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Most Rebellious Film Directors?

(who were also great)

Those who would not compromise their art for any reason.. The first one that comes to mind is John Cassavetes. His first movie "Shadows" was very independent, outside of the studio system, but because many in the film business thought it was a new kind of cinema, a studio hired him to do "Too Late Blues" (best movie on the music business) and "A Child Is Waiting", where he was able to have two stars (Burt Lancaster and Judy Garland), but also had the movie cut by Stanley Kramer behind his back, and was actually fired while Kramer was at Cassavetes' home during Thanksgiving, so John choked him out, and he was fired, but the movie is still great. He went on to make even better movies, using his family, his wife's family, friends, his home, and didn't spend his days doing interviews complaining or being lazy, like Orson Welles (who I like, more for his interviews than movies, though).

Cassavates prioritized his art, acting in movies, to take the money and put them right back into his own movies, putting his home up as collateral, doing whatever it took. Ben Gazzara (and someone else in a different book) were saying how John went a month with no sleep trying to edit and finish the movie.. I don't remember the movie, but John would call theaters himself to get them played (and would eventually get distributors).

As great as it is to be rebellious, he actually was able to do something about it, and his movies speak for themselves, and hopefully inspired others to do the same. I also have a lot of respect for him or anyone else who can write and direct a great movie.

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As far as being independent I'd say Peter Watkins was pretty rebellious. He is a politically radical British filmmaker who mostly worked in Scandinavia so it isn't really a surprise that Hollywood didn't take an interest in him. His movies never got wide distribution sometimes possibly because people didn't agree with the political tone. He always used amateur or student actors. He says his movies were an attempt to overthrow the "Monoform" and the "Universal Clock" of the "MAVM", the mass audio-visual media, which I guess is a weapon of control used against us.

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I saw "Punishment Park" (creative), and have wanted to see "Culloden". I'm sure I started it before, and I was probably in a mood where I wanted a movie to grab me right away, and went on to something else.

Did you see "La Commune"? I know its a very long movie, but I've always had (and have lived) a fascination with non-traditional ways of living.

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I haven't seen La Commune yet. I just looked and it is on YouTube so I might check it out sometime.

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Samuel Fuller

You've seen Guy Standeven in something since the man was in everything.

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Did you like "Shock Corridor"? I almost saw it, but I was running out of room in my digital video recorder, and had to delete it.

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Yeah, that's a very good movie.

You've seen Guy Standeven in something since the man was in everything.

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Paul Verhoeven was rebellious, for a Hollywood director, with the over-the-top violence.

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David Cronenberg has made some of the oddest mainstream releases with a major studio behind them.
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