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Here are the best DVD director's commentaries to learn all aspects of film making:
1 - Garry Marshall talking on "Pretty Woman". - The best commentary concerning all the realistic problems of getting the story to the screen. You'll learn that no matter what the budget, there is never enough time or money to film all that you want.
2 - Sydney Pollack - "The Way We Were" - Making deals, working with actors, story editing, solving production problems. Includes a documentary with Pollack and Barbara Streisand. Also Polack's 'The Yakuza' has his great commentary with more aspects of film making and handling actors.
3 - Richard Fleischer - "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". The 2 hour documentary, on the double disc special edition, will inspire you do make something worthwhile. You'll hear stories from the director and crew who put all they had into this movie. And about Disney who risked his studio and livelihood to make the most expensive movie of it's time.
4 - Francis Ford Coppola talks on all three Godfathers in the new box set. There's another disc full of production details. Coppola talks about casting, studio problems, film technique, and more importantly the life of an artist. A must for serious filmmakers.
5 - John Frankenheimer in 'The Manchurian Candidate' DVD talks about camera lenses, getting production value, working with actors, and the life of a serious film maker on this masterpiece of film making. In fact, see any DVD that has Frankenheimer's commentary.
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