In order of intellectual and philosophical superiority, artistry and creativity.
Philosophy that rings true to a deviant intellectual must be art and art must surpass the languages that constitute the fabric of human ideologies, culture and thought.
Art must be an expression not of human thought but of the instinct and emotion of an animal.
[Disclaimer]Being well known, widely appreciated or "Merited" does not effect the way I have rated these Directors one way or the other.
Nagisa Oshima's career extends from the initiation of the "Nuberu bagu" (New Wave) movement in Japanese cinema in the late 1950s and early 1960s, to the contemporary use of cinema and television to express paradoxes in modern society. After an early involvement with the student protest movement in Kyoto...
“ Here, from newest to earliest are those of his movies I have managed to watch... Sadly not all of them are easily available for those who cannot understand Japanese.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Empire of Passion
In the Realm of the Senses
Death by Hanging
Japanese Summer: Double Suicide
Violence at Noon
Pleasures of the Flesh
Shiro Amakusa, the Christian Rebel
Night and Fog in Japan
The Sun's Burial
Cruel Story of Youth
A Town of Love and Hope (or "A Street of Love and Hope" in some translations)
...and all of them masterpieces. ” - ZardexM
“ Death in Venice, The Damned, The Leopard ” - ZardexM
“ Having worked in the movie business most of his over 100 Years of life Kaneto Shindô directed 48 films and wrote 238 scripts.
As a movie Director He was the most raw kind of animalistic interpreter of humanity I have seen. A wonderful delight to watch for those people with a touch of Satanic character.
As with many good Japanese movie directors he is barely known at all in the west and less then half of his works are even translated for subtitles.
Naked Island, Onibaba, Kuroneko ” - ZardexM
“ (The Oil-Hell Murder) Onna goroshi abura no jigoku, Sword of the Beast, Three Outlaw Samurai, Oar, The Geisha, Onimasa, Hunter in the Dark, Tenchu! ” - ZardexM
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...
“ Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Inland Empire, Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr., Wild at Heart ” - ZardexM
“ The Arrangement, Panic on the beach, America, America!, A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, East of Eden, Viva Zapata!, Splendor in the Grass, Baby Doll ” - ZardexM
Takeshi Kitano was born in Tokyo in 1947 and entered show business in 1972 as "Beat" Takeshi, the stage name he continues to use today as a performer. As part of the comic duo Two Beats, Kitano was one of the leading figures in the manzai (stand-up comedy) boom in the late 1970s. With his distinctive art of speech and his idiosyncratic perspective...
“ Fireworks (Hana-bi), Sonatine, Kids Return, Achilles and the Tortoise, Kikujiro ” - ZardexM
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...
“ Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, Ryan's Daughter, A Passage to India ” - ZardexM
Susan trained in painting at Syracuse University, completed a BFA in Film and Television at NYU Film School and after a stint making documentaries for The Smithsonian Institute, she relocated to Los Angeles to join the faculty of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West as an acting teacher and director...
“ Unsurprisingly undervalued female intellectual. (Undervalued, not because of being a woman but because of the kinds of things she reveals.) Her keen insight on sexuality and the sexuality of women in particular and shamelessness in showing it through her art, make it inevitable that she will be shunned by most "civilized" people.
Also if you think nobody can understand how women think watch "Female Perversions" and you may just change your mind about that if you are intelligent enough to unravel what unique insight that masterpiece can reveal.
Female Perversions ” - ZardexM
“ To get in to the heart of "Let the Right One In" and see the masterpiece you have to be of the right kind of character.
Otherwise it's just a good vampire movie.
Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Four Shades of Brown ” - ZardexM
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood. He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer. Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15...
“ As a masterful actor he uses a lot of time earning money by collaborating on big money B-Sh*t projects and is barely known at all as a director of his one time masterful directorial debut.
The Brave ” - ZardexM
Ole Bornedal was born 1959 in Noerresundby, Denmark. From the time he was fourteen he knew he wanted to become a filmmaker. However, not being able to get into The Danish Film School, he had to create his own career and after a few years of University Studies in Film, he started working for The National Danish Broadcasting Company doing radio-dramas and radio-features...
“ Just Another Love Story, I Am Dina, Nightwatch (1994) ” - ZardexM
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ Despite being a modern Director he has a pure record of not making un-enjoyable movies.
Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, Pi ” - ZardexM
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
“ Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket, The Shining ” - ZardexM
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)...
“ Dead Ringers, A History of Violence, Spider, M. Butterfly, Naked Lunch, Eastern Promises ” - ZardexM
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone
was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life of a pimp in the slums of Rome caused a sensation...
“ With clearly being very intelligent he could be a great intellectual, if only he would have had more courage of his own. He seems like a brave and faithful soldier, but a soldier of his own peers none the less and not the master of his own mind.
Had he been a master of his own mind he would not have only been able to so accurately criticize everyone who is not part of his own reference group. There is too much red humanism in him to criticize the very fundamental failures within humanism.
He can very well depict perversion and twistedness of individual ideologies, but fails to bring out the human qualities that breed them.
His style of directing usually targets a single powerful and important subject and its perverse nature, often revealing a generally held misconception within a culture.
Medea, Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Teorema ” - ZardexM
The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein
, Andrei Tarkovsky
(the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood
, which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival...
“ Very clearly the greatest and best of all movie directors in terms of making the most out of what can be done with movies Tarkovsky, while working in USSR, was also a deviant intellectual in his storytelling.
Last European made movies though seem totally unworthy of wasting ones time with. Perhaps he was only able to work artistically in the atmosphere of USSR. ” - ZardexM
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)...
“ The Birds, Psycho, Vertigo ” - ZardexM
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...
“ Bitter Moon, Chinatown ” - ZardexM
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...
“ Damage, Pretty Baby ” - ZardexM
By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned the reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time. Ed Harris was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, to Margaret (Sholl), a travel agent, and Robert Lee Harris, a bookstore worker who also sang professionally...
“ Pollock, Appaloosa ” - ZardexM
“ The movie "Joshua" is so sharply cunning it takes intellect and insight to the human psyche to not misinterpret it completely by interpreting it through the pitfalls of status-qua psychology. (And clearly the producers on FOX have misinterpreted the story, since they have agreed to produce it.)
Joshua ” - ZardexM
“ Judgment at Nuremberg, Inherit the Wind ” - ZardexM
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...
“ Dracula, The Godfather 1-3 ” - ZardexM
“ Though clearly able to grasp great concepts and having made a couple masterpieces, Bernando Bertolucci must have done it with the help from outside influence because he has clearly degenerated with the times. It doesn't take mutch of an intellectual to only be an intellectual in intellectual times, namely the 60's and the 70's.
The Conformist, The Sheltering Sky, 1900, Last Tango in Paris ” - ZardexM
“ A Dry White Season ” - ZardexM
“ The Butcher Boy, The End of the Affair ” - ZardexM
Charles Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years...
“ Chaplin has a few intelligent themes he can bring out in an intelligent way, but over all there is too much humanist in him for him to get very far at being a proper intellectual.
Modern Times, The Great Dictator ” - ZardexM
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...
“ Despite looking like an intellectual and talking like an intellectual, he still is an intellectual.
I like Woody Allen and Woody Allen is good, even Great.
I also like many directors that aren't as good as Woody Allen but Woody Allen is the mark for me in this list of movie directors to stop listing intellectual directors.
With so much the style of trying too hard and just barely making it, you cannot be worse then Woody Allen and still be an intellectual.
There may still be some directors that should be on this list that I have forgotten or have not watched enough movies from yet.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Annie Hall ” - ZardexM