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The Story of "Fifth Element" Paperback – 31 Dec 1997


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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (31 Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852868635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852868635
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 26.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,014,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
If you have read any 'the making of' books in the past you will probably have been disappointed like I have. Books about big budget Hollywood blockbusters largely contain facts about the plot of the film or information on actors with a few pretty pictures of the special effects; the story of The Fifth Element is quite different.
Unlike most books on big budget films this one is actually written by the director Luc Besson, and not by marketing men who bring out the books purely to drum up the hype surrounding the film. Luc Besson has written books with the same format for all of his features, these include 'The Big Blue', 'Nikita', and 'Leon (The Professional)'.
The book is 242 pages long, in paperback and contains the following sections:
- The story of the writing and pre production
- A comprehensive diary by Luc Besson through the six month shooting stage
- Credits and filmographies
- Glossary of Leeloo's language
- Posters and release details
- Interviews with Jean-Paul Gaultier (costumes), Dan Weil (Production Designer), Jean-Claude Mezieres and Moesbius (Designers).
- A huge section of concept art and design of the films costumes, sets, aliens etc.
Having read the story of The Fifth Element I found it to be one of the best portrayals of the movie making process I have seen. Luc Besson doesn't glamorise or gloss up the production process but chooses to tell the truth of how it can be extremely physically and mentally draining, how there are times when he felt lucky, satisfied and also times when all he wanted to do was go home. If you are interested in film making, striving to become one like myself, or just liked the film then you should definitely take a look, Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
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The Story of The Fifth Element is part production journal and part art book. The production side is written by Luc Besson, the director of the movie.

Luc Besson looks back at the struggles he had to content with, way back in 1975, when the idea for the movie was conceived, and the first 200 pages of the script thrown away because it was too verbose, self-indulgent. The book highlights all sorts of challenges of producing a film and makes for a great read. There are many interesting stories from casting to the creation of sets. There are interviews with fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, production designer Dan Weili, artists Jean-Claude Mezieres and even Moebius.

The latter part of the book collects the concept art for the characters, costumes and the spaceships. All pretty cool to look at.

The book's a great read but will probably appeal more to fans of the movie.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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By Jeffrey Baker on 19 Mar. 2015
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Amazing book !
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Nice visual and production companion 27 Dec. 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Story of The Fifth Element is part production journal and part art book. The production side is written by Luc Besson, the director of the movie.

Luc Besson looks back at the struggles he had to content with, way back in 1975, when the idea for the movie was conceived, and the first 200 pages of the script thrown away because it was too verbose, self-indulgent. The book highlights all sorts of challenges of producing a film and makes for a great read. There are many interesting stories from casting to the creation of sets. There are interviews with fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, production designer Dan Weili, artists Jean-Claude Mezieres and even Moebius.

The latter part of the book collects the concept art for the characters, costumes and the spaceships. All pretty cool to look at.

The book's a great read but will probably appeal more to fans of the movie.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If you can, buy this book! 12 Jun. 2013
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Luc Besson, is not only a great director, but also a one of the few who selflessly discloses his approaches, challenges and solutions to those in his books. The Story Of Fifth Element perhaps has little less of the insider info than his book about "La Femme Nikita", but whatever it may lack there it more than makes up for with its collection of artworks and fashion illustrations created by one of the greats - Jean Paul Gaultier.

Fifth Element is one of my favorite films, and this book goes really well with it.
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