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Three Famous Film Directors Speak Out

Elia Kazan – Cecil B. DeMille – Ingmar Bergman

These three film directors show us the true character of what it means to be a director, because I believe a good director understands the necessity of working from the inside out. In other words, by working on yourself first, you will be able to develop your artistic and emotional skills which will then enable you to better see and hear “the truth” in your work.

Elia Kazan: On What Makes a Director In the autumn of 1973, Elia Kazan, director of such classic films as Gentleman’s Agreement, A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront, was honored by a two week retrospective of his films at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut. At the conclusion of the program, Mr. Kazan gave this timeless talk to students. (Read his speech here)

Ingmar Bergman: Each Film is My Last – “Artistic creation always manifested itself to me as hunger. I acknowledged it with a certain satisfaction, but during my conscious life I never asked myself what caused this craving. In the last few years the hunger has diminished and been transformed into something else; now I am anxious to find out what the reasons for it were…” (Read rest of speech here)

Cecil B. DeMille: Motion Picture Directing – “A motion picture director in many respects occupies a position analogous to the leader of an orchestra. The leader has to wave a baton in order to get the right tempo. He has to see that the bassoon does not come in while the violin is playing its solo. Likewise a motion picture director has to hold together all the departments, he has to see that they all function on time, and that everything meets on the little set where the camera is going to turn for a few minutes…” (Read rest of speech here)

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