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The Ten Best Directors of All Time Relay Race

We’ve been handed an assignment from one of our favorite cinema bloggers, maroon5gurl88 of http://journeysinclassicfilm.com/ . Anyone involved in one these blogs hears a great deal about these sorts of exercises, contests, and the general who’s connected to who community. We’ll do our best to summarize.

So what’s the idea behind the relay? I’ve created a list of what I think are the ten best directors. At the end of the post I, just like in a real relay race, hand over the baton to another blogger who will write his own post. This blogger will have to remove one director (that is an obligation) and add his own choice and describe why he/she did this. At the end the blogger chooses another blogger to do the same. We will end up with a list (not ranked in order) which represents a common agreement of the best directors.
If you are following the relay race it is also a great way to be introduced to new blogs!

Here’s the list of participants up to this point and their choices:

And here are the other entries so far:
My Film Views (The originator of the list, and the ten that he began with were: Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Hayao MiyazakiDarren AronofskyMartin Scorsese, The Coen Brothers, Akira Kurosawa, and Christopher Nolan)
Southern Vision (Replaced Christopher Nolan with Krzysztof Kieslowski)
And So It Begins… (Replaced Darren Aronofsky with Ingmar Bergman)
Surrender To The Void (Replaced Steven Spielberg with Lars Von Trier)
Cinematic Paradox (Replaced Lars Von Trier with Paul Thomas Anderson)
Defiant Success (Replaced Krzysztof Kieslowski with Sidney Lumet)
“…Let’s Be Splendid About This…” (Replaced Quentin Tarantino with Abbas Kiarostami)
1001Plus (Replaced Paul Thomas Anderson with Billy Wilder)
Cinema Sights (Replaced Billy Wilder with F.W. Murnau)
Bill’s Movie Emporium (Replaced Martin Scorsese with Werner Herzog)
Public Transportation Snob (Replaced Sidney Lumet with John Ford)

The Warning Sign (Replaced Werner Herzog with Billy Wilder)

The list of directors in the running as of right now:

ALFRED HITCHCOCK

STANLEY KUBRICK

HAYAO MIYAZAKI

THE COEN BROTHERS

AKIRA KUROSAWA

INGMAR BERGMAN

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI

JOHN FORD

BILLY WILDER

Journey’s in Classic Film contribution was the adding of this man

Martin Scorsese was in the original lineup but was recently kicked off in favor of Warner Herzog who also recently go the axe.  I’m bringing Scorsese back because much like his Oscar win, he’s been constantly underestimated.  This is a director who went from making gangster films to making an entertaining and historically significant children’s film!  Talk about diversity.  He’s made such a fantastic body of work including Goodfellas,The DepartedCasino, and the sadly underseen After Hours.  He’s a chameleon and deserves to be up there among the greats!

Let’s pass the baton over to Kidmiracleshitter! 

Why thank you very much for thinking of us! Scorsese is not one of our favorites even though Taxi Driver is a phenomenal film. We’re not going to boot him though, but we are going to have to show this guy the door.

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI

Mainly because we have never heard of him, and our cinematic river runs deep. After doing a quick google search and checking him out on IMDB  we’ve come to the conclusion that we just don’t recognize anything he’s done. We’re plenty open minded though and will have to seek out his work at some point.

Our addition would have to be one of the kings of the French New Wave movement, Francois Truffaut. Jean-Luc Goddard may have the bigger brand name and Jean-Pierre Melville’s best work has certainly aged well, but Francois Truffaut is the one that inspired many of today’s popular filmmakers.

1959 winner of the Cannes film festival The 400 Blows is a favorite of Quentin Tarantino and certain elements of it often show up in his work. The shooting and editing style of 1962’s whimsical romantic dramedy Jules and Jim can be seen in most of Martin Scorsese’s work and served as an early blueprint for music videos.1960’s Shoot the Piano Player and it’s dive bars are a film noir gangster classic. The style of 1968’s revenge thriller The Bride Wore Black can hold it’s  own against anything out there today. 1969’s Mississippi Mermaid was remade with with Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas and called Orignal Sin.1970’s The Wild Child is one of Roger Ebert’s favorites. 1971’s Two English Girls is probably the best film not to win an award and has an 86% fresh on rating from Rotten Tomatoes. 1973’s Day For Night won an Oscar for best foreign film. Steven Spielberg was so inspired by by Tuffaut that he cast him as the scientist Claude Lacombe in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 1980’s The Last Metro is a favorite of Woody Allen.1983’s Confidentially Yours was Truffaut’s last film, a black and white thriller and Hitchcokian homage. He passed the next year from an unfortunate brain tumor at age 52.

Francois recognized his peers as well, and praised Werner Herzog as being”the most important film director alive”.

In the very first scene of Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, there’s a theater in the background showing Stolen Kisses — Truffaut’s 1968 masterpiece.

This innovative artist has influenced our culture both directly and indirectly.

Next we’ll pass the baton over to http://themoviebros.com/ . They have three reviewers there, Brian and Matt Volke, as well as Victor De Leon. They’re always coming up with list’s similar to this, so we think they’ll be up for the challenge.

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6 responses to “The Ten Best Directors of All Time Relay Race

  1. Nostra

    Nice addition, saw the 400 Blow for the first time last week and really enjoyed it. As for the removal, I’m in the same boat as I didn’t know him either….

  2. Eric

    I knew it was only a matter of time before Truffaut was included. Nice choice!

  3. I’m a die-hard fan of Goddard so your praise of Truffaut means that I must go find some of his stuff!

  4. Nostra

    Do you know when the Movie Bros will be publishing their update? There is a deadline of 7 days since being assigned, which has already passed. If it’s not up soon, please assign it to another blogger.

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