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  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (December 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160473373X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604733730
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Livia Bloom is a film curator and a contributor to the collection Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary. Her writing is published regularly in Cinema Scope .


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Roger Ebert has said, "After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven't found another filmmaker who intrigues me more...Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini."

Morris' films have won many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, an Emmy, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival, the Golden Horse at the Taiwan International Film Festival and the Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America. His documentaries have repeatedly appeared on many ten best lists and have been honored by the National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review. His work was the subject of a full retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1999.

Morris has received five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2007, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a graduate student at Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Weston on February 16, 2010
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While not being perfect, this book is nonetheless an extremely interesting collection of interviews and Q & A's with filmmaker Errol Morris. It is clear that Morris is extremely well-spoken and well-read and he provides many interesting tidbits about the making of his films as well as theories and notions about film-making and life in general. The only downside to this book is that it is simply a collection of interviews from throughout his career. So there is a small amount of repetition - you hear some of the same canned responses to questions, but not enough to get in the way of it being a great read. The most valuable section of the book, and indeed Morris's favorite interview, is the most lengthy (if somewhat typo-ridden) interview in the book (66 pages) with Paul Cronin. It made me think that Cronin should continue with this work, and flesh out an entire book on Morris. Also included is a very interesting discussion between Morris and Werner Herzog, both filmmakers being equally difficult to define in the the cinematic lexicon. Overall, a must for any Morris fan.
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This is an essential read for film lovers, artists and documentary fans. But, really, it's perfect for any living, thinking human being. Morris is a sage of our age, and we can learn from him whether we are in the creative field or just alive. Check this out: "We tell ourselves stories so we don't have to deal with reality. We create stories out of the mess of reality by eliminating material, by reinterpreting material, by rearranging material." Right on. Bloom knows her stuff and takes it to the master interviewer in this thoughtful, revelatory book.
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even without seeing this director's movies, the interviews stand on their own. yes, there is always a little repetition in interview books where they are often not allowed to shorten an existing interview. i love this umiss series.
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