Aside from passes to movies, my favorite film-related gifts have always been books (although I did appreciate the movie-themed cheese knives, Mom).
Three terrific film books I would highly recommend picking up, (for a present or for yourself) are…
1- The Conversations- Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje
Two great perspectives on film rooted in integrity, art, and curiosity. Hugely inspiring read.
(Also check out Murch’s ‘In the Blink of an Eye’ – his deservedly famous book on film editing)
2 – Have You Seen…? by David Thomson: A Personal Introduction to 1000 films (sorry, you can’t click to look inside here)
Each film is given less than a page and it’s amazing what Thomson brings to every ‘introduction’. (My fav so far is for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg where he compares Catherine Deneuve to liquid cocaine.)
It is (no disrespect to Mr.Thomson) the best bathroom book ever!
3 – Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith
So, only a part of this book deals with film, but it’s just terrific. (The whole book, not just the film part- although that’s especially terrific.)
I was recently given a new ‘how to’ book on indie film and perhaps in the new year, I’ll do a ‘how to’ film book round-up.
In the meantime, I’m open to recommendations…