Darrell James Roodt

Sarafina!; Yesterday

South Africa

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

Stanley Kubrick

Apocalypse Now

1979

Francis Ford Coppola

Assault on Precinct 13

1976

John Carpenter

Barry Lyndon

1975

Stanley Kubrick

Come And See

1985

Elem Klimov

Manhunter

1986

Michael Mann

Picnic At Hanging Rock

1975

Peter Weir

Taste of Cherry, The

1997

Abbas Kiarostami

Taxi Driver

1976

Martin Scorsese

Umberto D

1952

Vittorio de Sica

Comments

Taxi Driver: The film that made me want to either become Travis Bickle or make movies!

Apocalypse Now: A film, as a working director, that can only take your breathe away. A master at work…

Barry Lyndon: A film I loathed as a kid but that’s become my favourite. Kubrick was, without a shadow of doubt, the GREATEST director of all.

2001: A Space Odyssey: Still, after 50 viewings, full of eternal mystery.

Umberto D: When I saw this movie, it changed my way of thinking, about movies and the way we live our lives. If you’ve got no (or little) money to make a film, this is the perfect blueprint. As much as I love Bicycle Thieves, this is much better!

Picnic at Hanging Rock: Of all directors, I always try to imagine why Peter Weir puts the camera where he does. He has an eerie ability to put it in exactly the right place, so that the images are loaded with transcendental power.

Manhunter: Michael Mann is a genuine visionary. Compulsive and obsessive – surely two important components of being a director – he blends MUSIC and IMAGINE in a high octane way. The moment when Will Graham (William Petersen) realises that Lecktor (Brian Cox) has been watching the home videos of his victim is (almost) my favourite bit of acting ever.

Come and See: It’s no wonder Klimov could never make a movie after this. How could you? Filmmaking at the highest level.

Taste of Cherry: Like Umberto D, an object lesson in how to make a perfect film for nothing! And as profound and mysterious as 2001 in its own way.

Assault on Precinct 13: It was either going to be this or Star Wars as that guilty favourite that makes you love movies all over again. When that John Carpenter theme kicks in, my soul does cartwheels!!

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