The concluding thoughts of one of Britain’s greatest film-makers (Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur, Hope and Glory, The General …)
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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.
Delightful, wry, human and elegiacally thoughtful.
As personal and as wayward as anything this exceptional man has done.
Boorman is one of the world's great directors, a master storyteller.
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!
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.
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