Great Directors, directed by Angela Ismailos, features original, in-depth conversations with nine of the world’s greatest living directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles. The film documents Ismailos’ voyage of discovering the creative personalities behind the camera. She explores the filmmakers’ artistic evolution and personal identity, the role of politics and history on their work, and the agony and dilemmas in the creative process. It also examines the challenges of being an artist in an age of commercialism and globalization. The film traces the influence of cinematic movements and iconic directors on these directors’ work-from the role of Neo-Realism in Bertolucci’s evolution to the influence of Federico Fellini on David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman on Catherine Breillat and Rainer Werner Fassbinder on Todd Haynes. –IMDb
Angela Ismailos – director, actor, writer – directed and produced Great Directors, a film that captures—through archival material and in-depth interviews—the essence and independent spirit of ten of the world’s legendary living directors including Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater, Ken Loach, David Lynch, John Sayles, and Agnes Varda. Ismailos studied law and earned her master’s degree in political science. She began directing plays at a very early age and has professionally studied opera all of her adult life. Her diverse educational background inspired her to pursue the art of cinema. Ismailos continues to live and work in New York. She is currently preparing her next feature film, The City of A Dead Woman. ––Wikipedia
It's a pretty dry documentary-- it's always interesting seeing Lynch or Agnes talk, but for all these people she says are her inspirations-- this movie is completely uninspired and boring. Also this movie is completely self-indulgent to the point of disgust. She's in the documentary herself more than any of the other directors.
It was ok, would have benefitted from being a television series as we would have had more time with each director featured in the film.
not the best documentary formally, but the dvd has a ton of extra footage with each director that is well worth watching if you are a fan of any of these people. there was 50 extra minutes of interviews with todd haynes, for example, that really go into the depths of his career (he even recounts some of his films he made as a teenager), and david lynch's amazing hand gestures are always a great watch.