Directors : Your Favorite Directors?

Your Favorite Directors?

Vittorio De Sica
Luchino Visconti
Robert Bresson
John Cassavetes
Ingmar Bergman
John Huston
Frank Capra
Ken Loach
Mike Leigh
Akira Kurosawa
Aki Kaurismaki
William Wyler
Robert Altman
Billy Wilder
Elia Kazan (even though he was a rat)
Sidney Lumet

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My top 10:

01. Alfred Hitchcock
02. Martin Scorsese
03. Steven Spielberg
04. Stanley Kubrick
05. Ingmar Bergman
06. Quentin Tarantino
07. Woody Allen
08. Wes Anderson
09. Christopher Nolan
10. David Fincher

Honourable mentions: Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, Coen brothers, Tim Burton, Brian DePalma, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Billy Wilder, William Wyler, Paul Thomas Anderson

Re: Your Favorite Directors?

Maya Deren, P.P. Pasolini, Céline Sciamma, R.W. Fassbinder, David Lynch, Chloé Zhao, Agnès Varda, Jia Zhang-ke, John Cassavetes, Dee Rees, Kenji Mizoguchi

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Accattone - very impressive, realistic, moving debut and also Franco Citti is really good here in his first role ever. it really needs a rewatch, but i really loved it.

Mamma Roma - tells a similar story as the first film but it feels a bit more uneven on the whole. i really love Anna Magnani as an actress, and she's not bad in here either, but somehow her performance made her "Mamma Roma" a larger than life character which feels misplaced and took me out of the film too often. it was great having her in one of Pasolinis's films, i guess, but i wish he had saved that for some of his later, more sophisticated and decorated films (like Maria Callas in Medea), and not cast her in his second film that still feels somewhat amateurish but is otherwise a very realistic portrayal and profoundly told story of a Roman youth.

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Glad you liked them.. I have tried to see Pasolini's other feature films, but just couldn't get into them. I liked his sex documentary, (Anger?) where he goes around asking people all over Italy about sexual mores, especially the disparity between class, location, and gender.

Did you see Fassbinder's "Whity"? I've seen about two dozen of his movies (he was very prolific!) and that might be my favorite. It's a good story, and even the title is funny.

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oh yeah, that documentary is called Love Meetings (Comizi d'amore). i've seen it too and remember it was really interesting, but that's like all that's stuck in my memory lol

right, Fassbinder made a LOT of films and i think i've seen every one of his feature length films that had a theatrical release (including Whity), plus a couple of TV productions, including World on a Wire, Fear of Fear, Martha, Rio das Mortes and Women in New York. i love almost all of them, Fassbinder's style really speaks to me, i don't know why. it's the profound Germanness, i guess (i'm German) and i actually know a lot of those characters and the exaggerated, over-the-top things they say and do from my own family. i hate my family for the most part and Fassbinder's films usually tell me why i hate them lol. i still have to see the 2 TV series he has made, Eight Hours are Not a Day, and Berlin: Alexanderplatz, the latter is said to be his magnum opus. so, i still have those in the pipelines! :))

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Yes, that was the one. "Anger" was the one I wasn't too interested in. I'm very political, and I gave it plenty of time, but I couldn't get into the essay-format, and it wasn't even that. A lot of platitudes and the usual agitprop.

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is good, but is a remake of Douglas Sirk (who Fassbinder loved), but it was modified a bit, and was good nonetheless. I'm looking at my ratings and although I gave "Mother Kuesters…" a 7.5/10, just like "The Bitter Tears of Petra…" - I don't remember it as much. it's been a few years, and I saw about two of his a day. I usually get streaky, my latest one being rare, older Eastern European movies.
I liked and remembered more "The Merchant of Four Seasons", as well as "I Only Want You To Love Me" (8/10).

Were you born in Germany? I was fortunate to backpack Germany 5-6 times, and wish I would have talked more movies (and maybe visited a place or two), but my friends were strictly musicians. "M" might be my favorite German movie, but I also really liked, "Abschied von gestern".. "Strosczek" is another one I liked very much, even though Herzog isn't on my list of Top 20 (or even 30) directors, which is not a knock on him. "The Bridge" is another good one.

Did you ever see "The Edukators"? I saw that when I was 19 and loved it.

I watched a bit of Berlin Alexanderplatz, but upon finding how long it was, and how late it was during the night, I thought I'd save it for future viewings. Hopefully sooner than later.

Out of curiosity, do you have a Top 10 or 20 favorite movies of all-time? I like your taste.

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ok well here are my favourite Fassbinder films:

1. The Merchant of Four Seasons
2. Why Does Herr R. Run Amok
3. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
4. Fox and His Friends
5. Mother Küsters' Goes to Heaven (my first Fassbinder i've seen and i instantly loved it)

also really good:

The Marriage of Maria Braun
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Love Is Colder Than Death
Fear of Fear
Katzelmacher
World on a Wire
Gods of the Plague
Despair
In a Year with 13 Moons

the rest is mostly good as well. the only one i didn't really like was Satan's Brew.

Were you born in Germany?

yep, in the 1990's. where have ya been in Germany? i'm in Berlin. :) i think some of my favourite German films are Wim Wenders' Alice in the Cities, The NeverEnding Story, Herzog's The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Petzold's Yella, Glasner's The Free Will, Victoria & Michael Verhoeven's The White Rose.

Did you ever see "The Edukators"?

oh yeah. i liked it too. one of Daniel's early hits, also internationally. :)

Out of curiosity, do you have a Top 10 or 20 favorite movies of all-time?

sure :) my top 20 would look like this right now:

1. The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley, 1989)
2. Lilja 4-ever (Lukas Moodysson, 2002)
3. The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, 1973)
4. Angel's Egg (Mamoru Oshii, 1985)
5. Les Misérables (Raymond Bernard, 1934)
6. The Plague Dogs (Martin Rosen, 1982)
7. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma, 2019)
8. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, 2008)
9. Keane (Lodge Kerrigan, 2004)
10. Pariah (Dee Rees, 2011)

11. Oedipus Rex (P.P. Pasolini, 1967)
12. The Merchant of Four Seasons (R.W. Fassbinder, 1972)
13. The White Rose (Michael Verhoeven, 1982)
14. Vagabond (Agnès Varda, 1985)
15. The Kid (Charles Chaplin, 1921)
16. Gas Food Lodging (Allison Anders, 1992)
17. The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1982)
18. Whisper of the Heart (Yoshifumi Kondô, 1995)
19. Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders, 1974)
20. Tetsuo (Shin'ya Tsukamoto, 1989)

or sth or other lol

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I don't like much of Agnes Varda, but "Vagabond" was one. It was interested that although strangers took her in, she maintained her same "I don't give a fuck" attitude.

I forgot "Alice in the Cities" (I liked "Wrong Turn", too), and "La Grande Illusion" is considered German, despite it being by Renoir. One of my favorites, 10/10.

Did you ever see "Forest for the Trees" (Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen).. I fell in love with Eva Lobau, which doesn't happen often (I'm thinking of Gena Rowlands in "A Woman Under the Influence" or Giulieta Masina in "La Strada").. I tried to find other movies she was in, and only found a few shorts. One was a porno (which was cool), the other was her problem with insomnia (she masturbates in that one too :)

Carriage to Vienna (1966) is considered German, but I remember more Polish. "Wings of Desire" is another good Wim Wenders movie.

Here's my Top 0
Harry and Tonto
La Strada
Nashville
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
The Battle of Algiers
Network
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
A Woman Under the Influence
Buffalo '66

I'd also recommend "Varjoja paratiisissa" (Shadows in Paradise). "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" is another movie that would definitely make my Top 20.

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Could I mention a director who I just became a fan of his work?

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It's too late. I moved on to another subject. You don't like me participating in your threads anyway.

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Quentin Tarantino
Steven Spielberg
Martin Scorsese
Christopher Nolan
Denis Villenueve
Joel and Ethan Coen
Paul Thomas Anderson
Spike Jonze
Wes Anderson

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I don't have one, but I've watched a few of Jerry Bruckheimer's (producer) movies.

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Bi Gan
Gaspar Noé
Francis Ford Coppola
Martin Scorsese
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Andrei Tarkovsky
David Lynch
Sam Mendes
Bong Joon Ho
Wong Kar-wai
Siew Hua Yeo
Hu Bo.

Re: Your Favorite Directors?

I do love the movies American beauty, the conversation, godfather, and David Lynch's straight story, The elephant Man.

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I sometimes forget that American Beauty is a Sam Mendes film. All the more reason why he should be on my list, though. I mostly remember him for Jarhead and 1917.

I like all 3 Godfather movies and thought The Conversation was ok. But Apocalypse Now is definitely my favourite Coppola film. Maybe my favourite film, in general.

The Elephant Man was brilliant, but I still think Eraserhead is his best work. Season 3 of Twin Peaks may change my mind when I get to it.

I think I've been avoiding The Straight Story because it's not particularly typical of Lynch's style. But I hear almost only praise about it, so maybe some day.

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I highly recommend "The Straight Story"

I'm more impressed with "The Conversation" because Coppola wrote it. As for "The Godfather", it was the #1 best-selling book with the greatest actor ever.

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Fair point. I sometimes overlook that both The Godfather movies and Apocalypse Now aren't really written by Copp.

The Straight Story has been added to the watchlist.

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In no particular order:

David Lynch
David Cronenberg
Stanley Kubrick
Denis Villenueve
Christopher Nolan
Quentin Tarantino
David Fincher

Re: Your Favorite Directors?

Gosh, too many to name. If I had to give you a spur of the moment 10 it would probably look something like this. I'll list my favorite of their work in ()

Werner Herzog (Little Dieter Needs to Fly)
Errol Morris (Mr. Death)
Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill)
John Carpenter (The Thing)
Terrence Malick (The New World)
Alfred Hitchcock (The Birds)
Woody Allen (The Purple Rose of Cairo)
James Whale (Bride of Frankenstein)
George Romero (Night of the Living Dead)
Stanley Kubrick (Eyes Wide Shut)

It's hard because there are directors that I think deserve the title of my "favorite" directors but only for a small body of their work. Directors such as Peter Watkins who made two of my all time favorite films (The War Game and Punishment Park) because of the unique vision and craftsmanship he displayed. The 10 listed above made a much higher number of films that I would call "great".

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1. Stanley Kubrick
2. Alfred Hitchcock
3. Krzysztof Kieslowski
4. David Lynch
5. The Coen Brothers
6. Steven Speilberg
7. Martin Scorsese



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Re: Your Favorite Directors?

Mike Leigh
David Lynch
Lars von Trier (fav all my life, but Bjork's story of his harassment has made me slightly conflicted)
Hal Hartley
Todd Solondz
Richard Linklater
Federico Fellini
Coen Brothers
Shane Meadows
Kelly Reichardt
Neil Jordan
Anna Biller
Stanley Kubrick
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