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    Who are your favourite movie directors?

    Not some directors that made your favourite movies but a directors you love so much that it is hard to not like even their most underwhelming works.
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    Hitchcock, James Cameron, Pedro Almodóvar just a few

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    It's very easy to bring to mind the directors of your favourite dozen movies, but less easy to go beyond that and think about directors who you like despite their lesser works.

    So, do I like the works of John Houston? Or do I just happen to like The African Queen, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Maltese Falcon? Or Humphrey Bogart?

    Yesterday, I watched Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and decided that there was too much about it that irritated, though there were some pleasures. In fact, working my way through a Blu-Ray boxed set of his Hollwood movies, I'm increasingly of the opinion that his moral ambiguities (Stewart drugging Day, and the obsessive Scottie in Vertigo) are despicable.

    Ridley Scott has a great visual sense (Alien, Legend, Black Rain), but Prometheus and its sequel are examples of such stupid story-telling!

    Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood) and Raoul Walsh (White Heat, They Died With Their Boots On, and The Naked and The Dead, are two of my favourites from the golden era, but they made so many that I've not seen - how would I know which are their lesser works to judge them by?

    Two whose movies I have enjoyed are Michael Mann (Last of the Mohicans, Heat, Collateral) and Peter Weir (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Witness and Master and Commander), who are not prolific at all and not, apparently active.

    It's difficult not to conclude that the "auteur theory" is grossly overrated. Watch enough of some directors' movies, and common themes and approaches emerge, but as they often work with the same writers, editors and cinematographers, that's hardly surprising. So, do I like the directors? Or is it just that my story interests coincide with theirs?
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    Jacques Rivette, Jean Epstein, João César Monteiro, Ritwik Ghatak, Buster Keaton (even though he typically co-directed), Luis Buñuel.

    It’s probably more helpful to think of the auteur theory as shorthand. With some directors (Hitchcock, Woody Allen) you can tell right away how they exerted control. With studio directors it’s harder to see, even if some (Jacques Tourneur for example) could consistently elevate b-movie material. And of course Adam Sandler has more control over how his movies end up than a director does, so sometimes other people are more of an “auteur,” so if we want to expand things and say that all directors are “auteurs” it’s most helpful to see it as a way of categorizing and not so much a workable, consistent question of artistic control.

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    Truffaut
    Rainer Werner Fassbinder
    Richard Linklater
    Spike Lee
    Wong Kar-wai
    Ken Loach
    Chaplin
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    I could go on about Kurosawa and a few others, but in the current generation of directors I would put Luc Besson and Antoine Faqua in that category. I find they both infuse their personalities in their work, giving even their lesser offerings something unique and different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peleshyan View Post
    Who are your favourite movie directors?

    Not some directors that made your favourite movies but a directors you love so much that it is hard to not like even their most underwhelming works.
    Billy Wilder
    Alfred Hitchcock
    Federico Fellini
    Sam Peckinpah
    Roman Polanski
    David Lynch
    Stanley Kubrick
    Fritz Lang
    Andrej Tarkovskij
    Maya Deren
    Coen brothers
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    Akira Kurosawa
    Andrey Zvyagintsev
    Miloš Forman
    Charlie Chaplin
    Stanley Kubrick
    Lars von Trier
    Ingmar Bergman
    Billy Wilder
    Wojciech Smarzowski
    Jorgos Lantimos
    Federico Fellini

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    Going by the criteria in the OP probably only David Lynch and the Coen brothers.
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    I forgot to mention Orson Welles and Hayao Miyazaki
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    Robert Bresson
    James Ivory
    Ingmar Bergman
    Carol Reed
    Alan Pakula
    Alfred Hitchcock
    Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
    Orson Welles
    Luchino Visconti
    David Lean
    Werner Herzog
    Sidney Lumet
    Michael Powell
    Andrei Tarkovsky
    Lasse Halström
    Wim Wenders
    René Clément
    Coen brothers
    Peter Greenaway--Greenaway's films can be challenging, but he has a brilliant visual imagination. The Draughtsman's Contract is still my favorite film by him.

    Lately, I've been impressed by the films of director Joe Wright.

    I agree that Ridley Scott has a great visual sense, but his scripts are often only average--such as Kingdom of Heaven, and he's not really an actor's director, not in the sense that Sidney Lumet, Orson Welles, Elia Kazan, or Ingmar Bergman were. (Though Scott generally casts good actors.) But his visuals are tour de force.
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    J. Ford, Kurosawa, Polanski, Kubrick, C. Ballard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    J. Ford, Kurosawa, Polanski, Kubrick, C. Ballard
    Ballard...? Who he?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    Ballard...? Who he?
    Sorry for late response, never came back to the thread. Carol Ballard who directed the Black Stallion and Never Cry Wolf.

    Lately I've really got to like Luis Bunuel. With Tarkovsky it's a mix, I liked Andrei Rublev, and especially Mirror. Hated Stalker and much of Solaris.
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    To limit it to 3 I will say Ford, Hawks, and Carpenter.

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