Define very few. 5 and under?
ummm nothing…The Thin Red Line was one of the most boring movies I’d ever seen…it’s an opinion and so what?!?
Abraham Polonsky. He wrote Body and Soul in 1947 and wrote and directed Force of Evil in 1948 before being blacklisted, after which he wrote Odds Against Tomorrow under a pseudonym, but was not able to direct another film in Hollywood until 1969.
Vigo and Erice. Vigo made a better film at 28 than most will make in a lifetime. He died waaaaaay too early.
Raoul Ruiz has less than 150 directing credits to his name . . . would he qualify?
5 movies, 3 of them exceptional.
an opinion with no valid point Jaspar…
Bae Yong-kyun has to be mentioned. He’s made only two films, but one of them, Why Has the Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? is one of the finest films ever made. And Tarkovsky has to be mentioned. I know, 8 features might seem a lot for a thread like this, but every single one of his films is a bona fide masterpiece. And I second the nominations of Mallick and Erice as well.
Bae Yong-kyun, oh yes!
von stroheim, perhaps?
Darren Aronofsky – though he is going to make some more probably…
Abe’s last film, “Romance of a Horse Thief” is really something.
Robin Hardy (The Wicker Man and the Fantasist) and Charles Laughton.
Malick, possibly Rafelson
I agree with Dimitris – Thin Red Line is one of the the best war movies ever made (’smalz’berg take note)
Dimitris …wow…don’t be so dogmatic. I think the movie is a bore…so what? There’s probably a ton of movies you think are boring that I like. It makes the world go round brother
Great calls on Rafelson, Fosse & Cammell
Wow, I can’t believe no one’s mentioned Leos Carax.
Others that haven’t been mentioned yet:
Merian C. Cooper
To me is between Tarkovsky and Cocteau
And I think you guys shuold leave the directors that are alive out of this, out of respect and also because who knows, Malick could go nuts one of these years and pull a Miike.
Not in the same league as folks like Vigo or Erice, but Barbara Loden deserves a mention.
Herk Harvey and Allen Baron
Coincidentally, both of their films (Carnival of Souls and Blast of Silence) sit on my shelf right next to each other.
Barbara Loden does indeed.
Sophia Coppola ?
I meant to add Eagle Pennell to my list.