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John Sayles : Interviews - Diane Carson

John Sayles


By: Diane Carson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd April 2013
ISBN: 9781578061389
Number Of Pages: 306

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Nominated for both an Academy Award for scriptwriting and a National Book Award, John Sayles has written screenplays, teleplays, short stories, and novels and has worked as a script doctor for a virtual who's who of Hollywood film and television talent. He has acted in films and on stage and even directed a music video for Bruce Springsteen.

In making movies, Sayles has handled subjects as diverse as seventies activists in The Return of the Secaucus Seven (1980); a 1920s Appalachian miners' strike in Matewan (1987); the 1919 Black Sox scandal in Eight Men Out (1988); the Selkies of Ireland in The Secret of Roan Inish (1994); and Latin American guerilla warfare in Men with Guns (1997).

Conducted over a period of twenty years, these interviews span Sayles's career as a writer, director, and sometimes actor. Whether he is interviewed in The Progressive, Film Comment, Sight and Sound, or Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine, Sayles is always direct and candid. In each conversation, he cuts to the core of the film business and to the meat of what he is trying to accomplish as an artist.

Known for his fiercely independent vision, his authentic characters, and his provocative observations on the human condition, Sayles demonstrates in these interviews what an endurably original director and artist he is. As he tells Sight and Sound, "First of all, I'm not afraid of failure. I don't get upset if people don't like it. I'm doing it because I'm interested. . . [Return of the Secaucus Seven] was the start, because even if I hadn't got it released, at least I've made a movie I wanted to make."

Diane Carson is Professor of Film Studies at St. Louis Community College at Meramec and Adjunct Professor of Film at Webster University, both in St. Louis, Missouri. A film critic for Riverfront Times and KDHX in St. Louis, she is also the editor of Multiple Voices in Feminist Film Criticism.

John Sayles: Designated Writerp. 3
Putting People Together: An Interview with John Saylesp. 15
John Sayles: From Hoboken to Hollywood - And Backp. 27
John Sayles: An Interviewp. 37
A Male Director's Look at a Lesbian Relationshipp. 42
Sayles Talkp. 47
Interview with John Saylesp. 52
John Sayles: From Hoboken to Harlem, Via Outer Spacep. 57
John Saylesp. 67
Dialogue on Film: John Saylesp. 80
Director's Humanism Keeps Him Away From Mainstream Moviesp. 86
Miners' Bloody Battle for Union Relivedp. 90
On the Road with John Saylesp. 94
Director John Sayles Makes Films with Convictionp. 99
Sayles Relishes Independencep. 103
Filmmaker Puts Message Before Moneyp. 106
Director Found History on the Roadp. 110
Breaking the Rules: John Sayles's Films Carry His Unique Imprintp. 113
Real Big Leaguer Connects Againp. 117
Interview with John Saylesp. 122
Independent Sayles-manp. 129
Sayles Talkp. 133
John Saylesp. 136
Where the Hope Is: An Interview with John Saylesp. 145
John Sayles: "Fish" Out of Waterp. 156
A Filmmaker with "Passion"p. 160
Sayles Talkp. 164
A Man and His Mythp. 171
Sayles and Service: Prolific Movie Director Tries to Keep His Customers Happyp. 177
The Secret of John Saylesp. 180
The Secret of Roan Inish Revealedp. 185
Seeking a Sense of Communityp. 199
Borderlinesp. 202
Border and Boundaries: An Interview with John Saylesp. 210
Lone Star: Maverick Director John Sayles Makes Films His Wayp. 219
John Sayles: Filmmakerp. 223
Lone Director: John Sayles Discusses the Making of Lone Starp. 235
Q and A: John Saylesp. 239
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9781578061389
ISBN-10: 1578061385
Series: Conversations with Filmmakers (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 2nd April 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.19  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.46