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Find out everything you need to know about some of the greatest filmmakers of all time in our fun-size, fact-packed guides...

  • Woody Allen

    Woody Allen

    The writer-director who defined New York in a very different way to Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen's output ranges from the classic (Annie Hall, Manhattan) to the criminal (er, Whatever Works), but with a fixed routine of one film a year, he's never been id

  • Pedro Almodóvar

    Pedro Almodóvar

    With such films as All About My Mother, Talk To Her and The Skin I Live In, Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar has graduated from flamboyant renegade to Oscar-winning king of the European arthouse. lays out what you need to know.

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    Danny Boyle

    Everything you need to know about British filmmaker Danny Boyle, the director of five Film4 productions, including Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours

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    Alfred Hitchcock

    The British-born Alfred Hitchcock directed over 50 films, including Psycho, Vertigo and Rear Window. Here's our primer.

  • Stanley Kubrick

    Stanley Kubrick

    Few directors can boast as diverse a collection of great films as Kubrick: there's little binding Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Barry Lyndon and The Shining but his own austere mastery. lays out what you need to know.

  • Jane Campion

    Jane Campion

    Oscar-winning director of such films as The Piano and Bright Star, New Zealand-born Jane Campion remains one of the most significant voices in female cinema. rounds up what you need to know.

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    Spike Lee

    With such blistering films as Do The Right Thing and Jungle Fever, Spike Lee changed the way Hollywood interpreted contemporary race relations. lays out what you need to know.

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    Mike Leigh

    With such films as Secrets And Lies, Vera Drake and Another Year, Mike Leigh has employed a singular process to unpick the fabric of British society.

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    David Lynch

    Director of such cult classics as Blue Velvet and Mulholland Dr., David Lynch is as singular and uncompromising an artist as exists in American cinema. Here's what you need to know.

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    Martin Scorsese

    Arguably the foremost American filmmaker of his generation, Martin Scorsese is such seamy New York lowlife studies as Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, but his filmography covers everything from costume drama to Hollywood biopic to backstage musical to childre

  • Orson Welles

    Orson Welles

    A powerful actor and the director of such convention-defying classics as Touch Of Evil and Citizen Kane  for many, still the greatest film ever made  Orson Welles was perhaps Hollywood's finest multi-hyphenate. lays out what you need to know.

  • Wong Kar-Wai

    Wong Kar-Wai

    With such films as Chungking Express, In The Mood For Love and 2046, Wong Kar-Wai has created some of the most intoxicating imagery in contemporary cinema. lays out what you need to know.

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    Sofia Coppola

    With such films as Lost In Translation and Marie Antoinette, Oscar-winning writer-director Sofia Coppola has established an identity no less distinct than that of her famous dad. lays out what you need to know.

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    David Lynch

    Director of such cult classics as Blue Velvet and Mulholland Dr., David Lynch is as singular and uncompromising an artist as exists in American cinema. Here's what you need to know.

  • The Coen Brothers

    The Coen Brothers

    Everything you need to know about the filmmaking duo, writer-directors of films including Blood Simple, Barton Fink, Fargo and No Country For Old Men

  • Film4 Blake Edwards

    Blake Edwards

    He directed Breakfast At Tiffany's and The Pink Panther, and got goody-two-shoes Julie Andrews to bare her breasts. lays out what you need to know about Blake Edwards.

  • Film4 James Cameron's Avatar

    James Cameron

    The Oscar-winning director of Avatar, Titanic and The Terminator  and the self-declared King Of The World  is one of Hollywood's biggest dreamers. lays out what you need to know about James Cameron.

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    Jean Renoir

    Son of the famous Impressionist painter, Jean Renoir achieved equivalent mastery in the art of cinema, with such classics as The Rules Of The Game and La Grande Illusion. lays out what you need to know.

  • Film4 Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels

    Preston Sturges

    The first established Hollywood screenwriter to move into directing, Preston Sturges forever classed up American comedy with classics like The Lady Eve and Sullivan's Travels. lays out what you need to know.

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