Directors like Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and Martin Scorsese might be some of the biggest in the film industry today, but neither they nor the techniques they use to make their movies so spectacular cropped up overnight. They were all influenced by those who came before them.
Cinefix parses this lineage in their new video, which counts down their picks for the 10 most influential directors of all time. The key phrase here is “of all time,” which is why many modern innovators didn’t make the cut. Instead, Cinefix digs deep into the annals of film history, going all the way back to the Lumière brothers, who helped develop the modern movie camera and one of the first successful projectors and spread their creations throughout Europe. Whether or not you’ve seen all these directors’ movies, their fingerprints coat every single film released today.