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ISBN 9781629332536

Interviews with English Filmmakers: Powell to Pawlikowski includes interviews with seventeen British filmmakers: Michael Powell, Carol Reed, David Lean, Charles Crichton, Jack Clayton, Lindsay Anderson, Karel Reisz, John Schlesinger, Ken Russell, Tony Richardson, Ken Loach, Stephen Frears, Peter Greenaway, Mike Leigh, Terence Davies, Pawel Pawlikowski, and Kenneth Branagh. Also included are interviews with the following three Anglo-American directors: Joseph Losey, James Ivory, and Richard Lester. Supplementing all of these interviews are a historical introduction to English cinema, a feature filmography for each director interviewed, director-specific bibliographies, a general bibliography on British film, and a comprehensive index.

Interviews with English Filmmakers: Powell to Pawlikowski is hardly designed to be an exhaustive book on the art of British film, but it is intended to be a representative one. Moreover, it is not an erudite or pedantic tome targeted only at a limited audience of specialists. Instead, this volume is meant to be a highly accessible yet subtly expressive and copiously illustrated collection of interviews, all of which deal with cinematic (as well as dramatic) questions of interest to many cultivated readers and spectators—not just British ones. Interviews with English Filmmakers is thus aimed at students, teachers, cinephiles, and educated individuals with an interest in British cinema in particular and global cinema in general, in addition to those readers with an interest in the practice of film directing and production as well as film analysis and criticism.


Author Bio: The author of many essays and articles over the years, R. J. Cardullo has had his work appear in such journals as the Yale Review, Cineaste, Film Quarterly, and Cinema Journal.  For twenty years, from 1987 to 2007, he was the regular film critic for the Hudson Review in New York.  Cardullo is the author or editor of a number of books, including In Search of Cinema: Writings on International Film Art, Playing to the Camera: Film Actors Discuss Their Craft, and Stage and Screen: Adaptation Theory from 1916 to 2000. He is also the chief American translator of the film criticism of the Frenchman André Bazin, with several volumes to his credit, among them Bazin at Work: Major Essays and Reviews from the ’40s and ’50s and André Bazin and Italian Neorealism.

R. J. Cardullo’s own film criticism has been translated into the following languages: Russian, Chinese, Turkish, Spanish, Korean, and Romanian. He took his master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale University and received his B.A., with honors, from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Cardullo taught for four decades at the University of Michigan, Colgate, and New York University, as well as abroad, before retiring in 2012 and moving to his wife’s native Finland.