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- To make a great film you need three things - the script, the script and the script. Alfred Hitchcock


1.Suspence and Twist Endings
Psycho

Rear Window

Suspicion



2.He used to use as heroes, heroines, ordinary people who will unwittingly become entangled in the projects one or several times will be accused unjustly for something (these ideas were inspired by his childhood, has also he said)
Rope

Vertigo

Strangers On The Train



3.The actresses were mostly blondes
Grace Kelly

Kim Novac

Janet Leigh

Tippi Hedren



4.MacGuffin:
A device or plot element that catches the viewer's attention or drives the plot. It is generally something that every character is concerned with.' The McGuffin is essentially something that the entire story is built around and yet has no real relevance
Examples:
The 39 Steps (1935) – Mr. Memory memorized it, the plans for an airplane engine.

Rebecca (1940): the character of the first Mrs. De Winter - Rebecca

Shadow of a Doubt (1942) - 1. the newspaper 2. the ring

Rope (1948) –The rope used to strangle

Strangers on a Train (1951) – dog blocking stairway in Bruno’s home

Psycho -the $40,000 cash in an envelope

5.Cameo Appeareances





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People ask what are my intentions with my films,my aims. It is a difficult and dangerous question, and I usually give an evasive answer: I try to tell the truth about the human condition, the truth as I see it.Ingmar Bergman

1.Close-ups of faces
Cries And Whispers


Winter Light


Wild Srawberries



2.Religious themes

The Seventh Seal


Through A Glass Darkly


The Silence



3.Use of shadows and darkness
Persona


The Magician


Through A Glass Darkly



4.Many of his films are around 90 minutes long
Examples:
The Seventh Seal-96 min
Wild Strawberries-91 min
Persona-85 min
Cries And Whispers-91 min
To Joy--98 min
Authumn Sonata-98 min

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Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium for doing this.Martin Scorsese

1.New York City as the main setting in his films
Taxi Driver

Mean Streets


The Age Of Innocence


2.Main character often falls in love and has a wife, and often has a turning point between the main character and the wife.
Raging Bull

Goodfellas

Casino



3.Corrupt Authority Figures
Gangs of New York

The Departed

The Aviator
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All great work is preparing yourself for the accident to happen.Sidney Lumet

1.One Location
12 Angry Men

Murder On The Orient Express

Dog Day Afternoon



2.Insistence on the centrality of family life.
Dog Day Afternoon

Before Devil Knows You're Dead

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A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.Stanley Kubrick

1.The Stare of Characters
A Clockwork Orange

Full Metal Jacket

The Shining



2.All the Movies have at least one Scene In or Just Outside A Bathroom
Examples
2001 A Space Odyssey

The Shining

Eyes Wide Shut


3.All THE films except 'Full Metal Jacket' used mostly pre-recorded classical music.

Barry Lyndon
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A horse, a beautiful palomino mare, its golden flanks rippling under a light sweat, individual strands of white mane catching the late afternoon sun…Terrence Mallick

1.Nature Cinematography
The New World

Tree Of Life

Days Of Heaven



2.Multiple narrators,often unclear who exactly is narrating.


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A writer should have this little voice inside of you saying, Tell the truth. Reveal a few secrets here.Quentin Tarantino

1.Dance Scenes
Examples:
Reservoir Dogs

Pulp Fiction

Death Proof



2.Black and White Suits
Reservoir Dogs

Pulp Fiction

Jackie Brown



3.The Trunk & Hood POV Shot
Jackie Brown

Kill Bill vol.1

Death Proof
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The best actors instinctively feel out what the other actors need, and they just accommodate it.
Christopher Nolan


1.The main conflict is either between two people who are dangerously alike on opposite sides,or between the main character's disjointed self.
EXAMPLES:
Memento

Insomnia

Inception



2.Death of Woman
Memento

The Prestige

The Dark Knight

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Somewhere in talking and rehearsing, there is a magical moment where actors catch a current, they're on the right road. If they really catch it, then whatever they do from then on is correct and it all comes out of them from that point on.David Lynch

1.Dreams
Mulholland drive

Inland Empire

Twin Peaks



2.Split Personality? Two people play one person
Lost Highway

Mulholland Drive
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Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 18 20:40
Great list idea! Well done.
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 18 20:56
Great list!!!
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 18 22:37
Nice list, very inspirated... ;)
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 18 23:40
one of the best lists I ever voted.
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 19 0:16
amazing list!
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Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 19 1:32
one of the best lists i've seen
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 19 2:06
Nice list :)
Some suggestions
Steven Spielberg - Absence of father!
Ridley Scott - Strong female characters, Conflict between father and Son
Quentin Tarantino - Great soundtracks
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 19 2:13
Great observations, bro.
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 19 11:36
Great list! Well done :-)
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 19 12:16
Indeed, this is the best list I've seen lately! Well done man !
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 19 15:29
wow!...killer!
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 20 15:02
I love this!
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 20 16:52
I love how Kubrick tends to fade out early in some scenes, even while an actor is still talking. It's not a trademark in terms of plot but it's not something anyone else has ever done before as far as I know.
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 20 20:22
I bet there's something to be found about Tim Burton aswell ;)
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 21 14:06
Spectacular list, man!
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Jul 29 23:19
Wow, very amazing and interesting list.
Nolan is also known to open with shots of people's hands in his movies, if that counts.
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Aug 3 11:07
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Aug 13 20:56
wellwell...but :p Corrupt Authority Figures: The Aviator? O.o it's more important in Goodfellas! and "The virdict" hasn't got the same location...
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Aug 13 21:19
OK!
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Aug 26 5:02
love it
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Aug 28 23:28
Nice!
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Nov 30 22:13
Since Christopher Nolan is my favourite director, I feel that I have to some trends, such as:
1. The non linear time-line. [ Following - Memento - Batman Begins - The Prestige - Inception ]

2. The motive in the movie is Revenge. [ Memento - Batman Begins - The Prestige - The Dark Knight ]

3. The final scene is a narrating scene with footages from back and forward scenes. [ Following - Memento - The Prestige - The Dark Knight - Inception(I believe that the soundtrack in the final scene here worth more than a hundred words) ]

4. A sentence is repeated in a movie more than once:
- " It is not who we are underneath .. " Batman Begins.
- " Every magic trick consists of three parts .. " The Prestige.
- " Sometimes truth isn't good enough " The Dark Knight.
- " .. an old man filled with regret, waiting to die alone .. " Inception.

I hope that you didn't get bored from this long reply.
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Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Dec 27 9:31
Great list! I enjoy so many of these directors' works, and it's great to see the connections in their storytelling.

Possible addition: Wes Anderson

1. Slow motion final shots (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, etc.)
2. Characters in "uniforms" (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, etc.)
3. Titles in Futura font (all of his films, I believe)
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Jan 28 19:39
Great list! Can add Akira Kurosawa for the themes he tends to explore within the human mind and thought process ;)
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at May 7 11:07
I like that the picture you have chosen for Psycho is a picture that includes a strutting Leonardo DiCaprio
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at May 7 11:07
I like that the picture you have chosen for Psycho is a picture that includes a strutting Leonardo DiCaprio
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at May 7 11:41
Time Traveler Leonardo DiCaprio. :)
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Nov 1 7:00
Great list.
Edit: 5 years, 11 months ago
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Nov 1 18:15
This list could be really endless... you barely scratched the surface of the directors you mentioned here. There are even so many signature shots like Kurosawa's wipes or Spielberg's slow zooms. Kubrick has his signature dolly shots. Tarantino has that foot fetish (can't believe you left that out) and his recurring advertisements for some fictional companies. Like I said, the list is potentially endless...
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Sep 19 2:59
Alexander Payne-

1. Road trip/Setting is its own character (Napa Valley in Sideways, Hawaii in The Descendants, Nebraska and the Plains in Nebraska, etc.)
2. His films tend to be funny for cynical reasons
3. Fractured romantic relationships (Miles/Victoria in Sideways, Matt/his wife in Descendants, McAlister and his wife in Election, etc.)
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Sep 19 3:05
If I ever became a director, I would have six main ones (please let me know what you think):

1. Main characters wearing something on their head, frequently using baseball caps, fedoras, or "war headwear" (World War II helmets, tricorner hats, etc.)
2. The psychological impact of cold/wet/cloudy weather
3. Multiple inter-cuts in the same scene
4. Social events- like parties, wedding receptions, homecoming dances- culminate with a lead character walking out or being thrown out.
5. Cultural references to the 1990s
6. Voice-over over a black screen.
Posted: 3 years ago at Oct 18 3:12
For Quentin Tarantino, I would put in him showing off several actresses's feet in his movies (KIll Bill, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown). Great list.

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