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Author: David Bordwell,Michael Bamberger
ISBN: 159240247X
Subcategory: Performing Arts
Pages 283 pages
Publisher Gotham (June 14, 2007)
Language English
Category: Photo and Art
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eBook The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale and Lost download

by David Bordwell,Michael Bamberger

Bamberger meets his fellow Philadelphian Shyamalan and his wife, Bhavna, at a party in 2004, and becomes . But what made this book so fascinating is the fact that M. Night comes off as essentially a big baby who can't accept any form of criticism.

But what made this book so fascinating is the fact that M.

In his relatively young career, M. Night Shyamalan has achieved phenomenal commercial and critical success. Because Shyamalan has worked outside of the Hollywood system, how Now in paperback, a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. In his relatively young career, M.

Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale. Earlier, Night had asked Jim Courier about his tennis career, about his training methods, about the tennis academy he’d attended for high school. Night said he’d followed Courier’s professional career as a player on his own high school tennis team. Night spoke of how he had disliked it when his opponents came on the court with a stack of virgin rackets, aluminum, titanium, whatever. My feeling was always, What did you do to deserve those rackets? Before long, Courier was asking Night about his days in junior tennis as if they were significant, and to Night, they were. Because Shyamalan has worked outside of the Hollywood system, however, his filmmaking habits and personality have remained largely unknown.

Michael Bamberger's book about M. Night Shyamalan is not just a puff article but a full-length, unintentionally . His only serious misstep was allowing it to happen. Night Shyamalan is not just a puff article but a full-length, unintentionally riotous puff book. It was Mr. Bamberger who met the auteur at a dinner party ("Night's shirt was half open - Tom Jones in his prime"), became awestruck ("What kind of power could he have over me?") and started taking deeply embarrassing notes. How could Mr. Shyamalan have known that his Boswell would place him in a biblical light? The book finds some relevance for Night (as Mr. Bamberger calls him) in the fact that the word night, like the word day, shows up early in the Book of Genesis.

The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale (2006), released the same week as the ucer's film Lady in the Water, profiles him as he develops i. .

Night Shyamalan found a credulous Boswell in Michael Bamberger, a Sports Illustrated scribe willing to inflate every imagined slight the director ever faced into comic levels of bathos. The book describes his reaction: The lesson of Night’s own 34 years was so clear to him: If you’re a Bob Dylan, a Michael Jordan, a Walt Disney - if you’re M. Night Shyamalan - and you have faith and a vision and something original to say, money will come. But if you’re chasing money, the audience will see you for what you are. Night knew his ideas were no longer making an impact on Nina.

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An insider's narrative of the creative process of filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, told through his creation of the movie "Lady in the Water," describes his writing practices, his on-location work with his crew, and his difficult decision to change studios.
I'm not exactly an M. Night hater nor do I think he is the genius that some profess him to be (modern day Hitchcock? Please.). I loved THE SIXTH SENSE, was so-so on UNBREAKABLE, liked SIGNS (until the flawed ending), hated THE VILLAGE, and consider LADY IN THE WATER to be unwatchable (I had seen the film well before reading this book). Nor am I one to turn away from a good movie just because of the filmmaker's personality (I don't care what Woody Allen or Roman Polanski do when filming or not filming, or how big of a jerk a filmmaker is, if the movie is good then so be it). But what made this book so fascinating is the fact that M. Night comes off as essentially a big baby who can't accept any form of criticism. At one point, the book outlines how M. Night isn't looking for "yes" men/women, but he only wants people around him who believe -- but he definitely comes off as someone who indeed is looking for "yes" men/women and anyone who doesn't see his way is "lost".

In terms of M. Night's "fight" with Disney, this is one of the few exceptions where you come out siding with the corporation. Neither M. Night nor his assistant can't accept why the Disney execs won't drop everything in their personal Sunday lives to read the new script -- including taking a child to a birthday party, then settling him down afterwards -- then they get upset when Disney tells him they'll finance the movie and won't interfere with him at all! "We'll give you $60 million then see you at the premiere" offers Dick Cook. Offers like that are extremely rare, and I had no sympathy at all for M. Night during this "plight" when he feels he is betrayed by Disney. Disney's notes are not unreasonable, and actually are pretty much on the money. Then he gets upset when Giametti doesn't call him back immediately -- but M. Night has worked with the likes of Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson and Samuel L. Jackson. I guarantee they didn't drop everything and call M. Night immediately -- and this is something that I would have like seen in the book is how M. Night "manipulated" all these major stars in the past movies as the author claims he does. To me this book came off as a making-of a regular movie, with M. Night thinking that everyone was there to service him and that anyone who doesn't believe in him is lost.

I did enjoy the insight into the insecurties of M. Night, and you can definitely see where his ego stems from -- it's an extremely fragile ego indeed. Movie making takes a lot of courage and confidence, and M. Night puts up a good front, but his inner turmoil is so much more complex. For instance, the book constantly refers to the Disney execs comments as being a negative force that seem to stick to M. Night throughout the making of the film -- especially when something goes wrong. Jeff Robinov the creative power at Warner Bros. who is one of the smartest execs in the business, and is not one to gush over filmmakers. His "good job" to M. Night at a read-through although it bothers M. Night incredibly, is a great example of how Robinov lets the artists alone with their work unless circumstances call for Studio interference. That "good job" is in fact high praise.

Ultimately, I enjoyed reading this book. I love Hollywood, but I also love the foreign film and independent film worlds as well. This is a book that will definitely appeal to film lovers who liek insight into the creation process -- but will especially appeal to those types that love to trash Hollywood, and view the corporations, executives and producers that inhabit it as mindless drones (which is of course, definitely not the case).

The great irony is of course that LADY IN THE WATER is now considered a box office bomb, coming in a distant third on an opening weekend against -- wait for it -- a Disney film (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 2) that was in its third week in release. In the end, Mickey Mouse gets the last laugh after all.
I cannot recall any other nonfiction book with this heart and huge tonal changes. Oddly, I wrote that as a good thing! The author starts out much more impartial than he finishes; what starts out as good sportswriting ends up veering very closely akin to a hagiography. This feels natural given the time spent with the director over weeks and months - he becomes a believer.
That word is at the center of what happens, start to finish, being given extraordinary access to an artist of no small charisma and one whose self concept varies wildly with the input of the people around him, from producers to assistants to the other artists in his employ and finally to his audience.
Recommended to fans and to those who are simply curious, as it reveals people in all of the various stages and positions of belief.
I couldn't put this book down. It was a lot of fun following a movie from script to screen, even if the movie is the troubled mess that is "Lady in the Water." I actually have a newfound respect for it now.

Shyamalan doesn't get off easy in this book, either. Sometimes he is painted as a tortured genius, others a petty jerk. The bits about cinematographer Chris Doyle's drunken antics are shocking as well. Personally, I would've fired him for the things he did on set.

Overall, an insanely fun read.
I'm a big fan of Bamberger's writing. His prose is still excellent, and if he could have pried his lips off of Shyamalan's backside for a bit, this book could have been very good. Instead it appears as though the author fancied a career as Night's PR director in the near future. A big disappointment. Honestly, the heavy-handed rose-colored portrayals of Night's actions and personality are too much to bear and are as transparent as they are unbelievable. Any facts that contradict or shed a truly critical eye on the director are ignored or clumsily dismissed. Tellingly, Bamberger ends his lovefest before the movie is released...sparing himself the task of justifying what a horrible bomb this "masterpiece" turned out to be.
I really didn't like Shyamalan when I started this book, and I expected to like him even less after reading. The opposite held true. He comes across as a thoughtful, talented filmmaker, and I retreat the ill feelings I might have had towards him. I'm not about to run out and see his next movie -- I still think most of them suck -- but I will wish him well and hope they do better than they have done. The book is very well told and very informative.