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Poll: Filmmaking Books by Directors

This is a list of books, written by acclaimed directors, which primarily deal with the issue of how to make a movie.

Which of these books would you most want to read before starting a career as a director?

Discuss here

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    Frank Capra, Photo By Roy Vaughan, circa 1926, **I.V.

    "The Name Above the Title" by Frank Capra
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    Sergei M. Eisenstein in Alexander Nevsky (1938)

    "The Film Sense" by Sergey Eisenstein

    (suggested by yrnej)

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    Elia Kazan

    "Kazan on Directing" by Elia Kazan
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    Alexander Mackendrick

    "On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director" by Alexander Mackendrick
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    Akira Kurosawa

    "Something Like An Autobiography" by Akira Kurosawa

    (suggested by yrnej)

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    Satyajit Ray

    "Speaking of Films" by Satyajit Ray
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    Sidney Lumet in Family Business (1989)

    "Making Movies" by Sidney Lumet
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    Claude Chabrol in Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)

    "How to Make a Movie" by Claude Chabrol
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    Andrei Tarkovsky

    "Sculpting in Time" by Andrey Tarkovsky
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    Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut in Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

    "Hitchcock/Truffaut" by François Truffaut (interviews with Alfred Hitchcock)
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    Lloyd Kaufman in Polypore (2013)

    "Make Your Own Damn Movie!" by Lloyd Kaufman

    (suggested by yrnej)

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    Peter Bogdanovich in She's Funny That Way (2014)

    "Who the Devil Made It" by Peter Bogdanovich (interviews with 16 directors)
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    David Mamet at an event for State and Main (2000)

    "On Directing Film" by David Mamet
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    Spike Lee in If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (2010)

    "Spike Lee's Gotta Have It" by Spike Lee
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    Cameron Crowe

    "Conversations with Wilder" by Cameron Crowe (interviews with Billy Wilder)
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    Richard Lester

    "Getting Away With It" by Steven Soderbergh (interviews with Richard Lester)
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    Robert Rodriguez at an event for Planet Terror (2007)

    "Rebel Without a Crew" by Robert Rodriguez
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    Milos Forman

    "Turnaround. A Memoir" by Miloš Forman (suggested by milenko cvorkov)