di·​rec·​to·​ri·​al | \də-ˌrek-ˈtȯr-ē-əl, (ˌ)dī-\

Definition of directorial 

1 : serving to direct

2 : of or relating to a director or to theatrical or motion-picture direction

3 : of, relating to, or administered by a directory

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an applicant with a number of directorial positions on his résumé

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While the horror genre is already well-suited to tackling cultural and social anxieties, no movie in recent memory has done so with more surgical precision — or scares and laughs — than Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 This is the second success for the screenwriting, film-directing sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska, after their directorial debut Dead Hooker in a Trunk. Ashley Nkadi, Teen Vogue, "15 Scary Movies Directed by Women Perfect for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2018 In this, his feature directorial debut, Möller makes a whole lot out of very little: a whole lot of dramatic forcefulness out of the most simple and basic of elements, a solitary man struggling to do the right thing. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘The Guilty’: Abduction drama focuses on one cop — and one riveting performance," 16 Oct. 2018 Unwrapping Joel Edgerton’s psychological thriller (and directorial debut) is a gift in itself. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 28 Best Halloween Movies on Netflix," 11 Oct. 2018 But darned if Casey Wilder Mott’s feature directorial debut doesn’t prove to be a disarmingly effective, visually vibrant frolic. Michael Rechtshaffen,, "Review: Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' charmingly recast in La La land," 12 July 2018 Lady Bird's Greta Gerwig was the only woman in the running for the directorial nod this year, up against Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Jordan Peele (Get Out), Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), and Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emma Stone Called Out the Male-Dominated Oscar Nominees for Best Director," 5 Mar. 2018 On the features side, Peele is gearing up for his next directorial venture with Us, starring Lupita Nyong'o and Elisabeth Moss., "Jordan Peele's Next TV Project Is Really, Really Weird," 29 June 2018 In the end we were bowled over by how the performances were interwoven with the directorial vision. Kenneth Turan,, "'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or as Spike Lee takes second place at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of directorial

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of directorial

: of or relating to a director and especially to the director of a play, movie, etc.

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