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John Boorman

The concluding thoughts of one of Britain’s greatest film-makers (Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur, Hope and Glory, The General …)

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Chosen as one of Sight & Sound‘s ‘Best Film Books of the Year’

John Boorman is one of the cinema’s authentic visionaries, drawn to myths and dreams. The undisputed heir to David Lean, his films, such as Point Blank, Deliverance and Excalibur, exhibit a continual search for the truth that only art can convey.

In Conclusions Boorman summarises what he has learned about the craft of film-making, and wishes to pass on to the next generation of film-makers. Into this tapestry of cinematic memories, he also weaves the story of his kith and kin, including the death of his cherished elder daughter, and an evocation of the forest of trees that he has planted as his final legacy.

Critic Reviews

Delightful, wry, human and elegiacally thoughtful.

Financial Times
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As personal and as wayward as anything this exceptional man has done.

London Review of Books
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Boorman is one of the world's great directors, a master storyteller.

Paul Auster
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The chapters teem with gossipy though never mean anecdotes . . . What makes Conclusions so delightful is Boorman’s awareness of how absurd cinema is. Absurd as in non-rational, dreamlike, an escape from what passes for reality. “Committing yourself to the life of a film-maker is to embrace a form of joyous slavery,” he writes. What romance!

Critic Reviews

Conclusions is not a formal autobiography, but the skeleton of the life is all there . . . The opening chapter sketches boarding house scenes that might delight connoisseurs of the form, such as Patrick Hamilton . . . One notable aspect of the book is its lack of spite and lack of regret.

Irish Times

John Boorman was born in London in 1933. After working as a film reviewer for magazines and radio, he joined the BBC in 1955 as an assistant editor, and later directed a number of documentaries. His first feature was ‘Catch Us If You Can’ in 1965. His latest film, Country of My Skull, opens in 2003. He is a five-time…

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