Tag Archives: Contemporary Film Directors Series

Portuguese film maker Manoel de Oliveira died Thursday at age 106. To call Oliveira’s passion for making films “lifelong” is as close to a literal statement as one can make. His career spanned generations, starting in the silent era and continuing until … Continue reading

On Oscar night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed Alejandro González Iñárritu the Best Director award for his unlikely hit Birdman. The film also won Best Picture. Birdman‘s film industry triumph capped a fifteen-year rise that began … Continue reading

In 1986, Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape helped launch the surge in indie cinema that entertained so many of us in the 1990s. He’s since brought his distinctive but definitely indie vibe to the mainstream with Ocean’s Eleven and Erin Brockovich while … Continue reading

Michael Koresky is staff writer and associate editor at The Criterion Collection and cofounder of the online film magazine Reverse Shot. He recently answered some questions about his book in the Contemporary Film Directors Series, Terence Davies. Q: Davies has been … Continue reading

Filmmaker David Lynch was born in Missoula, Montana on January 20, 1946. The director of films including Mulholland Drive (2001) and Dune (1984) and the tv series Twin Peaks (1990) is one of the most distinctive voices in American cinema. Inspired … Continue reading

Italian film director Dario Argento is best known for his work in the style of giallo, the crime/thriller mixture that influenced the slasher genre.  Argento has gained acclaim from horror fans with movies such as Suspiria and Deep Red. L. … Continue reading

Annette Insdorf, author of the Contemporary Film Directors series book Philip Kaufman will conduct a Q&A with the filmmaker at the 30th Anniversary celebration and screening of The Right Stuff hosted by the Motion Picture Association of America in Washington, D.C. … Continue reading

Film director, screenwriter and novelist John Sayles was born on September 28, 1950. An icon of independent filmmaking, Sales began his career working for B-movie legend Roger Corman. David Shumway, author of the Contemporary Film Directors series title John Sayles, says … Continue reading

German film director Christian Petzold was born on September 14, 1960. The director of films Barbara and Jerichow is also the subject of the forthcoming Contemporary Film Directors series release Christian Petzold by Jaimey Fisher. In the book Fisher writes: … Continue reading

Horror movie director, writer and producer Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940. The master of “giallo” is the subject of L. Andrew Cooper’s Dario Argento from the Contemporary Film Directors series. In the book Cooper writes: Dario Argento’s films … Continue reading