How can you find the director in a publicity still? They're the one pointing at something off-screen, obviously.
If a movie director doesn't point at something off-screen, the crew will film the wrong object and the actors will die. It takes a true auteur to point at the right off-screen thing at just the right time to express his or her vision.
Here, we will explore the pointing-est contributions of the cinematic pantheon's greatest wunderkinds and old masters.