Favorite Director?

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Favorite Director?#1
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:00pm
Mine is Norman Jewison. Hands down one of the most diverse directors in the history of film. Many directors tend to stick to a certain type of film or a certain genre. Jewison tackled it all and was great at it.

The Thrill of it All, The Cincinnati Kid, The Russians are Coming The Russians Are Coming, In The Heat of the Night, The Thomas Crown Affair, Gaily Gaily, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rollerball, ...And Justice For All, Best Friends, Agnes of God, Moonstruck and A Soldier's Story are just some of the films he's directed that encompass different aspects of love, life and the human condition. A most impressive body of work.

Robert Wise is my second favorite.
Steven Spielberg is third.

Who is/are your favorite director(s) and why?
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re: Favorite Director?#2
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:09pm
I agree that Jewison and Wise are probably THE most "succesfully diverse" directors ever. And easily high at the top of my list.

Not as diverse... but I think my two favorites are Capra and Hitchcock. I enjoyed so many of their films. They were more consistently brilliant.

Another one that is often left off of the "best all-time director" lists is Victor Flemming. He directed (around 90 percent of) my #1 and #2 films EVER, so he's gotta be up there at the top.

Just for the sheer stamina of directing "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone With the Wind" in the same year is mind-boggling. Of course, he had a nervous breakdown afterwards... but who wouldn't?
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re: Favorite Director?#2
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:17pm
King Vidor - who also directed some of best12's Wizard of Oz film pic

Capra - no one could get the essence of human drama tinged with comedy better (IMO)

Mike Nicols - he is also quite diverse in the type of films he chooses to direct.

Many other workhorse directors of the 1930's - Wellman, Leisen, Lubitsch, et al.
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re: Favorite Director?#3
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:20pm
In addition to Capra and Hitchcock, my favorites are

Wilder
Lubitsch
Sturges
Truffaut
Fellini
Carne
Renoir
Kurasawa
Lean
Reed
Cukor

Actually, there are so many. But all of mine are dead.
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re: Favorite Director?#4
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:23pm
"Actually, there are so many. But all of mine are dead."

LOL! Me too.
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re: Favorite Director?#5
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:23pm
Federico Fellini
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re: Favorite Director?#6
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:23pm
Miss Pennywise: I'm assuming you're talking about George Cukor? We've got GASLIGHT in our tivo's "To do" list.

We can't wait to see it!
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re: Favorite Director?#7
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:26pm
You will LOVE Gaslight! It feels a lot like a Hitchcock film (which shows the wonderful diversity of Mr. Cukor).

Ingrid Bergman is terrific. The whole cast is. Angela Lansbury's first film, and first Oscar nomination, too.
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re: Favorite Director?#8
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:26pm
Dead: Hitch and Hawks
Hitch is the epitome of style--the look, the pace, the themes--his films can be endlessly analyzed. They're sexy, funny and scary.

Hawks, I think is the most versatile director: SCARFACE, BRINGING UP BABY, RED RIVER, SERGEANT YORK, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES--all great!

Alive: Pedro and Woody

Pedro makes some of the most literate and beautiful films I've seen--LIVE FLESH and ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER alone would put him on my list

And Woody is....Woody...I just think his films are funny, heartbreaking and almost always beautifully shot and edited. And he makes so many--alot of duds--but that's what happens when you try to make a film every year for 30 years.
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re: Favorite Director?#9
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:30pm
Yes, George Cukor, Nit.

Hawks is great and so is Wyler. One of my favorite films of all time is THE GOOD FAIRY.
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re: Favorite Director?#10
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:34pm
I adore The Good Fairy and everything else Margaret Sullavan every did.

I like all the directors mentioned in this thread, but the one who is my all-time favorite is Ernst Lubitsch.

And Trouble in Paradise is my choice for most perfect movie ever made.
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re: Favorite Director?#11
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:35pm
GASLIGHT is FABULOUS...."Up in a balloon, boys, up in a balloon"

I like Sturges alot too, pennywise--esp PALM BEACH STORY--very racy for its time and Mary Astor gives one of my fave character performances: "What's knittin' kittens?"

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re: Favorite Director?#12
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:37pm
It's fascinating that Jewison directed 'Fiddler on the Roof' and then followed it up with 'Jesus Christ Superstar'.

I forgot to add Fellini to my list of favorites. La Strada is one one of my all time favorite films. Also Elia Kazan is up there as well.
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re: Favorite Director?#13
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:37pm
Almodovar, by far.
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re: Favorite Director?#14
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:37pm
I really, really need to see more movies.
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re: Favorite Director?#15
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:39pm
PALM BEACH STORY is my fave of Sturges' too. lil.

My fave of Hawks is TWENTIETH CENTURY.
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re: Favorite Director?#16
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:41pm
Retroboy--Norman Jewison was also the 2nd Executive Producer on the Judy Garland television series for the brief time the show was actually on the right track. He does an audio commentary on some of the DVDs.
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re: Favorite Director?#17
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:41pm
WILLIAM WYLER!!!

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re: Favorite Director?#18
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:43pm
Norman Jewison worked with Judy Garland?!!? You see, the man had class!
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re: Favorite Director?#19
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:47pm
I also find it fascinating that Norman Jewison is not, in fact, Jewish!

LOVED Moonstruck.
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re: Favorite Director?#20
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:48pm
Why would he be Jewish? Just because his name is Jewison?
I think many people have made that same assumption.
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re: Favorite Director?#21
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:53pm
I tried watching TROUBLE, PJ, but I just can't get into Miriam and Herbert...but I liked NINOTCHKA.
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re: Favorite Director?#22
Posted: 1/30/08 at 2:58pm
My favorite director is Robert Wise. He directed drama, romance, epic, comedy, sci-fi, horror, musical, historical; and, many of his films are considered classics for their genre. Many are among my favorite films. More than any other director.


Not as diverse, but also favorites are Hitchcock and De Palma.
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re: Favorite Director?#23
Posted: 1/30/08 at 3:03pm
I think my fave Wyler is DODSWORTH--surprisingly modern and frank.
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re: Favorite Director?#24
Posted: 1/30/08 at 3:11pm
Still all about the Altman here.
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