We have lots of cinema and film-related interviews recommending a wide range of books from the history of cinema to manuals on how to write screenplays and direct.
Darren Aronofsky, the Oscar-nominated director of Black Swan, chooses his best books on making movies and screenwriter and novelist Frank Cottrell Boyce talks about filmmaking and argues that good filmmaking springs from having a broad cultural frame of reference beyond cinema.
The writer Barry Forshaw talks about Film Noir and the film critic and former professor of film studies at Columbia, Andrew Sarris, looks at film criticism. Ian Christie, professor of film and media history at Birkbeck College London, chooses his best books on Russian cinema and Brian Macfarlane, editor of the Encyclopaedia of British Film, his on British cinema. Brian Shoesmith, professor at the University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh, looks at Indian Film and Guardian columnist Marina Hyde at Hollywood. Meanwhile screenwriting guru Richard Walter talks screenwriting, recommending Aristotle’s Poetics as essential reading, and director of Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Matt Whitecross, discusses film directing.
Here we choose our best Downton Abbey books. They help understand the social and historical background of the 2019 film.
Five fantastic books on American film, selected by Mark Harris, bestselling author of Mike Nichols: A Life, who explains how “movies can reflect what’s going on in American society—sometimes anticipate it, sometimes fall behind it, sometimes lead it, and sometimes change it.”
Movies are a big part of American cultural life and also one of the country’s biggest cultural exports. As a result, movies play an important role in how Americans see themselves, including in attitudes to race. Here Professor Greg Garrett of Baylor University—film historian, cultural theologian and author of A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation—talks us through five movies that best illustrate how Hollywood has evolved in terms of race over the past century, from Gone with the Wind to Get Out.
The best books on Hollywood. ‘Smart people went to the ballet and opera, and what the poor and lower middle classes did with their time didn’t matter. But these men in Hollywood had a vision and were creating this product that was loved by everybody of all different backgrounds.’