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The greatest living director?

PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2000 7:11 pm
by dan-2
Now that Kurosawa and Fellini are gone and Bergman and Antonioni are finally retired (finally!), I feel it necessary to throw another name in the ring for the title Greatest Living Director: Jan Troell. (And I can already hear the majority of you saying "whu?".)

Re: The greatest living director?

PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2000 11:02 pm
by Thure
I would rather go for this year's Cannes-winner: Lars von Trier. With his new film Dancer in the Dark, he has proven himself worthy of the title "best (and most original) living director"!

Re: The greatest living director?

PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2000 8:40 pm
by Christina
Since nationality specification was not made, I give the honor to Woody Allen. Proof that a comic genius can reign above wheat fields and tea cups!

Re: The greatest living director?

PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2000 5:04 am
by Sarah
Torn between Wenders and Angelopoulos myself... haven't seen enough of Angelopoulos' films to really be sure, but the two films I have seen were definitely 2 of the best I've ever seen. Wenders - seen most of them and am a huge fan (even started a newsgroup) but I don't think any of his films are as ambitious and wonderful as the ones Angelopoulos has done....

Re: The greatest living director?

PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2000 2:26 am
by dan-2
I'd have to disqualify Woody Allen, since we're dealing with foreign films [even if Woody wanted to be either Bergman or Antonioni at various stages of his career - with ludicrous results].

Re: The greatest living director?

PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2000 2:32 am
by dan-2
Angelopoulos [sp?] is a good choice, if only because his work, rather like Kiarostami's, is virtually unknown or misrepresented - the usual fate of all aggressively non-commercial filmmakers. Imagine either of them landing a lucrative Hollywood contract.

Re: The greatest living director?

PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2000 5:19 am
by Sarah
Just picturing some Hollywood studio trying to market a 3-hour Greek film to an American audience... hm... Might be fun to see them try.

Re: The greatest living director?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2000 12:20 pm
by acquarello
Troell is good, but my vote for best living "contemporary" director would go to either Emir Kusturica or Julio Medem. Von Trier shows potential, but his adherence to Dogme95's use of handhelds can make his films very difficult to watch on a theater screen. Although one can always watch his films on home video, it relegates the role of foreign films to home viewing and takes away from the film going experience.

Six months ago, the answer to this question would have easily been Robert Bresson.

Re: The greatest living director?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2000 6:55 pm
by shoehorn
For me, the greatest living directors of international films are:

Hou Hsaio-Hsien
Abbas Kiarostami
Zhang Yimou
Andre Techine


Re: The greatest living director?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2000 9:56 am
by mouse
I'd have to agree with Shoehorn on Zhang Yimou.
His films with the beautiful Gong Li are among
my all time favorites.