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Books

The best of new publications by, for, and about directors, their teams and the industry.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Books Cinema Lonliness
Summer 2011
by Robert Kolker

The most acute and perceptive critical study of some of the finest films and directors of the Hollywood New Wave of the 1970s.

Fall 2010
Gwynne Edwards

Luis Buñuel, like many great international filmmakers, still dwells, to a considerable extent, on the far side of a linguistic and cultural barrier. What we have until now lacked, however, is a study that relies primarily on Spanish-language sources, extensively researched and translated by the author.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Books French New Wave
Spring 2007
Richard Neupert

Starting in the early '50s, Neupert situates the Cahiers graduates in a wider, richer portrait of French cultural history. The second edition includes a new chapter devoted to Left Bank filmmakers and a new afterword.

Spring 2010
Mark Griffin

Vincente Minnelli was a contradictory man, says Mark Griffin in his enlightening new biography of the director.

Fall 2012
Betsy A. McLane

An account of the genre's history as context for the current state of documentary films, while considering the future of non-fiction films.

DGA Magazine March 2003
Samuel Fuller

Factual inconsistency is a recurrent feature of this dense text, but it matters not one bit really, as the facts and fiction here blur together into one seamless whole.

DGA Magazine January 2004
John Boorman

From a war-torn English childhood to dangerous locations for his movies, little about John Boorman's life and career could be called safe or comfortable.

Spring 2010
Peter Cowie

Peter Cowie celebrates Kurosawa's centenary with this exquisitely packaged, image-laden homage to the writer-director and his work.

DGA Magazine July 2004
Alison McMahan

Alice Guy Blache is described as "a striking example of the modern woman in business ... succeeding in a line of work in which hundreds of men have failed."

American Film Now: The People, the Power, the Money, the Movies
Summer 2011
by James Monaco

A snapshot of Hollywood at the high noon of the American New Wave, this is a delightful time machine of a book showing us what was actually there before the steady encrustation of myth had taken hold.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 Bookes Lopate
Spring 2006
Philip Lopate

Even the most critic-averse director will find something to savor in this comprehensive anthology of intelligent, thoughtful writing on film.

DGA Magazine July 2003
David Weddle

Subdivided into parcels, a bit like Beverly Hills itself, David Weddle's study of a place, a concept, an idea, a dream; languidly unfolds, enveloping the reader in a gauzy, gaudy, seductive, sweet-scented cascade of words and weaving, twisting geography.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Books Anthony Mann
Spring 2011
by Jeanine Basinger

The undisputed master of three genres—film noir, psychological Westerns, and big-budget historical epic—Mann accumulated a majestic body of work.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 Books Anthony Mann
Winter 2007/2008
Jeanine Basinger

Originally published in 1979, this reissue of Anthony Mann (now expanded, restored and updated) remains the only serious book-length study of Mann's work in English.

DGA Quarterly 2011 Books Arthur Penn
Spring 2011
by Nat Segaloff

Renowned primarily for detonating the 1970s Hollywood Renaissance with 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde, Penn’s life was full of achievements no less potent and pace-setting.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Books Before I Forget
Summer 2011
by James Sheldon

If there’s an emblematic career that showcases the entire history of television from its postwar inception to the late '80s, it must be James Sheldon's.

Summer 2009
Nick Dawson

Finally a biography of Hal Ashby, who made a series of remarkable movies during the 1970s before falling into disfavor and dying at 59. Ashby is the lost man of the Hollywood Renaissance.

DGA Quarterly Books Black Directors
Fall 2011
By Melvin Donalson

An account of black film in America, beginning with the movies of Melvin Van Peebles and Gordon Parks, among the first African-American films to be seen by a large national audience.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2011 Books Chaplin
Winter 2011
David Robinson

Originally published in 1985, Chaplin: His Life and Art offers a full immersion in the previously impenetrable method of Chaplin as a director.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2011 Books City of Nets
Winter 2011
Otto Friedrich

A rollicking account of mid-century Hollywood, City of Nets opens with the movie industry at the pinnacle of its success (1939) and ends 10 years later with the chaos of the HUAC hearings, the rise of television, and the Supreme Court’s antitrust decision.

Winter 2013
Michael Goldman

Over the past 40 years, Clint Eastwood has gone from being ‘The Man with No Name’ to one of the industry’s most respected filmmakers.

Fall 2009
Werner Herzog

Detailing the production history of Fitzcarraldo from the director's point of view, Conquest includes a history of the first, abandoned production, which featured Jason Robards, Mick Jagger, and Mario Adorf in its cast.

Contemporary Film Directors Book
Spring 2012
Annette Insdorf

Closely analyzing his films to date, Insdorf links Kaufman's versatile cinema by exploring the recurring and resonant themes of sensuality, artistic creation, and manipulation by authorities.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Books Conversations With Scorsese
Summer 2011
by Richard Schickel

This epic, wide-ranging conversation between two people who together may know more about movies than anyone else in America offers nothing but pleasure

DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 Books Moviemakers
Spring 2006
George Stevens, Jr.

One part reminiscences, one part tricks of the trade, Conversations is a a must-read for those serious about directing and those who want to continue their film education.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Books Wood Allen
Fall 2007
Eric Lax

Spanning 35 years' worth of interview between author and filmmaker, Lax's easy, familiar rapport with Allen translates into unexpected detail regarding Allen's influences and body of work.

DGA Magazine July 2004
Jed Dannenbaum, Carroll Hodge and Doe Meyer

Stressing the inner workings, motivations and artistic sensibilities of people who are passionate about film

Summer 2009
Steve Organ

In these interviews, well chosen by editor Steven Organ, Lean also addresses the perceived divide between his early, intimate British work and his later, expansive inter-national epics.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2008 Books David Lynch
Fall 2008
Greg Olson

The world is not short of books about David Lynch, but none till now matches Greg Olson's complex, keen-eyed but sympathetic biography.

Winter 2010
Richard A. Barney

Whereas many filmmakers would seek to play down the contradictions in their work, Lynch does just the opposite in this book of compiled interviews edited by Richard A. Barney.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Books
Fall 2006
Bill Carter

Surveying Titanic flops, Himalayan egos and Vesuvian temper-tantrums, New York Times TV correspondent Bill Carter compiles a compelling portrait of the years leading up to the transformational 2004-2005 TV season.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Books Digital Filmmaking
Spring 2007
Mike Figgis

A trained jazz musician and veteran of live theater, Figgis aptly communicates in this short volume the excitement provided by digital technology in allowing more immediate expression.

Fall 2012
Nick Bamford

A straightforward, no-nonsense, hands-on television directors textbook which applies as much in the U.S. as the U.K.

Spring 2013
Michael Rabiger and Mick Hurbis-Cherrier

Rabiger and Hurbis-Cherrier’s firsthand experience allows them to describe the day-to-day of directing in simple, uncomplicated terms, appealing to both the novice and seasoned pro.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 Books Directors Close up
Spring 2006
Jeremy Kagan

The second edition of the Kagan-moderated seminars with directors nominated for the DGA Awards' Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film includes fascinating remarks from directors including Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, and Ang Lee.

Spring 2013
Jeremy Kagan

Each awards season, the Directors Guild of America’s nominees for best feature film gather for an in-depth discussion of their work at the annual Meet the Nominees Symposium.

DGA Qaurterly Fall 2011 Books Directors Tell Their Stories
Fall 2011
By Bethany Rooney and Mary Lou Belli

Written by two top female TV directors, this is an indispensable handbook for the aspiring TV director and should find its place in the curriculum of any film school in the land.

DGAQ Books - Driven to Darkness: Jewish Emigre Directors and the Rise of Film Noir
Winter 2010
Vincent Brook

In Driven, author Vincent Brook traces the role Jewishness played in the movies and sensibilities of UFA Studios figures such as Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, Fred Zinnemann, Billy Wilder, and Edgar Ulmer.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Each Man in His Time
Winter 2011
Raoul Walsh

For a personal insight into the buccaneering, freebooting youth of Hollywood, you can’t do better than the memoirs of the man behind the eye patch.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Books Elia Kazan
Spring 2011
by Elia Kazan/Richard Schickel

Kazan’s epic account of the century and his life is as magnificent an achievement as many of his plays and movies, and possibly the best autobiography ever written by a movie director.

Fall 2010
Scott Eyman

Eyman reminds us how DeMille's rise in early Hollywood not only paralleled the industry's ascent to global prominence, but was inextricably intertwined with it.

Winter 2009
Glenn Lovell

Lovell's evenhanded biography of John Sturges fills yet another gap in our knowledge of postwar Hollywood, tracing the life and work of the director of such films as The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2008 Luc Goddard
Summer 2008
Richard Brody

The most satisfying and epic movie biography of 2008 thus far, Brody's Everything is Cinema divides Godard's career into distinct creative periods, integrating the oft-told stories of the Nouvelle Vague with new research.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2011 Books Exiles in Hollywood
Winter 2011
Gene D. Phillips

Exiles in Hollywood looks at Fritz Lang, William Wyler, Billy Wilder, Fred Zinnemann, and Otto Preminger, analyzing the profound effect they had on American popular cinema after leaving UFA Studios.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 Books Fellini
Spring 2006
Tullio Kezich

Kezich seamlessly weaves together the life and work of this most autobiographical filmmaker, shedding new light on the films, and no doubt sending many readers straight to the video store to view Fellini's masterworks with fresh eyes.

DGA Magazine March 2003
Virginia Wright Wexman

This hefty reference book looks at Hollywood's motion picture and television treatment of five ethnic groups: African-Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Jewish Americans, and Native Americans.

DGQ Quarterly Summer 2012 Film Noir
Summer 2012
Alain Silver and James Ursini

A compilation of biographies, filmographies, and film-by-film analyses written by the who's who of film historians focusing on 30 key directors who helped shape the film noir genre.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 Books
Spring 2008
Richard Schickel

With over 60 reviews of books about film, Film on Paper offers a rich survey not just of the books, but also of the Time magazine critic's capacious and splendidly contrarian mind.

Winter 2013
Mike Goodridge

In this fourth installment focusing on the craft of filmmaking, Mike Goodridge profiles 16 of the world’s most respected directors, as well as five influential filmmakers who shaped the medium’s first century.

Spring 2013
Nat Segaloff

In a business where you’re only as good as your last film, it is surprising to learn that the final works of cinema’s greatest directors are often shrouded in mystery and relegated to the outskirts of their oeuvres.

Winter 2014
Bob Fosse

Teetering between exhaustive and exhausting, Fosse brings us the definitive portrait of a complex man and talented director.

Spring 2009
Hervé Dumont

Including a foreward by admirer Martin Scorsese, this biography (written in 1993 but finally translated from French) rescues the early Hollywood director from obscurity.

DGA Quarterly 2011 Books George Stevens
Spring 2011
by Marilyn Ann Moss

As the son of theatrical tent-show performers, former DGA president George Stevens truly grew up with Hollywood.

DGA Magazine February 2004
Colin MacCabe

Colin MacCabe presents us with Godard's daring shooting, lighting and editing techniques—some of the innovations that inspired filmmakers from London to Hollywood.

DGA Magazine July 2003
Richard Schickel

Schickel, the author of more than 30 books, has written his most personal one, interweaving autobiography with film criticism, he examines the pictures that made an impact on him as a child and reassesses them with a professional's gimlet eye

Summer 2010
Nick Dawson

Time and again, Ashby stresses his desire to remain hands-off in his direction of actors and their instincts. Ashby may have been hands-off but, in the end, only Ashby carried the entire movie in his head.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2008 Books Have You Seen...?
Fall 2008
David Thomson

Possibly the greatest movie-related bathroom book of all time, "Have You Seen...?" has 1,000 alphabetical entries, each with a well-honed five hundred words that will have you running to your Netflix queue or yelling in dissent.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 Books Hollywood Independent
Winter 2007/2008
Denise Mann

Deftly sorting out a complicated political and artistic saga, Mann concentrates on the business issues, the postwar political environment and the emblematic indies to trace how films reflect the often dissident circumstances of their creation.

books
Winter 2012
By Steven J. Ross

A history of the relationship between Hollywood and Politics.

Winter 2009
Richard Koszarski

The Rutgers film professor's richly detailed history is a New Yorker's passionate and unabashedly city-proud reclamation of film production in NYC, a ceaselessly eye-opening work of Gotham-based cultural anthropology and archeology.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Books Hollywood Censor
Fall 2007
Thomas Doherty

Though he never directed a millimeter of film footage, Joseph Breen left an indelible mark on every movie made from 1934 to 1954, essentially functioning as chief enforcer of the Hays Code.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Howard Hawks
Winter 2011
Todd McCarthy

Hawks, a cofounder of the Directors Guild, was unusual in scrappy, knockabout early Hollywood; as an educated rich kid from Pasadena, he was slumming in what was still seen as a disreputable industry.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Books
Summer 2006
John Anderson and Laura Kim

The film critic for Newsday (Anderson) and executive VP of marketing and publicity Warner Independent (Kim) throw a lifeline to young filmmakers and explain the film sales process.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Books
Summer 2006
John Badham and Craig Modderno

The love-hate relationship between directors and actors is entertainingly dissected by veteran director John Badham and industry journalist Craig Modderno in this kiss-and-tell primer from the directing frontlines.

Spring 2009
Tony Verna

A memoir by the man responsible for instant replay in sportscasting, Instant Replay includes some energetic score-settling with CBS as well as stories involving Mother Teresa, Presidents Reagan and Bush and Dick Clark.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Boooks Jean Renoir
Spring 2007
Christopher Faulkner

A compact yet comprehensive survey of one of the great careers in cinema history, Jean Renoir shows the director's life in one clear, wide-angle shot, with frequent close-ups when necessary.

Fall 2013
John Badham

In John Badham's latest book he culls from his nearly 40-year history in the industry to provide invaluable first-hand insight for vets and novices alike.

Winter 2012
Jeffrey Meyers

A definitive biography of the larger-than-life career of legendary director John Huston.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2008 Books
Summer 2008
Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan

An oddly assembled, highly entertaining mess of a book, John Landis drives you out to rent every last one of the director's movies.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 Books
Winter 2007/2008
Brian Dauth

A welcome addition to the University of Mississippi series of interviews with directors, Mankiewicz: Interviews continually draws fascinating material from the director with a little help from interviewers like Andrew Sarris and Michel Ciment.

Spring 2009
Robert Cornfield

Robert Cornfield edits Kazan on Directing, a deftly assembled collection of the great director’s instructions to his theater and film collaborators. Included are character biographies, costume suggestions and staging setups, as well as brutally frank postmortem examinations of his work.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Books Kings of the Bs
Spring 2011
Todd McCarthy & Charles Flynn

A landmark assessment of the independent sector of American filmmaking in the postwar decades, a teeming bestiary of risk takers, gore pioneers, and still-underrated auteurs.

Winter 2012
By Guy Magar

Autobiography from veteran feature and action TV director Guy Magar.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Books Leni Riefenstahl
Winter 2006
Jurgen Trimborn

Admirably well-sourced, consistently evenhanded, and remarkably succinct, A Life is now the authoritative biography of an appalling, albeit fascinating, figure of cinema.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 Books
Fall 2005
Scott Eyman

The biography of the founder of "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayerland" illustrates how MGM took the studio system to its purest - and most infuriating - heights.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 Books
Fall 2005
Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel

An invigorating addition to the "making-of" canon, Live Fast, Die Young is a well-researched portrait of creative minds navigating personal anguish to make great, iconic art.

DGA Quarterly 2011 Books Delbert Mann
Spring 2011
by Delbert Mann

Former DGA president Delbert Mann was the first of the generation of Television directors to make a successful trek West to Hollywood.

Luck and Circumstance Book
Spring 2012
Michael Lindsay-Hogg

A magical dreamscape memoir of the acclaimed director's boyhood and coming-of-age as the son of movie star Geraldine Fitzgerald, and making his way in the worlds of theater, film, and television.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Books Sidney Lumet
Spring 2011
Sidney Lumet

Rarely does a book fully live up to the promise of its title, but Lumet’s memoir-cum-manual tells us in vivid and splendid detail how he does what he does.

Winter 2013
David Luhrssen

His name does not conjure the almost automatic word association that comes with discussing film’s most legendary directors, but Rouben Mamoulian has remained something of a mystery. Until now.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Books Michael Mann
Fall 2006
F.X. Feeney

This critical analysis of Mann's work by LA Weekly critic F.X. Feeney contains dozens of painterly frame enlargements as well as materials from Mann's own archive.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 Books
Spring 2008
Bert Cardullo

Containing interviews conducted between 1960 and 1983, Interviews demonstrates that Antonioni was, then as now, always one step ahead of his critics and interrogators.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Books
Summer 2006
Bill Daniels, David Leedy and Steven D. Sills

If knowledge is power, then every player in Hollywood looking to gain the upper hand in dealmaking ought to dip into this book. Not that the book’s contents – like the studio accounting practices it depicts – will be fully understandable to anyone who’s not a CPA.

Spring 2009
Tony Bill

Having been "on more sets than a lot of rental equipment," Bill is well-qualified to provide outsiders with this compendium of film lingo, made more complete with anecdotes involving names like Sinatra, Coppola, Malick and Spielberg.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 Books MFT: 1964-2004
Spring 2006
Alvin H. Marill

With 5498 entries from 40 television seasons, this five volume collection is the definitive resource on movies for television, listing title, airdate, network, cast, crew, and short synopsis.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2007
Summer 2007
Quentin Falk

Clocking in under 200 pages, Falk's succinct biography displays deft command of the material, delivering a compressed tour through the life and work of the owner of the most recognizble silhouette in film.

DGQ Quarterly Summer 2012 My Happy Days in Hollywood
Summer 2012
Garry Marshall

A memoir chronicling the five-decade career of film and TV director Garry Marshall.

DGQ Quarterly Summer 2012 My Life as a Mankiewicz
Summer 2012
Tom Mankiewicz & Robert Crane

A self-effacing portrait of Hollywood insider Tom Mankiewicz, loaded with vibrant anecdotes.

Summer 2013
Edited by Peter Biskind

Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles had lunch together reguarly in 1983 and Jaglom began taping their conversations—right up until Welles’ death.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2010 Books Magic Carpet
Winter 2010
Micky Moore

You want an epic life story? Try Micky Moore's near-century of activity in the movie business, first as a child star in silent films, then 20 years later as an in-demand AD and second unit director for auteurs like Cecil B. DeMille, George Cukor, John Sturges, and Steven Spielberg.

Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of an American Director
Summer 2011
by Patrick McGilligan

Nicholas Ray made movies about drug addiction, feminism, Mc-Carthyism, conservation, and ethnography years before anyone else.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2008 Books Not So Quiet on the Set
Fall 2008
Robert Relyea with Craig Relyea

In this bracingly foul-mouthed and highly compelling memoir, producer/AD Robert Relyea recalls the last gasp of buccaneering, big-budget Hollywood filmmaking.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2007 Kubrick
Summer 2007
James Naremore

Written in readable, jargon-free prose, Naremore's On Kubrick is the state of the art in deep Kubrick appreciation.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Books
Summer 2006
Simon Callow

Spanning the years 1941-1947, Volume 2 traces the larger-than-life director's career from Kane to his never finished documentary, It's All True, about life in Brazil.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Books Oscar Micheaux
Winter 2006
Patrick McGilligan

In his biography of the half-forgotten yet indomitable African-American film pioneer, McGilligan deftly assembles the sterling research of several scholars into a compelling account of a quixotic life.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Oscar Micheaux
Winter 2011
Patrick McGilligan

In his exhaustive biography of the shadowy, half-forgotten yet indomitable African-American film pioneer Oscar Micheaux, McGilligan deftly assembled the sterling research of scholars of early black filmmaking into a compelling account of a quixotic life.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Books Preminger
Fall 2007
Foster Hirsch

Despite Preminger's difficult reputation, author Foster Hirsch provides a judiciously balanced, three-dimensional biography of the director who helmed Laura and Anatomy of a Murder.

DGA Quarterly 2011 Books John Frankenheimer
Spring 2011
Stephen B. Armstrong

The emblematic figure among the New York TV directors who made the journey to Hollywood in the 1950s, Frankenheimer refined his technique in live broadcasts before millions of viewers.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 Books
Spring 2008
Mark Harris

Harris' deeply researched account of the diverging fortunes of the five Best Picture nominees from 1968 provides a fascinating insider history of Hollywood in transition.

DGA Magazine May 2003
Mel Stuart and Josh Young

Unlike most "making of" film books, Pure Imagination, is straight from the maker's mouth, offering the intimacy of a director's own viewpoint.

Summer 2013
Peter Rainer

Critic Peter Rainer gives us a history of contemporary cinema; an insightful reflection on the evolution of the industry and the filmmakers who helped shape it.

Winter 2012
By Marilyn Ann Moss

A biography of maverick director, Raoul Walsh.

DGA Magazine July 2004
David Fantle and Tom Johnson

Since the summer of 1978 David Fantle and Tom Johnson captured more than 200 performers and filmmakers on paper.

DGA Magazine May 2004
Peter Cowie

As lively as its title, free of ham-handed analyses, academic jargon or smug theories — no small feat when examining movies of the world within the political, social and artistic context of the turbulent '60s.

Fall 2009
Mitchell Zuckoff

Resembling an Altman movie, dozens of figures (including the director himself) yak, yarn, kvetch, and carp in this epic oral biography put together by Zuckoff.

Summer 2013
Alan Casty

Alan Casty tackles the often frustrating paradoxes of a man whose fundamentally American films possess a darkness that reveal the complex ideology of their volatile director.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Books Scenes from the City
Spring 2007
James Sanders

Filled with shots from famous New York movies and including an interview with Martin Scorsese (as well as comments and anecdotes from New Yorkers like Nora Ephron and Woody Allen), Scenes showcases the city's many faces and the filmmakers who capture it.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 John Ford
Winter 2011
Joseph McBride

Drawing on three decades of research, Searching covers Ford's directing, history as a co-founder of the Directors Guild, politics, and his wildly contradictory personality, valiantly attempting to separate Ford’s many masks from his actual visage.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Books Chaplin
Fall 2006
John Bengtson

A worthy companion piece to the Schickel collection, the deliriously obsessive and bracingly thorough Silent Traces scours the backgrounds of Chaplin's films to point out their exact locations, past and present, through photographs.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 Books
Fall 2005
Lawrence Turman

Written by the producer of The Graduate, So You Want To Be provides anecdotes while establishing the producer's function as one who starts the ball rolling and keeps it rolling.

Spring 2010
Gene D. Phillips

Gene D. Phillips’ Some Like It Wilder is a critical-historical biography, with Wilder’s work very much taking primacy over his personal life.

Fall 2012
Richard Schickel

An intimate appraisal of the films that made Steven Spielberg an icon.

Fall 2010
Merrill Brockway

Merrill Brockway belongs to that bustling generation that returned from World War II, earned its education on the GI Bill (his at Princeton), and then moved into an optimistic postwar future where the maps were not yet drawn.

Summer 2010
James Naremore

Naremore's close-reading and contextualization of the film make Sweet Smell of Success seem like a heroic victory over its producers' own worst instincts and an even more remarkable achievement than we already believed.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2007 Books The Animated Man Walt Disney
Summer 2007
Michael Barrier

Focusing on the improvisatory manner in which Disney and his partners turned a fledgling filmic entertainment into a global industry, Barrier's biography ultimately finds Disney an elusive figure beneath his workaholic tendencies and relentless optimism.

Summer 2009
Tom Reilly

Assistant director Tom Reilly's labor of love, a lifetime’s experience generously distilled into practical advice for assistant directors—tyros and old hands alike.

Fall 2012
David Thomson

A history of the motion picture industry—from its inception to Inception—an inspired study of its place in 21st century culture.

DGA Magazine March 2003
Ted Bergmann and Ira Skutch

Most people today under 50 are unaware of Du Mont as a fourth network — or that multitudes watched programs on Du Mont TV sets.

DGA Magazine March 2003
James Robert Parish

This hefty reference book looks at Hollywood's motion picture and television treatment of five ethnic groups: African-Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Jewish Americans, and Native Americans.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Books
Fall 2006
Richard Schickel

Richard Schickel's excellent selection of critical and biographical essays is a fine place to begin for readers interested in learning more about the seminal cinematic figure.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Books The Film Director Prepares
Winter 2006
Myrl A. Schreibman

An adjunct professor at UCLA, Schreibman presents an essential outline - culled from his own experience in theater, film, and TV - of what is needed to get the unbelievably complex job done.

Summer 2010
Alain Silver, Elizabeth Ward, James Ursini, and Robert Porfirio

Weighing in at 500 pages, this venerable compendium subscribes to the idea that noir pertains to tone and features profiles of a wide array of films.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Books Robert Wise
Fall 2007
Richard C. Keenan

A thoroughly researched critical survey of the former DGA President's five-decade career in Hollywood, Keenan's book contains clear and persuasive analyses of Wise's techniques, revealing an artist determined to let his material live and breathe.

Spring 2013
William Friedkin

William Friedkin is rightly considered a pioneer of the New Hollywood movement that exploded onto American screens in the late ’60s and ’70s.

DGA Qaurterly Fall 2011 Books Food Franchise
Fall 2011
By Kristin Thompson

A multi-angle saga of the “once in a lifetime” making of Peter Jackson’s magisterial The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2011
Fall 2011
By Rebecca Keegan

A nuanced take on the director, benefiting from personal access to the man himself and almost every co-worker that could find, as well as family members and people who’ve known him since he was a lowly effects and landscapes artist.

Great Moviemakers Book
Spring 2012
George Stevens, Jr.

In this series of conversations held at the American Film Institute all aspects of work are discussed with men and women working in pictures, beginning in 1950 to Hollywood today.

Summer 2009
Phil Hall

Throughout Phil Hall's survey, one is repeatedly struck by how many movies were independently produced: Griffith’s Intolerance, entire specialist markets ranging from “race movies” to Yiddish-language productions, and even James Cameron’s first Terminator.

Spring 2010
Edward Jay Epstein

Edward Jay Epstein's The Hollywood Economist proves a more reader-friendly follow-up to his previous book on film economics, The Big Picture.

DGA Magazine February 2004
Staff of Hollywood.com

Baseline Hollywood Film Director Directory, Edited by the Staff of Hollywood.com.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 Books Long Embrace
Winter 2007/2008
Judith Freeman

An enthralling academic detective story (with a marked resemblence to one of Chandler's novels), The Long Embrace is 2007's finest book about Los Angeles.

DGA Magazine May 2003
David Thomson

Stating at the outset that he is uncomfortable with the new title of "the" rather than "a" biographical dictionary, Thomson encourages his readers to compose their own responses.

DGA Magazine May 2004

Written by The New York Times film critics; edited by Peter M. Nichols; and with a new foreword by A.O. Scott

DGA Quarterly Winter 2011 Books Parades Gone By
Winter 2011
Kevin Brownlow

Nearly forty years on from its original publication, Kevin Brownlow’s The Parade’s Gone By... still packs quite the Proustian punch, with its chorus of then venerable, now long-dead legends of the silent era reminiscing on experiences that even then were 40 years in the past.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 Books
Spring 2008
David A. Price

David A. Price's well-researched history of Pixar is also a history of the long march of CGI, with stops along the way, including the war between Disney and Pixar, embodied here by Michael Eisner and Steve Jobs.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Books Playboy Interviews
Winter 2006
Stephen Randall & the editors of Playboy

With in-depth interviews of Billy Wilder, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Ingmar Bergman and more, you can read this Playboy offering "for the articles."

Fall 2010
Nicholas Carr

Just as it has transformed our ways of doing business, of communicating with one another, and entertaining ourselves, the Internet, says Carr, by reference to countless neuroscientific studies, is also changing our brains, and not necessarily for the better.

DGA Magazine January 2004
Bob Willoughby

Beginning in the early 1950s, Bob Willoughby became one of the most successful photojournalists in the film industry and the first "outside" photographer to work on Hollywood's closed sets.

DGA Qaurterly Fall 2011 Books The Sundance Kids
Fall 2011
By James Mottram

A respectful and multileveled account of the generation of filmmakers spawned (in the main) by the Sundance Film Festival under the auspices of Robert Redford.

Fall 2009
Charles Finance & Susan Zwerman

Finance and Zwerman have assembled an essential guide for both tyros entering the industry and established directors who want to feel more comfortable working in this brave new world of VFX.

Winter 2014
Wes Anderson

It’s easy to generalize the work of director Wes Anderson as “artificial,” but in his new book, Matt Zoller Seitz finds the substance in Anderson’s signature style.

Fall 2013
Doug Wilson and Jody Cohan

Wilson’s new memoir is a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of what it was like to bring viewers “the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat,” week in, week out.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 Books
Fall 2005
Norman Jewison

Jewison's honestly-titled memoir is of special interest to readers intrigued by the longevity of this particular genre-hopper.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2007
Summer 2007
Jack Valenti

This posthumous memoir from the industry's dapper head of the MPAA details Valenti's eventful life, including his poor childhood in Texas, his time in the White House advising LBJ, and his stewardship of the (in)famous ratings association.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Books Tough as Nails
Summer 2011
by Douglass K. Daniel

We get to see beyond Brooks' barking autocrat and observe what several friends and co-workers call "the mischievous twinkle in his eye."

Winter 2009
Michael Sragow

Michael Sragow profiles the former auto racer, who Steven Spielberg once complimented as "one of the great chameleons. We honor his movies and don't know him - because he did his job so well."

Winter 2009
Emanuel Levy

Levy's in-depth biography makes a convincing case for a revival of interest in the maestro's glorious body of work.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Books John Rich
Fall 2006
John Rich

A veritable Zelig of the industry, and an inexhaustible fund of good anecdotes (including one involving Shelley Winters and another involving a difficult Jerry Lewis), Rich remains fine company from first page to last in this chronicle of an epic life.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2008 Books
Summer 2008
Walter Mirisch

Over the course of 50 years, legendary producer Walter Mirisch went from teenage theater usher to one of the most respected producers in Hollywood.

Summer 2013
Jaron Lanier

Who Owns the Future? is a cautionary tale, warning of an economic cataclysm and eradication of the middle class if the concept of “free” information keeps to its current trajectory

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Books
Fall 2006
William Wellman, Jr.

Written by Wellman's son, The Man and His Wings is part fond memorial, part family scrapbook, packed with previously unseen photos, mementos of Hollywood's Golden Age, and letters from the front.

Winter 2010
Gabriel Miller

Despite twelve best director nominations and three wins, Wyler resisted the title of "auteur," instead preferring to recognize the contribution of his collaborators. As the interviews in this book (which span from 1939 to Wyler's death in 1981) reveal, he felt the director should shape himself to the picture's needs.

Winter 2014
William Wyler

William Wyler has often been excluded from auteurist circles, and by extension from serious film study, which, as Gabriel Miller argues, is a gross oversimplification.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2011 Books
Fall 2011
By Mary G. Hurd

Mixing biographical information with an overview of each career, Women Directors & Their Films identifies the commonalities and distinctions between the many female directors who’ve come to prominence.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Books Women Filmmakers
Spring 2007
Karen Ward Mahar

Thoroughly researched and powerfully written, Women Filmmakers offers stirring revelations that illuminate a forgotten pioneering spirit among early women filmmakers.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2008 Books X Films
Fall 2008
Alex Cox

A conundrum among independent filmmakers, Cox has always done things his way. Appropriately, then, X Films communicates a tangible sense of filmmaking as adventure, more how-to than autobiography.

DGQ Quarterly Summer 2012 You're the Director
Summer 2012
James Christie

A compelling study of Richard Donner, an ebullient, ballsy risk-taker who was a director even before he was aware of it.