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Barry Sonnenfeld

Author of Men in Black [1997 film]

33+ Works 3,460 Members 28 Reviews

About the Author

Barry Sonnenfeld is a filmmaker and writer who broke into the film industry as the cinematographer on the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, and Miller's Crossing. He was the director of photography on Throw Momma from the Train, Big, When Harry Met Sally, and Misery. Sonnenfeld made his show more directorial debut with The Addams Family in 1991 and has gone on to direct a number of films, including Addams Family Values, Get Shortly, and the first three Men in Blacks. His television credits include Pushing Daisies, for which he won an Emmy, and Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events. show less
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Works by Barry Sonnenfeld

Men in Black [1997 film] (1997) — Director — 775 copies
Men in Black II [2002 film] (2002) — Director — 631 copies
Men in Black 3 [2012 film] (2012) — Director — 409 copies
The Addams Family [1991 film] (1991) — Director — 246 copies
Get Shorty [1995 film] (1995) — Director — 223 copies
RV [2006 film] (2006) 186 copies
Addams Family Values [1993 film] (1993) — Director — 168 copies
Wild Wild West [1999 film] (1999) — Director — 157 copies
Men In Black: The Trilogy (2008) — Director; Director; Director — 129 copies
Men in Black [and] Men in Black II (2002) — Director — 70 copies
Big Trouble [2002 film] (2001) — Director — 54 copies
Nine Lives [2016 film] (2004) 27 copies
For Love or Money [1993 film] (1993) — Director — 24 copies
Barry Sonnenfeld's Dinosaurs Vs Aliens HC (2012) — Story — 20 copies
The Crew [2000 film] (2001) — Director — 9 copies

Associated Works

Enchanted [2007 film] (2007) — Producer — 753 copies
When Harry Met Sally... [1989 film] (1989) — Cinematographer — 559 copies
Big [1988 film] (1988) — Photographer — 389 copies
Throw Momma From the Train [1987 film] (1987) — Cinematographer — 68 copies

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1953-04-01
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
New York, New York, USA
Occupations
film director
cinematographer

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Reviews

 
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BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Comedy
 
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BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Arguably crucial on a number of vectors, the lessons here would be valuable even for those completely uninterested in film. Personally, I'm mostly lukewarm on Sonnenfeld's career, but the book makes it abundantly clear that any failures of his films are not because he wasn't smart or funny enough, personally.

For long-ish sections (though tw: there is some heavy stuff, here, including that he was sexually abused as a child) the audiobook is literally amongst the funniest things I've ever listened to, making me laugh out loud more frequently than most comedy albums. But as mentioned above, this contains some very good case studies in filmmaking, psychology, and management.

Highly recommended.
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Statistics

Works
33
Also by
4
Members
3,460
Popularity
#7,352
Rating
3.8
Reviews
28
ISBNs
121
Languages
5

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