Michael Lehmann

Michael Lehmann

Michael Lehmann has directed nine feature films, including HeathersHudson HawkThe Truth About Cats and Dogs, and Because I Said So.  Among his numerous television directing credits are HomicideThe West WingThe Larry Sanders Show, Big Love, Californication, American Horror Story, Dexter and True Blood. He recently wrote and directed Betas, a pilot for Amazon Studios that has been ordered to series.

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

1939
Columbia
This most beloved of all political movie classics has influenced generations...
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Dr. Strangelove

1964
Columbia Pictures
Insanity reigns in Stanley Kubrick’s absurdist adaptation of Peter George’s no-nonsense cold war thriller, Red...
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The Man Who Fell to Earth

1976
Cinema 5
This (British) trailer goes out of its way to oversell the debuting David...
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Seconds

1966
Paramount
John Frankenheimer’s chilling adaptation of David Ely’s sci fi novel is one of the last...
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The Party

1968
United Artists
Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers approach silent-movie purity in this non-stop, quintessentially ’60s gagfest...
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Strangers on a Train

1951
Warner Bros.
Memorable setpieces and brilliant visuals abound in Hitchcock’s return to major studio...
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The Killing

1956
United Artists
A racetrack robbery goes awry in this pivotal noir. This was Kubrick’s first real...
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The Hospital

1971
United Artists
A pre-Network Paddy Chayefsky wrote this dark, trenchant medical satire, outrageous in its time,...
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My Man Godfrey

1936
Universal
The quintessential screwball comedy, Gregory LaCava’s wacky 1936 classic features Oscar-nominated Carole Lombard...
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The Asphalt Jungle

1950
MGM
The King of Noirs. John Huston’s powerful adaptation of W.R. Burnett’s heist novel...
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Repulsion

1965
Royal Films International
Roman Polanski’s first English-language film is one of his best, a a brilliant study of...
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Johnny Guitar

1954
Republic
Nick Ray’s wild “revisionist” western must be the most critically dissected Republic Picture ever....
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Easy RIder

1969
Columbia
Dennis Hopper’s counterculture classic started out as one more drive-in biker flick but morphed...
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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

1970
20th Century Fox
It seemed like a good idea at the time– give...
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