October 8, 2015 at 8:36AM
To what extent is it necessary to study the past 'greats' of film-making?
I consider myself a massive film buff, however, most of my favorite directors are contemporary or from the 70s or 80s. And are typical, popular mainstream choices of film buffs (Tarantino, Scorsese, Kubrick etc.). But I've never watched any of Ingmar Bergman's films, nor those of Billy Wilder, Francois Truffaut or Saytajit Ray's for that matter and so forth. This is mainly because I expect to find them quite tedious or boring. For example: I would dread sitting through 3 hours of 'Fanny and Alexander!' So...to what extent would you say it is necessary to view and study the works of the original masters of the craft? (Lang, Ozu, Ford, Wyler to name a few...)