Director Displacement


(permanent link) added: 2010-05-03 13:32:13 sponsor: RL_Nice (last reply: 2010-05-03 13:32:13)

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When a work- usually a film- is better known as the work of its producer than as the work of its director.

Examples:

  • Poltergeist was directed by Tobe Hooper, but most people think of it as a Steven Spielberg film.
  • Anything Judd Apatow has produced.
  • Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas- actually directed by Henry Sellick.
  • The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi are viewed as George Lucas's works (and they are, in a way), but they were directed by Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand, respectively.
    • The Star Wars Holiday Special is frequently blamed on George Lucas, even though he had nothing to do with it. Maybe that's why he's so hell-bent on erasing it from existence.
  • With the exception of The Shining, which everybody knows as the work of Stanley Kubrick, all of the films based on Stephen King novels are more popularly associated with him than their directors, in spite of many of them having a lot of Adaptation Decay.
  • More people associate District 9 with Peter Jackson than with Neill Blomkamp.
  • Gone with the Wind went through several different directors, but it is mostly remembered as the work of producer David O. Selznick.
  • Val Lewton produced a series of classic horror films for RKO in the 1940s (Cat People, I Walked With a Zombie, The Leopard Man, The Curse of the Cat People, The Body Snatcher, Isle of the Dead and Bedlam). These are almost univerally referred to as 'Val Lewton films' rather than being referred to by their directors names.
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