August 13 marks the 121st anniversary of the birth of one of the geniuses of 20th century cinematography, Alfred Hitchcock. Together with MyBook, the largest book subscription service, BeautyHack.ru has prepared a selection of books about the most famous directors. The authors will tell you many interesting facts about their life and work, as well as teach you how to understand and better navigate the cinema.
Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Ackroyd
“I am scared of my films, I never go to watch them,” said Alfred Hitchcock about his work. Thanks to him, intellectual thrillers and detective stories appeared in the cinema, and an atmosphere of anxious uncertainty and tense expectation became their integral part. He made one of the first sound films, considered blondes to be ideal victims, and at the beginning of his career received many rejections from film studios. Peter Ackroyd's book tells interesting facts about the "master of suspense" and his work.
“Lars von Trier. Tests ", Anton Dolin
Danish director and screenwriter Lars von Trier believes that cinema should be like a sharp pebble in a shoe. His bold, shocking work touches on social, moral and political issues. Trier has over a hundred awards in his collection. Film critic Anton Dolin analyzes in detail the director's provocative work and gives many interviews with the master himself and his colleagues. After the book, it becomes clear why the maestros are so preoccupied with the topics of mercy and mental health.
“Arseny and Andrey Tarkovsky. Pedigree as a myth ", Paola Volkova
Arseny Tarkovsky - Soviet poet and translator, laureate of the USSR State Prize. His son, Andrei Tarkovsky, is a world-renowned film director whose works are regularly included in the lists of the best films of all time. Paola Volkova writes the history of this talented family and tries to unravel their main secret - how, despite all the difficulties, they managed to be creative and create works that have become cult.
"Steven Spielberg. The man who changed the cinema. Biography ", Molly Haskell
Steven Spielberg is one of the most successful filmmakers in US history, a three-time Academy Award winner and founder of the summer blockbuster tradition. Each of his films becomes a sensation, and the box office receipts for them are in the millions. Molly Haskell tells in detail about the fate of the master, starting with a tragic childhood and ending with interesting stories from the set. Read in one breath!
"Woody Allen. A Comedian with a Sad Soul ", Tom Sean
American director, screenwriter, actor and jazz clarinetist Woody Allen has created his own genre of "intellectual comedy". His works, which combine absurdity, satire and elements of auteur cinema, are admired by critics and audiences all over the world. He has been recognized many times as one of the most influential filmmakers of our time. In the book, written in honor of the 50th anniversary of the creative work of the master, Tom Sean has collected over 100 interviews with Allen, as well as the director's comments about his life and work.
“Room of dreams. The Autobiography of David Lynch ", David Lynch, Christine McKenna
David Lynch is the most mysterious and surreal director ever. As a child, he loved to draw and began making films to revive the pictures, and earned money for his debut film delivering newspapers. He invented his own style - "Lynchism", removed the tapes that have become iconic, was awarded various awards, including the Order of the Legion of Honor. In his autobiography, he fascinatingly reflects on different periods of his life, and his co-author presents the view of the director's relatives and colleagues on the same events.
“Tarantino. From Criminal to Disgusting: All Faces of a Director ", Tom Sean
Since childhood, he dreamed of making films, at the age of 15 he dropped out of school and got a job as a ticket collector in a small cinema, spent all the money he earned on acting lessons. World fame came to him at the age of 31 - after the release of "Pulp Fiction". Quentin Tarantino is one of the most extraordinary directors of our time. Tom Sean has created a detailed chronicle of his creative life, including stories from the filming and comments from colleagues and friends of the film genius.
“Eldar Ryazanov. The irony of fate, or … ", Olga Afanasyeva
Quotes from his films are known to everyone, and the history of our country can be traced from the plots of his films. Scriptwriter and director Eldar Ryazanov has shot many masterpieces, and was also the author and host of television programs. He loved to shoot comedies, although his life was far from being as fun as it might seem. In her book, Olga Afanasyeva tells about the fate of the Soviet director, laureate of the USSR State Prize.