Film Directors on Directing

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Ulu Grosbard
One of America's top theatre directors, Ulu Grosbard has also made several outstanding motion pictures featuring superior acting talent in some of their finest roles - Patricia Neal and Martin Sheen in The Subject Was Roses ( 1968); Dustin Hoffman in Straight Time ( 1977); and Robert DeNiro and Robert Duvall in True Confessions ( 1981). Born in Antwerp, Belgium, on January 9, 1929, Grosbard came to America with his family as a child to escape Hitler's conquering troops. He attended the University of Chicago and the Yale Drama School, and gained early film training as an assistant director on Elia Kazan Splendor in the Grass ( 1961). He continued to work as an assistant director on Robert Wise West Side Story ( 1961), Robert Rossen The Hustler ( 1961), Arthur Penn The Miracle Worker ( 1962), and as a unit manager on Sidney Lumet The Pawnbroker ( 1965). Grosbard made his directorial mark on the stage with his productions of Arthur Miller The Price and A View from the Bridge, and Frank Gilroy The Subject Was Roses. When The Subject Was Roses was transferred to the screen, Grosbard won critical accolades for his direction. He has continued to balance stage plays like David Mamet American Buffalo and Woody Allen's The Floating Light Bulb with such films as Straight Time, True Confessions, and Falling in Love ( 1985).The following interview is based on sessions with the director in his Broadway office in 1981 and 1987.
FILMOGRPHY
The Subject Was Roses ( 1968, MGM). HV: MGM-UA.
Who is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? ( 1971, National General).
Straight Time ( 1977, Warner Bros.). HV: Warners.

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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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