The 50 Best Directorial Debuts in Movie History


A very good list with plenty of deserving candidates, but no Neil Blomkamp for “District 9?” It was one of the best debuts, especially of the last decade.

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The Toronto Film Festival, which came to a close recently, wasn’t just the starter pistol for We’re-Not-Saying-It-Yet Season; the long-term value of the festival may well be its place as a launching pad for first-time filmmakers. Twenty-eight films screened in its “Discovery” section, and while we won’t know for some time how many soon-to-be-immortal filmmakers were among its ranks, it’s a good excuse to peruse the history of film and pluck out the debut feature efforts of great directors who knocked us out from their first frame.

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