The first book to bring together these interviews of master moviemakers from the American Film Institute’s renowned seminars, Conversations with the Great Moviemakers
offers an unmatched history of American cinema in the words of its greatest practitioners.
Here are the incomparable directors Frank Capra, Elia Kazan, King Vidor, David Lean, Fritz Lang (“I learned only from bad films”), William Wyler, and George Stevens; renowned producers and cinematographers; celebrated screenwriters Ray Bradbury and Ernest Lehman; as well as the immortal Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini (“Making a movie is a mathematical operation. It’s absolutely impossible to improvise”). Taken together, these conversations offer uniquely intimate access to the thinking, the wisdom, and the genius of cinema’s most talented pioneers.
“Impressive and entertaining. . . . A sweeping and valuable compendium of picture-making and picture lore.”
—Peter Bogdanovich, The Wall Street Journal
“This book, lovingly put together from hundreds of dialogues with some of the greatest directors, writers and technicians who ever worked in the medium is a precious resource for filmmakers at all stages. . . . And for people who simply love movies, it’s a joy to read.”
“Anyone remotely interested in movies will be enchanted by this astonishing collection.”
“Brilliant. . . . This one is a keeper. . . . Anybody wanting to write, produce or direct movies needs to own and read it.”
—The New York Post