Films directed by actors and actresses

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Many directors, including Alfred Hitchcock and Quentin Tarantino, stood in front of the camera to play smaller or larger roles. It also happened that actors and actresses took the place behind the camera. On the occasion of the premiere of “Battered”, Halle Berry’s directorial debut, we select films made by actors.

“A Star is Born”, dir. Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper dreamed of becoming a director since he was a child. When he began receiving new roles, he decided to focus on acting. He did not appear behind the camera for the first time until two decades later and immediately decided to take the cult musical to the workshop. – I like challenges – he explained later. The risk has paid off. “A Star is Born” about a country music star, whose fame has passed, and an unknown but extremely talented singer and their explosive relationship, collected as many as eight Oscar nominations and became one of the highest-grossing titles of the year. The actor is already working on a new film. In “Maestro” this time he will be accompanied by Carey Mulligan.

“School of melange”, dir. Olivia Wilde

Viewers love Olivia Wilde as Thirteen in the series “Dr. House”. The actress, like Bradley Cooper, dreamed of working behind the camera from the very beginning. She managed to fulfill her desire a few years later. “Melange School” tells the story of two teenagers, Amy and Molly (Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein), who, on the eve of graduating from high school, realize that after years of study they want to make up for the shortcomings in their social life. Wilde’s electrifying debut earned her a Spirit Award, and she was even nominated for an Oscar. The director is currently working on a new film “Don’t Worry Darling” starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, privately her partner.

“Heaven at Midnight”, dir. George Clooney

When asked if directing was another acting whim, George Clooney answered seriously that yes. What might initially just be an ego-saturation attempt quickly turned into a full-time career. After his well-received debut, “Dangerous Mind,” Clooney also directed, among others, the award-winning “Ides of March” and the perverse “Suburbicon”. Midnight Heaven was to be his biggest project. However, the post-apocalyptic tale of a lone scientist conducting research in the Arctic was not well received, and critics did not leave a dry thread on the film. Perhaps the actor will manage to regain his position on the occasion of a new movie, “Bar of Good People.”

“First They Killed My Father”, dir. Angelina Jolie

Over the years, Angelina Jolie has rejected directing proposals, saying that she prefers to leave this task to the professionals. Her approach changed while she was working on “The Land of Honey and Blood”. Jolie co-wrote the script and already had a specific vision for the film in her head: – I knew exactly what this movie was going to look like. Suddenly, someone suggested that I stand behind the camera myself. I agreed, but the very next day I thought: “What have I done ?!” – she recalled. Her debut was appreciated by critics, which encouraged the actress, who then directed “Steadfast”, “At the seaside” and “First They Killed My Father”, an adaptation of the memories of the writer and activist Loung Ung, who survived the bloody Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. As she says, it’s a perfect film to end the adventure as a director. – It is an extremely demanding role and I am a mother of six beautiful children – she explained shortly after the divorce from Brad Pitt.

“Orbiting without sugar”, dir. Ben Stiller

Although we associate Ben Stiller primarily as a comedian, the actor has also worked as a screenwriter and director from the beginning of his career. Partly thanks to his parents and actors who introduced him to the secrets of the industry from an early age. Stiller’s full-length debut was Orbiting Without Sugar, starring Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawk. It is a bittersweet story about students entering adult life who try to find a place for themselves in the world. The actor’s achievements later also included such hits as “Telemaniak”, “Zoolander” or the more philosophical “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”.

“Jentł”, dir. Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand is called the woman of the Renaissance in Hollywood for a reason. The actress was not only willing to stand behind the camera, but also engaged in the process of writing the story, its production and promotion. This was also the case with “Jentł”, the story of a young Jewish woman who dreams of studying in a yeshiva. To do this, he dresses up as a young man. The film garnered five Academy Award nominations and won Streisand a Golden Globe for directing. Later, the actress tried to repeat her success with “The Prince of Tides” and the movie “Love Has Two Faces.”

Ordinary People, dir. Robert Redford

After six decades in front of the camera and four behind him, Robert Redford has secured a permanent place in Hollywood history. After the success of “The Sting” and “The Great Gatsby”, the actor decided to prove himself as a director. His debut film was recognized with an Oscar. Ordinary People follows the fate of the Jaretta family, whose arranged life is interrupted by the death of their son in a tragic accident. The rich output of the actor and director also includes “The River of Life” with the young Brad Pitt and “The Horse Whisperer”, which made Scarlett Johansson a rising star of the cinema.

“Little Women”, dir. Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig saw herself on both sides of the camera from the beginning of her career. – I always had a lot of ideas that as an actress I couldn’t fully implement – she said. After the well-received “Lady Bird” with Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet, Gerwig decided to test herself in the adaptation of the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott. Her “Little Women” was hailed as one of the best films of the past year, and the director was even nominated for an Oscar, but was omitted, like many other filmmakers, which sparked a wave of criticism against the Academy and reopened the discussion about the place of women in the cinema. Gerwig herself decided to quit acting and devote herself fully to the work of a director. Soon she will bring the history of … Barbie dolls to the screen. Starring will be the acting super duet – Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

“Silent Place” and “Silent Place 2”, dir. John Krasinski

We fell in love with John Krasinski primarily for the role of Jim Halpert in “The Office”. It was on the set of the series that the actor first tried his strength behind the camera, directing several episodes. His full-length debut was only “Ciche Miejsce”. Suspenseful horror follows the fate of the Abbot family, who must learn to move silently in a world dominated by mysterious creatures. The film with Emily Blunt, privately the actor’s wife, in the lead role turned out to be such a hit that Krasinski got the green light for the sequel. This one, however, did not repeat the success of the first film.

“Battered”, dir. Halle Berry

The actress transferred to the screen the story of the famous boxer Jackie Justice (Berry), whose one mistake cost her career. She decides to return to the ring when Manny, the son she gave up for adoption shortly after birth, appears in her life. Jackie will have to get back in shape and face her former enemies. From today on Netflix.


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