Filmmakers on Film: Year's Top Directors Discuss Film; Terry Gilliam Talks Difference Between Kubrick and Spielberg

Filmmakers on Film: Year's Top Directors Discuss Film; Terry Gilliam Talks Difference Between Kubrick and Spielberg

Dec 01, 2011

director Steve McQueenCan you hear that? We bet if you listen closely you can – it’s the sound of filmmakers talking about films!

A few days ago, we brought you a series of videos from THR wherein some of Hollywood’s biggest screenwriters (and the guys most likely to be taking home all the major awards' hardware this year) sat down and talked about their job and their films. It was a really interesting look inside one of Hollywood’s least understood professions.

Now, THR brings us the next installment in the series – this time moving away from the writers and allowing the filmmakers behind some of 2011’s most lauded features to talk about their work and the work of their peers. It’s a stellar group of directors, featuring The Descendants Alexander Payne, Beginners Mike MillsShame‘s Steve McQueen, Young Adult‘s Jason Reitman, Moneyball's Bennett Miller and The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius. Quite the list, for sure – but as /Film points out, it seems to be missing a few probable contenders for directorial recognition, including Spielberg and Fincher.

The discussion spans an entire hour, but if you’re strapped for time you can catch the choice bits here.

In other interesting (and significantly older) news, director Terry Gilliam sat down with the folks at Turner Classic Movies a few years ago for a candid chat about the business of filmmaking.

During that segment, he offered up his thoughts on why Stanley Kubrick was a great filmmaker and why Steven Spielberg was a successful one – using Schindler’s List as an example. Gilliam’s thesis revolves around the fact that Kubrick made films that were mentally challenging – and largely unappealing to Hollywood – while Spielberg is the quintessential studio director. Kubrick’s films, Gilliam asserts, sends the audience home to think about what it all means. Meanwhile, a Spielberg film offers easy solutions and happy endings and are relatively unchallenging.

He’s right, of course – and Schindler’s List is a great example of what he’s getting at. That being said, we feel like there’s room for both kinds of films and filmmakers in the system (and we suspect Gilliam does as well), but it is always disheartening to think that Kubrick lived well outside the Hollywood system (and the country) and Spielberg rakes in money hand over fist. Listen to the filmmaker’s thoughts in this clip and let us know what you think. [via OpenCulture]

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