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Over the course of his career, legendary director Werner Herzog (b. 1942) has made almost sixty films and given more than eight hundred interviews. This collection features the best of these, focusing on all the major films, from Signs of Life and Aguirre, the Wrath of God to Grizzly Man and Cave…read more

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Arthur Penn—director of The Miracle Worker, Bonnie and Clyde, Alice’s Restaurant, and Little Big Man —was at the height of his career when Robin Wood’s analysis of the American director was originally published in 1969. Although Wood then considered Penn’s career only through Little Big Man,…read more

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Les lettres que Pierre Falardeau adresse au peintre hollandais Léon Spierenburg parlent en toute franchise de ses films, de ses combats, de ses passions et de ses idées. Ses amours et ses amitiés y occupent aussi une belle place, à l’image de celle que le cinéaste leur accordait dans la vie.…read more

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With her gripping film The Hurt Locker , Kathryn Bigelow (b. 1951) made history in 2010 by becoming the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director. Since then she has also filmed history with her latest movie, Zero Dark Thirty , which is about the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. She is one of…read more

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Pete Townshend was once asked how he prepared himself for The Who’s violent live performances. His answer? ‘Pretend you’re in a war.’ For a band as prone to furious infighting as it was notorious for acts of ‘auto-destructive art’, this could have served as a motto. Between 1964 and 1969, The Who…read more

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Michael Mann first made his mark as a writer for such television programs as Starsky and Hutch, Police Story, and Vegas . In 1981 he made his feature film directing debut with the James Caan thriller Thief , and in the 1980s he served as a writer and executive producer for the groundbreaking…read more

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From his early days as a film editor at RKO studios, where he helped Orson Welles shape Citizen Kane , to his success as a director and producer of musical blockbusters of the 1960s, Robert Wise had a long and illustrious film career. Unlike contemporaries such as Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford or…read more

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During his forty-five-year career, William Wyler (1902--1981) pushed the boundaries of filmmaking with his gripping storylines and innovative depth-of-field cinematography. With a body of work that includes such memorable classics as Jezebel (1938), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Ben-Hur (1959), and Funny…read more

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Since the late 1990s, a subtle, subversive element has been at work within the staid confines of the Hollywood dream factory. Young filmmakers like Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Michel Gondry, David O. Russell, Richard Linklater, and Sofia Coppola rode in on the coattails of the independent film…read more

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Though he has made only five films in two decades— Strictly Ballroom, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet , and the Oscar-nominated films Moulin Rouge!, Australia , and The Great Gatsby —Australian writer-director Baz Luhrmann is an internationally known brand name. His Christian name has even…read more

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Nicolas Roeg is one of the most distinctive and influential film-makers of his generation. The generation of film-makers who define contemporary movie-making - Danny Boyle, Kevin Macdonald ( The Last King of Scotland ), Christopher Nolan ( The Dark Knight ), James Marsh ( Man on Wire ), and…read more