Interviews with Film Directors by Andrew Sarris

By Andrew Sarris

Andrew Sarris, essentially the most influential of the more youthful critics on the time this booklet used to be written, accrued interviews with 40 of the relevant figures of recent film-making, discussing their very own paintings and the movie as an paintings form.
The administrators: Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Peter Brook, Luis Bunuel, Claude Chabrol, George Cukor, Clive Donner, Carl Dreyer, Sergei Eisenstein, Federico Fellini, John Ford, Jean-Luc Godard, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Buster Keaton, Akira Kurosawa, Fritz Lang, David Lean, Joseph Losey, Ernst Lubitsch, Rouben Mamoulian, Max Ophuls, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sam Peckinpah, Abraham Polonsky, Otto Preminger, Nicholas Ray, Satyajit Ray, Leni Riefenstahl, Jean Renoir, Alain Resnais, Roberto Rossellini, Josef von Sternberg, Erich von Stroheim, Preston Sturges, Francois Truffaut, Orson Welles.

"More inside of details on movie directing than has ever been formerly assembled in one quantity. The interviewers' unprecedented familiarity with the medium visibly stimulates the director to larger articulateness approximately his craft."

Table of Contents :
Introduction: the autumn and upward thrust of the movie Director......9
Michelangelo Antonioni......21
Ingmar Bergman......33
Robert Bresson......46
Peter Brook......51
Luis Bunuel......65
Claude Chabrol......75
Charles Chaplin......86
George Cukor......92
Clive Donner......127
Carl Dreyer......140
Sergei Eisenstein......164
Federico Fellini......175
John Ford......193
Jean-Luc Goddard......202
Howard Hawks......228
Alfred Hitchcock......241
John Huston......253
Buster Keaton......274
Akira Kurosawa......287
Fritz Lang......309
David Lean......316
Joseph Losey and Nicholas Ray......322
Ernst Lubitsch......335
Rouben Mamoulian......342
Max Ophuls......350
Pier Paolo Pasolini......366
Sam Peckinpah......371
Abraham Polonsky......384
Otto Preminger......398
Satyajit Ray......413
Jean Renoir......419
Alain Resnais......434
Leni Riefenstahl......453
Roberto Rossellini......474
Josef von Sternberg......479
Erich von Stroheim......500
Preston Sturges......511
Francois Truffaut......520
Orson Welles......528

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Train a hard-to-handle horse for the grand prize; one must have a clear head, meticulousness, firm and exact . 4 0 calculations. Add to this an always even disposition and a patience that is not of this world. To shoot a film is to organize an entire universe, but the chief elements are the industry, the money, the fabrica­ tion, the point of view, the development and the print, a schedule to follow, though it is rarely followed, a meticu­ lous plan of action in which irrational factors make up the ' highest percentage.

It broke the umbilical cord, and it lives its own sep­ arate life, surprisingly sterile, dulled and ·degenerated. Collective creativity, the humble anonymous man are rel­ ics, forgotten and. buried, destitute of value. My little griefs and moral stomach aches are examined with a mi­ croscope sub specie aeternitatjs. The fear of the dark that characterizes subjectivism and the scrupulous conscience has become the great thing, and · we run finally into the dead end where we argue with each other on the subject 44 of our solitude, without any of us listening to the others or even noticing that we have pressed so close to one another as almost to die of suffocation.

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