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What They Said:

On: Not Quite A Memoir of Film, Books, the World (2006)

"Judy Stone's book has an amazing collection of characters. I wish I were one of them." Paul Newman, actor/director

"We're ordering it! Thanks for the grand work."Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet/artist, owner/publisher City Lights Books

"It's not just a book about movies. It's about Judy's warp-speed curiosity with almost everything! Judy is a power-pack of intellectual energy in need of release…" Sid Ganis, producer and president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

"Judy Stone is a wonderfully skilled interviewer with an instinctive ability to put the question that unlocks defenses and coaxes self-revelation." Steve Wasserman, former editor, Los Angeles Times Book Review

A Reel Prize Judy holding up her Mel Novikoff award, "given for the way she has enhanced public knowledge of world cinema." Photo Pamela Gentile

"For anyone who has enjoyed Judy Stone's perceptive articles over the years, this book is a feast: a look back at several decades of writing and filmmaking. The only problem is that it reminds you of all the books you wish you had read and the films you wish you had seen. But still, in a world where there is more culture than we can possibly take in, it's nice to have this kind of guidebook to the highlights." Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost and Bury the Chains

"Judy Stone has the wit, the independence and the journalistic guts to call the shots as she sees them. Her interviews are smashing in their revelations."Studs Terkel

On: Eye on the World: Conversations with International Film Makers (1997)

"Judy Stone knows about movies, she knows about politics, she knows about life.Here in this informative and entertaining book, she brings it all altogether." Jules Feiffer, cartoonist, playwright

"In an age obsessed with trivia and celebrity, Judy Stone's interviews are the perfect antidote." Adrienne Mancia, former curator, Department of Film and Video, the Museum of Modern Art.

"Judy Stone has an eye for movies and a nose for politics. Her interviews are not just good journalism (and terrific reading), they belong to film history as well." J. Hoberman, film critic , Village Voice

"…I learned much from this book." Daniel Talbot, president, New Yorker Films

"Judy Stone's bright, exuberent, revealing conversations illuminate more about American foreign filmmaking than any scholarly tome or deadly serious exegesis about 'the cinema.' Sometimes funny, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, always knowledgeable and intelligently written." Lawrence Grossman, former president of PBS and NBC News and author of "The Electronic Republic."

"A rarity among those who write about film, Judy Stone has a genuine and all-too-rare curiosity about the world — not only the 'world of film.' She's also got a tremendous knack for getting people to open up and talk about themselves and their work — and that usually makes her interviews keenly rewarding.' Peter Scarlet, former artistic director, San Francisco International Film Festival (and now with Tribeca in New York.)


On: The Mystery of B. Traven (1977 and back-in-print 2001)

"I am amazed at your insights and the acuteness with which you describe those eventful and frightening days in Munich; all the people you mention come back to me — their faces, their fates, their relations — You make the man (Traven) come alive, but all the same, nothing has been omitted from his riddle and wonder." Marta (Mrs. Lion) Feuchtwanger


The General Died at Dawn (1936) My first movie review

"Nothing to say when a soul-eyed eighth grader writes like this." Isidor Glassman, class advisor