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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 directors also talk about artists and events that have made a lasting impact on them, films they… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Rarely have clips from so many good and great movies been put to such dull use."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"You'd learn more just watching one of their films."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian
"It's flawed, but it beats the veiled promo films we usually get about the inner workings of cinematic creation."
‑ Ray Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"If she dearly loves these filmmakers, or some of their films, it's too hard to tell."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A pleasing if not surprising sampler of apercus, bon mots and clips."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"The number of interviewees makes the film a signpost survey, more meaningful to film- study newbies than veterans."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"In the end, The Great Directors is neither a manual nor a toolkit, but a miscellany that needs to be a monograph."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"A better title for Great Directors would be Good Directors Who Returned My Calls."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The chore is to blank out Greek filmmaker Angela Ismailos's clueless, indulgent voiceover and moony on-camera presence..."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"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."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This is a meat-and-potatoes espionage yarn that passes by quickly enough and meets the requirement of making us try to guess: Who is Salt?"
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"This is one of the best movies ever about film directors."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Standing unabashedly on the shoulders of giants, Angela Ismailos pays free-association homage to her favorite filmmakers in this engaging but scatter-shot documentary."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Angela Ismailos's breezy Great Directors is like eavesdropping on the best bits of her candid and casual conversations with her personal favorite filmmakers"
‑ Kent Turner,
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