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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2866425731
  • ISBN-13: 978-2866425739
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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On the Masters of Cinema Series

"Modern directors are briefly and brilliantly profiled in sharp prose and smart pictures in these movie master-classes for film buffs and beginners."―Saga

"Short, beautifully illustrated essays on great directors."―The Times

"Exceptional value... Lively and accessible... Indispensable."―Obessed With Film

"Bargain price. Does an already saturated market need yet more auteur guides? On this evidence, yes... Briskly paced, scalpel-sharp primers... The collective quality is high, the tone scholarly but not intimidating... A triumph of layout as much as content, each book glows with gorgeous on- and off-screen archive photography... Magnifique."―Total Film

About the Author

Thierry Jousse was editor-in-chief of Cahiers du cinema (1989 - 96) before turning his hand to directing with Le Jour de NoA"l (1998), Nom de code: Sacha (2001), Julia et les Hommes (2003) and Les Invisibles (2005). He is the author of a book about John Cassavetes and now regularly contributes to radio broadcasts on France Inter, France Culture and France Musique.

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Ok, this is listed as an introduction to the great directors but it really is a thin book and has very little depth academically. Fine if you know nothing about Lynch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Topnotch intro to Lynch 30 May 2012
By Robert C. Cumbow - Published on Amazon.com
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For those intimidated by David Lynch, but curious enough to want to know more, this book is an excellent introduction to the strange world of a master film maker and visionary. An easy, fast read, amply supported by great photos and frame captures, this is an understanding and inviting rather than forbidding approach to Lynch, and is highly recommended as part of everyone's David Lynch Starter-Kit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering Genius 20 Nov. 2010
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The Internet lists well over 10 books detailing the interesting life and dazzling artistry of writer, actor, musician, composer, television-producer, and now-and-then film director David Lynch. Film director and former editor of "Cahiers du Cinema" Thierry Jousse explores, in just 104 pages, perhaps the best-known of all cult directors in "David Lynch Masters of Cinema" series. One of many photos, the first two pages of "Masters" is a full-color blow-up of an open mouth kiss between Naomi Watts and Laura Harring. About four decades ago, David Lynch began film-making with an experimental film and a grant from AFI(American Film Institute). But funding was withdrawn, and he was released, when they found out he was working on a full-length feature. Not afraid of the rules, Lynch's career has spanned "Eraserhead(1977)", "Blue Velvet(1986)", and "Lost Highway(1997)". In the 1990's, he invented a new TV series genre with "Twin Peaks". Lynch's talents extend to photography, painting, and music. His works can now be found in museums and galleries. Lynch's movies unravel distorted characters and beautiful confusion. Inexplicable, and so tantalizingly sane. As Jousse says, 2001's "Mulholland Drive" signals cinema's arrival in the 21st Century. It's a psychedlic, scathing satire on Hollywood. In "Mulholland Drive", Adam Kesher confronts a stranger in a cowboy hat on an L.A. hilltop.
Cowboy: A man's attitude...a man's attitude goes some ways. The way his life will be. Is that somethin' you agree with?
Adam Kesher: Sure.
Cowboy: When you see the girl in the picture that was shown to you earlier today, you will say, "this is the girl". The rest of the cast can stay, that's up to you. But that lead girl is "not" up to you. Now you will see me one more time, if you do good. You will see me two more times if you do bad. Good night.
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