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Jordan Mintzer - Conversations with James Gray

Jordan Mintzer - Conversations with James Gray

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The first book about James Gray. After only four feature-length movies – Little Odessa (Silver Lion at the 1994 Venice Film Festival), The Yards (2000 Cannes Film Festival), We Own the Night (2007 Cannes Film Festival) and Two Lovers (2008 Cannes Film Festival) – James Gray has imposed himself as one of the most important filmmakers of his generation and has forged a unique path between independent cinema and the Hollywood studio system.

From his modest origins in Queens to his latest project with Brad Pitt, from his first science-fiction movies on Super 8 to the world’s greatest film festivals, this book retraces the career of a maverick American filmmaker with a distinctly European style. It explores in detail his various sources of inspiration, his writing process and his experiences on set – unexpected blizzards, car crashes, improvising with actors – offering up a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the cinematic process.

Alongside the filmmaker’s own words can be found interviews with the various actors, producers, screenwriters, production designers, editors and cinematographers that he has worked with over the years. Each interview reveals, step by step and with complete frankness, how a movie is made – from the earliest scenarios to the final mixing.

Throughout these interviews, which are accompanied by a series of exceptional documents (screenplays, storyboards, set photographs, musical compositions, personal archives from the director), James Gray offers up a lesson in moviemaking that will delight both cinéphiles and film students alike.

With a preface by Jean Douchet, renown film critic of the French New Wave, and accompanied by a short introductory message from Francis Ford Coppola, James Gray provides readers with a thorough analysis of contemporary American cinema.

A film book with a radically innovative design, edited and distributed by Synecdoche

Bilingual (French / English)
240 pages
ISBN 979-10-90172-00-5

© Synecdoche


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