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 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I'm looking forward to J. W. Rinzler's ESB book this Fall. I really enjoyed his previous Star Wars and Indiana Jones books.

I enjoyed this one, which had a real fly-on-the-wall feel:

"The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark"
by Derek Taylor
http://www.amazon.com/Making-Raiders-Lost-Ark/dp/0345297253


Never seen that one before. May have to grab a copy.

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 2:41 PM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

I'm looking forward to J. W. Rinzler's ESB book this Fall. I really enjoyed his previous Star Wars and Indiana Jones books.

I enjoyed this one, which had a real fly-on-the-wall feel:

"The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark"
by Derek Taylor
http://www.amazon.com/Making-Raiders-Lost-Ark/dp/0345297253


Never seen that one before. May have to grab a copy.


I forgot about that one! Another one that's somewhere on my shelves that I've been lugging around for nearly thirty years and still haven't read...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I first read it as the "making of....boobs".

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 4:35 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I first read it as the "making of....boobs".

I first read the above as "the bacon of... boobs"

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   LRobHubbard   (Member)

One of the earliest books I have is THE MAKING OF SPACE:1999, which is far more interesting than the show itself - fascinating because the period it details is the start of the second season, when Fred Frieberger was brought in to 'Americanize' the show.

THE BATTLE FOR BRAZIL, LOSING THE LIGHT - about making Baron Munchausen are great reads, as is the book on the making of THE BROTHERS GRIMM (title escapes me for the moment).

 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)


"The Making of Kubrick's 2001"
by Jerome Agel
http://www.amazon.com/Making-Kubricks-2001-Jerome-Agel/dp/0451071395


This was quite a popular book in its day, and answered a lot of 'how did they do that gravity stuff?' questions for me. The set/ship model explanations were fascinating too, being so far ahead of their time. And it was its own nice keepsake to have, because back then when a movie left the theaters... you didn't get to see it again for awhile. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   Christian Reiffenrath   (Member)

The Making of Enter the Dragon

http://www.amazon.com/Making-Enter-Dragon-Unique-literary/dp/0865680981/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_1

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   ahem   (Member)

King kong 76 has one too.

Largely a 70s thing, I think, when it's in paperback novel form.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Julie Salomon's The Devil's Candy and Steven Bach's Final Cut, about The Bonfire of the Vanities and Heaven's Gate. Both highly recommended.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

The published screenplays to Alien and Aliens, UK only editions , do feature some good behind the scenes information not usually found elsewhere. Paul Sammon edited these as well.

http://www.amazon.com/Aliens-Complete-Illustrated-Screenplay/dp/0752831941

http://www.amazon.com/Alien-Illustrated-Screenplay-Complete/dp/0752831925/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1279743777&sr=1-2

The Alien volume seems to go for a horribly high price these days, just 2 years ago I'd scored one for under $20.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Here's some additional titles:

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Making of Steven Speilberg's Classic Film
AUTHOR: Ray Morton

By Any Means Necessary: The Trials and Tribulations of the Making of "Malcolm X"
AUTHOR: Spike Lee with Ralph Wiley

The Making of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
AUTHOR: Tom McGregor

A Star Is Born: The Making of the 1954 Movie and Its 1983 Restoration
AUTHOR: Ronald Haver

Also, every animated film produced in the last 15 years seems to have spawned a huge picture/making of book. One example:
Disney's Aladdin: The Making of an Animated Film
AUTHOR: John Culhane

And, try putting these series titles into Amazon for lists of books about individual films. These books usually have background on the film and its production, a critical analysis, profiles of the filmmakers, and sometimes a screenplay.

Cambridge Film Handbooks (26 Amazon listings)
Rutgers Films in Print (29 Amazon listings)
BFI Film Classics (209 Amazon listings)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Enlightened self interest compels me to cast aside modesty and mention the award-winning "Heaven and Hell to Play With: The Filming of THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER."

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A great film like HUNTER deserves two great books, and I also recommend "THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER: A Biography of a Film," by Jeffrey Couchman.

 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 3:19 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Enlightened self interest compels me to cast aside modesty and mention the award-winning "Heaven and Hell to Play With: The Filming of THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER."


Dang. Only one library in the inter-library loan system has a copy and won't lend it out.

Double-dang!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 6:07 PM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

I've got loads of these, including some of the ones mentioned. I have a Making of Ghostbusters that I picked up many years after the film came out in Foyles in London which has lots of interesting stuff on deleted/unfilmed sequences.

The making of Jurassic Park and The Lost world books are pretty interesting technically as well.

I have the illustrated screenplays for Raiders & TOD but I've never been able to find one for Last Crusade (apart from the Premiere magazine series that came out some years later) which was rumoured at the time.

I've got others from Congo(!), Judge Dredd, the Burton Batman movies, Planet of the Apes saga, loads on various King Kong incarnations, Terminator Salvation, one unauthorized one on the Alien/Predator sagas, and of course loads of Star Wars books!

 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 6:42 PM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

I've read

GWTW by Gavin Lambert
FUTURE NOIR (making of BLADE RUNNER)
some book about the making of SUPERMAN by a guy who was an actor in the Smallville scenes
Bob Balaban's diary about making CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

Are there any other "making of..." books about movies that you can recommend?


So after reading all these lists, are there any you're going to try seeking out?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I have the illustrated screenplays for Raiders & TOD but I've never been able to find one for Last Crusade (apart from the Premiere magazine series that came out some years later) which was rumoured at the time.

Argh! I never did find Last Crusade from the Premiere line. It's always driven me crazy seeing them on the shelf incomplete, right next to Star Wars and Return of the Jedi missing The Empire Strikes Back. LOL!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 9:03 PM   
 By:   Odlicno   (Member)

I've got Jaws, Jaws 2, Exorcist 2 and the 70s King Kong, all in paperback.

 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 11:28 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

I just read Nicholas Meyer's "A View from the Bridge" which features candid accounts of the making of all his films. He mentioned that his first published work, when he was a kid starting out in Paramount's publicity department, was also a making-of book, "The Love Story Story," which is about the making of . . . "Love Story" (1970).

You can get it cheap:

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Story-Nicholas-Meyer/dp/B0006XS1CK

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2010 - 12:54 AM   
 By:   mulan98   (Member)

Forgive me if this has been mentioned but FINAL CUT by Steven Bach documents the making of HEAVEN'S GATE and its disastrous effect on United Artists.

IMO one of the best 'making of' books ever.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2010 - 1:02 AM   
 By:   mulan98   (Member)

Enlightened self interest compels me to cast aside modesty and mention the award-winning "Heaven and Hell to Play With: The Filming of THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER."

***

A great film like HUNTER deserves two great books, and I also recommend "THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER: A Biography of a Film," by Jeffrey Couchman.



The above is a delightfully phrased post but it puts me in a bit of a conundrum.

I love the film and woud like to read as much detail as possible about the production. Do I need both books?

 
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