Preston Sturges takes a dip.
By training, directors learn to expect the unexpected. Here are some quirky shots of directors who found themselves in unusual situations.
Wes Craven, with Amanda Wyss, upended the room for a scene from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
Robert Wise confers with Bil Baird’s marionettes on the set of The Sound of Music (1965).
Blake Edwards shows a stuntman how to take a fall in Peter Gunn (1958-1961).
David Lean (center) shot exteriors in the French Alps for The Passionate Friends (1949), his first film set outside of England.
Spike Jonze offers some acting tips to one of the beasts in Where the Wild Things Are (2009), an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book.
Director George Roy Hill kicks up his heels while making The World of Henry Orient (1964) in New York.
Wes Anderson gets around in style in The Royal Tenenbaums.
Vincente Minnelli directs Margaret O’Brien and Joan Carroll in the Halloween scene from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944).
Alfred Hitchcock directs some of his fine feathered friends on the Bodega Bay set of The Birds (1963).
Paul Mazursky shows Robin Williams how to blow in Moscow on the Hudson (1984).
Robert Aldrich shows Bette Davis how to step into a scene on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).
Akira Kurosawa directing Yojimbo (1961), about a town divided by two warring gangs in 19th century Japan.
Frank Capra goes over the ballot with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in State of the Union (1948).
Director Gene Kelly gives Barbra Streisand a few pointers on the set of Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Woody Allen plans his strategy with Napoleon (James Tolkan) in Love and Death, the director’s 1975 spoof of Russian novels.
Director Jason Winer gives up a few inches to Kobe Bryant on the set of Modern Family.
John Huston runs lines with a feathered friend during the filming of The Night of the Iguana (1964) in Mexico.
Steven Spielberg looks over the script for Jaws (1975) while shooting on the beach in Martha’s Vineyard.
Doug Hayes finds the actors on The Twilight Zone a tad stiff.
Josef von Sternberg delivers an important message on the set of Exquisite Summer.
Billy Wilder directs Marilyn Monroe in the famed street scene from The Seven Year Itch (1955).
Geena Davis battles Alec Baldwin in Tim Burton's Beetle Juice.
Blake Edwards makes himself at home with his stars Capucine and Peter Sellers on The Pink Panther (1963.).
Spanish director Luis Buñuel's inadvertent comment on the trials of being a film director.
Don Siegel puts his cast in a most unusual position in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
John Landis works with a unique creature on one of the most successful comedies ever made.
Carol Reed Conducts a performance from young Mark Lester in Oliver!
Former DGA President George Stevens looks over some unusual head shots for The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).
James Whale runs some lines with a very unusual star in The Bride of Frankenstein.
Richard Lester dresses for the occasion on Help! as he directs the Beatles in the Bahamas.
Director Alan Pakula watches Robert Redford as Bob Woodward filing a Watergate story in All the President's Men.
Fred Zinnemann puts Paul Scofield in a precarious position in the DGA Award winner A Man For All Seasons.
Hal Ashby serves up Bud Cort on a silver platter in Harold and Maude - literally.
Roman Polanski scares the dickens out of Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby.
De Niro and Scorsese rehearse one of the great lines in movies.
Frank Capra flips for John Ford.
Mel Brooks instructs Bloom and Bialystock in The Producers.
Preston Sturges takes a dip.
Francis Ford Coppola makes Woltz an offer he can't refuse on the set of The Godfather.
John Huston shows Eli Wallach how to roundup horses-modern style-on the set of The Misfits.
Marlon Brando lining up a shot on the set of the 1961 Western One-Eyed Jacks.
Lamont Johnson talking with the stars of That Certain Summer; Martin Sheen and Hal Holbrook.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was the beginning of a long and successful collaboration between Mike Nichols and editor Sam O'Steen. They would team up on 11 other pictures.
Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, was made on a shoestring budget and cast with University of Texas students, but eventually grossed more than $26.5 million.
This scene from Willis Goldbeck's 1951 film Ten Tall Men, though set in the Sahara, was shot at Bronson Canyon and Caves in Los Angeles.
With the cast and crew on the set of the Hal Ashby's 1975 hit Shampoo.
On the set of Make Room for Daddy in 1959.
On the set of The Air Circus in 1928, filmed at Clover Field in Santa Monica.
On the set of the classic Ocean's Eleven directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Frank Sinatra.
Director W.S. "Woody" Van Dyke, II utilizes some trees as a make-shift camera crane while shooting on location in Africa.