The Great Directors
The Making of 21st Century Hollywood

The Great Directors - The Making of 21st Century Hollywood
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The Summer Blockbuster
In the 1970s Hollywood escaped slow financial ruin with the introduction of the summer Blockbuster. This film shows how this idea not only redefined Hollywood, it established one of the…
The Independent Auteur
While one half of Hollywood is the glitz and glamor of the studios, the other half is the Indie. This film examines the independent auteur, the author of the avant-garde…
Immigrant Filmmakers
Hollywood has always attracted foreign directors with superb cinematic dreams, including visionaries such as Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock and Ang Lee. This film describes the impact of immigrant…
Documentary and Experimental Film
The process of documenting ordinary or exceptional events in such a way that they tell a compelling story is the skill set that documentary filmmakers bring to moviemaking. This film…
Animation
This film traces the evolution of Animation from the earliest feature, Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur, and the genius of Walt Disney to the CGI megahits of studios like Pixar…

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The Summer Blockbuster
Part of the Series: The Great Directors
In the 1970s Hollywood escaped slow financial ruin with the introduction of the summer Blockbuster. This film shows how this idea not only redefined Hollywood, it established one of the cinema's greatest financial marvels - the franchise.
The Independent Auteur
Part of the Series: The Great Directors
While one half of Hollywood is the glitz and glamor of the studios, the other half is the Indie. This film examines the independent auteur, the author of the avant-garde literature of modern American film.
Immigrant Filmmakers
Part of the Series: The Great Directors
Hollywood has always attracted foreign directors with superb cinematic dreams, including visionaries such as Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock and Ang Lee. This film describes the impact of immigrant filmmakers not only on American cinema, but on the story of America, showing Americans who they are from the outsider's…
Documentary and Experimental Film
Part of the Series: The Great Directors
The process of documenting ordinary or exceptional events in such a way that they tell a compelling story is the skill set that documentary filmmakers bring to moviemaking. This film describes the genre of short documentaries and experimental films from the 20's and 30's blossomed into the megahit documentary features…
Animation
Part of the Series: The Great Directors
This film traces the evolution of Animation from the earliest feature, Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur, and the genius of Walt Disney to the CGI megahits of studios like Pixar in Animation's Second Golden Age.
The Thoughts That Once We Had - A Personal History of Cinema
Described in an opening text as a "personal history of cinema, partially inspired by Gilles Deleuze," THE THOUGHTS THAT ONCE WE HAD from master cinematic essayist Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself, Red Hollywood) is a richly digressive journey through cinema. A found-footage film composed entirely of unidentified, yet often…
Juke - Passages from the Films of Spencer Williams
In JUKE, Thom Andersen, director of cinematic masterworks like Los Angeles Plays Itself and The Thoughts That Once We Had reconsiders the films of Spencer Williams, the pioneering African American screenwriter, director, and actor whose 1940s melodramas centered on sinners and saints who are tempted by jazz and sex and…
When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red RoseĀ  - The Making of Early Movies
In the early 1980s, documentary filmmaker Stephen Schaller was instrumental in the rediscovery and restoration of The Lumberjack (1914), the oldest surviving film made in Wisconsin, and produced by a group of itinerant filmmakers who traveled from town to town making "local talent" pictures. Schaller's lovely and sometimes deeply emotional,…
Free Radicals - A History Of Experimental Film
This feature-length documentary provides a vivid, eye-opening, and appropriately personal introduction to one of the most important, yet perpetually marginalized, realms of filmmaking: avant-garde cinema. Achieving the near-impossible task of doing justice in a mere 82 minutes to this incredibly rich, varied, and expansive domain, FREE RADICALS is as expertly…
Hitchcock/Truffaut - The Timeless Legacy of Alfred Hitchcock
In 1962, Francois Truffaut persuaded Alfred Hitchcock to sit with him for a week long interview in which the great British auteur would share with his young admirer the secrets of his cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting--used to produce the seminal book Hitchcock/Truffaut--this film illustrates the…
Magician - The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
A documentary examining the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary - the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker. Featuring interviews with other legendary directors such as Steven Spielberg, Peter…
Reel Bad Arabs - How Hollywood Vilifies a People
This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs - from Bedouin bandits and submissive…