Words at Play Language Inspired by Filmmakers Top 10 Words Inspired by Filmmakers Hitchcockian Photo: Matt Brown on Flickr From Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1990) British-American Think: nail-biting suspense, droll humor, cool patrician blondes. (One of the few directors who was able to "brand" himself with the American public.) Image Courtesy mptvimages.com 1/10 Chaplinesque Photo: Wikipedia From Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) British-American Think: silent-movie slapstick, tears-and-laughter pathos. (Score points with film aficionados by noting that he was the first true genius of cinema.) Image Courtesy mptvimages.com 2/10 Capraesque Photo: Wikipedia From Frank Capra (1897-1991) American Think: celebration and eventual triumph of the average guy, sentimentalism. (Probably the first nonactor movie director to be known by the general public.) Image Courtesy mptvimages.com 3/10 Wellesian Photo: Flickr From Orson Welles (1915-1985) American Think: cinematic pyrotechnics done to technical and dramatic perfection. (Spoiler alert: it's a sled!) Image Courtesy mptvimages.com 4/10 Kubrickian Photo: Hannes Engelbrecht on Flickr From Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) American Think: irony, emotional aloofness, deliberate pacing. (Don't even try deciphering what the finale with the Star Child means.) 5/10 Felliniesque Photo: Rossano aka Bud Care on Flickr From Federico Fellini (1920-1993) Italian Think: poetic neorealism, surrealism, and sometimes just plain weirdism. (Carl Jung's ideas about the collective unconscious helped inspire the dreamlike images in many Fellini films.) Image Courtesy mptvimages.com 6/10 Bergmanesque Photo: Meagan Fisher on Flickr From Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) Swedish Think: deep, dark, depressing. (Never play chess with someone who introduces himself as Death, and do not rent "Winter Light" if you're looking for a pick-me-up.) Image Courtesy mptvimages.com 7/10 Warholian Photo: Wikimedia From Andy Warhol (1928?-1987) American Audacious, minimalist, unwatchable. (According to legend, when "Sleep" - an eight-hour static shot of a man snoozing in bed - played in a Los Angeles theater in 1963, 500 people started watching it and 50 remained at the end.) Image Courtesy mptvimages.com 8/10 Spielbergian Photo: Wikimedia From Steven Spielberg (1947-) American Think: exhilarating, over-the-top action sequences, childlike wonder, feel-good endings. (And audience members who still fear deep water, even in pools.) Image Courtesy mptvimages.com 9/10 Eisensteinian Up Next Who Made "Rogue" So Big In 2008? Photo: Wikipedia From Sergey Eisenstein (1898-1948) Russian Think: montage, montage, montage. (Claim that you have studied the Odessa Steps scene frame by frame; some scholars actually have.) 10/10 Who Made "Rogue" So Big In 2008? Up Next More Words At Play Gesellschaft One of two winning words in the Bee Where Does 'Taps' Come From? Why we play 'taps' at military funerals How Icy Greenland Got Its Name Was 'Even Icier Land' taken? To Chew On: 10 Kinds of Sandwiches The hot dog is a sandwich Seen and Heard TRENDING NOW Gesellschaft One of two winning words in the Bee Cavalier What does it mean to have a cavalier attitude? Inviscate The youngest Spelling Bee contestant Kafkaesque Nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical Donnybrook The origin story is true SEE ALL Learn a new word every day. Delivered to your inbox!