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Alfred Hitchcock
Actor, Psycho
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
“ Favorites
1. Shadow of a Doubt
2. Vertigo
3. North by Northwest
4. Strangers on a Train
5. The Birds
6. 39 Steps
7. Frenzy
8. The Lady Vanishes
9. Young and Innocent

Great Films
10. Rear Window
11. The Wrong Man
12. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
13. Notorious
14. Mr. & Mrs. Smith
15. Lifeboat
16. Psycho

Good Films
17. Sound Test for Blackmail
18. Mary
19. Rope
20. Suspicion
Rich and Strange
21. Champagne (1928)
22. Torn Curtain
23. Family Plot
24. Waltzes from Vienna (1934)
25. The Ring (1927/I)
26. Aventure malgache (1944)
27. Bon Voyage (1944)
28. Murder!
29. Blackmail
30. Secret Agent
31. Number Seventeen
32. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
33. Stage Fright
34. Downhill

Okay Films
35. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
36. Juno and the Paycock
37. Dial M for Murder
38. Marnie
39. Foreign Correspondent
40. The Manxman
41. Easy Virtue
42. I Confess
43. Rebecca
44. Sabotage
45. Saboteur
46. The Farmer’s Wife (1928)
47. The Pleasure Garden

Ugh Films
48. Spellbound
49. To Catch a Thief
50. The Trouble With Harry
51. The Skin Game
52. The Paradine Case
53. Topaz
54. Jamaica Inn
55. Under Capricorn

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Claude Chabrol
Director, La Cérémonie
French film director considered a master in the mystery genre. He is credited with starting the "nouvelle vague" French film movement.
“ Tier One
1. La Ceremonie / Judgment in Stone (1995)
2. Que la bête meure / This Man Must Die (1969)
3. Le Boucher (1970)
4. La Rupture (1970)
5. Le Cri du hibou / Cry of the Owl (1987)
6. Une Affaire de Femmes / The Story of Women (1988)
7. La Fille coupée en deux / A Girl Cut in Two (2007)
8. La Demoiselle d’honneur / The Bridesmaid (2004)
9. Inspector Lavardin (1986)
10. L’oeil du malin / The Third Lover (1962)
11. Violette Nozière (1978)
12. Bellamy/Inspector Bellamy (2008)
13. Betty (1992)
14. “Redoutables, Les” (2001) Episode: “Coup De Vice” not in the database
15. La Femme infidèle / Unfaithful Wife (1969)

Tier Two
16. Merci Pour Le Chocolat (2000)
17. À Double Tour (1959)
18. Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)
19. Les Biches (1968)
20. Au coeur du mensonge /The Color of Lies (1999)

Tier Three
21. “Chez Maupassant: La parure (#1.2)” (2007)
22. Masques / Masks
23. Cyprien Katsaris (1996) [TV] not in the database
24. Le Beau Serge / Handsome Serge/Bitter Reunion (1958)
25. M. Le Maudit (1982) not in the database
26. Les Cousins (1959)
27. Les godelureaux/Wise Guys (1961)
28. Les fantômes du chapelier /The Hatter’s Ghost (1982)
29. La ligne de démarcation/Line of Demarcation (1966) not in the database
30. “Chez Maupassant: Le petit fût (#2.4)” (2008) not in the database
31. Les plus belles escroqueries du monde (1964) not in the database
32. Les Magiciens/Death Rite (1976)
33. Madame Bovary (1991)
34. Les innocents aux mains sales / Innocents with Dirty Hands (1975)
35. Juste avant la nuit / Just Before Nightfall (1971) not in the database
36. Marie-Chantal contre le docteur Kha (1965) not in the database
37. Le tigre aime la chair fraiche/Code Name: Tiger (1964)

Tier Four
38. Alice ou la dernière fugue (1977)
39. L’oeil de Vichy (1993)
40. Ophélia (1963)
41. La décade prodigieuse/Ten Days Wonder (1971)
42. Le scandale/The Champagne Murders (1967)
43. L’Ivresse du pouvoir / Comedy of Power (2006)

Tier Five
44. Jours tranquilles à Clichy/Quiet Days in Clichy (1990)
45. Le tigre se parfume à la dynamite (1965)
46. Les Noces rouges / Wedding in Blood (1973) not in the database
47. L’Enfer / Hell (1994)
48. La Fleur du mal / Flower of Evil (2003)
49. “L’Avarice”
50. Folies bourgeoises/Twist (1976) not in the database
51. Rien na va Plus / The Swindle (1997)
52. Docteur Popaul / High Heels (1972) not in the database
53. Nada (1974) not in the database
54. Poulet au vinaigre / Cop au vin (1985)
55. La Route de Corinthe / Who’s Got the Black Box? (1967) not in the database
56. Une partie de plaisir (1975)
57. Les Liens de sang / Blood Relatives (1978)

Tier Six
58. Landru/Bluebeard (1963)
59. Le sang des autres/The Blood of Others (1984)
60. Dr. M (1990)

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Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Pedestrian Subway (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (The Staff)...
“ Tier One: Favorites
La Double vie de Veronique/The Double Life Of Veronique
Rouge: Trois couleurs/Red
Amator/Camera Buff
Short Film About Love (Dekalog 6)

Tier Two: Good Films
Gadajace glowy/Talking Heads (1980)
Bylem zolnierzem/I Was A Soldier (1971)
Tramwaj/Tramway (1966)
Zyciorys/Curriculum Vitae (1975)
Siedem kobiet w róznym wieku/Seven Women of Different Ages (1979)
Pierwsza milosc/First Love (TV 1974)
Koncert zyczen/Concert of Wishes (1967)
Z miasta Lodzi/From the City of Lodz (1968) not in database
Blanc (White)
Z punktu widzenia nocnego portiera/Night Porter’s Point of View (1979)
Szpital/The Hospital (1977)
Urzad/The Office (1966)
Podstawy BHP w kopalni miedzi/The Principles of Safety and Hygiene in a Copper Mine (1972)
Personel (TV 1976) not in the database

Tier Three: Okay
Bleu: Trois couleurs/Blue: Three Colors Trilogy
Heaven (based on a script by…)
Blizna/The Scar (1976) not in the database

Tier Four
Przeswietlenie/X-Ray (1974)
Hell (based on a script by…)
Refren/Refain (1972)
Dworzec/Railway Station (1980)
Miedzy Wroclawiem a Zielona Gora/Between Wroclaw and Zielona Gora (1972)
Robotnicy 1971 – Nic o nas bez nas / Workers 1971 – Nothing About Us Without Us (1971) not in the database
Fabryka/Factory (1971) not in the database
No End
Blind Chance

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Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Another Woman (1988)
Alice (1990)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Love and Death (1975)
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Annie Hall (1977)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Take the Money and Run (1969)
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Manhattan (1979)
Bananas (1971)
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Scoop (2006)
Whatever Works (2009)
Hollywood Ending (2002)
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
Stardust Memories (1980)
Interiors (1978)
To Rome with Love (2012)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger/Vous allez rencontrer un bel et sombre inconnu (2010)
Match Point (2005)
Sleeper (1973)
Play It Again, Sam (1972)
Radio Days (1987)

Cassandra’s Dream (2007)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Zelig (1983)
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Don’t Drink the Water (1994)
Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971)
Mighty Aphrodite
Casino Royale
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask…
New York Stories
Melinda and Melinda
Husbands and Wives
Shadows and Fog
Deconstructing Harry
What’s Up, Tiger Lily?
King Lear
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Luis Buñuel
The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the university there, where his close friends included Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca...
“ Tier One: Favorites
1. Cet obscur objet du désir / That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
2. Ensayo de un crimen / The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955)
3. Journal d’une femme de chambre / Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)

Tier Two: Films I Adore
4. Le Fantôme de la liberté / The Phantom of Liberty (1974)
5. Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie / The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
6. Viridiana (1961)
7. El Gran Calavera / The Great Madcap (1949) Not in the database
8. Los Olvidados / The Young and the Damned (1950)
9. Nazarín (1959)
10. La Voie lactée / The Milky Way (1969)
11. Simón del desierto / Simon of the Desert (1965)

Tier Three: Really Good Films
12. Un chien andalou/An Andalusian Dog (1929)
13. La hija del engaño/Daughter of Deceit (1951) Not in the database
14. Gran Casino (Tampico) (1947)
15. La fièvre monte à El Pao (1959)
16. Susana (Carne y demonio) / The Devil and the Flesh (1951)
17. Cela s’appelle l’aurore

Tier Four: Not Bad
18. El Bruto / The Brute (1953)
19. Subida al cielo / Mexican Bus Ride (1952)
20. Abismos de pasión / Wuthering Heights (1954)
21. La Ilusión viaja en tranvía / Illusion Travels by Streetcar (1954)
22. Belle de jour (1967)

Tier Five: Films I Wasn’t Too Crazy About
23. El río y la muerte (1955)
24. El Ángel exterminado/The Exterminating Angel (1962)
25. Robinson Crusoe /The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1954)
26. Una Mujer sin amor /A Woman Without Love (1952)
27. La Mort en ce jardin/Death in the Garden (1956)
28. Tristana (1970)
29. Las Hurdes
30. L’âge d’or (1930)
31. Fall Of the House of Usher

Tier Six: Films I Absolutely Hated
32. El (1953)
33. La Joven/The Young One (1960)

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François Truffaut
François began to assiduously go to the movies at 7. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who becomes his protector. Bazin helped the delinquent Truffaut and also when he was put in jail because he deserted the army...
“ 1. Vivement dimanche! / Confidentially Yours
2. Antoine and Colette
3. Jules et Jim
4. Baisers voles / Stolen Kisses
5. Domicile conjugal /Bed & Board
6. The Man Who Loved Women
7. Le Dernier métro / The Last Metro
8. Les Quatre cents coups / The 400 Blows
9. Nuit Americaine / Day for Night
10. La Mariee Etait en noir / The Bride Wore Black
11. Tirez sur le pianiste / Don’t Shoot the Piano Player
12. Une belle fille comme moi / A Gorgeous Bird Like Me (1972)
13. La Sirène du Mississipi / Mississippi Mermaid
14. L’Argent de poche / Small Change
15. La chambre verte/The Green Room

L’Amour en fuite/Love on the Run
Fahrenheit 451
L’Histoire d’Adèle H. /The Story of Adele H.
La Petite voleuse/The Little Thief (based on a script by François Truffaut, directed by Claude Miller)
Les Mistons/The Kids
L’Enfant Sauvage/Wild Child
Les Deux anglaises et le continent/Two English Girls
La Peau douce/The Soft Skin

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Pedro Almodóvar
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ Tier One: Favorites
1. Todo sobre mi madre / All About My Mother
2. Hable Con Ella / Talk to Her
3. Volver / To Return
4. La Mala educación / Bad Education
5. Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios / Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
6. Flor de mi secreto / Flower of My Secret
7. Entre tinieblas / Dark Habits
8. Los abrazos rotos/Broken Embraces (2009)
9. Carne tremula / Live Flesh (based on the book by Ruth Rendell)
10. Kika
11. La Ley del deseo / Law of Desire
12. Los amantes pasajeros/ I’m So Excited (2013)
13. La piel que habito/The Skin I Live In
14. Pepi, Luci, Bom
15. La concejala antropófaga/The Cannibalistic Councillor
16. Tacones lejanos / High Heels
17. ¡Átame!/Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down
18. Laberinto de pasiones / Labyrinth of Passion
19. ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!! / What Have I Done To Deserve This?
20. Salome (1978) Not in Auteurs’ database
21. Tráiler para amantes de lo prohibido (1985) (TV) Not in Auteurs’ database
22. Matador

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“ Tier One: Favorites
1. Cleo de 5 a 7 / Cleo From 5 to 7
2. Les demoiselles de Rochefort/The Young Girls of Rochefort
3. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse/The Gleaners and I
4. Salut les cubains
5. Elsa la rose
6. Les créatures
7. Jane B. by Agnès V.

Tier Two: Decent Films
8. Les plages d'Agnès/The Beaches of Agnes
9. La Pointe-Courte
10. Le Bonheur/Happiness
11. Les fiancés du pont Mac Donald ou (Méfiez-vous des lunettes noires)
12. Black Panthers/Huey
13. T'as de beaux escaliers, tu sais (1986)
14. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse... deux ans après/The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later
15. Jacquot de Nantes
16. Sans toit ni loi/Vagabond
17. Du côté de la côte (1958)
18. Oncle Yanco/Uncle Yanco
19. Mur Murs
20. L'opéra-mouffe/Diary of a Pregnant Woman
21. Plaisir d'amour en Iran (1976)
22. 101 Nights/Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma
23. L'une chante, l'autre pas/One Sings, The Other Doesn't
24. Lions Love
25. Les dites cariatides
26. Daguerréotypes
27. Le lion volatil/The Vanishing Lion (2003)
28. Le Petit Amor/Kung-fu master!
29. Documenteur ” - allisonalmodovar
Billy Wilder
Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929, and wrote scripts for many German films until Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933...
“ 1. Sunset Blvd.
2. Witness for the Prosecution
3. Double Indemnity
4. Sabrina
5. The Apartment
6. Love in the Afternoon
7. Fortune Cookie
8. Stalag 17
9. Ace In the Hole
10. Mauvaise graine/Bad Blood
11. The Major and the Minor
12. One, Two, Three
13. The Death Mills (1945)
14. Kiss Me Stupid
15. Some Like It Hot
16. The Spirit of Saint Louis
17. Irma La Douce
18. A Foreign Affair
19. Fedora
20. The Lost Weekend
21. Five Graves to Cairo
22. Buddy, Buddy
23. Seven Year Itch
24. The Front Page
25. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

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Éric Rohmer
Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, some have argued convincingly that...
“ 1. L’amour l’après-midi / Chloe in the Afternoon (1972)
2. Le Beau Mariage / The Good Marriage (1978)
3. Pauline à la plage / Pauline at the Beach
4. Le Genou de Claire / Claire’s Knee
5. Le Signe du lion / The Sign of Leo
6. Conte d’hiver / A Winter’s Tale
7. Conte d’été / A Summer’s Tale
8. Ma nuit chez Maud / My Night at Maud’s
9. Les nuits de la pleine lune / Full Moon in Paris (1984)
10. Die Marquise von O / The Marquise of O
11. L’Anglaise et le duc / The Lady and the Duke
12. Suzanne’s Career
13. Les Rendez-vous de Paris not in the database
14. L’Ami de mon amie / Boyfriends and Girlfriends
15. La Collectionneuse / Collector Girl (1967)
16. La Femme de l’aviateur / The Aviator’s Wife (1981)
17. Les amours d’Astrée et de Céladon / Romance of Astree and Celadon
18. The Tree, The Mayor, and the Mediatheque
19. Conte de printemps / A Tale of Springtime (1990)
20. La Boulangère de Monceau /The Girl at the Monceau Bakery
21. Triple agent
22. Le Rayon vert / The Green Ray
23. Conte d’automne / Autumn Tale
24. Perceval le Gallois (1978)
25. 4 aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle

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Roman Polanski
Director, The Pianist
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years before World War II began...
“ Tier One
1. Tess
2. Rosemary’s Baby
3. Chinatown
4. The Pianist

Tier Two
5. The Ghost Writer
6. The Ninth Gate
7. Death and the Maiden
8. Frantic
9. Knife in the Water

Tier Three
10. The Tenant
11. Cul-de-sac
12. Short films (Ssaki, Two Men and a Wardrobe)
13. Repulsion
14. Carnage

Tier Four
15. Oliver Twist
16. The Tragedy of Macbeth
17. Bitter Moon
18. Pirates
20. The Fearless Vampire Killers

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Fritz Lang
Director, M
He studied at the College of Technical Sciences of Vienna's Academy of Graphic Arts but unhappy with the career path chosen for him by his parents, he ran away to study art in Munich and Paris. He then spent many years travelling the world including Asia. In 1913, he returned to Paris to paint. When World War I began...
“ Tier One
1. M
2. Secret Beyond the Door…
3. The Big Heat
4. Human Desire

Tier Two
5. House by the River
6. You & Me
7. Fury
8. Man Hunt
9. While the City Sleeps
10. The Blue Gardenia

Tier Three
11. Woman in the Window
12. Clash by Night
13. Woman in the Moon
14. Spione
15. Liliom
16. Cloak and Dagger
17. Destiny/Der müde Tod
18. Metropolis

Tier Four
19. Scarlet Street
20. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
21. Vier um die Frau/Four Around a Woman
22. Rancho Notorious
23. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
24. Hangmen Also Die!
25. Ministry of Fear
26. You Only Live Once
27. Harakiri

Tier Five
28. Moonfleet
29. Das indische Grabmal/The Indian Tomb

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Ernst Lubitsch
From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at night...
“ 1. Cluny Brown
2. Broken Lullaby
3. Shop Around the Corner
4. Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife
5. Design for Living
6. One Hour With You
7. Heaven Can Wait (1943)
8. That Uncertain Feeling
9. The Doll/DiePuppe
10. I Don’t Want to Be a Man
11. So This is Paris
12. A Royal Scandal
13. Ninotchka
14. The Smiling Lieutenant
15. Austernprinzessin, Die/Oyster Princess (1919)
16. If I Had Million
17. Monte Carlo
18. The Merry Widow (1934)
19. To Be or Not to Be (1942)
20. Eternal Love (1929)
21. Angel
22. The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)
23. Anna Boleyn
24. Bergkatze, Die aka The Wildcat (1921)
25. The Love Parade
26. Passion aka Madame du Barry
27. Trouble in Paradise
28. Lady Windemere’s Fan
29. The Marriage Circle
30. Carmen aka Gypsy Blood
31. The Merry Jail
32. The Eyes of the Mummy
33. Sumurun (1920)
34. The Lady in Ermine

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Robert Bresson
Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin in 1943. His next film, Les dames du Bois de Boulogne would be the last time he would work with professional actors...
“ 1. Au Hasard Balthazar
2. Procès de Jeanne d’Arc
3. Mouchette
4. Pickpocket
5. Quatre nuits d’un rêveur /Four Nights of a Dreamer
6. Une Femme Douce/A Gentle Woman
7. Diary of a Country Priest
8. Les affaires publiques
9. Les anges du péché
10. Les dames du Bois de Boulogne
11. Un condamné à mort s’est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut/A Man Escaped

12. Lancelot D’Lac
13. L’Argent/Money
14. Le Diable probablement/The Devil Probably

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Julien Duvivier
Revered by such legendary fellow directors as Ingmar Bergman and Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier is one of the greatest figures in the history of French cinema and of world cinema in general. He is perhaps the most neglected of the "Big Five" of classic French cinema (the other four being Jean Renoir, Rene Clair...
“ Tier One: Excellent
Poil de Carotte/The Red Head (1932)
Un carnet de bal (1937)
La belle équipe/They Were Five/The Good Crew (1936)
Chair de poule/Highway Pick-up (1963)
Flesh and Fantasy (1943)

Tier Two: Very Good
Voici le temps des assassins…/Deadlier Than the Male (1956)
Anna Karenina (1948)
Pépé le Moko (1937)
La fin du jour/The End of the Day (1939)
La Fete a Henriette (1952)
Marie-Octobre (1959)
Don Camillo (1952)
Poil de carotte (1925)
Le retour de Don Camillo (1953)

Tier Three: Decent Efforts
The Great Waltz (1938) not in database
L’Imposteur/The Imposter/Strange Confession (1944)
Lydia (1941)
David Golder (1931)
Diaboliquement vôtre/Diabolically Yours (1967)
Black Jack (1950)
Marie Antoinette (1938)
L’affaire Maurizius/On Trial (1954)
Le mystère de la tour Eiffel (1927)
Panique/Panic (1947)
La bandera (1935)
Maria Chapdelaine (1934)
Le tourbillon de Paris/The Maelstrom of Paris (1928)
Marianne de ma jeunesse/Marianne of My Youth (1955/I)
Pot-Bouille/Lovers of Paris (1957)
Untel père et fils/Immortal France/The Heart of a Nation (1943)
Le golem/Golem: Legend of Prague (1936)
La chambre ardente/The Burning Court (1962)
Golgotha (1935)
Au bonheur des dames (1930)

Tier Four: Meh
Tales of Manhattan (1942)

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Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer, Diabolique
Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film Le Corbeau banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to international fame with The Wages of Fear and consolidated that success with Diabolique...
“ 1. Quai des Orfèvres
2. Les Diaboliques
3. L’enfer (1964) unfinished
4. L’assassin habite… au 21 (1942) [Trivia: This film’s poster was featured in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. ]
5. La vérité/The Truth (1960)
6. Le salaire de la peur/Wages of Fear (1953)
7. Les Espions
8. Le Corbeau
9. La prisonnière/Woman in Chains (1968)
10. Manon
11. Le mystère Picasso/The Mystery of Picasso (1956)

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“ 1. Les herbes folles/ Wild Grass
2. Coeurs/Private Fears in Public Places
3. Mon Oncle D’Amerique/My American Uncle
4. Je t’aime, je t’aime
5. Hiroshima, Mon amour
6. Smoking/No Smoking
7. L’amour à mort /Love Unto Death
8. La vie est un roman /Life is a Bed of Roses
9. Last Year at Marienbad
10. Vous n’avez encore rien vu/You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
11. I Want to Go Home
12. Mélo /Melo
13. Muriel (ou Le temps d’un retour)
14. Stavisky…
15. On connaît la chanson/Same Old Song
16. Toute la mémoire du monde /All the World’s Memory
17. Nuit et brouillard/Night and Fog
18. La guerre est finie/The War is Over
19. Pas sur la bouche /Not on the Lips
20. Providence

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Jacques Rivette
Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began "thanks to Rivette," the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his "Cahiers du Cinéma" colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer...
“ Tier One
1. Jeanne la Pucelle II – Les prisons (1994)
2. Ne touchez pas la hache/Don’t Touch the Axe/Duchess of Langleais (2007)
3. Le pont du Nord (1981)
4. La religieuse (1966)
5. Haut bas fragile (1995)

Tier Two
L’amour par terre (1984)
Merry-Go-Round (1981)
Duelle (une quarantaine) (1976)
Jeanne la Pucelle I – Les batailles (1994)
Le coup du berger (1956) not in database
Secret défense (1998)
Histoire de Marie et Julien (2003)
Around a Small Mountain
Noroît (1976)
Paris nous appartient (1960)
Céline et Julie vont en bateau (1974)
L’amour fou (1969)
La bande des quatre (1988)
Hurlevent (1985)

Tier Three
Va savoir (2001)
Out 1 (1974)
La belle noiseuse/Divertimento (1991)

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“ 1. The White Ribbon
2. Hidden/Cache
3. Benny’s Video
4. Amour
5. The Seventh Continent
6. Funny Games U.S.
7. Funny Games
8. Code Unknown
9. The Piano Teacher
10. 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance
11. Time of the Wolf

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and even antigay...
“ Tier One
1. Angst vor der Angst /Fear of Fear (1975)
2. Angst essen Seele auf / Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
3. Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant, Die / The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
4. Mutter Küsters’ Fahrt zum Himmel / Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975)
5. Wildwechsel/Jail Bait (1973)
6. Warum läuft Herr R. Amok? / Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970)
7. Welt am Draht / World on a Wire /World on Wires/World on a Wire (1973) (TV)
8. Der Stadtstreicher / The City Tramp (1966) (short film)
9. Das Kleine Chaos/The Little Chaos (1966)
10. Faustrecht der Freiheit / Fox and His Friends (1975)

Tier Two
11. Dritte Generation, Die / The Third Generation (1979)
12. Satansbraten / Satan’s Brew (1976)
13. Chinesisches Roulette /Chinese Roulette (1976)
14. Katzelmacher (1969)
15. Martha (1974)

Tier Three
16. Pioniere in Ingolstadt / Pioneers in Ingolstadt (1971) not in database
17. Lola (1981)
18. Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss, Die / Veronika Voss (1982)
19. In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden / In a Year of 13 Moons (1978)
20. Bolwieser/The Stationmaster’s Wife (1977) (TV)
21. Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (1972)… aka The Merchant of Four Seasons
22. Rio das Mortes (1971) (TV)
23. Nora Helmer (1974) (TV)
24. Niklashauser Fart, Die/ The Niklashausen Journey (1970)
25. Amerikanische Soldat, Der (1970)… aka The American Soldier (USA)
26. Deutschland im Herbst (1978) … aka Germany in Autumn
27. Ehe der Maria Braun, Die / Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
28. Effi Briest (USA)
29. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) TV Series (14 episodes, 1980)
30. Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte / Beware of a Holy Whore (1971)
31. Liebe ist kälter als der Tod / Love Is Colder Than Death (1969)

Tier Four
32. Whity(1971)
33. Despair (1978)
34. Querelle (1982)

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William A. Wellman
Director, A Star Is Born
William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born, was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle. A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th of February in Brookline...
“ Tier One
A Star Is Born (1937)
Looking for Trouble (1934)
Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
The Public Enemy (1931)
Magic Town (1947)
Night Nurse (1931)
Battleground (1949)
Safe in Hell (1931)
Midnight Mary (1933)
Wings (1927)
Small Town Girl (1936)

Tier Two
The Purchase Price (1932)
Lilly Turner (1933)
Roxie Hart (1942)
Lady of Burlesque (1943)
Beau Geste (1939)
The Iron Curtain (1948)
Good-bye My Lady
Nothing Sacred (1937)
My Man and I (1952)
So Big! (1932)
The Great Man’s Lady
The Light That Failed (1939)
Frisco Jenny (1932)
The Boob (1926)
Beggars of Life (1928)
The Star Witness (1931)
College Coach (1933)
Gallant Journey (1946)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
The High and the Mighty (1954)
The Next Voice You Hear… (1950)
The Conquerors (1932)
Maybe It’s Love (1930)

Tier Three
The Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936)
Central Airport (1933)
Heroes for Sale (1933)
Across the Wide Missouri (1951)
Blood Alley (1955)
Yellow Sky (1948)
The Hatchet Man (1932)
This Man’s Navy (1945)
The Happy Years (1950)
Track of the Cat (1954)

Tier Four
Stingaree (1934)
Viva Villa! (1934)
Westward the Women (1951)
Island in the Sky (1953)

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“ Joel & Ethan Coen's Movies:

Tier One
1. A Serious Man
2. Fargo

Tier Two
3. The Hudsucker Proxy
4. No Country For Old Men
5. Inside Llewyn Davis
6. The Big Lebowski
7. Barton Fink
8. Paris, Je T’aime (segment)

Tier Three
9. Burn After Reading
10. Raising Arizona

Tier Four
11. Intolerable Cruelty
12. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
13. The Man Who Wasn’t There
14. Miller’s Crossing
15. True Grit
16. Blood Simple
17. The Ladykillers

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“ This list covers not only the films he made, but the adaptations of his novels by other directors.


Le Schpountz/Heartbeat
La gloire de mon père/My Father’s Glory (1990)
Le château de ma mère/My Mother’s Castle (1990)
Jean de Florette (1986)
Manon des sources /Manon of the Spring (1986)
La femme du boulanger/The Baker’s Wife (1938)
César (1936)
Marius (1931)
Fanny (1932)
Topaze (1951) not in the database
La belle meunière (1948) not in the database
La fille du puisatier/The Well-Digger’s Daughter (1940)

Harvest/Regain (1937)
Les lettres de mon moulin/Letters from My Windmill (1954) not in the database

Topaze (1933/I, Harry d’Abbadie d’Arrast)

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Dorothy Arzner
Dorothy Arzner, the only woman director during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood's studio system--from the 1920s to the early 1940s and the woman director with the largest oeuvre in Hollywood to this day--was born January 3, 1897 (some sources put the year as 1900), in San Francisco, California, to a German-American father and a Scottish mother...
“ Tier One: Favorites
Working Girls (1931)
Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)
Nana (1934)
Craig’s Wife (1936) [I’m addicted to this movie. Joan Crawford later remade this movie.]

Tier Two: Very Good Films
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
Get Your Man (1927)
First Comes Courage (1943) [A very good, underrated movie. It was Arner’s last.]

Tier Three: Decent Films
The Wild Party (1929)
Anybody’s Woman (1930)
Christopher Strong (1933) [A pretty interesting thirties film about a cross-dressing female pilot.]
Sarah and Son (1930) [An amazing performance by Ruth Chatterton. Otherwise the film isn’t too special story-wise.]
The Bride Wore Red (1937)
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937)
Honor Among Lovers (1931)

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Marcel Carné
Marcel Carné, the son of a cabinet maker, entered the movies as the assistant of Jacques Feyder. At the age of 25 he directed his first movie Jenny. Colaborating with the writer Jacques Prévert, the decorator Alexandre Trauner, the musician and composer Maurice Jaubert and the actor Jean Gabin...
“ 1. Drôle de drame ou L’étrange aventure de Docteur Molyneux/Bizarre, Bizarre (1937)
2. Thérèse Raquin (1953)
3. Hôtel du Nord (1938)
4. Jenny (1936)
5. Le Quai des brumes/Port of Shadows (1938)
6. Les visiteurs du soir/The Devil’s Envoys (1942)
7. Les Enfants du paradis/Children of Paradise (1945)
8. Air de Paris/Air of Paris (1954)
9. Le Jour se lève/Daybreak (1939)
10. Les Assassins de l’ordre (1971)
11. La Merveilleuse visite (1974)

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Sacha Guitry
French actor, dramatist and director, Sacha Guitry was born in 1885 in Saint-Petersburg where his father, actor Lucien Guitry, was under contract with the city's French theater. Early on, Sacha knew he was going to be an artist. Therefore, his studies were mediocre. His acting debuts were not too encouraging either...
1. The Story of a Cheat
2. Le Nouveau Testament/Indiscretions
3. Faisons un rêve
4. Désiré
5. Mon pere avait raison
6. Les perles de la couronne (1937)
7. Le mot de Cambronne (1937)

Tier Two: OKAY
8. Quadrille

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“ Ranked:

A Nos Amours
L'enfance nue
Passe ton bac d'abord
Nous Ne Viellirons Pas Ensemble
The Mouth Agape
Van Gogh
Under the Sun of Satan

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Robert Altman
Director, Gosford Park
Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started exploring the art of exploring sound with the cheap tape recorders available at the time...
“ Tier One: Favorites
1. The Long Goodbye
2. Three Women
3. Gosford Park
4. The Player
5. Kansas City
6. California Split

Tier Two: Decent Films
7. Thieves Like Us
8. M*A*S*H
9. The Gingerbread Man
10. A Wedding
11. Brewster McCloud
12. The Company (Saw this movie a few days after Altman died, in tribute to him.)
13. Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson
14. A Prairie Home Companion

Tier Three: Not That Great
15. Fool for Love
16. Vincent & Theo
17. Popeye (1980)
18. Nashville (I saw it in Nashville)
19. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
20. Dr. T & The Women
21. Cookie’s Fortune
22. Short Cuts (perhaps I’d like it more on a rewatch)

Tier Four: Unbearable
23. Streamers
24. Images
25. Prêt-à-Porter

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“ Shadows (1959)

Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
Gloria (1980)
Too Late Blues (1961)

Opening Night (1977)
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Love Streams (1984)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
Husbands (1970)

A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Faces (I) (1968)

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“ Tier One
1. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
2. Secrets & Lies (1996)
3. Life Is Sweet (1990)
4. All or Nothing (2002/I)
5. Grown-Ups (1980) TV episode"BBC2 Playhouse" (1 episode, 1980)

Tier Two
6. A Sense of History (1992) (TV)
7. High Hopes (1988)
8. Topsy-Turvy (1999)
9. Who’s Who (1979) TV episode
10. The Short & Curlies (1987) (TV)
11. “Five Minute Films” (1975) TV series
12. Abigail’s Party (1977) TV episode
13. Vera Drake (2004)
14. Another Year
15. Career Girls (1997)
16. “Second City Firsts” The Permissive Society (1975)
17. Home Sweet Home (1982) TV episode
18.Meantime (1984) (TV)
19. The Kiss of Death (1977) TV episode
20. Nuts in May (1976) TV episode

Tier Three
21. Hard Labour
22. Naked (1993)
23. Four Days in July (1985) (TV)
24. Bleak Moments (1971)

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Bertrand Tavernier
Director, 'Round Midnight
Bertrand Tavernier was a law student that preferred write film criticisms. He also wrote a few books about American movies. Then his first film won a few awards in France and abroad and established his reputation.
“ 1. Coup de Torchon
2. The Clockmaker of St. Paul
3. In the Electric Mist
4. Daddy Nostalgia
5. The Princess of Montpensier
6. Safe Conduct
7. The Judge and the Assassin
8. Let Joy Reign Supreme
9. A Sunday in the Country
10. Round Midnight
11. *Des enfants gâtés/Spoiled Children* (1977)
12. L.627
13. Life and Nothing But
14. Fresh Bait

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“ 1. Nathalie... (2003)
2. Entre ses mains/In His Hands (2005)
3. Adore (2013)
4. Les innocentes/The Innocents
5. Gemma Bovery
6. Comment j'ai tué mon père /How I Killed My Father (2001)
7. Nettoyage à sec /Dry Cleaning(1997)
8. Mon pire cauchemar/My Worst Nightmare (2011)
9. La fille de Monaco /The Girl From Monaco (2008)
10. Coco avant Chanel / Coco Before Chanel (2009)
11. Nouvelle chance/Oh, La La! (2006)
12. Augustin, roi du Kung-fu (1999)

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David Lynch
Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future director Jennifer Lynch shortly after he turned 21...
“ 1. Mulholland Dr.
2. Blue Velvet
3. Lost Highway
4. Wild at Heart
5. The Straight Story
6. Eraserhead
7. The Elephant Man
8. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
9. David Lynch Interview Project
10. The Grandmother
11. Inland Empire
12. Dune

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Michelangelo Antonioni
Writer, Blow-Up
Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema" studying directorship at the School of Cinema...
“ 1 Deserto rosso, Il /Red Desert (1964)
2 Eclisse, L’ (1962)
3 Grido, Il (1957)
4 Notte, La (1961)
5 Amiche, Le (1955)
6 Avventura, L’ (1960)
7 Zabriskie Point (1970)
8 Cronaca di un amore (1950)
9 Al di là delle nuvole /Beyond the Clouds (1995)
10 N.U. (1948)
11 Identificazione di una donna (1982)
12 Blowup (1966) / Professione: reporter (1975)

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John Huston
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry included English...
“ The Night of the Iguana (1964)
Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Asphalt Jungle, The (1950)
Across the Pacific (1942)
Under the Volcano (1984)
Fat City
Annie (1982)
The Dead (1987)
African Queen, The (1951)
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
In This Our Life (1942)
Moulin Rouge (1952)
Wise Blood (1979)
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
Let There Be Light
Key Largo (1948)
We Were Strangers (1949)
Freud (1962)
Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
On Our Merry Way (1948)
Beat the Devil
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
Victory (1981)

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“ Tier One: Excellent
1. Confidences Trop Intimes / Intimate Strangers
2. La Fille sur le pont/Girl On A Bridge
3. La Veuve de Saint-Pierre / Widow of Saint-Pierre
4. Le mari de la coiffeuse /The Hairdresser’s Husband

Tier Two: Very Good
5. Le parfum d’Yvonne
6. Ridicule

Tier Three: Good
7. Mon Meuiller Ami / My Best Friend

Tier Four: OK
8. Monsieur Hire
9. La guerre des miss /Beauties at War (2008)

Tier Five: Meh
10. L’homme du train/Man on the Train (2002)

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Catherine Breillat
Catherine Breillat is a Paris based filmmaker and writer who became famous for her distinctively personal films on sexuality, gender trouble and sibling rivalry. Accused of being a "porno auteuriste", Breillat allowed for an unbiased view of sexuality and extended the language of mainstream movies. She is also a best-selling novelist and wrote her first novel...
“ 1. Une vraie jeune fille / A Real Young Girl (1976)
2. Abus de faiblesse/Abuse of Weakness
3. Brève traversée / Brief Crossing (2001)
4. Barbe bleue / Bluebeard (2009)
5. Parfait amour! / Perfect Love (1996)
6. 36 Fillette (1988)
7. Tapage nocturne / Nocturnal Uproar (1979)
8. Romance (1999)
9. Sale comme un ange / Dirty Like an Angel (1991)
10. Police (writer)
11. Catherine et Cie/Catherine and Co. (writer)
12. "Si je reste (un peu)" Elodie Frégé music video
13. Une vieille maîtresse / The Last Mistress (2007)
14. Sex is Comedy (2002)
15. À ma soeur! / Fat Girl (2001)
16. "La fidélité" Elodie Frégé music video
17. La belle endormie/The Sleeping Beauty (2010)
18. Anatomie de l'enfer / Anatomy of Hell (2004) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ 1. Zezowate szczescie/Bad Luck (1960)
2. Eroica/Heroism (1958)
3. Czlowiek na torze/Man on the Tracks (1957)
4. Pasazerka/Passenger (1963) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ Tier One
‘Merci la vie’ (1991)
Préparez vos mouchoirs (1978)
Calmos / Femmes fatales (1976)

Tier Two
Tenue de soirée aka Ménage (1986)
Un, deux, trois, soleil/1, 2, 3, Sun (1993)
Buffet froid (1979)
Les valseuses (1974)
Trop belle pour toi (1989)
Notre histoire/Our Story (1984)
Le bruit des glaçons/The Clink of Ice (2010)

Tier Three
La femme de mon pote (1983)
Beau-père (1981)

Tier Four
Mon homme (1996) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ Top Tier
Big City (1937)
Bad Girl (1931)
Young America (1932)
History Is Made at Night (1937)
The Circle (1925)
His Butler’s Sister (1943)
After Tomorrow (1932)
Street Angel (1928)
Lucky Star (1929)
Seven Sweethearts (1942)
Man’s Castle (1933)
7th Heaven (1927)
Mannequin (1937)
Humoresque (1920)
Stranded (1935)
Three Comrades (1938)
Desire (1936) Note: Produced by Ernst Lubitsch
That’s My Man (1947)

Second Tier
Hearts Divided (1936)
Lazybones (1925)
The River (1929)
Doctors’ Wives (1931)
A Farewell to Arms (1932)
Little Man, What Now? (1934)
Shipmates Forever (1935)
The Mortal Storm (1940)
The Shining Hour (1938)

Third/Lower Tier
The Spanish Main (1945)
Moonrise (1948)
Stage Door Canteen (1943)
They Had to See Paris (1929)
Song o’ My Heart (1930) ” - allisonalmodovar
Frank Capra
One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you could ever be," Capra said about his Atlantic passage...
“ It Happened One Night (1934)
Meet John Doe (1941)
Forbidden (1932)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Platinum Blonde (1931)
The Matinee Idol (1928)
American Madness (1932)
The Miracle Woman (1931)
Dirigible (1931)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Lost Horizon (1937)
Lady for a Day (1933)
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
Flight (1929)
Prelude to War (1943)
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
You Can’t Take It with You (1938)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) ” - allisonalmodovar
Louis Malle
Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris...
“ 1. Zazie dans le métro (1960)

2. Le Voleur/The Thief of Paris (1967)
3. Viva Maria! (1965)
4. Lacombe, Lucien (1974)
5. Au revoir, les enfants (1987)
6. Le souffle au coeur/Murmur of the Heart (1971)
7. Le Feu Follet/The Fire Within (1963)

8. Ascenseur pour l’échafaud/Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
9. Le monde du silence/The Silent World (1956) [co-directed w/Jacques-Yves Cousteau]
10. Damage (1992)

11. Les Amants (1958)
12. My Dinner with Andre (1981)
13. Calcutta (1969)
14. Atlantic City (1980)

15. Milou en mai/May Fools (1990)
16. Black Moon (1975)
17. Pretty Baby (1978) ” - allisonalmodovar
David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
“ 1. The Dead Zone
2. A History of Violence
3. Videodrome
4. Scanners
5. The Fly
6. The Brood
7. Shivers
8. Eastern Promises
9. Spider
10. Dead Ringers
11. M. Butterfly
12. Existenz
13. Rabid
14. Naked Lunch
15. Crash ” - allisonalmodovar
Nicholas Ray
Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle, Jr. in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the University of Chicago after a year...
“ 1. Rebel Without a Cause
2. Bigger Than Life
3. The Lusty Men
4. In a Lonely Place
5. A Woman's Secret
6. On Dangerous Ground
7. They Live By Night
8. Born to Be Bad
9. Lightning Over Water
10. Bitter Victory
11. Johnny Guitar
12. Knock on Any Door
13. Flying Leathernecks
14. Party Girl
15. Wind Across the Everglades ” - allisonalmodovar
Alice Guy
Generally considered to be the world's first female director, French-born Alice Guy entered the film business as a secretary at Gaumont-Paris in 1896. The next year Gaumont changed from manufacturing cameras to producing movies, and Guy became one of its first film directors. She impressed the the company...
“ 01. The Birth, the Life and the Death of Christ

02. Falling Leaves

03. The Saphead

04. Algie, the Miner

05. A House Divided

06. Matrimony's Speed Limit

07. The Ocean Waif ” - allisonalmodovar
“ Tier One: Favorites
Les demoiselles de Rochefort /The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
Lola (1961)

Tier Two: Excellent
Peau d’âne/Donkey Skin (1970)

Tier Three: Good
Une chambre en ville/A Room in Town (1982)
Les parapluies de Cherbourg/The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
L’événement le plus important depuis que l’homme a marché sur la lune/A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973)
Parking (1985)
La baie des anges/Bay of Angels (1963)
La naissance du jour (1980)
Ars (1959) short

Tier Four: Okay
Lady Oscar (1979)
Trois Place Pour le 26th/Three Places For the 26th
The Pied Piper (1972)
Le bel indifférent (1957)
Model Shop (1969) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

An Affair to Remember (1957)
Indiscreet (1931)
Good Sam (1948)

Duck Soup (1933)
My Son John (1952)
Big Business (1929)

The Caretaker’s Daughter (1925)
Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)
The Milky Way (1936)

The Awful Truth (1937)
Love Affair (1939) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ La fille du RER (2009)

Les soeurs Brontë (1979)
Les témoins (2007)
Les égarés (2003)

Les temps qui changent (2004)
Hôtel des Amériques (1981)
Barocco (1976)
J’embrasse pas (1991)
Alice et Martin (1998)

Le lieu du crime (1986)
Les voleurs (1996) – Jonathan Rosenbaum raves about this film and calls it a wonderful film made especially for adults. I’ll definitely have to give this another chance sometime. I remember it being amusing at least.
Rendez-vous (1985)

Ma saison préférée (1993) ” - allisonalmodovar
Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan, known for his creative stage direction, was born "Elia Kazanjoglous" in Istanbul in 1909 to Greek parents. He directed such Broadway plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire and also films written for the screen...
“ Tier One
On the Waterfront (1954)
Baby Doll (1956)
Pinky (1949)
Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
America, America (1963)
East of Eden (1955)

Tier Two
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
The Arrangement (1969)
Wild River (1960)
Panic in the Streets (1950)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Boomerang! (1947)

Tier Three
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
The Sea of Grass (1947)
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
The Last Tycoon (1976) ” - allisonalmodovar
René Clément
Director, Forbidden Games
René Clément was one of the leading French directors of the post-World War II era. He directed what are regarded as some of the greatest films of the time, such as The Battle of the Rails, Forbidden Games and The Day and the Hour. He was later almost forgotten as a director. He was back in public attention briefly when his epic Is Paris Burning? (with an all-star cast of famous actors) was released in 1966...
“ Jeux interdits/Forbidden Games (1952)

Gervaise (1956)
Le château de verre (1950)

Le passager de la pluie/Rider on the Rain (1970)
Les félins/Joy House (1964)
Le mura die Malapaga/The Walls of Malapaga (1949)
Plein soleil/Purple Noon (1960)

Note: Was an uncredited director on La belle et la bête (1946). ” - allisonalmodovar
Georges Méliès
Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color...
Raoul Walsh
Director, White Heat
Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona if an errant jackrabbit hadn't cost him his right eye by leaping through the windshield of his automobile...
“ Ranked.

Seen: 25/139 Films

Pursued (1947)
High Sierra (1941)
Sadie Thompson (1928)

The Man I Love (1947)
Big Brown Eyes (1936)
Me and My Gal (1932)
Band of Angels (1957)
The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Gun Fury (1953)
They Drive by Night (1940)
The Enforcer (1951) uncredited
Cheyenne (1947)

Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
The King and Four Queens (1956)
Artists & Models (1937)
Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

The Bowery (1933)
Manpower (1941)
Fighter Squadron (1948)
Hitting a New High (1937)
White Heat (1949) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ Tier One: Favorites
It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
Les belles de nuit (1952)
Le million (1931)

Tier Two: Great Films
Sous les toits de Paris/Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)
La beauté du diable (1950)
And Then There Were None (1945)
Entr’acte (1924)
Paris qui dort (1925)
Quatorze Juillet/Bastille Day (1933)
La proie du vent (1927)
Le voyage imaginaire (1925)

Tier Three: Good Films
Les grandes manoeuvres (1955)
Les deux timides (1928)
Le fantôme du Moulin-Rouge (1925)

Tier Four: Eh
Un chapeau de paille d’Italie/The Italian Straw Hat (1928)
I Married a Witch (1942)
À nous la liberté (1931) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ Ranked favorites:

Je vous aime (1980)
Le vieil homme et l'enfant/The Two of Us (1967)
Jean de Florette (1986)
Manon des sources
Le poulet/The Chicken (1962)
Une femme de ménage/The Housekeeper (2002)
Uranus (1990)
Germinal (1993)
Lucie Aubrac (1997)
Tchao Pantin
Ensemble, c'est tout/Hunting and Gathering (2007) ” - allisonalmodovar
Valerio Zurlini
Valerio Zurlini was born on March 19, 1926. During his law studies in Rome, he started working in the theatre. In 1943, he joined the Italian resistance. Zurlini became a member of the Italian Communist Party. He filmed short documentaries in the immediate post-war period and in 1954 directed his first feature film...
“ Estate violenta/Violent Summer (1959)
Girl with a Suitcase (1961)
Indian Summer (1972)
Le ragazze di San Frediano (1955)
Il deserto dei Tartari (1976)
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970) Zurlini co-wrote the script
The Camp Followers (1965)
Family Portrait (1962)
Black Jesus (1968) Note: the version I saw was dubbed ” - allisonalmodovar
Howard Hawks
Director, The Big Sleep
What do the classic films Scarface, Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, Sergeant York, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Rio Bravo have in common? Aside from their displays of great craftsmanship, the answer is director Howard Hawks...
“ His Girl Friday (1940)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Twentieth Century (1934)

Monkey Business (1952)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
The Criminal Code (1931)
A Girl in Every Port (1928)

Sergeant York (1941)
Fig Leaves (1926)
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Ball of Fire (1941)
Today We Live (1933)
The Crowd Roars (1932)

Come and Get It (1936)
Land of the Pharaohs (1955)
The Thing from Another World (1951) uncredited
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Scarface (1932)
The Big Sky (1952)
A Song Is Born (1948)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Red Line 7000 (1965)
Tiger Shark (1932)
Viva Villa! (1934)

Rio Bravo (1959)
Red River (1948) ” - allisonalmodovar
Alain Corneau
Alain Corneau was a Cesar Award-winning French writer-director best known for his multiple collaborations with French cinema superstars Yves Montand, Simone Signoret and Gérard Depardieu. Born on August 7, 1943 in Meung-sur-Loire, Loiret, Corneay trained as a musician but switched his interest to film, becoming an assistant director...
“ Love Crime
Serie Noire
Police Python 357
Le cousin (1997)
Fear and Trembling
La menace/The Threat (1977)

All the Mornings of the World
Fort Saganne ” - allisonalmodovar
Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films are known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone and directed The Grim Reaper. His second film...
“ Tier One
The Dreamers (2003)
La commare secca (1962)
Ultimo tango a Parigi/Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Tier Two
The Sheltering Sky (1990)
La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo/Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981)
Besieged (1998)
Strategia del ragno (1970)

Tier Three
Prima della rivoluzione (1964)
Il conformista (1970)
Stealing Beauty (1996)

Tier Four
Novecento (1976)
Partner (1968)
The Last Emperor (1987)
Little Buddha (1993)
La luna (1979) ” - allisonalmodovar
Milos Forman
Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in Buchenwald and his mother died in Auschwitz...
“ 1. Amadeus
2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
3. Man on the Moon
4. Loves of a Blonde
5. Black Peter
6. Hair
7. The Firemen's Ball
8. Taking Off
9. Goya's Ghosts ” - allisonalmodovar
Buster Keaton
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine show that included family friend...
“ Tier One: Favorites
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
The General
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
The Boat

Tier Two: Really Great Ones
Seven Chances (1925)
Battling Butler (1926)
Convict 13 (1920)
The Cameraman (1928)
Our Hospitality (1923)
Spite Marriage (1929)
One Week (1920)
The Scarecrow (1920)
The Paleface
The Goat
My Wife’s Relations (1922)
The Play House (1921)
It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
Neighbors (1920)
The Haunted House (1921)
Limelight (1952)

Tier Three: Pretty Good Films
The Balloonatic
Three Ages (1923)
Cops (1922)
The Navigator (1924)
The Blacksmith
Film (1965)
Daydreams (1922)
The Frozen North (1922)
The Bell Boy
The ‘High Sign’ (1921)
Coney Island (1917)

Tier Four: Meh
Free and Easy (1930)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Note: These films include all Buster Keaton's performances and are not necessarily all films he directed. ” - allisonalmodovar
Raoul Ruiz
Chilean director Raúl, or Raoul, Ruiz (1941-2011) was one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers to emerge from 1960s World Cinema, providing more intellectual fun and artistic experimentation, shot for shot, than any filmmaker since Jean-Luc Godard. A guerrilla who uncompromisingly assaulted the preconceptions of film art...
“ Manuel on the Island of Wonders
Three Lives and only One Death
The Suspended Vocation
Le jeu avec le feu/Playing With Fire (1975)
Dog’s Dialogue
The Blind Owl
Comedy of Innocence
Mysteries of Lisbon
Genealogies of a Crime
Le film à venir/The Film To Come (1997)
Ce Jour-La/That Day
Voyage d’une main/Voyage of a Hand
City of Pirates
The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting
Macel Proust’s Time Regained ” - allisonalmodovar
Georges Franju
Georges Franju is a figure of immense importance in the history of French cinema, not primarily for his films (exceptional though many of these are) but for being the co-founder, with Henri Langlois, of the Cinematheque Française in 1937--France's most famous and important film archive. He worked primarily as a film archivist until 1949...
“ Les yeux sans visage/Eyes Without a Face (1960)
Judex (1963)

La tête contre les murs/Head Against the Wall (1959)
Le sang des bêtes/Blood of the Beasts (1949)
Hôtel des Invalides (1952)

Thérèse Desqueyroux (1962)
Nuits rouges (1974)
Pleins feux sur l’assassin/Spotlight on a Murderer (1961) ” - allisonalmodovar
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ Tier One
Peggy Sue Got Married
The Godfather
The Godfather: Part II
The Godfather: Part III

Tier Two
The Rainmaker
Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Tier Three
One From the Heart
You’re a Big Boy Now
The Conversation

Tier Four
Apocalypse Now
The Rain People
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Rumble Fish

Tier Five
Youth Without Youth
The Cotton Club
The Outsiders
Dementia 13
New York Stories (segment) ” - allisonalmodovar
Charlie Kaufman
Avid reader Charlie Kaufman wrote plays and made short films as a young student. He moved from Massapequa, New York to West Hartford, Connecticut in 1972 where he attended high school. As a comedic actor, he performed in school plays and, after graduation, he enrolled at Boston University but soon transferred NYU to study film...
“ Since he has only directed one film, I included the films he wrote as well.

Tier One: Favorites
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Synecdoche, NY

Tier Two: Good Films
Human Nature
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Being John Malkovich (while being a very interesting film, I felt the ending was ruined. In fact the filmed ending was different than the one Kaufman wrote.) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ *Tier One: Amazing*
L'heure d'été/Summer Hours (2008)
Fin août, début septembre/Late August, Early September (1998)
Clean (2004/I)
Carlos (2010) (TV)

*Tier Two: Good*
L'eau froide/Cold Water (1994)
Irma Vep (1996)
Paris, je t'aime (2006) (segment "Quartier des Enfants Rouges")

*Tier Three: Meh*
Les destinées sentimentales (2000)
Demonlover (2002) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ Dans la Maison (2012)
Time to Leave
8 Women

Jeune et Jolie
Swimming Pool
Criminal Lovers

Water Drops on Burning Rocks)
Potiche (Trophy Wife)
Hideaway (Le Refuge)

See the Sea
Under the Sand

x2000 ” - allisonalmodovar
Mikio Naruse
Director, Ukigumo
“ Ranked.

Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki/When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)

Ani imôto/Older Brother, Younger Sister (1953)
Midaregumo/Scattered Clouds (1967)
Midareru/Yearning (1964)
Onna no naka ni iru tanin/The Stranger Within a Woman/The Thin Line (1966)
Okaasan/Mother (1952)
Meshi/Repast (1951)

Inazuma/Lightning (1952)
Bangiku/Late Chrysanthemums (1954)
Tsuma yo bara no yo ni/Wife Be Like a Rose! (1935)
Kagirinaki hodo/Street Without End (1934)
Ukigumo/Floating Clouds (1955)
Hideko no shashô-san/Hideko, the Bus Conductress (1941) ” - allisonalmodovar
Carlos Saura
Writer, Cria Cuervos
Spanish director, writer, producer (2 films) and actor (2 films). His interest on cinema started when he was very young. His mother, who was a pianist, instilled in him the liking for music, and his brother, Antonio, who was a painter, the passion for art. When he was an teenager he started to practice photography...
“ Ranked.

Cría cuervos (1976)

Elisa, vida mía/Elisa, My Life (1977)
Ana y los lobos/Ana and the Wolves (1973)
Dulces horas/Sweet Hours (1982)

Deprisa, deprisa (1981)

Stress-es tres-tres (1968) not in database
Los Ojos Vendados/Blindfolded Eyes (1978)
¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)
El Amor brujo / Love, the Magician (1986)
El jardín de las delicias/Garden of Delights (1970) not in database
El Dorado (1988) not in database
Tango (1998)

Bodas de sangre (1981)
La caza (1966) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ Film d’amore e d’anarchia, ovvero ‘stamattina alle 10 in via dei Fiori nella nota casa di tolleranza…’/Love and Anarchy (1973)
Io speriamo che me la cavo/Ciao, Professore (1992)

Notte d’estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico/Summer Night (1986)
Ninfa plebea/The Nymph (1996)
Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto/Swept Away (1974)

Pasqualino Settebellezze/Seven Beauties (1975)
Mimì metallurgico ferito nell’onore/The Seduction of Mimi/Mimi the Metalworker (1972) ” - allisonalmodovar
Martin Scorsese
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films...
“ Ranked.

Tier One
1. Goodfellas
2. The Departed
3. The Aviator
4. My Voyage to Italy
5. A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)
6. The Big Shave (1967)
7. Mean Streets
8. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
9. George Harrison: Living in the Material World
10. Shutter Island
11. Casino
12. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

Tier Two
The Key to Reserva (2007)
What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1963) not in database
It’s Not Just You, Murray! (1964) not in database
The Last Waltz (1978)

Tier Three
Raging Bull
After Hours
New York, New York (1977)
Italianamerican (1974)
The King of Comedy (1982)
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
Taxi Driver
The Color of Money (1986)
New York Stories (1989) “Life Lessons”
Gangs of New York
Who’s That Knocking at My Door aka I Call First

Tier Three
Shine a Light (2008)
Cape Fear
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Age of Innocence
Boxcar Bertha
The Last Temptation of Christ ” - allisonalmodovar
Albert Maysles
Cinematographer, Grey Gardens
“ The Maysles Bros (Albert and David Maysles):

A Visit With Truman Capote
Gimme Shelter (1970)
Grey Gardens (1975)
The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006)
Meet Marlon Brando (1966)
Showman (1963)
Salesman (1968)
The Burks of Georgia
Addiction (2007) (TV) segment
What’s Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. (1964) (TV)

Have also seen assorted shorts (unranked) including but not limited to: Russia (1955), Moscow (1957), “ABC Close-Up!: Yanki, No!” (1960/1961), Untitled (1959), Showman, Natalie Wood Outtakes (1963), Carl Sandberg (1963), What’s Happening (1964), With Love From Truman Outtakes (very good), Meet Marlon Brando Outtakes, Off to War (Vietnam, 1965), Dali’s Fantastic Dream (set on The Fantastic Voyage, 1966), MGM Showreel (Vampire Killers set 1966) and MGM Press Junket, Mother (1968), Gimme Shelter Outtakes (1972), McGovern (1972), Conrack, Orson Welles in Spain. ” - allisonalmodovar
Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers. Born on the 11th of September in 1940, De Palma was born in New Jersey in an American-Italian family...
“ Tier One: Favorites
Scarface (1983)
The Untouchables (1987)

Tier Two: Good Films
Blow Out (1981)
The Black Dahlia (2006)
Sisters (1973)
Obsession (1976)
Hi, Mom! (1970)
The Bonfires of the Vanities (1990)
Dressed to Kill (1980)
Carrie (1976)
Body Double (1984)
Carlito’s Way (1993)
Mission: Impossible (1996)

Tier Three: Meh
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
Femme Fatale (2002) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ Tier One
Un monde sans pitié/Love Without Pity (1989)
Aux yeux du monde (1991)
Les patriotes (1994)
Möbius (2013)
Anna Oz (1996)
Comme les doigts de la main (1984, short)
French Lovers (1985, short)
Présence féminine (1987, short)

Tier Two
Total western (2000) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ 1. La Belle Personne
2. Beloved
3. Close to Leo
4. Ma Mere
5. Love Songs
6. Dix-sept fois Cécile Cassard/Seventeen Times Cecile Cassard
7. Dans Paris ” - allisonalmodovar
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
“ Tier One: Favorites
Mars Attacks!
Corpse Bride
Ed Wood
Alice in Wonderland
Big Fish
Sleepy Hollow

Tier Two: Nice films
Beetle Juice
Edward Scissorhands

Tier Three: Okay Films
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Sweeney Todd

Tier Four: What Was He Thinking?
The World of Stainboy
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ” - allisonalmodovar
Gregory La Cava
Director, My Man Godfrey
A former cartoonist, Gregory La Cava entered films during WWI as an animator for Walter Lantz on such animated films as "The Katzenjammer Kids" series. Hired by the Hearst Corp. as the editor-in-chief for its International Comic Films division, La Cava switched to live-action films in the 1920s and began directing two-reel shorts...
“ My Man Godfrey (1936)

5th Ave Girl (1939)

Running Wild (I) (1927)
Stage Door (1937)

The Half Naked Truth (1932)
Bed of Roses (1933)

She Married Her Boss (1935)

Gabriel Over the White House (1933) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ Directed works:
Bon Voyage (2003)
Cyrano de Bergerac
La vie de château
Le hussard sur le toit /The Horseman on the Roof

His work as a writer is also impressive:
Le magnifique (1973)
La fabuleuse aventure de Marco Polo (1965)
L’homme de Rio (1964)
Le combat dans l’île (1962) Very Good
Vie privée (1962)
Zazie dans le métro (1962) Excellent
Signé Arsène Lupin (1959) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ American Dream
Wild Man Blues
Harlan County USA
Beyond ‘JFK’: The Question of Conspiracy
Addiction (TV 2007)
Shut Up and Sing ” - allisonalmodovar
Nicolas Roeg
Director, Walkabout
When he made his directorial debut in 1970, Nicolas Roeg was already a 23-year veteran of the British film industry, starting out in 1947 as an editing apprentice and working his way up to cinematographer twelve years later. He first came to attention as part of the second unit on David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia...
“ Bad Timing (1980)
Walkabout (1971)
The Witches (1990)
Don’t Look Now (1973)
Performance (1970) ” - allisonalmodovar
“ Films he wrote & directed:
Bonnie and Clyde
Feast of Love
Kramer vs. Kramer
The Human Stain
Still of the Night (1982)
Billy Bathgate
Nadine (1987)
Twilight (1998 – not the vampire movie)
Bad Company
What’s Up, Doc? ” - allisonalmodovar
Jim Jarmusch
Jarmusch came to New York City from Akron, Ohio to study at Columbia and NYU's film school. He would also study film at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris. He worked as an assistant on Lightning Over Water, a film by Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders, before making his first film, _Permanent Vacation (1982)_...
“ 1. Broken Flowers
2. Down By Law
3. Ghost Dog
4. Stranger than Paradise
5. Only Lovers Left Alive
6. Coffee & Cigarettes
7. Mystery Train
8. Night on Earth
9. Permanent Vacation
10. Limits of Control
11. Dead Man ” - allisonalmodovar
“ 1. Tomboy
2. Water Lilies
3. Bande de filles/Girlhood ” - allisonalmodovar
Director, Missing
Alfred E. Green
Director, The Millionaire
One of the more prolific American directors, Alfred E. Green entered films in 1912 as an actor for the Selig Polyscope Co. He became an assistant to director Colin Campbell and started directing two-reelers, turning to features in 1917. His career lasted into the mid-1950s but his output was mostly routine...
“ 1. La Repetition
2. Trois mondes/Three Worlds
3. La Nouvelle Eve
4. Partir/Leaving
5. Les Ambitieux
6. Ballades (very interesting, just not very compelling) ” - allisonalmodovar
Vera Chytilová
Director, Daisies
Vera Chytilová was born on February 2, 1929, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). She studied philosophy and architecture in Brno for two years, then worked as a technical draftsman, a designer, a fashion model, a photo re-toucher, then worked as a clapper girl for Barrandov Film Studios in Prague. There she continued as a writer, actress, and assistant director...
“ Daisies
Something Different
Pearls of the Deep
Fruit of Paradise ” - allisonalmodovar
Michael Curtiz
Director, Casablanca
Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner Bros...
“ Top Tier
Casablanca (1942)

Second Tier
Marked Woman (1937)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Roughly Speaking (1945)

Third Tier
I’ll See You in My Dreams (1951)
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
The Unsuspected (1947)
The Breaking Point (1950)
Young Man With a Horn (1950)
We’re No Angels (1955)
Black Legion (1937) uncredited
The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)

Fourth Tier
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Night and Day (1946)
White Christmas (1954)
The Boy from Oklahoma (1954)
Romance on the High Seas (1948)
Life with Father (1947)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)
Female (1933)
The Story of Will Rogers (1952)
The Key (1934)
Bright Leaf (1950)
My Dream Is Yours (1949)
The Sea Wolf (1941)
Flamingo Road (1949)
The Mad Genius (1931) not in the database
Jimmy the Gent (1934) not in the database
The Matrimonial Bed (1930)
Kid Galahad (1937)
Force of Arms (1951)
The Sea Hawk (1940)
River’s End (1931)
The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)
Passage to Marseille (1944)
Janie (1944)
Virginia City (1940)
Mountain Justice (1937)
British Agent (1934)

Fifth Tier
Front Page Woman (1935)
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932)
The Walking Dead (1936)
God’s Gift to Women (1931)
Doctor X (1932)
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Four’s a Crowd (1938)
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
Dodge City (1939)
The Kennel Murder Case (1933)
20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)
Little Big Shot (1935)
Mission to Moscow (1943)

Sixth Tier
The Woman from Monte Carlo (1932)
Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)
Black Fury (1935)
Captain Blood (1935)
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
Four Daughters (1938)
Four Wives (1939)

Not rateable: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Seen: 70/173 ” - allisonalmodovar
D.W. Griffith
David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War hero. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually mold his black-and-white view of human existence and history...
“ 1. Normal People Are Nothing Exceptional
2. Ordo
3. I Hate Love
4. Red Lights
5. La Vie Moderne ” - allisonalmodovar
Edward Dmytryk
Edward Dmytryk grew up in San Francisco, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. After his mother died when he was 6, his strict disciplinarian father beat the boy frequently, and the child began running away while in his early teens. Eventually, juvenile authorities allowed him to live alone at the age of 15 and helped him find part-time work as a film studio messenger...
“ The Sniper (1952)

The End of the Affair (1955)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Obsession (1949)
Counter-Espionage (1942)

The Young Lions (1958)
Give Us This Day (1949)
The Juggler (1953)
The Devil Commands (1941)
Cornered (1945)
Confessions of Boston Blackie (1941)
Hitler's Children (1943)
Seven Miles from Alcatraz (1942)
Till the End of Time (1946)

Crossfire (1947)
The Carpetbaggers (1964)
The Left Hand of God (1955)
Back to Bataan (1945)
Alvarez Kelly (1966)
Walk on the Wild Side (1962)
Shalako (1968)
The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)
Tender Comrade (1943)
Raintree County (1957)
Sweetheart of the Campus (1941)
Eight Iron Men (1952)

Where Love Has Gone (1964) ” - allisonalmodovar
William Friedkin
Director, The Exorcist
Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with Orson Welles after seeing Citizen Kane...
Emir Kusturica
Director, Underground
A Serbian film director. Born in 1954 in Sarajevo. Graduated in film directing at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague in 1978. During his studies, he was awarded several times for his short movies including Guernica (1978), which took first prize at the Student's Film Festival in Karlovy Vary...
“ 1. Underground
2. Arizona Dream
3. Time of the Gypsies
4. Black Cat, White Cat
5. When Father Was Away on Business ” - allisonalmodovar
“ Tier One
Entre-Nous (1983)

Tier Two
Sagan (2008)
C’est la vie (1990)
Pour une femme/For a Woman
Peppermint Soda (1977)
Cocktail Molotov (1980)
Après l’amour (1992)

Tier Three
A Man in Love (1987)
The Children of the Century (1999) ” - allisonalmodovar
Atom Egoyan
Atom Egoyan's parents were painters and he studied International Relations and music at the University of Toronto where he began making short films: Howard in Particular, After Grad with Dad, Peep Show and Open House. While he has several distinguished Television and Opera works on his resume and such pictures as his debut Next of Kin ...
“ Ranked (Tiers)

The Sweet Hereafter


Speaking Parts
Felicia's Journey
Devil’s Knot

Family Viewing
Next of Kin
The Adjuster

Where the Truth Lies ” - allisonalmodovar
Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ 1. Kill Bill Vol. I
2. Pulp Fiction
3. Inglourious Basterds
4. Jackie Brown
5. True Romance
6. Django Unchained
7. Kill Bill Vol. II
8. Natural Born Killers
9. Death Proof
10. Reservoir Dogs
11. From Dusk til Dawn ” - allisonalmodovar
John Waters
Actor, Hairspray
Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not like other children; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-'60s; he screened these in rented Baltimore church halls to underground audiences drawn by word of mouth and street leafleting campaigns...
“ Tier One
Desperate Living (1977)
Cry-Baby (1990)
Serial Mom (1994)
Hairspray (1988)

Tier Two
Pecker (1998)
Cecil B. DeMented (2000)
Polyester (1981)
Pink Flamingos (1972)

Tier Three
Female Trouble (1974)

To see:
A Dirty Shame (2004)
Multiple Maniacs (1970)
The Diane Linkletter Story (1970)
Mondo Trasho (1969)
Eat Your Makeup (1968)
Roman Candles (1966)
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (1964) ” - allisonalmodovar
Edward Yang
Writer, Yi Yi
Born on November 6, 1947 in Shanghai, China, Edward Yang has become one of the most talented international filmmakers of his generation. Along with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Liang, Yang ranks among the leading artists of the Taiwanese New Wave, and one of the world's most brilliant auteurs. Growing up in Taipei...
Wes Anderson
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ 1. The Royal Tenenbaums
2. Rushmore
3. The Life Aquatic
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. Prada: Candy (2013) (great Prada commercial co-directed by Roman Coppola)
6. Fantastic Mr. Fox
7. Moonrise Kingdom
8. The Darjeeling Limited
9. Bottle Rocket (1996)
10. Bottle Rocket (1994)
11. Castello Cavalcanti (ok commercial he did for Prada)
12. Hotel Chevalier ” - allisonalmodovar