Three Films

Smoke, Blue in the Face, and Lulu on the Bridge

Paul Auster

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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.

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Three Films
SmokeThe Making of SmokeAnnette Insdorf: I gather that Smoke began with a Christmas story you wrote for The New York Times. 
Paul Auster: Yes, it all started with that little story. Mike Levitas, the editor of the Op-Ed page, called me out of the blue one morning in November of 1990. I didn't know him, but he had apparently read some of my books. In his friendly, matter-of-fact way he told me that he'd been toying with the idea of commissioning a work of fiction for the Op-Ed page on Christmas Day. What did I think? Would I be willing to write it? It was an interesting proposal,

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Paul Auster's eleventh novel Oracle Night, will be published by Henry Holt in December. His last novel, The Book of Illusions, was an international bestseller and is also available from Picador together with Timbuktu, Hand to Mouth, and I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project anthology.

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Three Films
Smoke, Blue in the Face, and Lulu on the Bridge
Paul Auster

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Picador
December 2003
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ISBN: 9781429900065
ISBN10: 1429900067
384 pages
$7.99

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Picador
December 2003
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ISBN: 9780312423148
ISBN10: 0312423144
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
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