5 Filmmakers who inspire us with their unique styles

Films are an intrinsic part of our lives. They impact us, influence us, and shape our perspective about various mind-boggling ideas. Creating such stimulating films sure is a challenge, but fortunately, we’ve been blessed with some of the best filmmakers that the world could have ever asked for. They’ve not only made great films, but have also inspired us to look at the most vital of human aspects and elements in the form of art.

Here’s our list of top five filmmakers from around the world, who’ve always motivated us with their unique styles and redefined the concept of cinema.


1. Steven Speilberg

Writer, producer, director – Steven Speilberg is the best known Hollywood filmmaker and has many successful and critically acclaimed movies to his credit. Ever since his first directed movie Jaws (1975) came out and proved to be the first summer blockbuster, Steven has been known to define popular filmmaking. His films span across various themes and genres, including science fiction and adventure (Jurassic Park in 1993), and have been an archetype of modern-day Hollywood filmmaking. He’s also given us films like Holocaust, that caters to humanistic issues, and others about transatlantic slave trade, terrorism and civil rights – The Colour Purple, Empire of the Sun and The Post to name a few. Steven has given so much to the world in the form of entertainment that it wouldn’t be wrong to say that he is truly the greatest filmmaker of all times.


2. David O. Russell

David O. Russell is best known for the way he presents his characters – in an intense tragic-comic manner. People worldover, love his work, primarily because he addresses issues like the stigma of mental illness, self survival, women power and inspiration, the circumstances of life with beauty and comedy, the meaning of violence, and most importantly, the power of music. Some of his early films include Flirting With Disaster (1996) and Three Kings (1999), and were critically acclaimed. Russell’s recent film Silver Linings Playbook (2012) brought to light the various mental health issues; he was hugely appreciated for the film by the renowned McLean Hospital. Such is the impact of Russell’s films that they immediately strike a chord with the audience and leave a lasting impression.


3. Stanley Kubrick

Known to be the most influential filmmaker in the history of cinema, Stanley Kubrick is one director, producer and screenwriter who will be remembered for ages. His films are majorly adaptations of short stories or novels and range across varied genres. But what sets apart all his films are certain essential characteristics – a sense of realism, incredible cinematography, dark humour, massive set designs and evocative music. Kubrick was known to be a perfectionist – right from writing to direction, editing, researching and working closely with his actors – he himself used to work on most aspects of his films. The result of his efforts were great films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Barry Lyndon, Clockwork Orange, Eyes Wide Shut, and more.


4. Satyajit Ray

When you talk about films, there’s one name that always finds its mention – Satyajit Ray. This author, screenwriter, graphic artist and music composer is widely known as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century India. Ray made a total of 36 films, including documentaries, shorts and feature films, and received accolades for all his stories. His first film was Pather Panchali, a Bengali drama that showcased a poor boy and his family going through the hardships of life, trying to make ends meet. The film went on to receive eleven international prizes and many national awards. Ray used to draw his inspiration from daily life, and the same was well reflected in his films through his superb craftsmanship and authenticity – his characters were played by actors from diverse backgrounds, as opposed to popular film stars.


5. Dadasaheb Phalke

Known as the Father of Indian Cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke is a pioneer in filmmaking. He made the first full-length Indian feature film, Raja Harishchandra – a silent movie of the Marathi cinema. In the 19 years of his career, he made a total of 95 feature films and 27 short films. Some of his most acclaimed work include Mohini Bhasmasur, Lanka Dahan, Satyavan Savitri and Kaliya Mardan. Though his movies were majorly mythological, Dadasaheb Phalke has contributed in manifolds to the Indian film industry, and is till date revered for his great work.

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