The 17th Best Director of All-Time: Max Ophüls

Ophüls. During 2011 and 2012 I saw all of Ophüls’ available films (his early pre ww2 German films are largely unavailable or lost). After leaving his homeland (Germany) he made a few films in Hollywood

High Society – 1956 Walters

An impressive remake of Cukor’s 1940 The Philadelphia Story. Grace Kelly plays the Katharine Hepburn role, Bing Crosby plays the Cary Grant role and Frank Sinatra plays the Jimmy Stewart role. It’s a testament to

The 16th Best Director of All-Time: Jean-Luc Godard

Godard. I feel like I’ve written so much about Godard over the years. I’ll be the first to grant that if you consider documentaries and experimental cinema alongside narrative fiction cinema, then Godard would probably

The 15th Best Director of All-Time: Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson. Anderson’s 4 films in the top 100 (work from 2009 or newer not yet eligible) puts him tied with Welles for second place behind only Kubrick (5) and that’s his case—and what

The Wicker Man – 1973 Robin Hardy

It’s a superb screenplay- Sergeant Howie as the no-BS cop and audience surrogate through this mesmerizing pagan village and murder mystery One of Christopher Lee’s best roles/films and that’s saying something with this robust and

The Detective – 1954 Hamer

Name also known as “Father Brown” Hamer the director of Kind Hearts and Coronets Guinness is a chameleon- he disappears- hard to imagine this same bumbling clever Priest is the oak-tree in River Kwai just

Diane – 2018 Kent Jones

First fiction feature from (previously) documentary filmmaker Kent JonesMary Kay Place is great here in the lead- best known to me previously as the mumbling secretary in Being John MalkovichEstelle Parsons is also great in

Permanent Vacation – 1980 Jarmusch

A fringe recommendation and entry in the archives but I think there’s enough there that formally connects with Jarmusch’s oeuvre—even if this doesn’t sniff his 1984 follow-up Strangers in Paradise Inspired by Chantel Ackerman with

Endless Desire – 1958 Imamura

Imamura’s sophomore effort and first archiveable film (after Stolen Desire- also from 1958 which is a miss)This has a fully engaging narrative (largely from Lloyd Bacon’s Larceny, Inc with Edward G. Robinson from 1942) and

Wonder Wheel – 2017 Allen

A film that will be rediscovered by cinephiles in 20 yearsBeautiful opening shot of 1940’s Coney Island with extras in a wide shot opening wide shot of Coney Vittorio Storaro as cinematographer here and it’s

The 14th Best Director of All-Time: Jean Renoir

Renoir. Renoir dominated the 1930’s making 7 of the top 100 of the decade and a whopping 5 of the top 18 films. 14 total archiveable films is very respectable (I need to rewatch half

The 13th Best Director of All-Time: François Truffaut

Truffaut. No frogs in the top 10? Blasphemy, right to a country with such a rich tradition in cinema? I know. I’m actually more bullish on Truffaut than most cinephiles. Playful and largely accessible- he’s very different

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