Making Movies by Sidney LumetMaking Movies by Sidney Lumet

Making Movies

bySidney Lumet

Paperback | March 19, 1996

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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.
Sidney Lumet’s films have received more than fifty Academy Award nominations. He has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director seven times. In addition, he has received an honorary lifetime membership in the Directors Guild of America as well as its most prestigious award, the D. W. Griffith Award. In 1993, he ...
Title:Making MoviesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.01 × 5.1 × 0.63 inPublished:March 19, 1996Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0679756604

ISBN - 13:9780679756606

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best One of the best no-nonsense books about the process of making movies. Sidney Lumet was one of the greats and the insights he offers here are more useful than film school. Highly recommended for filmmakers and film buffs.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book by a great filmaker I was in the Richmond, B.C. location of Chapters late last year looking for a different title, and I saw the spine of the paperback version of "Making Movies." At first glance I thought it was just some silly book, something not worth buying -maybe worth a quick laugh for maybe nothing more than a slight chuckle. But I looked at it and on the cover I saw Roger Ebert's fantastic quote, along with some guy named Spielberg who also loved it, and yet another wonderfull quote of praise by some news magazine. I flipped through it and ended up reading chunks of it right then and there. So obviously the next step - I went and bought it. In less than a day I finished it and I loved it so much I read it again. Because it's really just a perfect insight into a career that I want to get into. I've recomended this title to friends and librarians everywhere - and I'll say this to anyone who is even remotely interested in movies - read this book! I wish more fimakers would spill the beans so openly and honestly as Lumet does. And by the way, I never did find that other book I was looking for. But don't take my word for it.... ;)
Date published: 1998-12-15

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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

Editorial Reviews

“Film would be a better place if every director were required to share with other romancers of film his process. It is a gift to us all that it is Sidney Lumet, one of American’s greatest filmmakers, who is sharing his point-of-view.” —Stephen Spielberg“Invaluable. . . . I am sometimes asked if there is one book a filmgoer could read to learn more about how movies are made and what to look for while watching them. This is the book.” —Roger Ebert, The New York Times Book Review   “Remarkable . . . . as dignified as the movies [Lumet] has made and yet deeply felt and very moving. . . . Anyone who truly loves movies ought to read what he has to say about them. . . . Delightfully engrossing.” —Los Angeles Times “The film bible from a master. It tells in meticulous detail the step-by-step process of making a movie. You feel you’re on the set. A must.” —Quincy Jones “Full of energy, enthusiasm and wisdom. . . . It’s all engrossing because [Lumet] speaks so fervently and opinionatedly about matters on which he has earned the right to opinions.” —The New Republic