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Would you listen to The Directors: Take One again? Why?
Yes. I read mostly memoirs and biographies of directors, producers, etc and this book is by far the best at literally sitting down with a director and going film by film through their work and getting everything from anecdotes to why they chose the projects, etc.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The directors laying out their work, film by film, and discussing the selection, making, and outcome of their films.
This book should serve as a template for anyone considering writing a biography.
What does John Bell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Any time you listen to an audio book you get the emphasis, the excitement of the moment. (Particularly when you are lucky enough to have the director, producer, actor, etc read their own autobiography!!! )
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
My extreme reaction would be "FINALLY"!!! I have listened to so many autobiography/memoirs and biographies and often they try to psychoanalyze this or that.
I didn't come here to hear theories; I came here to hear actual stories of what it was like on set, what so and so said when a shot was complete, etc. I want to know what it was like to be there, and this book nails that.
Any additional comments?
Out of all the books people try to recommend for budding writers, directors, producers, I would recommend this book. My Audible Library is page after page of memoirs and biographies and few are nearly as informative. This is how it is done!
Although not a How To book, I feel as if all the experiences and anecdotes of every director interviewed will somehow serve me when I find myself in a similar situation.
Listening to this audiobook you will make all their experiences yours.