John Sayles, Filmmaker
A Critical Study and Filmography, 2d ed.
About the Book
In 1980, art house audience word of mouth about an unusual new movie, Return of the Secaucus Seven, launched the career of director John Sayles and with him the era of the independent filmmaker. Sayles has remained a maverick, writing, directing, editing and even acting in his own films.
This fully updated revision of the author’s 1998 first edition chronicles Sayles’ entire career—including the story of his inauspicious beginning as a second-string actor and his work in fiction, theatre, music videos and television. A chapter is devoted to each of Sayles’ feature films, offering background material on production funding, a plot sketch, an analysis of important characters, and a look at the language, setting, and politics. Each chapter also traces Sayles’ technical development—his camera work, editing, musical arrangement and mise-en-scène. The book includes a complete filmography and a bibliography.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 40 photos, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition ix
1. A Storyteller: From Literature to Film 5
2. Outside and Inside the Production System 38
3. An Escaped Slave, the Boss, and Union History 76
4. Cityscapes: Baseball’s Lost Souls and Urban Renewal 113
5. The Power of the Physical World: From Soap Opera Diva to Celtic Myth 144
6. Borders: Texas, the Academy, and Mexico 175
7. Commodities: Real Estate and Babies 214
8. Human Geography: Business-as-Usual Politics, Stagolee’s Blues Redux, and a Commitment to Independence 258
Book Reviews & Awards
“essential”—Choice; “writing with intelligence and in scholarly fashion, Ryan captures…the essence of Sayles’ filmmaking quality”—Classic Images.