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Ridley Scott: A Retrospective

Ian Nathan

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A career-spanning retrospective of one of the most successful British filmmakers in Hollywood’s history

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‘If I were pressed to describe my style, I’d have to say it is called reality. No matter how stylized it gets, underneath it’s real.’ Ridley Scott

Illustrated with images as iconic as they are stunning and including the author’s first-hand experiences on set and interviews with Scott himself, this book charts the extraordinary journey of Britain’s greatest living director.

Telling the stories behind Alien and Blade Runner, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, and many more, it also goes in search of the themes and motifs that unite such different films, and the methods of Scott’s approach to his medium.

This is the account of a director who has never been less than stubbornly, brilliantly, unforgettably his own man.

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'With dry wit and an eye for fascinating detail, Ian Nathan masterfully guides us through the Scott’s rollercoaster filmography. We get juicy tales and stunning images aplenty, but also, thanks to Nathan's insights and numerous conversations with Scott, a real understanding of one of Hollywood's most inscrutable filmmakers. Are you not entertained? You will be'
Nick de Semlyen, author of ‘Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ‘80s Changed Hollywood Forever’

'A beautiful, insightful must-read for all Ridley Scott fans'
Ali Plumb, BBC Radio 1

'If you are a fan you will want to have this handsome book, a wonderful companion'
Mature Times

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 29.2 x 24.8 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Publication date: 8 October 2020

ISBN: 9780500023822

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Obsessions • 2. Perfect Organism • 3. Ridleyville • 4. After Dark • 5. Thelma & Louise Live Forever! • 6. Storms • 7. Veni, Vidi, Ridley • 8. Stray Dogs • 9. Outsiders • 10. Antiheroes • 11. Origin Story • 12. Lost Souls • 13. What Would Ridley Do? • 14. Family Business • Epilogue • Filmography

About the Author

Ian Nathan is one of the UK’s best-known film writers. He is the author of eight previous books, including Alien Vault, the best-selling history of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, Terminator Vault, Tim Burton, The Coen Brothers and the forthcoming Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth. He is the former editor and executive editor of Empire, where he remains a contributing editor.