We will examine the work of 14 great American movie directors, including John Ford, John Huston, Fred Zinneman, Stanley Kubrick, Billy Wilder , Stephen Speilberg, Martin Scocese, and Woody Allen, whose iconic films helped shape our movie consciousness. Of particular interest will be the director's background, the political and social issues of the time, his story development, characters, and visual and sound techniques. Masters of their craft, they leave lasting legacies for all who followed them. Each week, a discussion leader will select a film from among the director’s most famous movies for discussion. We will view the movie of the week on our own, to be able to discuss our opinion of the film.