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DIRECTORS' ESSENTIAL FILMS

by George O. Kaplan
(Work in progress) FRANK BORZAGE (1913-1961) 1940 – The Mortal Storm BUSTER KEATON (1917-1965) 1926 – The General (w/ Clyde Bruckman) JOHN FORD (1917-1966) 1948 – Fort Apache 1949 – She Wore a Yellow Ribbon FRITZ LANG (1919-1960) 1945 – Scarlet Street CLARENCE BROWN (1920-1952) 1939 – The Rains Came ALFRED HITCHCOCK (1922-1976) 1935 – The 39 Steps 1959 – North by Northwest LUIS BUÑUEL (1929-1977) 1929 – Un chien andalou (Short) ROBERT SIODMAK (1930-1969) 1949 – Criss Cross ROBERT BRESSON (1934-1983) 1945 – Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne) 1959 – Pickpocket 1962 – Procès de Jeanne d’Arc (The Trial of Joan of… Read more

(Work in progress)

FRANK BORZAGE (1913-1961)
1940 – The Mortal Storm

BUSTER KEATON (1917-1965)
1926 – The General (w/ Clyde Bruckman)

JOHN FORD (1917-1966)
1948 – Fort Apache
1949 – She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

FRITZ LANG (1919-1960)
1945 – Scarlet Street

CLARENCE BROWN (1920-1952)
1939 – The Rains Came

ALFRED HITCHCOCK (1922-1976)
1935 – The 39 Steps
1959 – North by Northwest

LUIS BUÑUEL (1929-1977)
1929 – Un chien andalou (Short)

ROBERT SIODMAK (1930-1969)
1949 – Criss Cross

ROBERT BRESSON (1934-1983)
1945 – Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne)
1959 – Pickpocket
1962 – Procès de Jeanne d’Arc (The Trial of Joan of Arc)
1983 – L’argent

JACQUES BECKER (1935-1960)
1960 – Le trou

CAROL REED (1935-1972)
1949 – The Third Man

DAVID LEAN (1941-1984)
1984 – A Passage to India

BUDD BOETTICHER (1942-1985)
1956 – Seven Men from Now
1957 – The Tall T
1957 – Decision at Sundown
1959 – Ride Lonesome

INGMAR BERGMAN (1946-2007)
1955 – Sommarnattens leende (Smiles of a Summer Night)
1957 – Det sjunde inseglet (The Seventh Seal)
1966 – Persona
1973 – Scener ur ett äktenskap (Scenes from a Marriage) (TV Mini-Series)

MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI (1947-2004)
1957 – Il grido

LUIS GARCÍA BERLANGA (1948-2002)
1961 – Plácido

FEDERICO FELLINI (1950-1991)
1963 – 8½
1969 – Fellini: A Director’s Notebook (“NBC Experiment in Television”) (TV Series)
2002 – Fellini: Je suis un grand menteur (I’m a Born Liar) (Documentary) (Damian Pettigrew)

ÉRIC ROHMER (1950-2007)
1993 – L’arbre, le maire et la médiathèque (The Tree, the Mayor and the Mediatheque)

STANLEY KUBRICK (1951-1999)
1968 – 2001: A Space Odyssey

SIDNEY LUMET (1951-2007)
2007 – Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

D.A. PENNEBAKER (1953-
1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at Monterey (Video)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA (1959-
1972 – The Godfather
1974 – The Godfather: Part II

MARTIN SCORSESE (1959-
1980 – Raging Bull

STEVEN SPIELBERG (1959-
1993 – Schindler’s List

BRIAN DE PALMA (1960-
1976 – Obsession
1984 – Body Double
2002 – Femme Fatale

MARLON BRANDO (1961)
1961 – One-Eyed Jacks

PIER PAOLO PASOLINI (1961-1975)
1961 – Accattone

MARCO BELLOCCHIO (1961-
2009 – Vincere

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI (1962-
1970 – Il conformista (The Conformist)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN (1962-
1973 – The Exorcist

ANDRÉ S. LABARTHE (1964-
1967 – Le dinosaure et le bébé, dialogue en huit parties entre Fritz Lang et Jean-Luc Godard (“Cinéastes de notre temps”) (TV Series documentary)
1971 – Jean-Pierre Melville: portrait en neuf poses (“Cinéastes de notre temps”) (TV Series documentary)

VICENTE ARANDA (1965-2009)
1991 – Amantes (Lovers: A True Story)

THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE (1966-1970)
1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at Monterey (Video) (D.A. Pennebaker)

DAVID LYNCH (1966-
1980 – The Elephant Man
1990 – Twin Peaks (Season 1) (TV Series) (w/ Mark Frost)
1999 – The Straight Story
2006 – Inland Empire

WOODY ALLEN (1966-
2005 – Match Point

WIM WENDERS (1967-
2003 – The Soul of a Man (Documentary)

PETER WEIR (1968-
1982 – The Year of Living Dangerously
2003 – Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

CLINT EASTWOOD (1971-
2008 – Changeling
2008 – Gran Torino

DAVID CHASE (1971-
1999 – The Sopranos (Season 1) (TV Series)

TIM BURTON (1971-
1990 – Edward Scissorhands

HAYAO MIYAZAKI (1972-
1984 – Kaze no tani no Naushika (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind)
1986 – Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (Castle in the Sky)
1988 – Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)
1992 – Kurenai no buta (Porco Rosso)
2001 – Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (Spirited Away)

KATHRYN BIGELOW (1978-
2008 – The Hurt Locker

TODD HAYNES (1978-
2002 – Far from Heaven

OLIVIER ASSAYAS (1979-
2010 – Carlos (TV Mini-Series)

QUENTIN TARANTINO (1983-
2009 – Inglourious Basterds

JOEL COEN & ETHAN COEN (1984-
1984 – Blood Simple.
1996 – Fargo
2009 – A Serious Man

PIXAR (1984-
1995 – Toy Story (John Lasseter)
1999 – Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter; Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich)

RICHARD LINKLATER (1985-
2004 – Before Sunset

STUDIO GHIBLI (1986-
1986 – Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (Castle in the Sky) (Hayao Miyazaki)
1988 – Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) (Hayao Miyazaki)
1992 – Kurenai no buta (Porco Rosso) (Hayao Miyazaki)
2001 – Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (Spirited Away) (Hayao Miyazaki)

XAVIER BEAUVOIS (1986-
2010 – Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men)

MATT GROENING (1987-
1991 – The Simpsons (Season 2) (TV Series)

MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM (1988-
2002 – 24 Hour Party People

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON (1988-
2007 – There Will Be Blood

ZACK SNYDER (1990-
2006 – 300

WES ANDERSON (1994-
2009 – Fantastic Mr. Fox

DAMIAN PETTIGREW (1996-
2002 – Fellini: Je suis un grand menteur (I’m a Born Liar) (Documentary)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN (1997-
2008 – The Dark Knight

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