Lists by JMGuer
"The role of a director encompasses the coaching of the actors, the cinematography, the sound recording, the art direction, the music, the editing and the dubbing and sound-mixing. Although these can be thought of as separate occupations, I do not regard them as independent. I see them all melting together under the heading of direction" - Akira Kurosawa
"Kurosawa was one of film’s true greats. His ability to transform a vision into a powerful work of art is unparalleled." - George Lucas
"The term ‘giant’ is used too often to describe artists. But in the case of Akira Kurosawa, we have one of the rare instances where the term fits." - Martin Sorsese
"His (Kurosawa) influence on filmmakers throughout the entire world is so profound as to be almost incomparable" - Martin Scorsese
"(Kurosawa) is the master of us all." - Martin Scorsese
"I’d like to be able to make a Western like Kurosawa makes Westerns." - Sam Peckinpah
"Other filmmakers have more money, more advanced techniques, more special effects. Yet no one has surpassed him." - Zhang Yimou
"I love Kurosawa’s movies, and I got so much inspiration from him. He is one of my idols and one of the great masters." - John Woo
"Of the filmmakers with whom I feel some kinship Griffith, Murnau, Pudovkin, Buñuel and Kurosawa come to mind. Everything these men did has the touch of greatness." - Werner Herzog
"The ideal definition of cinema: a succession of perfect images.
And Kurosawa is the only director who has attained that." - Takeshi Kitano
"(Kurosawa is) the pictorial Shakespeare of our time." - Stephen Spielberg
"Now I want to make it plain that The Virgin Spring must be regarded as an aberration. It’s touristic, a lousy imitation of Kurosawa." -Ingmar Bergman
"(Kurosawa is) the greatest living example of what an author of the cinema should be." - Federico Fellini
"Kurosawa’s movies and La Dolce Vita, Fellini, are the things that pushed me sucked me into being a film director." - Bernardo Bertolucci
"Kurosawa never affected me directly in terms of my own movie-making because I never would have presumed that I was capable of that perception and that vision." - Sidney Lumet
"One thing that distinguishes Akira Kurosawa is that he didn’t make a masterpiece or two masterpieces, he made, you know, eight masterpieces." - Francis Ford Coppola
"Akira Kurosawa is one of the greatest directors ever to work in the cinema. His films meant an enormous amount to me when I was starting my own career." - Francis Ford Coppola
"(Kurosawa) is a poet genius of the cinema." - Andrei Tarkovsky
Includes results from the Critics and Directors polls.
This is a list of every film that has been voted to the Sight and Sound top 10 poll, from 1952 to 2012. The Sight and Sound poll is generally regarded as the most important film poll.
Includes the Critics Poll (top 10) and the Directors Poll (top 10).