Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Serious Film History: 101 Important Auteurs Who Are Often Studied on Film Courses




Note that this is not a list of the greatest directors; it’s a list of auteurs who get a lot of critical attention from serious film history books. It leaves out such populists as Frank Capra, Billy Wilder and Woody Allen, to name just three, and it leaves in many silent-era directors and experimental film-makers whose films are seen by few people except academics.

I’ve included Brian De Palma but not Steven Spielberg, Ernst Lubitsch but not George Cukor, because I’m trying to give the very selective, highbrow flavour of academic film courses, with their focus on directors who are independents or iconoclasts, recognised foreign masters, politically committed film-makers, or important from a genre-studies point of view.

I’ve concentrated on directors whose status is well-established and I’ve left out anyone who came to prominence since 1980.Country given is where they established their reputation, regardless of country of birth.

1.   Abel Gance (Fr.)
2.   Agnes Varda (Fr.)
3.   Akira Kurosawa (Jap.)
4.   Alain Resnais (Fr.)
5.   Albert and David Maysles (U.S.)
6.   Alexander Dovshenko (U.S.S.R.)
7.   Alfred Hitchcock (U.K.)
8.   Andrei Tarkovsky (U.S.S.R.)
9.   Andrzej Wajda (Pol.)
10. Anthony Mann (U.S.)
11. Bernardo Bertolucci (It.)
12. Brian De Palma (U.S.)
13. Buster Keaton (U.S.)
14. Carl Theodor Dreyer (Den.)
15. Chantal Akerman (Belg.)
16. Charles Burnett (U.S.)
17. Charles Chaplin (U.K.)
18. Chris Marker (Fr.)
19. Claude Chabrol (Fr.)
20. Constantin Costa Gavras (Greece)
21. D. W. Griffith (U.S.)
22. Douglas Sirk (U.S.)
23. Dziga Vertov (U.S.S.R.)
24. Eric Rohmer (Fr.)
25. Erich Von Stroheim (U.S.)
26. Ernst Lubitsch (U.S.)
27. F.W.Murnau  (Ger.)
28. Federico Fellini (It.)
29. Francois Truffaut (Fr.)
30. Frank Tashlin (U.S.)
31. Frederick Wiseman (U.S.)
32. Fritz Lang  (Ger.)
33. G.W.Pabst  (Ger.)
34. George A.Romero (U.S.)
35. Georges Melies (Fr.)
36. Henri-Georges Clouzot (Fr.)
37. Howard Hawks (U.S.)
38. Humphrey Jennings (U.K.)
39. Ingmar Bergman (Swed.)
40. Jacques Rivette (Fr.)
41. Jacques Tati (Fr.)
42. Jacques Tourneur (U.S.)
43. James Whale (U.S.)
44. Jean Cocteau (Fr.)
45. Jean Luc Godard (Fr.)
46. Jean Pierre Melville (Fr.)
47. Jean Renoir (Fr.)
48. Jean Vigo (Fr.)
49. John Cassavetes (U.S.)
50. John Ford (U.S.)
51. John Waters (U.S.)
52. Josef Von Sternberg (U.S.)
53. Ken Loach (U.K.)
54. Kenji Mizoguchi (Jap.)
55. Kenneth Anger (U.S.)
56. Kon Ichikawa (Jap.)
57. Krzysztof Kieslowski (Pol.)
58. Leni Riefenstahl (Ger.)
59. Luchino Visconti (It.)
60. Luis Bunuel (Spain)
61. Mack Sennett (U.S.)
62. Manoel De Oliveira (Port.)
63. Marcel Carne (Fr.)
64. Max Ophuls (Fr.)
65. Maya Deren (U.S.)
66. Michael Powell (U.K.)
67. Michelangelo Antonioni (It.)
68. Mikio Naruse (Jap.)
69. Miklos Jancso (Hung.)
70. Nagisa Oshima (Jap.)
71. Nicholas Ray (U.S.)
72. Orson Welles (U.S.)
73. Ousmane Sembene (Senegal)
74. Pier Paulo Pasolini (It.)
75. Preston Sturges (U.S.)
76. Rainer Werner Fassbinder  (Ger.)
77. Raoul Walsh (U.S.)
78. Rene Clair (Fr.)
79. Robert Aldrich (U.S.)
80. Robert Bresson (Fr.)
81. Robert Flaherty (U.S.)
82. Roberto Rossellini (It.)
83. Roman Polanski (Pol.)
84. Sam Peckinpah (U.S.)
85. Samuel Fuller (U.S.)
86. Satyajit Ray (India)
87. Sergei Eisenstein (U.S.S.R.)
88. Stan Brakhage (U.S.)
89. Stanley Donen (U.S.)
90. Stanley Kubrick (U.S.)
91. Terence Malick (U.S.)
92. Theo Angelopoulos (Greece)
93. Tod Browning (U.S.)
94. Tomas Gutierrez Alea (Cuba)
95. Vincente Minnelli (U.S.)
96. Vittorio De Sica (It.)
97. Volker Schlondorff  (Ger.)
98. Vsevolod Pudovkin (U.S.S.R.)
99. Werner Herzog  (Ger.)
100. Wim Wenders  (Ger.)
101. Yusujiro Ozu (Jap.)



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