DVD Release: Great Directors

Release Date: Nov. 8, 2011
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Kino Lorber

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David Lynch is one of ten filmmakers included in the documentary Great Directors.

Ten of the world’s top filmmakers discuss their craft in first-time director Angela Ismailos’ 2009 documentary film Great Directors.

The lineup is an impressive one: Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango in Paris), David Lynch (Blue Velvet), Stephen Frears (Tamara Drewe), Agnes Varda (Vagabond), Ken Loach (Kes), Liliana Cavani (The Night Porter), Todd Haynes (Poison), Catherine Breillat (Bluebeard), Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused) and John Sayles (The Secret of Roan Inish).

They all open up about their careers with candor and humor. They speak about everything from their personal artistic evolutions to the roles that politics and history play in their movies. Most satisfyingly, they all honor their influences, from Todd Haynes on Fassbinder (I Only Want You to Love Me) to Breillat on Ingmar Bergman (Face to Face) to Lynch on Hitchcock (Psycho).

Great Directors received a limited release to U.S. theaters in July 2010 to generally positive reviews, though we’re thinking that there are more in-depth studies on each individual filmmaker out there already. Still, this documentary looks like a solid, overall movie.

Extra interview footage of each filmmaker is included as a bonus feature.

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.