Best Movie Director Biographies Books
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1. Mike Nichols: A Life
Author: by Mark Harris Published at: Penguin Press (February 2, 2021) ISBN: 978-0399562242
An instant New York Times Bestseller! A magnificent biography of one of the most protean creative forces in American entertainment history, a life of dazzling highs and vertiginous plunges-some of the worst largely unknown until now-by the acclaimed author of Pictures at a Revolution and Five Came BackMike Nichols burst onto the scene as a wunderkind: while still in his twenties, he was half of a hit improv duo with Elaine May that was the talk of the country.
Next he directed four consecutive hit plays, won back-to-back Tonys, ushered in a new era of Hollywood moviemaking with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and followed it with The Graduate, which won him an Oscar and became the third-highest-grossing movie ever.
At thirty-five, he lived in a three-story Central Park West penthouse, drove a Rolls-Royce, collected Arabian horses, and counted Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Leonard Bernstein, and Richard Avedon as friends. Where he arrived is even more astonishing given where he had begun: born Igor Peschkowsky to a Jewish couple in Berlin in 1931, he was sent along with his younger brother to America on a ship in 1939.
2. Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas
Author: by Alexi Pappas Published at: The Dial Press (January 12, 2021) ISBN: 978-1984801128
The Olympic runner, actress, filmmaker and writer Alexi Pappas shares what she’s learned about confidence, self-reliance, mental health, embracing pain, and achieving your dreams. Heartbreaking and hilarious. Mindy Kaling A beautiful read. Ruth Reichl Essential guidance to anyone dreaming big dreams.
Shalane Flanagan I couldn’t put it down. Adam Grantrun like a bravey sleep like a baby dream like a crazy replace can’t with maybe When Renaissance runner (New York Times) Alexi PappasOlympic athlete, actress, filmmaker, and writerwas four years old, her mother died by suicide, drastically altering the course of Pappas’s life and setting her on a search for female role models.
When her father signed his bereaved daughter up for sports teams as a way to keep her busy, female athletes became the first women Pappas looked up to, and her Olympic dream was born. At the same time, Pappas had big creative dreams, too: She wanted to make movies, write, and act.
Despite setbacks and hardships, Pappas refused to pick just one lane. She put in a tremendous amount of hard work and wouldn’t let anything stand in her way until she achieved all of her dreams, however unrelated they may seem to outsiders.
3. The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company
Author: by Robert Iger Published at: Random House; Illustrated edition (September 23, 2019) ISBN: 978-0399592096
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A memoir of leadership and success: The executive chairman of Disney, Time’s 2019 businessperson of the year, shares the ideas and values he embraced during his fifteen years as CEO while reinventing one of the world’s most beloved companies and inspiring the people who bring the magic to life.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPRRobert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Competition was more intense than ever and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company’s history.
His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think biggerthink globaland turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets. Today, Disney is the largest, most admired media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox among its properties.
Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era. In The Ride of a Lifetime, Robert Iger shares the lessons he learned while running Disney and leading its 220,000-plus employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership, including: Optimism.
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Author: by Ed Catmull Published at: Random House; Illustrated edition (April 8, 2014) ISBN: 978-0812993011
From a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studiosthe Academy Awardwinning studio behind Coco, Inside Out, and Toy Storycomes an incisive book about creativity in business and leadership for readers of Daniel Pink, Tom Peters, and Chip and Dan Heath. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Huffington Post Financial Times Success Inc.
Library JournalCreativity, Inc. Is a manual for anyone who strives for originality and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animationinto the meetings, postmortems, and Braintrust sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made.
It is, at heart, a book about creativitybut it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible. For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up, WALL-E, and Inside Out, which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards.
5. Apropos of Nothing
Author: by Woody Allen Published at: Arcade (March 23, 2020) ISBN: 978-1951627348
The Long-Awaited, Enormously Entertaining Memoir by One of the Great Artists of Our TimeNow a New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller. In this candid and often hilarious memoir, the celebrated director, comedian, writer, and actor offers a comprehensive, personal look at his tumultuous life.
Beginning with his Brooklyn childhood and his stint as a writer for the Sid Caesar variety show in the early days of television, working alongside comedy greats, Allen tells of his difficult early days doing standup before he achieved recognition and success.
With his unique storytelling pizzazz, he recounts his departure into moviemaking, with such slapstick comedies as Take the Money and Run, and revisits his entire, sixty-year-long, and enormously productive career as a writer and director, from his classics Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Annie and Her Sisters to his most recent films, including Midnight in Paris.
Along the way, he discusses his marriages, his romances and famous friendships, his jazz playing, and his books and plays. We learn about his demons, his mistakes, his successes, and those he loved, worked with, and learned from in equal measure.
6. Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits
Author: by Reese Witherspoon Published at: Atria Books; Illustrated edition (September 18, 2018) ISBN: 978-1501166273
Academy Awardwinning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm. Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women whiskey in a teacup.
We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery. Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken.
It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kidsnot to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.
7. Higher Is Waiting
Author: by Tyler Perry Published at: Random House (November 14, 2017) ISBN: 978-0812989342
In this intimate book of inspiration, Tyler Perry writes of how his faith has sustained him in hard times, centered him in good times, and enriched his life. Higher Is Waiting is a spiritual guidebook, a collection of teachings culled from the experiences of a lifetime, meant to inspire readers to climb higher in their own lives and pull themselves up to a better, more fulfilling place.
Beginning with his earliest memories of growing up a shy boy in New Orleans, Perry recalls the moments of grace and beauty in a childhood marked by brutality, deprivation, and fear. With tenderness he sketches portraits of the people who sustained him and taught him indelible lessons about integrity, trust in God, and the power of forgiveness: his aunt Mae, who cared for her grandfather, who was born a slave, and sewed quilts that told a story of generations; Mr. Butler, a blind man of remarkable dignity and elegance, who sold penny candies on a street corner; and his beloved mother, Maxine, who endured abuse, financial hardship, and the daily injustices of growing up in the Jim Crow South yet whose fierce love for her son burned bright and never dimmed.
8. This Was Hollywood: Forgotten Stars and Stories (Turner Classic Movies)
Author: by Carla Valderrama Published at: Running Press Adult (November 17, 2020) ISBN: 978-0762495863
In this one-of-a-kind Hollywood history, the creator of Instagram’s celebrated @ThisWasHollywood reveals the forgotten past of the film world in a dazzling visual package modeled on the classic fan magazines of yesteryear. From former screen legends who have faded into obscurity to new revelations about the biggest movie stars, Valderrama unearths the most fascinating little-known tales from the birth of Hollywood through its Golden Age.
The shocking fate of the world’s first movie star. Clark Gable’s secret love child. The film that nearly ended Paul Newman’s career. A former child star who, at ninety-three, reveals her #metoo story for the first time. Valderrama unfolds these stories, and many more, in a volume that is by turns riveting, maddening, hilarious, and shocking.
Drawing on new interviews, archival research, and an exhaustive library of photographs, This Was Hollywood is a compelling and visually stunning catalogue of the lost history of the movies.
9. Making Movies
Author: by Sidney Lumet Published at: Vintage; Reprint edition (March 19, 1996) ISBN: 978-0679756606
Why does a director choose a particular script? What must they do in order to keep actors fresh and truthful through take after take of a single scene? How do you stage a shootoutinvolving more than one hundred extras and three colliding taxisin the heart of New York’s diamond district?
What does it take to keep the studio honchos happy? From the first rehearsal to the final screening, Making Movies is a master’s take, delivered with clarity, candor, and a wealth of anecdote. For in this book, Sidney Lumet, one of our most consistently acclaimed directors, gives us both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture.
Drawing on forty years of experience on movies that range from Long Day’s Journey into Night to Network and The Verdictand with such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, and Al PacinoLumet explains how painstaking labor and inspired split-second decisions can result in two hours of screen magic.
10. The Essentials Vol. 2: 52 More Must-See Movies and Why They Matter (Turner Classic Movies)
Author: by Jeremy Arnold Published at: Running Press Adult (October 20, 2020) ISBN: 978-0762469390
A guide to fifty-two examples of must-see cinema, The Essentials Vol. 2 – based on the Turner Classic Movies series – is packed with behind-the-scenes stories, illuminating commentary, moments to watch for, and hundreds of photos spotlighting films that define what it means to be a classic.
Since 2001, Turner Classic Movies’ The Essentials has been the ultimate destination for cinephiles both established and new, showcasing films that have had a lasting impact on audiences and filmmakers everywhere. In this second volume based on the series, fifty-two films are profiled with insightful notes on why they’re Essential, a guide to must-see moments, and running commentary from Essentials hosts past and present: TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz and the late Robert Osborne, as well as Rob Reiner, Sydney Pollack, Molly Haskell, Carrie Fisher, Rose McGowan, Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore, Sally Field, William Friedkin, Ava DuVernay, and Brad Bird.
Enjoy one film per week for a year of stellar viewing or indulge in your own classic movie festival. Spanning the silent era through the late 1980s with such diverse films as Top Hat, Brief Encounter, Rashomon, Vertigo, and Field of Dreams, it’s an indispensable book for movie lovers to expand their knowledge of cinema and discover – or revisit – landmark films that impacted Hollywood forever.
11. Paul Thomas Anderson: Masterworks
Author: by Adam Nayman Published at: Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (October 20, 2020) ISBN: 978-1419744679
An illustrated mid-career monograph exploring the 30-year creative journey of the 8-time Academy Awardnominated writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson has been described as “one of American film’s modern masters” and “the foremost filmmaking talent of his generation.” Anderson’s lms have received 25 Academy Award nominations, and he has worked closely with many of the most accomplished actors of our time, including Lesley Ann Manville, Julianne Moore, Daniel Day-Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix, and Philip Seymour Homan.
In Paul Thomas Anderson: Masterworks, Anderson’s entire careerfrom Hard Eight (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Punch Drunk Love (2002), There Will Be Blood (2007), The Master (2012), Inherent Vice (2014), and Phantom Thread (2017) to his music videos for Radiohead to his early short lmsis examined in illustrated detail for the rst time.
Anderson’s inuences, his style, and the recurring themes of alienation, reinvention, ambition, and destiny that course through his movies are analyzed and supplemented by rsthand interviews with Anderson’s closest collaboratorsincluding producer JoAnne Sellar, actor Vicky Krieps, and composer Jonny Greenwoodand illuminated by lm stills, archival photos, original illustrations, and an appropriately psychedelic design aesthetic.
12. The Wes Anderson Collection
Author: by Matt Zoller Seitz Published at: Abrams Books; Illustrated edition (October 8, 2013) ISBN: 978-0810997417
This New York Times bestselling overview of Wes Anderson’s filmography features previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, artwork, and ephemera, with an introduction by Michael Chabon. Writer/director Wes Anderson guides movie/television critic Matt Zoller Seitz through Anderson’s life and career in a hardcover book-length conversation, woven together with original illustrations and production images from Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom.
The result is a meticulously designed book that captures and reflects the spirit of Wes Anderson’s movies: melancholy, playful, wise, and wonderfully unique. Also available from Matt Zoller Seitz: The Oliver Stone Experience, The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads, The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Mad Men Carousel.
13. Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player
Author: by Robert Rodriguez Published at: Plume; Illustrated edition (September 1, 1996) ISBN: 978-0452271876
Famed independent screenwriter and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids, Machete) discloses all the unique strategies and original techniques he used to make his remarkable debut film El Mariachi on a shoestring budget.
This is both one man’s remarkable story and an essential guide for anyone who has a celluloid story to tell and the dreams and determination to see it through. Part production diary, part how-to manual, Rodriguez unveils how he was able to make his influential first film on only a $7,000 budget.
Also included is the appendix, “The Ten Minute Film Course, a tell-all on how to save thousands of dollars on film school and teach yourself the ropes of film production, directing, and screenwriting. A perfect gift for the aspiring filmmaker.
14. Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
Author: by Jose Antonio Vargas Published at: Dey Street Books; Reprint edition (September 3, 2019) ISBN: 978-0062851345
THE NATIONAL BESTSELLERThis riveting, courageous memoir ought to be mandatory reading for every American. Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crowl cried reading this book, realizing more fully what my parents endured. Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past BeginsThis book couldn’t be more timely and more necessary.
Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author of What Is the What and The Monk of MokhaPulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called the most famous undocumented immigrant in America, tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms.
This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This bookat its coreis not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in.
This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves.
15. The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan
Author: by Tom Shone Published at: Knopf (November 3, 2020) ISBN: 978-0525655329
An in-depth look at Christopher Nolan, considered to be the most profound, commercially successful director at work today, written with his full cooperation. A rare, revelatory portrait, “as close as you’re ever going to get to the Escher drawing that is Christopher Nolan’s remarkable brain” (Sam Mendes).
In chapters structured by themes and motifs (“Time”; “Chaos”; “Dreams”), Shone offers an unprecedented intimate view of the director. Shone explores Nolan’s thoughts on his influences, his vision, his enigmatic childhood past-and his movies, from plots and emotion to identity and perception, including his latest blockbuster, the action-thriller/spy-fi Tenet (“Big, brashly beautiful, grandiosely enjoyable”-Variety).
Filled with the director’s never-before-seen photographs, storyboards, and scene sketches, here is Nolan on the evolution of his pictures, and the writers, artists, directors, and thinkers who have inspired and informed his films. “Fabulous: intelligent, illuminating, rigorous, and highly readable.