Best Director Live or Dead

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Best Director Live or Dead

Postby sanford-x » Sat May 27, 2000 2:36 am

I submit the following:
Pasolini
Wenders

It is hard to say who is best live or dead. Plenty will throw down their ideas, flex their egos, say this and that, but all that matters in film is what titillates the senses, what grabs the eye, throws you on the ground and screams "watch me". SO I humbly submit the above two, maybe not the best, but by far the most thought provoking.
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Re: Best Director Live or Dead

Postby acquarello » Tue Jun 06, 2000 12:07 pm

My vote would go to Carl-Theodor Dreyer who continued to defy established cinematic language throughout his career.
acquarello
 

Re: Best Director Live or Dead

Postby VoiceOver » Thu Jun 29, 2000 10:14 am

Andrei Tarkovsky; nobody else even comes close.
VoiceOver
 

Re: Best Director Live or Dead

Postby jman » Thu Jun 29, 2000 11:29 am

Anyone trying to answer this question should have a look at the work of Kenji Mizoguchi (1898-1956). Don't let the dates fool you, his films are complex, suspenseful, entertaining, and way ahead of their time. In particular, see A Geisha, one of the best films ever made, period.
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Re: Best Director Live or Dead

Postby acquarello » Thu Jun 29, 2000 1:30 pm

I've only seen 5 Mizoguchi films: Sansho Dayu, Ugetsu Monogatari, 47 Ronin, Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, and Life of Oharu--and he definitely has my attention. I'd put him on par with Ozu (around #3), just slightly below Tarkovsky and maybe Bergman. If Geisha is anything like Life of Oharu, I'll be depressed for weeks.
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Re: Best Director Live or Dead

Postby dan-2 » Thu Jul 06, 2000 12:55 am

Best! Best!! Best!!! What a silly and unproductive game. Like naming the Best Composer/Painter/Poet of All Time. All I really know is I have a few favorites, but why they appeal to me before any others is entirely personal and ultimately quite mysterious.
dan-2
 

Re: Best Director Live or Dead

Postby VoiceOver » Mon Jul 17, 2000 8:22 am

Since this is a thread about best-worst lists, don't be surprised if posted messages do just that. If you don't like it, don't post here (= this thread), makes no sense complaining about it.
VoiceOver
 

Re: Best Director Live or Dead

Postby cathouse » Fri Jul 21, 2000 11:50 am

All the above certainly qualify, especially the Japenese directors. But my all time favorite was the little tramp, Charlie Chaplin.
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Re: Best Director Live or Dead

Postby Maconda » Wed Aug 09, 2000 6:21 am

uhm...Bunuel and Yimou Zang. How come no one mentioned them before?
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Re: Best Director Live or Dead

Postby LF_CELINE » Wed Aug 09, 2000 7:20 pm

My submission-

Charles Chaplin
Francois Truffaut
Carl Theodore Dreyer
Alfred Hitchcock
Jean Renoir
Akira Kurosawa
Luis Bunuel
Seijun Suzuki
Igmar Bergman
Stanley Kubrick
Martin Scorcesse
Abbas Kiastorami
David Cronenberg
Robert Bresson
Jean Cocteau
Lindsay Anderson
Roman Polanski
Werner Herzog
Fritz Lang
Terrence Fisher
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