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.
Lumet, the acclaimed director of such films as Dog Day Afternoon and Network, presents an anecdotal insider's account of the key elements in filmmaking.
Essential Reading for Filmmakers and Cinephiles
Poignant, useful, and captures an era of filmakking from a seasoned and time-tested point of view. A must read for anyone standing at the intersection of this business and art-form.
A must read
If you are a filmmaker or just interested in the process of movie making, this book should be on your list for sure. What more can I say. I loved the read and learned a lot and I'm about to shoot my 2nd film. Enjoy.
A great talent!
A very insightful book by one of the great talents! You don't have to be in the industry to enjoy this book. It rights like an autobiography but for those in the business of film it is also a guide. Mr. Lumet manages to put his finger on how he harnessed his creative impulse to make great movies. A fun, educational read!