I joined the guys at Film Dispenser looking back at first films from notable directors. These are the films which were chosen, in the order in which I liked them. Click on each film to see my review.
It was a really interesting exercise, and a great choice to look at early works of established directors. What's striking in many cases is how much of their future style or focus is clearly visible even at this early stage - with Thief and George Washington being the most obvious. It's also a blessing that the directors under consideration did mature and develop as their careers progressed, and that someone gave them a chance to do so.
However, Polanski's Knife in the Water is unbelievably accomplished for a young, first-time director in 1960s Poland.