Publisher: Running Press
Release Date: November 23rd 2021
For well over a century, those who create motion pictures have touched our hearts and souls; they have transported and transformed our minds, intoxicated and entranced our senses. One artist’s vision is the single most prominent force behind the scenes: the director.
Sloan De Forest’s beautiful new book from Turner Classic Movies is an excellent primer on a wide selection of some of the most noteworthy “American” filmmakers from the silent era through to the turbulent seventies. While a great many of the selected filmmakers were born in Europe or other parts of the world, most of them served a significant part of their careers in Hollywood. Featured directors include Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille, Oscar Micheaux, Lois Weber, Dorothy Arzner, Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, W. S. Van Dyke, John Ford, Orson Welles, William Wyler, Alfred Hitchcock, Ida Lupino, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kramer, David Lean, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Hal Ashby, Peter Bogdanovich, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and several others. The included profiles span five or six pages and offer insights about each director’s narrative style, unique touches, contributions to the medium, key films, and much more. The work of these game-changing artists is illustrated throughout by more than 200 full-color and black-and-white photographs that should thrill cinephiles.