Professor Julie Levinson teaches courses in film and cultural history

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Babson College Professor of Film, Julie Levinson, has edited the new book Alexander Payne: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series), published by the University Press of Mississippi.

In this first compilation of his interviews, Alexander Payne reveals himself as a captivating conversationalist musing on many subjects including his own creative process, his commitment to telling character-centered stories, and his abiding admiration for movies and directors from across decades of film history.

“Alexander is remarkably erudite, articulate, and wry so it was a delight to interview him and to compile the conversations he has had with others over the years including talk show host Charlie Rose and National Public Radio’s Terry Gross," said Levinson.

The book’s discussions range from 1996, shortly after the release of his first film, Citizen Ruth, to the debut of Nebraska at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.

Critics describe Payne as one of the few contemporary filmmakers who consistently manages to buck the current trend toward bombastic blockbusters. Like the 1970s, director-driven cinema that he cherishes, his films are small-scale character studies that manage to maintain a delicate balance between sharp satire and genuine poignancy.

The book is available at retailers nationwide.

About Professor Julie Levinson

Julie Levinson is a professor of film at Babson College and has been the film curator for several arts organizations and film festivals.  She is the author of The American Success Myth on Film, co-editor of the volume on screen acting in the Behind the Silver Screen film history series, as well as author of book chapters and articles on a wide range of topics including genre and gender, documentary film, and metafiction. 

About Babson College

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By Barbara Spies Blair,, 781-239-4621 | 11/20/2014 09:20