Making Movies by Sidney Lumet

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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.

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Published September 1, 2010 by Vintage. 242 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Making movies may be ``hard work,'' as the veteran director continually reminds us throughout this slight volume, but Lumet's simple-minded writing doesn't make much of a case for that or for anything else.

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Lumet, the acclaimed director of such films as Dog Day Afternoon and Network, presents an anecdotal insider's account of the key elements in filmmaking.

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Entertainment Weekly

Sidney Lumet seems like an honorable fellow.

Mar 31 1995 | Read Full Review of Making Movies

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Meticulously detailing the gestation of his 1982 Amazonian epic Fitzcarraldo, the singular Herzog is ever-invigorating, hilarious even in his despair: "A fairly young, intelligent-looking man with long hair asked me whether filming or being filmed could do harm, whether it could destroy a person.

Feb 19 2013 | Read Full Review of Making Movies


It was from those table reads that Lumet and the cast realized that the speech screenwriter Frank Pierson had written didn't translate well enough to use in the actual film.

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Maybe reticence is what makes Lumet such an enduring, versatile director, but it's unfortunate that a large swath of his professional experience and indeed of his own fascinating personal life—his ex-wives include Gloria Vanderbilt and Lena Home's daughter Gail—has been omitted here.

Apr 24 1995 | Read Full Review of Making Movies

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