Take a seat in the Director's Chair

While it's been tough to determine my favorite actors and films from so many qualified choices, this is not the case with directors. I consider these three men the greatest directors for my taste in films. Unfortunately, another thing they have in common is that they have departed this world and, sadly, their body of work is complete.

Stanley Kubrick

Having directed just seventeen films in his forty-nine year career, Stanley Kubrick wasn't the most prolific of directors, but one could always expect a quality effort to be the result when he did make a film. He was a true genius in the craft of filmmaking. Some of his best works include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Stranelove, and Full Metal Jacket. He also directed the scariest film adaptation of a Stephen King novel, The Shining

Francois Truffaut

Francois Truffaut lived a relatively short life, but seemed to enjoy every moment of it. This love for life and the fun and beauty around him is reflected in many of his films, such as Jules and Jim, Stolen Kisses and Two English Girls His first film, The 400 Blows, however, has a very realistic, hard-nosed feel. It is the gritty tale of his childhood as a juvenile deliquent. Besides directing, Truffaut was also an actor. His best-known role was in Close Encounters of the Third Kind as a UFO expert.

Alfred Hitchcock

One of the best-known and distinctive directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock is still considered the Master of Suspense. His film, Psycho, is considered by many people to be one of the scariest films ever made. In fact, when acclaimed director Gus Van Sant filmed a more contemporary remake of Psycho, he filmed it using the same shot selection that Hitchcock used. Hitchcock reached the pinnacle of his success in the late 1950s to early 1960s. During this time, he directed such classics as Vertigo, North By Northwest, The Birds, and Psycho. He also hosted a television series during this time that really made him a household name.

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