Watching Movies by Rick Lyman
The Biggest Names in Cinema Talk about the Films that Matter Most

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An inside look at how some of the hottest figures in the film industry view their craft

In this unique collection, New York Times film critic Rick Lyman sits down with notable directors, actors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and other film industry professionals to watch and discuss a movie that each person considers seminal or influential on his or her career. From Steven Soderbergh on how All the President's Men influenced Erin Brockovich and Traffic, to Woody Allen's, John Travolta's, Sissy Spacek's, and Kevin Smith's favorite movies, each interviewee's character is revealed in the resulting essays, which deepen our appreciation of landmark films, and give us extraordinary insight into the process of filmmaking.

Lyman enhances every essay with a brief biography, career history, and complete filmography of each of the subjects, which puts them in a historical and creative context.

Drawn from the enormously popular series in The New York Times, Watching Movies will fascinate film students and curious moviegoers alike.

About Rick Lyman

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Rick Lyman, who reports on the film industry for The New York Times, has been writing the "Watching the Movies With" column since 2000.
Published March 3, 2003 by Times Books. 288 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Lending cohesion to the collection is a theme the watchers reiterate: films from the late 1960s and ’70s reflect work that was honest, original, and literate, qualities now missing in what Barry Levinson terms “a thin age for storytelling.” Also pulling this all together is Lyman’s lively prose.

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Many of the filmmakers agreed that movies made in the last quarter century --- movies they made and starred in --- do not measure up to those they grew up with.

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