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COM 320, History of the Moving Image

Fall 2013 (8/28/13 version)

Approved Topics with Auteur Interviews for Paper #1
●Abrams, J. J. (Lost, Felicity, Alias, Regarding Henry, Armageddon, Cloverfield, Star Trek 2009)

Influences: (1) Rod Serling

(2) British 1960s TV series The Prisoner

Sources: (1)



●Allen, Woody (Bananas, Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Match Point, Stardust Memories, Interiors,

A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, September, Another Woman, Deconstructing Harry, Midnight in Paris)

Influences: (1) Ingmar Bergman

(2) Bob Hope (although, as an influence on Allen’s performing)

Sources: (1) and other sources known to instructor


●Anderson, Paul Thomas (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood)

Influences: (1) Robert Altman (in particular, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Nashville)

(2) Jonathan Demme (in particular, Silence of the Lambs); Martin Scorsese (in particular,

Taxi Driver, Goodfellas)

Sources: (1),,883142,00.html

(2) DVD commentary on Boogie Nights
● Anderson, Wes (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited)

Influences: (1) John Huston; Peter Bogdanovich; Francois Truffaut

(2) Jacques Cousteau

(3) Bill Melendez (animator, A Charlie Brown Christmas)

(4) Satyajit Ray; Jean Renoir’s The River (both as influencing The Darjeeling Limited)

(5) You Can’t Take It With You (Frank Capra) and Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock) (both as confined New York films influencing The Royal Tenenbaums)

Sources: (1)




●Apatow, Judd (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad)

Influences: The Marx Brothers, W. C. Fields, Elaine May, Robert Altman, Paul Mazursky


●Aronofsky, Darren (Pi, Requiem for a Dream)

Influences: (1) Alan Parker

(2) Rod Serling (particularly the Twilight Zone episodes “Back There” and

“Eye of the Beholder”)

Sources: (1)


Bigelow, Kathryn (The Hurt Locker, K-19: The Widowmaker, Strange Days)

Influence: Sam Peckinpah (notably The Wild Bunch)

●Bird, Brad (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles)

Influences: (1) Disney classics, specifically Snow White and Peter Pan

(2) Hayao Miyazaki, Chuck Jones

Sources: (1)

●Braff, Zach (Garden State, also directed some Scrubs episodes)

Influences: Hal Ashby, Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick

●Branagh, Kenneth (Henry V, Dead Again, Frankenstein, Hamlet, The Magic Flute, Sleuth)

Influences: (1) Orson Welles

(2) Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Carol Reed’s The Third Man, other films noir

(all specifically for Dead Again)

Sources: (1)


●Brooks, Mel (The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles)

Influences: (1) Buster Keaton

(2) Marx Brothers; Ritz Brothers

Sources: (1)


●Burnett, Charles (Killer of Sheep, To Sleep with Anger)

Influences: Basil Wright; Jean Renoir, notably Grand Illusion

●Burton, Tim (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, etc., etc.)

Influences: (1) Ray Harryhausen

(2) Vincent Price (esp. in Poe-derived movies)

Sources: (1)

●Cameron, James (Titanic, True Lies, The Terminator)

Influence: Stanley Kubrick, specifically 2001: A Space Odyssey

●Campion, Anna (Loaded)

Influence: Ingmar Bergman (specifically, Cries and Whispers)

Source: Falsetto, M. (2000). Personal visions: Conversations with contemporary film directors. Los Angeles, CA: Silman-James Press.
●Carpenter, John (Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Escape from New York)

Influences: Roger Corman; The original The Thing; Forbidden Planet

●Cassavetes, John (Shadows, Faces, Husbands, A Woman Under the Influence)

Influence: Frank Capra


●Castellari, Enzo G. (Inglorious Bastards (1978), Eagles over London, High Crime, Keoma, Great White,

Hammerhead, Striker, Carribean Bastards)

Influence: Sam Peckinpah (esp. Cross of Iron, The Wild Bunch)

Source: “A Conversation with Quentin Tarantino and Enzo G. Castellari” from the DVD of the

1978 Inglorious Bastards

●Clattenburg, Mike (Trailer Park Boys, This Hour Has 22 Minutes)

Influence: Maysles Brothers, specifically Salesman (the interview erroneously calls it “Salesmen”)

●Craven, Wes (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream)

Influences: (1) Federico Fellini; Francois Truffaut; Luis Bunuel; Jean Cocteau; Richard Lester;

Ingmar Bergman; Roman Polanski; Alfred Hitchcock; Howard Hawks; Fred Zinneman;

Orson Welles; John Ford; Frank Capra; George Romero; Akira Kurosawa

(2) Michelangelo Antonioni (notably Blow-Up)

Sources: (1) Personal email

●Crowe, Cameron (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky)

Influence: Billy Wilder

●Darabont, Frank (Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile)

Influences: Steven Spielberg; Stanley Kubrick; David Lean; Buster Keaton


●Del Toro, Guillermo (Cronos, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth)

Influence: Terry Gilliam; Also, Chaplin’s City Lights, and films he “wishes he had made”—Eyes Without a Face (Georges Franjou), Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau), Seven Chances (Buster Keaton), Touch of Evil (Orson Welles), Greed (Erich Von Stroheim)


●Egoyan, Atom (The Sweet Hereafter, Speaking Parts, Where the Truth Lies)

Influences: Sidney Peterson, Maya Deren

Source: Falsetto, M. (2000). Personal visions: Conversations with contemporary film directors. Los Angeles, CA: Silman-James Press.
Fassbinder, Rainer Werner (Fox and His Friends, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul)

Influence: Douglas Sirk (notably All That Heaven Allows)

●Field, Todd (In the Bedroom, Little Children)

Influence: Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (as an influence on Little Children)

●Fincher, David (Fight Club, Se7en, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

Influences: Alfred Hitchcock; Martin Scorsese; George Roy Hill; Alan J. Pakula

●Fuqua, Antoine (Training Day, The Replacement Killers, Tears of the Sun)

Influences: Sergio Leone, Akira Kurosawa

Fullers, Bryan (Pushing Daisies)

Influence: Hitchcock (notably Vertigo)

Source: Pushing Daisies Season 2 DVD “Master Pie Maker”
●Gans, Christophe (Le Pacte des Loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf), Silent Hill, Fantomas)

Influences: Hammer horror films

Source: Bonus materials disc on the Brotherhood of the Wolf Director’s Cut DVD

●Gilliam, Terry (Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Time Bandits, Tideland)

Influences: Disney, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Luis Bunuel, Stanley Kubrick,

Stanley Donen, Richard Lester (“I’ll steal from anywhere!”)


●Gondry, Michel (The Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind)

Influences: (1) Charlie Chaplin

(2) Luis Bunuel, Jean Vigo (specifically L’Atalante)

Sources: (1)

●Gordon, Keith (The Chocolate War, Mother Night)

Influences: Stanley Kubrick, Francois Truffaut, Federico Fellini

Source: Falsetto, M. (2000). Personal visions: Conversations with contemporary film directors. Los Angeles, CA: Silman-James Press.
●Green, David Gordon (George Washington, Pineapple Express)

Influences: (1) Terrence Malick

(2) Robert Altman

Sources: (1)

●Groening, Matt (The Simpsons, Futurama)

Influence: Robert Benchley

●Guest, Christopher (Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, A Mighty Wind)

Influences: Peter Sellers; Monty Python


●Harryhausen, Ray (Jason and the Argonauts, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms,

Clash of the Titans)

Influence: Willis O’Brien

Source: Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection, Dir. & Prod. by Ray Harryhausen, DVD, 2005 (Disk 2, “The Clifton’s Cafeteria Reunion”).
●Haynes, Todd (Poison, Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, I’m Not There)

Influence: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

●Hitchcock, Alfred (Vertigo, North by Northwest, etc., etc.)

Influences: German Expressionists, notably F. W. Murnau, Fritz Lang

●Howard, Ron (Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Parenthood, Cocoon, Splash)

Influences: Billy Wilder, Mike Nichols

Hudlin, Reginald (House Party, Episodes of The Bernie Mac Show, Modern Family, The Office)

Influences: Ossie Davis, Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks


Jackson, Peter (Dead Alive, Heavenly Creatures, King Kong, The Lord of the Rings trilogy)

Influences: (1) Scorsese (notably Goodfellas and Casino), James Bond films

(2) Ray Harryhausen

(3) George Romero

Sources: (1)

(2) @ 2:03 in the video


Jarmusch, Jim (Mystery Train, Coffee and Cigarettes, Broken Flowers)

Influence: Charles Laughton (specifically, The Night of the Hunter)


●Jordan, Neil (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire, Breakfast on Pluto)

Influences: Nicholas Ray; Federico Fellini; Luis Bunuel; Akira Kurosawa

Source: Falsetto, M. (2000). Personal visions: Conversations with contemporary film directors. Los Angeles, CA: Silman-James Press.

●Kelly, Richard (Donnie Darko, Southland Tales, The Goodbye Place)

Influences: Terry Gilliam (specifically Brazil and 12 Monkeys), Peter Weir (specifically Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, Fearless)

●Kitamura, Ryuhei (Versus, Alive, Azumi, Sky High, Godzilla: Final Wars, Midnight Meat Train)

Influences: George Miller (specifically Mad Max), Sam Raimi (specifically Evil Dead), John Carpenter

●Korine, Harmony (Julien Donkey-Boy, Gummo, Mister Lonely)

Influences: (1) Rainer Werner Fassbinder

(2) Jean-Luc Godard

(3) Werner Herzog

(4) Buster Keaton

Sources: (1) Korine may not have written this, but certainly seems to endorse the views espoused—




●Kubrick, Stanley (Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket,

Eyes Wide Shut)

Influence: Max Ophuls

Source: Gelmis, J. (1970). The film director as superstar. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company.
●Lee, Spike (She’s Gotta Have It, Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Miracle at St. Anna)

Influences: (1) Oscar Micheaux, Melvin Van Peebles

(2) Martin Scorsese, Akira Kurosawa (notably Rashomon)

(3) Gordon Parks, Billy Wilder

Sources: (1)

(2) Fuchs, C. (Ed.). (2002). Spike Lee: Interviews. ??: University Press of Mississippi.

●Liman, Doug (Swingers, The Bourne [Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum], Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jumper)

Influence: Lus Besson (specifically Le Grand Bleu)

●Linklater, Richard (Slackers, Before Sunrise, Waking Life, Fast Food Nation)

Influence: Martin Scorsese (specifically, Raging Bull)

Source: Falsetto, M. (2000). Personal visions: Conversations with contemporary film directors. Los Angeles, CA: Silman-James Press. (book)

●Lucas, George (Star Wars)

Influences: (1) Joseph Campbell (classics prof, not a filmmaker)

(2) Arthur Lipsett

Sources: (1) Empire of Dreams, documentary on supplemental disk of the Star Wars DVD box set


●Lynch, David (Mulholland Drive; Blue Velvet)

Influences: (1) Stanley Kubrick, notably Eyes Wide Shut

(2) Federico Fellini, notably 8-1/2; Billy Wilder, notably Sunset Boulevard; Jacques Tati,

notably Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday; Alfred Hitchcock, notably Rear Window

Sources: (1)

(2) Tirard, L. (2002). Movie makers’ master class: Private lessons from the world’s

foremost directors. New York: Faber and Faber.
●MacFarlane, Seth (Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy)

Influences: The Flintstones, Jackie Gleason, Woody Allen

Mangold, James (Walk the Line, Girl, Interrupted, 3:10 to Yuma)

Influences: (1) Alexander Mackendrick

(2) Yasujiro Ozu; Milos Forman

(3) George Roy Hill (esp. Slaughterhouse-Five)

Sources: (1)



●Mann, Michael (The Last of the Mohicans, The Insider, The Keep)

Influences: Stanley Kubrick, Dziga Vertov

Source: Rybin, S. (2007). The cinema of Michael Mann. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield

Publishing Group. (p. 113)

●McG (Charlie’s Angels, We Are Marshall)

Influences: Francis Ford Coppolla (specifically, Apocalypse Now), Milos Forman (specifically, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

●McNamara, Brendan (video game L.A. Noir)

Influences: German Expressionism; Film noir

●Meirelles, Fernando (City of God)

Influences: Mike Leigh; Ken Loach

●Mendes, Sam (Away We Go, Revolutionary Road, Jarhead, Road to Perdition, American Beauty)

Influence: Hal Ashby (specifically The Last Detail)

●Mingella, Anthony (The English Patient, Breaking and Entering, Truly Madly Deeply)

Influence: Federico Fellini (specifically, I Vitelloni)

●Minnelli, Vincente (An American in Paris, Meet Me in St. Louis)

Influences: Max Ophuls; Erich Von Stroheim

●Moore, Michael F. (Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, Slacker Uprising)

Influences: Ingmar Bergman, Werner Herzog

Source: Schultz, E. (2005). Michael Moore: A biography. ???: ECW Press.

Mottola, Greg (Adventureland, Superbad)

Influence: Woody Allen


●Nair, Mira (Salaam Bombay, Mississippi Masala, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, Amelia)

Influences: Richard Leacock, D. A. Pennebaker

Source: (Cinema Diaspora)
●Nee, Adam & Aaron (The Last Romantic)

Influence: Francois Truffaut (misspelled “Traffaut” in the interview)

●Nolan, Christopher (Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight)

Influences: (1) Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner; John Huston’s The Man Who Would Be King

(2) Stanley Kubrick, John Frankenheimer, Sidney Lumet, Nicolas Roeg

(3) James Bond movies

Sources: (1)


●Parker, Trey, & Sonte, Matt (Southpark: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, Team America,

Cannibal—The Musical)

Influences: Monty Python, especially the animation of Terry Gilliam



●Payne, Alexander (Sideways, About Schmidt)

Influences: Luchino Visconti, notably The Leopard; Michelangelo Antonioni, notably L’Avventura; Federico Fellini


●Peirce, Kimberly (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss)

Influences: (1) Stylistic Influences--Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull, Stuart Rosenberg’s Cool Hand Luke

(2) The “American tragedy” films named by Peirce as an influence—Richard Brooks’

In Cold Blood; Terrance Malick’s Badlands; Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause; Elia Kazan’s Streetcar Named Desire

Sources: (1);

●Powell, Michael (Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom)

Influence: Charlie Chaplin’s A Woman of Paris

●Raimi, Sam (Evil Dead)

Influences: (1) John Huston’s Treasure of the Sierra Madre; George Pal’s The Time Machine; Fritz Lang’s Metropolis

(2) The Three Stooges

Sources: (1) Talent Bios, Special Features on the Evil Dead DVD

(2) In special feature “The Gore the Merrier” on the Evil Dead 2 DVD; also at:

Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, This is Spinal Tap)

Influences: Luis Bunuel, Francois Truffaut, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini


●Ridley, Philip (The Reflecting Skin)

Influences: Stanley Kubrick; Brian DePalma; Andrei Tarkovsky

Source: Falsetto, M. (2000). Personal visions: Conversations with Contemporary Film Directors. Los Angeles, CA: Silman-James Press.

Ritchie, Guy (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, RocknRolla)

Influence: Sergio Leone

●Rodriguez, Robert (El Mariachi, Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City, Planet Terror)

Influences: 1970s Grindhouse movies, specifically George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, Lucio Fulci’s Zombi, John Carpenter’s Escape from New York, as an influence on Planet Terror (part of the 2007 Grindhouse “double-feature” with Quentin Tarantino)

●Roth, Eli (Cabin Fever, Hostel)

Influence: Ridley Scott, particularly Alien

●Scorsese, Martin (The Aviator, Taxi Driver, Casino, Gangs of New York, The Departed, Goodfellas,

Raging Bull)

Influences: (1) John Cassavetes

(2) Kenneth Anger

(3) Val Lewton

(4) Key Italian films—Cabiria (1914); Ossessione (1943); Roma, Citta Aperta (Open City; 1945) and others

Sources: (1)

(2) From printed guide to The Films of Kenneth Anger Volume Two DVD set

(3) Martin Scorsese Presents, Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows, Turner Classic Movies original documentary, 2008

(4) Martin Scorsese—My Voyage to Italy, documentary directed by Scorsese, 1999

●Scott, Ridley (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator)

Influences: (1) Stanley Kubrick (specifically 2001: A Space Odyssey)

(2) Disney

Sources: (1)

(2) Knapp, L. F., & Kulas, A. F. (Eds.). (2005). Ridley Scott: Interviews. ???: University Press

of Mississippi. (p. 62)

●Shyamalan, M. Night (The Sixth Sense, The Village)

Influences: (1) Stanley Kubrick; Peter Weir; Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby; Hal Ashby’s Being There

(2) William Friedkin (specifically The Exorcist), Francis Coppola (specifically The Godfather)

Sources: (1)

(2) (“ripped from the Sixth Sense DVD”!)
●Singleton, John (Boyz N the Hood)

Influences: (1) Francis Coppola; Steven Spielberg; Martin Scorsese

(2) George Lucas

Sources: (1)


●Smith, Kevin (Clerks, Mallrats)

Influences: (1) Martin Scorsese

(2) Richard Linklater’s Slacker

(3) Hal Hartley

Sources: (1)



●Sorkin, Aaron (The Social Network, Charlie Wilson’s War, The West Wing (TV))

Influences: TV series M*A*S*H and The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Source: Fahy, T. R. (2005). Considering Aaron Sorkin: Essays on the politics, poetics, and slight of

hand in the films and television series. ??: McFarland & Co.
●Spielberg, Steven (ET, Schindler’s List)

Influences: Four films he always watches before beginning production on a film of his own:

Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai; David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia; Frank Capra’s

It’s a Wonderful Life; John Ford’s The Searchers

Source: unknown (several over the years. . . ), but Dr. N. says it’s OK

●Tarantino, Quentin (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2)

Influences: Sergio Leone; Jean-Luc Godard; Howard Hawks

●Tavernier, Bertrand (It All Starts Today)

Influences: John Ford, notably Fort Apache, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon; William Wellman; Jean Renoir;

Jean Vigo; Jacques Becker; Sam Fuller; Delmer Daves


Truffaut, Francois (The 400 Blows, Jules and Jim)

Influences: (1) Jean Renoir, Henri-Georges Clouzot (notably The Raven), Marcel Carne (notably The Devil's Envoys), Roberto Rossellini, Sidney Lumet, Robert Mulligan, Frank Tashlin, Arthur Penn, Jean Vigo

(2) Howard Hawks, John Ford

Sources: (1)


●Tyrnauer, Matt (Valentino: The Last Emperor)

Influences: Robert Aldrich, John Ford, Federico Fellini, Robert Altman

●Van Sant, Gus (My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, Elephant, Milk)

Influences: Robert Drew’s Primary; Frederick Wiseman’s Law and Order; ultimately, Francis Coppola’s The Godfather (all influencing Milk)

●Wain, David (Aisle Six, Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten, Role Models)

Influences: Krzysztof Kieslowski (specifically The Decalogue as an influence on The Ten), Woody Allen

●Wajda, Andrej (Ashes and Diamonds, The Promised Land, The Maids of Wilko, Man of Iron, Katyn)

Influences: French avant garde films—Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali’s Un Chien Andalou and L’Age D’Or, Fernand Leger’s Ballet Mechanique

●Wan, James (Saw, Dead Silence)

Influences: The Hammer Horror films

Wiseau, Tommy (The Room)

Influences: Orson Welles (notably Citizen Kane), Marlon Brando

Source: Phone interview with COM 320 student!

●Wright, Edgar (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz)

Influences: (1) Dario Argento

(2) Specific influences on Hot Fuzz--Sidney Lumet, William Friedkin, Don Siegel

(3) Sam Raimi (notably Evil Dead 2)

Sources: (1)


(3) (video at source)
●Zahedi, Caveh (I Am a Sex Addict; Tripping with Caveh)

Influences: John Cassavetes; Walter Murch; Michael Ondaatje



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