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Who is your favorite movie director?  

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  1. 1. Who is your favorite movie director?

    • Alfred Hitchcock
    • Steven Spielberg
    • Stanley Kubrick
    • Ingmar Bergman
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    • Martin Scorsese
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    • Francis Ford Coppola
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    • Akira Kurosawa
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    • Sergio Leone
    • Werner Herzog
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    • Orson Welles
    • Quentin Tarantino
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    • Woody Allen
    • Wes Anderson
    • Milos Forman
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    • Federico Fellini
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    • Coen Brothers
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    • Tim Burton
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    • Ridley Scott
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    • James Cameron
    • David Lean
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    • Robert Zemeckis
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    • Christopher Nolan
    • Ron Howard
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    • David Fincher
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    • Other (please name below)


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We've had plenty of "what are/which is your favorite movie" polls, but I don't think I've ever come across a favorite director poll, so here goes!

 

The poll has a max limit of 25 choices, so if your pick isn't on there, please share it below.

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I would have voted for Orson Welles anyway, but some other directors not on the list that I would have considered before not voting for them are: Paul Thomas Anderson, John Cassavetes, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Sidney Lumet, David Lynch, Kenji Mizoguchi, F.W. Murnau, Yasujirō Ozu, Michael Powell, Nicholas Ray, Jean Renoir, Alain Resnais, Roberto Rossellini, and Luchino Visconti.

 

Edit: And both Manns.

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Spielberg is -- unsurprisingly and unoriginally -- my favourite director, like many others here.

 

But several others that I consider my alltime favourites, including Ridley Scott, Tim Burton, Satyjajit Ray, Michelangelo Antonioni, David Lynch, Andrei Tarkovsky, David Fincher (pre-ZODIAC), James Cameron, Krzysztof Kieślowski....

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1. David Lynch

2. Martin Scorsese

 

Warning: I'm biased towards modern film and popular culture in what I've seen so far. ie. The Departed is one of the best films I've ever seen. :wizard:

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41 minutes ago, Thor said:

Spielberg is -- unsurprisingly and unoriginally -- my favourite director, like many others here.

 

But several others that I consider my alltime favourites, including Ridley Scott, Tim Burton, Satyjajit Ray, Michelangelo Antonioni, David Lynch, Andrei Tarkovsky, David Fincher (pre-ZODIAC), James Cameron, Krzysztof Kieślowski....

 

No love for Hitchcock?

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1) Spielberg

2) Scorsese 

3) Cronenberg 

 

would probably be my top 3. I haven’t seen everything by all of them but I like everything I’ve seen by them.

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2 hours ago, Jurassic Shark said:

 

No love for Hitchcock?

 

I can appreciate him and what he did; his position in film history. But he's never really been a personal favourite, no, except maybe when I was a kid.

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5 hours ago, Alexcremers said:

Maybe this thread would have worked better if it wasn't a poll with prefab choices? 

 

There is an “other” option if your preferred director is not listed on the poll. 

 

17 minutes ago, Alexcremers said:

Time to grow up then. 

 

You don’t like Hitchcock?

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2 minutes ago, John said:

 

There is an “other” option if your preferred director is not listed on the poll. 

 

 

 

I know but I wrote because for a moment it was becoming more a thread about why you didn't include this or that director in the poll. 

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I love movies by every director listed, but in terms of influence on my thinking and having the most personal connection to their work, it's kind of a toss-up between the Coen Brothers and Wes Anderson.

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2 minutes ago, Disco Stu said:

I love movies by every director listed, but in terms of influence on my thinking

 

How do they influence your thinking? Just curious.

 

2 minutes ago, Alexcremers said:

 

It was a joke. Didn't you get it? 

 

So was my reply! :lol:

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Just now, Jurassic Shark said:

 

How do they influence your thinking? Just curious.

 

Well, I guess it's a snake eating its tale.  I discovered their films at a very formative age (13-15 for both) and I don't know if they influenced my personality or if my personality pre-disposed me to like them.  Both have very distinct styles but they share a lot in common too.  Both often juxtapose sardonic/ironic humor with emotion/sentimentality.  I also think both emphasize the cruelty/coldness of random chance in our lives, giving their work kind of a sadness under the humor, and they both seem to come to the conclusion that the only solace is personal relationships, not society/power structures.  Both make very humanist works, but the Coens are like cynical humanists and Anderson is an optimistic humanist.  I'm just babbling at this point.

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Definitely not Wes Anderson, David Fincher, or the Coen brothers.

John its a shame you left out Capra for some really scrub choices. 

 

I love EARLY Hitchcock. Same with SS, sadly he is a shell of his former self. 

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4 minutes ago, JoeinAR said:

John its a shame you left out Capra for some really scrub choices. 

 

1 hour ago, John said:

There is an “other” option if your preferred director is not listed on the poll. 

 

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9 minutes ago, JoeinAR said:

Definitely not Wes Anderson, David Fincher, or the Coen brothers.

John its a shame you left out Capra for some really scrub choices. 

 

I love EARLY Hitchcock. Same with SS, sadly he is a shell of his former self. 

 

I do love Capra.  I watched You Can't Take It With You (not for the first time) a month or two ago and it's still a complete delight.

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I still voted SS

The reason?

 

Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-terrestrial and his Adventure on Earth, Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom and several more, along with his John Williams association. 

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I have a curious anecdote about Welles and music, from Steven C. Smith's A Fire at Heart's Center

 

"Orson arrived late, according to Herrmann, accompanied by an elderly gentlemen in kiltswith a bagpipe. As soon as the reading began it became evident that the script was more than twice too long. By the time it had been cut there was no time for musical rehearsal. When Herrmann protested, Orson yelled, "No music! No music at all!" standing, as he always did, in the center of the studio at the main microphone, wearing earphones, which made it impossible for anyone to communicate with him on equal terms. To the bagpiper he said, "Every time I raise this hand, you come in and play!" To the trumpets and drums he said, "Every time I lift this hand, you play a fanfare!'' And to the infuriated Herrmann, frozen on his podium in front of his assembled orchestra, he said, "Trust me, Benny! Just trust me!" "And that's how we went on the air," reported Benny. "Every time Orson raised either hand, which he did frequently in the role of Macbeth, trumpets, drums and bagpipes came in fortissimo . . . and so did a whole lot of sound cues, including wind machines and thunder sheets." 

 

Such a master.

 

I still voted for Spielberg, because of all the clever entertainment he created, and because without him few of us would be here

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