How I Came to Write DIRECTING THE FILM

How on earth would you write a book about film directing when great directors all say something different?

In 1976, when I was approached by the American Film Institute to write a book about film directing, there were no word processors. I transcribed hundreds of hours of interviews with 85 directors–typing it all on an old-fashioned typewriter! My entire house was covered with small bits of paper taped to the wall, floor, even ceiling. How does one edit such a massive work? And with no obvious agreement from speaker to speaker on any directing issue?

That was the challenge I faced. Somehow, we ended up with a book, DIRECTING THE FILM, which is still in print today.

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