She Said

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, Bloomsbury, RRP£20/Penguin, RRP$28

As the reporters who first exposed Harvey Weinstein, Kantor and Twohey did more to transform the movie industry — and potentially redeem it — than any film-maker or executive. Here, they tell the story of the story, the scale matched by the diligence of their journalism in a book all the more essential in the year of Weinstein’s conviction.

Luis Buñuel: A Life in Letters

Jo Evans and Breixo Viejo, Bloomsbury Academic, RRP$26.09

The correspondence of the great surrealist film-maker Buñuel was not written with any eye to publication. The almost in-passing nature of reflections about work, health and memory make them more compelling yet, notes from a visionary life spanning art revolution and the Spanish Civil War, Hollywood and exile, the supporting cast including Man Ray, Dali and Catherine Deneuve.

Parasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards

Bong Joon Ho, Grand Central Publishing, RRP$30

How many lifetimes does it seem since Bong Joon Ho’s upstairs-downstairs thriller became the first non-English language winner of the Best Picture Oscar? (Actually it’s been less than five months.) If this companion piece is not really a graphic novel, the blueprints of script and storyboard it does contain make a richly enlightening glimpse behind the curtain.

She Found It at the Movies: Women Writers on Sex, Desire and Cinema

Christina Newland, Red Press, RRP£12.99

Film writers don’t often admit the carnal side of falling for the movies, that certain heat to the cinema — the product of a self-consciously buttoned-up critical mass that also long existed as a sixth form-ish boys club. Addressing both problems at once makes Newland’s smart collection of witty, tangy essays welcome.

Conclusions

John Boorman, Faber, RRP£20

Elegiac with a twist, the deeply readable memoir of the great director Boorman has the sense of a stock take and something more surprising. Playful, bittersweet tales of acquaintances with everyone from Pinter to Burt Reynolds suddenly take on all-purpose insight. Particular wisdoms await for anyone who might ever think to pick up a camera.

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