I Expected The Worst

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01Afternoon Reading20110329 (BBC7)
20141230 (BBC7)
20141231 (BBC7)

By Luis Bunuel. The film director on making Un Chien Andalou, helped by the Surrealists.

"Before the showing, I put some stones in my pocket to throw at the audience in case of disaster. I expected the worst. But, happily, the stones weren't necessary. After the film ended, I listened to the prolonged applause and dropped my projectiles, discreetly, one by one, on the floor behind the screen."

In a series of three readings this week, famous film-makers describe their adventures in the movie business.

1. MY LAST BREATH

Luis Bunel recalls scandalous times with the Surrealists in twenties Paris, when he made films such as Un Chien Andalou on money borrowed from his mother!

Reader Ian McDiarmid

Producer Duncan Minshull.

02Afternoon Reading20110330 (BBC7)
20141231 (BBC7)
20150101 (BBC7)

By Francois Truffaut. Dubious actors, bad music, freedom of speech and favourite recipes.

"Dear Monsieur,

You do me too great an honour in asking my advice. I have never written a shooting script and I never know where I'm going to place the camera one hour before I start shooting, which is to say, before seeing the actors move through the set..."

A series of three readings, in which famous directors describe their adventures in the

the movie business:

2. Francois Truffaut: Letters.

His missives are a rich source of insight and amusement, as he considers the likes of dubious actors, terrible music, freedom of expression and favourite foods...

Read by Ben Miles

Producer Duncan Minshull.

03Afternoon Reading20110331 (BBC7)
20150101 (BBC7)
20150102 (BBC7)

By Wim Wenders. The director on trying to capture all things ethereal with actors.

"Usually a line emerges that enables you to fix on the characters and their relationships. But with angels you could do anything; there were connections all over the place, you could go anywhere. You could cross the Berlin Wall, pass through windows into peoples' houses. And anyone was hero of a potential film..."

In a series of three readings, famous film directors celebrate their work in the film business:

3. WINGS OF DESIRE

Wim Wenders describes working with angels on his famous film, based in Berlin. And should angels be shot in black and white or in colour?

Reader Stephen Dillane

Producer Duncan Minshull.

AR01My Last Breath20110329

"Before the showing, I put some stones in my pocket to throw at the audience in case of disaster.

I expected the worst.

But, happily, the stones weren't necessary.

After the film ended, I listened to the prolonged applause and dropped my projectiles, discreetly, one by one, on the floor behind the screen."

In a series of three readings this week, famous film-makers describe their adventures in the movie business.

1.

MY LAST BREATH

Luis Bunel recalls scandalous times with the Surrealists in

twenties Paris, when he made films such as Un Chien Andalou

on money borrowed from his mother!

Reader Ian McDiarmid

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Luis Bunel recalls scandalous times with the Surrealists in 1920s Paris.

AR01My Last Breath20110329

"Before the showing, I put some stones in my pocket to throw at the audience in case of disaster.

I expected the worst.

But, happily, the stones weren't necessary.

After the film ended, I listened to the prolonged applause and dropped my projectiles, discreetly, one by one, on the floor behind the screen."

In a series of three readings this week, famous film-makers describe their adventures in the movie business.

1.

MY LAST BREATH

Luis Bunel recalls scandalous times with the Surrealists in

twenties Paris, when he made films such as Un Chien Andalou

on money borrowed from his mother!

Reader Ian McDiarmid

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Luis Bunel recalls scandalous times with the Surrealists in 1920s Paris.

AR02Francois Truffaut: Letters20110330

"Dear Monsieur,

You do me too great an honour in asking my advice.

I have never written a shooting script and I never know where I'm going to place the camera one hour before I start shooting, which is to say, before seeing the actors move through the set..."

A series of three readings, in which famous directors describe their adventures in the

the movie business:

2.

Francois Truffaut: Letters.

His missives are a rich source of insight and amusement, as he

considers the likes of dubious actors, terrible music, freedom

of expression and favourite foods...

Read by Ben Miles

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Francois Truffaut's letters cover everything from freedom of speech to favourite recipes.

AR02Francois Truffaut: Letters20110330

"Dear Monsieur,

You do me too great an honour in asking my advice.

I have never written a shooting script and I never know where I'm going to place the camera one hour before I start shooting, which is to say, before seeing the actors move through the set..."

A series of three readings, in which famous directors describe their adventures in the

the movie business:

2.

Francois Truffaut: Letters.

His missives are a rich source of insight and amusement, as he

considers the likes of dubious actors, terrible music, freedom

of expression and favourite foods...

Read by Ben Miles

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Francois Truffaut's letters cover everything from freedom of speech to favourite recipes.

AR03 LASTWings Of Desire20110331

"Usually a line emerges that enables you to fix on the characters and their relationships.

But with angels you could do anything; there were connections all over the place, you could go anywhere.

You could cross the Berlin Wall, pass through windows into peoples' houses.

And anyone was hero of a potential film..."

In a series of three readings, famous film directors celebrate their work in the film business:

3.

WINGS OF DESIRE

Wim Wenders describes working with angels on

his famous film, based in Berlin.

And should angels

be shot in black and white or in colour?

Reader Stephen Dillane

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Wim Wenders tells how he tried to capture all things ethereal with his actors.

AR03 LASTWings Of Desire20110331

"Usually a line emerges that enables you to fix on the characters and their relationships.

But with angels you could do anything; there were connections all over the place, you could go anywhere.

You could cross the Berlin Wall, pass through windows into peoples' houses.

And anyone was hero of a potential film..."

In a series of three readings, famous film directors celebrate their work in the film business:

3.

WINGS OF DESIRE

Wim Wenders describes working with angels on

his famous film, based in Berlin.

And should angels

be shot in black and white or in colour?

Reader Stephen Dillane

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Wim Wenders tells how he tried to capture all things ethereal with his actors.