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Topic 55 of 69: directors - greatest of all time

Sat, Apr 6, 2002 (11:07) | Paul Terry Walhus (terry)
Who were the greatest directors of all time. This is useful to me right now because I'm trying to program up some tivo wishlists.
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 Topic 55 of 69 [movies]: directors - greatest of all time
 Response 1 of 14: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sat, Apr  6, 2002 (11:12) * 10 lines 
 
Two come to mind right off the top.

Bogdanavich and Altman.



ROBERT ALTMAN 1925-
Innovative, Iconoclastic, Free-Spirited, Unconventional, Countercultural Director
Suggested Filmography: That Cold Day in the Park (1969), Brewster McCloud (1970), M*A*S*H (1970), McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), The Long Goodbye (1973), California Split (1974), Thieves Like Us (1974), Nashville (1975), Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976), 3 Women (1977), A Wedding (1978), A Perfect Couple (1979), Popeye (1980), Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean (1982), Secret Honor (1984), Fool for Love (1985), Tanner '88 (1988), Vincent & Theo (1990), The Player (1992), Short Cuts (1993), Pret a Porter (1994), The Gingerbread Man (1998), Cookie's Fortune (1999), Dr. T and the Women (2000), Gosford Park (2001).



 Topic 55 of 69 [movies]: directors - greatest of all time
 Response 2 of 14: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sat, Apr  6, 2002 (11:22) * 5 lines 
 
PETER BOGDANOVICH 1939-
Hot Young Director in the Early 70s

Suggested Filmography: Targets (1968), The Last Picture Show (1971), What's Up, Doc? (1972), Paper Moon (1973), Daisy Miller (1974), At Long Last Love (1975), Nickelodeon (1976), Saint Jack (1979), They All Laughed (1981), Mask (1985), Texasville (1990), Noises Off... (1992), The Thing Called Love (1993).



 Topic 55 of 69 [movies]: directors - greatest of all time
 Response 3 of 14: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sat, Apr  6, 2002 (11:25) * 5 lines 
 
STEVEN SODERBERGH 1963-
Sensational and Talented Young Director

Suggested Filmography: sex, lies and videotape (1989), Kafka (1991), King of the Hill (1993), The Underneath (1995), Gray's Anatomy (1996), Schizopolis (1996), Out of Sight (1998), The Limey (1999), Erin Brockovich (2000), Traffic (2000).



 Topic 55 of 69 [movies]: directors - greatest of all time
 Response 4 of 14: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sat, Apr  6, 2002 (11:26) * 5 lines 
 
FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI 1923-
Italian-Born Director Best Known for Extravagant Film Adaptations of Shakespearean Plays

Suggested Filmography: The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973), The Champ (1979), Endless Love (1981), La Traviata (1982), Hamlet (1990), Jane Eyre (1996), Tea With Mussolini (1999).



 Topic 55 of 69 [movies]: directors - greatest of all time
 Response 5 of 14: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sat, Apr  6, 2002 (19:58) * 13 lines 
 


http://www.filmsite.org/directors/cassavetesj.jpg

JOHN CASSAVETES 1929-1989
First Truly American Independent Film Maker with Improvisational Style -
and Actor

Suggested Filmography: Shadows (1961), Faces (1968), Husbands (1970),
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), A Woman Under the Influence (1974), The
Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), Opening Night (1977), Gloria (1980),
Love Streams (1984), Big Trouble (1985).



 Topic 55 of 69 [movies]: directors - greatest of all time
 Response 6 of 14: Sam Blob  (AlFor) * Mon, Apr  8, 2002 (20:34) * 3 lines 
 
John Cassavetes was great in The Dirty Dozen

Let's see: John Woo (The Killer, Broken Arrow, Face-Off), John McTiernan (Die Hard), Sean Penn (especially when he's directing Jack Nicholson: The Crossing Guard, The Pledge), Alfred Hitchcock (of course: Psycho, Rebecca, Notorious, Marnie The Man Who Knew Too Much, the one with Doris Day and James Stewart, that is, the British one from 1934 wasn't quite as good...), Oliver Stone, Stanley Kubrick, and John Singleton (Boyz 'N The Hood, Higher Learning, although I was disappointed with his remake/sequel of Shaft; Tarantino would probably have done better with it...)


 Topic 55 of 69 [movies]: directors - greatest of all time
 Response 7 of 14: Sam Blob  (AlFor) * Mon, Apr  8, 2002 (20:35) * 1 lines 
 
Oh, yes, and Luc Besson and John Frankenheimer...


 Topic 55 of 69 [movies]: directors - greatest of all time
 Response 8 of 14: Autumn  (autumn) * Tue, Apr  9, 2002 (17:53) * 1 lines 
 
How about Hitchcock? Dino DeLaurentis? (always wanted to work that name into a conversation)


 Topic 55 of 69 [movies]: directors - greatest of all time
 Response 9 of 14: Sam Blob  (AlFor) * Wed, Apr 10, 2002 (17:22) * 5 lines 
 
The name of Dino deLaurentis means one thing to me: the Seventies remake of King Kong. A mildly enjoyable way of getting rid of two hours of your life if you have nothing else to do...

Hitchcock was great. Psycho was a turning point in history; it dynamited the barrier between "B-movies" and greatness. The Man Who Knew Too Much... Doris Day in a Hitchcock movie? But it WORKED! Marnie on the other hand, did not work so well as a product, although, likeThe Man Who Knew Too Much, it was a great movie.

However, if the original The Man Who Knew Too Much is anything to go by, I am not too keen on seeing his early English movies. Then again, I am probably spoiled by all the Hollywood gloss. Besides, the original one didn't have the great scene where the boy whistles from the upstairs of the ambassador's house and his mother (played by Doris Day) hears it in the hall downstairs and knows that her son is alive, well, and THERE!


 Topic 55 of 69 [movies]: directors - greatest of all time
 Response 10 of 14: Autumn  (autumn) * Mon, Apr 15, 2002 (11:01) * 3 lines 
 
Is Jimmy Stewart in that one?

Let's see--there's also Martin Scorsese (sp?) and Quentin Tarantino...


 Topic 55 of 69 [movies]: directors - greatest of all time
 Response 11 of 14: Cheryl  (CherylB) * Sun, May 12, 2002 (13:06) * 1 lines 
 
How about Sergei Eisenstein and D.W. Griffith. Both of them created, independently of one another, the stuctures and composition which till this day are evident in the fictional film.


 Topic 55 of 69 [movies]: directors - greatest of all time
 Response 12 of 14: nick a'hannay  (pmnh) * Thu, Jul 18, 2002 (15:52) * 2 lines 
 
any list of directors would have to include huston, ford, hawks, stevens, curtiz, etc., from hollywood's golden age...
for my money, though, the directors who've given me the most enjoyment would be the incomparable preston sturges, billy wilder, woody allen, and hitch... and as a producer that gave his films his own indelible feel, val lewton... several present-day directors deserve inclusion- cameron crowe, soderbergh, and austin's own richard linklater and wes anderson...


 Topic 55 of 69 [movies]: directors - greatest of all time
 Response 13 of 14: Cheryl  (CherylB) * Thu, Jul 18, 2002 (19:18) * 5 lines 
 
Nick, Austin also has another notable film director besides Richard Linklater. I refer to Terrence Malick.

As for Val Lewton, the original Cat People is incomparable. Lewton was the producer of very subtle and well-crafted horror films. Cat People was directed by Jacques Tourneur.

I love Preston Sturges; especially Sullivan's Travels, The Lady Eve, and The Great McGinty. One of my favorite lines from a Sturges film is, "If it weren't for graft you'd get a much lower class of person in politics."


 Topic 55 of 69 [movies]: directors - greatest of all time
 Response 14 of 14: nick a'hannay  (pmnh) * Thu, Jul 25, 2002 (13:36) * 6 lines 
 
i did not know mallick was from austin
(amazing... he's a terrific film-maker)...

lewton produced a number of low budget horror films for the early 40's rko, most of them directed by tourneur, robert wise, and mark robson... each of them has lewton's unmistakeable touch... i've heard the studio would sometimes impose a fantastic title on his productions, and that he would tailor his films to somewhat fit them, in exchange for a large degree of artistic freedom (within extremely frugal budgets)... the result was some of the strangest and most enjoyable films i've seen ('i walked with a zombie', 'ghost ship', isle of the dead', 'the seventh victim', 'the leopard man', etc...)...
another of my favorite sturges lines: 'positively the same dame!'
(i think 'the lady eve is my fav all-time comedy)...

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