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The Donnie Darko Book

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A companion volume to "one of the most original works of recent American Cinema"*

Donnie Darko was the surprise cult hit of 2001. Appearing nationwide on critic's year-end top-ten lists, the quirky independent film's effortless blending of science fiction, horror, adolescent angst, and social satire defied description while simultaneously providing "an unexpectedly poignant
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 31st 2003 by Faber & Faber
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The interview with Richard Kelly was interesting to read. While I read the script I found myself paying more attention compared to when I watch the film. As a result of this, some questions that I had from watching the film cleared up. I now understand why some events happened the way they did. The Philosophy of Time Travel pictures, towards the end of the book, were interesting and helpful.
Giorgi Komakhidze
I'm sorry, Ms. Farmer, I just don't
get this.
Just place an X in the appropriate
place on the Lifeline.
I just don't get this. Everything
can't be lumped into two categories.
That's too simple.
The Lifeline is divided that way.
Well, life isn't that simple. So
what if Ling Ling kept the cash and
returned the wallet? That has nothing
to do with either fear or love.
Fear and love are the deepest of
human emotions.
Well, yeah... OK, but
Jason Coffman
This is basically just the shooting script for the film (which includes scenes deleted from the original theatrical release and restored for the awful "director's cut") with a fairly lengthy interview with Richard Kelly acting as a preface to the script. The most interesting part of the interview is Kelly's description of his upbringing, on which he clearly based much of "The Box." Also, he mentions his "frat brothers" at one point, which explains in two words why his production company made the ...more
The book contains an introduction by Jake Gyllenhaal (nicely and honestly written), an interview with Richard Kelly (awesomely long and very informative and interesting!!!), the script (of course, as good as I remembered it from the movie - though it gave me some more input and understanding than I previously had), pages from "The Philosophy of Time Travel", and images and sketches from the film.
It is a real treat for fans of the movie itself, Richard Kelly and movie-making in general!
Rebecca McNutt
Mostly a script for the movie, I was expecting more but I got less which s kinda disappointing. :( Interesting to see the few drawings though.
Derek Baldwin
Basically the shooting script for the film, plus extracts from The Philosophy Of Time Travel, and an interview with writer-director Richard Kelly. Interesting and (where the interview is concerned) occasionally illuminating: Donnie Darko is an outstanding film, this is not an outstanding book.
Tara Gulwell
Buy it, it will make you think about the intricacies of Donnie Darko even more then the film. The shooting script was some way so much funnier then the film too.
Bill G
This is a great companion to the movie. YOu get the script, some behind the scenes stuff and some of the Philosophy of Time Travel.
Corinne bell
really cleared everything up for me
I love this movie. I love this script.
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Richard Kelly is an American film director and writer, best known for 2001's Donnie Darko. Kelly grew up in Midlothian, Virginia where he attended Midlothian High School before getting a scholarship and moving to Southern California to study at the USC School of Cinema-Television. He made two short films at USC, The Goodbye Place and Visceral Matter, before graduating in 1997.

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