Do click on Read More and the links. Thanks to all following this surprisingly popular list of important, critically admired and well known directors. A pantheon first, alphabetically from Bergman to Welles, the rest in changing order. And a few personal wild cards. Of course in time more women will be included (the only two so far are both from Belgium, land of my heroine Andrée Dumon). Modern directors will be more prominent too, and I expect more from Latin America, neglected countries and regions.
Anyway, the 100 are:
Bubbling under: Argento, Borzage, Brakhage, Burns, Burton, Campion, Carné,, Cissé, Clair, Clouzot, Cocteau, Cronenberg, Cuaron, Curtiz, Dang, Dardenne bros, Demy, Denis, De Palma, Eastwood,, Erice, Farhadi, Feuillade, Fincher, Forman, Gerima, Ghatak, Greenaway, Hong, Ichikawa, Inarritu, Iosseliani, Ivens, Jackson, Jancso, Jarmusch, Jia, Chuck Jones, Kaul, Kaurismaki, Kawase, Kazan, Kitano, Robert Kramer, Leigh, Linklater, Martel, McQueen, Mekas, Mendes, Minnelli, Olmi, Marcel Ophuls, Oshima, Paradjanov, Peckinpah, Peries, Reed, Rocha, Sanjines, Sciamma, Sen, Shimizu, Sirk, Sjostrom, Sokurov, Stone, Preston Sturges, Tati,, Tsai, Vidor, Vigo, Villeneuve, Vlacil, Von Stroheim, Wajda, Yoshida, Zanussi, Zinnemann, Zulawski….
The Life of an Actor and A Woman of Osaka, regarded at the time as among Mizoguchi’s finest, are lost.
and on individual directors:
Directors Round Mizoguchi
Films Admired by Tarkovsky
Le Cinéma, c’est Jean Renoir
Lester James Peries, hidden master
The Liberation of Raul Ruiz
The Essential Agnes Varda
Alice Guy-Blaché, Queen of the Pioneers
The Best of Wim Wenders
My favourite list-maker on Mubi is Apursansar, who is extremely knowledgeable and always up on recent films from round the world, and an expert on Latin American, Indian and German films in particular. Mario Gaborovic has done excellent lists on Balkans countries.
Some other lists I’ve done:
Kenji’s 1000: The Big 1000
Essential Japanese Films
The Mubi/Auteurs World Cup Films (thanks to all who helped that groundbreaking event work)
The Welsh Connection
Let there be Light: The Birth of Films
Essential Short Films & Featurettes
Essential French Films
A Rosefinch Sang: the Czechoslovakian New Wave
19th Century Britain