Film studies have become the dominant educational tool for understanding and ex- ploring the greater human condition. In this series, Hollywood’s Greatest Directors, some of the world’s best professors of film study bring to light the riveting story of how Hollywood and American directors have been the dominant force in creating the world’s newest art form, cinema. Hollywood’s Greatest Directors presents a chrono- logical series of snapshots that highlights not only the achievements of the greatest directors but the story of the genius of the American system that turned filmmaking into a worldwide industry. At the same time, American directors, always on the cut- ting edge of social change, have brought new values and perspectives to the nation, telling us who we are as Americans and as people.
Hosted by Hollywood veteran Erick Avari, this five part series showcases how this fledgling art form, starting at the beginning of the 20th Century in Hollywood, has come to dominate a global industry while at the same time allowing extraordinary talent to rise to the top.
5 Programs $199.99 Runtime: 29 minutes each
Program 1: The Silent Era The art of making motion pictures arose in the Silent Era from 1895 – 1927. Pro- gram one examines the Silent Era’s most outstanding directors who created Holly- wood and laid the foundation for the great American cinematic tradition.
Program 2: The Coming of Sound When Warner Brothers Studios released The Jazz Singer, the first ‘talkie’, in 1927, it spelled the end of the Silent Era. Program two shows how sound revamped Holly- wood, how filmmaking evolved into the ‘studio system’ and how the first wave of cre- ative directors including Howard Hawks, George Cukor and Dorothy Arzner began shaping the art of cinema.
Program 3: The Golden Age of Hollywood Program three discusses the Golden Age of American Cinema and how internation- ally acclaimed directors such as John Huston, John Ford and Frank Capra gave the world unparalleled films for over twenty years. It was also the time of American cinema’s transition from pure entertainment to social critique.
Program 4: The New Hollywood In the 1950s with the arrival of television, the Studio System began a decade long decline that brought Hollywood to its knees. In program four, we’ll see how a new generation of great directors revitalized Hollywood and American Cinema, producing some of the greatest movies of all time. Educated in film schools, these directors understood the history and position of cinema as a social force.
Program 5: The Modern Era Program five shows how in the 21st Century a new wave of American directors became known as the authors of their films. Hollywood had gone corporate, investing its money in action blockbusters and distrib- uting what are called Indies, independent features that were bringing home the Oscars for best picture. In this program we focus on the most creative of these independent directors.