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Alexander Payne, His Journey in Film

A Reporter's Perspective 1998-2012

Biga, Leo Adam

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Alexander Payne, His Journey in Film
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Long before Alexander Payne arrived as a world-renowned filmmaker, Leo Adam Biga spotted his talent, even screening his thesis project, The Passion of Martin, at an art cinema. By the time Payne completed Citizen Ruth and prepped Election Biga made him a special focus of his journalism. Interviewing and profiling and Payne became a highlight of the writer's work. Feeling a rapport and trust with Biga, Payne granted exclusive access to his creative process, including a week-long visit to one of his sets. Now that Payne has moved from emerging to established cinema force through a succession of critically acclaimed and popular projects--About Schmidt, Sideways, and The Descendants--Biga has compiled his years of reporting into this book. It is the first comprehensive look anywhere at one of cinema's most important figures. Go behind-the-scenes with the author to glimpse privileged aspects of the filmmaker at work and in private moments. The book takes the measure of Payne through Biga's analysis, the filmmaker's own words, and insights from some of the writer-director's key collaborators. This must read for any casual fan or serious student of Payne provides in one volume the arc of a remarkable filmmaking journey.
Publisher: Omaha, NE : Inside Stories, 2013
ISBN: 098832931X
9780988329317
Branch Call Number: B Payne Biga 2013
Characteristics: 295 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Schatz, Thomas
Schaffert, Timothy
Payne, Alexander 1961-

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Dec 23, 2013
  • pegasus71 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An interesting collection of articles and essays which chronicle Alexander Payne's development and progress to date as a filmmaker. However, Biga's overall perspective seems to be more that of one writing valentines to Payne rather than giving the reader any trenchant critical analysis of his films or his cinematic style.

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