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January 2004, Week 4


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"Larsson, Donald F" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 24 Jan 2004 20:34:36 -0600
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Trying looking for interviews with such directors as Welles and Hitchcock (especially the books with Peter Bogdanovich and Francois Truffaut, respectively).  See various works by Andrew Sarris, especially his 1967 book, INTERVIEWS WITH FILM DIRECTORS.  Bogdanovich's various print and film interviews with other directors could also be useful.  You should be able to find plenty of interviews with other directors, but you'll probably have the most luck with directors from the mid-1960s on, when Auteurism was just becoming a widespread critical controversy in the US.  For foreign films, look especially at the collections of articles from Cahiers du cinema, *until* the late 1960s.  For more contemporary and foreign directors, also see FILMMAKERS ON FILMMAKING (Faber & Faber 1995).  The British Film Institutes has an interesting list at

One of the more famous expressions of film-as-writing was Alexandre Astruc's notion of the "camera-stylo."  You might find this website interesting:

Don Larsson
Donald F. Larsson
Department of English
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN  56001
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From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List on behalf of Nam Lee
Sent: Sat 1/24/2004 1:43 PM
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Subject: Director as the "film writer"

Hi, My name is Nam Lee and I am a student interested in the notion of writing in film. I am looking for American directors who have taken or take filmmaking as a writerly activity and mentioned about the differences/similarities between writing in film and writing in letters. I know D.W. Griffith had compared his narrative techniques to Dicken's novels. Does anyone know of any interviews or writings by American directors (International directors besides France would be helpful, too) who specifically had this notion of writing in film?

Thank you.

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