Do you think that Helen Hayes and Norma Shearer are great actresses? If you do, can you tell me who directed their latest pictures? If you are unable to answer this question, then your understanding of motion pictures is quite elementary, because one of the most important persons in the making of a motion picture is the director. Now I am going to try a simple test on you. Get paper and pencil and see whether you can match the names of the directors, whose photographs appear on pages 182-183, with the films which they directed in the following list:
|1.||"Farewell to Arms'||6.||"Oliver Twist"|
|2.||"Street Scene"||7.||"City Lights"|
|3.||"Thunder over Mexico"||8.||"Broken Lullaby"|
|4.||"A Nous la Liberté"||9.||"Dirigible"|
If you are like most high-school students and most adults to whom I have put this problem, you have not succeeded well at this task. The fact that you know much about motion- picture stars and but little about motion-picture directors shows that you have not thought seriously about the different phases of motion pictures.
As a matter of fact, a knowledge of a star's director is more important to you from the standpoint of an understanding of motion pictures than is a knowledge of what the star wears in the afternoon, whether she likes buttered toast,