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The Director's Vision: A Concise Guide to the Art of 250 Great Filmmakers
Covering the true originals of classic Hollywood, the masters of world cinema, the more distinctive contemporary filmmakers, and a number of downright eccentrics, The Director’s Vision is a guide to 250 of the all-time great visual stylists. These filmmakers are each given a single film still that exemplifies their work; the accompanying text explores how they exploit the ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Chicago Review Press
(first published August 31st 1999)
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This book is by no means what it is advertised as: it's not a "concise guide" to the art of 250 directors, it doesn't tell you "how the world's greatest filmmakers create their spellbinding visions" and "the secrets behind their unique styles." In fact, it's rather misguided in my opinion because it uses auteur theory and assumes that the director is the one who creates the entire picture contained in the movie frame, as though the he or she is the "painter" of an entire film's moving image; but ...more
Surprisingly broad, includes many international auteurs. Back in my cinema days I managed to get to 200 of these 250, not as easy as it sounds given how hard it is to find many of the films (even now). The book is not thorough in any way, just giving a short summary of each director, but a great guide for anyone who wants to know what they're missing out on in a huge world of films.
Although I'm sure the text is informative, the film stills in this book alone are reason enough to purchase it. A great selection of filmmakers and an excellent book to just browse through when you feel like spacing out. Such great pictures...even the cover!