We have prepared a selection of books about the most famous directors. The authors will tell a lot of interesting facts about their life and work, as well as teach how to understand and better navigate in film.
Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life
“My movies scare me, I never go to see them,” Alfred Hitchcock said of his work. Thanks to him, intellectual thrillers and detectives appeared in cinema, and an atmosphere of unsettling uncertainty and suspense became an integral part of them. He made one of the first sound films, considered blondes his ideal victims, and received many rejections from film studios early in his career. Peter Ackroyd’s book will tell interesting facts about the “master of suspense” and his works.
The Cinema of Lars von Trier: Authenticity and Artifice (Directors’ Cuts)
Danish director and screenwriter Lars von Trier believes that movies should be exactly the sharpest pebble in the boot. His bold, shocking works touch on social, moral and political issues. Trier has more than a hundred awards in his piggy bank. Caroline Bainbridge gives a detailed analysis of the director’s provocative work, and includes numerous interviews with the master himself and his colleagues. After the book, it becomes clear why the maestro is so preoccupied with themes of mercy and mental health.
Andrey Tarkovsky: Life and Work: Film by Film, Stills, Polaroids & Writings
Arseny Tarkovsky was a Soviet poet and translator, winner of the USSR State Prize. His son, Andrei Tarkovsky, is a world-renowned filmmaker whose works are regularly included in lists of the best films of all time. Here is the story of this talented family and unraveling their main secret – how they managed, despite all the difficulties, to create works that became iconic.
Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films
Steven Spielberg is one of the most successful filmmakers in U.S. history, a three-time Oscar winner, and the founder of the summer blockbuster release tradition. Each of his films becomes a sensation and the box office receipts for them run into the millions. Molly Haskell details the master’s fate, from his tragic childhood to interesting stories from the movie sets.
Woody Allen: A Retrospective
by Tom Shone
American director, screenwriter, actor and jazz clarinetist Woody Allen created his own genre of “intellectual comedy.” His work, combining absurdity, satire, and elements of auteur cinema, is admired by critics and audiences around the world. He has been recognized many times as one of the most influential filmmakers of our time. In the book, written to commemorate the master’s 50th anniversary, Tom Schoen has compiled more than 100 interviews with Allen as well as the director’s comments about his life and work.
Room to Dream Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Room to Dream
David Lynch is a most enigmatic and surreal director. As a child he adored drawing and began making movies to bring pictures to life, and for his debut film he made money delivering newspapers. He invented his own style, “Lynchism,” made films that became iconic, and was awarded various awards, including the Legion of Honor. In his autobiography, he reflects fascinatingly on different periods of his life, and his co-writer presents the views of the director’s loved ones and colleagues on these same events.
“Tarantino. From Criminal to Disgusting: All Facets of the Director,”
From childhood he dreamed of making movies, at the age of 15 he left school and got a job as a usher in a small cinema, spending all his earnings on acting lessons. World fame came to him at 31 – after the release of “Pulp Fiction. Quentin Tarantino is one of the most extraordinary directors of our time. Tom Sean has created a detailed chronicle of his creative life, including stories from the filming and comments from colleagues and friends of the genius.