We usually see films as a source of entertainment and distraction. People constantly forget that films can also serve other purposes; they can transmit feelings, ideas, beliefs, and perspectives, amongst many other messages. Just like films, directors are also thought to be people who create entertainment. But there’s much more to filmmakers and films than what audiences really notice- we consider directors to be artists, and films to be their portraits.
In this article, we compiled a list of all-time directors that left a massive footprint in the history of filmmaking. Some of them are still with us, and those who have passed will live forever within their movies:
Federico Fellini (1920-1993)
This Italian film director was known internationally for his unique grace in fictional stories and ornamental style. Fellini was also a book lover; having wrote over 20 of them. This Italian master mind had a lot of influence in the filmmaking world, with some of his most known hits La Strada, Amarcord, Satyrico and The Sweet Life. Federico worked in many films and received numerous awards during, and after his life including the Palm d’Or.
“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.”
Quentin Tarantino started his career as a script writer and slowly escalated to being one of the most notorious American directors known internationally for his movies. He expresses a graceful image through each of his films, having personal preferences for satirical violence and mixed stories. 80’s-90’s sound tracks are a key representation of his style, as well as prolonged dialogue scenes.
His most famous films consist of a combination between black comedy and action, as seen in Pulp Fiction. In 2003, he released a gore action film with a satirical approach- Kill Bill. After being a total success, he proceeded with a sequel. Quentin Tarantino never assisted
“When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.’”
“Violence is one of the most fun things to watch.”
Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)
Charlie Chaplin is considered an emblematic icon of the silent film era, often called “The Father of Silent Films”. During his 75 year long career, Chaplin participated in a wide variety of movies. Through the years, he transitioned from scrip writer, to actor, to finally becoming a director. The British director had a very rough childhood composed by a missing father and a mother financially complicated.
This character composed, wrote, revised, and rewrote most of the musical records in his movies. His close friends described him as a perfectionist. He dedicated his whole life to performing and directing, from his childhood to his last year of life. Some of his most notorious hits were The Gold Rush and The Great Dictator, which to this day are still famous.
“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”
“We think too much and feel too little”.
Alfred Hitchcock (1889-1980)
Coming from the UK, Hitchcock spent over 50 years of his live as a director. Before reaching Hollywood, Alfred had a successful career with silent films and the first films with sound, to the point where he was believed to be the best director in the UK. Once in Hollywood, Alfred became internationally known for his unique style in suspense movies.
To this day, he’s the most notorious icon of the suspense genre thanks to the directing techniques he used to get the most out of his audience. Some of his emblematic techniques included movements of cameras to imitate glazing, restricted shots of intimate scenes, and prolonged suspenseful takes. He was assumed the directing role in over 60 films during his 60+ year career. Two of his most notorious films were Notorious and Vertigo.
“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”
“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.”
Yet another American character with a major role in filmmaking. Steven Spielberg has dedicated over 40 years of his life to his career, directing and participating in a wide variety of genres and projects. His career started by directing a TV show in 1970, from where he has escalated to co-owning one of the biggest studios of the present, DreamWorks Studios.
Steven has directed some of the most notorious films of all times, three of them being part of the highest-grossing films of all time. His style has been present in genres like action, politics, terrorism, suspense, war, science fiction, and real-life events. Steven Spielberg is to this moment the highest-grossing director of all times, and is recognized as one of the founders of the modern Hollywood; his name can be found in the Walk of Fame. His two most successful movies were E.T.: The Extraterrestrial and Jurassic Park, reporting a gross of $1.2 billion and $791 million respectively (inflation adjusted).
“All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives. Once a month the sky falls on my head, I come to and I see another movie I want to make.”
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