This website also provides
other sources of information valuable to the understanding and appreciation of film. For example, spokespeople (most
notably filmmakers) often advertise their “products” on television talk shows; especially recommended are Charlie
Rose and Tavis Smiley when they interview these personalities. They are unafraid of asking the most important question
relating to film: What are you saying in this film? Film texts by/about filmmakers like Norman Jewison (This Terrible
Business Has Been Good to Me), Sidney Lumet (Making Movies), and Elia Kazan (Kazan: The Master Director Discusses
His Films) are exemplary film manuals.
Also valuable as a learning experience is the audio
commentary on DVDs. Filmmakers often preface their comments by reminding the listener that they will be revealing spoilers
and often ask if anyone ever listens to their observations, but their insight is invaluable. Too often filmmakers included
trivia to please their listeners. For example, filmmaker Frank Darabont devotes only scant minutes about what The
Mist is really about. However, other filmmakers like the list below do not apologize for revealing their intent.
James Gray’s We Own the Night
Dan Klores’ films
Rod Lurie’s Resurrecting the Champ
Robert Redford Lions for Lambs