These are directors, some well known some less well known, who all have in common, that regardless of how much they are known, they are still not known enough and definitely not appreciated enough compared to lesser talents, who are constantly being praised.
Tex Avery was a descendant of Judge Roy Bean and Daniel Boone, but all his grandma ever told him about it was "Don't ever mention you are kin to Roy Bean. He's a no good skunk!!" After graduating from North Dallas High School in 1927, Avery moved to Southern California in 1929 and got a job in the harbor...
“ There ought to be a shrine of him somewhere, where comedians could go like muslims go to Mekka. We owe him awe and not a footnote. Probably the greatest comic genius that ever lived. ” - karlericsson
Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often treated socially relevant themes in his films...
“ I wonder if there is any director in film history that can present as many anti-fascist films as this man in his repertoire. Not even Ken Loach has as many, I think. But Loach is better known. ” - karlericsson
“ "Betrayed", "Music Box", "Missing", "Amen", "State of Siege", "Z" and "The Confession" - all highly original films with truly important messages. A most remarkable director, who is quite known but more like quiet known than really known. ” - karlericsson
“ Only three films but what films! And who has heard of him? ” - karlericsson
The second of two sons, his father ran a chain of railway station cafes. As a youth he was obsessed with everything American. encouraged by his mother he enrolled as a law student at the University of Vienna but quit after 3 months to be a writer on a magazine which although poorly paid it gave him a great amount of experience interviewing such as Richard Strauss and Sigmund Freud...
“ No comment needed, I think. Truly great director, well remembered but not by a long shot as well remembered as he should be! ” - karlericsson
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...
“ So many good films!! This director is known but not much more than that. Is there any director in film history that can present as many great films, as great, yes, but not as many! And amongst them is Cabin In the Cotton, the maybe most neglected film of all time. ” - karlericsson
“ The only films that seem to survive from this director are his truly bad films. When will we see decent copies of "The Second Best Secret Agent In the Whole Wide World" and "Big Zapper"?
So he isn't the second best director in the whole wide world but to be totally forgotten? - he hasn't deserved that! ” - karlericsson
Vittorio De Sica
Vittorio De Sica
grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee idol of the Italian theatre...
“ Everybody knows "The Bicycle Thief" but what about his other films and the amount of them?? I claim that this man is no way near as well known as he should be! ” - karlericsson
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.
“ So appreciate of other directors and always forgetting himself, so it seems. We must not though - many good films. ” - karlericsson
“ Is there anybody out there, who has seen "Blue Collar" and can connect it with this man? That was his first film and he never did a film as bold as this one again. He survived instead and I cannot blame him. Met him once - a wonderful man. ” - karlericsson
Gillo Pontecorvo was an Italian filmmaker. He is best known for his 1966 masterpiece, The Battle of Algiers, widely viewed as one of the finest films of its genre: realistic though fictionalized documentary. Its portrayal of the Algerian resistance during the Algerian War uses the neorealist style pioneered by fellow Italian film directors de Santis and Rossellini...
“ "Battle of Algiers", "Capo" and "Burn" comes to mind and the rest is not easy to see, since it isn't around for the most part. He isn't well known enough for not being on this list. ” - karlericsson
Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass
, Warren Beatty has been said to have demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation. Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer, and actor, and few have evidenced so high a level of integrity in a body of work...
“ Did not direct many films but amongst them Reds and Bulworth. Known as actor not as director. ” - karlericsson
“ He did Penn and Teller Get Killed and if that was his only film then he should get stoned and not be praised.
As it turns out that was his only mistake in a series of wonderful films. And he should be praised - much more than he is. ” - karlericsson
Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood
gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
. But his biggest success was The Deer Hunter
which won the Oscar for best film...
“ Only did seven films but there isn't one bad amongst them. As it turns out, he should however have needed some of Ken Russel's skills (see below). If Heaven's Gate had been done on a shoe-string budget, nobody would have complained.
He should be better known, because his record is similar to Stanley Kubrick's, who also never made a bad film. ” - karlericsson
William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford
as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as...
“ Although well known for Ben Hur, not known for a lot of other films like Friendly Persuasion, Detective Story, The Best Years of Our Lives, Wuthering Heights, Dodsworth and others. Correctly appreciated once, not any more. ” - karlericsson
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon in 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding a job at Gaumont British Studios in 1927...
“ Surprised to see him on this list? However, this is a truly remarkable director. I could not tell if he was right-wing or left-wing although his films were quite political at times. Always dignity and sticking to the truth as far as he knew it. Often mentioned by name but seldom explored. By no means fully appreciated. ” - karlericsson
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount productions in Hollywood...
“ Dragonwyck, 5 Fingers, All About Eve, The Barefoot Contessa, The Quiet American, There Was a Crooked Man - to name a few. Not nearly enough known. ” - karlericsson
Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer. He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...
“ So many good films and so often neglected. ” - karlericsson
was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti
(A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian
. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics...
“ Quite known but not nearly as much as he should be known. especially in the US. ” - karlericsson
Initially grew up wanting to be a violinist, but while at the University of Vienna decided to study law. While doing so, he became increasingly interested in American film and decided that was what he wanted to do. He became involved in European filmaking for a short time before going to America to study film.
“ High Noon and many others. Hardly known at all. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ Once well known, now hardly known at all because of that idiocy called the new wave in France. ” - karlericsson
Emile de Antonio
The son of a wealthy physician, Emile de Antonio grew up in the tough coal-mining town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and it made a deep impression on him. His sympathies were always with working-class people (although he was a Harvard graduate, he was at times a dock worker, a peddler, the captain of a river barge and a broker in war-surplus equipment)...
“ One of the first important directors of documentary. ” - karlericsson
Dalton Trumbo, the Oscar-winning screenwriter, arguably the most talented, most famous of the blacklisted film professionals known to history as the Hollywood 10, was born in Montrose, Colorado to Orus Trumbo and his wife, the former Maud Tillery. Dalton Trumbo was raised at 1124 Gunnison Ave. in Grand Junction...
“ Johnny Got His Gun. And please check out all the films he wrote. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ Rather known but in my opinion not known enough. ” - karlericsson
“ Went up like a rocket, flashed, and gone was he. Not fair. ” - karlericsson
The son of Thomas William Powell & Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the South of France (where his parents ran an hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury & Dulwich College he first worked at the National Provincial Bank from 1922 - 1925...
“ British quality film-making before David Lean took over. Who knows of him and his partner Emeric besides me and Martin Scorsese? ” - karlericsson
Educated at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart, Emeric Pressburger worked as a journalist in Hungary and Germany and an author and scriptwriter in Berlin and Paris. He was a Hungarian Jew, chased around Europe (he worked on films for UFA in Berlin and Paris) before World War II, finally finding sanctuary in London--but as a scriptwriter who didn't speak English...
“ See above. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ Once correctly estimated. Not any more. ” - karlericsson
One of the most distinguished (if frequently overlooked) directors ever to emerge from the British film industry, Alexander Mackendrick, was in fact born in the US (to Scottish parents), but grew up in his native Scotland, where he studied at the Glasgow School of Art. He started out as a commercial illustrator...
“ The Man In the White Suit and many other films. Awesome, simply awesome. Practically unknown today. ” - karlericsson
Martin Ritt, one of the best and most sensitive American filmmakers of all time, was a director, actor and playwright who worked in both film and theater. He was born in New York City. His films reflect, like almost none other, a profound and intimate humane vision of his characters. He originally attended and played football for Elon College in North Carolina...
“ So many good films, so abominably neglected. ” - karlericsson
“ The Most Dangerous Game and others that need to be remembered. ” - karlericsson
Carol Reed was the second son of stage actor, dramatics teacher and impresario founder of the Royal School of Dramatic Arts Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
. Reed was one of Tree's six illegitimate children with Beatrice Mae Pinney, who Tree established in a second household apart from his married life. There were no social scars here; Reed grew up in a well-mannered...
“ On par with David Lean in many respects. Hardly known at all today. ” - karlericsson
Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi
, Never on Sunday
, and Topkapi
. He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish immigrants...
“ You seek him here (US), you seek him there (France), those nazi-republicans seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven is he in....yes he is still here in the abomination of western capitalistic society or, at least, he was until recently. Oops, just checked, he's gone. Too late for receiving the praise he ought to have had. ” - karlericsson
Carl Theodor Dreyer
The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the fact...
“ Joan of Arc, Ordet, Vampyr etc. Magical Maestro forgotten today. ” - karlericsson
“ Please forget that he did the fascist Fountainhead! He did so many other marvelous films, starting with The Crowd. ” - karlericsson
William A. Wellman
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...
“ Wild Boys of the Road and many others, which this director is seldom reminded by. Who cares about his John Wayne -films? ” - karlericsson
“ Photographing Fairies, Close Your Eyes and The River King. Remarkable films and it seems that, because of lousy reviews, this director is kept from directing the likes of them again and has therefore drifted away into TV-land. ” - karlericsson
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles...
“ Remembered for all the wrong reasons and not for "They Live", that truly remarkable film. ” - karlericsson
“ They all talk about "Divorce, Italian Style", which is quite mediocre, and not a word about "Railroad Man" and other films, that you cannot even see now because they are not available! ” - karlericsson
Attended West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia on an athletic scholarship for basketball. He studied electrical engineering (focusing on electromagnetism and signal processing) before moving back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (this move was brief and only to figure out his true calling) and then to New York, New York to work in film.
“ Who has heard that name? And yet he has directed "Training Day" and "Shooter", two remarkable "smugglers" if ever there were any. Both these films point out serious problems in US society and where to focus your attention to while pretending to be action movies. ” - karlericsson
The distinguished film director Anatole Litvak was born in the Ukrainian city of Kiev, the son of Jewish parents. His very first job was as a stage hand. In 1915, he became an actor, performing at a little-known experimental theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a teenager, he witnessed the 1917 Russian Revolution and the consequent nationalization of all theaters and drama schools...
“ When will they finally remember this guy again and produce some decent dvd:s or, why not, blu-rays from his production? Will I ever see a decent copy of "Act of Love" again? ” - karlericsson
Born in Paris in 1904, Tourneur went to Hollywood with his father, director Maurice Tourneur
around 1913. He started out as a script clerk and editor for his father, then graduated to such jobs as directing shorts (often with the pseudonym Jack Turner), both in France and America. He was hired to run the second unit for David O. Selznick
's A Tale of Two Cities
“ Did some 20+ features before he was swallowed by television. Of these at least half are cult or at least truly memorable. Is definitely not as well known as he should be. ” - karlericsson
Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis
. His film Open Your Eyes
was a huge success in Spain and was distributed worldwide...
“ Started off so well with Tesis, Open Your Eyes and The Others and then he did the talked about The Sea Inside, which was an atheist blunder and he doesn't seem to recover from that. Will not be forgotten by me for these first three films but will maybe be forgotten by most, and regretfully rightly so, if he continues on the path he seems to have taken now. ” - karlericsson
“ Flodder. Do you know the film? ” - karlericsson
“ OK, he did The World Is Not Enough, but let's forget about that and concentrate on Coal Miner's Daughter, Gorky Park, Class Action, THUNDERHEART and Extreme Measures instead. Is not well enough known for these efforts. ” - karlericsson
“ So many great westerns and film noir. The big films, though, were not as good. Still, too much neglected. ” - karlericsson
Sidney J. Furie
Toronto-born Sidney J. Furie has enjoyed an incredibly distinguished career that has spanned more than five decades. Having dabbled in every genre, Furie has directed films starring Marlon Brando
, Frank Sinatra
, Robert Redford
, Diana Ross
, Michael Caine
, Peter O'Toole
, Rodney Dangerfield
, Barbara Hershey
, Gene Hackman
, Donald Sutherland
, 'Laurence Olivier' (qav) and countless others...
“ Many action films but even there some edge of decency to them. Did also "Top of the World" and similar "smugglers" (= films pretending to be one thing while in truth being something quite different - directors in the Soviet smuggled anti-totalitarian messages in their films and were praised by the west, directors in the west....) and is probably because of that not so well known. ” - karlericsson
Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films. Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...
“ Known for Tootsie and Out of Africa, but not for "Jeremiah Johnson", "The Yakuza", "3 Days for Condor", "Castle Keep" and "The Scalphunters". Falsely rated if not underrated. ” - karlericsson
“ On this list because of "Twenty-four eyes". Hopefully better know in Japan than here. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ Not known for "Tucker", therefore on this list. ” - karlericsson
“ A Pistol for Ringo and many other films. Hopefully better known in Italy than here. Atmospheric. ” - karlericsson
Robert Enrico studied in Toulon and then in Paris where he graduated from Lycée Voltaire. He later enrolled in the famous film school IDHEC where he specialized in editing and directing. Until 1956 he was an active member of the Sorbonne's mediaeval group "Les Théophiliens". From 1956 to 1959 he did his military service within the Service Cinématographique des Armées...
“ Many have seen and remembered the short film "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge". This was the director who did it. Remember? ” - karlericsson
“ Shall we remember the traitor or the filmmaker? I don't know. Meanwhile I put him on this list. ” - karlericsson
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
“ The Wages of Fear and most of his other films are most remarkable. Not as well known as he should be. ” - karlericsson
Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance. He is of Russian Jewish descent. Levinson graduated from high school in 1960, attended college at American University in Washington, DC. He did well, but decided he wanted to go to Los Angeles...
“ Did the astonishing Wag the Dog. Is he properly known for that? I don't think so. ” - karlericsson
When he was age 8 he was given a 9.5 mm projector for Xmas. He graduated to 35mm together with a box of silents that had been salvaged from the liner Mauretania when she was being broken up. He attended a nautical school where he made his first short film, trained as an Air Force electrician and tried unsuccessfully to break into the world of ballet and the theatre...
“ On this list for his craftsmanship. Could make a film of a shoe-string budget look like a multi-million enterprise. He is not adequately appreciated for that. ” - karlericsson
Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he submitted...
“ Known for a lot of things but not for the highly imaginative director that he was. Passed away far too early. ” - karlericsson
“ Directed 9 features, all of them memorable and especially so "Who'll Stop the Rain". Did you know his name? ” - karlericsson
Sent to London to read for the Bar, Cacoyannis gravitated instead to the Old Vic stage school. He had a short stage career under the name "Michael Yannis" before deciding he wanted to direct films.
“ You all heard of Zorba but did you know that this man directed it? And not only Zorba but also A Matter of Dignity and others. ” - karlericsson
“ So many wonderful films and everybody seems to have forgotten all about him. ” - karlericsson
“ Many of his films cannot even be obtained in Sweden but I think nobody portrayed the working class better than he. He must not be forgotten. ” - karlericsson
Winner was an only child, born in Hampstead, London, England, to Helen (née Zlota) and George Joseph Winner (1910-1975), a company director. His family was Jewish; his mother was Polish and his father of Russian extraction. Following his father's death, Winner's mother gambled recklessly and sold art and furniture worth around £10m at the time...
“ Naughty director who did naughty films - all interesting and thought-provoking although being almost vulgar. Did not shy away from vulgar and we should not shy away from him. ” - karlericsson
Philippe de Broca
Philippe de Broca born in 1933 worked as an assistant for Claude Chabrol and Francois Truffaut ( "Les 400 coups" aka "The 400 blows" ). From 1960 to 2014 he directed over 30 full-length feature films, including the highly successful adventure movies such as "That Man from Rio" (L'Homme de Rio) in 1964 and "Le Magnifique" in 1973...
“ That Man From Rio, King of Hearts, The Man From Hong Kong, Le Magnifique...They were all so amusing and did a lot for Jean-Paul Belmondo. I think this director should be remembered. ” - karlericsson
“ All those Zatoichi-films and Lone Wolf and Cub-films and Razor and...
Probably not forgotten in Japan but should be known elsewhere. ” - karlericsson
“ Working Class Goes to Heaven and other films by this virtually unknown director. ” - karlericsson
Anders Thomas Jensen
Anders Thomas Jensen was born on 6th April 1972 in Frederiksværk on Sjælland in Denmark to Carl Benny Jensen and Kirsten Jensen (born Sørensen). He attended the high school in Frederiksværk from 1988 to 1991. In 1990 while still in high school, he wrote and directed 10 år på bagen - 3 år i skyggen (1990) (TV)...
“ Director who did three good films in a row after he had written "In China they eat dogs". Even I tend to forget him. We shouldn't. ” - karlericsson
Phil Karlson entered the film industry while a law student at Loyola Marymount University in California. He got a job at Universal Pictures as a prop man, then worked pretty much any job they threw at him, from being an assistant director on several Bud Abbott
and Lou Costello
films to directing short subjects...
“ Always interesting and should not be totally forgotten. ” - karlericsson
“ I wonder if there is any director with a broader range than this one. Check out all the movies he has done and ask yourself why he is not wider known. ” - karlericsson
“ Hardly known at all for his direction that includes "The Whisperers", "Of Human Bondage", "The Stepford Wives" and others. ” - karlericsson
Peter Watkins began his career in advertising as an assistant producer and turned to amateur filmmaking in the late 1950s. In the mid-'60s he was commissioned by BBC-TV to make two feature-length docudramas incorporating a quasi-newsreel style and nonprofessional actors. The second of these, The War Game
“ Quite well known some forty years ago but much less known today. A pity. ” - karlericsson
Yamada Yoji graduated Tokyo University in 1954, the year he joined Shochiku as an assistant director. In 1969, he launched the popular "Tora-san" series, the world's longest theatrical film series. "The Twilight Samurai" (The Twilight Samurai
) marks his 77th film as well as his 41th year as a director since his first film in 1961: Nikai no Tanin (Stranger Upstairs).
“ Many tender films, worth to be known better. ” - karlericsson
“ Onibaba, Kuruneko and Naked Island. ” - karlericsson
The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the devil herself said the priests who ran his school)...
“ Remembered for "Amarcord", "Satyricon" and "Roma" but not chiefly for "La Strada", "Nights of Cabiria" and "I vitelloni". Correctly remembere for "8 1/2".
He is on my list of most overrated directors as well. Should have his own list with only him on it with the title "The most wrongly rated director of all times". ” - karlericsson