Cecil B. DeMille (circa 1923).
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In the silent era, DeMille reigned as one of the most widely respected directors. Wearing riding boots and breeches, he controlled his sets like a dictator and became widely associated with images of the stereotypical tyrannical director. His movies are frequently filled with amazing scenes of grandeur and opulence, such as the frequent bathing scenes, where he filmed the bathing rituals of the rich, elevating simple bathing to an art form, and preserving modesty with carefully placed screens and colored water (look no further than the first few minutes of Male and Female for an example of this, with Gloria Swanson as the bather).