Thursday, May 7, 2020

plato's cave one hundred and nine (being a film journal)

4.14.2020
Gus Van Sant My Own Private Idaho 1991
(rewatch)
Van Sant's third feature with beautiful music by Bill Stafford on steel guitar, which gives a Sons of the Pioneers mixed with Ry Cooder vibe. Stunning photography by John J. Campbell and Eric Alan Edwards, one doesn't see landscape too often in film like this. The Criterion special feature with Todd Haynes gets into the nitty-gritty of the making of the film, and Van Sant's virtuosic use of time lapse photography. Against all odds the Shakespearean elements of the film work in seamlessly, perhaps something this viewer needed a couple few rewatches to realize. I could see viewers not responding to this element of the film, or the film in general, but it is made in such a humble way, it deserves a chance. Having lived in Portland a few years gave the urban elements of the film quite a striking quality, it really is a unique city.  I remember whilst in my car (delivering food) and patiently waiting for an elderly man on a walker to cross the street, someone behind me started blaring their horn. A punk kid out of My Own Private Idaho whom was also just crossing started yelling at me and aggressively throwing his middle finger in my direction. I was so broke living there, I couldn't afford to fix my driver side window, so couldn't roll it down to tell the guy it wasn't me blaring. One hell of a city I tell you. Nothing quite like it!

4.15.2020
Terrence Malick Badlands 1973
(rewatch)
Features the short piece Musica Poetica by Carl Orff, also used in Ratcatcher and covered by Hans Zimmer in True Romance. The soundtrack also contains some Erik Satie, and original music by George Tipton. Very Malickian use of music, like Wes Anderson's signature use of music. One of those films to watch every 2 to 3 years perhaps?

4.16.2020
Peter Bogdanovich Saint Jack 1979
Really moving buddy film between Ben Gazzara and Denholm Elliott. Both actors give such transcendent performances which leave one speechless. Something so tragic about Elliot's subtle gestures and movements through the frame, the man was just one of the truly great actors. Contemplating what makes a buddy film and how would Saint Jack fit in the history so strongly- the answer seems to be a fixation on non-erotic intimacy that perhaps approaches uncomfortability, but leaves you with the strong resonance of the approach. Opening panning shot by Robby Müller will blow one's mind, works well with Antonioni's closing shot from The Passenger I just watched. Great film!

Maurice Pialat Loulou 1980
(rewatch)
Was really wanting to rewatch Pialat's work, after previously loving Loulou, Van Gogh, Police and a few others, so was excited to see the Criterion Channel putting them up for streaming. The energy and visual aesthetic of this film is so striking and a great combination of humbleness which one does not always see in French cinema, and aggressiveness. Pialat seems very unique to this viewer in the history of French cinema which I have a love/hate relationship with.

Jacques Demy Lola 1961
Embarrassed I had not seen this great film. Wanted to see badly after watching Demy's Model Shop with Anouk Aimée's Lola / Cécile character. Not sure how much it has to do with the print source (due to the negative being lost), but the high contrast of this film is quite striking and adds a level of mystery and gravity to the film. Lovely. Great use of Erik Satie when the sailor and young Cecile jump out of the amusement ride in slow-motion, subtle and avant'garde. Also good accidental double feature with Loulou!

4.17.2020
Greta Gerwig Little Women 2019

Otto Preminger Anatomy of a Murder 1959
(rewatch)
James Steward, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Duke Ellington, John Qualen, George C. Scott, and Murray Hamilton! Perfect film.

4.18.2020
Tommy Lee Wallace Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982
Great music by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth, especially solid in the opening credit sequence. Tom Atkins so good in this too, actually a pretty solid film.

4.19.2020
Kiyoshi Kurosawa Pulse 2001
Intense film, the first half was a bit more successful. Some shots one surely wouldn't forget easily. This viewer needs to spend more time with Kilyoshi Kurosawa's work.

Sean S. Cunningham Friday the 13th 1980
Very slow moving film. Boring or an art film? Certainly intriguing.

Tobe Hooper Poltergeist 1982
(rewatch)
Story by Steven Spielberg. Heavy handed esp with the music, not my scene. Saw this film a lot when I was a pre-teen, probably on cable, never left the kind of impression The Exorcist did.

4.20.2020
Richard Donner The Omen 1976
(rewatch)
My wife and I watching many classic horror films these days from a large list we are both working on. Concentrating not only on films we have seen many times, but also some perhaps only once and not clear in the memory, and many we have missed and filling in holes. There are always many holes in the boat and one must plug them to avoid drowning. Many of the films on the list I always assumed were bad but giving them a chance as often times these turn out to be the most rewarding. As a kid I believe I liked The Omen, but as a young upstart film student I assumed it was a commercial piece of nonsense and forced myself rewatched and really loved it. This time again I agree, a damn film, with a memorable performance by David Warner. Perhaps a once every 10 years kind of film. Lee Remick and Gregory Peck so so good too! Also Richard Donner is one of those often times great directors one might not consider as such. Born in NYC, started with many television shows and then went on to do The Omen, Superman, Superman II (with Richard Lester), Inside Moves, and Lethal Women. Personally not a Goonies enthusiast.

Takashi Shimizu Ju-On: The Grudge 2002
Another classic Japanese horror film from the early 2000s. Very much worth seeing and quite shocking much of the time. As with these other Japanese horror films from the time period, the use of technology to horrify can be quite ghastly. In Ju-On: The Grudge the black atmospheric silhouette captured on surveillance which slowly engulfs the screen with only its eyes visible is bloody horrific. The purposely obscure narrative structure of the film is problematic, and perhaps lessens the quality of the film.

4.21.2020
The Mandalorian episides 5-8 2019
Not a bad show, coming from a non Star Wars enthusiast. Defiantly worth watching.

Hideo Nakata Dark Water 2002
(rewatch)
Going through the classic 2000s J-horror. Water, rain, children, surveillance, technology, urban spaces, blurred faces, creepy silhouettes, ghosts, water towers... all themes in these strange films. Dark Water a very good one in this lot of horrific works. Remake has Jennifer Connelly which makes it worth watching.

4.22.2020
Jamil Dehlavi Born of Fire 1987
Stunning visually with equally bizarre music and sound design. Very abstract, although a little slow and perhaps slightly pretentious. Worth watching, would like to see a second time soon.

David Mamet House of Games 1987
(rewatch)
Two films from 1987. Second time seeing this, very much enjoy Joe Mantegna in it.

4.23.2020
John Carpenter Prince of Darkness 1987
Very similar feeling to They Live, musically and visually, and especially the use of video technology to foretell dread (the creepy dream projected to the participants from the future). Part of Carpenter's Apocalypse Trilogy which includes The Thing and In the Mouth of Madness. Still a couple of Carpenter films I need to see, such a solid artist.

Robert Altman The Long Goodbye 1973
(rewatch)
Key film from the 1970s, and best soundtrack in which John Williams delves into the strange world of Raymond Queneau's Exercices de style and reworks the same song from elevator music style to sleazebag piano bar music. I use to watch the hell out of this on VHS, and it was so nice to see the Arrow Academy blu ray of this projected big and loud. The sound design for this film just out of this world and must have shocked audiences at the time, so rich with details.

Walter Hill The Driver 1978
(rewatch)
The actor Joseph Walsh who plays "glasses" looks just like Robert Fripp. Bruce Dern a total sob in this film, O'Neal is smooth smooth, and Adjani her usual weird lovely self. Music by Michael Small (Klute, Marathon Man, The Parallax View, and Night Moves), gets into some Miles Davis electric toward the end.

4.24.2020
Kenji Mizoguchi Ugetsu 1954
(rewatch)
Two Japanese ghost films this evening, starting by going back to the classics. One of the most beautifully photographed film, especially love the ghostly scene out on the foggy water. Very Thomas Köneresque cyclical bell sounds when the spirits become prominent in the film, unforgettable sound design!

Hideo Nakata Ringu 1998
(rewatch)
Arrow blu ray, great quality. Both this and Ugetsu really have some of the most stunning music and sound design, dark, textural, beautiful and overwhelming with proportions of ephemerality.

John Carpenter The Thing 1982
(rewatch)
Arrow blu ray, best version I have seen. Perfect film. The colors in this blu I admit to never having experienced with this film I have probably watched 20+ times. Perfect soundtrack, everything perfect, best horror film for me. Confused about soundtrack, I read that Carpenter needed to put in some filler music so recorded some that shows up here and there throughout the film, but that main bass line in the intro and recurring throughout just sounds so much like him. The combo of Ennio Morricone and John Carpenter works so well, two masters in the Extreme.

4.25.2020
David Cronenberg The Brood 1979
(rewatch)
From the classic early period of Cronenberg, which (for this viewer) would include Crimes of the Future, Shivers, Rabid, and Scanners. Videodrome gets him going into another aesthetic. Really disturbing film, maybe the most extreme from this period, one has to take a deep breath before watching. Often one can obsess over films showing off Los Angeles and New York, but in these films Cronenberg really delves into this Canadian urban and suburban weirdness, probably one of the things that struck me so much as a young man when watching his work.

Joseph Losey Secret Ceremony 1968
Was always a Losey enthusiast, but had never seen this one. Very strange film with a great atmosphere. Not the kind of film this particular viewer would watch over and over, like Mr. Klein, but surely a damn good film. Heavy topics and the trio of actors (Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow, and Bob Mitchum) showing off some serious actorshippe.

4.26.2020
Alfonso Cuarón Children of Men 2006
(rewatch)
Great film to watch over and over. Hard to comprehend many of those long shots, even after 10+ viewings they are still a mystery.

Hal Hartley Fay Grim 2006
A little difficult to understand where this film positions itself between humor and genre film.

Hal Hartley Ned Rifle 2014
(rewatch)

4.27.2020
Paul Sharits Bad Burns 1982
Paul Sharits Dots 1 & 2 1965
Paul Sharits Wrist Trick 1965
Bad Burns especially beautiful, with a brief glimpse of a face under a hypnotic fog of light and color abstractions.

Richard Stanley Color Out of Space 2019
Nice contemporary translation of the H.P. Lovecraft story. Wonderful color palette and Colin Stetson's soundtrack so good. Also the film is quite frightening.....

Stuart Gordon From Beyond 1986
More Lovecraft. Librarian looking woman turned seductress.

4.28.2020
Gary Sherman Vice Squad 1982

Maurice Pialat Van Gogh 1991
(rewatch)
Great art biopic that transcends the genre in a similar way that Edvard Munch by Peter Watkins does, or Séraphine by Martin Provost. Slow film that is actually quite complicated and hard to follow at times, good combination.

4.29.2020
Ken Russell Women in Love 1969
(rewatch)
Unforgettable nude wrestling scene between Alan Bates and Oliver Reed. Utterly perfect film.

4.30.2020
Peter Bogdanovich Paper Moon 1973
(rewatch)
Once every couple three of years type of film. One can learn some good grifting techniques from Ryan and Tatum O'Neal. Shot by the great Hungarian cinematographer László Kovács!

Otto Preminger Bunny Lake is Missing 1965
(rewatch)
Got a file of this about 10 years ago and watch it every couple of years. Such a great film. Favorite part is Laurence Olivier's line compliment her on her junket and let her go. Classic 1960s photography by Denys N. Coop. Keir Dullea is one creepy character in this role.

5.1.2020
Anthony Mann Man of the West 1958
Mann western with Gary Cooper and Lee J. Cobb with an even louder voice than he normally has. Solid film.

Ingmar Bergman Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen) 1968
(rewatch)
Second time watching this film, an abstract horror film by the master. In my recent horror fascination, this film came up and it is certainly not for the faint of heart. Horror rendered Fåröian by the masters Bergman and Nykvist.  Lovely title in Swedish - Vargtimmen. In the Peter Cowie book Ingmar Bergman: A Critical Biography Cowie mentions Bergman's interest in Bela Lagosi as Dracula and birds ("I'm terribly afraid of birds" admits Bergman) which are suburb interests to begin a horror film. The stills above found by randomly moving around on the time line.

John Cassavetes The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976
(rewatch)
Previously studied in depth here.

Alfred Hitchcock Rebecca 194
(rewatch)
Great Hitchcock film with the lovely Joan Fontaine.

5.2.2020
John Cassavetes A Woman Under the Influence 1974
(rewatch)
Reading in the Ray Carney book Cassavetes on Cassavetes, Cassavetes talks about how he used family members as actors to save money as they had no budget except money invested by himself and Peter Falk. Katherine Cassavetes (JC's mother) plays Falk's mother and does a really suburb job here. The fireplace breakdown scene with Gena Rowlands is probably the most extreme bit of actorshippe imaginable. From her eyes to her movements and her words, the scene is just full of otherworldly magic and so effortlessly captured on film by Michael Ferris, Frederick Elmes, and Caleb Deschanel, David B. Nowell, Gary Graver, and the rest of the crew. One of those tough films one can watch over and over.

5.3.2020
John Dahl Red Rock West 1993
Top shelf 1990s film with Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle, and  J.T. Walsh. Solid.

Richard Linklater Dazed and Confused 1993
(rewatch)
Saw this around 1997 and remember it being more stoner oriented, and was disappointing with the jock heaviness of it, even Parker Posey. My memories of high school are kids so stoned out and stumbling around the halls in torn jeans, it is a little hard to relate to these squares and future business leaders of America.  Luckily we have a good loser character played by Matthew McConaughey in a pretty damn good performance. Also solid music in this film.

5.4.2020
Michael Winner Death Wish II 1982
Michael Winner Death Wish 3 1985
Really heavy atmospheric sound in these films that sometimes turns musical, by Jimmy Page. Not great films but if one finds themselves interested at some point in their lives in screen violence and revenge films, or in urban decay, these are worth watching.

Alan Clarke Scum 1979
(rewatch)
Perfect film. Indicator blu ray very special. Plan on watching this many times over the years.

 5.5.2020
Paul Schrader Hardcore 1979
(rewatch)
I would say this is a once a year film for me, but in reality it is more like a twice a year film. Something so magical about its very plain beginning which feels like a made for tv or Hallmark film, which all of a sudden turns into a pretty disturbing and quite vile atmosphere.  The atmosphere takes a sharp turn basically when Peter Boyle shows up. After seeing it so many times, it is surely my most loved Schrader directed film, with First Reformed in a close second, although I am definitely aware that it is not a well liked film by the cinephile world, and even Schrader and the dp Michael Chapman seem to dislike it. Hard to understand, one name that justifies all the attention I am giving it is the magician Jack Nitzsche. The Indicator blu ray looks outstanding, the best I have seen this film.

Ang Lee Sense and Sensibility 1995
Very good Ang Lee film.

Howard Hawks Only Angels Have Wings 1939
(rewatch)
Use to have the DVD and practically wore it out watching so often. Wonderful film, perfect photography by Joseph Walker; dark, foggy and full of grain. So rewarding after not having seen in so many years, like seeing an old close friend after a long silence.

5.6.2020
Sam Peckinpah Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia 1974
(rewatch)
Had watched this film many many years ago and remember loving it and hating it at the same time. This second time, nearly 20 years later it just resonates so strongly. Much because of the performance from the great Warren Oates, one hell of a leading man. Dark, gritty, and grainy photography by Álex Phillips Jr. that is lush and at the same time greasy. Great combo.

J. Lee Thompson Death Wish 4: The Crackdown 1987

5.7.2020
Larry Fessenden Wendigo 2001
Really dark and gritty photography by Terry Stacey, Fassenden's films look a little like if Evil Dead obsessed Brakhage shot low budget horror films. Great editing, espcially noticeable in the surgery sequence.

Don Siegel Coogan's Bluff 1968
(rewatch)
Classic Clint Eastwood film. Minor appearance by Seymour Cassel. Wonderful use of The Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park, and Inwood.

J. Lee Thompson Murphy's Law 1986

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

plato's cave one hundred and eight (being a film journal)


Most of these films form a journal of a month or more severely under attack by what one can only assume was covid-19. We seem to be back from the land of living dead, luckily no hospital but just sleeping and a film here and there. Spent much time rewatching films I hadn't seen in a while, watching films I was not sure if I had seen (from my youth), and catching up on some new ones.

3.14.2020
Richard Lester The Knack... and How to Get It 1965
Sex-oriented film with the ever striking Rita Tushingham.

Fred Zinnemann From Here to Eternity 1953
(rewatch)
Doesn't get any better than this great film.

3.15.2020
Elia Kazan On the Waterfront 1954
(rewatch)
Boris Kaufman photography so darn black in the blacks it makes your head spin. Beautiful damn film.

Alfonso Cuarón Y Tu Mamá También 2001
(rewatch)
Had not seen this since it came out, I believe the first film I had seen by Cuarón, really great film. Not sure about the sound dropping out for the voice overs, but it is certainly unique, sometimes works well but often times too jarring. Nice to see this after seeing Roma a few times and the many strong threads between the two films.

3.16.2020
Dennis Hopper The Last Movie 1971
Paul Joyce Some Kind of Genius 1986
Alex Cox Scene Missing 2012
Arbelos Films blu ray of Hopper's second film, extremely avant'garde in nature, Treasure of the Sierra Madre on acid. Would need to see a few times to get my head wrapped around it, but Hopper sure was one hell of an artist.

Budd Boetticher The Tall T 1957
(rewatch)
Indicator blu ray box set with Martin Scorsese introductions.

Sidney Lumet The Fugitive Kind 1960
(rewatch)
Beautiful film. Photographed by Boris Kaufman (On the Waterfront, Jean Vigo's films, 12 Angry Men, Baby Doll, Splendor in the Grass, Long Day's Journey Into Night, and The Pawnbroker) with some really dark darks and extreme contrast.

3.17.2020
Teo Hernández L’eau de la Seine 1983
Abstracted light on water. Lovely film.

Stephen Nomura Schible Ryuichi Sakamoto: async Live at the Park Avenue Armory 2018
Profound. This is my favorite Sakamoto work, have listened to it endless number of times. I had it on repeat for a trip to Mexico a couple of years ago and the experiences are strongly connected in my mind. Abstract films throughout and at the end by the master Takashi Makino.

Jacques Rivette Duelle 1976
Wikipedia calls an experimental fantasy film. Has a Rainer Werner Fassbinder quality.

René Laloux La Planète sauvage (Fantastic Planet) 1973
Soundtrack by the French jazz pianist Alain Goraguer associated with Boris Vian and Serge Gainsbourg. Perfect piece of music. Incredibly strange drawings by the master Roland Topor.

William Lustig Maniac 1980
One of the more disturbing serial killer films. Joe Spinell (Taxi Driver, Rocky, Cruising) really good and fits the part well, he also wrote the story. Truly one of the really great film endings with (spoiler alert) the butchered coming back to butcher the maniac, or not.

Elia Kazan Splendor in the Grass 1961
Another film shot by Boris Kaufman. Beautiful film, Natalie Wood gives such a strong performance I was just on the edge of my seat throughout.

Joan Micklin Silver Chilly Scenes of Winter 1979
(rewatch)
One of the truly wonderful John Heard films, a most underrated actor who unfortunately is know for a couple of films that I assume were a paycheck for him. Also wonderful performance by Peter Riegert, another Sopranos regular. The music is a bit dated, has that late 1970s ECM feel slightly but not completely without interest.

Stan Brakhage Mothlight 1963
(rewatch)
After watching the moth sequence in Peter Strickland's The Duke of Burgundy, my wife and I went straight to the source and let the light from the master's work shift our perception into oblivion.

Stan Brakhage The Wold Shadow 1972
(rewatch)
One of the art of memory's favorite Brakhage films. This work hovers somewhere between a Per Kirkeby painting, a survey of ghostly forests from a 19th or early 20th century American Horror short story, and a Romantic painting by Caspar David Friedrich.

3.18.2020
William Lustig Maniac Cop 1988
Written and produced by Larry Cohen. Very good cast such as Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Richard Roundtree, George 'Buck' Flower, and Leo Rossi, aka Cliff 'Scorpion' Albrect from The Accused, plays the Mayor's Chief of Staff.

William Lustig Maniac Cop 2 1990
Also written and produced by Larry Cohen. Starring Robert Davi whom I am most familiar with as FBI Special Agent Big Johnson in Die Hard. In 2, Leo Rossi has a beard and plays the serial killer, similar to his repulsive role in The Accused. Also Danny Trejo cameo. The Terminator style police station shoot up was quite memorable.

William Lustig Maniac Cop 3 1993
The Maniac Cop films feel like one long work. Written by Larry Cohen. I like the way Lustig recycles footage in all three films but often treats it aesthetically different, like the footage when Matt Cordell first enters prison. Robert Forster has a nice role as a venal doctor conversing with the always sleazy Paul Gleason. Music by Joel Goldsmith, son of Jerry Goldsmith.

John Frankenheimer Seconds 1966
(rewatch)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith, father of Joel Goldsmith (see previous film). Some truly strange photography by James Wong Howe (Yankee Doodle Dandy, Hangmen Also Die!, Pursued, Body and Soul, The Rose Tattoo, Picnic, Sweet Smell of Success, The Old Man and the Sea, Hud, Hombre, and many more), he is a man who was not afraid of abstraction and letting focus go soft for effect. Magical.

Jonathan Glazer Sexy Beast 2000
(rewatch)
Essential film to watch every couple/few years. Stylistically, Glazer's work could be discussed as being just as important as directors like Paul Thomas Anderson or Wes Anderson.

3.19.2020
Roger Corman The Trip 1967
Psychedelic Los Angeles film written by Jack Nicholson starring Dick Miller, Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper, and Susan Strasberg. Very Bergman inspired. Thought I saw Bruce Conner in there.

Michael Winner The Mechanic 1972
Charles Bronson as a middle-aged hitman with a stunning collection of Hieronymus Bosch work (The Garden of Earthly Delights). Winner usually does pretty solid work, I need to see more of his films.

Roger Corman X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes 1963
(rewatch)
Saw this as a young man but had no memory of it. Here as in The Trip, Corman gets into some pretty psychedelic imagery when Ray Milland starts his X-Ray vision experiments. Written by Ray Russell and Robert Dillon, Russell's pre-Exorcist novel The Case Against Satan (1962) about a young girl possessed by a demon is quite good.

Dennis Hopper Out of the Blue 1980
Extremely rough film. Hopper's role heading toward Frank Booth in Blue Velvet.

Martin Scorsese After Hours 1985
(rewatch)
This was on cable often when I was an early teen and it became a familiar Scorsese flick. Now being less familiar with it, it is clear here that Scorsese's camera direction, rhythm, and storytelling here is not only utterly unique to his vision but honestly quite bizarre.... and it is hard to compare this to another film as it is so original. Utterly enjoyable film experience and offers something different than his films such as Mean Streets, Raging Bull, or Taxi Driver. Watching a plethora of films from this time period one finds faces from After Hours in 3-4 films a month: like Dick Miller, John Heard, and Terri Garr, and Will Patton. Had completely forgot Victor Argo and Bronson Pinchot have cameos as well. Music by Howard Shore (they have worked together 6 times), photography by Michael Ballhaus, and editing of course by Thelma Schoonmaker.

3.20.2020
Steven Spielberg The Sugarland Express 1974
(rewatch)
This great film features a wonderful pre-William Atherton William Atherton, or as I like to call him Bill Atherton. In his mature form, he is truly one of the great sleaze-bag actors of the 80s and 90s, and I mean this with the ultimate respect, but here he is sort of a guy next door. My wife compared him to David Warner, very accurate. Ben Johnson is so good here as well. Great film, and shows Spielberg's range.

Dwight H. Little Rapid Fire 1992
This is one of those near perfect films that has a story-line which charmingly makes little to no sense. An art student in Los Angeles is a master of martial arts, a Don Juan, and ready to take on the Chicago La Cosa Nostra. Powers Boothe quickly becomes Brandon Lee's father figure with what seems like minimal screen time interactions. This is good business though, somehow it really works here, not unlike Bloodsport. Powers Boothe

3.21.2020
Budd Boetticher Decision at Sundown 1957
(rewatch)

Budd Boetticher Comanche Station 1960
From the Powerhouse Films blu ray set Five Tall Tales: Budd Boetticher & Randolph Scott at Columbia, 1957-1960. Great films.

Tony Scott Unstoppable 2010
Really great Tony Scott film with Denzel, Chris Pine, Kevin Corrigan, Devin Dunn, and Rosario Dawson. Better than Speed.

Martin Brest Midnight Run 1988
(rewatch)
Some heavies in here like Yaphet Kotto, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano, John Ashton, and Philip Baker Hall.

3.22.2020
Richard Fleischer Mr. Majestyk 1974
Solid Charles Bronson film, with a memorable story. Al Lettieri and Paul Koslo make quite an impression in this film. Near perfect film, could watch this over and over.

Ivan Passer Born to Win 1971
(rewatch)
Heavy film with George Segal as a drug addicted petty criminal in 1970s NYC. Superb cast includes Karen Black, Paula Prentiss, Hector Elizondo, Burt Young, and Bob de Niro. Stunning fusion/psychedelic jazz soundtrack by William S. Fischer, from his album Circles, which has that 1970s ECM quality. The second half of the film has the song Chains when Segal and Black drive back to the city trying to get clean, classic fusion song with dark qualities.

Jerry Schatzberg Street Smart 1987
Morgan Freeman as the pimp Fast Black and Christopher Reeve as an hungry and unethical journalist. Really good performances from both. Dark gritty NYC photography by Adam Holender, who also shot Midnight Cowboy.

George A. Romero Season of the Witch 1972
I like the experimental beginning of this film, electronic music, strange photography and editing, and dream-like narrative. Perhaps goes a little flat after the intro.

3.23.2020
S. Craig Zahler Dragged Across Concrete 2018
Not a bad film.

Richard Rush The Stunt Man 1980

Allan Arkush Rock ‘n’ Roll High School 1979

Anna Biller The Love Witch 2016
Goth update on cable softcore porn.

3.24.2020
Wesley Barry The Creation of the Humanoids 1962
A lot of static shots and talk.
 


George A. Romero The Crazies 1973
A viral apocalypse hits small town America town near and around Evans City and Zelienople Pennsylvania. Co-stars Lynn Lowry who makes a strong impression in Cronenberg's Shivers.

George A. Romero There's Always Vanilla 1971
Psychedelic love story by Romero, with sporadic avant'garde leanings.

William Lustig Vigilante 1982
The work of William Lustig is raw and heavy and for me this film really stands out. Great film with a stunning performance by Robert Forster and some often-times hypnotic music by Jay Chattaway. Somehow these lesser known films from the 70s, 80s, and 90s are really what I am gravitating towards these days. There is something so magical about a slowly moving car chase with an proto-minimal techno beat pulsing uncomfortably underneath to make this viewer really fall in love with a film. Memorable performances from Joe Spinell, Woody Strode, and Fred Williamson. Shot by James Lemmo.

Abel Ferrara The Gladiator 1986
Another in a long list of evocative 1980s films I have been watching lately. This one a made-for-TV film by Abe Ferrara, after his Fear City. Another vigilante film which made a good double feature with Lustig's Vigilante. Really dig  Ken Wahl in this, and Robert Culp. Nancy Allen does well here also. Also shot by James Lemmo, who's also photographed Fear City, Maniac Cop, Maniac Cop 2, and the previously mentioned Vigilante.

Alex Proyas The Crow 1994
(rewatch)
Saw this only once freshman year of college in my hometown drive-in. It was raining that night which worked out well as the film has much rain. My friend and I couldn't see through the window with the rain so we sat on the hood with the stereo really loud so we could hear it outside. Not an ideal way to see a film but it is a good memory. I didn't really like the film much. Over the years the film has popped into my mind mainly because it has soundwork by the great composer Brian Williams / Lustmord. Some good character actors like Jon Polito, David Patrick Kelly (Twin Peaks, 48 Hrs.), and Michael Wincott. Not a great film but not without interest.

3/25/2020
Philippe Mora Mad Dog Morgan 1976
Chronicling my descends into 1970s and 1980s Australian cinema; Philippe Mora's 1976 film starring Dennis Hopper as the nineteen century Irish malefactor Daniel Morgan. Heavy Didgeridoo by the actor (and dancer) David Gulpilil.

Martha Coolidge Real Genius 1985
(rewatch)
Saw this film as a kid but only remembered the character going in and out of the closet. Bill Atherton always a pleasure to watch and plays his typical sleaze in this film whom hates popcorn.

Steve De Jarnatt Miracle Mile 1988
De Jarnatt's film after Cherry 2000. Music by Tangerine Dream, in the Risky Business mode. Stressful film to watch in general but has a great ending and really stunning color palette.

3/26/2020
Budd Boetticher Buchanan Rides Alone 1958
(rewatch)

Lou Adler Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains 1982
Written by Nancy Dowd (Slap Shot, Coming Home, Straight Time, North Dallas Forty, and Ordinary People). Shot by the great dp Bruce Surtees. Great film.

Victor Nunez Ulee’s Gold 1997
Florida film following Nunez' 1993 Ruby in Paradise. Outstanding.

3.27.2020
Sean Penn The Pledge 2001

Alejandro Landes Monos 2019
Couldn't get into this one.

Sam Peckinpah The Getaway 1972
(rewatch)
Great film. Al Lettieri really completing here for the sleaziest guy captured on celluloid.

Norman Jewison Moonstruck 1987
At home we are on a Vincent Gardenia kick. Assumed I had seen this when it came out, but don't think I had. Pretty good film, solid NYC vibe.

3.28.2020
Alan Arkin Little Murders 1971
(rewatch)
Another great Vincent Gardenia performance. Such a wonderful and absurd film. The Indicator blu ray looks much better than the VHS tape I initially viddied.

3.29.2020
Norman Jewison The Thomas Crown Affair 1968
(rewatch)
Second Norman Jewison and Steve McQueen film this week. The optical printer work a little too late sixties, but not a bad film.

Peter Yates Bullitt 1968
(rewatch)
One of my favorite lines in a film ever: What will happen to us in time?.... Time starts now.

Sam Raimi The Evil Dead 1981
(rewatch)
Visually and sonically beautiful horror film from Raimi. The moments with the camera moving through the forest are so stunning.

Ang Lee The Wedding Banquet 1993
Perfect film.

Woody Allen Hannah and Her Sisters 1986
(rewatch)
One of my favorite Max von Sydow performances, rest in peace, Michael Caine also so great in this film.

3.30.2020
Jacques Demy The Umbrellas of Cherbourg ‘Les parapluies de Cherbourg’ 1964
(rewatch)
Love this film, forgot how vivid the colors are.

Quentin Tarantino Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood 2019
(rewatch)
Really enjoying this new Tarantino film, third viewing.

3.31.2020
Mark L. Lester Commando 1985

Billy Wilder Sunset Boulevard 1950
(rewatch)
'Tis no greater pleasure than a rewatch of Sunset Blvd. Was really thinking of David Lynch's Gordon Cole this viewing (pictured above), what a funny thing to pick up on and make into such a famous television character.

Mike Nichols Heartburn 1986
Really going through these films from the 1980s that I couldn't remember if I had seen. Some of these not really great but have moments here and there or good performances.

Steven Soderbergh Contagion 2011
(rewatch)

Tim Hunter River’s Edge 1986
(rewatch)
Dark film, really worth a rewatch here and there.

4.1.2020
John Irvin Raw Deal 1986

Alan Rudolph Welcome to L.A. 1976
Watched a couple of Rudolph films recently, not really my cup of tea but an interesting part of 70s American cinema as he was second assistant director on a few Altman films; The Long Goodbye, Nashville, and California Split. His films really have the Altman vibe.

Hal Ashby Shampoo 1975
(rewatch)
Warren Beatty's character really lacking qualities. Makes the film a little hard to watch.

4.2.2020
Tom Hanks That Thing You Do! 1996
Liv Tyler!

Robert Zemeckis Cast Away 2000
Tom Hanks double feature.

David Mackenzie Hell or High Water 2016
(rewatch)
Love this one.

4.3.2020
Eliza Hittman Beach Rats 2017

William Friedkin Killer Joe 2011
Like Bug, this film was written by Tracy Letts. Intense work by Matthew McConaughey, might (spoiler alert) never want to eat a piece of fried chicken again after seeing this film.

4.4.2020
Jack Clayton Room at the Top 1959
(rewatch)
Rewatch of this classic British New Wave film.

Ron Mann Imagine the Sound 1981
Portraits of Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Paul Bley, Archie Shepp and some others.

Billy Wilder Ace in the Hole 1951
(rewatch)
One of my personal favorite Wilder films, use to watch the Criterion DVD pretty often. Dark film.

4.5.2020
Matthew Robbins Dragonslayer 1981
Has some good moments, and visually pretty good especially the dragon and fire bits.

Abel Ferrara New Rose Hotel 1998
Coudn't get into this one.

Adrian Lyne Unfaithful 2002

Jim McBride The Big Easy 1986
Catching up on Jim McBride's films after rewatching his 1967 film David Holzman’s Diary.

4.6.2020
Rob Reiner Misery 1990
(rewatch)
Really love this film, not one you could watch over and over, had been about 20 years since I last watched it. Story reminded me of all those losers who got so upset with how GOT ended up. I accidentally got in a conversation with some of them when the show ended and just kept repeating in my mind "oh god get me the hell out of here....". Richard Farnsworth so good in this film, a little slow to get there in a most pleasant way.

4.7.2020
The Mandalorian episides 1-4 2019

Jim McBride Breathless 1983

Alan Rudolph Choose Me 1984

Kevin Phillips Super Dark Times 2017
(rewatch)
Ben Frost soundtrack. I like the title, one could say this endlessly all day and it wouldn't sound crazy, maybe add dude at the end.

4.8.2020
William Oldroyd Lady Macbeth 2016

4.9.2020
Henry Hathaway Garden of Evil 1954
Wasn't crazy about this one.

Liz Garbus Lost Girls 2020
Film based on the mysterious and unidentified Long Island serial killer.

Mark Lewis Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer 2019

Gonzalo López-Gallego The Hollow Point 2016

4.10.2020
Hal Hartley The Unbelievable Truth 1989

Hal Hartley Trust 1990
(rewatch)

4.11.2020
Hal Hartley Simple Men 1992
My wife and I purchased the Long Island Trilogy and Henry Fool Trilogy blu ray sets from Mr. Hartley's website.  I had seen about 4 Hal Hartley films previously but not the entire trilogies, whereas my wife grew up watching them over and over and was a really good guide throughout the works. I am always attracted to film directors who work with the same cast of characters through a body of work, Hartley not only does that so well, but also in the similarity of themes explored, manipulated, and played around with throughout the films. Can't really think of another director who does this so well. I have heard that nineties films are sort of disappearing from the general film enthusiast's consciousness at this time, which does seem quite true in terms of what has not made it to streaming or blu ray. People growing up watching films from this period often times think of the general mood of independent film to be not dissimilar to that of the seventies. I can imagine many people hating Hartley's films, as they can be pretty jarring in their construction and presentation of text and image, but they are quite brilliant when one spends time with them. They are in a way the classic examples of independent nineties films. Great stuff.

4.12.2020
Michelangelo Antonioni The Passenger 1975
(rewatch)
Probably the Antonioni film I have seen the most, always captivated me as a youth with all the long camera takes and tricks with people and objects moving throughout the frame. Such a perfect ending and one hell of a great shot. The Italian title is really nice: Professione: reporter.

Richard Tuggle Tightrope 1984
Being a huge Clint Eastwood fan, I am not sure how I missed this film, one of the strangest serial killer films and a pretty odd film for Mr. Eastwood as he is a detective (spoiler alert?) sleeping with prostitutes throughout the film. Very solid film.

4.13.2020
Budd Boetticher Ride Lonesome 1959
(rewatch)
A truly great work from the Burt Kennedy/Budd Boetticher/Randolph Scott series. Some beautiful camera work and dark undertones.

Hal Hartley Henry Fool 1997
(rewatch)
Seen from the Henry Fool Trilogy blu ray box set. First Hal Hartley film I remember seeing, quite memorable. My viewing partner says "this one goes dark", which is very accurate. Heavy and dark film.

Duncan Jones Moon 2009
Sam Rockwell film.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

an essential cinema


Jim Abrahams, David Zucker Airplane! 1980

Maren Ade Toni Erdmann 2016

Lou Adler Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains 1982

Ben Affleck Gone Baby Gone 2007, The Town 2010, Argo 2012

Chantal Akerman Hotel Monterey 1972, Je, Tu, Il, Elle 1974, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles 1976, News From Home 1977, Les Rendez-vous d'Anna 1978, J'ai Faim, J'ai Froid 1984, Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the ’60s in Brussels 1994

Robert Aldrich Kiss me Deadly 1955, The Big Knife 1955, The Dirty Dozen 1967, The Longest Yard 1974

Tomas Alfredson Let the Right One In 2008, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011

Lewis Allen The Uninvited 1944

Woody Allen Bananas 1971, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask 1972, Sleeper 1973, Love and Death 1975, Annie Hall 1977, Manhattan 1979, Stardust Memories 1980, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy 1982, Zelig 1983, Broadway Danny Rose 1984, The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985, Hannah and Her Sisters 1986, Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989, Husbands and Wives 1992, Manhattan Murder Mystery 1993, Bullets Over Broadway 1994, Small Time Crooks 2000, Blue Jasmine 2013

Pedro Almodóvar Talk to Her 2002, Pain and Glory 2019

Victor Alperin White Zombie 1932

Robert Altman MASH 1970, Brewster McCloud 1970, McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1971, Images 1972, The Long Goodbye 1973, Thieves Like Us 1974, California Split 1974, Nashville 1975, 3 Women 1977, Short Cuts 1993, Kansas City 1996, Gosford Park 2001

American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. The Ghost Train 1903

Brad Anderson The Machinist 2004

Lindsay Anderson This Sporting Life 1963, If... 1968, O Lucky Man! 1973, In Celebration 1975

Paul Thomas Anderson Hard Eight 1996, Boogie Nights 1997, Magnolia 1999, Punch-Drunk Love 2002, There Will Be Blood 2007, The Master 2012, Inherent Vice 2014, Phantom Thread 2017

Thom Andersen Los Angeles Plays Itself 2003

Wes Anderson Bottle Rocket 1996, The Royal Tenenbaums 2001,  Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009, The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014


Kenneth Anger Fireworks 1949, Puce Moment 1949, Rabbit's Moon 1950 + 1970, Eaux d'artifice 1953, Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome 1954, Scorpio Rising 1963, Invocation of My Demon Brother 1969, Kustom Kar Kommandos 1970, Lucifer Rising 1972 

David Anspaugh  Hoosiers 1986, Rudy 1993

Michelangelo Antonioni Il Grido 1957, L'avventura 1960, La Notte 1961, L'eclisse 1962, Red Desert 1964, Blow-Up 1966, The Passenger 1975

Judd Apatow The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005

Alan Arkin Little Murders 1971

Andrea Arnold Wasp 2003, Red Road 2006, Fish Tank 2009, Wuthering Heights 2011

Jack Arnold It Came From Outer Space 1953, Creature From the Black Lagoon 1954, The Incredible Shrinking Man 1957

Newt Arnold Bloodsport 1988

Darren Aronofsky The Wrestler 2008

Hal Ashby The Landlord 1970, Harold and Maude 1971, The Last Detail 1973, Shampoo 1975, Bound for Glory 1976, Coming Home 1978, Being There 1979

Anthony Asquith Pygmalion 1938 (with Leslie Howard), The Way to the Stars (aka Johnny in the Clouds) 1945, The Browning Version 1951

Olivier Assayas Cold Water 1994, Personal Shopper 2016

Ari Aster Hereditary 2018, Midsommar 2019

Aram Avakian, Bert Stern Jazz on a Summer's Day 1959

John G. Avildsen Joe 1970, Save the Tiger 1973, Rocky 1976

Lila Avilés The Chambermaid 2018

Gabriel Axel Babette's Feast 1987

Hector Babenco Ironweed 1987

Frédéric Back The Man Who Planted Trees (L'homme qui plantait des arbres) 1987

Lloyd Bacon (Busby Berkeley) Footlight Parade 1933

John Badham Saturday Night Fever 1977


Yong-Kyun Bae Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? 1989

Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse 1991

Roy Baker A Night to Remember 1958

Bruce Baillie Mr. Hayashi 1961, Castro Street 1964, All My Life 1966

Carroll Ballard The Black Stallion 1979, Never Cry Wolf 1983, Fly Away Home 1996

Daniel Barber Harry Brown 2009

Allen Baron Blast of Silence 1961

Daniel Barnett White Heart 1975

William Basinski Disintegration Loop 1.1 2001

Saul Bass Phase IV 1974

Jacques Becker Touchez pas au Grisbi 1954, Le Trou 1960

Corinna Belz Gerhard Richter - Painting 2011

Malik Bendjelloul Searching For Sugar Man 2012

Laslo Benedek The Wild One 1953

James Benning  RR 2007

Robert Benton The Late Show 1977

Bruce Beresford The Club 1980, Tender Mercies 1983

Alec Berg & Bill Hader Barry season One & Two 2018-2019



Ingmar Bergman Port of Call 1948, Summer with Monika 1953, Smiles of a Summer Night 1955, The Seventh Seal 1957, Wild Strawberries 1957, Virgin Spring 1960, Through a Glass Darkly 1961, Winter Light 1963, The Silence 1963, Persona 1966, Shame 1968, Hour of the Wolf 1968, The Passion of Anna 1969, Fårö Document 1970, Cries & Whispers 1972, Scenes from a Marriage 1974, The Serpent's Egg 1977, Autumn Sonata 1978, Fanny and Alexander 1982, Saraband 2003

Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini American Splendor 2003

Bernardo Bertolucci The Conformist 1970, The Last Emperor 1987, Stealing Beauty 1996

Claude Berri Le Vieil Homme et L'enfant (The Two of Us) 1967

Ann Biderman Southland 2009-2013

Kathryn Bigelow The Loveless 1981, Near Dark 1987, Point Break 1991, The Hurt Locker 2008

Edward O. Bland The Cry of Jazz 1959

Les Blank Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe 1980, Burden of Dreams 1982

Budd Boetticher The Tall T 1957, Ride Lonesome 1959, Decision at Sundown 1957, Buchanan Rides Alone 1958, Ride Lonesome 1959, Comanche Station 1960

Hu Bo Man in the Well 2016, An Elephant Sitting Still 2018

Peter Bogdanovich Targets 1968, The Last Picture Show 1971, What's Up, Doc? 1972, Paper Moon 1973, Saint Jack 1979

Bong Joon Ho Memories of Murder 2003, The Host 2006, Mother 2009, Parasite 2019

John Boorman Point Blank 1967, Deliverance 1972, Excalibur 1981

Frank Borzage 7th Heaven 1927, Lucky Star 1929, Liliom 1930, A Man's Castle 1933, Strange Cargo 1940, Moonrise 1948

Danny Boyle Shallow Grave 199428 Days Later 2002



Stan Brakhage Works

Robert Breer Works

Robert Bresson Diary of a Country Priest 1950, A Man Escaped 1957, Pickpocket 1959, Au Hasard Balthazar 1966, Mouchette 1967, Une Femme Douce 1969, Quatre Nuits d'un Rêveur 1971, L'argent 1983

Martin Brest Beverly Hills Cop 1984, Midnight Run 1988

James Bridges The China Syndrome 1979, Urban Cowboy 1980

Peter Brook Lord of the Flies 1963

James L. Brooks Broadcast News 1987

Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein 1974

Richard Brooks Deadline USA 1952, In Cold Blood 1967

Tod Browning Dracula 1931, Freaks 1932, Mark of the Vampire 1935

Kevin Brownlow, David Gill Unknown Chaplin 1983

Luis Bunuel Los Olvidados 1950, Belle de Jour 1967

Charles Burnett Killer of Sheep 1977, To Sleep with Anger 1990

Paul Burnford Storm 1940-43


Steve Buscemi Trees Lounge 1996, Lonesome Jim 2005

Mary Ellen Bute Works, eps. Rhythm in Light (with Melville Webber and Theodore Nemeth) 1934

George Butler The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition 2000

James Cameron The Terminator 1984, Aliens 1986, Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991

Jane Campion The Piano 1993, The Portrait of a Lady  1996, Holy Smoke 1999, Bright Star 2009, Top of the Lake 2013

Frank Capra American Madness 1932, Lady for a Day  1933, It Happened One Night 1934, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town 1936, You Can't Take It with You 1938, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939, Meet John Doe 1941, Arsenic and Old Lace 1944, It's a Wonderful Life 1946

Leos Carax Holy Motors 2012

Jack Cardiff Sons and Lovers 1960

Timothy Carey The World's Greatest Sinner 1962

Henning Carlsen Hunger 1966

Joe Carnahan The Grey 2011

Marcel Carné Drole de Drame 1937, Le Jour se Lève 1939, Port of Shadows 1939, Children of Paradise 1946

John Carpenter Assault on Precinct 13 1976, Halloween 1978, The Fog 1980, Escape from New York 1981, The Thing 1982, Starman 1984, Prince of Darkness 1987, They Live 1988



John Cassavetes Shadows 1959, Faces 1968, Husbands 1970, Minnie and Moskowitz 1971, A Woman Under the Influence 1974, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976, Love Streams 1984

Xan Cassavetes Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession 2004

Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Ilisa Barbash Sweetgrass 2009

Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel Leviathan 2012

Alberto Cavalcanti They Made Me a Fugitive 1947

Nuri Bilge Ceylan Uzak (Distant) 2002

Charles Chaplin Works

David Chase The Sopranos 1999-2007

Damien Chazelle Whiplash 2014

Grigori Chukhrai Ballad of a Soldier 1959

Derek Cianfrance Blue Valentine 2010, The Place Beyond the Pines 2012

Michael Cimino Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 1974, The Deer Hunter 1978

René Clair Entr'acte (with Francis Picabia) 1924, Paris qui Dort 1925, La tour 1928, Under the Roofs of Paris 1930, Le Million 1931, And Then There Were None 1945

Alan Clarke Scum 1979, Made in Britain 1982, The Firm 1988, Elephant 1989

Shirley Clarke The Connection 1962, The Cool World 1964

Jack Clayton Room at the Top 1959, The Innocents 1961

René Clément Forbidden Games 1952, Purple Noon 1960

Lisa Cholodenko, Michael Dinner Unbelievable 2019

Edward Cline The Bank Dick 1940

Henri-Georges Clouzot Le Corbeau 1943, Quai des Orfèvres 1947, Wages of Fear 1952, Les Diaboliques 1955, Le Mystère Picasso 1956

Jean Cocteau The Blood of a Poet 1930, Beauty and the Beast 1946, Orpheus 1950, Testament of Orpheus 1960


Coen Brothers Blood Simple 1984, Raising Arizona 1987, Miller's Crossing 1990, Barton Fink 1991, The Hudsucker Proxy 1994, Fargo 1996, The Big Lebowski 1998, The Man Who Wasn't There 2001, No Country for Old Men 2007, A Serious Man 2009, True Grit 2010, Inside Llewyn Davis 2013

Larry Cohen Bone 1972, God Told Me To 1976, Q: The Winged Serpent 1982, The Stuff 1985

Peter Collinson The Italian Job 1969

Chris Columbus Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002

John Coney Space Is the Place 1974

Bruce Conner A Movie 1958, Cosmic Ray 1961, Vivian 1964,   Looking for Mushrooms 1959-67/1996, Breakaway 1966, Report 1963-1967, The White Rose 1967, Permian Strata 1969, Marilyn Times Five 1973, Crossroads 1976, Take the 5:10 to Dreamland 1977, Valse Triste 1977, Mea Culpa  1981, America is Waiting 1982, Eve-Ray-Forever (three screen installation) 2006, Three Screen Ray (three screen installation) 2006

Tony Conrad The Flicker 1966

Ryan Coogler Fruitvale Station 2013

Scott Cooper Crazy Heart 2009, Out of the Furnace 2013, Black Mass 2015, Hostiles 2017

Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather 1972, The Godfather, Part II 1974, The Conversation 1974, Apocalypse Now 1979, One from the Heart 1981, The Outsiders 1983, Rumble Fish 1983, The Rainmaker 1997

Anton Corbijn A Most Wanted Man 2014

Roger Corman A Bucket of Blood 1959

Alain Corneau Tous les Matins du Monde 1991

Joseph Cornell Works

Costa-Gavras Z 1969, Missing 1982

Alex Cox Repo Man 1984

Arthur Crabtree Fiend Without a Face 1958

Charles Crichton The Lavender Hill Mob 1951


Michael Crichton Looker 1981

John Cromwell Since You Went Away 1944

David Cronenberg Crimes of the Future 1970, Shivers (They Came From Within) 1975, Rabid 1977, The Brood 1979, Scanners 1981, Videodrome 1983, The Dead Zone 1983, Naked Lunch 1991, Spider 2002, A History of Violence 2005, Eastern Promises 2007

Alfonso Cuaron Y Tu Mamá También 2001, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 Children of Men 2006, Roma 2018

Allan Cubitt The Fall 2013-2016

George Cukor Diner At Eight 1933, Holiday 1938, The Philadelphia Story 1940, Gaslight 1944, Adam's Rib 1949, Born Yesterday 1950, The Marrying Kind 1952, It Should Happen to You 1954, A Star is Born 1954

Michael Curtiz Angels with Dirty Faces 1938, Dive Bomber 1941, Casablanca 1942, Mildred Pierce 1945, We're No Angels 1955

John Dahl Red Rock West 1993, Rounders 1998

Dardenne Brothers La Promesse 1996, Rosetta 1999, Le Fils 2002, L'enfant 2005, The Kid with a Bike 2011, Two Days, One Night 2014

Frank Darabont The Shawshank Redemption 1994, The Green Mile 1999



Jules Dassin Brute Force 1947, The Naked City 1948, Thieves' Highway 1949, Night and the City 1950, Rififi 1955

Delmer Daves Dark Passage 1947, 3:10 to Yuma 1957

Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000-

Andrew Davis The Fugitive 1993

Terence Davies Distant Voices, Still Lives 1988, The Long Day Closes 1992, The Deep Blue Sea 2011, A Quiet Passion 2016

Basil Dearden The Blue Lamp 1950

Cecil B. Demille Union Pacific 1939

Jonathon Demme Melvin and Howard 1980, Something Wild 1986, The Silence of the Lambs 1991, Philadelphia 1993

Jacques Demy The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 1964, Model Shop 1969

Claire Denis Trouble Every Day 2001, Friday Night 2002, 35 Shots of Rum 2008, High Life 2018

Maya Deren Meshes of the Afternoon 1946, At Land 1946, A Study in Choreography for Camera 1946, Ritual in Transfigured Time 1946, Meditation on Violence 1949, The Very Eye of Night 1958, Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti

Yi'nan Diao Black Coal Thin Ice 2014

Tom DiCillo Living in Oblivion 1995

William Dieterle Portrait of Jennie 1948

Mati Diop Atlantics 2019

Walt Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937, Fantasia 1940, Pinocchio 1940, Dumbo 1941, Bambi 1942

Edward Dmytryk The Sniper 1952

Andrew Dominik The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007, Killing Them Softly 2012

Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand Camera Lucida 2006

Clive Donner The Caretaker 1963, A Christmas Carol 1984


Richard Donner The Omen 1976, Superman 1978, Superman II (With Richard Lester)1980, Inside Moves 1980

Gordon Douglas Them! 1954

Alexandr Dovzhenko Arsenal 1928, Earth 1930

Carl Theodor Dreyer Michael 1924, La Passion de Deanne d'Arc 1928, Vampyr 1932, Day of Wrath 1943, Ordet 1955, Gertrud 1964

Marcel Duchamp Anemic Cinema 1929

Daryl Duke Payday 1973

Germaine Dulac The Seashell and the Clergyman 1928

Bruno Dumont L'humanité 1999, Flandres 2016

Sean Durkin Southcliffe 2013

Ava DuVernay When They See Us 2019

Julien Duvivier Pépé le Moko 1937

Charles & Ray Eames Works

Clint Eastwood Play Misty For Me 1971, High Plains Drifter 1973, The Eiger Sanction 1995, The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976, Pale Rider 1985, Bird 1988, Unforgiven 1992, A Perfect World 1993, The Bridges of Madison County 1995, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997, True Crime 1999, Mystic River 2003, Million Dollar Baby 2004, Changeling 2008, Gran Torino 2008, Sully 2016, Richard Jewell 2019

Blake Edwards Experiment in Terror 1962, Days of Wine and Roses 1962, The Pink Panther 1963, A Shot in the Dark 1964

Gareth Edwards Monsters 2010

Robert Eggers The Witch 2015, The Lighthouse 2019

Viking Eggeling Symphonie diaganale 1924

Atom Egoyan The Sweet Hereafter 1997

Sergei Eisenstein Strike 1925, Battleship Potemkin 1925, Alexander Nevsky 1938, Ivan the Terrible, Part I 1944, Ivan the Terrible, Part II 1958

Stephan Elliott The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 1994

Brian Eno Thursday Afternoon 1984, Mistaken Memories of Mediaeval Manhattan 1987

Jean Epstein The Fall of the House of Usher 1928

Rob Epstein The Times of Harvey Milk 1984



Victor Erice The Spirit of the Beehive 1973, El Sur (The South) 1983, The Dream of Light: Quince Tree of the Sun 1992, Lifeline segment from Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet 2002

Jean Eustache La Maman et la Putain 1973

Keith Evans Works (see Silt)

Valie Export Works

Bobby and Peter Farrelly Kingpin 1996, Green Book 2018

Rainer Werner Fassbinder Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? 1969, The Merchant of Four Seasons 1971, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant 1972, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul 1973, Martha 1973, Fox and His Friends 1975, Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven 1975, Fear of Fear 1975, In the Year of 13 Moons 1978, The Marriage of Maria Braun 1979, Berlin Alexanderplatz 1979/1980, Lola 1981, Veronika Voss 1982

Paul Feig Freaks and Geeks 1999-2000

Federico Fellini Variety Lights 1950, The White Sheik 1952, I Vitelloni 1953, La Strada 1954, Nights of Cabiria 1957, La Dolce Vita 1960, 1963, Juliet of the Spirits 1965


Abel Ferrara Fear City 1984, The Gladiator 1986, King of New York 1990, Bad Lieutenant 1992, The Funeral 1996

Sophie Fiennes Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow 2010

David Fincher Se7en 1995, The Game 1997, Zodiac 2007, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008, Gone Girl 2014

Oskar Fischinger Works

Peter Fischli & David Weiss The Way Things Go 1987

Robert J. Flaherty Nanook of the North 1922, The Twenty-Four Dollar Island 1927, Man of Aran 1934, Louisiana Story 1948

Richard Fleischer The Narrow Margin 1952, 10 Rillington Place 1971, Mr. Majestyk 1974

Victor Fleming The Wizard of Oz 1939, Tortilla Flat 1942

John Flynn The Outfit 1973, Rolling Thunder 1977

James Foley Glengarry Glen Ross 1992

Peter Fonda The Hired Hand 1971

Bryan Forbes The L-Shaped Room 1962

John Ford 3 Bad Men 1926, Arrowsmith 1931, The Informer 1935, The Prisoner of Shark Island  1936, Wee Willie Winkie 1937, Stagecoach 1939, Drums Along the Mohawk 1939, Young Mr. Lincoln 1939, The Long Voyage Home 1940, The Grapes of Wrath 1940, How Green Was My Valley 1941, They Were Expendable 1945, My Darling Clementine 1946, Fort Apache 1948, 3 Godfathers 1948, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon  1949, Wagon Master 1950, Rio Grande 1950, The Quiet Man 1952, The Searchers 1956, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962

Milos Forman Lásky Jedné Plavovlásky (Loves of a Blonde) 1965, The Fireman's Ball 1967, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975, Amadeus 1984, The People vs. Larry Flynt 1996

Marc Forster Monster's Ball 2001

Bill Forsyth Local Hero 1983

Hollis Frampton Hapax Legomena I: (Nostalgia) 1971, Zorns Lemma 1970


Georges Franju Le Sang des Bêtes (Blood of the Beasts) 1949, Eyes Without a Face 1969, Judex 1963

John Frankenheimer The Train 1964, Seconds 1966, The Iceman Cometh 1973

Carl Franklin One False Move 1992, Devil in a Blue Dress 1995

Stephen Frears The Hit 1984, My Beautiful Laundrette 1985, Prick Up Your Ears 1987, Dangerous Liaisons 1988, Dirty Pretty Things 2002, Philomena 2013

Karl Freund The Mummy 1932

William Friedkin The Birthday Party 1968, The French Connection 1971, The Exorcist 1973, Cruising 1980, To Live and Die in L.A. 1985

Toshiya Fujita Lady Snowblood 1973

Samuel Fuller Power of the Press 1943, Pickup on South Street 1953, Forty Guns 1957, Underworld U.S.A. 1961, Shock Corridor 1963, The Naked Kiss 1974

Sidney J. Furie The Ipcress File 1965, The Entity 1982

Vincent Gallo Buffalo '66 1998, The Brown Bunny 2004

Bi Gan Long Day’s Journey Into Night 2018

Alex Garland Ex Machina 2015, Annihilation 2018

Ernie Gehr Works

Greta Gerwig Lady Bird 2017

Lewis Gilbert Alfie 1966, You Only Live Twice 1967

Craig Gillespie Lars and the Real Girl 2007, I, Tonya 2017

Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975

Sidney Gilliat Green for Danger 1946

Vince Gilligan Breaking Bad 2008-2013, Better Call Saul 2015-2019, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie 2019

Dan Gilroy Nightcrawler 2014

Tony Gilroy Michael Clayton 2007

Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography 1992


Jonathan Glazer Sexy Beast 2000, Birth 2004, Under the Skin 2013, The Fall 2019

Jean-Luc Godard Vivre Sa Vie 1962, Band of Outsiders 1964, Alphaville 1965

Michel Gondry Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004

Marleen Gorris Antonia's Line 1995

Hideo Gosha Three Outlaw Samurai 1964, Sword of the Beast 1965

Larry Gottheim Works (esp. Fog Line 1970, Barn Rushes 1971)

Edmund Goulding Grand Hotel 1932

Debra Granik Leave No Trace 2018

Nancy Graves Isy Boukir 1971

David Gordon Green George Washington 2000, Joe 2013

James Gray The Lost City of Z 2016, Ad Astra 2019

Paul Greengrass Captain Phillips 2013

D.W. Griffith A Corner In Wheat 1909, The Biograph Shorts

Valeska Grisebach Western 2017

Philip Gröning Die Grosse Stille (Into Great Silence) 2005

Ulu Grosbard Straight Time 1978

John Grzinich Works

Luca Guadagnino Call Me By Your Name 2017

James William Guercio Electra Glide in Blue 1973

Taylor Hackford Dolores Claiborne 1995

Paul Haggis In the Valley of Elah 2007

Andrew Haigh Weekend 2011, 45 Years 2015, Lean on Pete 2017

Randa Haines Children of a Lesser God 1986

Alexander Hall Here Comes Mr. Jordan 1941

Peter Hall The Homecoming 1973

Lasse Hallström My Life as a Dog 1985, What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993, The Cider House Rules 1999, Chocolat 2000

Guy Hamilton An Inspector Calls 1954, Goldfinger 1964, Diamonds Are Forever 1971


Michael Haneke Code Unknown 2000, The Piano Teacher 2002, Time of the Wolf 2003, Caché 2005, The White Ribbon 2009, Amour 2012

Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential 1997, Wonder Boys 2000

Robin Hardy The Wicker Man 1973

Curtis Harrington Night Tide 1961

Hal Hartley The Unbelievable Truth 1989, Trust 1990, Simple Men 1992, Amateur 1994, Flirt 1995, Henry Fool 1997

Herk Harvey Carnival of Souls 1962

Henry Hathaway The House on 92nd Street 1945, Kiss of Death 1947, 13 Rue Madeleine 1947, Call Northside 777  1948

Ethan Hawke Blaze 2018

Howard Hawks Scarface 1932, Ceiling Zero 1936, Bringing Up Baby 1938, Only Angels Have Wings 1939, His Girl Friday 1940, Ball of Fire 1941, Sergeant York 1941, To Have and Have Not 1944, The Big Sleep 1946, Red River 1948, I Was a Male War Bride 1949, The Thing From Another World 1951, Rio Bravo 1959

Todd Haynes Safe 1995, Far From Heaven 2002, Mildred Pierce 2011, Carol 2015

Amy Heckerling Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982, National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985

Marielle Heller Can you Ever Forgive Me? 2018

Monte Hellman The Shooting 1966, Ride in the Whirlwind 1966, Two-Lane Blacktop 1971, Cockfighter 1974

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck The Lives of Others 2006

Teo Hernández L’eau de la Seine 1983

Rowdy Herrington Road House 1989

Werner Herzog Even Dwarfs Started Small 1970, Aguirre: The Wrath of God 1972, The Great Ecstasy of the Sculptor Steiner 1974, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser 1974, Heart of Glass 1976, Stroszek 1977, La Soufrière 1977, Nosferatu the Vampyre  1979,  Woyzeck 1979, Fitzcarraldo 1982, Cobra Verde 1987, Lessons of Darkness 1995, My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski 1999

George Roy Hill Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969, The Sting 1973, The World According to Garp 1982


Walter Hill The Driver 1978, The Warriors 1979, 48 Hrs. 1982

Arthur Hiller The Out-of-Towners 1970, Love Story 1970, The In-Laws 1979

Kim Hiorthoy Supersilent 7 2005

Alfred Hitchcock The 39 Steps 1935, Sabotage 1936, The Lady Vanishes 1938, Foreign Correspondent 1940, Rebecca 1940, Saboteur 1942, Shadow of a Doubt 1943, Lifeboat 1944, Strangers on a Train 1951, Rear Window 1954, The Wrong Man 1956, Vertigo 1958, North by Northwest 1959, The Birds 1963

Gregory Hoblit Primal Fear 1996

Mike Hodges Get Carter 1971, Croupier 1998, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead 2003

Joanna Hogg The Souvenir 2019

Agnieszka Holland The Secret Garden 1993

Ishirō Honda Godzilla 1954

Dennis Hopper Easy Rider 1969, The Last Movie 1971, Out of the Blue 1980, Colors 1988

Hsiao-Hsien Hou Goodbye, South, Goodbye 1996, Millennium Mambo 2001, Three Times 2005, Flight of the Red Balloon 2007, The Assassin 2015

Leslie Howard (with Anthony AsquithPygmalion 1938

Sophie Huber Harry Dean Stanton Partly Fiction 2012

H Bruce Humberstone Sun Valley Serenade 1941

Tim Hunter River's Edge 1986

Frank Hurley South 1919


John Huston The Maltese Falcon 1941, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948, Key Largo 1948, The Asphalt Jungle 1950, Beat the Devil 1954, The Misfits 1961, The List of Adrian Messenger 1963, The Night of the Iguana 1964, Fat City 1972, Wise Blood 1979, Under the Volcano 1984, Prizzi's Honor 1985

Zoltan Huszarik Elegia 1965

Peter Hutton Works

Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz Messiah of Evil 1973

Kon Ichikawa The Burmese Harp 1956, Odd Obsession 1959, Fires on the Plain 1959

Shohei Imamura The Insect Woman 1963, The Eel 1997

Alejandro González Iñárritu Amores Peros 2000, 21 Grams 2003, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 2014

Otar Iosselliani April 1961, The Falling Leaves 1966, There Was Once a Singing Blackbird 1970, Pastorale 1976

John Irvin Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 1979

James Ivory (Merchant Ivory) A Room With a View 1985, Maurice 1987, Howard's End 1992, The Remains of the Day 1993, The White Countess 2005

Joris Ivens, Mannus Franken Regen (Rain) 1929

Peter Jackson Heavenly Creatures 1994, Lord of the Rings 2001-2003




Ken Jacobs Works

Steve James Hoop Dreams 1994

Jim Jarmusch Stranger than Paradise 1984, Down by Law 1986, Mystery Train 1989, Night on Earth 1991, Dead Man 1995, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai 2000, Coffee and Cigarettes 2003, Broken Flowers 2005, Only Lovers Left Alive 2013, Paterson 2016

Julian Jarrold, James Marsh, Anand Tucker The Red Riding Trilogy 2009

Barry Jenkins Moonlight 2016, If Beale Street Could Talk 2018

Norman Jewison In the Heat of the Night 1967, Fiddler on the Roof 1971

Roland Joffé The Mission 1986

Amy Holden Jones Mystic Pizza 1988

Terry Jones Monty Python's Life of Brian 1979

Neil Jordan Mona Lisa 1986, The Miracle 1991, The Crying Game 1992

Mike Judge Office Space 1999

Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos The Shop on Main Street 1965

Mikhail Kalatozishvili The Cranes are Flying 1957, The Letter Never Sent 1959, I am Cuba 1964, The Red Tent 1969

Jonathan Kaplan The Accused 1988

Phil Karlson Scandal Sheet 1952 (from Samuel Fuller's The Dark Page)

Wong Kar-Wai Days of Being Wild 1991, Chung King Express 1994, Fallen Angels 1995, Happy Together 1997, In the Mood for Love 2001, 2046 2005

Lawrence Kasdan Body Heat 1981

Leonard Kastle, Donald Volkman The Honeymoon Killers 1970

Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson Anomalisa 2015

Philip Kaufman Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978, The Wanderers 1979, The Right Stuff 1983, The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988, Henry & June 1990

Aki Kaurismäki Shadows in Paradise 1986, Ariel 1988, The Match Factory Girl 1990, La Vie de Bohème 1992, Drifting Clouds 1996, The Man Without a Past 2002, Lights in the Dusk 2006, Le Havre 2011, The Other Side of Hope 2017

Elia Kazan A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1945, Gentleman's Agreement 1945, Panic in the Streets 1950, A Streetcar Named Desire 1951, Viva Zapata! 1952, On the Waterfront 1954, East of Eden 1955, Baby Doll 1956, A Face in the Crowd 1957, Splendor in the Grass 1961

Buster Keaton & Edward F. Cline Works, esp. The Boat 1921, Go West 1925

Abdellatif Kechiche La Vie d'Adèle - Chapitres 1 et 2 (Blue Is the Warmest Color) 2013

Jennifer Kent The Babadook 2014, The Nightingale 2018

Erle C. Kenton Island of Lost Souls 1932

Abbas Kiarostami Where is the Friends Home? 1987, Taste of Cherry 1997, Five Dedicated to Ozu 2003




Krzysztof Kieslowski The Scar 1976, Blind Chance 1987, A Short Film About Killing 1988, A Short Film about Love 1988, The Decalogue 1989, The Double Life of Veronique 1991, Blue 1993, White 1994, Red 1994

Jee-woon Kim A Bittersweet Life 2005

Ki-young Kim The Housemaid 1960

Henry King Twelve O'Clock High 1949, The Gunfighter 1950, The Bravados 1958

Paul King Paddington 2014, Paddington 2 2017

Charles Kiselyak A Constant Forge 2000

Takeshi Kitano Sonatine 2002

Masaki Kobayashi Harakiri 1962, Kwaidan 1964, Samurai Rebellion 1967, The Human Condition 1959/1961

Andrey Konchalovskiy Runaway Train 1985

Thomas Köner From the Outskirts of the Nothing to the Suburbs of the Void 2006

Alexander Korda The Private Life of Henry VIII. 1933, That Hamilton Women 1941

Hirokazu Koreeda Nobody Knows 2004, Still Walking 2008, Like Father, Like Son 2013 After the Storm 2016, Shoplifters 2018

Viktor Kossakovsky Aquarela 2018

Henry Koster The Bishop's Wife 1947, Harvey 1950, No Highway in the Sky 1951, My Man Godfrey 1957


Ted Kotcheff Wake In Fright 1971, North Dallas Forty 1979

Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov Honeyland 2019

Stanley Kramer The Defiant Ones 1958, Judgment at Nuremberg 1961, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1967

Kurt Kren Works (esp. 31/75 Asyl 1975)

Peter Kubelka Arnulf Rainer 1960, Unsere Afrikareise 1966

Stanley Kubrick The Killing 1956, Paths of Glory 1957, Lolita 1962, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964, 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968, A Clockwork Orange 1971, Barry Lyndon 1975, The Shining 1980, Full Metal Jacket 1987

Akira Kurosawa Stray Dog 1949, Rashomon 1950, Ikiru 1952, Seven Samurai 1954, Throne of Blood 1957, Hidden Fortress 1958, Yojimbo 1961, Sanjuro 1962, High and Low 1963, Red Beard 1965, Dodes'ka-den 1970 Dersu Uzala 1975, Dreams 1990

Kiyoshi Kurosawa Cure 1997, Pulse 2001

Gregory La Cava My Man Godfrey 1936, Stage Door 1937

Albert Lamorisse Le Ballon Rouge 1956, Crin Blanc: Le Cheval Sauvage 1953

John Landis The Blues Brothers 1980, An American Werewolf in London 1981, Trading Places 1983, Coming to America 1988

Fritz Lang M 1931, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 1933, The Return of Frank James 1940, Man Hunt 1941, Hangmen Also Die 1943, Ministry of Fear 1944, Scarlet Street 1945

Simon Langton, Jonathan Powell Smiley's People 1982

Yorgos Lanthimos The Lobster 2016

Mark Lapore Works (esp. Sudan Rolls 1989, New York Rolls 1990, A Depression in the Bay of Bengal 1996)

Charles Laughton The Night of the Hunter 1955

Frank Launder I See a Dark Stranger 1946

Laurel & Hardy Works

David Lean In Which We Serve 1942 (w/ Noel Coward), This Happy Breed 1944, Brief Encounter 1946, Great Expectations 1946, Oliver Twist 1948, The Passionate Friends 1949,, The Sound Barrier 1952, Hobson's Choice 1954, Summertime 1955, The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957, Lawrence of Arabia 1962, Doctor Zhivago 1965, Ryan's Daughter 1970

Ang Lee The Wedding Banquet 1993, Eat Drink Man Woman 1994, The Ice Storm 1997, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000, Hulk 2003, Brokeback Mountain 2005

Chang-dong Lee Secret Sunshine 2007, Poetry 2010. Burning 2018


Spike Lee Do the Right Thing 1989, Mo' Better Blues 1990, Malcolm X 1992, Summer of Sam 1999, 25th Hour 2002, Inside Man 2006, BlacKkKlansman 2018

Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy Ballet Mécanique 1924

Malcolm Le Grice After Lumiere- L'Arrosuer Arrose 1974, Blackbird Descending (Tense Alignment) 1977

Mike Leigh Abigail's Party 1977, Meantime 1984, High Hopes 1988, The Short & Curlies 1988 Life is Sweet 1990, Naked 1993, Secrets & Lies 1996, Career Girls 1997, All or Nothing 2002, Vera Drake 2004, Happy-Go-Lucky 2008, Another Year 2010, Mr. Turner 2014

Mitchell Leisen Midnight 1939

Sebastián Lelio A Fantastic Woman 2017

Irving Lerner Murder by Contract 1958

Barry Levinson Diner 1982, Young Sherlock Holmes 1985, Rain Man 1988

Mervin Leroy Random Harvest 1942

Sergio Leone A Fistful of Dollars 1964, For a Few Dollars More 1965, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966, Once Upon a Time in the West 1968
 

Saul Levine Works (esp. Note to Patti 1969, Notes After Long Silence 1989, Light Lick Series 2000)

Helen Levitt, James Agee, Janice Loeb In the Street 1948

Herschell Gordon Lewis Blood Feast 1963

Joseph H. Lewis Gun Crazy 1950, The Big Combo 1954, Terror in a Texas Town 1958

Tarrl Lightowler Works

Doug Liman The Bourne Identity 2002, Edge of Tomorrow 2014

Richard Linklater Dazed and Confused 1993, Before Sunrise 1995, Before Sunset 2004, Before Midnight 2013, Boyhood 2014

Dwight H. Little Rapid Fire 1992

Anatole Litvak The Snake Pit 1948, Decision Before Dawn 1951, Goodbye Again 1961

Bing Liu Minding the Gap 2018

Ken Loach Kes 1969, Riff-Raff 1991, I, Daniel Blake 2016

Barbara Loden Wanda 1970

Kenneth Lonergan You Can Count on Me 2000, Margaret 2011, Manchester by the Sea 2016



Joseph Losey The Boy with Green Hair 1948, Time Without Pity 1957, The Servant 1963, Secret Ceremony 1968, The Romantic Englishwoman 1975, Mr. Klein 1976

Rose Lowder Champs Provincial 1979

Ernst Lubitsch Trouble in Paradise 1932, Design for Living 1933, Ninotchka 1939, The Shop Around the Corner 1940, To Be or Not to Be 1942, Heaven Can Wait 1943

George Lucas THX 1138 1971, American Graffiti 1973

Mary Lucier Dawn Burn 1975

Sidney Lumet 12 Angry Men 1957, The Fugitive Kind 1960, The Iceman Cometh 1960, Long Day's Journey Into Night  1962, The Pawnbroker 1965, The Hill 1965, The Anderson Tapes 1971, Serpico 1973, The Offence (Something Like the Truth) 1973, Murder on the Orient Express 1974, Dog Day Afternoon 1975, Network 1976, Prince of the City 1981, The Verdict 1982, Running on Empty 1988, Q & A 1990

Lumière Brothers Works

Ida Lupino The Hitch-Hiker 1953

William Lustig Maniac 1980, Vigilante 1982, Maniac Cop 1988, Maniac Cop 2 1990, Maniac Cop 3 1993

Len Lye Works, esp. Free Radicals 1958

David Lynch The Alphabet 1968, The Grandmother 1970, The Amputee 1974, Eraserhead 1977, The Elephant Man 1980, Blue Velvet 1986, Twin Peaks 1990-1991, Wild at Heart 1990, Premonition Following an Evil Deed (from Lumière et Compagnie) 1995, Lost Highway 1997, The Straight Story 1999, Mulholland Drive 2001, Inland Empire 2006, Twin Peaks The Return 2017

Seth MacFarlane Ted 2012

Alexander Mackendrick Whiskey Galore! 1949, The Man in the White Suit 1951, The Ladykillers 1955, Sweet Smell of Success 1957

David Mackenzie Starred Up 2013 Hell or High Water 2016

John Mackenzie The Long Good Friday 1980

Takashi Makino Works

Louis Malle Elevator to the Gallows 1958, The Fire Within 1963, Murmur of the Heart 1971, Lacombe, Lucien 1974, Black Moon 1975, Atlantic City 1980, Au Revoir les Enfants 1987

Terrence Malik Badlands 1973, Days of Heaven 1978, The Thin Red Line 1998, The New World 2005, The Tree of Life 2011

David Mamet House of Games 1987, Things Change 1988, Homicide 1991, Glengarry Glen Ross (Directed by James Foley) 1992, Redbelt 2008

Robert Mandel School Ties 1992

James Mangold Heavy 1995, Cop Land 1997, Logan 2917

Rouben Mamoulian Queen Christina 1933


Anthony Mann Railroaded! 1947, T-Men 1947, Raw Deal 1948, Side Street 1950, Winchester '73 1950, The Furies 1950, Bend of the River 1952, The Naked Spur 1953, The Far Country 1955, The Man from Laramie 1955, Men in War 1957, The Tin Star 1957, A Dandy in Aspin (with Laurence Harvey) 1968

Delbert Mann Marty 1955

Michael Mann Thief 1981, The Keep 1983,  Manhunter 1986, Heat 1995, The Last of the Mohicans 1992, Insider 1999, Collateral 2004, Public Enemies 2009, Luck 2011

Man Ray Works esp. Le Retour à la Raison 1923

George Marshall Destry Rides Again 1939, The Blue Dahlia 1946

Archie Mayo The Petrified Forest 1936

Albert & David Maysles Salesman 1969, Gimme Shelter 1970, Christo's Valley Curtain 1974, Running Fence 1977

Craig Mazin Chernobyl 2019

Paul Mazursky Harry and Tonto 1974

Jim McBride David Holzman's Diary 1967

Anthony McCall Landscape for Fire 1972, Landscape for White Squares 1972, Earthwork 1972, Fire Cycles II 1973

Leo McCarey Duck Soup 1933, Ruggles of Red Gap 1935, Make Way for Tomorrow 1937, The Awful Truth 1937, Love Affair 1939, An Affair to Remember 1957

Tom McCarthy The Station Agent 2003, Spotlight 2015

John Michael McDonagh The Guard 2011, Calvary 2014

Martin McConagh In Bruges 2008, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 2017

Thomas McGuane 92 in the Shade 1975


John McNaughton Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 1986

Christopher McQuarrie Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation 2015, Mission Impossible - Fallout 2018

Steve McQueen Hunger 2008, Shame 2011, 12 Years a Slave 2014

John McTiernan Die Hard 1988

Peter Medak Romeo is Bleeding 1993

Jonas Mekas The Brig 1964, Diaries Notes and Sketches 1969, Lost Lost Lost 1976, Zefiro Torna or Scenes from the Life of George Maciunas (Fluxus) 1992, Birth of a Nation 1997

Georges Méliès Works




Jean-Pierre Melville Bob le Flambeur  1956, Léon Morin, Priest 1961, Le Doulos 1962, Le Samouraï 1967, L'Armée des Ombres 1969, Le Cercle Rouge 1970, Un Flic 1972

Marie Menken Works (esp. Arabesque for Kenneth Anger 1961)

Jirí Menzel Closely Watched Trains 1966

Oscar Micheaux Body and Soul 1925, Ten Minutes to Live 1932

Roger Michell Persuasion 1995

David Michôd Animal Kingdom 2010, The Rover 2014, The King 2019

Jim Mickle Cold in July 2014

Takashi Miike Rainy Dog 1997

Lewis Milestone Arch of Triumph 1948


David Miller Lonely Are the Brave 1962

Vincente Minelli Meet Me in St. Louis 1944, An American in Paris 1952, The Bad and the Beautiful 1952

Anthony Minghella The English Patient 1996, The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999

Tsai Ming-Liang Rebels of the Neon God 1992, Vive L'Amour 1994, The River 1997, The Hole 1998, What Time is it There? 2001, Goodbye, Dragon Inn 2003, The Wayward Cloud 2005

Trinh T. Minh-ha Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen 1983

Kenji Misumi Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance 1972, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx 1972

Kenji Mizoguchi Osaka Elegy 1936, The Life of Oharu 1952, Ugetsu 1953, Sansho the Bailiff 1954

Dominik Moll With a Friend Like Harry 2000

Josh Mond James White 2015

Mario Monicelli Big Deal on Madonna Street 1958

Pierre Morel Taken 2008

Errol Morris Vernon, Florida 1981, The Thin Blue Line 1988

Robert Morris Mirror 1969

Bill Morrison Decasia: The State of Decay 2004

Greg Mottola The Daytrippers 1996, Superbad 2007

Oren Moverman The Messenger 2009, Rampart 2011

Robert Mulligan To Kill a Mockingbird 1962

F. W. Murnau Nosferatu 1922, The Last Laugh 1924, Faust 1926, Sunrise 1927, City Girl 1930, Tabu: A Story of the South Seas 1931

Hideo Nakata Ringu 1998, Dark Water 2002

Hans Namuth Jackson Pollock 51 1951

Mikio Naruse When a Women Ascends the Stairs 1960

Ronald Neame The Horses Mouth 1958, Tunes of Glory 1960, Gambit 1966, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1969, Scrooge 1970, Hopscotch 1980

Hal Needham Smokey and the Bandit 1977

Roy William Neill Sherlock Holmes (series with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce) 1942-1946

Gunvor Nelson Works (esp My Name is Oona 1969)

Morgan Neville Won't You Be My Neighbor 2018

Phill Niblock Works

Andrew Niccol Gattaca 1997

Jeff Nichols Take Shelter 2011, Mud 2012, Midnight Special 2016

Mike Nichols Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966, The Graduate 1967, Carnal Knowledge 1971, The Fortune 1975, The Birdcage 1996, Wit 2001, Angels in America 2003, Closer 2004, Charlie Wilson's War 2007


Christopher Nolan Memento 2000, Batman Begins 2005, The Dark Knight 2008, Inception 2010, The Dark Knight Rises 2012, Interstellar 2014, Dunkirk 2017

Chris Noonan Babe 1995

Yuri Norshteyn Works esp. Hedgehog in the Fog 1975, Tale of Tales 1979

Bill Norton Cisco Pike 1972

Victor Nunez Ruby in Paradise 1993,  Ulee’s Gold 1997

Marie Nyreröd Bergman Island 2004

Kihachi Okamoto Samurai Assassin 1965, The Sword of Doom 1966, Kill! 1968

Gary Oldman Nil by Mouth 1997

Laurence Olivier Hamlet 1948

Ermanno Olmi Il Posto 1961, I Fidanzati 1962, The Tree of Wooden Clogs 1978

Max Ophuls The Reckless Moment 1949, La Ronde 1950

Yasujiro Ozu A Story of Floating Weeds 1934, Late Spring 1949, Early Summer 1951, Tokyo Story 1953, Early Spring 1956, Tokyo Twilight  1957, Floating Weeds 1959, Good Morning 1959, Late Autumn 1960. An Autumn Afternoon 1962

G. W. Pabst Pandora's Box 1929, The Threepenny Opera 1931

Jean Painlevé Works


Alan J. Pakula Klute 1971, The Parallax View 1974, All the President's Men 1976, Presumed Innocent 1990, Sophie's Choice 1982

Sergei Parajanov Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors 1964, The Color of Pomegranates 1969

Chan-wook Park Oldboy 2003. The Handmaiden 2016

Nick Park A Close Shave 1995

Alan Parker Birdy 1984, Angel Heart 1987, Mississippi Burning 1988, The Commitments 1991

James Parrot The Music Box 1932 (Laurel & Hardy move a piano)

Pier Paolo Pasolini Accattone 1961, Mamma Roma 1962, The Gospel According to St. Matthew 1964, Teorema 1968, Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom 1975

Ivan Passer Born to Win 1971, Cutter's Way 1981

Alexander Payne Election 1999, About Schmidt 2002, Sideways 2004, The Descendants 2011, Nebraska 2013

Sam Peckinpah Ride the High Country 1962, The Wild Bunch 1969, The Ballad of Cable Hogue 1970, Straw Dogs 1971, Junior Bonner 1972, The Getaway 1972, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid 1973, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia 1974, The Killer Elite 1975

Joe Penna Artic 2018

Jordan Peele Get Out 2017

Arthur Penn Bonnie and Clyde 1967, Little Big Man 1970, Night Moves 1975

Vadim Perelman House of Sand and Fog 2003

Jacques Perrin  Winged Migration ‘Le peuple migrateur’ 2001

Frank Perry The Swimmer 1968, Play It As It Lays 1972, Rancho Deluxe 1975

Christian Petzold Phoenix 2014

Maurice Pialat Loulou 1980, À Nos Amours 1983, Police 1985, Under the Sun of Satan 1987, Van Gogh 1991

Irving Pichel, Enrest B. Schoedsack The Most Dangerous Game 1932

J. Leighton Pierce Works (esp. You Can Drive the Big Rigs 1989, Principles of Harmonic Motion 1991, Glass 1998, Mr Person in the Water 2006)

Nic Pizzolatto True Detective Season One and Three 2014-2019


Roman Polanski Knife in the Water 1962, Repulsion 1965, Cul-de-Sac 1966, The Fearless Vampire Killers 1967, Rosemary's Baby 1968, Macbeth 1971, Chinatown 1974, The Tenant 1976, Tess 1979,  Frantic 1988, The Pianist 2002, Oliver Twist 2005

Sydney Pollack They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 1969, Three Days of the Condor 1975, Absence of Malice 1981

Abraham Polonsky Force of Evil 1948

Gillo Pontecorvo The Battle of Algiers 1966

Dennis Potter The Singing Detective 1986

Micheal Powell & Emeric Pressburger The Edge of the World 1937, The Spy in Black 1939, The Thief of Bagdad 1940 (w/ Ludwig Berger and Tim Whelan), Contraband 1940, 49th Parallel 1941, One of 0ur Aircraft is Missing 1942, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943, A Canterbury Tale 1944, 'I Know Where I'm Going!' 1945, A Matter of Life and Death 1946, Black Narcissus 1947, The Red Shoes 1948, The Small Back Room 1949, Gone to Earth 1950, The Tales of Hoffmann 1951, Peeping Tom 1960

Otto Preminger Fallen Angel 1945, River of No Return 1954, The Man with the Golden Arm 1955, Anatomy of a Murder 1959, Bunny Lake is Missing 1965

Luther Price Sodom 1989

Martin Provost Séraphine 2008

Michael Radford 1984 1984, Il Postino 1994

Bob Rafelson Five Easy Pieces 1970, The King of Marvin Gardens 1972, Stay Hungry 1976, The Postman Always Rings Twice 1981

Sam Raimi The Evil Dead 1981, Evil Dead II 1987, A Simple Plan 1998

Lynne Ramsay Morvern Callar 2002, You Were Never Really Here 2017

Nicholas Ray They Live by Night 1948, Knock on Any Door 1949, In a Lonely Place 1950, The Lusty Men 1952, Johnny Guitar 1954, Rebel Without a Cause 1955, Bigger Than Life 1956, The True Story of Jesse James 1957

Satyajit Ray Pather Panchali 1955, Aparajito 1957, The World of Apu 1959

Jurgen Reble Chicago 1996

Robert Redford Ordinary People 1980. A River Runs Through It 1992, Quiz Show 1994


Rob Reiner This Is Spinal Tap 1984, Misery 1990

Jason Reitman Juno 2007

Nicolas Winding Refn Valhalla Rising 2009, Drive 2011

Carol Reed Night Train to Munich 1940, The Stars Look Down 1940, The Way Ahead 1944, Odd Man Out 1947, The Fallen Idol 1948, The Third Man 1949, Outcast of the Islands 1952, Our Man in Havana 1959, Oliver! 1968

Kelly Reichardt Old Joy 2006, Wendy and Lucy 2008, Certain Women 2016

Thomas Reichman Mingus 1968

Alastair Reid Traffik 1989, Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993

Al Reinert For all Mankind 1989

Karel Reisz Saturday Night and Sunday Morning 1960

Jean Renoir Boudu Saved from Drowning 1932, Grand Illusion 1937, La Bête Humaine 1938, The Rules of the Game 1939, The Southerner 1945, The River 1951

Alain Resnais Night and Fog 1955, Hiroshima mon Amour 1959

François Ribadeau Glenn Gould: The Alchemist 1974

Ron Rice Chumlum 1964

Dick Richards Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins 1975

Tony Richardson Look Back in Anger 1959, The Entertainer 1960, A Taste of Honey 1961, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 1962, Tom Jones 1963

Hans Richter Rhythmus 21 1921

Thomas Riedelsheimer Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time 2001

Leni Riefenstahl Olympia 1938

Wolf Rilla Village of the Damned 1960

Dino Risi Il Sorpasso 1962

Martin Ritt The Long, Hot Summer 1958, Hud 1963, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold 1965, The Front 1976

Jacques Rivette Celine and Julie Go Boating 1974, La Belle Noiseuse 1991, The Story of Marie and Julien 2003

Mark Robson Champion 1949, The Harder They Fall 1956, From the Terrace 1960
Alexandre Rockwell In the Soup 1992

Henwar Rodakiewicz Portrait of a Young Man 1925-31


Nicolas Roeg Walkabout 1971, Don't Look Now 1973, The Man Who Fell to Earth 1975

Alice Rohrwacher Happy as Lazzaro 2018

George Romero Night of the Living Dead 1968, The Crazies 1973, Martin 1977, Dawn of the Dead 1978, Day of the Dead 1985

Martin Rosen Watership Down 1978, The Plague Dogs 1982

Stuart Rosenberg Cool Hand Luke 1967, The Laughing Policeman 1973, The Pope of Greenwich Village 1984

Francesco Rosi Salvatore Giuliano 1962

Michaël R. Roskam The Drop 2014

Herbert Ross Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1969, Play It Again, Sam 1972

Matt Ross Captain Fantastic 2016

Roberto Rossellini Rome, Open City 1945, The Flowers of St. Francis 1950, Il Generale Della Rovere 1959

Robert Rossen Body and Soul 1947, The Hustler 1961

Jean Rouch Les maîtres fous 1957

Barbara Rubin Christmas on Earth 1964

David O. Russell Three Kings 1999, The Fighter 2010

Ken Russell Women in Love 1969, The Devils 1971, Altered States 1980

Roy Del Ruth It Happened on 5th Avenue 1947, The Babe Ruth Story 1948

Walter Ruttmann Berlin, Symphony of a City 1927

Gene Saks Barefoot in the Park 1967, The Odd Couple 1968

Mark Sandrich The Gay Divorcee 1934, Top Hat 1935, Shall We Dance 1937, Carefree 1938

Gus van Sant Drugstore Cowboy 1989, My Own Private Idaho 1991, To Die For 1995, Good Will Hunting 1997, Gerry 2002, Elephant 2003, Last Days 2005

Richard Sarafian Vanishing Point 1971

Joanna Sarsby The Life of Birds 1998

Joseph Sargent The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 1974


John Sayles Lianna 1983, The Brother from Another Planet 1984, Matewan 1987, Passion Fish 1992, Limbo 1999, Lone Star 1996

Jerry Schatzberg The Panic in Needle Park 1971, Scarecrow 1973, Street Smart 1987

John Schlesinger Billy Liar 1963, Darling 1965, Far From the Madding Crowd 1967, Sunday Bloody Sunday 1971, The Day of the Locust 1975,  Marathon Man 1976

Julian Schnabel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007

Barbet Schroeder Barfly 1987

Paul Schrader Hardcore 1979, American Gigolo 1980, Light Sleeper 1992, Affliction 1997, First Reformed 2018

Stephen Nomura Schible Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda 2017, Ryuichi Sakamoto: async Live at the Park Avenue Armory 2018

Carolee Schneemann Works

Gerry Schum Land Art 1968-69

Joel Schumacher Falling Down 1993

Céline Sciamma Bande de filles (Girlhood) 2014, Portrait of a Lady on Fire 2019

Martin Scorsese Who's That Knocking at My Door 1967, The Big Shave 1967, Mean Streets 1973, Italianamerican 1974, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 1974, Taxi Driver 1976, The Last Waltz 1978, American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince 1978, Raging Bull 1980, The King of Comedy 1982, After Hours 1985, The Last Temptation of Christ 1988, Goodfellas 1990, Cape Fear 1991, The Age of Innocence 1993, A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (with Michael Henry Wilson) 1995-1998, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan 2005, Shutter Island 2010, The Irishman 2019

Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci Big Night 1996


Ridley Scott The Duellists 1977, Alien 1979, Blade Runner 1982, Black Rain 1989, Gladiator 2000, American Gangster 2007, Prometheus 2012, The Martian 2015

Tony Scott The Hunger 1983, True Romance 1993, Unstoppable 2010

William A. Seiter If You Could Only Cook 1935

Dominic Sena Kalifornia 1993

Richard Serra Works, esp Hand Catching Lead 1968 and Railroad Turnbridge 1976

Paul Sharits N:O:T:H:I:N:G 1968, T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G 1969, Bad Burns 1982

Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand Manhatta 1921

Jim Sheridan My Left Foot 1989, In the Name of the Father 1993, The Boxer 1997

Taylor Sheridan Wind River 2017

Takashi Shimizu Ju-on: The Grudge 2002

Kaneto Shindô The Naked Island 1960, Onibaba 1964, Kuroneko 1968

Masahiro Shinoda Pale Flower 1964, Samurai Spy 1965, Double Suicide 1969

Trey Edward Shults Waves 2019

M. Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense 1999

Vittorio De Sica The Children are Watching Us 1947, The Bicycle Thief 1948, Umberto D. 1952, Indiscretion of an American Wife 1954, La Ciociara (Two Women) 1960, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis 1970

Don Siegel Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956, The Lineup 1958, Coogan's Bluff 1968, Two Mules for Sister Sara 1970, The Beguiled 1971, Dirty Harry 1972, Charley Varrick 1973, The Shootist 1976, Escape From Alcatraz 1979
 

Silt (also see Kieth Evans) Works

Joan Micklin Silver Chilly Scenes of Winter 1979

Derek Simonds The Sinner season One & Two 2017-2018

Robert Siodmak The Killers 1946, Criss Cross 1949

Douglas Sirk Shockproof 1949 (written by Samuel Fuller), Magnificent Obsession 1954, All That Heaven Allows 1955, Written on the Wind 1956, Tarnished Angels 1958, Imitation of Life 1959

José Antonio Sistiaga ...ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren... 1970, Impresiones en la alta atmósfera 1989

Victor Sjöström The Phantom Carriage 1921, The Wind 1928


Jerzy Skolimowski Deep End 1970, The Shout 1978, Moonlighting 1982

John Slattery God's Pocket 2014

Ron Shelton Bull Durham 1988, White Men Can't Jump 1992

Erik Skjoldbjærg Insomnia 1997

George Sluizer The Vanishing 1988

Harry Smith Works

Jack Smith Normal Love 1963, Flaming Creatures 1963

Robert Smithson Spiral Jetty 1970

Michael Snow New York Eye and Ear Control 1964, Wavelength 1967, <---> Back and Forth 1969, La Région Centrale 1971, See You Later 1990


Steven Soderbergh Out of Sight 1998, The Limey 1999, Erin Brockovich 2000, Traffic 2000, Magic Mike 2012, Logan Lucky 2017

Aleksandr Sokurov Mother and Son 1997

Phil Solomon The Secret Garden 1988, The Exquisite Hour 1989, Figure/Ground (The Snowman) 1995

Todd Solondz Welcome to the Dollhouse 1995, Happiness 1998, Storytelling 2001

Paolo Sorrentino Youth 2015

Steven Spielberg Duel 1970, The Sugarland Express 1974, Jaws 1975, Schindler's List 1993, Saving Private Ryan 1998, Munich 2005, Catch Me If You Can 2002, War Horse 2011, Bridge of Spies 2015

Götz Spielmann Revanche 2008

John M. Stahl Imitation of Life 1934

Chad Stahelski & (partially) David Leitch John Wick: Chapters 1-3 2014-2019

Ralph Steiner H2O 1929, Surf & Seaweed 1929/30, Mechanical Principles 1930

Josef von Sternberg Morocco 1930, Shanghai Express 1932, Blonde Venus 1932, The Scarlet Empress 1934, The Devil is a Woman 1935

George Stevens Swing Time 1936, Penny Serenade 1941, The Talk of the Town 1942, A Place in the Sun 1951, Shane 1953, Giant 1956

Erich von Stroheim Greed 1924, Queen Kelly 1929

Mel Stuart Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 1971

John Sturges Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957, Last Train from Gun Hill 1959, The Magnificent Seven 1960, The Great Escape 1963, Joe Kidd 1972

Preston Sturges The Great McGinty 1940, Christmas in July 1940, The Lady Eve 1941, Sullivan's Travels 1941, The Palm Beach Story 1942, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek 1944, Hail the Conquering Hero 1944, Unfaithfully Yours 1948

János Szász Woyzeck 1994

Quentin Tarantino Reservoir Dogs 1992, Pulp Fiction 1994, Jackie Brown 1997, Django Unchained 2012, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood 2019



Andrei Tarkovsky Ivanovo Detstvo (Ivan's Childhood) 1962, Andrei Rublev 1969, Solaris 1972, The Mirror 1975, Stalker 1979, Nostalghia 1983, The Sacrifice 1986

Béla Tarr Damnation 1988, Satantango 1994, Werckmeister Harmonies 2000, The Turin Horse 2011

Jacques Tati Jour de Fête 1949, Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot 1953, Mon Oncle 1958, Play Time 1967

Bertrand Tavernier Coup de Torchon 1981

Hiroshi Teshigahara Pitfall 1962, Woman in the Dunes 1964, The Face of Another 1966, Antonio Gaudí 1984

Ralph Thomas The Clouded Yellow 1950

Billy Bob Thornton Sling Blade 1996

Johnnie To The Mission 1999

André de Toth Crime Wave 1954

Jacques Tourneur Cat People 1942, The Leopard Man 1943, I Walked with a Zombie 1943, Out of the Past 1947, Canyon Passage 1946, Nightfall 1957, Night (or Curse) of the Demon 1957

Robert Townsend Hollywood Shuffle 1987

Dan Trachtenberg 10 Cloverfield Lane 2016

Joachim Trier Oslo, August 31st 2011

Lars von Trier The Element of Crime 1984, Europa 1991, The Kingdom 1994 - 1997, Breaking the Waves 1996, Idioterne 1998, Dancer in the Dark 2000, Dogville 2003, Nymphomaniac: vol. I & vol II 2013

Jan Troell The Emigrants 1971, The New Land 1972, Hamsun 1996, Everlasting Moments 2008

François Truffaut The Adventures of Antoine Doinel (The 400 Blows, Antoine and Colette, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, and Love on the Run) 1959-1979, Shoot the Piano Player 1960, Jules and Jim 1962, Fahrenheit 451 1966, Two English Girls 1971

Dalton Trumbo Johnny Got His Gun 1971


Douglas Trumbull Silent Running 1972

Richard Tuggle Tightrope 1984

Ann Turner Celia 1989

Frank Tuttle This Gun for Hire 1942

Edgar G. Ulmer The Black Cat 1934

Jean-Marc Vallée Dallas Buyers Club 2013, Wild 2014

Agnes Varda Cleo from 5 to 7 1962, Vagabond 1985, The Gleaners and I 2000, Ydessa, the Bears and etc. 2004

Paul Verhoeven RoboCop 1987

Dziga Vertov Man With a Movie Camera 1929

King Vidor The Crowd 1928, Street Scene 1931, Our Daily Bread 1934, Man Without a Star 1955

Jean Vigo A Propos de Nice 1929-1930, Taris 1931, Zero de Conduite 1933, L'Atalante 1934

Carlos Vilardebó Alexander Calder: Le Cirque de Calder 1961

Denis Villeneuve Prisoners 2013, Enemy 2013, Sicario 2015, Arrival 2016, Blade Runner 2049 2017

Thomas Vintenberg The Celebration 1998, The Hunt 2013

Luchino Visconti Le Notti Bianche 1957, Rocco and His Brothers 1960

Slavko Vorkapich and John Hoffman Moods of Sea 1941

Ric Roman Waugh Shot Caller 2017

Phoebe Waller-Bridge & Harry Bradbeer Fleabag season One & Two 2016-2019

Raoul Walsh The Big Trail 1930, The Roaring Twenties 1939, Dark Command 1940, They Drive by Night 1940, High Sierra 1941, White Heat 1949, Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. 1951


Wayne Wang Smoke 1995

David S. Ward Cannery Row 1982

Andy Warhol Sleep 1963, Kiss 1963, Eat 1964, Blow Job 1964, Couch 1964, Empire 1964, Henry Geldzahler 1964, Horse 1965, Beauty #1 & #2 1965, Chelsea Girls 1966, The Velvet Underground and Nico 1966, Screen Tests, and others

Peter Watkins Edvard Munch 1976

Lo Wei Fist of Fury 1972

Claudia Weill Girlfriends 1978

Peter Weir Picnic at Hanging Rock 1975, The Last Wave 1977, Witness 1985 Dead Poets Society 1989, The Truman Show 1998

Orson Welles Citizen Kane 1941, The Magnificent Ambersons 1942, The Lady From Shanghai 1948, Touch of Evil 1958

William Wellman The Public Enemy 1931, Beau Geste 1939, The Ox-Bow Incident 1943, The Story of G.I. Joe 1945, Yellow Sky 1948

Chris Welsby Works

Wim Wenders Kings of the Road 1976, The American Friend 1977, Paris, Texas 1984, Wings of Desire 1987, Buena Vista Social Club 1999

Alfred L. Werker The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1939

James Whale Frankenstein 1931, The Invisible Man 1933, Bride of Frankenstein 1935

James White (for Edison) Paris Exposition Films 1900

James Whitney Works

Robert Wiene The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1919

Fred M. Wilcox Forbidden Planet 1956

Billy Wilder The Major and the Minor 1942, Double Indemnity 1944, The Lost Weekend 1945, Sunset Boulevard 1950, Ace In the Hole 1951, Stalag 17 1953, Sabrina 1954, Witness for the Prosecution 1957, Some Like It Hot 1959, The Apartment 1960, One, Two, Three 1961, Irma La Douce 1963, Kiss Me, Stupid 1964, The Front Page 1974

Simon Wincer Lonesome Dove 1989

Michael Winner The Mechanic 1972, Death Wish 1974

Michael Winterbottom The Killer Inside Me 2010, The Trip 2010

Robert Wise The Curse of the Cat People 1944, Blood on the Moon 1948, The Set-Up 1949, The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951, Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956, Odds Against Tomorrow 1959, West Side Story 1961, Two For the Seesaw 1962, The Haunting 1963, The Sound of Music 1965, The Sand Pebbles 1966

Frederick Wiseman Titicut Follies 1967, High School 1968


John Woo Hard Boiled 1992, The Killer 1989

Ed Wood Glen or Glenda 1953, Plan 9 From Outer Space 1959

Sam Wood Goodbye Mr. Chips 1939, The Pride of the Yankees 1942, For Whom the Bell Tolls 1943

Basil Wright Song of Ceylon 1934

William Wyler Counsellor at Law 1933, The Good Fairy 1935, Wuthering Heights 1939, The Westerner 1940, The Little Foxes 1941, Mrs. Miniver 1942, The Best Years of Our Lives 1946, The Heiress 1949, Detective Story 1951, Roman Holiday 1953, Friendly Persuasion 1956, The Big Country 1958

Peter Yates Robbery 1967, Bullitt 1968, The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973, The Deep 1977

Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. The Blob 1958

Zhang Yimou Ju Dou 1990, Raise the Red Lantern 1991, To Live 1994, Not One Less 1999, The Road Home 2000, Hero 2002, House of Flying Daggers 2004, Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles 2005

Terence Young Dr. No 1962, From Russia with Love 1963, Thunderball 1965

Franco Zeffirelli Romeo and Juliet 1968

Robert Zemeckis Flight 2012

Jia Zhangke A Touch of Sin 2013, Ash Is Purest White 2018

Chloé Zhao The Rider 2017


Fred Zinnemann High Noon 1952,  From Here To Eternity 1953, The Nun's Story 1959

Terry Zwigoff Crumb 1994, Ghost World 2001, Bad Santa 2003

Andrzej Zuławski Possession 1981

Valerio Zurlini Violent Summer 1959


(films influential to the art of memory)

Expanded version of a list first appearing in 2007, and again expanded in 2009. Now 13 years later with many many more hours in the dark grasping for the light, the list is again greatly expanded. These films have been constantly inspiring over the years and have made up a personal essential cinema, an obcession with cinema going back to the late 1970s. I have been working on it pretty steady the last 6 months but plan on adding more films over time. For this viewer, it is helpful to write out in list form films and filmmakers that are personally important, to add some clarity and also point to directions for further research.