Film Directors on their Films (Books)

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Lynch on Lynch, Revised Edition
1.  Lynch on Lynch, Revised Edition by David Lynch
The list author says:
  "While Lynch prefers not to explain his film's meanings, his discussions on his films and his career are still interesting."
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Fellini On Fellini
2.  Fellini On Fellini by Federico Fellini
The list author says:
  "one of the masters of cinema. I haven't read this one yet."
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Melville on Melville (Cinema one, 16)
3.  Melville on Melville (Cinema one, 16) by Rui Nogueira
The list author says:
  "I wish this was in print(or at least cheaper).  While Melville made only about a dozen movies, almost all are classic crime films today."
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Kieslowski on Kieslowski
4.  Kieslowski on Kieslowski by Krzystof Kieslowski
The list author says:
  "One of the most intelligent filmmakers to ever live, his movies were able to be smart and not cold emotionally.  in fact, emotionally they are very fulfilling.  A great read."
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Woody Allen on Woody Allen
5.  Woody Allen on Woody Allen by Woody Allen
The list author says:
  "Allen can be very intelligent and insightful about his works(he makes one film every year).  Many confuse him for his film persona which is an exaggeration and nothing like him really."
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Scorsese on Scorsese : Revised Edition
6.  Scorsese on Scorsese : Revised Edition by David Thomson
The list author says:
  "Since early in his career Scorsese has been making personal films that appeal to the mainstream and is still going strong 5 decades later.  I hope to read this one soon."
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Godard On Godard (A Da Capo paperback)
7.  Godard On Godard (A Da Capo paperback) by Jean Luc Godard
The list author says:
  "Godard can be cerebral(in fact, sometimes I can't follow his thoughts at all) and thought provoking.  Contains many of his Cahiers reviews, its interesting to read how his opinions on cinema change as he goes from critic to filmmaker."
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Orson Welles: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)
8.  Orson Welles: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers) by Orson Welles
The list author says:
  "After reading this Orson Welles is a bigger mystery.  He intentionally contradicts himself, has much love for making films, but seems to not like watching most movies(then again, he'll also speak loving about other filmmaker's movies after trashing the art form as worthless)."
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Stanley Kubrick: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)
9.  Stanley Kubrick: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers) by Stanley Kubrick
The list author says:
  "I didn't read this but I am curious about it.  Kubrick made a few movies(almost all masterpieces) but was always reclusive about dealing with the press.  A true cinephile, loved movies so much he would literally watch EVERYTHING and anything."
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Francis Ford Coppola: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)
10.  Francis Ford Coppola: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers) by Francis Ford Coppola
The list author says:
  "Coppola's movies are hit and miss (But when they Hit, they are some of the best).  He is truly inspiring to listen to and along with Lucas has been funding the improvement of film Technology for decades.  We can thank him for helping to create many of our newer cinematic advancements."
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John Ford: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)
11.  John Ford: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers) by John Ford
The list author says:
  "Ford is old school and a legend.  When Orson Welles first set out to make Citizen Kane, he found most movies to be boring, except Ford's Stagecoach which he screened hundreds of times to learn filmmaking.  I haven't read this, but I want to."
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Howard Hawks: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)
12.  Howard Hawks: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers) by Howard Hawks
The list author says:
  "Another legend.  Hawks could do a film in any genre(gangster, western, screwball comedy, film noir, drama, etc) and makes it one of the best ever seen. Truly one of cinema's finest craftsman."
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Herzog on Herzog
13.  Herzog on Herzog by Werner Herzog
The list author says:
  "German filmmaker who is still going strong today making movies.  I don't think any book can truly capture what you can find in behind the scenes footage from his early films.  how herzog isn't dead yet is amazing(Once he was shot during a rooftop interview and finished the interview before going to the hospital)."
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Malle on Malle
14.  Malle on Malle by Louis Malle
The list author says:
  "Malle is a fascinating figure in cinema.  From Early on till late in his career he never lost his edge and always made refreshing films."
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Cronenberg on Cronenberg (Directors on Directors)
15.  Cronenberg on Cronenberg (Directors on Directors) by David Cronenberg
The list author says:
  "Canadian odd ball director was not initially recognized for how deep his trashy genre pictures were.  Looking back, many can't help but acknowledge how brilliant and subtle his intellect was in those early films."
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Hitchcock (Revised Edition)
16.  Hitchcock (Revised Edition) by Francois Truffaut
The list author says:
  "Hitchcock would later Critique his own answers in this book and claim some of them to be untruthful. Still a must read for any filmmaker."
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Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors
17.  Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors by Peter Bogdanovich
The list author says:
  "one of the best I've ever read.  Big book with many interviews.  I can not recommend this one enough."
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Pedro Almodóvar: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)
18.  Pedro Almodóvar: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers) by Pedro Almodóvar
The list author says:
  "Almodovar's films are truly unique.  I hope to read this one soon."
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Something Like An Autobiography
19.  Something Like An Autobiography by Akira Kurosawa
The list author says:
  "i haven't read this, but its by the master himself.  His career became very Tragic later especially since he was still making great films, except no one wanted to fund them.  Who wouldn't try killing themselves under those circumstances."
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Akira Kurosawa: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)
20.  Akira Kurosawa: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers) by Akira Kurosawa
The list author says:
  "Perhaps more to the point about his movies then his autobiography(I haven't read either to really say though)."
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Renoir on Renoir: Interviews, Essays, and Remarks (Cambridge Studies in Film)
21.  Renoir on Renoir: Interviews, Essays, and Remarks (Cambridge Studies in Film) by Carol Volk
The list author says:
  "Renoir made so many masterpieces and was usually a great interview.  This is probably an excellent book."
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Notes on the Cinematographer (Green Integer)
22.  Notes on the Cinematographer (Green Integer) by Robert Bresson
The list author says:
  "Bresson, like Tarkovsky, is not for everyone.  Fans of his works will want to own this."
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The Architecture of Vision: Writings and Interviews on Cinema
23.  The Architecture of Vision: Writings and Interviews on Cinema by Michelangelo Antonioni
The list author says:
  "Antonioni films are one of kind.  as much as i enjoy them I always appreciate them more after someone explains what he is doing in each shot."
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Michelangelo Antonioni: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)
24.  Michelangelo Antonioni: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers) by Michelangelo Antonioni
The list author says:
  "more Antonioni."
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Andrei Tarkovsky: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series)
25.  Andrei Tarkovsky: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series) by Andreĭ Arsenʹevich Tarkovskiĭ
The list author says:
  "An amazing filmmaker who sadly died too soon and made very little films.  But what he did make will live on forever."
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On Directing Film
26.  On Directing Film by David Mamet
The list author says:
  "Short, and yet one of the best.  more about how to write a great film, not his own movies.  a lot of this book is a lecture from a class he taught."
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Making Movies
27.  Making Movies by Sidney Lumet
The list author says:
  "One of the best ever written.  Lumet is still going strong today and made some of the greatest movies ever.  How he isn't a household name like Scorsese is beyond me."
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Altman on Altman
28.  Altman on Altman by Robert Altman
The list author says:
  "Altman is one of those filmmakers who's interests was more in people, not superficial stories.  Many have imitated him, very few do it right."
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Cassavetes on Cassavetes
29.  Cassavetes on Cassavetes by Raymond Carney
The list author says:
  "A good actor and a remarkable director.  He is often considered the Father of independent cinema in America and one of scorsese's biggest influences."
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The Magic Lantern: An Autobiography
30.  The Magic Lantern: An Autobiography by Ingmar Bergman
The list author says:
  "Better then Bergman's Images(Which is also worth reading).  Fascinating."
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I, Fellini
31.  I, Fellini by Charlotte Chandler
The list author says:
  "More Fellini"
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The Films in My Life
32.  The Films in My Life by Francois Truffaut
The list author says:
  "Like Godard on Godard, contains many of his critique from Cahiers du cinema"
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Francois Truffaut: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers)
33.  Francois Truffaut: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers) by Francois Truffaut
The list author says:
  "Truffaut is my personal favorite of the New Wave Directors."
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Clint Eastwood: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series)
34.  Clint Eastwood: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series) by Clint Eastwood
The list author says:
  "From iconic Actor to one of America's Finest filmmakers."
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Ridley Scott: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series)
35.  Ridley Scott: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series) by Ridley Scott
The list author says:
  "Always making interesting films."
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Quentin Tarantino: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series)
36.  Quentin Tarantino: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series) by Quentin Tarantino
The list author says:
  "A true fan of films, love or hate his films you can really learn a lot from listening to him discuss even the worse films ever made."
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David Lean: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series)
37.  David Lean: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series) by David Lean
The list author says:
  "Lean was at one point the biggest film director in the world."
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Terry Gilliam: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series)
38.  Terry Gilliam: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series) by Terry Gilliam
The list author says:
  "From being the only American Monty python member to directing one of a kind films, Gilliam is a genius."
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Oliver Stone: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)
39.  Oliver Stone: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers) by Oliver Stone
The list author says:
  "One of the few Filmmakers who has made a career in America of doing political films consistently (and made money at it despite being polarizing in his views).  Stone's greatest strengths come from his ability to write good films first, and being a visionary director hasn't hurt either."
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John Huston: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series)
40.  John Huston: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series) by John Huston
The list author says:
  "Son of a famous actor, Huston would make Bogart a star and have a long career making classic films.  Some of his later films are still very ahead of their time and only lately being acknowledge for the brilliance."
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