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|Selected Resources: Documentary DVDs on directors and history of the film
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The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004, Wendy Apple, 99 min.) Very helpful film on how the stories are actually made, or rather, cut. This is a good way for the non-specialist to begin to read film in a new way.
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved
Gangland: Bullets Over Hollywood (DVD, 2005, Elaina Archer, 70 min.) Perhaps what best summarizes this documentary on gangs in film is the opening quote by the narrator (Paul Sorvino), “Gangster films are the Westerns of modern times.” Various clips from D.W. Griffith to the Sopranos are used to highlight the dark image (and often lighthearted image) of the gangster phenomenon in cinema.
Hollywood: An Emire of Their Own (DVD, 1997, A&E, based on An Empire of Their Own by Neal Gabler, 100 min.). This documentary traces the dominant Jewish influence in creating
Imaginary Witness (AMC, 2004; KOCH Lorber, 2009). This DVD documents film interpretations of the Holocaust. One of the surprising elements is when Steven Spielberg explains the meaning of the “red dress.”
Tales from the Script (DVD, 2009, Peter Archer, 105 min.) Filled with some discouraging and often comical anecdotes about past experiences, various screenwriters share their life experiences concerning their rise to success in a relatively obscure market that the average moviegoer doesn’t recognize.
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