Laurent Bouzereau is a French-American documentary filmmaker, producer, and author.
|Occupation||Filmmaker, Producer, Author|
|Years active||1983 - present|
Life and careerEdit
Bouzereau is the director/co-producer of the Netflix series Five Came Back, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and Amblin Television, based on the best-selling book by Mark Harris, and narrated by Meryl Streep. The documentary features Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass, Lawrence Kasdan, and Steven Spielberg.
Bouzereau also directed the 2017 documentary Steven Spielberg & John Williams: The Adventure Continues, for Sony Classical.
Bouzereau was born and raised in a suburb of Paris, France. He began his career in New York as a freelance journalist and author with The De Palma Cut while working in publicity and promotion for the independent distribution company Spectrafilm. Upon moving to Hollywood, he was story editor and graduated to director of development for Bette Midler's production company, All Girl Productions. He got his start in home entertainment when he recorded audio commentary for the Criterion Collection on the LaserDisc for Carrie in 1991. In 1995, he produced his first of many documentaries for Steven Spielberg when he was asked to work on the LaserDisc restoration of the film 1941. That year he also produced The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws', a feature-length documentary that was included on the LaserDisc release of Jaws in 1995, and later on the DVD and Blu-ray releases of the film. Following the success of this documentary, Bouzereau continued to produce retrospective documentaries for Laserdisc, including the making of Scarface and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial in 1996, the making of Psycho in 1997 and the making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1998. In 2002, for the production of A.I. Artificial Intelligence, he began documenting the filmmaking process on-set.
Bouzereau has produced documentaries on the making-of some of the biggest films in the history of cinema, by some of the most acclaimed directors of all-time. He has produced most of the documentaries on the making of Steven Spielberg's films. In total, he has documented over 150 films, including the Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park film franchises. Among the many titles include American Graffiti by George Lucas, Titanic and Avatar by James Cameron, the Universal and Warners Bros. Alfred Hitchcock collections, Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai by David Lean, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Casino by Martin Scorsese, Scarface, Carrie, and Dressed to Kill by Brian De Palma, Cruising and The Exorcist by William Friedkin, Back to the Future by Robert Zemeckis, Reds by Warren Beatty, Chinatown and Tess by Roman Polanski, and The Last Picture Show by Peter Bogdanovich.
As an author, Bouzereau's credits include Hitchcock: Piece by Piece, The Art of Bond, The New York Times Best-Seller The Making of Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays, The Cutting Room Floor: Movie Scenes Which Never Made It To The Screen, Ultra Violent Movies: From Sam Peckinpah to Quentin Tarantino and The De Palma Cut: The Films of America's Most Controversial Director. Bouzereau wrote new subtitles for François Truffaut's film Jules and Jim (edition released in 1992 on VHS by Home Vision Entertainment).
Bouzereau wrote, directed and produced the documentary on legendary film producer Richard D. Zanuck entitled Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Zanuck watched the film three days before he died.
Bouzereau wrote, directed and produced the TCM/Amblin Television series A Night at the Movies. Episodes include George Lucas and the World of Fantasy Cinema, The Horrors of Stephen King, Hollywood Goes to Washington, The Gigantic World of Epics, The Suspenseful World of Thrillers, Merry Christmas!, and Cops & Robbers and Crime Writers.
Bouzereau directed the documentary Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, which premiered at the 2011 Zurich Film Festival and was selected at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (out of competition). Bouzereau is also the co-producer of the Feel Good Fiction/BBC Radio program The Blind Man, based on an un-produced script by Ernest Lehman and Alfred Hitchcock.
In May 2014, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Bouzereau was developing the Stephen King short story Bad Little Kid into a feature film, under the banner of his company Nedland Media, Inc. which he co-founded with Markus Keith in 2001.
- Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011)
- Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck (2013)
- Steven Spielberg & John Williams: The Adventure Continues (2017)
- Five Came Back (2017)
- Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2019)
- A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics (2009)
- A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers (2009)
- A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011)
- A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011)
- A Night at the Movies: Hollywood Goes To Washington (2012)
- A Night at the Movies: Cops & Robbers and Crime Writers (2013)
- A Night at the Movies: George Lucas and the World of Fantasy Cinema (2014)
Behind-the-Scenes Documentaries (selected titles)Edit
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
- E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
- The Color Purple
- Jurassic Park
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- Saving Private Ryan
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence
- Minority Report
- Catch Me If You Can
- The Terminal
- War of the Worlds
- The Adventures of Tintin
- War Horse
- Bridge of Spies
- The BFG
- The Post
- Ready Player One
- Foreign Correspondent
- Shadow of a Doubt
- Stage Fright
- Strangers on a Train
- I Confess
- Dial M for Murder
- Rear Window
- To Catch a Thief
- The Trouble with Harry
- The Man Who Knew Too Much
- The Wrong Man
- The Birds
- Torn Curtain
- Family Plot
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Brian de Palma
- Dressed to Kill
- Body Double
- The Untouchables
- Casualties of War
- Carlito's Way
- Femme Fatale
- The Black Dahlia
Francis Ford Coppola
Cecil B. DeMille
Sam Taylor Johnson
Felix Van Groeningen
- The De Palma Cut: The Film of America's Most Controversial Director (1988)
- The Alfred Hitchcock Quote Book (1993)
- The Cutting Room Floor: Movie Scenes Which Never Made It To The Screen (1994) ISBN 978-0806514918
- Ultraviolent Movies: From Sam Peckinpah to Quentin Tarantino (1996)
- Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays (1997)
- The Making of Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) (Co-author with Jody Duncan)
- E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial: From Concept to Classic (2002) (Contributor)
- Alma Hitchcock: The Woman Behind The Man (2003) (Co-author with Pat Hitchcock O'Connell)
- The Art of Bond: From Storyboard to Screen (2006)
- The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films (2008) (Co-author with J.W. Rinzler)
- Hitchcock, Piece By Piece (2010)
- Steven Spielberg's War Horse (2011) (Contributor)
- Lincoln, A Steven Spielberg Film: A Cinematic and Historical Companion (2012) (Contributor)
|2014||Silver Key Art Award: 12 Years a Slave documentary for Blu-ray A Historical Portrait||Clio Awards|
|2008||Best Blu-ray Catalogue Title: Close Encounters of the Third Kind Blu-ray||DVD Critics Awards|
|2004||The Pioneer Award||DVD Exclusive Awards|
|2003||Career Achievement Award||F.I.M.O: Festival International du 'Making of'|
|2001||Best Documentary: The Birds DVD||DVD Exclusive Awards|
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