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Last WordsConsidering Contemporary Cinema$
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Jason Wood

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171977

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171977.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Last Words

Jason Wood

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a brief commentary on how published interviews with filmmakers are becoming a thing of the past due to the increased focus on film stars and the rigorous control over film PR. It then describes the present volume, which features interviews with mostly British filmmakers who may otherwise have their work and their sensibilities go under the radar. It also discusses how British directors frequently find themselves corralled together in a kind of catch-all piece designed to give the impression of editorial support, and how non-mainstream and foreign-language directors have become all but invisible. The general aims of this book are to serve as a tool for people interested in cinema that occupies new or different territories, and to provide first-hand accounts of the filmmaking process from figures who could be considered to have a unique, challenging, or non-conformist aesthetic vision.

Keywords:   interviews, British film directors, filmmakers, cinema

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