How to Make a Film
Claude Chabrol's Comment faire un film is the culmination of numerous interviews with the great French director. Here, Chabrol meditates, in his uniquely down-on-earth manner, on the technique as well as the impetus behind the craft of filmmaking. His witty and acerbic comments will delight fans, artists and filmmakers alike, while sharpening their sensitivity to the medium as he provides his own unique insights. Chabrol makes an important distinction between what he terms the "poets" of cinema and the "storytellers" -the latter of which, he writes, may lack vision, but make great contributions nevertheless through their mastery of technique and form. The former, in Chabrol's view, are "the nobler of the two. Yet some of the worst films in the history of cinema have been made by such poets due to their complete lack of dramaturgical skill."
François Guerif : Francois Guerif is the author of Conversations avec Claude Chabrol (Denoel, 1999), Le film noir americain (Denoel, 1999) and Le Cinema policier francais (Veyrier/Librairie l'Avenue, 1990), among other works on film and filmmakers.