French director Agnès Varda (La Pointe Courte, Cléo from 5 to 7, The Beaches of Agnès) discusses her long career creating documentaries, features, and mixtures of the two that pre-dated and inspired several film movements of European cinema.
French writer-director Bertrand Blier (Going Places, Too Beautiful For You, Get Out Your Handkerchiefs) discusses his father’s influence on his career, his collaborations with Gerard Depardieu, and his unique rehearsal process.
Acclaimed French director Claude Miller (Garde à vue, La meilleure façon de marcher) discusses his directorial career, sharing the films that influenced him as a child, how he got his start making instructional documentaries for the French army, and his favorite aphorisms from famous directors.
Award winning director Claude Lelouch (A Man and a Woman, And Now My Love) discusses his long career. The acclaimed French director explains how cinema saved his life from the Nazis as a child, the influences American films have had on his work and why the “director is always right.”
Director Robert Altman describes his working philosophy, often comparing filmmaking to painting, and discusses the sources of his storytelling and directing techniques he used on films like M*A*S*H, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and The Player.
Greek-born, naturalized French director Costa-Gavras (Z, Missing) discusses his long filmmaking career directing critically acclaimed political and social thrillers. Gavras shares his inspirations for his most well-known films, his working relationships with producers, and where the ‘dash’ in his name originated.
Acclaimed director Jules Dassin (Rififi, Topkapi, Never on a Sunday) shares details of his long and varied career—starting off as an assistant to Alfred Hitchcock, working his way through the old Hollywood studio system, becoming blacklisted during the McCarthy era, and then working independently throughout Europe.
Agnieszka Holland discusses her career as a director and screenwriter of films including Angry Harvest, Europa Europa, and The Secret Garden. Holland discusses working with Polish director Andrzej Wajda and how living under Communism influenced her perspective as a filmmaker. She also describes her working methods and philosophy.
Paul Mazursky reflects on his career as a director, writer, and actor, including directing films like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), and his involvement in the DGA, especially in the area of creative rights.
Multihyphenate filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon) shares stories from his long career as a director, writer, producer and actor during the “New Hollywood” era.
Arthur Penn discusses his career from the early days of live television to his successes in feature films including The Miracle Worker (1962), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), and Little Big Man (1970).
Director Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God, The Ron Clark Story) discusses her career in feature films and movies for television, sharing, among other highlights, how she selected Marlee Matlin from a background role and directed her to an Oscar-winning performance.
Ted Kotcheff tells boisterous and insightful stories from his 60-year directing career beginning in live television drama, and including classic feature films like First Blood and North Dallas Forty, as well as 12 years executive producing Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
The DGA remembers film and television director Richard Bare, member for 70 years -- winner of the DGA Award in 1958 for Outstanding Achievement in Television Direction and director of nearly every episode of Green Acres' six season run.