By Guest Blogger: Farheen Jamal
We have laughed and we have cried with the our actors, loved the music and hummed songs of love and passion yet some of the greatest cinema is not delivered by the actors, script writers, the music or editors but by one man who stitches all of this with his vision. He envisages the film’s artistic and dramatic aspects. He visualizes the script and guides the crew and actors in the fulfillment of the film’s complete vision. The director carries the entire film and creatively translates the script and sound into a beautifully crafted visual treat. Here is a mention of such great directors who have inspired us and left us awestruck every time they strike the screen with the masterpieces and the first name on the list has to be Stanley Kubrick who has been the inspiration of many on this list of the greatest director of all times.
He is one of the most influential and greatest directors in cinematic history. Known for his realism, dark humor, unique cinematography, extensive set designs, and evocative use of music, Stanley gave us movies like Lolita, Eyes Wide Shut and one of his best works of all times – A Clockwork Orange. He was a perfectionist in every sense and has earned the reputation of a recluse spending most of his time researching his films in a studio set up at his home in Britain where he did most of his work. His work 2001: A Space Odyssey, in 1968 won 13 Oscars including Kubrick’s only personal Oscar for special effects. Most of his work was nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTA. He was a visionary and experimented with filming scenes with natural light, and fluid tracking shots back then when these things were not even heard of. His choices of subjects were always controversial and dark and often left the audience baffled. Directors including Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, James Cameron and Woody Allen have been inspired by the works of the greatest director of all times – Stanley Kubrick.
A master of suspense and gallows humor he churned out classics after classics, including Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds. Famous for his voyeuristic style, twist endings, and cameo appearances in his films, Hitchcock created more than 50 films, including classics – Rear Window, The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes. His first American movie Rebbeca won him is first Oscar. The film was psychological melodrama that focused on the torture that can go on in a family and Hitchcock explored the subject effortlessly. Hitchcock had a distinctive and recognizable directorial style. Use of camera, editing and deep focus of shots to maximize anxiety, fear and even empathy earned Hitchcock the leverage over his scenes. His borrowed his themes from mystery suspense and thrilling plots of murder and deception.
Some of his famous works are The Wrong Man, Strangers on a train, I Confess and Psycho being his best known film. The scenes in Psycho have inspired many in their films. The violence of the shower scene in Psycho, the early death of the heroine and the innocent lives extinguished by a disturbed murderer became the defining hallmarks of a new horror film genre which was later benchmarked by many.
Francis Ford Coppola
The godfather of the new wave of Hollywood film making, Coppola became the undisputed master of the gangster genre of movies with The Godfather and won both critic and public praise for the movie. The sequel of Godfather went on to win the Academy Award for the Best Picture. He is one of the only eight film makers to win two Palm d’Or Awards. His other highly acclaimed movies include the Apocalypse Now (known for its stark depiction of the Vietnam war), The Outsiders, The Conversation, The Rain Maker, The Cotton Club and the horror film Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Coppola doesn’t stop at direction. He owns a winery in California. He also has a lifestyle brand that includes films, videos, resorts, cafes, a literary magazine and a line of pastas and sauces called Mammarella Foods. This adds many feathers in the hat of this talented man.
Spielberg is one of the pioneering directors of the new Hollywood era. Had it not being for his futuristic creative vision, we would not have movies like Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Spielberg is a genius at storytelling and connecting science fiction and playing it in the real world. Each character of Spielberg’s science feels like a part of our world. Spielberg has delighted the audience with the heroics of Indiana Jones and touched the humanistic issues with movies such as The Holocaust, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich, The Color Purple and Empire of the Sun. He considered Stanley Kubrick as one of his inspirations and went on to complete Kubrick’s science fiction project we now know as A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
Remember Wolf of Wall Street? Martin is certainly the wolf of the Hollywood Boulevard and he can been reigning the genre of films that deal with gang conflicts, modern crimes, revenge and redemption. He is been quite liberal in the depiction of violence in his films and where is violence, there will be profanity. But when you are dealing with a subject of gang wars and crime, you cannot shy away from all that. Scorsese has won Academy Awards, Cannes, Grammy, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, DGA Awards, the very prestigious Palme d’Or and the AFI Life Achievement Awards – there is nothing that he has not bagged yet. Some of his most phenomenal work includes Mean Streets, the biographical sports drama Raging Bull, psychological thriller Taxi Driver and the black comedy The King of Comedy. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be his favorite muse. Scorsese has already directed him in some of the some greatest films of all times that include Gangs of New York, Shutter Island, The Aviator, The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street. Rumor has it that they are already working on their sixth project.
By Guest Blogger: Farheen Jamal