• Released
  • July 2, 2010
  • (Limited N.Y. Only 7/2/10, Expanding to L.A. Only 7/9/10)
  • NR , 1 hr 26 min
  • Art House/Foreign

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
To eavesdrop on Bernardo Bertolucci, Stephen Frears, Ken Loach and John Sayles, as they talk politics; David Lynch and Todd Haynes, discussing inspiration; and Catherine Breillat, Agnès Varda, Richard Linklater and Liliana Cavani as they riff on controversy and aspiration, even for a little while, is a real treat.
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By Michelle Orange
Though the movie is largely vanilla in its pleasures, film lovers will eat it up.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Natasha Senjanovic
What is most interesting is hearing the directors speak of their work in general, rather than any film in particular.
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Boxoffice Magazine

By Ray Greene
First time documentarian Angela Ismailos has interviewed ten noteworthy international directors about their art, and then cut them together by skipping back and forth between their voices like an iPod in shuffle mode.
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Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Her (Angela Ismailos) heart's in the right place, but her subjects' ruminations demand a much larger canvas.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Her (Angela Ismailos) generic questions about the politics, economics, and aesthetics of film yield predictably generic responses from her subjects.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Despite the title, Ismailos' documentary is not a study of what constitutes great direction. Rather it's a nicely arranged film in which a variety of filmmakers Ismailos likes discuss their inspirations and influences.
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By Ian Buckwalter
But more often, the film jumps around in dizzying disorganization, illustrating the fact that part of what a director provides to a film is not just vision and leadership, but also, as the word suggests, a narrative direction.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Rarely have clips from so many good and great movies been put to such dull use.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Apprently novice filmmaker Angela Ismailos' definition of a Great Director is one who's willing to sit or walk with her while she lobs innocuous questions and gives herself lots of awed close-up reaction shots.
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49 out of 100
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