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Filme Machen: Vom Drehbuch zum Fertigen Film

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It's well known that a vast number of people work on any given movie in roles as varied as writing scripts, choosing locations, dressing sets, costuming the players, lighting scenes, manipulating the camera, directing actors, editing film, working on sound, advertising the finished product, and screening it to an audience. Have you ever thought about how these components a ...more
Paperback, Broschiert, 258 pages
Published January 25th 2006 by Autorenhaus (first published March 14th 1995)
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lumet's an interesting guy to think about if one decides to make a film -- the guy's made some of the best films of our time. but for me, lumet provides a cautionary tale of what not to become.

12 Angry Men
Dog Day Afternoon
The Verdict
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

all good. and Network is great.

and he's made about fifty bad movies including A Stranger Among Us, Guilty as Sin, the remake of Gloria, etc...

lumet's obviously an intelligent guy with good taste (cites Carl Dreyer as
Daniel Gonçalves
I grew up with the conception that movies were art. The media would commonly refer to it as the 7th form of artistic expression. I had my doubts. In my young mind, it was easy to assemble a film together. All people had to do was bring actors to their sets. Then the camera would roll, and another motion picture was made. It was now waiting in the cinema, and you could by a ticket for a reasonable price.

I was wrong. There is much more to it.

Creating film is a complex process. The struggles are
Jun 26, 2015 orsodimondo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana, cinema
Sidney Lumet ha un curriculum imponente e impressionante: quasi sessanta anni di attività, cominciò a fare il regista in teatro (esperienza che lo segnerà, quanti suoi film sono adattamenti cinematografici di pièce teatrali!), attraversando la televisione (che negli anni Cinquanta in US sperimentava e innovava il linguaggio più del cinema dell’epoca, proprio come succede adesso), per esordire nel cinema a trentatre anni (nel suo paese, non proprio ragazzino a quel
Feb 28, 2015 Vishy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently opened an old box which had been packed years back with books. It is wonderful when we pack a box and leave it to gather dust and then open it after many years. We are surprised by some of the treasures that we find inside. Sometimes we don’t know how a particular treasure got into the box and why it has been lurking there for many years. That is exactly what happened when I opened this box. I was surprised by some of the treasures I found and I was very excited. One of these was Sidn ...more
Patrick McCoy
Nov 24, 2011 Patrick McCoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film, non-fiction
Sidney Lumet, who died earlier this year, has no less than four film masterpieces: 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, and Network. Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon, are two of my favorite New York films of all time (others include: The French Connection, The Marathon Man, Day Of The Condor, Taxi Driver, Manhattan, Goodfellas). There are several other exceptional films also directed by Sidney Lumet: Prince Of The City, The Verdict, The Hill, and Before The Devil Knows You're Dead. Woody Allen ...more
Rodney Welch
Sep 02, 2009 Rodney Welch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film
The perfect instruction book, either for fans or the career-minded. Imagine having a long conversation with a legendary director, where you get to ask him all the things you want to know: what's the shooting process like, how do you rehearse actors, what's the relationship between you and cinematographer, or you and the editor, how do you deal with unions, and while you're at it, what in the world is color timing? This book is all that, told in the plainest, most direct, most cut-the-crap manner ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't completely finish it, this is a book you can jump to whichever part of the movie-making process you would like to know more about. Sidney Lumet does a great unbiased job of elaborating on the processes before during and after a movie is made. I learned quite a bit, especially about camera angles and particular reasons some shots are the way they are which helped me to better understand some shots I have seen in movies that left me wondering, wtf?. Great, simple read for a medium to avid m ...more
Pamela Perry
Jan 26, 2017 Pamela Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a screenwriter. I have read several of the scripts to Sidney Lumet's masterpieces, ie: 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon. These scripts were masterful and provided a great foundation for Mr. Lumet to utilize his great talent.
It was interesting to learn his father was an actor, and Sidney had been a child actor, working in Yiddish Theater. He actually performed 'Macbeth' in Yiddish!
Mr Lumet was not infatuated with being a director or with 'Hollywood'. It was a good way to make a living and sup
Dec 04, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite movie, Network, was directed by the author of this book. Naturally, I had to pick up a copy.

Let it be said that reading this affirmed my previous belief that one has to be insane to want to be a filmmaker. The number of moving parts on a movie set exceeds that of any particle accelerator, and it’s all chaos. Not only is there no way to predict how actors will behave or what kind of mechanical failures will arise in any of the thousand departments, there’s no way to predict how the au
Stephen Hull
Dec 24, 2016 Stephen Hull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't know how I've missed this one in the past. A very readable and brief book about the filmmaking process. Some technical stuff is out of date (colour timing the answer print, anyone?) but lots about production and editing is still relevant. What's more, all of his examples are from films that he's made (e.g. 12 Angry Men, Network, Dog Day Afternoon), which only adds to the enjoyment. And some great quotes ("To make up for the joy of seeing Sophia Loren every morning, God punishes the directo ...more
Kun kirjastosta tulee rakkauskirje lukuisten uusimisten ja lopulta kuukauden myöhästymisen jälkeen, on syytä vihdoin lukea se kirjan viimeinenkin kappale loppuun.

Lumet kuvaa järjestelmällisellä tarkkuudella kaikkia elokuvanteon vaiheita aina käsikirjoituksesta lavastukseen, näyttelijävalinnoista markkinatutkimuksiin. Kaikista yksityiskohdista hullaantuu helposti niin, että nähdessään lopulta valmiin elokuvan, pettyy vähäsen. Tuntuu, että appelsiinit Idän pikajunan arvoituksessa eivät ole tarpeek
Dec 25, 2015 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must-read for any cinephile, moviemaker, or motion picture enthusiast who's curious about the gears that move the magical motion picture factories of the golden age of studio cinema. Sidney Lumet applies his flair for storytelling into a genuine and personable account of the rare privilege he's had creating Hollywood giants, from the first days of color through to the last days before the digital revolution.
Dec 06, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love movies. I want to make a movie.
Perhaps, reading this book will be the closest I'll come to making a movie.
It reads so gracefully. I felt I was in the shoes of Sidney Lumet, one of America's preeminent filmmakers., as he made his decisions on all aspects of putting a film from script to screen.
What can I say? If you like movies and ever dreamed of making a movie, read this book.
Stewart Summers
Dec 28, 2012 Stewart Summers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific book! If you have aspirations to direct film and/or TV this book is a must read. Clear, concise and to the point. Easy to digest and comprehend. I had the opportunity to work on a Lumet film and this book is an accurate depiction of how he ran a film set. There was nothing he could not do. RIP SL.
Brock Spore
Good book for what I might be getting into in the near future. Very technical at times but that is necessary. I knew that a lot goes into making movies but this really spells it out.
Raja Rathnam
Oct 02, 2014 Raja Rathnam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A master's experiences with truth. A good read.
Sherif Nagib
Oct 27, 2010 Sherif Nagib rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film
A must read !
S Old account
Oct 21, 2014 S Old account rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Largely anecdotal, very informative and interesting read.
Nov 13, 2015 Carolin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want all my favorite film makers to write the same book. This was fascinating!
May 05, 2011 Elviza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn bloody honest account of movie business.
Dec 01, 2016 Sathish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sidney Lumet is a celebrated filmmaker whose films started in black & white era and continued up to the current era.

Lumet breaks down into each chapter most aspects of filmmaking, how certain decisions are made & why there are no certain set of rules to follow as almost everything goes wrong even in the most well planned shoots.

Most of the chapters offers us rare glimpses into all the Politics, Frustrations, Heartbreaks behind all the Glitz & Glamour of Film World.

Chapters of Writer
Nov 25, 2016 Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: filmmaking
Sidney Lumet seems like he was a great guy as well as a great director. He knew how to get people to do their best work, and he's lavish in his praise of others. You'd think that everyone he worked with was an expert except him.

If there's one thing I'll take from this book, it's that the director's role is essentially this: Praise others when things go well, take responsibility when things are tough, and above all, make sure that everyone, from grip to composer, is working on the same movie.
Feb 06, 2017 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book that has a lot to say about making movies of course, but also pursuing any kind of craft or art form in general. Very well worth the read for any film buff, my head is full of new understanding regarding nearly every aspect of film-making. Some technical details are probably out of date due to the ever advancing march of technology but the fundamentals still hold and learning about the technical limitations and constraints of analog film allows for understanding regarding many film-ma ...more
Dec 30, 2016 Readread rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific look inside the movie making process. It's a little dated since it's from 1995 (pre-most of today's tech advancements). But Lumet's passion for filmmaking comes through beautifully. Highly recommend this book.
Juan Espinoza
Oct 24, 2016 Juan Espinoza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sencillo y directo, tal y como son las películas de Lumet. No se detiene en detalles innecesarios y es franco y sincero, sin ningún ápice de arrogancia a la hora de hablar, incluso, de sus fracasos.

Shane James Bordas
An honest and thorough overview of the filmmaking process, detailing its joys and pains. Plentiful good advice here from an old master. Favourite quote: "Dialogue is not uncinematic." Thank you, Mr. Lumet!
Mar 17, 2017 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable, thorough read. Lumet really does give the outsider a peak at the inside.
Jake Berlin
Jan 13, 2017 Jake Berlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, art, technology
a really fascinating look at how movies are made, told with warmth and humor and (seeming) honesty by one of my favorite directors.
Mar 06, 2017 Mahmoud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just met Sidney Lumet... Splendid! Very educative!
Dec 28, 2016 RB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.
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Sidney Lumet was an Academy Award-winning American film director, with over 50 films to his name, including the critically acclaimed 12 Angry Men (1957), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982), all of which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director. He won an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2005, for his "brilliant services to screenw ...more
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