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Who are your favorite directors?


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1. john ford

2. alfred hitchcock

3. ernst lubitsch

4. howard hawks

5. victor fleming

6. william wyler

7. anthony mann

8. frank borzage

9. henry hathaway

10.john huston

11.george stevens

12.raoul walsh

13.william wellman

14.frank capra

15.douglas sirk

16.otto preminger

17.michael curtiz

 

I also enjoy and appreciate films by leo mccarey, david lean, rouben mamoulian, william dieterle, jacques tourneur, john farrow, budd boetticher, fritz lang, henry koster, clarence brown, charles chaplin, blake edwards, tay garnett, jack conway, robert siodmak, orson welles and anatole litvak. Golly! I could go on and on, sorry!

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Among my favorites (in no particular order) are:

F.W. Murnau

John Ford

Henry King

Clarence Brown

Yasujiro Ozu

Michael Powell

Ernst Lubitsch

Frank Capra

Alfred Hitchcock

Rex Ingram

Akira Kurosawa

Fritz Lang

Leo McCarey

Preston Sturges

C.B.DeMille

Rouben Mamoulian

Lois Weber

W.S. VanDyke

William Weyler

Clint Eastwood

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Classic directors only? :)

 

Just kidding. ;)

 

A lot of the obvious favorites have already been mentioned so I will try and spare everyone the usual Hitchcock-Ford-Capra-Wilder-Wyler-Fleming-Lubitsch-Lean yadda yadda yadda and mention only the ones that either haven't been mentioned already or aren't likely to be mentioned:

 

D.W. Griffith

Erich Von Stroheim

Abel Gance

Buster Keaton

G.W. Pabst

King Vidor

Raoul Walsh

Tod Browning

Sergei Eisenstein

Michael Curtiz

Busby Berkeley

William Wellman

James Whale

Richard Thorpe

Phil Karlson

William Castle

Anthony Mann

Leni Riefenstahl

Alexander Korda

Marcel Carn?

Jean Renoir

Ren? Clair

Henri-Georges Clouzot

Jules Dassin

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

Max Oph?ls

George Cukor

Vittorio De Sica

Jacques Demy & Agn?s Varda

Roman Polanski

Sam Fuller

Nicholas Ray

Robert Wise

Alain Resnais

Louis Malle

Jean-Luc Godard

Fran?ois Truffaut

Luis Bu?uel

Carlos Saura

Sergio Leone

Jean-Pierre Melville

Akira Kurosawa

Kenji Mizoguchi

Mike Nichols

Federico Fellini

Bernardo Bertolucci

Ingmar Bergman

Sam Peckinpah

Robert Altman

John Schlesinger

Peter Greenaway

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Aki Kaurism?ki

Pedro Almod?var

Alfonso Cuar?n

John Woo

Wong Kar-Wai

Hayao Miyazaki

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Robert Wise is, by far, my favorite director. He directed so many great films in such a variety of genres. None of them burdened by a predictable style, but every film is stamped with Wise's impeccable good taste.

 

In addition to Wise, I'm partial to John Ford, M. Night Shyamalan, Alfred Hitchcock, Fred Zinneman and Brian De Palma.

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>Robert Wise is, by far, my favorite director. He directed so many great films in such a variety of genres. None of them burdened by a predictable style, but every film is stamped with Wise's impeccable good taste.

 

It doesn't get the press any more, never did, but this is his finest offering...

 

Steve McQueen's finest performance, too...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GUDYM_EKdQ&feature=related

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I love *The Sand Pebbles*. His 60s output alone is so varied and diverse. Even the musicals are all different from one another. He has directed classics in just about every genre. He's incredible to me, and utterly underrated. Or more to the point, so many other directors are utterly overrated! Even TCM is short-changing him by giving him the morning shift and the overrated Orson Wells, prime time, on June 16th!

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1. Alfred Hitchcock

2. Fritz Lang

3. F.W. Murnau

4. Nicholas Ray

5. Anthony Mann

6. Otto Preminger

7. Robert Wise

8. John Huston

9. Howard Hawks

10. Jacques Tourneur

11. Orson Welles

12. John Ford

13. Sergio Leone

14. Samuel Fuller

15. Stanley Kubrick

16. Henri-Georges Clouzot

17. Billy Wilder

18. Preston Sturges

19. James Whale

20. Joseph L. Mankiewicz

 

Of today, it's easily the Coen Brothers, followed by P.T. Anderson. I also like John Carpenter and ZAZ.

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Back after a long absence. Glad to find MissG and FrankG still posting here. List below excludes foreign directors (who would merit an equally long list) and contemporary (active) directors. Glad to see Borzage, Sirk, Whale, P.Sturges, A. Mann, Browning, Boetticher, Wyler and Lois Weber mentioned. In alphabetical order:

*CHARLIE CHAPLIN*

*JOHN FORD*

*D.W. GRIFFITH*

*HOWARD HAWKS*

*ALFRED HITCHCOCK*

*STANLEY KUBRICK*

*FRITZ LANG*

*ERNST LUBITSCH*

*NICHOLAS RAY*

*ORSON WELLES*

*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&

ROBERT ALTMAN

JOHN CASSAVETES

SAM FULLER

LEWIS MILESTONE

LEO McCAREY

OTTO PREMINGER

JOSEF VON STERNBERG

JACQUES TOURNEUR

ERIC VON STROHEIM

KING VIDOR

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Welcome back, OL! Damn, it's been a while. Let's see that foreign-language list of fave

directors of yours. And you were right, I like Peter Ibbetson. I really like it.

 

I've yet to see a single Griffith or Chaplin film and I've only seen one Lubitsch film.

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*1. Alfred Hitchcock*

*2. Fritz Lang*

*3. F.W. Murnau*

*4. Nicholas Ray*

*5. Anthony Mann*

*6. Otto Preminger*

*7. Robert Wise*

*8. John Huston*

*9. Howard Hawks*

*10. Jacques Tourneur*

*11. Orson Welles*

*12. John Ford*

*13. Sergio Leone*

*14. Samuel Fuller*

*15. Stanley Kubrick*

*16. Henri-Georges Clouzot*

*17. Billy Wilder*

*18. Preston Sturges*

*19. James Whale*

*20. Joseph L. Mankiewicz*

 

*Of today, it's easily the Coen Brothers, followed by P.T. Anderson. I also like John Carpenter and ZAZ.*

 

one should have figured you would have a list like this one. heehee! ;);) but you probably wont like my list any better.

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wow! so honest......okay okay. you got me....

 

here's my list:

 

1) William Wyler

2) John Ford

3) Vincente Minelli

4) Alfred Hitchcock

5) Mervyn LeRoy

6) Tay Garnett

7) Robert Wise

8) Frank Capra

9) Victor Fleming

10) Robert Stevenson

11) Michael Curtiz

12) Robert Z. Leonard

13) Stanley Donan

14) W. S. Van Dyke

15) H. C. Potter

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Thanks for the welcome FrankG (you show your versatility by liking what I believe to be the "sappiest" film ever: Henry Hathaway's and Gary Cooper's magnificent *Peter Ibbetson*) and HollyGoli (we _do_ have a lot of common favorites). As requested, here's my list of directors of foreign films (some like Renoir, Ophuls, Murnau, etc. have also made films in English). List excludes active directors to help me keep it at 20 or 21.

 

*ALAIN RESNAIS*

*KENJI MIZOGUCHI*

*JEAN RENOIR*

*LUIS BUNUEL*

*CARL T. DREYER*

*YASUJIRO OZU*

*JEAN LUC GODARD*

*ROBERT BRESSON*

*F.W. MURNAU*

*MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI*

 

&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&*&&*

 

ANDREI TARKOVSKY

AKIRA KUROSAWA

MAX OPHULS

ROBERTO ROSSELLINI

JACQUES TATI

LUCHINO VISCONTI

EMILIO "EL INDIO" FERNANDEZ

JEAN ROUCH

SATYAJIT RAY

RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER

PIER PAOLO PASOLINI

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Orson,

I really enjoyed reading your list of foreign-language directors. I'm ashamed I'm not more familiar with the work of Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez, who is arguably the greatest Mexican director to have worked during Mexico's Golden Age. I've heard that TCM played a bunch of Mexican movies from that period a few years back, but unfortunately I couldn't catch those then. I would _love_ if they could show them again.

 

As for Satyajit Ray, his movies are now apparently out-of-print in North America, even though they've been recently re-released elsewhere. I have access to the OOP DVDs but I'd rather wait and see if any remastered editions are released here in the near future.

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I would like to do mine in order, but am having trouble. So, here goes: (and I'm mixing foreign and domestic)

 

Jacques Tourneur

John Ford

Orson Welles

Alfred Hitchcock

Michelangelo Antonioni

Elia Kazan

Billy Wilder

David Lean

Robert Stevenson (are butterscotch and I the only ones?)

F.W. Murnau

John Huston

Jim Jarmusch

John Sayles

Jacques Tati

Roman Polanski

Luis Bunuel

William Castle

 

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What's up, OL -- Thanks for the welcome FrankG (you show your versatility by

liking what I believe to be the "sappiest" film ever: Henry Hathaway's and Gary Cooper's

magnificent *Peter Ibbetson*)

 

:D Shhhhh, don't let that get out. Peter Ibbetson is actually my favorite

Gary Cooper film, even ranking ahead of High Noon. I'm big on

von Sternberg's Morocco, too.

 

Thanks for your list of foreign-language faves. You got some bangers there. Bunuel

and Ozu... me likey. I really need to watch me some Renoir and Ophuls.

 

No Rohmer or Bergman, eh?

 

Hi there, Bronxie -- Well, well, well. I never knew! You like Bunuel? Heck, I didn't

know you liked Welles and Hitch. You're hiding a lot. :)

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