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"Steve Yates (UPM)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 1 Apr 1999 17:17:33 -0600CST
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Dear Screen-L member--

Jeremy Butler, listowner, read the release below and determined it
would be of use to you. Thanks very much for letting me post notice
of this valuable new title, fourth in our series of "Interviews with
Filmmakers." Other titles include MARTIN SCORSESE: INTERVIEWS,
have interviews from Clint Eastwood, John Sayles, George Lucas, and
others forthcoming.

Steven B. Yates
Promotions Manager
University Press of Mississippi

Edited by Virginia Wright Wexman
University Press of Mississippi
$45.00, cloth, ISBN 1-57806-082-6
$18.00, paper, ISBN 1-57806-083-4

Book News for Immediate Release

New Zealand director Campion often leaves interviews to the actors

 Surely the director who brought to life such unusual and compelling
 women characters as Ada in THE PIANO and Isabel Archer in THE
 PORTRAIT OF A LADY would delight in interviews.

 But New Zealand director Jane Campion dislikes personal publicity.
 "It's all right for actors," Campion says. "They have to promote
 their images. But I'm just a maker of products."

 In her new book, JANE CAMPION: INTERVIEWS (University Press of
 Mississippi, $45 cloth, $18 paper), editor Virginia Wright Wexman
 says that's why interviews with Campion in English language film
 journals are so rare.

 From Australian and American newspapers, from French, German, and
 Australian film journals, Wexman has gathered 37 interviews spanning
 Campion's career. JANE CAMPION: INTERVIEWS is the first book in which
 the director speaks at length about her working methods and her
 award-winning films.

 "Most of Campion's interviews have been held in hotel rooms," Wexman
 says. "In most of these sessions Campion has impressed her
 questioners as open and unaffected; one or two, however, have found
 her shy."

 Interviewer Carrie Rickey describes Campion as "robust, broad-boned,
 and radiantly horsey." Other correspondents and critics are struck by
 the director's sense of humor especially in discussing her
 extraordinary success.

 "I can't work well if I get too serious," Campion says. "I don't want
 to be a child emotionally or in terms of responsibility, but I do
 think that playfulness can be very liberating."

 Campion won an Academy Award for Best Original Screen Play in 1993,
 and was the first woman director to receive the Palm d'Or at Cannes.

 In each interview, Campion strikes at the heart of what matters to
 her as an artist. She says, "I'm finding myself less and less
 interested in what you can do with shots and things .... I'm more
 after what sorts of sensations and feelings and subtleties you can
 get through your story and can bring out through performances ...."

 Virginia Wright Wexman, a professor of English and Associate Vice
 Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois,
 Chicago, is the author of CREATING THE COUPLE, ROMAN POLANSKI, and

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For more information contact Steven B. Yates, Promotions Manager,
University Press of Mississippi, (601) 982-6459; fax (601) 982-6217;
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Steven B. Yates
Promotions Manager
University Press of Mississippi
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
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Ph  (601) 982-6459
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