Truffaut. No frogs in the top 10? I know. I’m actually more bullish on Truffaut than most cinephiles. Playful and largely accessible- could there be another auteur more different than the auteur directly in front of him:
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
Malick. Malick’s case is incredibly strong for a relatively modern auteur. He is certainly having a puzzling decade by first giving us perhaps his best career work- and then falling on his face with a
Tarantino. Man, this is tough! Tarantino is not only my highest ranking director on the list to debut his first film post-1990, he’s actually the first on the list to debut post-1980 (Lynch’s eraserhead debuted in 1977).