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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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 This movie, representing Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, stars Ellen Page as a Texas teenager who rejects her mother’s beauty-pageant dreams in favor of roller derbies. MAMMA MIA! (2008) 8:30 on NBC. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Baby Driver’ and ‘Short Term 12’," 14 July 2018 The movie is the feature directorial debut for 'The Office' writer-actor Paul Lieberstein. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Orchard Picks Up Rosemarie DeWitt-Starrer 'Song of Back and Neck'," 13 July 2018 By any account, John Krasinski’s directorial debut A Quiet Place was a strong success. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Why the hardest special effect on A Quiet Place was corn," 8 July 2018 And his directorial style — which favors long shots and camera movement over jump cuts — gets under your skin far more effectively than horror films that go in for more frenetic editing. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Hereditary director Ari Aster on family trauma and researching that ending," 14 June 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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