Great Directors NR

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Ten of the greatest filmmakers in the world passionately discuss their craft in Angela Ismailos' hugely entertaining documentary GREAT DIRECTORS.

Starring:
Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat
Runtime:
1 hour 27 minutes

Great Directors

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Genres Documentary
Director Angela Ismailos
Starring Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat
Supporting actors Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Todd Haynes, Angela Ismailos, Richard Linklater, Ken Loach, David Lynch, John Sayles, Agnès Varda
Studio Viacom Media Networks
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlos E. Velasquez on December 7, 2011
Format: DVD
Every once in a while, filmmakers release documentaries in which they describe the work and profound admiration to directors that have influenced them and/or cinema's history. In most cases, these features include the same cast of characters: Spielberg, Coppola, Lucas, Scorsese, Fellini, Bergman, Kurosawa... you know the deal. However, Angela Ismailos has helmed the "Great Directors" that I have wanted to watch for quite some time, one that includes some truly great directors that have not received the respect that they deserve. And Ismailos' version triumphs in every way. It is a remarkable accomplishment that gives voice to some of the best filmmakers of our time.

"Great Directors" is well-assembled and edited, and is full of anecdotes and historical information. Ismailos gives each director enough time, so that we can understand their mind and vision, as well as get familiar with some of their work. She briefly introduces each moviemaker, one by one, and then interjects scenes when one discusses the work of another. She begins with Bernardo Bertolucci, who talks about Pier Paolo Pasolini, his mentor, as well as some of his films, such as "1900" (my favorite), "Commare Secca," "Last Tango in Paris," and "Before the Revolution." Ismailos continues with Catherine Breillat - the so-called Bad Girl of French Film --, who talks about Bergman, as well as some of her provocative movies, like "A Real Young Girl," "36 Fillette," "Romance," and "Anatomy of Hell." Next comes David Lynch, who discusses his contributions to midnight films, such as "Eraserhead," "Elephant Man," and "Blue Velvet." This is a remarkable interview, because Lynch, who doesn't open up easily, really goes in detail about his work.
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J'aime le Cinema. I love cinema... and for some cineaste, some have thought, what if you have had the opportunity to sit and talk with the filmmakers that inspired you, that touched your soul.

This is what filmmaker Angela Ismailos had done with her 2009 documentary "Great Directors" which has been released by Lorber Films.

An intriguing documentary by Angela who was able to gain access to ten filmmakers that inspired her.

Featured are Bernardo Bertolucci ("Last Tango in Paris", "The Last Emperor", "Once Upon a Time in the West"), Catherine Breillat ("Fat Girl", "36 fillette", "A Real Young Girl"), Liliana Cavani ("The Night Porter", "Ripley's Game", "Francesco"), Stephen Frears ("High Fidelity", "The Queen" "Dangerous Liasons"), Todd Haynes ("Velvet Goldmine", "Safe", "Far From Heaven"), Richard Linklater ("Dazed and Confused", "Before Sunset", "A Scanner Darkly"), Ken Loach ("Kes", "Bread and Roses", "Sweet Sixteen"), David Lynch ("Blue Velvet", "Mulholland Dr.", "Eraserhead"), John Sayles ("Piranha", "Lone Star", "Sunshine State") and Agnes Varda ("Cleo from 5 to 7', "Vagabond", "The Beaches of Agnes").

Some of these filmmakers rarely give interviews but with "Great Directors", Angela Ismailos is able to get these filmmakers to open up about their film career and what inspired their creativity and work.

We learn from David Lynch of how he was able to get his foot into the industry front door thanks to Mel Brooks, we learn from Richard Linklater of what happens when you create a film that is hot and a film afterward that fails and unfortunately, leads to stagnation of getting any projects greenlighted.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Harbour on January 1, 2012
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Some interesting comments by a variety of interesting directors but the whole thing seems kind of random and arbitrary. I suppose if I had the money to do so (as Angela Ismailos apparently does) making a film like this would be a good excuse to spend some time with people I admire.
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