The Directors

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    Norman Jewison

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    Darren Aronofsky

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  • The Directors, produced in part by the American Film Institute, profiles various film directors; exploring their influences, early careers, first and major films. Interspersed with comments from actors, producers and others each director has worked with, this series gives a glimpse inside Hollywood and, through the director's own words, how great movies are made.

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  • Quotes (37)

    • Peter Weller: Naked Lunch was degraded as pornography, as unredeemable filth, and then considered one of the most explosive and evocative comments on social behavior in the century.

    • Brooke Adams: David is pretty much, "I get out of the actors' way," kind of director unless he really feels you've gone way off. …and he just kind of guides you if he thinks he needs to, but otherwise stays out of your way.

    • Michael Ironside: (after hearing one of David's dreams) As much as I respect David, I don't know if I'd ever want to spend any time in his head or in his dreams. He has an absolutely unique way of looking at the universe.

    • David Cronenberg: Scanners was a nightmare to make, right from the first day of shooting. We actually had nothing to shoot, poor [production designer] Carol Spier… had not had time to prepare much of what was necessary for this very elaborate, sort of futuristic scanner-war-city scenario, and we were sort of driving around looking for things to shoot, really, it was very bizarre. And I was writing it from 4:00 to 7:00 every morining, because there was no script, the script was not finished; an ordeal by fire, rather than a trial by fire.

    • Holly Hunter: Very often directors, they step out of their involvement with the story through the course of the day of shooting, and David never does. He keeps himself in utter isolation around the monitor. …and he seems to have that level of involvement all day long.

    • Tony Scott: (of working with Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman on "Crimson Tide") In terms of their preparation, Gene likes to have everything buttoned up and tied up in terms of any changes before we get to do the scene. … That's his way, but he's always incredibly well-prepared. And Denzel comes in differently. Denzel sometimes likes to improvise, and likes to pull and push and move things around. But that dynamic, that tension between the two actors actually helped me in terms of the two characters in the movie.

    • Jerry Bruckheimer: Tony, again, is an artist; he's a painter. He uses his lights and his colors, his actors to paint the canvas of the movie, which is unique. That's how he approaches his craft.

    • Tony Scott: (of making "Revenge") After Top Gun, it was a whole different world. The world became my oyster, as it were, but I got pigeonholed into doing action movies, and I love doing them, but I really wanted to get back to the darker side of my character.

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    Notes (24)

    • Terry Gilliam started to direct The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in 2001 (in Spain) with Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis and Jean Rochefort but the shooting was unfortunately stopped a couple of days after it started because of Jean Rochefort's health problems (he couldn't ride a horse any more). A documentary about various problems with the film was made, titled Lost in La Mancha. Gilliam remarked in interviews that he hated the documentary.

    • Wes Craven has acted as himself in Wes Craven's New Nightmare, as well as Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

    • Scorsese also produced a long documentary about the Italian movies who he considers as his influences.

    • Scorsese is considered as one of the most important people concerning the area of films.

    • Cameron is considered as one of the most important directors of science-fiction genre

    • Cameron produced the sequel of his 1984's movie Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines

    • Cameron won the Oscar of Best Director for Titanic

    • From all Cronenberg's filmograhpy, Crash was considered the most polemic movie created by the director, mostly for the strong sexual content.

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    Trivia (3)

    • Tony Scott also talks about his brother Ridley (the director of Alien and Blade Runner).

    • Coolidge has also directed episodes of popular TV series like Sex and the City.

    • During Hal Holbrook's interview, when he is talking about the scene in Creepshow where he shots in Adrienne Barbeau, he refers Adrienne Barbeau's character as "Mary". Actually, the real name of Barbeau's character on the movie is "Wilma".

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