501 Movie Directors: A Comprehensive Guide to the Greatest Filmmakers by Steven Jay SchneiderA copy of this valuable book is destined to find its way into the home of every true movie fan, cinema scholar, and film critic. Its a chronological compendium that profiles the 501 most important film directors of all time. Entries--augmented with a photo of each director plus movie stills from his or her films--describe such major figures as Sergei Eisenstein, Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Leni Riefenstahl, Orson Welles, Federico Fellini, Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman, and many, many others. Written by an expert team of film critics and historians, this book was compiled under the direction of editor Steven J. Schneider, whos 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die has sold a half-million copies worldwide to date. Readers will learn--
Why D. W. Griffith is called the father of filmmaking The details surrounding Martin Scorseses fascination with New York The truth about Alfred Hitchcocks stunning blondes . . . and much more
All filmmakers receive at least a one-page entry, which includes discussion of their work and influences, their complete filmography, and listing of awards they have received. Seventy-five directors of special importance are profiled in larger entries--two-page spreads--while 15 internationally acknowledged master directors are discussed and examined in two double-page spreads. Here is a comprehensive survey of the creative imaginations behind more than a hundred years of filmmaking. Its a wonderful book for browsing, for reference, and for gaining insights into the personalities who directed the most memorable movies ever made.
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The success of a movie is often down to the talents and skills of the director as they are responsible for many different aspects of a film. They must interpret the screenplay and transport this to the screen with visual effects and dramatization. Directors are also responsible for guiding the actors and the technical crew to achieve the desired results to fulfill their vision. The director will often choose the cast, design the production and make key choices relating to the creative aspects of filmmaking. For a director to be a success, they must have a vast knowledge of the filmmaking process as well as an extraordinary creative streak to translate ideas into movies.
Greatest Film Directors of All-Time: These honored selections are designed as a tribute to some of the greatest directors of predominantly English-language films, with suggested or recommended Best Films or 'Must-See' Films from their filmographies. Unfortunately, some very talented directors have been pushed aside 50 is a limiting number , but it should be noted that many of these acclaimed film-makers were highly innovative mavericks and renegades who challenged the established 'system' that existed during their time. These choices are meant to encourage discussion and comparison, and to educate filmgoers about some of film history's most legendary and influential forces in film-making. The premise of honoring these film directors is based upon the debatable auteur theory -- the idea that the director is the primary 'author' or voice of a movie, and through a director's film, we see one person's way of viewing the world -- one that has the potential to change the way we see the world. This theory also holds that the how of a film mise en scene , literally meaning 'putting in the scene' is something under the director's control. Elements or features of mise en scene include the action, composition, sets, props, lighting, costumes, make-up, cinematographic style and technique, and visual properties - and the theory postulates that these things are more important than the what or subject of the film.
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Sign in. Producer Schindler's List. One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, Director Taxi Driver. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later
Jason Solomons on Heath Ledger's Joker performance Heath Ledger might get an Oscar for taking an extended trip to the Ugly Chair David Thomson on why we fall out of love with the stars Phil Hoad tells of how we conspired to kill Hollywood stars The world's 40 best directors The Hollywood blockbuster may be in crisis, but the art of the cinema is as healthy as ever. Our panel of critics picks out the film-makers who are leading the way. Martin Scorsese Scorsese's influence is impossible to overstate. His red-blooded canon has spawned a generation of copycats while his muscular style has become a template. That said, opinion is divided over the man's recent output. Others worry that the heavyweight champion of American movies is no longer quite punching his weight. Joel and Ethan Coen Their latest film, Intolerable Cruelty, may have marked a new, "commercial" phase in their career, but no one could ever accuse the Coen brothers of selling out.
All rights reserved. Filmsite: written by Tim Dirks. Search for:. Facebook Twitter. Facts and Commentary About the List: The Total Film list included their picks for each director's "picture-perfect" film. They called the list their "locked down, rubber-stamped, definitive selection.