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What exactly is the role of the film director? The answer to this question remains subjective and depends on an artist’s particular ambition or story’s relative size. Alfred Hitchcock famously demanded (and received) total artistic control over his many Hollywood projects. Some filmmakers like Penny Marshall take a more specified role on set (she handled the direction of actors on A League of Their Own, leaving the visual style up to her director of photography). Different artists, different strokes. However, the director’s core job is to shape the material in a cinematic way, invigorating the story through the manipulation of film language. When a director fails to achieve this primary goal, the dramatic results are usually scattered, messy, and inert.
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