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Who is the Best Director of All-Time?

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I have favorite directors for Westerns, SyFy, Drama, and for Film Noir and Neo Noir and for different decades, there is no "all" time favorite.

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10 hours ago, spence said:

kind of strangely most did not seem to go for *FORD?  A few though

John Ford  was the favorite director Of my favorite director, Akira Kurosawa.

I don't know which films were Kurosawa's favorite Ford films, but mine are:

 

"Mary of Scotland", starring Katharine Hepburn &

 "Two Rode Together", starring James Stewart and Richard Widmark.

 

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How about "Actor/directors" or... "Director/ actors"? ie:

An actor/director would be someone like CLINT EASTWOOD, who first made his mark as an actor, and the other category (director/actor) would be a guy like JOHN HUSTON, who made his mark as a director.  It's OK to intermingle names while listing.  

I just gave two of MY favorites, and I don't know too many(if any) from the "classic" period who fit either category, except for IDA LUPINO( another favorite)

Sepiatone

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2 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

How about "Actor/directors" or... "Director/ actors"? ie:

An actor/director would be someone like CLINT EASTWOOD, who first made his mark as an actor, and the other category (director/actor) would be a guy like JOHN HUSTON, who made his mark as a director.  It's OK to intermingle names while listing.  

I just gave two of MY favorites, and I don't know too many(if any) from the "classic" period who fit either category, except for IDA LUPINO( another favorite)

Sepiatone

Charlie Chaplin for sure

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20 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

And Jacques Tati

:D

Oh, YEAH!  BIG name in classic film!  Practically a household name!!  ;)  :rolleyes:

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Well, that's a hard one! There are so many of them. Here is my list (not in any particular order):

Michael Curtiz

Elia Kazan

John Huston

John Ford

Stanley Kubrick

Sidney Lumet

Sydney Pollack

François Truffaut

William Wyler

Cecil B. de Mille

Ingmar Bergman

Federico Fellini and, since I am with Italians, Luchino Visconti

Charles Chaplin

Claude Chabrol and another great Frenchman, Marcel Carné

Norman Jewison

Robert Wise

Arthur Penn

Martin Scorsese

Francis Ford Coppola

Woody Allen (he makes great drama films too, you know, not just comedies, ex: "Match Point", please, don't misunderstand me: nothing wrong with comedies) 

 

Please, do let me know if I missed any great ones!

 

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On 9/16/2019 at 11:06 AM, spence said:

thanks and agree, favs vs the

 

best is often not the same thing

Dear Lord! I forgot Hitchcock in my list. I know the topic asks for one name, but how do you come up with one single best director when there are sooooooooo many of them?

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12 hours ago, John Louis Gerdes said:

Please, do let me know if I missed any great ones!

Sergio Leone

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7 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

Sergio Leone

Agree! "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" is a masterpiece and so is "Once Upon a Time in the West"

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21 hours ago, John Louis Gerdes said:

Please, do let me know if I missed any great ones!

  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Luis Bunuel
  • Fritz Lang
  • Nicholas Ray
  • Yasujiro Ozu
  • Satyajit Ray
  • Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Robert Bresson
  • Howard Hawks
  • Robert Altman
  • Frank Capra
  • Orson Welles
  • George Cukor
  • Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Michael Powell

 

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4 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Luis Bunuel
  • Fritz Lang
  • Nicholas Ray
  • Yasujiro Ozu
  • Satyajit Ray
  • Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Robert Bresson
  • Howard Hawks
  • Robert Altman
  • Frank Capra
  • Orson Welles
  • George Cukor
  • Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Michael Powell

 

Of course! I believe I included Bunuel in my list, but all of your suggestions are great especially Kurosawa, Fritz Lang, Melville ("Le Samuraï" is a great movie), Capra, Wells, Cukor, they are all great, but where does one stop?

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21 hours ago, John Louis Gerdes said:

Please, do let me know if I missed any great ones!

 

David Lynch, Werner Herzog, Jan Troell, Sergei Eisenstein, Kurt Maetzig, Jean-Luc Godard, Bela Tarr, Alejandro Jodorowsky

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1 minute ago, Gershwin fan said:

David Lynch, Werner Herzog, Jan Troell, Sergei Eisenstein, Kurt Maetzig, Jean-Luc Godard, Bela Tarr, Alejandro Jodorowsky

Excellent choice! As I said earlier, where does one stop. I missed David Lynch in my original list. I don't know why since I love him so much. Godard too: "À bout de souffle" is not only a masterpiece, it is the epitome of the "nouvelle vague" genre. 

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