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Old 09-11-2013, 20:01
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I ask this, because recently I was watching quite a few Roman Polanski films, and enjoying his style. I think it's great to explore a directors body of work, and to chart their career. So I was wondering what people's favourite film directors were, and the reason that you enjoy their movies.
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Old 09-11-2013, 20:07
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One on mine would have to Richard Donner, I just like quite most of his films that I seen.
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Old 09-11-2013, 20:08
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Ang Lee, especially for Brokeback Mountain amongst many others. I think he excels in such a wide range of genres.
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Old 09-11-2013, 20:35
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Over the years I have liked films a lot made by Nicholas Ray, Alain Resnais, Eric Rohmer, F. Truffaut, Bryan Forbes (I must choose a British one as well as Hitchcock of course), Kubrick(well, most of his).

But I will also put in a very strong word for Woody Allen, (you know you are going to get a well made film, well written and enjoyable).
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Old 09-11-2013, 20:46
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Billy Wilder
Vincente Minnelli
Douglas Sirk
Kurosawa
Hitchcock
John Carpenter
James Cameron

They've all made the odd dud, but like their storytelling and visuals and female roles.
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Old 09-11-2013, 21:06
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Tim Burton...though he is nowadays hit & miss, but his early films were very good.
Chris Nolan
Ron Howard
Robert Rodriguez
Clint Eastwood
Michael Mann
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Old 10-11-2013, 00:02
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Woody Allen and Mike Leigh - I love their characters and find their films quite relaxing to watch. Woody also has a few neat stylistic tricks up his sleeve and a great ear for a soundtrack.

the Coen brothers and Kubrick for their ability to make amazing films in seemingly any genre.

Werner Herzog for the locations and madness.

Bela Tarr's films are completely hypnotic to me. Same with Terence Malick in parts.

John Carpenter, David Lynch, Dario Argento have made some of my favourite films but they have some serious low points in there too.
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Old 10-11-2013, 00:45
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Christopher Nolan (aka movie genius)
David Lynch (aka crazy movie genius)
Steven Spielberg (ignoring the likes of AI and Lincoln)
Quentin Tarantino
David Fincher
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:09
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Alfred Hitchcock
Christopher Nolan
George Lucas
Hayao Miyazaki
James Cameron
John Woo (Pre Hollywood)
Quentin Tarantino
Richard Donner
Ridley Scott
Steven Spielberg
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:34
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Hitch.

Lindsay Anderson.

David Lean.

John Schlesinger.

Roy Ward Baker.

Val Guest.

The Boulting Brothers.

Gerald Thomas.
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:39
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Living

Steven Spielberg
Robert Zemeckis
John Carpenter

Dead

John Ford
Howard Hawks
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:49
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A few of mine would be:
Quentin Tarantino (no need to list them, we all know them!)
Bill Forsyth (That Sinking Feeling, Gregory's Girl.... he captures the unique Glasgow sense of romance and aesthetics wonderfully)
Andrei Tarkovsky (USSR - includes the original 'Solaris').
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:50
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I like Martin Scorsese. He is versatile upon the themes he touches upon. Whether it is crime (Goodfellas), power (Casino), inner city poverty and oppression (Taxi Driver), rise and fall of characters (Raging Bull), revenge (Cape Fear) and even biographical he is able to encapsulate a concise viewpoint of how protagonists deal with such issues.

I also think he is the first director to demonstrate the realism of dialogue. He does not use the script to conveniently move the plot. It is used to portray a character and enhance the realsim of the film.
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Old 10-11-2013, 18:02
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My favourites are..

Joel & Ethan Coen (clever plots and storylines)
Martin Scorsese (love the gritty crime themes)
Woody Allen (some of his earlier films are hilarious)
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Old 10-11-2013, 18:19
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I think he is so magnificant. So weird. So out there. Very risque.Pushes his actors so far to the limit, they end up giving such raw performances. Always chooses such fantastic actors. Dancer In The Dark has to be one of my fav films, as well as the performance BJORK gave.
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Old 10-11-2013, 18:28
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The Coen Bros
Mike Leigh
Martin Scorsese
Alfred Hitchcock
Orson Welles
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Old 10-11-2013, 18:34
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Another 'vote' for Woody here. Certainly from 'Take the Money and Run' up to 'Crimes and Misdemeanours'

I've been a little bit 'in and out' since but that's not a bad run; two decades!

Honourable mentions to Hitchcock, Fellini, Tati, Capra, Eastwood and Billy Wilder.
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Old 10-11-2013, 18:34
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Martin Scorsese
Quentin Tarantino
Steven Spielberg
Coen Brothers
Hitchcock
David Lynch
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Old 10-11-2013, 18:37
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David Fincher.
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Old 10-11-2013, 18:42
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Martin Scorsese
Steven Spielberg
Richard Donner
Quentin Tarantino
Francis Ford Copolla
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Old 10-11-2013, 19:34
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Carl Theodor Dreyer (Joan of Arce, Vampyre)
Miwa Nishikawa (Sway, Dreams for Sale, Dear Doctor)
Jee-Woon Kim (A Bittersweet Life, A Tale of Two Sisters, I Saw the Devil)
Tetsuya Nakashima (Memories of Matsuko, Confessions)
Joon-ho Bong (Mother, Barking Dogs Never Bite, Memories of Murder, Snowpiercer)
Yam Laranas (The Echo, Radio, The Road, Hibla)
Banjong Pisanthanakun (Hello Stranger, Shutter, Alone)
Shohei Imamura (Black Rain, Vengeance is Mine, Intentions of Murder, Pigs and Battleships, etc.) I can't be arsed with listing films any more, so here goes:
Kou Nakahira
Isao Yukisada
Hirokazu Koreeda
Sang-Soo Im
Johnny To
Ki-duk Kim (3-Iron, especially)
Woo-Suk Kang

That's what, five countries? I'd better leave out directors from other countries, or the list will never end. But I always make time to watch those directors' efforts.
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:40
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Godard, Rohmer, Kubrick, Lynch, Loach, Ozon, Haneke.
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Old 11-11-2013, 06:30
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Alfred Hitchcock
Ken Loach
Sidney Lumet
Robert Aldrich
Robert Altman
Steven Spielberg
Billy Wilder
Woody Allen
Clint Eastwood
Ron Howard

Yes apart from Ken Loach and maybe Ron Howard - all the others have made a dud or two (OK - maybe not duds but films I just don't like) along the way but their better films far outweigh their not so good ones.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:12
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Godard, Rohmer, Kubrick, Lynch, Loach, Ozon, Haneke.
Excellent choice.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:44
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Martin Scorsese
Clint Eastwood
Walter Hill
Sergio Leone
Don Siegel
Stanley Kubrick
Robert Wise
Francis Coppola
Akria Kurosawa
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