The 127th Best Director of All-Time: René Clair

Clair. For a very small window of time Clair was the greatest director in the world along with von Sternberg. From 1930 to 1931 he made three of the best 1000 films, and three of

The 126th Best Director of All-Time: George Stevens

Stevens. Stevens could do it all—a genius with genres. Over the course of his career he made a legit top 500 all-time film western, perhaps the best musical from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, a

The 125th Best Director of All-Time: Louis Malle

Malle. Malle made 12 archiveable films and they’re all directed with ambition and intelligence. Malle is here because of that (12 archiveable films this far down at #125 is a clear strength) and he has

The 124th Best Director of All-Time: Arthur Penn

Arthur Penn. Throwing the last name in here as well because Sean Penn (no relation) has also directed a few archiveable films. Arthur Penn was choosy in his projects- he directed only 13 films—but 9

The 123rd Best Director of All-Time: Jacques Tourneur

Tourneur. French-born Jacques Tourneur did his best work in the US. He’s the son of director Maurice Tourneur (who co-directed the 1920 The Last of the Mohicans which is really good amongst other things). Jacques’

The 122nd Best Director of All-Time: Guillermo del Toro

Del Toro. It may take another 10-15 years for everyone else to catch up but we’re witnessing something here with Cuaron, Inarritu and del Toro. These three Mexican auteurs are Truffaut/Godard/Varda or Herzog/Fassbinder/Wenders for the

The 121st Best Director of All-Time: George Lucas

Lucas. You have to isolate Lucas the director from the rest--- he only directed six total films. Three films in the 1970’s (all below and in the archives) and the Star Wars prequels in 1999,

The 120th Best Director of All-Time: Robert Zemeckis

Zemeckis.  Zemeckis is a technological innovator and architect of great blockbusters for over 30 years now (ok so only 2 so far in the 21st century so it’s been quiet lately). There are some Zemeckis detractors out there

The 119th Best Director of All-Time: Victor Fleming

Fleming.  Fleming has two films in the top 100 (wow!) and 5 in the top 100 of their respective decade. So what gives? That resume should put him closer to a top 50 director than

The 118th Best Director of All-Time: Carol Reed

Reed. A second viewing of Odd Man Out could change Reed’s placement here and push him closer to the top 100 (or even in it). The visual evidence here below with the images below is

The 117th Best Director of All-Time: King Vidor

Vidor. King Vidor to be specific (not Charles Vidor who directed Gilda) is the #117 best director of all-time.  His strength is his depth of quality in his body of work- especially having 6 films

The 116th Best Director of All-Time: James Whale

Whale. James Whale’s strength is he was a major auteur in the 1930’s. His output includes four films that land in the top 100 of that decade. His filmography ranks him out at #122 overall

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