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Director Collection

The director is the mastermind behind the scenes, orchestrating every aspect of a film or production, and are like Auguste Escoffier

Background imageDirector Collection: Auguste Escoffier

Auguste Escoffier
AUGUSTE ESCOFFIER French Chef. Director of Kitchen for many large Hotels. Known for his culinary innovations

Background imageDirector Collection: Charlie Chaplin as the little tramp

Charlie Chaplin as the little tramp
Film actor and director Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), film star and director, seen here in his little tramp costume, probably in a still from his 1925 film, The Gold Rush

Background imageDirector Collection: Jane Russell in The French Line

Jane Russell in The French Line (1954) - an RKO Radio Picture. Directed by Howard Hughes Date: 1954

Background imageDirector Collection: Publicity still for the Hollywood film Some Like It Hot (1959): Director and Producer, Billy Wilder

Publicity still for the Hollywood film Some Like It Hot (1959): Director and Producer, Billy Wilder. Marily Monroe with her co-stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in drag

Background imageDirector Collection: CITIZEN KANE. 1941. Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane, 1941

CITIZEN KANE. 1941. Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane, 1941, which Welles also directed

Background imageDirector Collection: Cast & Crew of John Guillermins Torment (1949)

Cast & Crew of John Guillermins Torment (1949)
John Guillermins Torment (1949)

Background imageDirector Collection: S. F. Edge

S. F. Edge
Selwyn Francis Edge (1868 - 1940), Australian businessman, racing driver, and record-breaker. He is principally associated with selling and racing De Dion-Bouton, Gladiator; Clem鮴 -Panhard

Background imageDirector Collection: Mick the Miller Becomes a Film Star

Mick the Miller Becomes a Film Star
Mrs Arundel Kempton, owner of the ex-champion greyhound Mick the Miller is pictured with Mr Albert de Courville who is directing the doggy star in the Gaumont-British studio film

Background imageDirector Collection: Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Conductor

Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Conductor. A game which features characters involved in performing (and subsequently prosecuting and defending) a striptease

Background imageDirector Collection: Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Team, 1908

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Team, 1908
Photograph of the Wolverhampton Wanderers Football team of the 1907-1908 season. The players pictured are: Back row, left to right: W. Shepherd (Director), W. Wooldridge (Captain), J. Jones, K

Background imageDirector Collection: Soho, London - Shaftesbury Avenue

Soho, London - Shaftesbury Avenue - Queens Theatre with neon sign for Private Lives by Noel Coward, directed by John Gielgud. 1973

Background imageDirector Collection: SILENT FILM STILL: SMOKING. Ernest Lubitsch, Ramon Novarro and Jean Hersholt in Old Heidelberg, 1927

SILENT FILM STILL: SMOKING. Ernest Lubitsch, Ramon Novarro and Jean Hersholt in Old Heidelberg, 1927

Background imageDirector Collection: William A. Doberck, Danish astronomer

William A. Doberck, Danish astronomer
William A. Doberck (1852-1941), Danish astronomer. Doberck became the first director of the Hong Kong Observatory from its foundation in 1883 until 1907

Background imageDirector Collection: Sergei Eisenstein

Sergei Eisenstein
SERGEI EISENSTEIN Russian film director, noted for Cruiser Potemkin, Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the terrible and several other masterpieces of early cinema

Background imageDirector Collection: How films are made (litho)

How films are made (litho)
8675850 How films are made (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: How films are made. Illustration from How it is Made, by Ellison Hawks (Odhams Press Limited)

Background imageDirector Collection: Last photo of the Irish politician Michael Collins, during his speech to the Skibereen Committee

Last photo of the Irish politician Michael Collins, during his speech to the Skibereen Committee
1163566 Last photo of the Irish politician Michael Collins, during his speech to the Skibereen Committee, March 1922 (b/w photo) by Irish Photographer (20th century); (add.info)

Background imageDirector Collection: Diana Donovan the widow of photographer Terence Donovan talking to Margaret Thatcher at

Diana Donovan the widow of photographer Terence Donovan talking to Margaret Thatcher at Terence Donovans memorial service at St. Georges Church, Hanover Square, London. 10th March 1997

Background imageDirector Collection: Gold, Silver, Lapis and Obsidian in the Splendid Swords of the Kings - The Royal Treasure

Gold, Silver, Lapis and Obsidian in the Splendid Swords of the Kings - The Royal Treasure of Dorak c.3000 BC - report of the finds from the excavations by James Mellaart, Assistant Director

Background imageDirector Collection: Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Producer

Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Producer. A game which features characters involved in performing (and subsequently prosecuting and defending) a striptease

Background imageDirector Collection: Richard Harris - Irish actor

Richard Harris - Irish actor
Richard Harris (1930-2002), Irish actor, singer, theatrical producer, film director and writer. Date: 1966

Background imageDirector Collection: Terry Jones, script writer for Monty Python, has bought a brewery at Lyonshall

Terry Jones, script writer for Monty Python, has bought a brewery at Lyonshall, near Hereford. He is producing 100 barrels of beer weekly of his own brew called Jones Special. 27th February 1978

Background imageDirector Collection: Norma Shearer with Leslie Howard

Norma Shearer with Leslie Howard
Norma Shearer (1902 1983), American film actress of the 20s and 30s, with Leslie Howard (1893 - 1943), English stage and film actor, director and producer

Background imageDirector Collection: Shirley Temple starring in Captain January

Shirley Temple starring in Captain January
Shirley Temple (1926-2014) starring in Captain January (American musical comedy-drama film directed by David Butler), 1936 - 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation Production. Date: 1936

Background imageDirector Collection: WINIFRED LENIHAN (1898-1964). American actress, writer, and director. Photograph

WINIFRED LENIHAN (1898-1964). American actress, writer, and director. Photograph

Background imageDirector Collection: Official wording, Apprenticeship Indenture

Official wording, Apprenticeship Indenture
Official wording of an Apprenticeship Indenture, between John Henry Watson of 3 Newland Street, Derby, and Messrs John Davis & Son (Derby) Limited

Background imageDirector Collection: Sir John Reith - Director General of the BBC

Sir John Reith - Director General of the BBC
Cartoon portrait, Sir John Reith, 1st Baron Reith of Stonehaven (1889-1971), Director General of the BBC, 1927-1938, depicted here as a giant figure towering over Broadcasting House, Portland Place

Background imageDirector Collection: Donald E Keyhoe

Donald E Keyhoe
Director of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena [NICAP], and author of three books on flying saucers

Background imageDirector Collection: Wedding reception of Polish film director Roman Polanski and his bride

Wedding reception of Polish film director Roman Polanski and his bride, American actress Sharon Tate, held at the London Playboy Club following their wedding at Chelsea Register Office

Background imageDirector Collection: Queens Park Rangers FC football team

Queens Park Rangers FC football team, in green and white stripes: Miles (Trainer), Foster (Director), Murphy, Cross, Collins (Captain), Downing, White, Singleton, McLean (Assistant Trainer)

Background imageDirector Collection: Lady Londonderry, WW1

Lady Londonderry, WW1
Edith Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry DBE (3 December 1878 23 April 1959), noted society hostess, and, during the First World War director of the Womens Legion

Background imageDirector Collection: Filming Billy Liar (1963)

Filming Billy Liar (1963)
John Schlesinger on the set of Billy Liar during a crowd scene, Tom Courtenay is the background, riding a horse

Background imageDirector Collection: Princess Elizabeth and Margaret at the British Museum

Princess Elizabeth and Margaret at the British Museum
Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret pictured visiting the British Museum with their grandmother, Queen Mary and viewing with interest the Rosetta Stone in the presence of the Museums Director

Background imageDirector Collection: Film, The Passing of Mr Quinn, by Agatha Christie

Film, The Passing of Mr Quinn, by Agatha Christie
Film, The Passing of Mr Quinn, Argosy Film Co Ltd, with Stewart Rome and Trilby Clark, directed by Leslie Hiscott, based on a mystery story by Agatha Christie - the first British film to be made

Background imageDirector Collection: Mr R. H. Gillespie, Managing Director, London Hippodrome

Mr R. H. Gillespie, Managing Director, London Hippodrome
R. H. Gillespie, managing director of the London Hippodrome from 1919 and director of Moss Empires Ltd, caricatured by Nerman in The Tatler. Date: 1926

Background imageDirector Collection: Gene Kelly (1912-1996), American dancer, actor and director, c1940s

Gene Kelly (1912-1996), American dancer, actor and director, c1940s

Background imageDirector Collection: Ch Parry / Hodgson / Cassell

Ch Parry / Hodgson / Cassell
CHARLES HUBERT PARRY English composer and director of the Royal College of Music Date: 1848 - 1918

Background imageDirector Collection: Sir Sam Fay by Lieut. Percival Anderson

Sir Sam Fay by Lieut. Percival Anderson
Sir Samuel (Sam) Fay (1856-1953), railway administrator. General Manager of first the Midland and South Western Junction Railways and then in 1902

Background imageDirector Collection: Gene Kelly, Julie Haydon and Eddie Dowling in a scene from the American Theatre Guild

Gene Kelly, Julie Haydon and Eddie Dowling in a scene from the American Theatre Guild
XOS1766074 Gene Kelly, Julie Haydon and Eddie Dowling in a scene from the American Theatre Guild stage production of Time of Your Life, 1939-40 (b/w photo) by American Photographer

Background imageDirector Collection: (1904-1967). American physicist. Oppenheimer (left) as scientific director of the Manhattan

(1904-1967). American physicist. Oppenheimer (left) as scientific director of the Manhattan Project during World War
J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER (1904-1967). American physicist. Oppenheimer (left) as scientific director of the Manhattan Project during World War II

Background imageDirector Collection: Ivan Vinogradov, Soviet mathematician

Ivan Vinogradov, Soviet mathematician
Ivan Matveevich Vinogradov (1891-1983), Soviet mathematician. Vinogradov was one of the founders of modern analytic number theory

Background imageDirector Collection: Anthony Asquith as a boy at 10 Downing Street, London

Anthony Asquith as a boy at 10 Downing Street, London
Anthony Asquith (1902-1968) as a boy at 10 Downing Street, Central London, when his father, Herbert Henry Asquith, was Prime Minister

Background imageDirector Collection: Greta Garbo (1905-1990)

Greta Garbo (1905-1990)
A portrait of Greta Garbo on her yacht off Catalina Island. Greta Garbo was born in Stockholm and was spotted whilst studying at the Royal Theatre Dramatic School by the Swedish director Mauritz

Background imageDirector Collection: Georges Melies

Georges Melies
GEORGES MELIES French film director (on the left); first to film fictional narratives using scripts etc. Photographed here with his collaborator, EMILE COLE

Background imageDirector Collection: Orson Welles / Rko Radio

Orson Welles / Rko Radio
ORSON WELLES American film actor, producer and director

Background imageDirector Collection: The Royal Society (engraving)

The Royal Society (engraving)
1046913 The Royal Society (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Royal Society, a Portrait Group of some of the Most Distinguished Fellows)

Background imageDirector Collection: Programme cover, The Manchester Hippodrome

Programme cover, The Manchester Hippodrome, Oxford Street, Manchester. 1912

Background imageDirector Collection: Sidney Poitier (born 1927) Bahamian-American actor, director, author and diplomat

Sidney Poitier (born 1927) Bahamian-American actor, director, author and diplomat

Background imageDirector Collection: Claretie / Sem / Celebrites

Claretie / Sem / Celebrites
JULES CLARETIE French writer and Director of the Comedie Francaise Date: 1840 - 1913



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The director is the mastermind behind the scenes, orchestrating every aspect of a film or production, and are like Auguste Escoffier, crafting a delectable feast for our eyes and minds. Just as Jane Russell in The French Line captivated audiences with her sultry performance, directors have the power to mesmerize us with their creative vision. Orson Welles showcased his brilliance not only as an actor but also as Charles Foster Kane in CITIZEN KANE, a groundbreaking film that he directed. Like Charlie Chaplin's iconic portrayal of the little tramp, directors often leave an indelible mark on cinema history. They bring together talented individuals like the cast and crew of John Guillermins Torment (1949), creating magic on screen. In Hollywood's golden era, directors such as Billy Wilder were revered for their ability to entertain and captivate audiences. Publicity stills from films like Some Like It Hot (1959) remind us of their genius, and are not limited to just filmmaking; they can shape other realms too. Just as Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Team made history in 1908 under S. F. Edge's guidance, directors lead teams towards greatness. Even animals can become stars under a director's watchful eye – Mick the Miller became a film star thanks to someone who saw his potential beyond racing tracks. From bustling streets like Soho in London to grand theaters on Shaftesbury Avenue, directors breathe life into these spaces through their artistic choices. They navigate complex worlds like strip tease card games or even orchestras led by conductors – always ensuring that each element harmonizes perfectly together. Sergei Eisenstein revolutionized filmmaking through his innovative techniques and storytelling prowess. Directors like him push boundaries and challenge conventions to create unforgettable experiences for audiences worldwide. In essence, the director is more than just a title; they are architects of dreams and creators of worlds.