Poll Suggestion: Best Director Cameo

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Which of these Directors had the best cameo?





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It would be interesting to make a list of their cameos.
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Welcome to the board!

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FYC:

Zack Snyder

- He appeared in Man of Steel (2013)
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Oh thanks ,Added
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Btw, I wouldn't call Tarantino's appearance in Pulp Fiction a cameo.

A cameo is when the character does not have a name, not shown on screen for much longer, and especially when not have much of an important part.

He had all those three In Pulp Fiction. His character's name was Jimmie. I don't remember the exact screentime but he was long enough not to be considered as a cameo. Also, his part/role was important.

You can still have him on your list, he appeared in Django Unchained too and I'd say that can be called a cameo.
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Yes I know Quentin's part in Pulp Fiction bridges the gap between a cameo and an actual role. I too was confused. I think you're right..I should change it to Django Unchained. 
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I added the names of movies in which each director makes their cameo.
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Hi akashpanday11 (AKA zerodeaths434),

Welcome to the IMDb Poll message board. Thank you for your poll suggestion and for including a properly working discussion link in your list.
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FYC:

Anurag Kashyap

- He made a cameo in 'Black Friday (2004)' and in 'Gulaal (2009)'
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Best Director Cameo (last attempt to make this go live).

Which of these Directors had the best cameo?


List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls099584487/

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zerodeaths434,

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Alfred Hitchcock is my all-time favorite director, who pretty much was the first and the best at director cameos, effectively making them a custom and a style element. It's so hard to be better than him in that aspect, that, while many people try, it's hard to reach the same level. Especially since, yeah, it's funny to have a fairly large cameo, minute or so, but it's much cooler to make what Hitchcock did and creatively insert oneself in a scene, rarely repeating the theme and type of appearance.  Director cameos of any type are one of my biggest obsessions (I am a moderator of this small Reddit community, as a result), but what I love the most is finding smallest, most creative and odd ways a director can insert oneself in the movies. I'm delighted that Tarantino's cameos made a shift in that direction in later days, but Hitchcock is truly unrivaled. Although David Lynch, Werner Herzog, John Carpenter and following FYC's are really cool at this, as well. 

I myself decided long time ago as a filmmaker, that I'd much rather appear in very small and creative ways in my directorial works, rather than seizable roles. There are two main reasons: firstly I love to craft and plan small appearances way more than I like to rehearse big roles. Secondly it's actually really hard to direct oneself and I noticed that I'm not as good of an actor under my own direction, requiring more takes. By necessity, though, when you have no budget and a cast to fill, at times it happens that I have seizable screentime. I'm adamant on being uncredited as an actor on my directorial works, though, in order to give the spotlight to more deserving actors. I once divided director cameos in five types and, interestingly enough, found out that my train wreck of a debut feature film, 13 years in the making and counting (I just recorded some voiceovers for it remotely) has me in all five of those, although I originally intended to have one or two. :) And that's not counting the fact that I extensively double many characters by necessity: we've got to a desperate point in production when we have nearly each of the actors from the primary cast both doubling for someone in some shots and being doubled in other shots. Many actors also portray multiple roles: one portrays at least 40  characters, most of which look similar by design, but are also separate characters by design. :) 

FYC: 
Eldar Ryazanov in pretty much any of his movies, the guy was very known in USSR for the same trademark as Hitchcock. Both were very recognizable because of also being TV hosts, so audience enjoyed spotting them in the movies, as well. 
Leonid Gaidai and Georgiy Daneliya were less famous for that, but actually also cameoed creatively in their movies. Between the three of them there are some of the greatest Soviet comedies plus some of the greatest Soviet director cameos. :) 
Sam Raimi in Evil Dead II (1987). Both instances are very much amazing: you don't expect him to appear at all as a medieval knight, but it's even more fun knowing that eerie noises coming from a rocking chair is him in a voice cameo, as well. :)  
Josh Becker in Lunatics: A Love Story (1991)
Peter Jackson in pretty much any movie of his.  
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Alfred hithcook or martin scorsese
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Thanks for your suggestion zerodeaths, I like the idea.

I'm curious about why did you choose To Catch a Thief as Alfred Hitchcok's cameo, he is known to appear in practically all his movies, was this more significant in some way? Otherwise you could simply write Hitchcok in any of his movies.

For Your Consideration: Stanley Kubrick in Eyes Wide Shut
George A. Romero in The Crazies
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Yes, firstly I am selecting a single movie for each director since the list says 'best director cameo' and not 'director with the best cameos'. I've only seen 6 Hitchcock movies so i went through a youtube video of all his cameos and I wanted to choose  the cameo which is most noticeable. North by Northwest and To Catch a Thief were my favorites. Could have gone with either one. 

And yes while doing my research I came across Kubrik's cameo in Eye's Wide Shut. However he is in the background and not that noticeable(I didn't notice him when i first saw that film).There are few directors whose cameos I have avoided if they aren't the focus of a scene and are only in the background (Ex: PTA in Magnolia). I could have added them but I was not willing to make my list lengthy.
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zerodeaths434, it is indeed one of his more seizable cameos, although ironically, when film was released on pan-and-scan VHS tapes back in the day, it was one of the least noticeable, as it was almost fully cropped. :)  

Kubrick's most noticeable cameo is still a voice one in Full Metal Jacket (1987).
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Hi,

Could you please update your discussion link so it goes to this thread?

[link=https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/poll-suggestion-best-director-cameo]Discuss the Poll Here[/link]
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Congratulations on your first live poll!
https://www.imdb.com/poll/bnsopdJA5Lk/

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Wow! Thanks!!
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I think you missed a suggestion made by me a week ago. :(


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Oh no, I missed the cameo of the current best Indian director :"(. Sorry bro, I apologize.
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zerodeaths434,

You can still add Anurag Kashyap to your poll and ask for a re-push.

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Oh thanks
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Yes thanks, I was going to inquire about that. 
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Hi zero, there's a note for you on the re-push thread about your re-push request. (https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/faq-poll-authors-re-push-requests?topic-reply-list[settings]... )

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Hmmm Done
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zerodeaths434,

Thank you for adding the date add for choice #23.

The re-push is done.

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:)
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why are they all white men
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Pia Koh, a question I totally agree should've been adressed more. Although not all of them are white: M. Night Shyamalan is American of Indian descent and Anurag Kashyap is Indian.  

From my researches on director cameos, I'd say that fewer female directors regularly appear in cameos in their movies which is a shame and... Actually might spark some dispute on whether everpresent male ego is in play here. As a filmmaker who appears in cameos in my own work I'm not sure what to say about this other than the fact that I try my best and still oftentimes feel like I should be less and less prominent to pave the way for real actors. 

One could argue that less cameos in female directors is a stereotype, just as the fact that women in general are a minority in profession (which is neither true at this point nor fair in any imaginable context), but I'm a buff on this subject and from the top of my head I can only remember Svetlana Druzhinina doing that regularly and that's mostly because she switched from acting to direction. Most of her appearances are also seizable supporting parts rather than cameos. 

I think I might research the subject further at some point and try to make a separate poll based specifically on female director cameos. 
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Reposted the poll on aforementioned subreddit I mod. :)