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Kathryn Bigelow
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With her gripping film The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow (b. 1951) made history in 2010 by becoming the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director. Since then she has also filmed history with her latest movie, which is about the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden.

She is one of Hollywood's brightest stars, but her roots go back four decades to the very non-Hollywood, avant-garde art world of New York City in the 1970s. Her first feature The Loveless (1982) reflected those academic origins, but subsequent films such as the vampire-Western Near Dark (1987), the female vigilante movie Blue Steel (1989), and the surfer-crime thriller Point Break (1991) demonstrated her determination to apply her aesthetic sensibilities to popular, genre filmmaking.

The first volume of Bigelow's interviews ever published, Peter Keough's collection covers her early success with Near Dark; the frustrations and disappointments she endured with films such as Strange Days (1995) and K-19: The Widowmaker (2002); and her triumph with The Hurt Locker. In conversations ranging from the casual to the analytical, Bigelow explains how her evolving ambitions and aesthetics sprang from her earliest aspirations to be a painter and conceptual artist in New York in the 1970s, and then expanded to embrace Hollywood filmmaking when she was exposed to renowned directors such as John Ford, Howard Hawks, Don Siegel, Sam Peckinpah, and George Roy Hill.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xix-xxiv
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. xxv-xxxiii
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  1. Nicholas Ray: The Last Interview
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. A Visit with the Master of Melodrama: Douglas Sirk
  2. pp. 10-16
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  1. Revamping Vampires
  2. pp. 17-19
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  1. Black-Leather Director in a Business World
  2. pp. 20-23
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  1. Happiness Is a Warm Gun
  2. pp. 24-29
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  1. Dark by Design
  2. pp. 30-39
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  1. Blue Steel: Kathryn Bigelow in Action
  2. pp. 40-41
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  1. Genre Bender
  2. pp. 42-45
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  1. Kathryn Bigelow’s Disturbing Vision
  2. pp. 46-49
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  1. James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow
  2. pp. 50-60
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  1. From Style to Steel
  2. pp. 61-63
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  1. Hollywood’s Macho Woman
  2. pp. 64-66
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  1. Kathryn Bigelow
  2. pp. 67-72
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  1. Momentum and Design: Kathryn Bigelow Interviewed
  2. pp. 73-90
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  1. Kathryn Bigelow: Vicarious Thrills
  2. pp. 91-94
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  1. Reality Bytes
  2. pp. 95-102
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  1. Strange Days Probes Import of Vicarious Living
  2. pp. 103-104
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  1. Happy New Millennium
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. Action Figure
  2. pp. 109-116
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  1. Direct from the Gut
  2. pp. 117-119
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  1. K-19: The Widowmaker: A Film by Kathryn Bigelow
  2. pp. 120-128
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  1. Her Underwater Canvas
  2. pp. 129-133
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  1. K-19: The Widowmaker: Harrison Ford and Kathryn Bigelow Interview
  2. pp. 134-137
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  1. “I Like to Be Strong”
  2. pp. 138-141
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  1. Time’s Up
  2. pp. 142-149
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  1. An Interview with Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow
  2. pp. 150-152
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  1. Interview: Kathryn Bigelow
  2. pp. 153-158
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  1. Kathryn Bigelow to Movieline: “I Thrive on Production. I Don’t Know if I Thrive in Normal Life.”
  2. pp. 159-163
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  1. Interview with Kathryn Bigelow
  2. pp. 164-168
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  1. Big Bang Theory: Kathryn Bigelow Breaks out with Hurt Locker
  2. pp. 169-171
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  1. An Interview with Kathryn Bigelow
  2. pp. 172-179
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  1. A Discussion with Kathryn Bigelow at the Harvard Film Archive
  2. pp. 180-195
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  1. A Maverick Female Director Explores Men Who Dare Death
  2. pp. 196-198
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  1. The Hurt Locker Interview: Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal
  2. pp. 199-202
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  1. Shoot Shoot, Bang Bang
  2. pp. 203-211
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  1. Kathryn Bigelow’s 2010 Oscar Acceptance Speech
  2. pp. 212-212
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  1. Introduction and Q&A for Museum of Modern Art Retrospective
  2. pp. 213-218
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  1. Press Conference for Zero Dark Thirty
  2. pp. 219-234
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  1. Additional Resources
  2. pp. 235-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-247
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