Visual History Program

Founded in 2000, the DGA’s Visual History Program has conducted more than 160 interviews with directors and director’s team members discussing their careers and creative processes in film, television and other media.

Claude Lelouch

Interviewed by: Jon Amiel

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.”

Claude Miller

Interviewed by: Jon Amiel

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.

Agnès Varda

Interviewed by: Lynne Littman

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.

Bertrand Blier

Interviewed by: Jon Amiel

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.

Costa Gavras

Interviewed by: John Landis

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.

Jerry Lewis

Interviewed by: Randal Kleiser

Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor, The Ladies Man) shares his unique perspective of the directing side of more than seven decades working in comedy as a director, writer, producer and performer.

Agnieszka Holland

Interviewed by: Robert Markowitz

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.

Jules Dassin

Interviewed by: Bruce Goldstein

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.

Peter Bogdanovich

Interviewed by: Raymond De Felitta

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

Interviewed by: David Jones

Arthur Penn discusses with interviewer David Jones his career from the early days of live television to his successes in feature films including Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man, and The Miracle Worker.

Arthur Forrest

Interviewed by: Paul Forrest

Variety, talk, and live events Director Arthur Forrest discusses his long career beginning in early live television at the DuMont network and up through directing The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, The Dick Cavett Show, and The Tournament of Roses Parade.

Elliot Silverstein

Interviewed by: Robert Markowitz

Veteran director Elliot Silverstein (Cat Ballou, A Man Called Horse) discusses his long career in both television and film, working on set during several decades of Hollywood, and his passionate fight for the creative rights of directors.

Randa Haines

Interviewed by: Joan Tewkesbury

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.

Milos Forman

Interviewed by: Daniel Algrant

Milos Forman recounts his infatuation with film as a child during World War II and the difficulties of working under the post-war Czech communist regime. He describes the creative freedom and challenges he found in the USA. He also describes his working philosophy and appreciation for creative rights.

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DGA Visual History Herb Adelman
by  Tom  Joyner
May 23, 2006
DGA Visual History Robert Altman
by  Lee  Grant
May 18, 2004
Ken Annakin Interview
by  Randal  Kleiser
April 30, 2008
Larry Auerbach Interview
by  Joshua  White
May 14, 2001
Avildsen Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
August 22, 2007
Larry Albucher Interview
by  Kevin  Koster
December 18, 2012
John Badham Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
March 23, 2005
Balash Interview
by  Joshua  White
October 24, 2001
Richard Bare Interview
by  Gene  Reynolds
March 26, 2010
Beaudine Interview
by  Skip & Craig  Beaudine
September 19, 2005
Harold Becker Interview
by  Robert  Markowitz
May 05, 2010
Bellini DeSomone Interview
by  Barbara  Roche
April 14, 2009
Richard Benjamin Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
February 17, 2011
Yudi Bennett Interview
by  Liz  Ryan
February 20, 2013
Benton Interview
by  Michael  Pressman
May 19, 2005
Bill Interview
by  Randal  Kleiser
September 14, 2007
Binder Interview
by  Taylor  Hackford
January 31, 2006
Jeff Bleckner
by  John Kent  Harrison
November 07, 2007
Bertrand Blier interview
by  Jon  Amiel
April 15, 2011
Bloom Interview
by  Joshua  White
November 15, 2001
Bert Bluestein Interview
by  Kevin  Koster
December 11, 2012
Bogart Interview
by  Peter  Bogart
April 23, 2005
Peter Bogdanovich Interview
by  Raymond  De Felitta
November 10, 2005
Brockway Interview
by  Jim  Drake
April 24, 2009
Browning Interview
by  Joshua  White
June 12, 2001
James Burrows Interview
by  Michael  Lembeck
March 11, 2008
Butler Interview
by  Gene  Reynolds
August 22, 2002
James D. Brubaker
by  Kevin  Koster
December 19, 2012
Capra Jr Interview
by  Joe  D’Alessandro
May 25, 2005
Larry Carpenter Interview
by  Casey  Childs
January 06, 2012
DGA Visual History Gilbert Cates Sr
by  Gil  Cates, Jr.
May 21, 2002
Cavalier Interview
by  Cleve  Landsberg
March 01, 2013
Tony Charmoli Interview
by  Kenny  Ortega
September 14, 2010
Chomsky Interview
by  Robert  Markowitz
August 17, 2006
Visual History Hal Cooper
by  Michael  Zinberg
July 21, 2003
Dassin Interview
by  Bruce  Goldstein
October 15, 2001
Davis Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
March 27, 2009
DeToth Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
June 28, 2000
Donen
by  Raymond  De Felitta
May 23, 2006
Donovan Interview
by  Joshua  White
July 10, 2001
Jim Drake Interview
by  Howard  Storm
October 27, 2009
Bill Duke
by  Carl  Weathers
July 30, 2002
John Erman Interview
by  Bob  Balaban
March 01, 2007