What filmmaker is most intertwined with your childhood?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by finslaw, Nov 23, 2022.

  1. nutsfortubes

    nutsfortubes I never met a transistor I liked.

    New Jersey
    Fritz Lang.
    John Huston.
    Howard Hawkes.
    Robert wise.
  2. George Lucas. Star Wars, the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were cultural juggernauts when I was growing up. I saw lots of films before Star Wars, but I never really cared about how they were made or who was making them. With Star Wars, we all wanted to know how those special effects worked. Since they were released three years apart we had plenty of time to talk about them and buy all the toys. Without an internet to look anything up we learned the names of all the cantina creatures from rumors and action figures.
  3. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

    Oregon Coast
    When i was a kid I walked downtown and watched weekend matinees. Always double features and the second one was usually a second run movie from several years back. I fell in love with Hammer. The influencers for me were:
    Terrence Fisher
    Freddie Francis
    Roy Ward Baker
    Peter Sykes
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  4. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

    Oregon Coast
    probably Sam Peckinpah would be the next one. Everything from The Wild Bunch to Cross of Iron.
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  5. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

    Oregon Coast
    The first scary movie I remember was The Amazing Colossal Man breaking through the power lines. I was at the drive in with my parents. I was just a tot.
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  6. Yawndave

    Yawndave Forum Resident

    Santa Clara CA
    No question: Disney. Way too many films to list, not the least of which were the documentaries I saw in elementary school like The Restless Sea, The Living Desert and The Vanishing Prairie.
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  7. Barnabas Collins

    Barnabas Collins Senior Member

    I think that was actually War of the Colossal Beast but close enough. My first exposure wasn't until the mid 1970s when I was a small child thanks to Creature Double Feature.
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  8. finslaw

    finslaw muzak to my ears Thread Starter

    MST3K is part of my childhood so I have a special place for the most riffed director, Mr. BIG. Plus the War of the Colossal Beast episode has the funniest short Mr. B Natural.
  9. Jim B.

    Jim B. Forum Resident

    Whoever directed the James Bond films in the 60s and early 70s
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  10. Silverwolf

    Silverwolf Occasional Esoteric Freak

    I was 4 years old in 1980, so agree with 90% of this list! Not seen a few of these but certainly most… add George Lucas and that’s my whole positive childhood film experience summed up!
  11. keys74

    keys74 Active Member

    Hal Roach
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  12. RayS

    RayS A Little Bit Older and a Little Bit Slower

    Out of My Element
    Hal Needham

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  13. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Senior Member

    The filmmaker was not relevant to my childhood, which was mostly spent watching older movies where the "filmmaker" was not relevant, it was the studio that determined the quality.
  14. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Senior Member

    When I was in fourth grade my mother jumped out from behind the couch to scare me while she was showing me Alfred Hitchcock “the birds “ End of story. I’m lucky I didn’t end up as Norman Bates.

    many years later I would christen my son “Michael Hitchcock *****.”
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  15. jeffd7030

    jeffd7030 Time treats everybody like a fool

    Hampden, ME
    George Lucas

    I was 7 when Star Wars came out in 1977, my brother and I were huge fans through Return of the Jedi.
  16. Irwin Allen then Lucas and Spielberg.
  17. Hitchcock, James Whale, Chuck Jones, Fritz Freleng, billy Wilder.
  18. Jazzmonkie

    Jazzmonkie Forum Resident

    Tempe, AZ
    Max Fleischer
  19. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    So many. But I practically lived in movie theaters when
    I was growing up. Four times a week I was in a double-
    feature and oftentimes all day on weekends. Then I'd
    go home and watch old movies on TV. Movies were my

    Roger Corman was my hero.

    Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, Terence Fisher, John
    Frankenheimer, Stanley Kubrick, Sidney Lumet, Sam
    Peckinpah, George Pal, Orson Welles, Robert Wise,
    Terence "007" Young, Charlie Chaplin and of course
    the indomitable Buster Keaton, to name a few. I never
    realized how much Michael Curtiz, Josef von Sternberg,
    Jacques Tourneur, Val Lewton, and Universal's horror
    film directors influenced my childhood until recently.

    And Dan Curtis, a terrible director, but I liked his films.
    I was always excited to find a movie-of-the-week on TV
    directed by John Llewellyn Moxey and Paul Wendkos;
    to this day I emulate their camera set-ups and editing.

    Fritz Lang and John Huston came a little later.

    Ingmar Bergman and Carl Theodor Dreyer had a
    profound impact on me.
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  20. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Musical omnivore

    Victoria, Canada
    Disney and Hal Roach films for me too in terms of quantity. Dan Curtis and all those Hammer films are honorable mentions. Primarily via '70s tv.

    Films at the theater? Saw so much but the producer and/or director was generally the last thing of notice... maybe Mel Brooks? You'd see his name and that would definitely sell you on going! Irwin Allen was pretty big too.
  21. Lightworker

    Lightworker Forum Resident

    Deep Texas
    In my childhood (1955-1965)?? Probably Walt Disney
    ...and then Richard Lester toward the end (lol).

  22. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    Give you a hint: "It all started with a mouse..."

    Of course, by the time I was born, he wasn't as hands-on as when he was hunched-over that drawing desk back in Kansas City. And the Fleischer brothers were nowhere to be seen either. But animation was a significant part of the focus of my life, be it the Nine Old Men, or Termite Terrace.
  23. Partyslammer

    Partyslammer Lord Of The New Church

    For my childhood through High School? It would have to be Ray Harryhausen (not a director but clearly a film maker), followed by Ishiro Honda (the best Japanese Godzilla/Sci-fi movies) and Terence Fisher (the best Hammer horror films).
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  24. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I love this movie and the companion War Of The Colossal Beast...
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  25. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Bert I. Gordon
    Alfred Hitchcock
    Ray Harryhausen
    Max Fleischer
    Hal Roach
    Nathan Juran
    Roger Corman
    George Pal
    Cecil B. DeMille
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