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Take 100: The Future of Film: 100 New Directors Hardcover – June 30, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (June 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714849553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714849553
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 2 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Renowned art publisher Phaidon is putting its stamp on the film world with this stunningly produced role call of tomorrow's Oscar winners. ... Film criticism meets entertainment ... With so many photographers moving into the world of film, this book could become an essential purchase.' Professional Photographer 'Take 100 ... will certainly put right any complaints that "they don't make 'em like they used to." Directors featured range from relatively established folk like Ari Folman ... to still-criminally overlooked directors such as Korean-American auteur So Yong Kim. Impressive in its range, the book doesn't just stick to the art school track either and features Knocked Up's Judd Apatow among others. Couple all of the above with Phaidon's usual attention-to-detail and gorgeous, colourful photographs and you'll find a new level of appreciation for contemporary film'. Dazed & Confused 'the year's most fascinating oddity in film publishing. ... It must be art cinema's most defiant hour. ... it challenges us to take serious cinema seriously. And no one could dispute the front flyleaf's claim: "Take 100 is the first-ever film festival attempted between the covers of a book." ... The photographs are sensational ... The accompanying texts are anything but glossy. Earnest, intelligent ... why [...] have I fallen for the book? Because I admire its quixotry: how it goes into battle against the windmills. ... Of course, it is desirable that the world wakes up to intelligent cinema and the importance it can have in our lives. If fracturing our coffee tables will do it, bring on the mega-books. ... I myself found Take 100 quite an education. There are a dozen directors here I have barely heard of - even as a full-time, festival traipsing critic. ... Let the new age begin. Let Hollywood blockbuster cinema be consigned to slim or dusty paperbacks while art cinema is embraced by publishers with a Babylonian, even Brobdingnagian, vision.' Financial Times

About the Author

Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling: co-directors, Toronto International Film Festival Trevor Groth: senior programmer, Sundance Film Festival Dong-Ho Kim: director, Pusan International Film Festival Cheuk-to Li: director, Hong Kong International Film Festival Frederic Maire: director, Locarno International Film Festival Marco Muller: director, Venice International Film Festival Azize Tan: director, International Istanbul Film Festival Christoph Terhechte: director, International Forum of New Cinema at the Berlin International Film Festival Sergio Wolf: director, Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AB on July 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book per recommendation of a review I read in Film Comment, and it's really an amazing book for anyone who loves film and likes to know what's happening on an international level. It's a beautiful book, with a plastic cover that looks like film stills. There is a lot of interesting information on each director featured in the book, the the film scenes chosen for each of the 100 directors are laid out beautifully. Definitely recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loves the View VINE VOICE on November 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a world wide survey of the up and coming film directors. Films/directors were selected by film festival directors on four continents (needing Africa and Australia although film directors from these continents are included). It is ambitious, curious, and remarkable. A book like this is helpful for fans, film festival promoters and other professionals in the film industry.

I've been browsing this book for a week and will probably browse it again. It's a hybrid, that is, a reference book having the elements of both coffee table and gift books.

I'm giving it 5 stars although, for me, there were weaknesses. None relate to content, which is excellent.

Gray type on glossy paper is hard on the eyes. It is an extra burden in a heavy book like this because it must be shifted to avoid glare if one is seriously reading the text.

The first page for each director focuses on a significant film. I would have liked to see the director's data (country, filmography and other bio info) on this page as well. I believe there are other readers who, when not familiar with the directors, would want this up front to get their bearings.

Another thing that would have been helpful, for a fan like me, was a summary page with a filmography of the works of the directors who are cited. This way I could easily browse without going page by page to see if directors (whose names I might not know) of films I have seen were included in the book. A geographical or language page would have been helpful too. Some of this can be found through the index (which is good), but searchers with specific interests use indexes, not browsers.
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This is a great book for everyone from film enthusiasts to those just getting their feet wet who want to explore a wider range of film styles.

The book itself is full of imagery and contains great scene excerpts that demonstrate the framing and style that one could expect when watching one of the films being described.
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By AFriges on May 14, 2013
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Every movie in here is now on my must see list.
It's a beautiful book overall. The plastic jacket will crumble
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