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One More for the Road
A Director’s Notes on Exile, Family, and Film
Introduction by Aida Vidan
346 pages, 5 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-241-4 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (October 2021)
ISBN 978-1-80073-254-4 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (October 2021)
eISBN 978-1-80073-242-1 eBook
“I read a lot this year. Old, new, borrowed, blue. This was the best. The paradox of reading something so avidly that you can’t put it down and then I got to the last 20 pages slowing down to a snail’s pace and reading so slowly so that it wouldn’t be over so quickly.” • Mike Downey, European Film Academy
“This unique and engaging book is both a non-chronological memoir and an idiosyncratic cinematic history textbook of sorts, one that informs the reader about the director’s own life, work and creative processes, but also about the broader context of cinema’s untold, hidden history through entertaining vignettes and little known (yet important) facts.” • Dijana Jelača, Brooklyn College.
“Anyone interested in the artists’ real and imaginative lives, in European and global cinema and history, or simply in the plethora of inspiring lives and stories—the knowledge of which makes one humbled and grateful—will find this a most fulfilling, joyful read.” • Gordana P. Crnkovic, University of Washington
Recounts the life and career of Croatian filmmaker Rajko Grlić in the form of a lexicon of film terms tied to anecdotes spanning Grlić’s life.
“I read a lot this year. Old, new, borrowed, blue. This was the best. The paradox of reading something so avidly that you can’t put it down and then I got to the last 20 pages slowing down to a snail’s pace and reading so slowly so that it wouldn’t be over so quickly.”—Mike Downey, European Film Academy
From his post-Nazi-era childhood in Yugoslavia to his college years during the 1968 invasion of Prague, the Yugoslav dissolution wars, and his subsequent exile in the United States, these personal stories combine to provide insight into socialist film industries, contextualizing south Slavic film while also highlighting its contacts with Western filmmakers and film industry.
From the introduction by Aida Vidan:
The one hundred and seventy-seven film terms provide sometimes a direct and at other times a metaphoric path to Grlić’s stories and concurrently serve as a self-referential mechanism to comment on a series of film attributes. The entries can be read in any order, allowing for the reader’s own “montage” of the book’s universe…. Grlić adroitly captures the absurdities and paradoxes in one’s life resulting from the sort of tectonic shifts with which East European history abounds.
Rajko Grlić is the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Film at Ohio University. Previously, he has taught at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. As an award-winning director, his films have been the subject of numerous scholarly and newspaper articles, and have screened at major film festivals including the Cannes Festival.
Subject: Film and Television Studies Cultural Studies (General)
Area: Central/Eastern Europe
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