Entry point to Movies: Directors

Understanding the Movies
by Raphael Shargel

The Modern Scholar's course: Understanding the Movies: The Art and History of Film course guide (2008) by the informative and insightful Raphael Shargel.

14 insightful lectures on 7 CDs, covering the history of movie development to date, with apt discussions of contributions to the craft of movie making:

  1. The Origins of Cinema and the Grammar of Film.
  2. Film Imagery and the Theory of Montage.
  3. Storytelling in the 1930s: Stagecoach
  4. Citizen Kane: An American Masterpiece
  5. World War II and the Cinema of Community: Casablanca, Now, Voyager, and It's a Wonderful Life.
  6. Noir and Neorealism: Bicycle Thieves and On the Waterfront.
  7. Love and the Mirror of Death: Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.
  8. Widescreen: The World Writ Large and Intimate: The Apartment.
  9. The New Wave in France: The 400 Blows and Week-end.
  10. The American New Wave I: Politics and Family: The Godfather.
  11. The American New Wave II: The Social Canvas: Nashville.
  12. The Rule of the Blockbuster: Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  13. Gender, Race, and the Varieties of Cinematic Experience: Vagabond, Do the Right Thing, and Lone Star.
  14. The Contemporary Maverick: Goodfellas, Million Dollar Baby, and Persepolis.

It Don't Worry Me: The Revolutionary American Films of the Seventies
by Ryan Gilbey

From front blurb:

The 1970s were a landmark era in American film, during which a cadre of young directors emerged to wrestle with the old Hollywood and promote their own groundbreaking styles. Known for their uniqueness and passion, the works of these filmmakers have continued to resonate within the canon of current filmmaking. It Don't Worry Me celebrates the enduring genius of the time by scrutinizing the work of ten directors whose contributions to this cinematic uprising were both prominent and promising.

While Francis Ford Coppola was taking Hollywood by the horns, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were fashioning the first blockbuster. While Martin Scorsese was marrying old-school movie glamour to a savvy street edginess ... Brian De Palma shot delirious horror comedies that trapped audiences between laughter and terror. Stanley Kubrick and Terrence Malick labored over austere dramas that challenged viewers' expectations, and Robert Altman rattled off fourteen movies in the span of ten years — several of them masterpieces, most of them a miniature revolution in their own right...

It Don't Worry Me turns a contemporary eye to the early films of directors who have since become household names, discovering an urgency and innovation still resonant today.

The chapters:

  1. Francis Ford Coppola
  2. George Lucas
  3. Steven Spielberg
  4. Terrence Malick
  5. Brian De Palma
  6. Robert Altman
  7. Stanley Kubrick
  8. Woody Allen
  9. Jonathan Demme
  10. Martin Scorsese

Robert Altman

My favorite USA director.

His motion pictures include: