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Greatest Director of All Time?

Who is number one?

by Anonymousreply 47January 18, 2022 10:19 PM

Billy Wilder

George Cukor

Otto Preminger

Michael Curtiz

William Wyler

Antonio Saboto Jr.

by Anonymousreply 1January 16, 2022 11:57 PM

Shame on you, OP, for including Spielberg but not Fellini

by Anonymousreply 2January 16, 2022 11:59 PM

Martin Scorsese is winning? How middlebrow. I'd say:

1: Akira Kurosawa

2: Orson Welles

by Anonymousreply 3January 17, 2022 12:01 AM

How is Scorsese in the lead?

by Anonymousreply 4January 17, 2022 1:17 AM

Kubrick - every movie is a feast for the eyes, the ears, and the mind. I just wish he had made a few more.

by Anonymousreply 5January 17, 2022 1:23 AM

R1, your choices are right on the money. I never understood the love for Lean and Kubrick. Their films are boring, pretentious and ponderous.

by Anonymousreply 6January 17, 2022 1:31 AM

I’d put Fincher on the list instead of Nolan.

by Anonymousreply 7January 17, 2022 1:37 AM

And I’d add Paul Thomas Anderson as a choice.

by Anonymousreply 8January 17, 2022 1:37 AM



Jean Renoir

Ingmar Bergman

by Anonymousreply 9January 17, 2022 1:38 AM






by Anonymousreply 10January 17, 2022 1:43 AM

Ozu (By a mile)





Bresson (au hasard Balthazar alone puts him on any shortlist)


Jacques Demy (doesn’t REALLY belong, but his films are so joyous, it’s hard not to recognize him)

by Anonymousreply 11January 17, 2022 1:44 AM

Yasujirō Ozu

Robert Bresson

by Anonymousreply 12January 17, 2022 1:45 AM

Agnes Varda

Jane Campion

Maya Deren

by Anonymousreply 13January 17, 2022 1:53 AM

Georges Méliès

by Anonymousreply 14January 17, 2022 1:55 AM

Orson got some incredible performances on film (several are his own). I'm voting for him also for missed opportunities.

by Anonymousreply 15January 17, 2022 1:56 AM

Some worthies not in the poll:

Sjostrom Lubitsch Murnau Mauritz Stiller Truffaut

by Anonymousreply 16January 17, 2022 2:05 AM

^^^ Don't know why the software put them all on one line.

by Anonymousreply 17January 17, 2022 2:07 AM

Dottie Arzner

by Anonymousreply 18January 17, 2022 2:10 AM

Chi Chi Larue

William Higgins

John Travis

by Anonymousreply 19January 17, 2022 2:16 AM

Kurosawa and Fellini

by Anonymousreply 20January 17, 2022 2:17 AM

Hitchcock, he transcended eras.

by Anonymousreply 21January 17, 2022 2:23 AM

Blah Blah Blah

Laundry List

Shopping List

No-Criteria List

List Because I say So!

by Anonymousreply 22January 17, 2022 2:42 AM

No Robert Altman?

by Anonymousreply 23January 17, 2022 2:46 AM

R22, you forgot John List.

You forgot Tommy Wiseau.

by Anonymousreply 24January 17, 2022 2:49 AM

I love everything Almodovar.

by Anonymousreply 25January 17, 2022 3:02 AM

I love everything Antony Asquith,

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by Anonymousreply 26January 17, 2022 3:07 AM

Cinema wouldn't be where it is today without Fritz Lang.

by Anonymousreply 27January 17, 2022 3:16 AM

The world wouldn't exist today without Sergei Eisenstein.

by Anonymousreply 28January 17, 2022 3:19 AM

Ang Lee

“ Lee has been nominated for nine Academy Awards, of which he has won three: Best Foreign Language Film for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Best Director for Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi, becoming the first non-white director to win the latter. For The Wedding Banquet and Sense and Sensibility, Lee won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival; for Brokeback Mountain and Lust Caution, he won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Lee is one of four directors to win the Golden Lion twice and the sole filmmaker to have been awarded the Golden Bear twice. Lee has also been awarded Directors Guild of America Awards, Golden Globes and British Academy Film Awards, among others, and is the recipient of the Order of Brilliant Star, the second highest civilian honor bestowed by the government of Taiwan.”

by Anonymousreply 29January 17, 2022 3:20 AM

Byan Singer.

by Anonymousreply 30January 17, 2022 3:21 AM

Your list is missing John Ford, OP

by Anonymousreply 31January 17, 2022 3:39 AM

Your list is missing the transvestite directors!

Literal Violence!

by Anonymousreply 32January 17, 2022 4:13 AM

Charles Chaplin

by Anonymousreply 33January 17, 2022 5:15 AM

Billy Wilder is by far the best director of all time — comedy, drama, farce, romance—he could do and did do everything.

by Anonymousreply 34January 17, 2022 5:25 AM

So many of my favorites are missing...

The already commented John Ford, Pedro Almodovar, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Andrei Tarkovsky, Robert Altman, Charlie Chaplin, Billy Wilder and Jean Renoir are all close to the top of my list.

The ones on your list I agree with in spirit are Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchock and Stanley Kubrick. I love Martin Scorsese, but I don't know if he's one of the capital "G" greats - he's for sure in the upper echelon.

I'd also add pre-1968 Jean-Luc Godard before I'd say any other New Wave director (though I might agree with Truffaut and Rohmer and the terribly underrated Melville. Also, I feel the same about Demy/Renais/Varda as I do Scorsese). He made BREATHLESS, which pretty much birthed "modern" cinema. That alone cements him forever, but his other films of the early period are glorious - Contempt, Pierrot le Fou, Bande a Part, Alphaville, Une Femme est Une Femme, Vivre Sa Vie, Masculin Feminin.....just unbelievably influential on everything that followed.

Along with Godard, I'd also make a case for Luchino Visconti, Jean Cocteau, David Lynch, Wong Kar-Wai, Howard Hawks, John Waters, John Cassavetes, Abbas Kiarostami, and Pier Paolo Pasolini.

There were really so many impactful directors in the 20th century. Where has all the genius gone? Modern directors I can see achieving genius status are Paul Thomas Anderson, Francois Ozon, Wes Anderson, Robert Eggers, Jane Campion, Lars von Trier, Hong Sang-soo and Claire Denis.

by Anonymousreply 35January 17, 2022 5:49 AM

You MUST include this spasmodically-clever duo!

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by Anonymousreply 36January 17, 2022 8:23 AM

Bergman absolutely. But why isn't my fave Sergey Eizenstein on the list?

by Anonymousreply 37January 17, 2022 8:34 AM

This thread is reminding me of all the magnificent film directors and I don’t think I can pick one to “be best”.

by Anonymousreply 38January 17, 2022 5:59 PM

I’d say Ang Lee

by Anonymousreply 39January 18, 2022 1:56 AM

I'm waiting for the OP to start a new thread 'entitled 'Who is The Greatest Homosexual of All Time?'.

by Anonymousreply 40January 18, 2022 7:19 PM

R40 The answer is obviously Sir John Gielgud

by Anonymousreply 41January 18, 2022 9:09 PM

No love for John Derek?

by Anonymousreply 42January 18, 2022 9:11 PM

R40 The answer is probably Tennessee Williams.

by Anonymousreply 43January 18, 2022 9:12 PM

No, R42, he was insufficiently homosexual for R40 and R41.

by Anonymousreply 44January 18, 2022 9:13 PM

Polanski should be on the list.

by Anonymousreply 45January 18, 2022 9:54 PM

[quote] Polanski should be on the list.

The list is stupid. This list is here to troll us.

by Anonymousreply 46January 18, 2022 9:56 PM

No mention of Coppola?

by Anonymousreply 47January 18, 2022 10:19 PM
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