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1 hr. 26 min.

Plot Summary
Filmmaker Angela Ismailos has conversations with 10 of the world's most renowned directors, soliciting their point of view about the creative process and the context of their work in the contemporary world. Among those interviewed are Bernardo Bertolucci, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, David Lynch and Todd Haynes, who trace the origins of their art to the influence of their predecessors -- Lynch credits Fellini, and, for Haynes' outsider cinema, the work of Rainer Werner Fassbinder plays a role.

Cast: Bernardo Bertolucci , Catherine Breillat , Liliana Cavani , Stephen Frears , Todd Haynes , Richard Linklater , Ken Loach , David Lynch

Director: Angela Ismailos

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Paladin

Great Directors (2009)

Release Date: July 2nd, 2010|1 hr. 26 min.

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critic reviews (10)
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    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Despite the title, Ismailos' documentary is not a study of what constitutes great direction. Rather it's a nicely arranged film in which a variety of filmmakers Ismailos likes discuss their inspirations and influences. show more

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    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Her (Angela Ismailos) generic questions about the politics, economics, and aesthetics of film yield predictably generic responses from her subjects. show more

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    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    To eavesdrop on Bernardo Bertolucci, Stephen Frears, Ken Loach and John Sayles, as they talk politics; David Lynch and Todd Haynes, discussing inspiration; and Catherine Breillat, Agnès Varda, Richard Linklater and Liliana Cavani as they riff on controversy and aspiration, even for a little while, is a real treat. show more

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