THREE MUST SEE FILMS FOR ALL FILMMAKERS…WITH FILM DIRECTOR DARYL DENNER
Daryl Denner is a film director known for A Hero’s Return, Licentious and now his most recently completed film work, Fists Of Love. It’s a love, drama feature film that deals with the prevalent topic of domestic violence and abuse. In Fists Of Love an NYC domestic violence officer on edge as he deals with his tragic past falls in love with a woman married to an abusive husband. They become intimate and as their passionate affair continues it leads to a confrontation with her husband who wants his wife back and is willing to do whatever is necessary to do so.
Fists Of Love is now available on Amazon, iTunes Store and Google Play.
We had an opportunity to sit down with Daryl and he gave us his favorite 3 films and why. Very insightful interview, especially for aspiring and upcoming directors. Keep reading.
NUMBER 3: SUPERMAN
Now a days there’s a super hero film launched as fast as you can say sequel. But before this divergence in super hero films they were very limited and Superman (1978) was one of them. In Superman an alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest superhero.
Christopher Reeve stared as Superman based on the DC Comics character of the same name. In addition, the film was packed with other stars including Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando.
Superman was a box-office hit generating $300 million worldwide and it went on to initiate a string of sequels.
DARYL ON SUPERMAN
Superman is a movie that I just simply enjoy. I don’t watch it to study filmmaking or to learn from. It’s just simply pure entertainment. It was my favorite movie as a child and I still get the same pleasure from watching it.
NUMBER 2: CASABLANCA
Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama. In the film a cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are the lead stars.
The film received three Oscars at the 1943 ceremony: Best Director, Best Writing/Screenplay and Outstanding Motion Picture. Casablanca is a film that props up in every reputable magazine’s list of best movies of all time.
DARYL ON CASABLANCA
Casablanca is one of my favorite films because of its compelling storytelling. Also, it has great characters that stay on your mind long after watching the movie. Watching this movie always reminds me of how a good story can be told through film.
NUMBER 1: PSYCHO
Psycho is a 1960 psychological horror film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. In the a Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Upon its release Psycho went on to become a box office hit ranking in $50 million on a $800 thousand dollars budget. The film was shot in black and white and with a television crew. At the 33rd Academy Awards the film won three Oscars: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Motion Picture. Psycho is unarguably one of the greatest films of all time and arguably Hitchcock’s best film.
DARYL ON PSYCHO
Every technique I learned about filmmaking I learned from studying Psycho. For anyone who has an interest in learning how to make a film, it’s a must watch. You can watch this film and learn different techniques and how they are used to get an emotional response from an audience. Actually, you can generally watch Hitchcock movies to learn filmmaking.
Psycho made me believe in the craft of being a film director. A good director doesn’t just read a script and then shoot it. You have to give it a lot of thought. This is most evident in Psycho. You can see clearly that Hitchcock had the audience in mind in every frame of the movie. He knew exactly what he wanted the audience to feel and think throughout every moment of the film. Brilliant! Pure Cinema at it’s best.
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