The Essential Directors: The Art and Impact of Cinema's Most Influential Filmmakers

The Essential Directors: The Art and Impact of Cinema's Most Influential Filmmakers

The Essential Directors: The Art and Impact of Cinema's Most Influential Filmmakers

The Essential Directors: The Art and Impact of Cinema's Most Influential Filmmakers


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From Turner Classic Movies, this is the essential guide to all the must-know detail on the style, achievements, and landmark films of the most influential directors in cinema history from the silent era through the 1970s.

For well over a century, those who create motion pictures have touched our hearts and souls; they have transported and transformed our minds, intoxicated and entranced our senses. One artist's vision is the single most prominent force behind the scenes: the director. The Essential Directors illuminates the unseen forces behind some of the most notable screen triumphs from the aesthetic peak of silent cinema through the New Hollywood of the 1970s. Considering each artist's influence on the medium, cultural impact, and degree of achievement, Turner Classic Movies presents a compendium of Hollywood's most influential filmmakers, with profiles offering history and insight on the filmmaker's narrative style, unique touches, contributions to the medium, key films, and distinctive movie moments to watch for. The work of these game-changing artists is illustrated throughout by more than 200 full-color and black-and-white photographs.

In The Essential Directors you’ll read how Cecil B. DeMille revamped religion to define an era, and how Oscar Micheaux broke barriers to become the most influential Black filmmaker of the 1920s. You’ll marvel at the efficient artistry of “One-Take Woody” Van Dyke and fall in love again with the sophisticated studio-era classics
of George Cukor. You’ll gain insight into how women like Dorothy Arzner and Ida Lupino built thriving careers in an industry ruled by men and discover what drove Mike Nichols to mix comedy with tragedy, becoming the highest-paid director of his day in the the process. The Essential Directors  presents the work of these game-changing artists and dozens more in this stunning volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762498932
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 11/23/2021
Series: Turner Classic Movies
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 252,539
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sloan De Forest is an actress, film historian, and the author of Turner Classic Movies: Must-See Sci-fi and Dynamic Dames. She lives in Hollywood, CA.

Turner Classic Movies is the definitive resource for the greatest movies of all time. We entertain and enlighten to show how the entire spectrum of classic movies, movie history, and movie-making touches us all and influences how we think and live today.

Table of Contents

A Director's Take Peter Bogdanovich ix

Foreword Jacqueline Stewart xi

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Artists of Shadow and Light 1

Charlie Chaplin 2

Cecil B. DeMille 7

D. W. Griffith 12

Fritz Lang 17

Oscar Micheaux 22

King Vidor 27

Erich von Stroheim 33

Lois Weber 38

Silent Pioneers 44

The German Expressionists 45

Chapter 2 The Studio as Auteur 47

Dorothy Arzner 48

Clarence Brown 53

Frank Capra 58

Victor Fleming 63

Howard Hawks 68

Mervyn LeRoy 73

Ernst Lubitsch 78

Rouben Mamoulian 82

Leo McCarey 87

W. S. Van Dyke 92

Josef von Sternberg 97

Studio System Stalwarts 102

Chapter 3 A Threat to the System 105

George Cukor 106

Michael Curtiz 111

John Ford 116

John Huston 112

Vincente Minnelli 128

George Stevens 133

Preston Sturges 137

Orson Welles 142

William Wyler 147

Dark Undercurrents 152

The Archers 153

Chapter 4 The Director as Star 155

Alfred Hitchcock 156

Elia Kazan 162

Ida Lupino 167

Joseph L. Mankiewicz 172

Otto Preminger 177

Nicholas Ray 182

Douglas Sirk 187

Neorealism Maestros 192

Billy Wilder 194

Robert Wise 199

Fred Zinnemann 204

International Influences 208

Chapter 5 The Revolution Begins 211

Blake Edwards 212

Stanley Kramer 217

Stanley Kubrick 222

David Lean 227

Mike Nichols 232

Roman Polanski 237

New Wave Notables 242

Chapter 6 A Whole New Hollywood 245

Woody Allen 246

Robert Altman 251

Hal Ashby 255

Peter Bogdanovich 260

Mel Brooks 265

Francis Ford Coppola 270

Brian De Palma 276

George Lucas 281

Sidney Lumet 286

Elaine May 291

Martin Scorsese 296

Steven Spielberg 301

The Outsiders 308

Bibliography 310

Acknowledgments 315

Index 316

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