Orson Welles wore many hats in his lifetime; he was an actor in radio and in film, a Shakespearean stage actor, and magician. Most notably, Orson Welles is undisputedly the Ultimate Auteur.
In his career, Scorsese has never compromised his artistic integrity for commercial success by pushing the envelope, seeing past boundaries, and bravely diving into topics that many are afraid to explore.
In each of his films, Spike takes risks and demands the audiences respect, trusting them to be intelligent enough to have the discussion that must be had. Spike Lee is not just one of the most prominent leaders of Black Film, he is the lamp that illuminates the path for others to follow.
Akira Kurosawa’s catalog of work speaks volumes. He’s won a hand full of awards including the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for Rashomon, the Palme d’Or for Kagemusha, and an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1990. Though he passed away in 1998, his works continue to influence new generations of Auteurs from around the world.
George Lucas a pioneer for American Cinematography and technology, responsible for the sound and visual of the film going experience with the creation of ILM and THX Ltd. His film Star Wars was a culture phenom upon its initial release in 1977 and continues to be a major influence in today's popular culture.
Though he only was able to release two films before succumbing to a heart attack that took his life, Fabián Bielinsky made a major impact in film, forcing us to imagine what the landscape of cinema would’ve become had Fabián continued to help shape and mold it.