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Great Veteran Directors Still Alive (And Their Best Film)

by Danny Bailey
Great Veteran Directors Still Alive (And Their Best Film) by Danny Bailey
This list is subject to change for 1 of 2 reasons: 1. I see a better achievement from the person 2. The person passes on Richard Lester (A Hard Day’s Night) Woody Allen (Hannah and Her Sisters) Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist) James Ivory (A Room With a View) Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies) Steven Spielberg (E.T.: The Extraterrestrial) George Lucas (Star Wars) Peter Medak (The Ruling Class) Istvan Szabo (Mephisto) Dick Clement (A Severed Head) Tinto Brass (Caligula) Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer) Norman Jewison (Fiddler on the Roof) Lewis Gilbert (Educating Rita) Michael Anderson (Logan’s Run) Franco Zefferelli (Romeo and Juliet) Ridley… Read more

This list is subject to change for 1 of 2 reasons:
1. I see a better achievement from the person
2. The person passes on

Richard Lester (A Hard Day’s Night)
Woody Allen (Hannah and Her Sisters)
Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist)
James Ivory (A Room With a View)
Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies)
Steven Spielberg (E.T.: The Extraterrestrial)
George Lucas (Star Wars)
Peter Medak (The Ruling Class)
Istvan Szabo (Mephisto)
Dick Clement (A Severed Head)
Tinto Brass (Caligula)
Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer)
Norman Jewison (Fiddler on the Roof)
Lewis Gilbert (Educating Rita)
Michael Anderson (Logan’s Run)
Franco Zefferelli (Romeo and Juliet)
Ridley Scott (Alien)
Jerzy Skolimowski (Deep End)
Stanley Donen (Singin’ In The Rain)
Bertrand Tavernier (Round Midnight)
Fred Schepisi (Last Orders)
Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles)
Milos Forman (Amadeus)
Ken Loach (Kes)
Jiri Menzel (Closely Watched Trains)
Michael Lindsay-Hogg (Let it Be)
Peter Greenaway (The Draughtman’s Contract)
Peter Bogdonavich (Paper Moon)
Brian de Palma (Carrie)
Jan Svankmajer (Picnic with Weissmann)
Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby)
Kenneth Anger (Mouse Heaven)
William Friedkin (The French Connection)
Terry Jones (Monty Python’s Life of Brian)
Terry Gilliam (Brazil)
Robert Redford (Ordinary People)
Peter Whitehead (Charlie is My Darling)
Stephen Frears (Gumshoe)
Claude Lelouch (A Man and a Woman)
Peter Brook (Marat/Sade)
Nicolas Roeg (Don’t Look Now)
Alain Cavalier (Le Combat dans l’ile)
Jean-Luc Godard (Vivre Sa Vie)
Jean-Claude Carriere (Happy Anniversary)
Costa-Gravas (Z)
Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat)
Liliana Cavani (The Night Porter)
John Boorman (Hope and Glory)
Philip Kaufman (Quills)
Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire)
Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather)
John Badham (Dracula)
Richard Donner (The Omen)
Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas)
Michael Haneke (Amour)
Michael Wadleigh (Woodstock)
Bruce Beresford (Breaker Morant)
Jonathan Miller and Roger Graef (Pleasure at Her Majesty’s)
Mike Hodges (Get Carter)
Agnes Varda (Cleo From 5 to 7)
Desmond Davis (Girl With Green Eyes)
Christopher Miles (The Maids)
Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties)
Burny Mattinson (Mickey’s Christmas Carol)
Warren Beatty and Buck Henry (Heaven Can Wait)
Borge Ring (Anna & Bella)
Robert Young (Fierce Creatures)
Frederic Goode (Pop Gear)
Michael Apted (Coal Miner’s Daughter)
Elliot Silverstein (Twilight Zone: The Obsolete Man)
Don Lusk (The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones)
Lillian F. Schwartz (UFOs)
John Hough (The Legend Of Hell House)
Fred Wolf (The Box)
Jean-Jacques Annaud (Black And White In Color)
Roland Joffe (The Mission)
Michael Radford (Il Postino)
Philip Casson (The Music Of Lennon And McCartney)
Michael Mann (The Last Of the Mohicans)
Alan Parker (Midnight Express)
Luis Penzo (The Official Story)
Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction)
David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises)
Joan C. Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase)
Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo)
Kevin Brownlow (Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood)
Jonathan Lynn (Clue)
Serge Bourguignon (Sundays And Cybele)
Bille August (Pelle The Conqueror)
Victor Erice (Spirit Of The Beehive)
Penny Marshall (A League Of Their Own)
Eli Noyes (Clay (or the Origin of Species))
Christine Edzard (Little Dorrit)
Bruce Petty (Leisure)
Co Hoedeman (Matrioska)
David Lynch (The Elephant Man)
Harold Becker (The Boost)
Tony Palmer (Fairport Convention: Maidstone 1970)
Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces)
Humphrey Barton (The Berlin Celebration Concert)
Carl Reiner (Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid)
Lee Grant (A Father… A Son… Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
David Grubin (The Wyeths: A Father And His Family)
Mort Ransen (Falling Over Backwards)
Frank Oz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
Paul Verehoven (Total Recall)
Roger Spottiswoode (And The Band Played On)
Hayao Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle)
Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot)
Uli Edel (Rasputin)
Sally Cruikshank (Quasi At The Quackerdero)
Richard Condie (The Big Snit)
Marv Newland (Bambi Meets Godzilla)
Nicholas Ferguson (Pictures At An Exhibition)
Gerald Potterton (The Quiet Racket)
Gene Deitch (Flebus)
Bruno Bozzetto (Allegro Non Troppo)
Nicholas Meyer (Time After Time)
Michael Rubbo (Yes Or No, Jean-Guy Moreau)
Roger Corman (The Little Shop Of Horrors)
Giles Walker (Twice Upon A Time)
Glenn Jordan (Barbarians At The Gate)
Etienne Périer (Louisiana)
Martin Rosen (Watership Down)
Wim Wenders (Paris Texas)
Art Leonardi (Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation)
Bruno Nuytten (Camille Claudel)
Paul Schrader (Affliction)
Raoul Servais (Chromophobia)
Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap)
Michael Schultz (L.A. Law: The Movie)
Jonas Mekas (Cassis)
Arnold Shapiro (Scared Straight)
Daniel Haller (Dunwich Horror)
Ted Kotcheff (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)
Peter Masterson (The Trip To Bountiful)
Gerry O’Hara (All The Right Noises)
Bud Luckey (Boundin’)
Larry Jordan (Moonlight Sonata)
Paul Driessen (Sunny Side Up)
Oscar Grillo (Seaside Woman)
Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies)
Mike Mansfield (Electric Light Orchestra: ‘Out of the Blue’ Tour Live at Wembley)
Don Bluth (The Secret Of NIMH)
Denys Arcand (The Barbarian Invasions)
Jeremy Kagan (Judge Dee And The Monastery Murders)
Caroline Leaf (Kate And Anna McGarrigle)
Godfrey Roggio (Koyaanisqatsi)
Barbet Schroeder (Reversal Of Fortune)
Michael Tuchner (Amos)
Robert Frank (Cocksucker Blues)
Richard Michaels (The Queen Of Mean: The Leona Helmsley Story)
Marcel Jankovics (Sisyphus)
Nikita Mikhalkov (Burnt By The Sun)
Yoj Kuri (Love)
Peter Sasdy (Hands Of The Ripper)
Paul Wagner (The Stone Carvers)
Carl Gottlieb (The Absent Minded Waiter)
Kaj Pindal (What On Earth!)
Robert Verrall (Hors-d’oeuvre)
Pedro Almodovar (Talk To Her)
Zsolt Richly (Háry János)
D.A. Pennebaker (Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars)
Revel Guest (London Rock)
Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin)
Fred Crippen (Sailing And Village Band)
Harold Prince and Terry Hughes (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street)
Boris Kolar (Woof Woof)
Jan Troell (The Emigrants)
Sydney Lotterby (Yes Minister)
Gerald Baldwin (Popcorn)
Richard Eyre (Notes On A Scandal)
Steve Binder (The T.A.M.I. Show)
Richard Williams (Prologue)

People whose directorial achievements or masterpieces I have not seen:

Richard Rush
Moshe Mizrahi
Claude Lanzmann
Mrinal Sen
Ermanno Olmi
Marcel Ophuls
Alan Zaslove
Jean-Claude Tacchella
Lester James Peries
Ebrahim Golestan
William Klein
Tony Charmoli
Norman Lloyd
Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
Michael Snow
Margot Benacerraf
Alfred Leslie
Vatroslav Mimica
Alvin Rakoff
Peter Lilienthal
Eric Till
Jacques Rozier
Peter Watkins
Jerzy Hoffman
Sidney J. Furie
Matti Kassila
Isao Takahata
Vojtech Jasny
Mario Sequi
Robert M. Young
Ugo Gregoretti
Marco Bellocchio
Aldo Lado
Giuliano Montaldo
Jeannot Szwarc
Michael Verhoeven
Monte Hellman
Carlos Saura
Jack Couffer
Jeremy Summers
Warris Hussein
Jean-Pierre Mocky
Graeme Clifford
Lionel Chetwynd
Jules Bass
Fernando Birri
Kevin Connor
Volker Schlöndorff
Gérard Corbiau
Yôji Yamada
Yuri Norstein
Vladimir Menshov
José Luis Garci
Dennis Berry
Norman Abbott
Bert I. Gordon
Arturo Ripstein
Alain Tanner
Fernando Solanas
Jean-François Laguionie
Juraj Jakubisko
Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
Nedeljko Dragić
Perry Wolff
John Llewellyn Moxey
Jack Garfein
James B. Harris
John Milius
Irwin Winkler
Rudy Behlmer
John Korty
Richard Gilbert
Robert Scheerer
Peter Fleischmann
Kwon Taek Im
Gary Goldman
Joan Micklin Silver
Gene Reynolds
Joel Freeman
Borivoj Dovniković-Bordo
Charles Burnett
Shyam Benegal
Dušan Makavejev
Kirk Douglas
Steven Hilliard Stern
Robert Downey Sr.
Claude Zidi
George Englund
Ralph Senensky
Vladimir Menshov
Mark Rydell
Kevin Billington
Paul Fierlinger
Maurizio Lucidi
Alan Myerson
Jerzy Antczak
Wolfgang Kohlhaase
Peter Hyams
Rade Šerbedžija
Andrei Konchalovsky
Jerry Schatzberg
Želimir Žilnik
John Glen
Joseph McGrath
Miklós Szinetár
Manfred Kirchheimer
Henry Jaglom
Kevin Connor
Percy Adlon
Vera Linnecar
Shaun O’Riordan
Allen Baron
Ralph Senensky
Alexander Singer
Frans Zwartjes
Marlen Khutsiev
Robert Markowitz
Vivian Matalon
Nicolas Gessner
Safi Faye
Alanis Obomsawin
Robert Hossein
Graeme Ferguson
Bruno Monsaingeon
Andro Lusicic
Bertrand Blier
Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Ryszard Bugajski
Arthur Marks
Jean Becker
Claude Bernard-Aubert
Howard Avedis
J. Om Prakash
Janusz Majewski
Douglas Jackson
George Stevens Jr.
Lawrence Schiller
Beryl Fox
Peter Duffell
Claude Goretta
Yvonne Rainer
Markus Imhoof
Pere Portabella
Zlatko Bourek
Louis Soulanes
Stig Björkman
Henri Safran
Jørgen Leth
Philippe Labro
Pierre Koralnik
Eugenio Martin
Gavin Millar
Nouchka van Brakel
Kazimierz Kutz
Alexander Mitta
Johannes Schaaf
Ingvar Skogsberg
Jānis Streičs
Dick Richards
Horst Hächler
William Kronick
Aldo Rossi
Otar Iosseliani
Alexander Singer
Pascal Aubier

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