Three Films Smoke/Blue in the Face/Lulu on the Bridge (Paperback)
|Author: Paul Auster|
|From "The New York Trilogy to" The Book of Illusions, Paul Auster's novels have earned him a reputation as "one of American's most spectacularly inventive writers." Here, published together for the first time, are the screenplays of the three films he made in the 1990s. |
"Smoke (starring Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Forest Whitaker, and Stockard Channing) tells the story of a novelist, a cigar store manager, and a black teenager who unexpectedly cross paths and end up changing each other's lives in indelible ways.
Set in contemporary Brooklyn, "Smoke directly inspired "Blue in the Face, a largely improvised comedy shot in a total of six days. A film unlike any other it stars Harvey Keitel, with featured performances by Roseanne, Lily Tomlin, Lou Reed, and Michael J. Fox.
"Lulu on the Bridge (Auster's solo directorial debut, again starring Harvey Keitel, with Mira Sorvino, Willem Dafoe, and Vanessa Redgrave) opens with the accidental shooting of jazz musician Izzy Maurer during a performance in a New York club. Izzy is then led on a journey into the strange and sometimes frightening labyrinth of his soul. Both thriller and fairy tale, Lulu on the Bridge is above all a story about the redemptive powers of love.
Auster grew up in Newark, the product of an unhappy, mismatched marriage. As a boy, he was addicted to Mad Magazine and was also a voracious reader. He usually spent his summers working in his uncle Moe's appliance store, but the summer after he graduated from high school he traveled in Europe, working on a novel. After earning his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University, he returned to Europe, living in France, translating the works of French writers (as well as the North Vietnamese Constitution) and also beginning to publish his own work in American journals. He married a writer, Lydia Davis, with whom he had one child and then divorced. In 1981, he married novelist Siri Hustvedt, with whom he had two children, and in 1985 his first novel, CITY OF GLASS, was published by Sun & Moon Press after 17 rejections--it was the first in the series of three experimental quasi-detective stories now known as THE NEW YORK TRILOGY. Auster has continued to write and publish critically acclaimed fiction and poetry, as well as an autobiography. He has also been involved in filmmaking: his novel THE MUSIC OF CHANCE was made into a movie in 1993, and the films SMOKE and BLUE IN THE FACE, based on his scripts, were released in 1995.