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The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The…

The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four…

by J. W. Rinzler

Other authors: Laurent Bouzereau (Interviewer), George Lucas (Preface), Steven Spielberg (Foreword)

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For anyone who's a fan of the Indiana Jones films, or who grew up going to movies in the late 1970s and 1980s, The Complete Making of Indiana Jones is a treasure. This coffee-table book is a massive history of everything that went into the filming and release of Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, its sequels in 1984 and 1989, and the much-delayed follow-up film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, released just this past May. Filled with dozens of interviews, and reproductions of script pages, call-back sheets, billing invoices, directors notes and every other form historical document associated with the productions that you can imagine, this book is a movie-lover's dream. Interested in how and when George Lucas came up with the idea for his adventurer, Indiana Smith? Curious as to who else was considered for the role of Indy before they offered it to Tom Selleck, who had to back out? Want to know how they did the incredible stunts and special effects? Want to know what was really in the monkey skulls during Temple of Doom's dinner sequence? Did Sean Connery and Harrison Ford get along off-camera? Why did it take almost 20 years to get a fourth film made? The answers to all these questions, and many more, are to be found here. Though a fascinating read, for a movie buff like me, I'm going to deduct an entire point from my score because they didn't bother to dedicate a chapter to The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. If George Lucas considers the stories told in that excellent TV series to be part of the Indy canon, they least they could do is dedicate a few of this book's 300 pages to Young Indy. Otherwise, an excellent read!

Originally reviewed for my local library's website: http://www.lincolnlibraries.org/depts/bookguide/srec/staffrec08-10.htm ( )
  cannellfan | Jan 16, 2011 |
Completed just before the fourth title of the series was dumped on a world already used to pain lashed out by George Lucas, this account of the making of the four films preserves in time some of the hope and love the original concept inspired. The films receive progressively less attention and space in this book. While Raiders of the Lost Ark is treated in five chapters, The Temple of Doom receives only three and the final two movies only two. The quality and quantity of the material that illustrates also declines with each film (the fourth film is illustrated mainly by "say cheese" production snapshots). The value of this still good book lies in the making of Raiders. Did you know that Tom Selleck was set to play Indiana Jones and that only this offer triggered the rival studio to launch Magnum P.I.? Or that snakes are, in contrast to the movie's message, attracted to (the warm) fire and had to be forced to flee the fire by other means? The book is filled with little gems.

Unfortunately, the book neglects to mention Indy merchandise, the TV series and the computer games. Rinzler's Star Wars titles are of a much higher production value and attention to detail. The book is still a worthwhile addition for any fan of the franchise (that will hopefully rest in peace). ( )
  jcbrunner | Nov 5, 2010 |
A treasure trove for Indiana Jones fans! First off, the "credits": new interviews by Laurent Bouzereau; written by J.W. Rinzler; foreword by Steven Spielberg; preface by George Lucas. This book goes takes you from the earliest discussions between Lucas and Spielberg while vacationing in Hawaii--at the same time Star Wars was opening in theaters in the U.S.--in 1977 about this notion Lucas had for a series of movies about an "adventurer-archaeologist" in the style of the old 1930s/40s "B-movies", through the four year development and production (pre-production, shooting, and post-production) of the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and onwards through the making of the following three sequels. In addition to newly conducted interviews with all of the principal figures, much of the information gathered here is from film shooting logs, meeting transcript, and media publications of the time. And there is a wealth of beautiful color and black and white photographs direct from the Lucasfilm archives. I can not recommend this book enough to fans of the series. Buy this book! (Or, at least, try to check it out from your local library and give it a serious skimming through, taking in all of the gorgeous photos and picking out your own favorite moments to read about.) (Finished reading 8/15/09.) ( )
  YoungTrek | Aug 16, 2009 |
Superb and very in depth overview of all the four movies. The main focus in on the first one (as it should be) and since the book was sent to the printers before the fourth movie had premiered there is little more than press releases about that one. ( )
  SimonLarsen | Jul 2, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345501292, Paperback)

From Raiders of the Lost Ark to The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The man with the hat is back–in the definitive behind-the-scenes look at the Indiana Jones epic action saga.

When George Lucas and Steven Spielberg put their heads together to create a no-holds-barred action-adventure movie, bigger-than-life hero Indiana Jones was born. The rest is breathtaking, record-breaking box-office history. Now comes an all-new Indiana Jones feature film: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Here’s your chance to go on location for an up-close, all-access tour of the year’s most eagerly anticipated blockbuster, as well as the classics. The Complete Making of Indiana Jones is a crash course in movie magic-making–showcasing the masters of the craft and served up by veteran entertainment chroniclers J. W. Rinzler and Laurent Bouzereau. Inside you’ll find:

• exclusive on-set interviews with the entire cast and crew of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, including Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone, and John Hurt–plus director Steven Spielberg, executive producer George Lucas, screenwriter David Koepp, and the incredible production team that built some of the most fantastic sets ever.

• hundreds of full-color images–from storyboards, concept paintings, and set design schematics to still photos from all four films with candid action shots of the productions in progress

• an in-depth chronicle of the making of the first three Indiana Jones movies–Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade–including transcripts of the original concept meetings, cast and crew anecdotes, production photos, and information on scenes that were cut from the final films

• never-before-seen artwork and archival gems from the Lucasfilm Archives

• and much more!

Don’t miss the thrilling new movie or this definitive making-of opus. It’s as essential to fans as that trusty bullwhip is to Indy!

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The man with the hat is back, in the definitive behind-the-scenes look at the Indiana Jones epic action saga. When George Lucas and Steven Spielberg came together to create a no-holds-barred action - adventure movie, a new hero was born, Indiana Jones. Looks in-depth at the making of the first three Indiana Jones movies, including transcripts of the original story, cast and crew interviews. Also includes on-set interviews with the entire cast and crew of Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.… (more)

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