December 18 marks the births of legendary directors Jules Dassin (1911) and Steven Spielberg (1946) and the deaths of classic director Robert Bresson (1999) and influential animator Joseph Barbera (2006). These 4 figures offer so much to choose from for inspiration and knowledge; they are an expert craftsman of filmnoir, a master storyteller of fantasy and wonder, a French auteur of transcendentalist and ascetic filmmaking and an influential animator who captured the zeitgeist of the 60s, 70s and 80s with his wild and funny cartoons.
Notable works: The Naked City, Night and the City, Rififi
Notable works: E.T., Indiana Jones, Jaws, Munich, Saving Private Ryan, and so much more.
Notable works: Pickpocket, A Man Escaped, Au Hasard Balthazar, Diary of a Country Priest
Constructive Editing in Robert Bresson's Pickpocket from David Bordwell on Vimeo.
Notable works: Tom and Jerry, Huckleberry Hound, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby Doo, The Smurfs and so much more, it almost doesn't end.
So, Who will inspire you today?
Whose work will you revisit today?
And, whose work will you watch for the first time?