8 Great Movies About Filmmaking All Directors Must See

by Peter D. Marshall

by C.B. Jacobson.

The track record for movies about movies is not particularly fantastic, to be frank.  The appeal is pretty obvious – if great art comes from passion, it makes sense that a cinematic artist would be inspired when making a movie about movies, right? – But all too often films about films tend to fall into one of two ludicrous extremes, either painting filmmaking as a soul crushing toil in the salt mines, or as a jolly frolic where there’s no pressure and no pain, and inspiration flows from a tap.

(Cue laughter from anyone who’s ever tried to make a movie, ever.)  No wonder the best movies about film making tend to be documentaries – it’s harder to BS an audience about the process of making films when you’re showing actual footage from a working film set.

All of which is a long winded way of saying that when a film comes out that really captures something about the dynamics of filmmaking, it’s a special thing indeed.  Here’s eight films – some documentaries, some fiction, some romanticized, some anything but – that anybody looking to work in the art form should see…

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