Directors book set
3 volume set
450 + pages
B/W & color
4.75 x 6.5
The Film Desk
John Huston by Lillian Ross
In 1949 Lillian Ross wrote her first “Talk of the Town” piece on director John Huston for The New Yorker. Over the next four decades she would write about him five more times for the magazine: from the set of The Bible in Rome in 1965, the 1969 shoot of The Kremlin Letter in Manhattan, the New York premiere of Fat City in 1972, production meetings for Escape to Victory in 1980, and the Brooklyn locations of Prizzi’s Honor in 1984. This book collects these six extraordinary pieces together for the first time, along with an additional essay that sees Anjelica Huston reminiscing abut her father from the set of her directorial debut Bastard Out of Carolina in 1996.
Pasolini in New York
An in-depth interview with film director, poet, critic, and political activist Pier Paolo Pasolini, conducted in New York in 1969. In that year, Pasolini visited the city for the second time (his previous visit had been in 1966 for the New York Film Festival) and was interviewed by Guiseppe Cardillo, the longtime director of Instituto Italiano di Cultura of New York, for a wide ranging conversation in which he discusses his childhood, his move to Rome, religion, Jean-Luc Godard, Marxism and the sequence shot. The recording of this interview was completely unavailable to the public until it was recently discovered and rescued by Luigi Fontanella, a poet, novelist, Pasolini scholar and professor at SUNY Stony Brook.
Conversations with Kiarostami by Godfrey Cheshire
Conversations with Kiarostami collects for the first time a far ranging series of interviews with the celebrated director Abbas Kiarostami by film critic, and Iranian cinema expert, Godfrey Cheshire.
Conducted in the 1990s, these in-depth conversations offer a film-by-film account of Kiarostami’s views of his artistic development from his first short “Bread and Alley” in 1970 to the 1999 feature The Wind Will Carry Us, covering his lesser known, and seldom written about, shorts from earlier in his career, along with the masterworks that made him world famous, such as the Koker Trilogy (Where Is the Friend’s House?, And Life Goes On, Through the Olive Trees), Close-Up and Taste of Cherry. The book includes a Foreword by Ahmad Kiarostami, the director’s son, as well as an introduction from Cheshire that contextualizes the interviews and discusses his relationship with the director.
“In many respects the best book yet published on the director.”—Cineaste