Keaton. So Chaplin is ahead of Keaton because of two reasons. For one, I have chaplin scored a little bit higher based on filmography. That wouldn’t be enough on its own though because I think Keaton is easily the better director. The second part of that decision is that it’s hard to attribute the direction of the films to Keaton. TSPDT does and that’s great. But I mean he’s actually uncredited for the cameraman, college, and steamboat bill, jr. Many people believe he still was the actual director but again that’s like saying Spielberg deserves credit for poltergeist or hawks deserves sole credit for the thing from another world. TSPDT doesn’t list Cukor (or Selznick for that matter) for credit for gone with the wind. It’s difficult.

 

best film:   the general. Inventive and hilarious. It’s one of the best directed comedies of all-time.

most overrated:   essentially nothing but if i had to pick i would go with the general. It is #37 of all-time on TSPDT is just a little too high. Nothing bad though so I hesitate to say anything- I adore the general.

most underrated: He really doesn’t have one of these either. His 7 films in the top 1000 are done really well and I don’t have anything else outside of those that should be in the top 1000. Good job critics!

gem I want to spotlightSherlock jr– the changing background sequence in Sherlock jr is, justifiably, one of the most discussed sequences in the history of cinema and you should see it if you haven’t already. I mean it’s a great film but also just to have this reference as part of your film language. It’s essential.

stylistic innovations/traits:   Keaton’s reputation today is actually better than it was in the 1920’s. His use of structure and architecture is just as famous in cinema circles as his deadpan. Unlike almost all the other comedians and comic directors, he displayed a gifted, apparently instinctual grasp of the possibilities of cinema, both in front of the camera and behind it.

 

Top 10

  1. the general
  2. sherlock jr.
  3. steamboat bill jr
  4. our hospitality
  5. the cameraman
  6. the navigator
  7. seven chances
  8. college
  9. go west

 

Top 100 directors running list

100) Fuller– 3 must-see, 1 HR, 12 archiveable films

99) Cukor– 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see, 1 HR, 18 archiveable

98) Demy- 1 masterpiece, 1 must-see, 1 HR, 5 archiveable

97) Jackson– 1 masterpiece, 1 HR, 3 archiveable

96) Miller– 1 masterpiece, 1 must-see, 1 HR, 5 archiveable

95) Kazan- 1 masterpiece, 1 must-see, 3 HR, 12 archiveable

94) Sofia Coppola- 1 masterpiece, 3 HR, 5 archiveable

93) Zemeckis- 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see, 1 HR, 7 archiveable

92) Preminger– 4 must-see, 15 archiveable

91) Miyazaki– 2 must-see, 4 HR, 10 archiveable

90) Lubitsch- 4 must-see, 2 HR, 11 archiveable

89) Tati– 3 must-see, 1 HR, 5 archiveable

88) von Stroheim- 1 masterpiece, 1 MS, 2 HR, 6 archiveable

87) Dardenne- 3 must-see, 3HR, 7 archiveable

86) Nicholas Ray- 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see, 2 HR, 11 archiveable

85) Iñárritu- 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see, 1 HR, 4 archiveable

84) De Palma- 3 must-see, 3 HR, 11 archiveable

83) Minnelli- 2 must-see, 6 HR, 10 archiveable

82) Curitz- 1 masterpiece, 6 HR, 17 archiveable

81) Aronofsky- 2 masterpieces, 1 must-see, 1.5 HR, 5 archiveable

80) Preston Sturges- 4 must-see, 1 HR, 8 archiveable

79) Walsh- 1 masterpiece, 1 must-see, 5 HR, 9 archiveable

78) Gilliam- 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see, 1 HR, 6 archiveable

77) Tarr- 2 masterpieces, 1 must-see, 4 archiveable

76) Nichols- 2 masterpieces, 1 must-see, 12 archiveable

75) Melville- 3 must-see, 4 HR, 9 archiveable

74) Sirk- 2 masterpieces, 1 must-see, 1 HR, 9 archiveable

73) Stone- 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see, 2.5 HR, 9 archiveable

72) Almodóvar- 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see 4 HR, 12 archiveable

71) Roeg- 2 masterpieces, 1 must-see, 2 HR 5 archiveable

70) Mizoguchi- 5 must-see, 3 HR, 8 archiveable

69) Wyler- 4 must-see, 8 HR, 18 archiveable

68) Jarmusch– 2 masterpieces, 2 MS, 1 HR 9 archiveable

67) Michael Mann– 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see, 2.5 HR 8 archiveable

66) Visconti- 2 masterpieces, 3 HR 10 archiveable

65) Haneke- 3 masterpieces, 3 HR, 9 archiveable

64) Linklater– 3 masterpieces, 5 HR, 12 archiveable

63) Satyajit Ray– 1 masterpiece, 3 must-see, 1 HR, 8 archiveable

62) Cuaron- 3 masterpieces, 6 archiveable

61) Cassavetes– 2 masterpieces, 4 HR, 9 archiveable

60) Cameron– 5 must-see, 7 archiveable

59) Huston- 2 masterpieces, 2 must-see, 5 HR, 17 archiveable

58) Bertolucci- 1 masterpieces, 2 must-see, 1 HR, 9 archiveable

57) Eastwood– 3 masterpieces, 2 must-see, 1 HR, 15 archiveable

56) Fincher- 3 masterpieces, 2 must-see, 9 archiveable

55) Ozu- 1 masterpiece, 5 HR, 9 archiveable

54) Capra- 3 masterpieces, 4 HR, 11 archiveable

53) Keaton- 2 masterpieces, 1 must-see, 4 HR, 9 archiveable