10 Movie Directors Who Best Fuse Art and Entertainment

By David Zou

Louis Malle

Within the category of narrative fiction film there is a broad range of directors who are either more devoted to film as art or to film as entertainment.

Both art and entertainment serve legitimate functions for viewers but some directors manage to advance the art of cinema while still making enjoyable movies. Here is a list of directors that fall in the middle of these two poles, celebrated for their refined artistic standards but also valued internationally for the entertainment they provide.

10. Wes Anderson


One of the most visually literate directors working today, Anderson’s signature use of color and composition has spawned numerous video parodies circulating online. Although it may be possible to mimic the trappings of his style, it’s Anderson’s quirky humor that remains uniquely his own yet accessible enough to carve out a niche with appreciative fans across the globe.

Ever since the refreshingly original BOTTLE ROCKET was released in 1996, Anderson has continued to create theatrically released feature films, starring accomplished actors such as Bill Murray, at a surprising rate of every two to three years. He’s in an enviable position for any director regardless of their style.

9. Stanley Kubrick


One might argue that Kubrick was more personally concerned with the grand spectacle of the theatrical viewing experience than with film as art. Yet legendary for his uncompromising camerawork, through his sheer force of will, Kubrick advanced the art and technology of cinematography more than any other director on this list.

Unlike the films of famous directors such as Spielberg and Lucas, who are also devoted to the cinema of spectacle, Kubrick’s films can be highly controversial. Viewers often either love or hate a film such as Kubrick’s A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971), due to its deeply provocative themes and techniques.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema