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Will Write and Direct for Food: Cartoons by Alan Parker [Paperback]

Alan Parker
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6 Oct 2005
Known for his acidic wit and uncompromising approach to film making, Sir Alan Parker often resorted to humour in cartoons in order to get his point across. Studio heads, actors and crew all came under his merciless pen. Often, however - and to Parker's eternal surprise - the recipient enjoyed the message and framed it. Many of the director's doodles, sketches and drawings adorn the walls of actors, producers, directors and executives around the world. This unique collection contains over 200 mini masterpieces from the man who will write and direct for food.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Southbank Publishing (6 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904915124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904915126
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 686,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Prententious folk need not buy this 5 Dec 2005
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One of the delights of this very funny book is that Alan Parker is no cartoonist, he's a movie director who happens to have a wonderful offbeat sense of humour who can scribble. If he was a cartoonist I expect this book would look rather predictable, each cartoon centred on the page with an italic caption below. As it is the book is an exuberant collection of Parker's work (which looks like, depending on the joke, bits of Thurber, B O Blechman or Robert Osborn) produced on scraps of paper, exercise books, memos, collages, old engravings, water colors and anything else that he found with an empty space to draw on.

Predictably most of the fun is a swipe at the Hollywood movie biz (richly deserved of course) and Parker being an outsider enables him to spot the absurdity and ramshackle nature of the folk who live and work there. If you survive in that milieu, or perhaps aspire to, browsing through this book will be as essential as that first drink after a hard day at the celluloid frontline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 20 May 2011
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Brilliant, poignant cartoons, written and devised by a Alan Parker, film-maker and acute observer of all aspects the sometimes VERY frustrating film industry! Love it! Stephen Fry said in the foreward buy three copies, no... I say buy 10 and mail along with your script submissions
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious folk need not buy this 5 Dec 2005
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One of the delights of this very funny book is that Alan Parker is no cartoonist, he's a movie director who happens to have a wonderful offbeat sense of humor who can scribble. If he was a cartoonist I expect this book would look rather predictable, each cartoon centred on the page with an italic caption below. As it is the book is an exuberant collection of Parker's work (which looks like, depending on the joke, bits of Thurber, B O Blechman or Robert Osborn) produced on scraps of paper, exercise books, memos, collages, old engravings, water colors and anything else that he found with an empty space to draw on.

Predictably most of the fun is a swipe at the Hollywood movie biz (richly deserved of course) and Parker being an outsider enables him to spot the absurdity and ramshackle nature of the folk who live and work there. If you survive in that milieu, or perhaps aspire to, browsing through this book will be as essential as that first drink after a hard day at the celluloid frontline.
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