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Action!: Interviews with Directors from Classical Hollywood to Contemporary Iran (New Perspectives on World Cinema) Paperback – July 1, 2009


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  • Series: New Perspectives on World Cinema
  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Anthem Press (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843313294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843313298
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,863,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Utterly engaging… ‘Action!’ [is] a wide-ranging and exemplary collection.' —Richard Brody, ‘The New Yorker’

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''Action!' is a treasure-trove: nineteen rare interviews with a wide variety of film directors, all conducted by writers who are truly savvy about their subjects.  The book as a whole adds up to a practical PhD in what it takes to put personal vision up on the screen, both then and now.' —Jeanine Basinger, Chair, Film Studies Department, Wesleyan University


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GARY MORRIS founded Bright Lights Film Journal as a print publication in 1974; it became a web-only magazine in 1996 (http://www.brightlightsfilm.com) and an associated blog in 2006 (http://blog.brightlightsfilm.com). He is the author of the monograph ROGER CORMAN (Twayne Publishers, 1985) and the editor of ACTION! INTERVIEWS FROM CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD TO CONTEMPORARY IRAN (Anthem Press, 2009).

He has written extensively on film for a variety of print and online publications including SF Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, Morphizm, Financial Times, SF Bay Guardian, and Close-up and Cineforum (Italy). He was an advisor on International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers and a contributor to the online academic arts website glbqt.com. He served as a jury member at the 1993 Torino Film Festival and as guest programmer of the jazz film component of the Locarno Film Festival in 2000. He also toils writing marketing copy for publishers and editing textbooks.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Hathwell on October 9, 2009
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It's true I like this genre--interviews with film directors--but this example is particularly substantial and wide-ranging, and particularly absorbing. (It reads very quickly.) The crew of interviewers is knowledgeable and skilled, and they invariably get interesting responses from their subjects. The interviews have been smartly edited to eliminate any dull filler or redundancy.

Some highlights: the interviews with Sirk, Fellini, and Haneke; a long conversation with Bresson, as always in a class by himself; and Truffaut's touching, last interview. If you like these directors--and others of their class--you won't want to miss these.
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By Stephen Goldston on February 4, 2010
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I couldn't put it down. For anyone interested in film (That's almost everyone!), this is the book to read. Lots of Hollywood, plus interviews with foreign directors. It includes fun stuff I didn't know about like when color movies first came out people claimed they made them feel dizzy. Mr. Morris has made sure to select only interesting interviews. Truffaut's last one is included. Although he was very sick at the time, his conversation is full of spirit and inspiration.
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