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Conversations at the American Film Institute with the Great Moviemakers: The Next Generation Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 3, 2012

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“Remarkable . . . simply indispensable for anyone who has even the remotest interest in film . . . an incomparably rich collection [of] candid, knowledgeable, and thoughtful conversations.”
Choice Magazine
“Cuts across the spectrum of genres and artistic attitudes . . . a rare treat [and] an eclectic one . . . a treasure-trove to flip through and savor.”
—Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times film critic
“Magnificent . . . Conveys a wonderful sense of the continuity of an industry and an institution . . . A collection that is compendious, illuminating, and utterly indispensible.”
Director’s Guild of America Quarterly
“Wide-ranging and informative . . . Sure to be a stimulating, valuable, and much-used reference source for film addicts.”
Library Journal
"Illuminating . . . informative and nostalgic . . . a montage of delights for all who like sitting in the dark, popcorn in one hand, a lover's in the other, transfixed."
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Truly indispensable to anyone who cares about the art of film.”
Buffalo News
“Fascinating and valuable. To a film junkie, it doesn’t get much better than this.”
Portland Book Review
“A feast for film junkies . . . a textbook made of cotton candy, an intellectual treat.”
The Big Story (Associated Press)
“Remarkable . . . will entertain the most avid movie buff and also serve as essential reading for anyone thinking of entering the film industry.”
“Brings together, for the first time, thirty seminars with directors, producers, writers, actors, cinematographers, composers, and film editors . . . all of them talking honestly, seriously, openly.”
—Turner Classic Movies

About the Author

GEORGE STEVENS, JR., is a writer, director, producer, and founder of the American Film Institute.  He is the author of the play Thurgood, which ran on Broadway and was filmed for HBO.  He has received fifteen Emmys, two Peabody Awards, the Humanitas Prize, and seven Writers Guild Awards for his television productions, including the annual Kennedy Center Honors, Separate but Equal, The Murder of Mary Phagan, and We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. His production The Thin Red Line was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In 2009 President Obama named him co-chairman of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.  Stevens started out working with his father, George Stevens, on Shane, Giant, and The Diary of Anne Frank and in 1962 was named head of the United States Information Agency’s motion picture division by Edward R. Murrow. He lives in Washington, D.C.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; F First Edition edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307273474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307273475
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book is worth it for the pictures alone. It rivals the film facts type of books and magazines. They are all monochrome but many have not been seen elsewhere.

The layout is more of an encyclopedia form with and introduction, a conversation, and wraps up with a "films as" section (director, maker, etc). There are 33 personalities taken in last name order.

Knowing more about the people that make the movies adds value to the viewing experience. This book also makes a great introduction to the industry by displaying the skills and attitudes necessary.

I have to admit that I am looking at my favorite directors first; however I will not miss a page as I am even discovering new (old) films to ass to my repertoire.
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Format: Hardcover
An absolute essential collection of conversations conducted at the American Film Institute. A follow up to the magnificent Conversations with the Great Moviemakers: Hollywood's Golden Age, this fantastic collection is of The Next Generation: From the 1950s to Hollywood Today. George Stevens Jr. has gathered thirty-two "conversations" for this volume with memories and views about the film industry from a wide range of participants. Directors take up the bulk but also included are producers, writers, actors, a cinematographer, a film editor, a composer and even a film critic; all adding up to an invaluable insight into the business and just terrific reading for all film history buffs. Easy to read but not so easy to put aside once you start because these conversations are so interesting and fulfilling.
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As a storyteller myself, I enjoyed the perspective of directors, writers, editors, actors, and others who brought to life some great movies of our our time. The book is entertaining and enlightening.
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