What filmmaker is most intertwined with your childhood?

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

  1. Pangurban

    Pangurban Well-Known Member

    United States
    I have pretty strong memories of discovering Hitchock on a drugstore VHS carousel as a 14 or 15 year old. I tore through 6 or 7 movies that summer and picked up 4 more over the course of the next year.

    But no filmmaker has wider, if not deeper, roots for me than Norman Jewison, who has a connection with three actors who I strongly associate with my childhood and teen years:
    Steve McQueen - The Cincinnati Kid and The Thomas Crowne Affair
    Sidney Portier - In the Heat of the Night
    Al Pacino - And Justice for All
    Pretty difficult to think of three actors who I liked more as a kid growing up, and Jewison directed all three of them.

    And then there was Roller Ball. Huge movie for me as a kid.

    And then there’s also Jesus Christ Superstar, which I have a super strong connection with from 8 or 9 years of age on.

    And then to still be directing movies decades later that I was excited to see and enjoyed - A Soldier’s Story, Moonstruck, Hurricane.

    Plus now as an adult, I’ve come to the movies of Hal Ashby, who was strongly influenced and supported by Norman Jewison and produced what is now one of my favorite movies The Landlord (1970).
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  2. Isaac K.

    Isaac K. Forum Resident

    George Lucas’s Star Wars was huge, but Spielberg’s influence was omnipresent from Jaws to Last Crusade. Aside from the films he directed there was his work as producer to contend with: Poltergeist, Gremlins, Goonies, Back to the Future, Roger Rabbit, Amazing Stories on TV… He seemed to have his hand in everything back in the 80s that a kid would love.
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  3. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Senior Member

    It's a tie:
    - Walt Disney
    - Gerry Anderson

    From 11/12 years old: Terence Fisher (Hammer Films)
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  4. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

    Walt Disney
    Ray Harryhausen
    Guy Hamilton
    Gerry Anderson
    Monty Python
    Woody Allen
    Stanley Kubrick
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  5. greenhorn

    greenhorn Forum Resident

    Jerry Lewis
    Producer, Director, Writer, Star... he could do it all.
    I loved watching his movies (on TV) growing up.
  6. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA
    The "earlier, funnier" Woody Allen
  7. DankFridge

    DankFridge Forum Resident

    Missoula, MT
    I love 2010. It's a really solid science fiction film on its own. I often wonder what Kubrick thought of it.
  8. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident

    The guy who directed Miami Spice
    - whatever his name was.
  9. Onkster515

    Onkster515 Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    There was one called The Restless Sea? Never heard of it.
  10. 905

    905 Senior Member

    St. Louis
  11. Pinknik

    Pinknik Senior Member

    I guess I’ll go with George Lucas, for the Star Wars trilogy, but it varied over time. Spielberg took over for a while, then I enjoyed John Landis’ and Joe Dante’s 80s hot streaks.

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