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Making Movies Paperback – March 19, 1996
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Well...I could see his point, but I didn't feel the same way about the book. There's a thin thread throughout about the way Lumet conducts his movie project, most evident in the book's best chapter (7) entitled "Shooting the Movie: At Last!" The pieces of the puzzle all fall together at that point, and you get a true sense of everyone's responsibilities and how Lumet plans and uses these resources. So yeah, that's project management.
But if you're going to buy this book, buy it because you're interested in how movies get made, starting right from how a script is chosen, through to the preview. From that perspective, it's a great book. Again, in the book's best chapter, you get a sense for just how draining - and unglamourous - it is to actually shoot the movie. Early pick-ups, lots of work with stand-ins to get the set (esp. lighting) right, multiple takes, late-night viewing of rushes. This is tough work, and Lumet describes it clear, concise language. And he pulls no punches as to where his frustrations lay in the process.
Roger Ebert's cover blurb states "I am sometimes asked if there is one book a filmgoer could read to learn more about how movies are made and what to look for while watching them. This is the book." I'd say that's a very accurate summation of what you'll find here.
As the other reviewers have mentioned, Lumet's style makes it easy for everyone to understand and get a grasp of what it takes to shoot a movie, from reading a scenario, to bringing together a cast, from dealing with actors to trying to stay within the budget. The book's procession is designed in such a way, that your curiosity increases as you flip through the chapters. (You begin to wonder if the film's going to get ready in time.)
Lumet, as the director of many films, should be considered as a real master in the film industry. He has worked with important actors such as Sean Connery frequently, and succeeded in putting together remarkable films, like 'Twelve Angry Men'. He tells the audience exactly how he's felt and what he's thought during the making of the movies. He expresses the stress he's had when the actors did not show up on time, when the weather conditions changed dramatically or when the production company announced to cut off a significant portion of the film budget. He also depicts his delight when he's got astonishing performance from his actors and actresses, when the cameraman managed to do a better job than he had even planned. His telling of these remarks are inspiring, indeed.
'Making Movies' is a great source, although not necessarily a technical source, for all people either working or interested in the film world. A wonderful book to both read and have in shelf.
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One of the best books I have read on filmmaking from a master in the business. I bought this used, in perfect condition, minus dust jacket plus it is a first edition!Published 15 days ago by Stephen
A must read from a guy who's been there, done that, and kept his sense of dry humor about it all.Published 15 days ago by bbkong
In this unique, engrossing book, Sidney Lumet, one of American cinema's most intelligent and prolific filmmakers, explores the film director's job with step-by-step discussions of... Read morePublished 21 days ago by HH
Excellent Read! It's not so much a "how-to" book as it is Lumet's memoir as he recollects the movies he's made. Read morePublished 25 days ago by KB2187
Fascinating description of the movie-making process, with lots of details about the making of his movies.Published 1 month ago by wbfla
Great book for anyone looking to get a realistic view at how a movie is made. Lumet is one of the best in the business and offers an uncensored view of the movie business.Published 2 months ago by jonathan kruse
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