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Saturday, 18 October 2014

All those directors !

Following on from the lists of actors and actresses we like, here is the Directors list .... its bigger than I imagined ! 

Michelangelo Antonioni  (right)
Alfred Hitchcock 
Howard Hawks 
Ingmar Bergman
David Lean
Michael Powell
Martin Scorsese
John Huston 
William Wyler 
Billy Wilder 
Joe Mankiewicz 
George Cukor 
Vincente Minnelli 
Josef Von Sternberg 
Orson Welles 

Frank Borzage, Preston Sturges, John Ford, Frank Capra, Michael Curtiz, George Stevens, Fred Zinnemann, Alan J Pakula, Sidney Lumet, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman, Michael Mann, Terrence Malick, Charles Walters.

OF THEIR TIME ('50s/'60s): 
Elia Kazan, Stanley Kramer, Douglas Sirk, Frank Tashlin, Otto Preminger, Nicholas Ray, Anthony Mann, Robert Rossen, Martin Ritt, Stanley Donen, John Frankenheimer, Richard Brooks, Jean Negulesco, John Sturges, Blake Edwards, Richard Quine, George Roy Hill, Robert Wise, Robert Mulligan, Richard Fleisher. 

Mike Leigh, Francois Ozon, Pedro Almodovar, Nicholas Winding Refn, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino, Todd Haynes, Bill Condon, Ang Lee, Paul Schrader.

John Schlesinger, Joseph Losey*, Richard Lester*, John Boorman, Nicholas Roeg, Ridley Scott, Carol Reed, Clive Donner, Desmond Davis, Tony Richardson, Basil Dearden, J. Lee Thompson, Philip Leacock, Alexander McKendrick, Lewis Gilbert, Ronald Neame [* honorary Brits]  Right: Losey directs MODESTY BLAISE.

EUROPEAN (after Antonioni): 
Federico Fellini, Vittorio de Sica, Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti, Jacques Demy, Agnes Varda, Louis Malle, Jean-Pierre Melville, Mauro Bolognini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Max Ophuls, Luis Bunuel, Wim Wenders, Francois Truffaut, Rene Clement, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Claude Lelouch, Roger Vadim, Claude Sautet, Julian Duviver, Robert Hossein, Henri Verneuil.
Left and right: Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy.

Ozu, Mizoguchi, Ray, Kurosawa, Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, Wong Kar-wai, Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Hitch & Cary


  1. I thought this would be tougher to come up with a top 25 as opposed the actresses/actors but once I started I found they came to me easily...and then I had a surfeit! Looking at your list I've missed some directors I like but my top 25 would remain unchanged if I add them.

    I know Ang Lee and Spielberg are more contemporary but I love both of their work and since directors tend to have longer feature careers than performers with many of them spanning multiple decades it seemed like they would have more leeway.

    Alfred Hitchcock
    Michael Curtiz
    Douglas Sirk
    Fritz Lang
    Ang Lee
    Mitchell Leisen
    Preston Sturges
    Vincente Minnelli
    Alan J. Pakula
    Nicholas Ray
    George Cukor
    Cecil B. De Mille
    Billy Wilder
    John Ford
    William Wyler
    Howard Hawks
    Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    Robert Siodmak
    Ida Lupino
    John Frankenheimer
    John Schlesinger
    Raoul Walsh
    Frank Borgaze
    Steven Spielberg
    Fred Zinnemann

    Just below-King Vidor, Michael Powell, Peter Weir, James Whale, Charles Chaplin, David Lean, Jean Negulesco and Francois Truffaut

    Erratic but almost always interesting: Peter Bogdanavich, Woody Allen, Joel & Ethan Coen, John Cassavetes, Stanley Kubrick, Mike Nichols, Arthur Penn, Otto Preminger, Ken Russell, John Sayles, Todd Haynes, Steven Soderbergh and Ronald Neame

  2. Terrific list once again, its surprising how many directors one likes and needs to include on any list.