December 19, 2012 at 7:57 am #79421
What were, in your opinion, the best directorial efforts in history. Is there any one movie where the camera placement was not only perfect, it also CONTRIBUTED to telling the story?
A couple of obvious ones:
Coppolla for Apocalypse Now
Hitchcock for Psycho
And a couple more recent ones:
PTA for Magnolia
Nolan for Inception
Aranofsky for Black Swan
Spielberg for Schindler’s List (or Saving Private Ryan, which is more revolutionary, I guess…)
Cuarón for Children of Men
You can pick any director. You can go Fellini or Joss Whedon (LOL!). You can go Scorsese, Hitchcock, Hawks, Bergman, ANYONE.
What were the Best Directorial efforts in cinema History?December 19, 2012 at 8:59 am #79423
To me, that’s just another way of asking what are the best films in history – they’re one and same, at least when we are talking about good movies.Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantDecember 19, 2012 at 11:11 am #79424
Don’t laugh, but I think Brian de Palma’s direction in Scarface was GREAT!December 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm #79425
In my opinion, the best achievements in direction ever:
Sergio Leone- Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Stanley Kubrick- 2001: A Space Odyssey
Martin Scorsese- Raging Bull
Francis Ford Coppola- Apoclapyse Now
David Lean- Lawrence of Arabia
Alfred Hitchcock- Veritgo
Ingmar Bergman- Persona
Paul Thomas Anderson- There Will Be Blood
December 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm #79426
Alfred Hitchcock’s direction of Psycho was sublime.
Quentin Tarantino’s extremely stylized direction of Pulp Fiction was superb.
Basically anything from Paul Thomas Anderson’s filmography fits here.December 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm #79427
Just to list off a whole bunch:
Frank Capra – It’s A Wonderful Life
Martin Scorsese – Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and Goodfellas
Orson Welles – Citizen Kane
Francis Ford Coppola – The Godfather (1 and 2), The Conversation
John Ford – The Grapes of Wrath and The Searchers
John Huston – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (PTA says this was something he was watching while writing There Will Be Blood)
Elia Kazan – A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront
David Lean – Lawrence of Arabia
Stanley Kubrick – Dr. Strangelove and A Clockwork Orange
Roman Polanski – Chinatown and The Pianist
Steven Spielberg – Jaws and ET
Ridley Scott – Blade Runner
Milos Forman – Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Sergio Leone – Once Upon a Time in America
Akira Kurosawa – Seven Samurai, Ran, and Rashomon
David Lynch – Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive
Robert Zemeckis – Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Spike Lee – Do the Right Thing
Clint Eastwood – Unforgiven
December 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm #79428
To me, that’s just another way of asking what are the best films in history – they’re one and same, at least when we are talking about good movies.
You do not believe that great directing can be held back at all by a subpar story?
"I don't even believe in god, but I'm going to thank her tonight."December 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm #79429
Mike nichols- The GraduateDecember 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm #79430
So many people easily confuse direction with just getting a nice looking movie. NO!
It’s how you use the camera to tell the story, discover the hidden depths, close-ups, framing, etc. This is why I truly believe PTA is the best filmmaker today and one of the best all-time.
For example, take the shot in The Master when Freddie meets Dodd for the first time. It’s framed at the door, the interior of the room, which Dodd is in has blackwallpaper, the outiside of the room is white, a symbol of good/evil. Freddie is in the middle.
Malick, for example, is the opposite, just simply captures fantastic images. Still a wonderful director, but uses the camera in a different way.
December 20, 2012 at 10:05 pm #79431
It’s not really that at all. That’s more cinematography. Direction has to do with the choices made in making a film. They tell the actors what to do, decide if the sets look good enough, bring out their interpretation of the script, pick the final cut of a film, etc.
And best direction and best film are not the same thing. Someone can make really good choices that transcend an otherwise bland story, as thedemondog said, but that doesn’t make their film the best. A director brings the film together, but someone can have lesser direction and still have a better film.December 21, 2012 at 8:36 am #79432
Oscar related since 2000:
Ang Lee – Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
The Coen Brothers – No Country For Old Men
Roman Polanski – The Pianist
Martin Scorsese – Hugo
Guillermo del Toro – Pan Labyrinth
David Cronenberg – A History of Violence
Todd Haynes – Far From Heaven
Alfonso Cuarón – Y Tu Mamá También
Todd Field – In The Bedroom
Pedro Almodóvar – Talk to Her
Fernando Meirelles – City of GodDecember 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm #79433
Agreed with professor^
Some of my picks for direction (shaping the film, vision, feel, etc, making welcome and/or impressive technical/creative choices that reinforce, challenge, adorn, intensify, change perception or sensation, etc etc) —
Kubrick with Clockwork Orange
Hitchcock with Rear Window, Vertigo, & Psycho
Scorsese with Goodfellas & Taxi Driver
Polanski with Chinatown and The Pianist
Tarantino with Pulp fiction
Malick with The Tree of Life
Nichols with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Billy Wilder with Sunset Boulevard
Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner
Coen Bros with Fargo & No Country For Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson with Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, and The Master
Milos Forman with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Leone with Good Bad & Ugly
Spielberg with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saving Private Ryan
Aronofsky with Requiem for a Dream
Fincher with Fight Club, & Benjamin Button (largely for its “art direction”)
Elia Kazan with Streetcar & On the Waterfront
George Stevens with A Place in the Sun and GiantDecember 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm #79434
Sometimes, when I am good and stoned, I like think 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY might be the best movie ever.
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