The vast majority of directors go their entire careers without making a single memorable movie. Some find financial success, but quickly fade away in the ever-growing cultural landscape. Others create one iconic work but never manage to replicate that level of excellence again.
But the mark of a truly great filmmaker is to deliver great film after great film, creating a body of work that marks their place in the history of cinema. Some directors take time to achieve greatness, while others demonstrate genius from their very first efforts.
To be clear, this is not a list of “best first movies” or the best debuts by directors, but a compilation of early movies from filmmakers who had long, successful careers and showed their talent from the very beginning.
10. The Duellists – Ridley Scott
In 1979, Ridley Scott broke into the mainstream with one of the most iconic and influential horror/science fiction movies of all time: “Alien.” But an audience that paid attention would already have been tuned to his talents just two years before, when “The Duellists,” Scott’s first film, was released.
Set during the Napoleonic Wars, the movie follows two French officers (played to great effect by Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel) as a a initially small feud between them grows into a vicious rivalry that spans decades of duels.
Scott’s trademark visual finesse is already at full capacity here: his wide shots of the French vistas are absolutely gorgeous, as are his swift and elegant camera movements in the fight sequences.
But even aside from that, “The Duellists” has an intensity and crescendo in pace that only a truly talented filmmaker could create, as these men slowly start to crumble in the face of the war and their hate for each other.
The movie won Best Debut Film Award → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema