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:
- The Origins of Cinema and the Grammar of Film.
- Film Imagery and the Theory of Montage.
- Storytelling in the 1930s: Stagecoach
- Citizen Kane: An American Masterpiece
- World War II and the Cinema of Community: Casablanca, Now, Voyager,
and It's a Wonderful Life.
- Noir and Neorealism: Bicycle Thieves and On the Waterfront.
- Love and the Mirror of Death: Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.
- Widescreen: The World Writ Large and Intimate: The Apartment.
- The New Wave in France: The 400 Blows and Week-end.
- The American New Wave I: Politics and Family: The Godfather.
- The American New Wave II: The Social Canvas: Nashville.
- The Rule of the Blockbuster: Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- Gender, Race, and the Varieties of Cinematic Experience:
Vagabond, Do the Right Thing, and Lone Star.
- The Contemporary Maverick: Goodfellas, Million Dollar Baby,
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.
- Francis Ford Coppola
- George Lucas
- Steven Spielberg
- Terrence Malick
- Brian De Palma
- Robert Altman
- Stanley Kubrick
- Woody Allen
- Jonathan Demme
- Martin Scorsese
My favorite USA director.
His motion pictures include:
- 1957 The Delinquents (The James Dean Story Documentary with co-director George W. George).
- 1968 Countdown
- 1969 That Cold Day in the Park
- 1970 Brewster McCloud
- 1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller.
- 1972 Images
- 1973 The Long Goodbye.
- 1974 Thieves Like Us
- 1974 California Split
- 1976 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
- 1977 3 Women
- 1978 A Wedding
- 1979 Quintet
- 1979 A Perfect Couple
- 1980 Health
- 1980 Popeye
- 1982 Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
- 1983 Streamers
- 1984 Secret Honor.
- 1984 O.C. & Stiggs; released 1987.
- 1985 Fool for Love
- 1987 Beyond Therapy
- 1987 Aria containing his Segment Les Boreades.
- 1990 Vincent & Theo.
- 1992 The Player.
- 1993 Short Cuts.
- 1994 Prêt-a-Porter; also released as Ready to Wear.
- 1996 Kansas City.
- 1998 The Gingerbread Man.
- 1999 Cookie's Fortune.
- 2000 Dr. T & the Women.
- 2003 The Company.
A Prairie Home Companion;
also released as The Last Show.