

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Booklist Review

Emery resumes where The Directors--Take One (1999) left off, presenting 13 additional longer versions of interviews originally done for the Encore cable series The Directors. Longer because each one-hour episode featured only about 25 minutes of each interview. After brief introductions, the interviews appear as monologues. William Friedkin remembers the "now famous chase sequence" in The French Connection: the only mention of it in the script was "the chase begins here," and Friedkin and producer Phil D'Antoni delayed dealing with it "because we couldn't figure out what the hell to do with it." Eventually, Friedkin hit on the idea of involving innocent bystanders in the danger of the chase, thereby achieving greater verisimilitude when, for instance, star Gene Hackman's car nearly hits a baby carriage. The resulting explosive action scene remains gripping after all these years and repeated viewings. Emery's profiles of important and successful directors is a fine resource for film fans wanting a little insight into directorial technique and motivation. --Mike Tribby

Library Journal Review

In this second volume of interviews, Emery offers insights into the works of Rob Reiner, Robert Zemeckis, Terry Gilliam, and ten other prominent directors. Based on transcriptions from the Encore Movie Channel production The Directors (minus the interviewer's questions), the chapters present the directors speaking in a sort of choreographed monolog. They spin stories of how they got started and talk about their films, tackling subjects like television, the casting process, studios, the industry today, and what the future holds. Each chapter includes a filmography and list of awards. Although the book's style is a bit confusing, the end result is an intimate portrait of the kind of men and women who elect to direct film today. For all public libraries and film collections.--Kelli N. Perkins, Herrick P.L., Holland, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Note from the Authorp. 7
1. The Films of Rob Reinerp. 11
2. The Films of Joel Schumacherp. 37
3. The Films of Robert Zemeckisp. 65
4. The Films of Alan Pakulap. 89
5. The Films of John G. Avildsenp. 115
6. The Films of Garry Marshallp. 145
7. The Films of John McTiernanp. 171
8. The Films of Martha Coolidgep. 191
9. The Films of Herbert Rossp. 213
10. The Films of William Friedkinp. 237
11. The Films of Arthur Hillerp. 279
12. The Films of Terry Gilliamp. 301
13. The Films of John Badhamp. 329
Indexp. 355