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V for Vendetta: From Script to Film [Paperback]

Spencer Lamm

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Aug. 22 2006
A comprehensive behind-the-scenes chronicle of the movie V for Vendetta, which is based on the popular cult graphic novel of the same name. V for Vendetta: From Script to Film will contain production ephemera including: storyboard art, character sketches, original script, still photos, and art from the original graphic novel. V for Vendetta: From Script to Film will also contain observations by reclusive producers the Wachowski brothers, cast members including Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, John Hurt, and Stephen Rea, and various other film crew. V for Vendetta: From Script to Film is sure to appeal to new comic book fans and diehard collectors alike.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (Aug. 22 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789315033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789315038
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 1.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #839,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Spencer Lamm—with Larry and Andy Wachowski, the writers and directors of The Matrix trilogy—created the content used for the website, TheMatrix.com, which became the highest trafficked site in Warner Bros. history. Offline activities include writing and editing the bestselling 480 page book The Art of The Matrix, and editing an annual anthology of Matrix comics. Lamm is also involved in Burlyman Entertainment, which began publishing original comics in November 2004.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Depicting Dissent With A Cinematic Vengeance. Aug. 29 2006
By Michael F. Hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
(from an extended feature, copyright 2006 Michael F. Hopkins)

Few literary masterworks offer more narrative wonder,

and more frustration to adapt to the silver screen,

than the socioculturally-charged V FOR VENDETTA by

writer Alan Moore and illustrator David Lloyd. Its

mix of Fascist horror, Romantic adventure, and

Science Fiction contemplation, has thrilled readers

of Sequential literature and a world of enthusiasts

for over 20 years.

The questions posed by its pages, particularly the

point at which Terrorism becomes the State, or the

crucible in which Dissent can be compelled to fashion

the tools of Rebellion from the State's own Terror,

still await finer resolutions in the trouble-torn

world of the Here and Now.

As ambivalent as the tones of a William Blake painting,

V FOR VENDETTA strikes as aggressively for the souls

and minds of thinking, caring people who refuse to

settle for any quick emotion, and easy answer.

These are the focused aims superbly met by the wondrous

film from the shapers of THE MATRIX Trilogy. Larry and

Andy Wachowski spent many years forging their prodigious

script, and director James McTeigue brings the momentous

tale to stunning life.

Not a word-for-word adaptation of what is perhaps Alan

Moore's signature work, the film masterfully embraces

Moore's questing spirit; holding true to the original

author's vision while imbuing the film with a life and

character all its own. Its myriad inquiries into the

nature of Faith and Wisdom in a bigoted World run by

Lust without Ethics, and Reason gone mad without Virtue,

mark the cinematic V FOR VENDETTA as a classic tale of

the Human spirit prevailing against all odds.

Those who love to look within the shaping of such

presentations would do well to purchase V FOR VENDETTA:

FROM SCRIPT TO FILM, a handsome coffee-table book

(Hardcover, as well as paperback) from Rizzoli's

Universe Publishing which offers the film's complete

shooting script, a wealth of photos and pre-production

art from the movie, along with invaluable insights from

director McTeigue himself.

Edited by Spencer Lamm (who edited THE ART OF THE MATRIX)

and Sharon Bray, the volume is a massive tribute to the

power of gifted artistry; crossing idioms to make even

broader points to ever-growing audiences with unimpeachable integrity.

If there continues to be confusion regarding author Moore's

disavowing of such a landmark adaptation of his work, it

is hoped that this volume will make the adaptation's

worthiness crystal clear, beyond any shadow of a doubt.

Perhaps only Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Phillipa

Boyens (LORD OF THE RINGS) along with Ray Bradbury

(John Huston's MOBY DICK) had a more imposing task of

adaptation.

Those who admire both the Literary original and the

Hugo Weaving-Natalie Portman tour de force can respect

-if not agree with- author Moore's disavowal of film

adaptations. By the very breath, one can only hope that

the excellence of this motion picture -ably reflected

by this book- will earn Mr. Moore's respect, in turn.

Differences between parties notwithstanding, the film

is a masterpiece; one which ably complements the book

from which it came. Each holds wonders for all. Time

for the idiomatic skirmishes to end.

Come in, and be enlightened.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes an excellent souvenier! Dec 28 2006
By TnaTheLLama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Has the full shooting script. Lots of behind the scenes stuff.

THICK, glossy pages (the kind you sort of get a high from, from such heavy gloss fumes).

Wonderful artwork from the film!!!! Mock movie posters and the print posters. All very nice.

A must have if you're a fan of the film!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a great film Jan. 9 2007
By Holger Bertsch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Great book containing the shooting script with director's notes and hundreds of stills. The last third of the book contains artwork and storyboards and how they were transformed into film, complete with explaining notes by the film's makers. Poster gallery and credits included. All color photos and artwork, high quality print, great book on this great film!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty nice. Sept. 7 2008
By Scotty the - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you're a V and Evey nut like I am, you should grab a copy of this coffee tabler. There are awesome photos and it's fun to see the additions and deletions of the author. Most fun for me was that as I read the script, I could see, perfectly all the scenes that I was reading, almost like watching the film again as I read. Super fun. It's of excellent quality. I'm not sure, but it even appears to have a sewn-in binding. This is one that will always stay in my library for a nice rainy day. Ah...mademoiselle...would like a cup of tea with your egg?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars V for Vendetta: From script to film Feb. 16 2009
By CherylAnne Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having loved this underappreciated film, I found this wonderfully writen and developed book to be a perfect follow-up. The side notes on the script gave depth to the story and to the character of V, while the extremenly detailed descriptions of the technology used, right down to the weight of the cape and choice of mask colors, would please any theater or film buff. Great shots taken during the filming are a bonus. If you loved the movie, get this book while you still can!

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