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.”
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.
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.
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.
Director Stephen Frears discusses his 50-plus-year career working in feature film and television including: My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters, The Queen, Philomena and Florence Foster Jenkins.
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.
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.
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.
Feature and television director Peter Medak (The Ruling Class, The Hunchback) discuses his long career directing for both the silver and small screen, the differences between the Hollywood and British studio systems, and how he worked with actors like Peter O’Toole and Peter Sellers.
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).
Miloš Forman discusses his career from the difficulties making films like Loves of a Blonde and The Fireman's Ball under the Soviet
regime in his native Czechoslovakia, to directing award winning films like like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeaus with the creative freedom he found in the United States.
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 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.
Victoria Hochberg discusses her career directing episodic television (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Sex and the City), movies for television (Jacob Have I Loved, Sweet 15), and her involvement in the founding of the DGA’s Women’s Steering Committee.
Henry Chan (A Different World, Moesha, Fresh Off the Boat, 100 Days) discusses his 30-plus year career directing episodic television and feature films, his beginnings as an editor, and his involvement in the Asian American Committee.
Michael Schultz recalls his career through four decades of directing, beginning in the theater, successes with Cooley High and Car Wash, and his prolific work in episodic television.
Gary Shimokawa shares with interviewer Michael Zinberg his experiences over thirty years of working in television on shows such as All in the Family, Laverne and Shirley, and The Golden Girls.
Television director and producer Lee Shallat Chemel (The Middle, Gilmore Girls, Murphy Brown) discusses her long career directing episodic comedy, how she got her start on Family Ties, and the importance of her Guild service.
Melvin Van Peebles discusses his career with his son, director and actor Mario Van Peebles, including starting to direct in France, his award-winning film The Story of a Three Day Pass, and kicking off the blaxpoitation genre with his independently financed and produced Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.
Veteran television director Howard Storm (Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley, Full House) discusses his long career directing episodic television and the actors who received their big breaks on his sets, namely Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.
Norman Jewison shares stories from his more than forty-year career beginning as a live television director before transitioning to direct genre-bending feature films that entertained and challenged audiences, such as The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming, In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof, and Moonstruck.
Alan Myerson (Steelyard Blues, Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach, The Larry Sanders Show) recounts his 30-plus year career directing feature films and episodic television, his involvement with Second City, and the formation of the world-renowned improvisational troupe, The Committee.
Sidney Lumet discusses his directing style developed over 50 years of filmmaking including such noteworthy films as 12 Angry Men (1957), Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and Network (1976).
Director John Landis recounts his journey through the film business, starting as an 18-year-old mail boy at 20th Century Fox to directing blockbuster comedies like National Lampoon’s Animal House, The Blues Brothers, and Coming To America.
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.
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.