Published in the year which marks the centenary of the cinema, this fourth issue of an annual diary presents comment by international film-makers on their favourite films. The first edition won the BFI Michael Powell Book Award. James Toback, scriptwriter of "Bugsy" and writer/director of films such of "Fingers" and "Exposed", writes from Hollywood. Arthur Penn, veteran director of "Bonnie and Clyde", discusses his career, as does prop master Eddie Fowlie, whose long association with David Lean enables him to provide insight into that often enigmatic film-maker. The issue concludes with a meditative piece by Fellini, written shortly before his death in 1994.
John Boorman was born in London in 1933. After working as a film reviewer for magazines and radio, he joined the BBC in 1955 as an assistant editor, and later directed a number of documentaries. His first feature was 'Catch Us If You Can' in 1965. His latest film, Country of My Skull, opens in 2003. He is a five-time Academy Award-nominee, and was twice awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for Leo the Last (1970) and The General (1998). He is the author of Money Into Light: The Emerald Forest - A Diary, as well as the being the co-founder and editor of Faber & Faber's long-running series Projections: Film-makers on Film-making.