Conversations With Gus Van Sant by Mario FalsettoConversations With Gus Van Sant by Mario Falsetto

Conversations With Gus Van Sant

byMario Falsetto

Paperback | March 12, 2015

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One of the most talented and imaginative artists of independent cinema, Gus Van Sant established himself with a number of important movies of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Beginning with Mala Noche, the 1986 gay classic of personal film expression, followed by two key works of the American indie movement, Drugstore Cowboy and My Own Private Idaho, Van Sant films often feature characters on the borders of mainstream society. Subsequent films included hits, misses, and a notorious remake of Psycho. Regardless of the critical or commercial response to his work, Van Sant has maintained a vision that is unique among contemporary filmmakers.Conversations with Gus Van Sant is the first critical study to include both extensive original interviews with the director as well as discussions of his entire body of work. The exchanges between film scholar Mario Falsetto and the indie filmmaker cover fifteen films directed by Van Sant over a period of thirty years. Throughout these discussions, Van Sant talks candidly about each film's production history, visual style, editing patterns, and creative soundwork. The director also expounds on his work with actors, the relationship of independent filmmakers to the wider film industry, and many other subjects related to his filmmaking process. The conversations examine the rich thematic explorations of Van Sant's films, which often revolve around the search for love and community on the margins of society and feature a fascination with death.From experimental films such as Gerry, Last Days, Elephant, and Paranoid Park-where Van Sant rebooted his understanding of cinema and his relationship to the Hollywood film industry-to Milk and Promised Land, this book explores the rich network of meanings in the director's work. By melding the author's critical perspective with the filmmaker's own ideas, Conversations with Gus Van Sant creates a wider perspective on one of the most iconoclastic and imaginative directors of the last thirty years.
Mario Falsetto is professor emeritus in film studies at Concordia University (Montreal). He is the author of Perspectives on Stanley Kubrick (1996) and Stanley Kubrick: A Narrative and Stylistic Analysis, 2nd edition (2001) and has produced two collections of original interviews with film directors, Dialogues with Independent Filmmaker...
Title:Conversations With Gus Van SantFormat:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 8.99 × 5.96 × 0.6 inPublished:March 12, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442247665

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter One: Hustlers, Addicts and Shakespeare in PortlandThe Films: The Portland Trilogy: Mala Noche, Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private IdahoConversations 1Chapter Two: Misfires, Mainstream Success, and an Art ExperimentThe Films: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, To Die For, Good Will Hunting, Psycho, Finding ForresterConversations 2Chapter Three: Death, and Aesthetic Experimentation, Part 1The Films: Gerry, ElephantConversations 3Chapter Four: Death, and Aesthetic Experimentation, Part 2The Films: Last Days, Paranoid ParkConversations 4Chapter Five: Queer Politics, an "Issue" Film, Death (Again), and the Wrap-UpThe Films: Milk, Restless, Promised LandConversations 5Filmography IndexAbout the Author