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10 Great Movie Directors Who Always Use The Same Cast

By Luke Brookman

Some directors know what works for them, whether it be a signature style, working within a certain genre, hiring the same crew or, in the case of a certain few, relying on the same group of actors for the majority of their films.

It is not difficult to understand why a director might reuse actors for different features. Understanding an actor and what they are capable of offers a massive advantage in writing characters. It allows you from the start to envision the practical application of dialogue, mannerisms and character arcs on the person who will be performing it.

Directors build relationships with talented actors who have already proven their worth and their range, knowing that there is no risk involved if they recast that actor. Yet despite this, it is a rarity to see a director use the same actors, or group of actors, for the majority of the films they make. These directors build a community of working professionals who they know are competent and talented enough to understand and realize the director’s vision.

It is important to note that there is a certain amount of directors who have used the same cast multiple times but have also had very long careers. What this means is that there are certain filmmakers who have spent half of their career (which may span decades) working with the same actors and the other half working with a more varied cast.

Martin Scorsese is one filmmaker who would fall into this category. His films can essentially be divided by his time working with Robert De Niro and his time working with Leonardo DiCaprio and the many faces that have dressed the scenery of Scorsese’s films in each period respectively.

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10 Movies With The Best Uses of Color of All Time

By Shane Scott-Travis

“Films use light and color to tell a story in a special narrative way,” says filmmaker Martin Scorsese, adding that such storytelling techniques “…deliver a strong emotional and intellectual impact on the viewer… [This realization] made a very strong impression on me and has affected how I try to use color in all of my films.”

The following list, a scant ten titles, dares to offer Taste of Cinema’s selection of the 10 finest examples of color use in motion pictures. While a lengthier list would have obviously been more inclusive, the 10 movies selected here really do represent the pinnacle of eye-popping and emotionally overpowering color use. Don’t miss these films (but please do add your suggestions in the comments section below). Enjoy!

10. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Gossamer-like, quite lovely and ever wistful, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel thrums with the dual dispositions of the sublime Golden Age director Ernst Lubitsch and the jam-packed chapter and verse of Stefan Zweig. In this calorie-rich and joyously effete film, exuberance is the mainstay, as it exists in a baroque bubble of an imagined Old Europe where period styles, historical allusions, and joyful generic conventions intersect amidst a seeming compendium of potential films of adventure, emotion, humor, hubris, and tragedy.

The luxury hotel setting, carefully constructed by production designer Adam Stockhausen (exteriors) and Anna Pinnock (she designed the interiors), is the anchor of a multi-hued shaggy dog story that unfolds over three distinct timelines, where each is shot in three different ratios; 2.35:1, 1.85:1, and the classic 1.33:1.

Among the many eras that Anderson revisits, there are tangible elements of gothic romance and mystery––Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes (1938) springs to mind––and with all the trap doors, secret passageways, evil assassins, and sketchy monks, not to mention the inspired inclusion → continue…

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Watch as 15 Iconic Directors Fawn Over Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

By V Renée

As if you needed more proof that “2001: A Space Odyssey” is one of the greatest, most influential films in history…

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, is regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made. Despite countless articles, academic papers, books, and documentaries attempting to unfurl the many mysteries behind its creative design and storytelling, one thing we know for sure is that the epic sci-fi film has inspired the work of some of histories greatest filmmakers.

In this video by Alejandro Villarreal, we get to hear how Kubrick’s masterpiece (or one of them, at least) not only influenced and ignited the creativity of directors like Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and Steven Spielberg, but also commanded the attention of film critics as well.

It’s extremely subtle. It’s extremely visual. And the story is razor thin. It was the first time people really took science fiction seriously. —George Lucas

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Dear Filmmakers, Study More than Film

By V Renée

So, you eat, sleep, and breath cinema, huh?

Okay, so you’re an expert on Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Steven Spielberg. You like Ozu and Kurosawa, know the dance from Bande à part, and can spell Eadweard Muybridge without googling it. You, my friend, know your shit about cinema. But still, despite the hundreds of film books and screenplays you’ve read and thousands of films you’ve seen, there may be so much more information you’re failing to feed your brain. Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society suggests that while having an encyclopedic knowledge of and insatiable interest in cinema is great, expanding your education beyond it might actually be the best thing you could do as a filmmaker.

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Watch: What ‘The Twilight Zone’ and Martin Scorsese Have in Common

By Justin Morrow

How does the incomparable The Twilight Zone relate to Scorsese’s ‘universal cinematic language’?

Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone has been consistently praised, and in 2013, the WGA voted it as the 3rd best Written TV Series Ever. This video from Jack’s Movie Reviews features none other than Martin Scorsese, and focuses on how the show used what he calls “universal cinematic language” to make its storytelling so real and visceral. Watch the video below and then read on for three storytelling lessons from one of the most interesting and original TV series ever.

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10 Great Filmmakers Yet To Win The Best Director Oscar

By Allan Khumalo

Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and many other great directors from yesteryear have controversially never won a best directing Oscar. How can some of the most influential and legendary directors in film history not be recognized for their directing talents by the Academy?

They’ve arguably superseded some of the peers who took home the statute instead of them. Cinephiles the world over know that the Oscars are not the only measure of achievement in the industry. In fact, those same directors belong to a special club of directors who’ve never won a directing Oscar, which is just as prestigious. Either way, their talents will always be acknowledged, even if it’s not at the Dolby Theatre.

Today, we have modern directors who are sure to have the same impact as those aforementioned directors. They are some of the best filmmakers working in the business today but for some reason or another, their work has not been recognized by the Academy as well.

It notoriously took years for the Academy to give Martin Scorsese his overdue Oscar, for a film some felt was a courtesy award than honest intention. At one point it looked like the Coen brothers would never win a directing Oscar, and then “No Country for Old Men” came along and changed all of that. So there’s no saying that these filmmakers won’t do the same and one day gets their moment in the Oscar sun.

1. Paul Thomas Anderson

There’s no doubt that P.T. Anderson is one of the greatest living filmmakers today. Occupying the space that Stanley Kubrick once enjoyed as a visionary director who makes challenging films that don’t have the mainstream success of his peers, but a respect that’s unparalleled.

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