Favorite directors

including some personal thoughts on their work and my favorite films of them (not meaning they haven't made other really great ones!)
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1.
Ingmar Bergman
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions is the trilogy closed. Here, as in 'Den Goda Viljan' Pernilla August play his mother...
“ Undoubtedly the most influential director ever. No one has shown better what happens inside one person or between two persons.
(Wild strawberries, Persona, Autumn sonata, Cries and whispers) ” - erratic1983
 
2.
Stanley Kubrick
Director, The Shining
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...
“ Most Kubrick's films are masterpieces. Those remaining are at least great. And each one is completely different from the other. What an achievement!
(Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The killing, Barry Lyndon, Eyes wide shut, The shining, 2001: A space odyssey, A Clockwork Orange) ” - erratic1983
 
3.
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)...
“ The master of the thriller genre. He taught the next generations the ways to keep the tension and the audience's attention in a film; all those technics to keep a cinematic pace that the viewer cannot resist to follow.
(Psycho, North by northwest, Vertigo) ” - erratic1983
 
4.
Lars von Trier
Writer, Melancholia
Lars von Trier (the "von" was adopted during his stay at the Danish Film School) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1956. He graduated from the Danish Film School in 1983 with his short film Befrielsesbilleder ("Images of Relief"), which won the Best Film award at the Munich Film Festival the following year...
“ Reality bites. Learning is painful. But to be honest, going through this procedure is the only thing that really counts. As soon as you accept it, it becomes clear that Lars Von Trier has invented new (really new) wonderful means for you to make this journey. Don't forget to say thanks.
(Breaking the waves, Dancer in the dark, Dogville, Manderlay) ” - erratic1983
 
5.
David Lynch
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ Dreams, subconscious, illusions, mystery, avant garde, innovative, grotesque. That's the things you suppose that are contained in the package mr. Lynch offers you. But you keep discovering more stuff as you explore it.
(Mulholland Dr., Rabbits, The straight story, Lost highway) ” - erratic1983
 
6.
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...
“ He takes an exaggeration and makes it real. Or he extracts from reality those rare parts of it which overcome the average. Either way the outcome is perfection; no way it could be more enjoyable.
(Pulp fiction, Kill Bill vol. 1&2, Django unchained, Inglourious Basterds) ” - erratic1983
 
7.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ Fortunately there is still Paul Thomas Anderson to remind us that cinema is a form of art.
(There will be blood, The master, Boogie nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love) ” - erratic1983
 
8.
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...
“ Would it be possible for anyone to accomplish what Bunuel had achieved then, there, in that context, with those means? No. That's what his surrealism could do. That's how great he is, that's how his radical work still works today.
(The Exterminating Angel, Viridiana, Un chien andalou, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) ” - erratic1983
 
9.
Darren Aronofsky
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...
“ (Requiem for a dream, The wrestler, Black swan, The fountain) ” - erratic1983
 
10.
Michael Haneke
A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world cinema...
“ (The white ribbon, Funny games, Amour) ” - erratic1983
 
11.
Ki-duk Kim
He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Crocodile. Then he went on to direct Wild Animals...
“ His modern fairy tales are full of magic.
(Pieta, Hwal, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring, 3-Iron) ” - erratic1983
 
12.
Lilly Wachowski
Writer, The Matrix
Director, writer and producer Lilly Wachowski was born in 1967 in Chicago as Andrew Wachowski, the son of Lynne, a nurse and painter and Ron, a businessman. Lilly was educated at Kellogg Elementary School in Chicago, before moving on to Whitney Young High School. After graduating from high school, she attended Emerson College in Boston, but dropped out...
“ (The matrix, Bound, Cloud atlas) ” - erratic1983
 
13.
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...
“ (Rosemary's baby, The pianist, Chinatown) ” - erratic1983
 
14.
“ (The Big Lebowski, A Serious Man, Miller's Crossing, Blood Simple.) ” - erratic1983
 
15.
Takashi Miike
Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Shôhei Imamura, primarily because there were no entrance exams...
“ Violence is the only way to make things evolve. To be sustainable or better. Cinema is no exception.
(Audition, Ichi the killer) ” - erratic1983
 
16.
Alejandro Amenábar
Writer, The Others
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...
“ (The Sea Inside, Agora, The others) ” - erratic1983
 
17.
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...
“ When two people date, there's nothing new to us; anything that could come up, we have watched it already in some Allen's film. (Deconstructing Harry, Match point, Zelig, Manhattan) ” - erratic1983
 
18.
“ (Oldboy, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK) ” - erratic1983
 
19.
Sidney Lumet
Director, 12 Angry Men
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...
“ (Network, 12 angry men, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Dog Day Afternoon) ” - erratic1983
 
20.
Costa-Gavras
Director, Missing
“ When you go political you have to watch Gavras's films to get the whole picture.
(Le couperet, Missing, Z, Amen.) ” - erratic1983
 
21.
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)...
“ (Trois couleurs: Blanc, Trois couleurs: Rouge, Trois couleurs: Bleu, The Double Life of Veronique) ” - erratic1983
 
22.
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...
“ There are many ways to tell a story. But if you want to really live the experience that comes with it, give it to Martin Scorsese to make a movie about it.
(The king of comedy, Goodfellas, Hugo, After hours, Raging Bull) ” - erratic1983