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Alexander Payne: Interviews

Edited by Julie Levinson

264 pages, 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, filmography, index

978-1-62846-109-1 Printed casebinding $50.00S

978-1-4968-1051-9 Paper $25.00T

Printed casebinding, $50.00

Paper, $25.00

"INDEPENDENT MEANS ONE THING TO ME: IT MEANS THAT REGARDLESS OF THE SOURCE OF FINANCING, THE DIRECTOR'S VOICE IS EXTREMELY PRESENT. . . . IT'S WHERE YOU FEEL THE DIRECTOR, NOT A MACHINE, AT WORK."

Since 1996, Alexander Payne (b. 1961) has made six feature films and a short segment of an omnibus movie. Although his body of work is quantitatively small, it is qualitatively impressive. His movies have garnered numerous accolades and awards, including two Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay. As more than one interviewer in this volume points out, he maintains an impressive and unbroken winning streak. Payne's stories of human strivings and follies, alongside his mastery of the craft of filmmaking, mark him as a contemporary auteur of uncommon accomplishment.

In this first compilation of his interviews, Payne reveals himself as a captivating conversationalist as well. The discussions collected here range from 1996, shortly after the release of his first film, Citizen Ruth, to the 2013 debut of his film Nebraska. Over his career, he muses on many subjects including his own creative processes, his commitment to telling character-centered stories, and his abiding admiration for movies and directors from across decades of film history. Critics describe Payne as one of the few contemporary

Filmmakers who consistently manages to buck the current trend toward bombastic blockbusters. Like the 1970s director-driven cinema that he cherishes, his films are small-scale character studies that manage to maintain a delicate balance between sharp satire and genuine poignancy.

JULIE LEVINSON, Newton, Massachusetts, is professor of film at Babson College and has been the film curator for several arts organizations and film festivals. She is the author of The American Success Myth on Film as well as book chapters and articles on a wide range of topics including screen acting, genre and gender, documentary film, and metafiction.

264 pages, 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, filmography, index