Travels in the 7th art

Completely confidential

7 In the history of the art, the spy movie has always been a genre with unforgettable characters, since it first appeared on the screen in 1962, with 007 agent James Bond or even Ethan Hunt at the forefront. , the hero of the franchise Mission impossible Played by Tom Cruise. Because the secret agent is an inexhaustible source of twisted stories and convoluted scenarios, full of twists and turns where lies, simulations and manipulation intersect. Of Correspondent 17 (1940) by Alfred Hitchcock Zero Dark Thirty (2012) by Kathryn Bigelow Spies on the Thames (1944) by Fritz Lang, A letter from the Kremlin (1970) John Houston, Patriots (1994) Éric Rochant or Argo (2012) Ben Affleck takes the form of ABC in this intriguing debut on the prolific relationship between espionage and cinema. In addition to a chapter devoted to spy actresses such as Marlene Dietrich or Greta Garbo, and unpublished interviews with directors such as Olivier Assayas or Arnaud Desplechin, this book also Homeland Where Office of Legends. Richly illustrated with movie stills, posters, set photos and artwork, the book invites us to explore the underside of this fascinating universe.

Completely confidential. Cinema and Espionage (Co-published La Cinémathèque française/Flammarion).

Gabriel Byrne

After ten years in relative anonymity, Gabriel Byrne saw a decisive turn in his film career in 1990 with one of the major roles. Miller’s passage By Joel and Ethan Cohen. Since then, the actor has been in the forefront of many films and TV series During treatment – American version In the analysis – with the character of Dr. Paul Weston, expertly interpreted. Born in 1950 to a modest family in the suburbs of Dublin, Gabriel Byrne was an introverted child who harbored his imagination. His passion for cinema and theater led him to overcome his shyness and join an amateur troupe, a decision that changed his life. In this intimate book, he looks back on his childhood through funny and tender portraits of the eccentric figures of his neighborhood, who surely first gave him a love of the stage. On the contrary, he recalls the stages of his life as an actor from a distance, as if surprised to find himself in such a foreign world. Gabriel Byrne also makes no secret of his excesses, anxiety or alcohol addiction. It is either a great book in which self-mockery intersects with true poetic power, a magnificent acknowledgment of the impermanence of fame, or a touching tribute to the familiar beings and landscapes to which it owes so much.

My dreams and me Gabriel Byrne (Editions Sabine Wespieser – Memoirs translated from English (Irish) by Diane Meur).

Bertrand Tavernier

Of Saint-Paul watchmaker (1974) horse Quai d’Orsay (2013), Bertrand Tavernier has built a rich and eclectic filmography, moving from one genre to another with wit and intelligence. Through fifteen unpublished statements of artists, including the actresses Nathalie Baye, Isabelle Huppert and Mélanie Thierry or the composer Philippe Sarde, and interviews with their relatives – including Thierry Fremaux, chief representative of the Cannes festival – as well as with the director Laurent Delmas. go through his work: fathers, heroes, war, music, news, history, commitment and cinephilia. Tavernier, cinema and the continuation of the documentary series that is nothing else in France Inter, the reader discovers a director both rooted in his time and infused with the French cinematographic tradition that prides himself on scripts, dialogues and actors.

Bertrand Tavernier. Cinema and nothing else by Laurent Delmas (Gallimard publications).

Henry Alecan

Henri Alecan (1909-2001), one of the most famous cinematographers in the history of 7th art, collaborated with the greatest French and foreign directors, including Marcel Carne, Abel Gance, Joseph Losey, Amos Gitai or Raoul Ruiz. Of Beauty and the beast From Jean Cocteau wings of desire From Wim Wenders Roman holidays By William Wyler, this book tells the sixty-year love story between Henry Alekan and cinema. He invites us to a real treatise on light by sharing with us a life of reflection and thought according to the paintings he studied and the films he illuminated. Rich in over 300 illustrations, this artist and inventor—always on the side of dreams, poetry, and the supernatural—reveals his vision of light and shadow in this fascinating work.ensure that the images presented to the audience disappear“.

Henry Alecan. lights and shadows (La Table Ronde publications).

William Goldman

Writer and screenwriter of many religious films including The President’s men and Marathon Man –, two-time Oscar winner, William Goldman (1931-2018) is undoubtedly the author who most candidly and acutely describes the profession he has been involved in for so long in Hollywood. William Goldman recounts the highlights of his career, from his apprenticeship to his greatest successes, including his failures, which he describes with humility and humor. This book goes behind the scenes of a certain golden age of Hollywood through the eyes of one of its keenest observers, and sheds unfiltered light on how great films were born. Finally, the author sheds light on the true faces of the legends, studio heads, producers, directors and actors he worked with, including Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Michael Douglas, Robin Wright…

Adventures of a screenwriter in Hollywood William Goldman (Editions Capricci – Translated from English (United States) by Jean Rousselot).

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