At the end of a long career, a great director may leave behind a large body of work. In his book “Final Cuts” author, critic, and playwright Nat Segaloff examines the last films made by 50 great directors, including John Ford, Robert Altman, Howard Hawks, Arthur Penn, and more.
Final films are notoriously difficult for directors, and some of the end results have been famously sub-par, but is the reputation for a bad final film deserved? Is the film industry ageist? What makes these directors so important, and what goes into their last films?
Nat Segaloff, author of “Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors”