The Essential Directors

Among the many on- and off-screen talents required to create a film is the critical role of the director. Directors with a keen artistic vision have sculpted and saved many films, playing an integral part in bringing a script to the screen.

In The Essential Directors: The Art and Impact of Cinema’s Most Influential Filmmakers, Sloan De Forest discusses the context in which numerous films were produced and directed. Delving into directorial influence upon medium, cultural impact, and degree of achievement, De Forest offers an interesting overview of the history and sway of directors from the days of classic cinema and beyond.

In this exciting addition to the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) library, De Forest discusses narrative style, unique touches, key films, and notable movie moments across the filmographies of numerous directors. Moreover, her work is supplemented with a vibrant selection of color and black-and-white behind-the-scenes photos. The book also includes forewords from Peter Bogdanovich and Jacqueline Stewart.

From Cecil B. DeMille’s elaborate projects to Oscar Micheaux’s boundary-breaking works, as well as the likes of many other impactful directors, De Forest’s book is sure to educate and entertain film fans.


In The Essential Directors: The Art and Impact of Cinema’s Most Influential Filmmakers is available for purchase via Running Press.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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