‘Conversations with James Gray’ is an hefty and in-depth book about the filmmaker by writer Jordan Mintzer. Although I personally do not know much about Gray’s work, having only seen We Own the Night and Two Lovers (the director has actually only made four full length features to date); I found this to be an extremely well researched labour of love from Mintzer.
At almost 250 pages, the book is filled with superb interviews, from Gray himself – in which he honestly details his life growing up and the process of how he came to be interested in film (having a particular love for Apocalypse Now); as well as with cast members such as Tim Roth, Mark Whalberg and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The pages are interwoven with great images (both screen stills and off set), as well as script excerpts, artwork and music manuscripts from Howard Shore.
James Gray may be a little known filmmaker to many, but obviously to others his work holds a wealth of meaning. Few artists would be lucky to have such a well-written and lengthy tribute dedicated to them, and the text has sparked my interest to seek out more of Gray’s work in the future.
Lastly, the book is scripted simultaneously in English and French, having been published by the French company Synecdoche Books.
To purchase please visit their website http://synecdoche.fr/en.