Every Picture Tells a Story

M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan was captivated by Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show and how the plot is secondary to tone and texture. He’s even tried to do it with his own films.

Screening Room

In this popular feature, a director talks about a film particularly close to their heart, why the creative choices are inspired, how it influenced their own work, and why the movie continues to resonate for them personally.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Do the Right Thing John Turturro Spike Lee
Summer 2020
Spike Lee's Inferno

J.C. Chandor discusses the bravura style and prescient politics of Do the Right Thing, and what he learned from it.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 Screening Room Apocalypse Now
Spring 2020
Coppola's Heart of Darkness

Susanne Bier revels in the seduction of power and evil in Apocalypse Now.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2020 Man on Wire
Winter 2020
Davis Guggenheim

In viewing Man on Wire, Davis Guggenheim marvels in director James Marsh's deft reenactments, inspiring use of score and ability to build suspense.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Screening Room The Talented Mr. Ripley
Fall 2019
Bill Condon

Bill Condon marvels at Anthony Minghella's nuanced take on The Talented Mr. Ripley.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Screening Room David Yates on Jaws
Spring 2019
David Yates

The director behind Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, David Yates, waxes nostalgic on the mix of horror, humor and ingenuity in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2019 Screening Room Taxi Driver
Winter 2019
Damien Chazelle

Damien Chazelle revels in Taxi Driver's nightmarish mix of music, subjective imagery and De Niro in his prime.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Screening Room The Candidate
Fall 2018
Jason Reitman

As he prepares to unveil his latest film, The Front Runner, about Gary Hart's doomed 1988 presidential run, director Jason Reitman reflects on the film's biggest influence, Michael Ritchie's The Candidate.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018 Spacehunter
Spring 2018
Dee Rees

Dee Rees revisits Lamont Johnson's obscure '80s sci-fi pastiche Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone and revels in its scrappy invention and underdog spirit.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2018 Screening Room The Train
Winter 2018
Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro shares his passion for John Frankenheimer's large-scale yet intimate WWII drama, The Train (1964).

DGA Quarterly Magazine The Tarnished Angels
Fall 2017
Errol Morris

Director Errol Morris on Douglas Sirk’s The Tarnished Angels

DGA Quarterly Spring 2017 Screening Room Superman
Spring 2017
Patty Jenkins

Patty Jenkins, while in post on her own comic book opus, Wonder Woman, waxes nostalgic on the Richard Donner film Superman.

DGAQ Screening Room The Last Picture Show
Fall/Winter 2016-17
Tom Ford

Director Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals) muses about Peter Bogdanovich’s astute choices on the timeless The Last Picture Show and why the film continues to resonate for him personally.

Screening Room
Spring 2016
Richard Linklater

Early in his career, Richard Linklater was inspired by the sweeping style, conflicted characters, and unabashed emotion of Vincente Minnelli’s Some Came Running.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Screening Room Nashville
Winter 2016
Paris Barclay

Robert Altman’s Nashville, a brilliantly orchestrated tapestry of national malaise, never gets old. That’s why DGA President Paris Barclay has returned to it over and over again—for inspiration and a guide to great directing.

DGAQ Screening Room The Crowd
Fall 2015
Paul Weitz

King Vidor’s humanity and feeling for ordinary people come alive in his silent masterpiece, The Crowd. Paul Weitz reflects on what makes the film by the DGA’s first president a classic.

DGA Quarterly Screening Room Five Easy Pieces Jack Nicholson
Summer 2015

When Lisa Cholodenko first saw Bob Rafelson’s masterpiece in film school, it was a class in psychological realism. The lesson of openness between director and actor informs her work today.

DGA Quarterly Carnal Knowledge
Winter 2015
Neil LaBute

Neil LaBute pays tribute to the precision and boldness of Mike Nichols’ vision in Carnal Knowledge—a film he admits he has borrowed from freely.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Drawing Board Fall 2014 Cuckoos Nest
Fall 2014
Jean-Marc Vallée

With Jack Nicholson as the volatile R.P. McMurphy and Louise Fletcher as his nemesis Nurse Ratched, Miloš Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest emphasized performance over style. And that’s still what impresses director Jean-Marc Vallée.

Shawn Levy
Summer 2014
Shawn Levy

Shawn Levy admires the storytelling skill and deep emotion of Steven Zaillian's Searching for Bobby Fischer, a film that's had a lasting influence on his work.

Spring 2014
Marc Forster

Marc Forster revisits Alan J. Pakula’s ’70s-era conspiracy film, The Parallax View, and finds it as creepy today as when it was made. He explains how the director created a most disquieting mood.

Winter 2014
Paul Feig

Woody Allen’s second film, Take the Money and Run, delighted a young Paul Feig. Even today it defines his sense of what you can get away with in comedy.

Summer 2013
Noah Baumbach

François Truffaut’s New Wave classic Jules and Jim has lost none of its freshness and sense of innovation for Noah Baumbach. In fact, he borrowed some of its techniques for his latest film.

Spring 2013
M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan was captivated by Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show and how the plot is secondary to tone and texture. He’s even tried to do it with his own films.

Fall 2012
Jay Roach

Jay Roach looks at how Elia Kazan’s A Face in the Crowd foreshadowed today’s political culture—and influenced his own films.

Winter 2013
Milos Forman

In Vittorio De Sica’s charming Miracle in Milan, the poor literally rise above it all. Milos Forman explains why the film touched him so deeply in his youth.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2012 Citizen Kane
Summer 2012