Conversations with Gus Van Sant is the first critical study to include both extensive original interviews with the director as well as discussions of his entire body of work. The exchanges between film scholar Mario Falsetto and the indie filmmaker cover fifteen films directed by Van Sant over a period of thirty years. Throughout these discussions, Van Sant talks candidly about each film's production history, visual style, editing patterns, and creative soundwork. The director also expounds on his work with actors, the relationship of independent filmmakers to the wider film industry, and many other subjects related to his filmmaking process. The conversations examine the rich thematic explorations of Van Sant's films, which often revolve around the search for love and community on the margins of society and feature a fascination with death.
From experimental films such as Gerry, Last Days, Elephant, and Paranoid Park-where Van Sant rebooted his understanding of cinema and his relationship to the Hollywood film industry-to Milk and Promised Land, this book explores the rich network of meanings in the director's work. By melding the author's critical perspective with the filmmaker's own ideas, Conversations with Gus Van Sant creates a wider perspective on one of the most iconoclastic and imaginative directors of the last thirty years.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Mario Falsetto is professor emeritus in film studies at Concordia University (Montreal). He is the author of Perspectives on Stanley Kubrick (1996) and Stanley Kubrick: A Narrative and Stylistic Analysis, 2nd edition (2001) and has produced two collections of original interviews with film directors, Dialogues with Independent Filmmakers (2008) and Personal Visions: Conversations with Contemporary Film Directors (2000). Falsetto is also the editor of Anthony Minghella: Interviews (2013).