For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.

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And for those who think that you cannot become a successful director unless you start making films in your 20s, here is a short and very select but inspiring list from the start of the 20th century, when cinema was still elitist and very expensive.

The list has more omissions than entries but is a fair representation of our case.

Yevgeni Franzevich Bauer (b. 1865) was a Russian silent films director who's works had tremendous impact on early Russian cinema, especially cinematography. Film critic Kenneth Turan (LA Times) has called him "The greatest director you've never heard of”. He made his first film, “Dyadushkin's Apartment” (1913), at the age of 48.

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