Great Directors (2010)
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Ten of the world's great filmmakers discuss their art, their influences and their creative motivations in this documentary. In Great Directors, Angela Ismailos chats with a handful of talented and influential movie directors, among them Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater, Ken Loach, David Lynch, John Sayles, and Agnès Varda. Along with discussing the particulars of their work (often illustrated by relevant film clips), the
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Though her choice of interview subjects is so random and the discourse so broad that this 2009 documentary never really arrives anywhere... it delights from start to finish and then evaporates.
Ismailos' 10 mini-profiles might have been better used as DVD extras or a cablecast introduction to an individual director's movie. It's not too late.
Rarely have clips from so many good and great movies been put to such dull use.
The number of interviewees makes the film a signpost survey, more meaningful to film- study newbies than veterans.
In the end, The Great Directors is neither a manual nor a toolkit, but a miscellany that needs to be a monograph.
It's flawed, but it beats the veiled promo films we usually get about the inner workings of cinematic creation.
A better title for Great Directors would be Good Directors Who Returned My Calls.
Standing unabashedly on the shoulders of giants, Angela Ismailos pays free-association homage to her favorite filmmakers in this engaging but scatter-shot documentary.
If she dearly loves these filmmakers, or some of their films, it's too hard to tell.
The chore is to blank out Greek filmmaker Angela Ismailos's clueless, indulgent voiceover and moony on-camera presence...
Angela Ismailos's breezy Great Directors is like eavesdropping on the best bits of her candid and casual conversations with her personal favorite filmmakers
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