The Film Desk

Film Business - Hardcover Book

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Published by Film Desk Books, 2023
Sewn-bound hardcover
First printing of 1,500 copies
293 pages
8x6 inches

Introduction by Richard Brody.

Lillian Ross was a staff writer at The New Yorker for seven decades, and wrote on filmmakers regularly over the course of her extraordinary career. Beginning with “Come In, Lassie!”, a 1948 report on Hollywood’s reaction to HUAC through a 2001 visit to the set of Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, Ross covered the people who make the movies with singular insight and humor. Ross’ lengthiest pieces, about Otto Preminger fighting against the television broadcast of Anatomy of a Murder in 1966, and Francis Ford Coppola preparing for the release of One from the Heart in 1982, are legendary portraits of the larger than life personalities that Ross rendered human on the page.

Also features pieces on: Akira Kurosawa, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Oliver Stone, John Huston, Jacques Tati, Charles Chaplin, Mag Bodard, Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood, Federico Fellini, Anjelica Huston, Gene Kelly, Donald Shebib, and John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara & Peter Falk