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100 DIRECTORS' ESSENTIAL FILMS

by Kenji
100 DIRECTORS' ESSENTIAL FILMS by Kenji
Do click on Read More and the green links. Thanks to all following this surprisingly popular list. For now, my 5 favourite directors- Mizoguchi, Renoir, Tarkovsky, Hitchcock, Satyajit Ray- at the top. No particular order otherwise. Taking into account importance and general opinion (there are some directors and films included that i’m not very keen on), this is still a partly personal selection, so we have a few wild cards. As of November 2017, the 5 films i’ve chosen to represent the little known Sri Lankan director Lester James Peries have still had less than 100 ratings combined, despite averaging 4.3 out of 5! Do see his films if you… Read more

Do click on Read More and the green links. Thanks to all following this surprisingly popular list. For now, my 5 favourite directors- Mizoguchi, Renoir, Tarkovsky, Hitchcock, Satyajit Ray- at the top. No particular order otherwise.

Taking into account importance and general opinion (there are some directors and films included that i’m not very keen on), this is still a partly personal selection, so we have a few wild cards. As of November 2017, the 5 films i’ve chosen to represent the little known Sri Lankan director Lester James Peries have still had less than 100 ratings combined, despite averaging 4.3 out of 5! Do see his films if you can. I don’t think the Oscars are a good guide to quality, so directors are not always represented by Oscar winning films.

Bubbling under: P.T.Anderson, Argento, Carné, Diaz, Eastwood, Hong Sang-Soo, Ivens, Jackson, Jarmusch, Jia, Kazan, Kore-eda, Nolan, Oshima, Glauber Rocha, Scott, Sen, Sokurov, Tourneur, Vigo, Vlacil, Von Trier…

Of course, the Directors Cups on this site showcased a lot, Nikolaidis and Ruiz the surprise finalists in the first, Monteiro the winner of the 2nd, beating Mizoguchi in the final. (Mubi used to have a tremendous forum, on which the cups took place.)

In future there should be more by women, and from Latin America, and quite a few countries are hard done by. In any event, there is also the list 500 Directors which I like!

My lists on individual directors:

Mizoguchi Revered
Directors Round Mizoguchi
Tarkovsky’s Legacy
Films Admired by Tarkovsky
Satyajit Ray
Le Cinéma, c’est Jean Renoir
Essential Hitchcock
Essential Kubrick
Essential Godard
Lester James Peries, hidden master
Yoshida
Eric Rohmer
John Pilger
Joris Ivens
Quay brothers
Alice Guy-Blaché, Queen of the Pioneers
The Best of Wim Wenders
Gaston Kaboré
Greenaway A-Z

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