The film amazes me. Has so much energy and so much emotional power. You’re right, some guys are just whooping ass right out of the gate. Innaritu hasn’t disappointed me yet.
Did you not like Synecdoche New York? Why the face?
I have to see George Washington soon… But wtf with Your Highness DGG?
Alfonso Cuaron’s Sólo con tu pareja
Solo Con Tu Pareja is pretty damn good.
Yet another thread about this!
…but it’s free, so it bears repeating. Shorts and medium-length films are disregarded as debuts.
The 400 Blows – François TruffautAirplane! – Abrahams, Zucker x 2Araya – Margot BenacerrafL’Atalante – Jean VigoEl Chacal de Nahueltoro – Miguel LittínLa ciénaga – Lucrecia MartelCitizen Kane – Orson WellesClandestinos – Fernando PérezCommissar – Aleksandr AskoldovDancing in the Rain – Bostjan HladnikThe Dreamlife of Angels – Erick ZoncaEraserhead – David LynchFists in the Pocket – Marco BellocchioA Generation – Andrzej WajdaThe Hour of the Furnaces – Fernando Solanas, Octavio GetinoInvasión – Hugo SantiagoJakub – Jana SevcikováKairat – Darezhan OmirbayevLove Without Pity – Eric RochantMaborosi – Hirokazu KoreedaOdd Number – Manuel AntinThe Official Story – Luis PuenzoParis Is Burning – Jennie LivingstonThe Perfumed Nightmare – Kidlat TahimikPersepolis – Marjane Satrapi, Vincent ParonnaudPickpocket – Jia Zhang-keRachel, Rachel – Paul NewmanRebels of the Neon God – Tsai Ming-liangReturn of the Secaucus Seven – John SaylesSalaam Bombay! – Mira NairSex, Lies and Videotape – Steven SoderberghSexual Dependency – Rodrigo BellottThe Spirit of the Beehive – Víctor EriceSugar Cane Alley – Euzhan PalcyThe Third Part of the Night – Andrzej ZulawskiTime to Die – Arturo RipsteinTiticut Follies – Frederick WisemanTouki Bouki – Djibril Diop MambetyToy Story – John LasseterThe Unscrupulous Ones – Ruy GuerraVerónico Cruz – Miguel PereiraThe White Dove – Frantisek VlácilWhite Mountains – Melis Ubukeyev
Other debuts I like:
12 Angry Men – Sidney LumetAccattone – Pier Paolo PasoliniBarravento – Glauber RochaBienvenido, Mr. Marshall – Luis García BerlangaBlack Girl – Ousmane SembeneBreathless – Jean-Luc GodardButterfly Wings – Juanma Bajo UlloaEl cadáver exquisito – Víctor RuanoEl caudillo pardo – Aldo SalviniEve’s Bayou – Kasi LemmonsThe Funeral – Juzo ItamiThe Goddess – Wu Yonggang Green Fish – Lee Chang-dongGregorio – Alejandro Legaspi, Stefan Kaspar, Fernando EspinozaJapón – Carlos ReygadasJudas Kiss – Sebastián GutiérrezA King and His Movie – Carlos SorínKnife in the Water – Roman PolanskiLaws of Gravity – Nick GómezLittle Man Tate – Jodie FosterLove and Death on Long Island – Richard KwietniowskiLucía – Humberto SolásLa Moños – Mireia RosMy Left Foot – Jim SheridanMy Name Is Ivan – Andrei TarkovskyMysterious Object at Noon – Apichatpong WeerasethakulThe Night of the Hunter – Charles LaughtonThe Night of the Living Dead – George A. RomeroNocturno 29 – Pere PortabellaOrdinary People – Robert RedfordOriana – Fina TorresPather Panchali – Satyajit RayRapado – Martín RejtmanRodrigo D, no futuro – Víctor GaviriaSigns of Life – Werner HerzogSuzhou River – Lou YeTerms of Endearment – James L. BrooksThrow Momma from the Train – Danny De VitoThe Unbelievable Truth – Hal HartleyThe White Balloon – Jafar Panahi
That should be quite definitive for me. ^Those are all better than Reservoir Dogs and Clerks, btw. XD
I’d also like to add Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty For Me.
Well over a hundred fifty debut titles listed and nobody’s yet mentioned…
Jane Campion’s “Sweetie”.
Reservoir Dogs gives hope to clerks around the globe that they can be a great director like Tarantino. A clear delusion if there ever was one, but inspiring nonetheless.
Had I seen Clerks before I saw Dogma, I probably would have also had high expectations about Kevin Smith. Still, neither of those two films I consider “bad”… just not worthy of being in such a list.
Anyway, another two:
House of Games – David MametYanco – Servando González
God, I forgot about Ivan’s Childhood. Thumbs up, Dzimas.
Steamroller and the Violin was his first film. It is longer than a short.
Student films don’t count, Glegs. Also, there’s no global consensus on the length of a short film, and this was considered one in the Soviet.
He did The Killers as well,
but I assumed we were talking about feature length films here.
Fair enough. And I was saying that because Steamroller is generally referred to as being a feature.
Yeah, he also co-directed another student short between Killers and Steamroller. Glegs was obviously referring to the AMPAS definition of a short film (<40mins). You’re right, though. Ivan’s Childhood is rightfully considered his debut feature.
EDIT: Glegs, I’ve never heard of Steamroller being referred to as a feature film.
Dennis Hopper’s directorial debut.
Ah shit, I love Dennis Hopper. He was scheduled to visit Australia in 2010 to promote a festival of his work in Melbourne, but then he was diagnosed. I never got to see him. :(
My personal favorite,
by Michael Roemer, largely because of the great Abbey Lincoln.
@Le Tigre, it has an actual narrative, critics always refer to it as being a feature film (and also people who have analysed it) and if it means anything it isn’t listed as a short on imdb.
@Glegs: imdb (who’s categorisation is irrelevant anyway) wouldn’t have it listed as a short because it adheres to the AMPAC definition of a feature, which is often considered quite radical. It applying to a 46 minute Soviet film in retrospect is idiotic. The Screen Actors Guild, for example, defines a short as less than 80 minutes. Also, critics and analysts always referring to it as a feature film is untrue. You said before that it’s “generally referred to as a feature”, which, I disagree with, but would be more accurate.
Haha okay, it doesn’t bother me that much
Yeah, I’m one of those guys who think Citizen Kane and Ivan’s Childhood are the two greatest directorial debuts, so I hate modern American definitions fucking up the latter’s status! I wish I could argue that Permanent Vacation is a short so I can say Stranger than Paradise is Jarmusch’s debut feature!
Ivan’s Childhood is definitely an excellent film. Surely L’Atalante would count as well, as Vigo’s first and last feature.
Nah, Zero For Conduct is a feature lmao.
Hahaha dear god
Excluding shorts (<40 min), these are my ten favourite:
Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray)Werckmeister Harmonies (Ágnes Hranitzky)Badlands (Terrence Malick)The Seventh Continent (Michael Haneke)Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay)Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)Innocence (Lucile Hadzihalilovic)Eraserhead (David Lynch)Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)Breathless (Jean-luc Godard)
The Hired Hand (Peter Fonda)
The Great McGinty (Preston Sturges)
Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
The Maltese Falcon (John Huston)
Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
Who’s That Knocking at My Door (Martin Scorsese)
Pi (Darren Aronofsky)
Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper)
Dances With Wolves (Kevin Costner)
Thief (Michael Mann)
Henry V (Kenneth Branagh)
Pretty hard to top Pather Panchali or Citizen Kane but some of my personal faves:
Breathless – J.L. GodardThe Black Stallion – Carroll BallardPersonal Best – Robert TownA World Apart – Chris MengesHustle and Flow Craig Brewer