The Art of Filmmaking [DVD]

This box set brings into a single collection five critically-acclaimed documentaries on various aspects of moviemaking, tailor-made for film enthusiasts. The contents include: Peter Hanson's 2009 Tales from the Script, which finds such scriptwriting icons as John Carpenter (Starman), David S. Ward (The Sting), Paul Schrader (Afflication) and William Goldman (Marathon Man) pontificating on their craft as scribes; and the American Film Institute's epic-length program Directors: Life Behind the Camera, in which directors such as Barry Levinson, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese talk about the filmmaking craft and reflect their own careers; Carl-Gustav Nykvist's biographical documentary Light Keeps Me Company, about the life and career of cinematographer Sven Nykvist. Also included are the programs Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (2008), where such acclaimed documentarians as Werner Herzog and Errol Morris reflect on their approaches to nonfiction filmmaking, and Lavender Limelight (1997), in which seven lesbian directors discuss some of the unique challenges posed by LGBT cinema.
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Light Keeps Me Company
This moving, finely-wrought portrayal of legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist was directed by his son Carl-Gustav Nykvist -- a noted filmmaker himself. Spanning from long forgotten kiddie flick in 1945 to Woody Allen's Celebrity (1997), Nykvist's career came to an abrupt end when he was diagnosed with a rare disorder that affected his speech. Though the film explores Nykvist's upbringing and turbulent private life (an ugly divorce, the suicide of one of his sons, an affair with Mia Farrow), the emotional heart of the film is his celebrated collaboration with auteur Ingmar Bergman, with whom Nykvist made some of his most enduring work, including Winter Light (1962) and Scenes from a Marriage (1973). As Bergman recalls his own career, he notes, "I don't miss making films, but I miss the collaboration with Sven." ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary
Documentary's most important names -- including Albert Mayles, Errol Morris, and Werner Herzog -- discuss their craft in this cinematic celebration of the nonfiction film. Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary spans the modern history of the genre, boasting more than 100 clips from films as disparate as Grey Gardens and Touching the Void. Plus, dozens of directors offer their insight into their efforts to document real life. ~ Kimber Myers, Rovi

Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film
This documentary provides insight into the world of lesbian cinema, profiling seven successful lesbian film directors to learn about their experiences both personally and professionally. The film also contains interviews with several prominent voices in the areas of cinema and the gay community, including Jennie Livingston and Rose Troche. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Tales From the Script
While the director is usually seen as the key creative figure behind a film, it's the screenwriter who writes the story that puts a picture into motion, and 46 noted scenarists offer an inside look at the art and industry politics of working in Hollywood in this documentary. Ranging from Academy Award-winning veterans to budding writers who've just gotten their feet in the door. Tales From the Script gives these artists a chance to talk about the craft of screenwriting, its place in the filmmaking process, and the paradox that while a movie may start with a great script, that doesn't mean that what was written will necessarily show up onscreen. (As Dennis Palumbo, who wrote My Favorite Year, puts it, "Writers are egomaniacs with low self-esteem.") Including exclusive interviews with William Goldman, Frank Darabont, Paul Schrader, Larry Cohen, David S. Ward, Ron Shelton, and John Carpenter, Tales From the Script received its world premiere at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Woody Allen
    Woody Allen
  • Bibi Andersson
    Bibi Andersson
  • Harriet Andersson
    Harriet Andersson
  • Richard Attenborough
    Richard Attenborough
  • Pernilla August
    Pernilla August
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