With sexy urban stories not seen before on American screens, blaxploitation pictures wowed a new audience in the ’70s. Behind the flashy clothes and cool music, directors helped create the genre’s unmistakable style.
Because Mel Brooks’ films are so full of outrageous gags and scabrous humor, his skill as a director is often overlooked. A reassessment is due.
When pay cable TV was in its infancy, the Directors Guild stood up to HBO, and after an eight-year battle, secured the creative and economic benefits members enjoy today.
Robert A. Daly
As head of CBS in the ’70s and CEO of Warner Bros. for almost 20 years, Robert A. Daly oversaw an industry in transition. He looks back at the business as he knew it.
Through changing times, for more than 50 years Gil Cates has been a steadying force and voice of reason in the Directors Guild.
Hill Street Blues
Before Hill Street Blues
arrived in 1981, cop shows were tame by comparison. Using a realistic, in-your-face style, the directors helped pioneer a look and feel that has inspired countless crime series.
We asked a writer to search the Web and report on how shockingly easy it is to find illegal films. They could even be yours.
After winning acclaim for his unlikely hit Precious
, Lee Daniels is trying to figure out where he fits in a business that usually doesn’t value stories about 400-pound black girls.
James Burrows, the legendary director of Taxi, Cheers, Will & Grace
, and numerous other hits says you never know what’s going to happen on the set—and that’s what makes it fun.
Filmmakers from 1965-1989
Directors broke new ground from 1965-1989 — politically, socially, and sexually. These were no longer your father's pictures. Here's a cross section of some of the most memorable work of the period.
New Hollywood in the Late 60s and 70s
Following the lead of the French New Wave, a restless generation of directors took Hollywood by storm in the late ’60s and ’70s, reflecting the climate of the country.
As chairman of the DGA’s Special Projects Committee for 24 years, Robert Wise guided the invaluable program and enriched the lives and careers of Guild members.
Somehow Warren Beatty persuaded a major studio to let him make Reds
, his passion project about John Reed and the Russian Revolution. The director describes how he shot a climactic confrontation between art and politics.