Cinematic Lives: Autobiographical Movies

Although biographical movies—biopics—have long been recognized and talked about, autobiographical films, movies telling the life stories of directors and, occasionally, screenwriters, or that adapt autobiographies or explicitly autobiographical fictions, have been largely ignored.

As someone who has written about both, and frequently about the latter (my essays [bibliography on the right] can now be found in the Kindle books The Ventriloquist  and The Page and the Screen), I have created this website to call attention to these cinematic lives.

 As you will discover, my selective, anything-but-comprehensive autobiofilmography ends just short of the 21st century, but I hope to bring it up to date soon. Send your suggestions for inclusion for movies from 1995 to the present to david.lavery@gmail.com.

 

Cinematic Lives: A Filmography | A Wikipedia Generated Catalog

 

David Lavery's Writings on Movies and Autobiography

Adapted Lives: Literary into Cinematic Autobiography in Recent Films.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA (November 1997). Available in the Kindle book The Page and the Screen, for sale on Amazon.

Film’s Le Pacte Autobiographique.” Unpublished Essay. Available in the Kindle book The Page and the Screen, for sale on Amazon.

Functional and Dysfunctional Autobiography: Hope and Glory and Distant Voices, Still Lives.” Film Criticism 15.1 (1990): 39-48. Available in the Kindle book The Page and the Screen, for sale on Amazon.

Home Movie : The Beerdrinker’s Guide to Fitness and Filmmaking.” Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities 11.3 (1992): 47-53. Available in the Kindle book The Page and the Screen, for sale on Amazon.

Major Man: Fellini as an Autobiographer.” Post Script 6.2 (1987): 14-28. Available in the Kindle book The Page and the Screen, for sale on Amazon.

“The Strange Text of My Left Foot.” Literature/Film Quarterly 21.3 (1993): 194-99. Available in the Kindle book The Ventriloquist, for sale on Amazon.