More interesting still are their tales of production travails, whether it's Breillat on the censorious loathing exercised toward her many portraits of abused female sexuality, or Lynch claiming "It's beautiful to have a great
failure" (i.e., 1984's Dune) since it freed him to make smaller, more personal projects like next-stop Blue Velvet (1986).
Great Directors has myriad such behind-scenes revelations. Preening and adoring these idols in camera view, Ismailos flashes her
good taste around. This would be more annoying if her taste wasn't, in fact, pretty choice.
GREAT DIRECTORS opens Fri/23 in Bay Area theaters.