Thomas Clay

The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael; Soi Cowboy

UK

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Andrei Rublev

1966

Andrei Tarkovsky

Days of Heaven

1978

Terrence Malick

eclisse, L'

1962

Michelangelo Antonioni

Last Movie, The

1971

Dennis Hopper

Life of Oharu, The

1952

Mizoguchi Kenji

Meet Me In St. Louis

1944

Vincente Minnelli

My Neighbour Totoro

1988

Miyazaki Hayao

Once Upon a Time in America

1983

Sergio Leone

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Week End

1967

Jean-Luc Godard

Comments

Renoir for his fleet-footed tone and the joyful grace of his characterisation. Minnelli for slipping sadness and ambiguity into his trifle without souring the taste. Mizoguchi for the idea of cinema as penitence. Antonioni for defining the zeitgeist of the film century more precisely than any other. Tarkovsky for carving the intangible in marble. Godard for his fervent wit and furious formal invention. Hopper for Hollywood's most radical artefact and the ultimate ex-pat tale. Malick for transfiguring celluloid into half-conscious memories of a past life. Leone for defining 'pure cinema' with moral fearlessness and epic ambition. Miyazaki for the inclusive warmth and wonder of his imagination.

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