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The Screen Director (1951)

Approved | | Short | 13 March 1951 (USA)
A behind-the-scenes look at all the responsibilities (and headaches) a director assumes when making a motion picture.


Richard L. Bare (uncredited)


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Uncredited cast:
Richard L. Bare Richard L. Bare ... Stagehand on Telephone (uncredited)
Edward Biby ... Actor (uncredited)
Frank Capra ... Himself (staged 'archive' footage) (uncredited)
Phyllis Coates ... Herself - staged 'archive' footage (uncredited)
Michael Curtiz ... Himself (staged 'archive' footage) (uncredited)
Roy Del Ruth ... Himself (uncredited)
Paul Douglas ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman in Audience (uncredited)
John Ford ... Himself (staged 'archive' footage) (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Theatre Manager (uncredited)
Ray Heindorf Ray Heindorf ... Himself (uncredited)
John Huston ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Elia Kazan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Burt Lancaster ... Himself (staged 'archive' footage) (uncredited)


A documentary short film depicting the work of the motion picture director. An anonymous director is shown preparing the various aspects of a film for production, meeting with the writer and producer, approving wardrobe and set design, rehearsing scenes with the actors and camera crew, shooting the scenes, watching dailies, working with the editor and composer, and attending the first preview. Then a number of real directors are shown in archive footage (as well as a predominance of staged 'archive' footage) working with actors and crew. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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13 March 1951 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Ford is shown directing John Wayne on the set of Operation Pacific (1951), a film not directed by Ford. See more »


References A Letter to Three Wives (1949) See more »

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Fair Short About Directing
9 May 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Screen Director, The (1951)

** (out of 4)

Another documentary-short in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences series that explains to viewers what the jobs of various people are. This time out we take a look at a director and learn that he has a lot more to do than just telling a story as he has to worry about the budget, costumes, art direction, making sure the actors know how to act and making sure to communicate with everyone so that the entire machine can come together. This is the second film in the series that I've seen and this one here is a tad bit more entertaining since we get a couple scenes where the director corrects some actors and makes them film a scene for a second time. We see how different an actor could play a certain scene even with the same dialogue. I found that to be the biggest highlight here but for the most part everything else is stuff most people are going to already know.

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