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A Definitive List of Great Film Books

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David Lean: A Biography
David Lean: A Biography
"The ultimate biography of one of the most enigmatic figures in modern cinema. If you are going to read one book on one great Director make it this one. ."
Rosebud: The Story Of Orson Welles
Rosebud: The Story Of Orson Welles
"Inspiring, Moving, compelling and magical. This book gives an almost mystical account of one of the true innovators in modern cinema"
Stanley Kubrick: A Biography
Stanley Kubrick: A Biography
"There are many books on Kubrick but this is the most complete account of his films and his life I have read. Shows the human face behind the myth."
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-drugs-and Rock 'n' Roll Generation Changed Hollywood
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-drugs-and Rock 'n' Roll Generation Changed Hollywood
"Brilliantly documents one of the most exciting periods in cinema. How Biskind has avoided being sued is anyone's guess."
Lynch on Lynch (Directors on Directors)
Lynch on Lynch (Directors on Directors)
"A brave attempt to get Lynch to explain his work. Succeeds in getting inside the mind of one of modern America's cultural icons."
Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death
Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death
"Exhausting but affectionate biog of the father of Spaghetti westerns."
The Godfather Book
The Godfather Book
"The best of The Godfather books. Coppola's war with Paramount on 1 and 2 is brilliantly documented. It is easy to see why the films have become landmarks in American cinema."
Cronenberg on Cronenberg (new edition) (Directors on Directors)
Cronenberg on Cronenberg (new edition) (Directors on Directors)
"In these compelling interviews, Cronenburg gives us a rare insight into what motivates him as a Director. His thoughts are as weird and disturbed as the films themselves."
"If They Move... Kill 'Em!": The Life and Times of Sam Peckinpah
"If They Move... Kill 'Em!": The Life and Times of Sam Peckinpah
"Forthright and brutal. Peckinpah is portrayed as a womanizing, hard drinking mad genius who let his career go down in flames. The book is unsparing in its treatment of one of Hollywoods true mavericks"
The Battle of "Brazil": Terry Gilliam V Universal Pictures - The Fight to the Final Cut of a Film Classic (Applause Screenplay Series): Terry ... Pictures in the Fight to the Final Cut
The Battle of "Brazil": Terry Gilliam V Universal Pictures - The Fight to the Final Cut of a Film Classic (Applause Screenplay Series): Terry ... Pictures in the Fight to the Final Cut
"One of the finest Director versus the studio accounts ever written. Even if you don't like the film you'll admire Gilliam's courage and audacity."
Adventures In The Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood
Adventures In The Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood
"Wonderful insight into the Hollywood machine. Will either put you off working in the movies or have you booking your flight to LA within the first few pages."
Gilliam on Gilliam (Directors on Directors)
Gilliam on Gilliam (Directors on Directors)
"Another Gilliam book but funnier because it comes from the horses mouth. The Baron Munchausen chapter shows how bizarre and breathtaking film-making can be."