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Whether or not you ascribe to the auteur theory of directing (Auteur? What is this, film school?), there’s no doubt America has produced some visionary filmmakers. They’re even branded – a Capra comedy, a Ford western, a Spielberg epic. The director says, “Action!” and memories are made.

George Lucas

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Let’s be honest here. What George Lucas has done to his own Star Wars franchise almost disqualifies him from this list. And yet, the...

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Sidney Lumet, Director

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In any field, there are huge talents that never quite get their due. At any given time, there are only a handful of top-flight film...

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Francis Ford Coppola, Director

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What a decade Francis Ford Coppola had in the 1970s. Started by writing the screenplay for a little thing called Patton in 1970. He...

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John Ford, Director

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He developed a brand: “A John Ford Western.” Not all of his films fell into this genre, but a lot of them did. John Wayne,...

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William Wyler, Director

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I can read your mind. Yes, you. You’re out there thinking, William Who? Admit it. Well, it’s not often that a film director...

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Director: Billy Wilder

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If you’re an actor, you love it when you get to work with a director who brings out your best work. A director like Billy Wilder, who...

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Director: Rob Reiner

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It’s kind of sad that after all he’s accomplished as a writer and director, my first thought of Rob Reiner is to call him...

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Director: John Huston

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With the ease of editing using today’s technologies, it’s not unusual for directors to shoot a lot of scenes, a lot of takes...

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Director: Stanley Kubrick

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  Kubrick didn’t make all that many films during his lifetime – just 16 according to IMDb, and only 13 of those were...

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Director: Orson Welles

Posted by on Sep 26, 2010 in Director | 1 comment

I celebrate Welles here as a director, because that’s the area I consider his greatest strength. But he was also a writer, actor,...

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