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Jordan Mintzer - Conversations with James Gray

Jordan Mintzer - Conversations with James Gray

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BILINGUAL ENGLISH-FRENCH EDITION

Le premier beau livre sur James Gray, l’un des réalisateurs américains les plus doués de sa génération, qui a su tracer un chemin unique à la frontière du cinéma indépendant et des studios d’Hollywood.

En seulement quatre longs métrages – Little Odessa (Lion d’argent au Festival de Venise ; 1994) ; The Yards (Festival de Cannes ; 2000) ; La Nuit nous appartient (Festival de Cannes ; 2007) ; Two Lovers (Festival de Cannes ; 2008) – James Gray s’est imposé comme un des cinéastes incontournables de sa génération.

De ses origines modestes dans une famille immigrée du Queens à son dernier projet de film avec Brad Pitt, de ses premiers films de science-fiction en super 8, aux plus grands festivals de cinéma, le livre retrace le parcours d’un des cinéastes américains préférés des Français. Il y révèle aussi ses sources d’inspiration, ses méthodes d’écriture et ses expériences de tournage. Tempête de neige imprévue, budget impossible à boucler, coups bas des producteurs au sujet du « final cut » : James Gray dévoile sans tabou les coulisses de la création d’un film.

Un des regards les plus intéressants sur New York depuis Woody Allen et Martin Scorsese.

De nombreux acteurs, producteurs, scénaristes, décorateurs, monteurs, chefs opérateurs, qui ont travaillé avec James Gray, se confient dans ce livre. Des entretiens qui permettent de retracer, étape par étape, le processus de création de chaque film, de leur genèse au mixage final.

A travers ces témoignages, mais aussi grâce à des documents exceptionnels (scénarios, story-boards, photos de plateau, partitions originales, archives personnelles du réalisateur etc.), James Gray nous livre une leçon de cinéma qui passionnera tous les cinéphiles et étudiants en cinéma.

Préfacé par Jean Douchet, célèbre critique de la Nouvelle Vague, et accompagné d’une introduction de Francis Ford Coppola, ce livre nous fournit également une analyse sans concession du cinéma américain contemporain.

Un livre de cinéma au graphisme radicalement novateur, édité et distribué par Synecdoche.



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

21x28cm
240 pages
ISBN 979-10-90172-00-5

© SYNECDOCHE

 

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