Making Movies

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Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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One of the greatest directors of all time, Sidney Lumet has made movies that have been nominated for more than 50 Academy Awards. Making Movies is an honest and unflinching look at the business and craft of movie making. Lumet's book reveals the ingredients for the potion that brings movie magic to life and assures one thing: you will never look at movies the same way again.

©1995 Amjen Entertainment (P)1995 Recorded Books
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Clearly a genius but material dates

No as much a how to book as a biography. The methods and technology far too dated

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great stories, but...

the book was great and if you're into film history this book will be great for you! I wouldn't say that this book has much to offer the modern filmmaker besides a great history lesson on the way things used to be.

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One of the better "How To's" of Movie Making.

I bought this to enjoy the memoir of Sidney Lumet and hear some of the tales of his movie-making history. But this book is actually a better "how to" about how movies are made than most books that are marketed to be educational.

Learned a lot about Hollywood History and the ins and outs of getting a story to the screen.

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really good

awesome books really good at writing about the movie industry awesome movie book really good

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The best book written about filmmaking.

A superbly concise, frank, and highly informative book about every aspect of making movies. Sidney Lumet is one of the core filmmakers in movie history and brings all of his decades of experience to this definitive work.

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Inspiring

Although you won’t find too much specific technical information here, there is no shortage of inspiring takes from a phenomenal director.

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Great book, important for filmmakers

Excellent book as told by one of our greatest directors - Sidney Lumet. Great for people starting out to seasoned professionals or those who just want to know more about making movies. You gain a real appreciation and understanding of the details that go into production.

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A Master Director Discusses His Craft

Without a doubt, Sidney Lumet was one of America's greatest film directors. The man brought Twelve Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, The Verdict and - my personal favorite - Network to the screen. So learning about his approach to film making is definitely worth your time.
But there's a caveat. This book was written nearly 25 years ago. The technology of film making has changed considerably. For one thing, for the most part there's no longer any film, just hard drives. Editing is done on computers instead of Moviolas. Digital cameras, steady cams, jibs and drones have radically changed how movies are made.
That said, the art of acting has not changed. And Mr. Lumet had the unique skill and sensitivity to get amazing, Oscar worthy performances from Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway, Rod Steiger, Henry Fonda, Al Pacino and many others. As a result, the very best actors always wanted to work with him. His insights into working with them make this book a valuable addition to any cinephile's library.

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A classic by a great director

I originally bought and purchased this book in 1995 and remember reading it in Sedona, Arizona... so my memories of it contain a certain nostalgic charm. Returning to it in 2019 for Audible, I truly enjoyed it... and its raw truthfulness... though many of his commentaries have become outdated due to technological improvements due to the improvements in digital film making since its 1995 publication... however, that just makes Mr. Lumet's comments all the more cherished and quaint.

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A little dated but good

It was interesting but dated. I am picky about books and finish very few. I finished this one without problem