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Frank Miller's Sin City: The Making of the Movie [Hardcover]

Robert Rodriguez

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Book Description

April 25 2005 1933104007 978-1933104003 illustrated edition
Director Robert Rodriguez teams with comic book legend Frank Miller to bring the acclaimed comic book series to the screen.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: TroubleMaker Publishing; illustrated edition edition (April 25 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933104007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933104003
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 28.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #426,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A film noir updated for the digital age, Sin City is a fetishistically faithful big-screen rendition of Miller's hardboiled graphic novels. Film director Rodriguez was so intent on capturing the distinctive visual look of Miller's art that he insisted, against the objections of the Director's Guild of America, on the writer-artist getting co-director billing. An all-star cast, including Bruce Willis and Benicio Del Toro, was shot against a green screen and inserted into digitally created settings, which permitted exact fidelity to Miller's graphics. This attractively designed book publishes Rodriguez' screenplay adaptation, accompanied by corresponding comics panels and production shots to reveal how closely the film hews to its inspiration. Also featured are commentary by Rodriguez and Miller, interviews with cast and crew, conceptual designs and other artwork, and sections on costumes and the cars in the film. The moguls expect crowds in Kill Bill, if not Pulp Fiction, numbers, and many of those viewers will be the sort of obsessive, repeat-viewing fanatics who will seek out this hardcover geeks' guide. Gordon Flagg
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a bit too analog for something so digital. April 30 2005
By Joel Kaye - Published on Amazon.com
If you're a Frank Miller fan I think you'll love this book. If you're a Robert Rodriguez fan you might want to wait for the DVD.

In this book you'll find some great photography of the actors and scenes from the movie (no nudity). You'll find the entire script, which along with the photos accounts for 75% of the book.

The other 25%: The cast and crew pat each other on the back a lot. A number of comic book drawings are presented alongside the same scene in the movie. There's a good overview of the creation of the makeup effects, custom weapons, costumes and jewelry.

What's missing is a discussion of the digital process. There are a couple green screen photos in color, but most set photos are in black and white. There's no mention of the software used to create anything nor the companies or artists involved in that creation. Since so much of this movie was created in the computer I found that a little odd. If that's what you think you're buying then don't.

Perhaps they thought computer stuff was too technical and not as interesting as showing the casting process for the weapons etc. You decide.

If you love the movie and Frank Miller I think you'll be happy with this book. The hardback makes a nice coffee table book for the household without young children.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you loved the movie you'll love the book... Aug. 3 2005
By Mary Ellen Faulkner - Published on Amazon.com
If you know a decent movie when you see one, you'll love this book on the making of Sin City. It explains how the movie was taken from graphic novel to screen. It has quotes from the cast and crew, the screenplay in it's entirity, as well as some awesome pictures. It goes into detail about the wardrobe and cars in the movie, and how they achieved the comic-book style that they were going for. Plus, almost every page has a page from the graphic novel in the background, so if you've never read the original Sin City you pretty much can by buying this book (If your eyesight's good enough, that is).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Miller's Sin City : The Making of the Movie Aug. 27 2005
By Kristy M. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Frank Miller is a comic book god, rejuvenating classic stories like Batman and Daredevil while simultaneously conjuring up well-written and provocative tales of sinister film noir and graphic novel impressionist avant-garde violence. One of the most impressive and original movies I've seen for years, SIN CITY blew me away with its knowingly malicious nature, razor-edge script and frenetic action. To have such revolutionary geniuses like Miller and Quentin Tarintino collaborate on a film like this, it's more than welcome for American audiences looking for a non-traditional event that shakes the rule book, rips out all the pages and burns them. This behind the scenes tome, penned by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez is filled to the brim with all the essentials that make a great backstage look at the absorbing world of filmmaking. Containing the entire screenplay for Sin City, a widespread behind the scenes photo collection, cast and filmmakers feelings on the film, nicely presented publicity material for the marketing, and so much more. Lavishly presented and with enough info to satisfy the most ardent fan, what more could you want? This is indispensable material for any film fan, and a great value, it makes this even more appealing. If you don't already have this enthralling manuscript, buy it now!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight on a great film. April 14 2005
By Greg Sorensen - Published on Amazon.com
This book is really awesome. It has the script for each story in the movie, great behind the scenes pictures, cast and film makers thoughts on the project, all of the different posters they put out to promote the movie, and just a bunch of great stuff. This book is definitely well worth the money, I spent $30 on it at Borders, so I suggest you buy it from here for such a great bargain.
5.0 out of 5 stars immaculate Aug. 2 2005
By Fehraz Lateef - Published on Amazon.com
one of the most beautiful publications i've seen, the pictures are immaculate quality! the book is comprised of excerpts from the comics and interviews with key players (mainly robert and frank). it is a fine collectable, packed full of pictures of stills in various stages of production (from a frame of the comic, to a blue screen image, to the final composite). published by rodriguez's own publishing company, which explains the extraordinary quality on every page. the book also has a beautiful hardcover with matte finish. the book is also quite large, and definately great value for the price.

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