Film Directors on Directing

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Stuart Gordon
Re-Animator ( 1985), From Beyond ( 1986), Dolls ( 1987) -- the films of Stuart Gordon are marked by his imaginative direction and macabre sense of humor, along with stunning special effects and consistently fine acting. The Chicago-born filmmaker has brought an impressive background to his horror and fantasy product, having founded Chicago's acclaimed Organic Theatre Company in September, 1969. Under Gordon's direction, Organic Theatre developed and debuted such plays as Bleacher Bums, which became the longest running show in Los Angeles theatre history; E/R Emergency Room, later the basis for a CBS-TV series; and David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago, which was adapted into the feature film About Last Night ( 1986). Gordon's first feature film, Re-Animator, based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft , has already become a horror classic. A jury of leading French film critics named Re-Animator the best science fiction, horror, or fantasy film of the 1985 Cannes Film Festival and Market, and it was invited to the London Film Festival, which has rarely screened such grisly fare. Gordon followed with another Lovecraft adaptation, From Beyond, a horrific fairy tale, Dolls; and a large-scale sci-fi epic, Robojox ( 1988).My interview with Stuart Gordon took place in New York in August, 1986. He had already completed From Beyond and Dolls, and was in the early planning stages of Robojox.
FILMOGRAPHY
Re-Animator ( 1985, Empire). HV: Vestron.
From Beyond ( 1986, Empire). HV: Vestron.
Dolls ( 1987, Empire). HV: Vestron.
Robojox ( 1989, Empire). HV: Vestron.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface and Acknowledgments ix
  • John G. Avildsen 1
  • Tony Bill 21
  • Michael Cimino 37
  • Abel Ferrara 49
  • James Glickenhaus 57
  • Menahem Golan 75
  • Stuart Gordon 89
  • Ulu Grosbard 101
  • Anthony Harvey 115
  • Dennis Hopper 127
  • Ted Kotcheff 141
  • Adrian Lyne 159
  • John Milius 169
  • Alan Parker 183
  • Franc Roddam 195
  • Mark Rydell 209
  • Susan Seidelman 221
  • Joan Micklin Silver 231
  • James Toback 241
  • FrançOis Truffaut 259
  • Wim Wenders 269
  • Bibliography 279
  • Index 283
  • About the Author 301
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