Synopses & Reviews
From one of America's most acclaimed directors comes a book that is both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on 40 years of experience on movies ranging from Long Day's Journey Into Night to The Verdict, Lumet explains the painstaking labor that results in two hours of screen magic.
Why does a director choose a particular script? What must they do in order to keep actors fresh and truthful through take after take of a single scene? How do you stage a shootout involving more than one hundred extras and three colliding taxis in the heart of New York s diamond district? What does it take to keep the studio honchos happy? From the first rehearsal to the final screening, Making Movies is a master s take, delivered with clarity, candor, and a wealth of anecdote.
For in this book, Sidney Lumet, one of our most consistently acclaimed directors, gives us both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on forty years of experience on movies that range from Long Day s Journey into Night to Network and The Verdict and with such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino Lumet explains how painstaking labor and inspired split-second decisions can result in two hours of screen magic."