When moviegoers reflect upon and discuss those elements that contributed to their enjoyment of a film, comments such as “terrific acting,” “wonderful dialog,” “beautiful period costumes,” and “lush scenery” usually dominate the conversation. Often overlooked is the work of the most important individual on the set, the director. In post-WW II France the term auteur theory became prominent, eventually becoming an essential part of film lexicon among lovers of cinema not only in Europe but in the United States. This theory equates the director of a film with that of the author of a book in the sense that the finished product reflects his personal creative vision. By means of video clips from a variety of classic movies, this program will attempt to demonstrate just how essential good direction is to the overall film experience. We will have an opportunity to examine how great directors past and present such as Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, and Steven Spielberg make use of key elements such as montage, tracking, effective editing techniques, and musical cues to make their films enjoyable even after repeated viewings.