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The 10 Greatest Director & Muse Relationships

5 April 2011 4:45 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Incited by yet another viewing of Shutter Island this weekend, I began to think about how Leonardo DiCaprio has well and truly become director Martin Scorsese’s current muse. Actor/director collaborations have been a constant feature in the film industry, right back to filmmakers such as Howard Hawks and their relationships with stars like Cary Grant in the 1930s/40s. The films produced by a director and their muse are credited to the strong creative bond between two talents and this generally transfers extremely effectively on to the screen, and the best of these partnerships are usually when a director finds an actor to play a heightened, ‘film star’ version of himself on screen, his vessel into portraying the character birthed in a director’s mind and based somewhat on himself.

Consider for example, Christopher Nolan’s use of Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception.

For audiences, the familiarity of a »

- Stuart Cummins

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