Hi Film Folk!
Well a very merry yuletide season to you, our lovely film folk!
We don’t know whether you’re celebrating until the 6th January, were back at work Boxing Day or didn’t celebrate at all, but either way we hope you’ve had a lovely time!
As 2012 draws to a close, The Film Doctor Team have decided to do an ULTIMATE LIST of all our director’s favourite films so far. This should be a go-to volume of favourites considering the masters and geniuses that have recommended them.
Directors include Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Peter Jackson, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Tim Burton, James Cameron, Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Milos Forman, Christopher Nolan, Paul Verhoeven, Clint Eastwood, Sidney Lumet, Cameron Crowe, John Boorman, Danny Boyle, Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, Pedro Almodovar, Sam Mendes, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ridley Scott, Gillian Armstrong, Mike Newell, Seth MacFarlane, Jim Jarmusch, Catherine Breillat, Ben Wheatley, Ken Loach, Joe Dante, Lukas Moodysson, Stephan Elliott, Terry Jones.
A real brain trust right there!
Here is the list:
-Citizen Kane (9 votes – Welles, 1941)
-La Regle de Jeu (5 votes – Renoir, 1939)
-City Lights (5 votes – Chaplin, 1931)
-The Godfather (4 votes – Coppola, 1972)
-Raging Bull (4 votes – Scorsese, 1980)
-Rashomon (4 votes – Kurosawa, 1950)
-2001: A Space Odyssey (4 votes – Kubrick, 1968)
-8 1/2 (4 votes – Fellini, 1963)
-Vertigo (4 votes – Hitchcock, 1958)
-Bicycle Thieves (4 votes – De Sica, 1948)
There you have it. The almost definitive list of world class director’s favourite films. Most films on the list utilise political, technological or technique-based advancement, showing that treading new ground excited our directors.
It was very close, so we’ve decided to include the next few that just missed out on a top ten spot:
Next 10 (3 votes each)
-Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)
-La Grande Illusion (Renoir, 1937)
-Singin’ in the Rain (Donen, 1952)
-Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
-Lawrence of Arabia (Lean, 1962)
-Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)
-The Seventh Seal (Bergman, 1957)
-La Dolce Vita (Fellini, 1960)
-Wild Strawberries (Bergman, 1957)
Viewing the list above we can see that most of the top 10 films were not just chance efforts. Directors recurring from the first list include Bergman, Kubrick, Hitchcock, Scorsese, Welles, Coppola, Fellini, Kurosawa, Renoir, Wilder and Chaplin. There is obviously something hugely special about these directors, something in their work that specifically strikes a chord with other directors. Perhaps their selected pieces say something so powerful about humanity/life, and say it so perfectly, that they are truly an inspiration to their fellow cinematic artists.
There were heralded directors that kept cropping up on different lists but didn’t have one stand-out film that everybody chose. These directors deserve a special mention and include Lynch, Griffith, Bresson, Keaton, Mankiewicz and Visconti.
Here are the remaining films selected by more than one director:
Final Favourites (2 votes each)
-Psycho (Hitchcock, 1960)
-Chinatown (Polanski, 1974)
-The Apartment (Wilder, 1960)
-Touch of Evil (Welles, 1958)
-The Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler, 1946)
-A Bout de Souffle (Godard, 1960)
-Some Like it Hot (Wilder, 1959)
-The Godfather: part 2 (Coppola, 1974)
-The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Huston, 1948)
-The Wizard of Oz (Fleming, 1939)
-L’enfant du Paradis (Carne, 1945)
-The Searchers (Ford, 1956)
-The Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1975)
-The Gold Rush (Chaplin, 1925)
-Bad Day at Black Rock (Sturges, 1955)
There are 35 all-time classics listed above, chosen by some of the greatest minds in the history of cinema. If you haven’t seen these then clearly you’re behind on your homework. Knowing what has gone before is the difference between creating original projects based on an informed knowledge of past works and just ‘coming up’ with ideas, not realising that they’ve been done a million times before.
The more you know, the more you can season your work with refreshing twists on movie conventions. Make your 2013 resolution to go out there and buy, rent or catch a retrospective screening of as many of these as possible!
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