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  • Beau S.
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    When asked who the greatest director of actors is (both living and dead), who comes to your mind?

    DEAD: Elia Kazan, William Wyler, Robert Altman, Alan J. Pakula
    LIVING: Paul Thomas Anderson, Todd Field, Todd Haynes, Coen brothers

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    DEAD: Stanley Kubrick, Elia Kazan, Sergio Leone, Federico Fellini, David Lean, Billy Wilder, Arthur Penn, Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Lumet, Ingmar Bergman, John Ford

    LIVING: Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Mike Nichols, Woody Allen, George Lucas, David Lynch, Oliver Stone, Clint Eastwood, the Coen Brothers, David Cronenberg, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ang Lee, Alexander Payne, Peter Jackson, Terrence Malick, David O. Russell

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    Scottferguson
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    The greatest directors are usually the greatest directors of actors, so Hitchcock, Ford, Renoir, Ozu, Bresson, Hawks, Chaplin should be at or near the top of any list. If forced, I’d place Renoir as the greatest creator of performances ever. Whatever his other talents and faults, D.W. Griffith pretty much invented dramatic film acting, and Lillian Gish and others provided some of the best of all time.

    I assume many people would regard Bergman close to the top, perhaps with a greater degree of emphasis on acting being part of his core mise en scene.  

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    Madson Melo
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    Elia Kazan. For me, the greatest!

    Robert Altman, Mike Leigh, Woody Allen, Mike Nichols, George Cukor, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ingmar Bergman and Sidney Lumet are also in the top.

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    Madson Melo
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    George Lucas? No way!

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    KT
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    LIVING: Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Mike Nichols, Woody Allen, George Lucas, David Lynch, Oliver Stone, Clint Eastwood, the Coen Brothers, David Cronenberg, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ang Lee, Alexander Payne, Peter Jackson, Terrence Malick, David O. Russell

    Way too many here. George Lucas LOL (really???), Steven Spielberg…nah, from my impression of how the Lincoln set was run, it was pretty much don’t talk to Mr. President. For me, Tarantino might be one of the better writers of actors, not necessarily director. Might put Woody Allen in that group too. I know Mike Nichols has a lot of support from actors, but he’s not among the greatest. David O. Russell is on his way to possibly being in the conversation. I actually think Kathryn Bigelow is an excellent actor’s director, but like many of the people here she has a long way to go.

    I think Martin Scorsese deserves to be mentioned among the list of dead directors you have. Special mention to Arthur Penn, who was a fantastic director of actors and is probably slightly underappreciated.  Probably could also add Francis Ford Coppola for directing the character-study piece The Conversation alone.  And possibly Clint Eastwood.

     

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    Scottferguson
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    Clint Eastwood for me is by far the best director among recent actor-directors for quality of performances he has directed. Four Oscars (to the extent that means anything), near-career best work by people like Streep, as well as his own brilliant work in several of his films, topped off by Gran Torino.

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    Scottferguson
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    John Cassavetes definitely should be mentioned. Preston Sturges, who oversaw the greatest collection of comedy performances ever. And Orson Welles.

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    Renaton
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    Most of the ones I thought about have already been mentioned. I’d like to include Visconti and Resnais to the conversation as well. Von Trier, Kar-Wai, Denis and Soderbergh are among my favotite ones today.

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    Bill Buchanan
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    I think Martin Scorsese deserves to be mentioned among the list of dead directors you have.

    Is this some sort of joke? Or just one big mistake? 

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    Baby Clyde
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    William Wyler
    George Cukor

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    allabout oscars
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    1. WILLIAM WYLER
    2. SIDNEY LUMET
    3. PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON
    4. GEORGE CUKOR
    5. BILLY WILDER

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    KT
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    [quote=”rbttk1721″]I think Martin Scorsese deserves to be mentioned among the list of dead directors you have.

    Is this some sort of joke? Or just one big mistake? [/quote]

    No!  LOL I admit it reads that way too….the quality of his other list was much better, so I was just saying that Scorsese should be seen as one of the great directors of actors and should be read along with those names.  Along with Francis Ford Coppola and Clint Eastwood. 

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    Love or hate his movies, I think Lee Daniels works miracles with his actors.

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    seabel
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    DEAD:
    1. Sidney Lumet
    2. William Wyler
    3. Joseph Leo Mankiewicz
    4. Elia Kazan
    5. Billy Wilder

    LIVING:
    1. Coen Brothers
    2. Paul Thomas Anderson
    3. Francis Ford Coppola
    4. Pedro Almodovar
    5. Stephen Daldry

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