The Director Within: Storytellers of Stage and Screen by Rose Eichenbaum, Aron Hirt-Manheimer

By Rose Eichenbaum, Aron Hirt-Manheimer

In Rose Eichenbaum’s most modern publication at the confluence of artwork making and human expression, she sits down with thirty-five modern-day storytellers—the administrators of theater, movie, and tv. Eichenbaum’s topics converse with revealing readability in regards to the leisure undefined, the function and lifetime of the director, and the way theatrical and cinematic storytelling affects our tradition and our lives. The Director inside contains interviews with Peter Bogdanovich (The final photograph Show), Julie Taymor (The Lion King), Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles), Tim Van Patten (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire), Hal Prince (The Phantom of the Opera), Barry Levinson (Rain Man), etc. The interviews are skillfully crafted, sensitively finished, and brimming with honesty and perception. The accompanying images display Eichenbaum’s mastery of images and produce the reality, intensity, and intimacy in their topics. The Director inside of is an inspirational, informative, and unique source for someone attracted to creativity, paintings making, and inventive collaboration. The publication contains a directory of works from all the administrators.

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I had to really think long and hard before deciding to direct it. When the movie came out, it had the biggest first-­weekend box office in history. ’” “Those words came from Erich Segal’s novel. What I thought that line meant was, if it’s a great love that you have for one another, then you don’t have to apologize if you’ve done or said the wrong thing because it’s already understood that you’re sorry. I wanted to express that it’s okay to have disagreements and still love and respect each other and, above all, stay together.

You give them a character—Oh, yeah, I understand what that guy’s feeling. He’s like me. When that happens we drop our resistance and we’re willing to take that journey. ” “In Intersection (1994) you take us on an emotional rollercoaster ride with the film’s three main characters played by Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, and Lolita Davidovich, who are involved in a love triangle. ” “Yes, of course. This is critical. If you can’t identify with the dreams of the characters, you’re just photographing them.

There are some truths that we all relate to, the universal truths, 18 and there are truths for each individual. To say one is in pursuit of the truth sounds a bit flowery. But isn’t truth what art should be about—­ revealing the truth about something or someone? ” “Analysis! For me, it’s been analysis. I’ve been in analysis for sixty years! I think Woody Allen and I win the prize for having had the most therapy. It has become for me a way of life. The first thing analysis does is put you in touch with the truth.

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