Photos of 20 Directors Working on Their First Feature Films

Every great filmmaker had to start somewhere. The Tumblr Cinephilia and Beyond shared some photos from the set of George Lucas’ directorial debut, the dystopian THX 1138, depicting a frightening future in which human emotions are suppressed through mandatory drugs and people are controlled by an android police force. The images inspired us to search for other snapshots of young filmmakers working intently on their debut features. The passion, dedication, and excitement is buzzing across these images that reveal budding filmmakers making their mark.

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George Lucas, THX 1138

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Alejandro Jodorowsky, Fando y Lis

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Stanley Kubrick, Fear and Desire

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Kathryn Bigelow, Near Dark (first solo feature)

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Martin Scorsese, Who’s That Knocking at My Door

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Spike Lee, She’s Gotta Have It

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Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs

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David Lynch, Eraserhead

More photos from the set of Eraserhead over here.

Nora Ephron on the set of This Is My Life

Nora Ephron, This Is My Life

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Tim Burton, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

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Wes Anderson, Bottle Rocket

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Mary Harron, I Shot Andy Warhol

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Jean-Luc Godard, Breathless

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Sofia Coppola, The Virgin Suicides

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Peter Jackson, Bad Taste

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Agnès Varda, La Pointe Courte

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Claire Denis, Chocolat

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Ingmar Bergman, Crisis

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Roman Polański, Knife in the Water

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Steven Spielberg, The Sugarland Express