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Re: 1SO vs. All the Directors
« Reply #480 on: December 22, 2018, 11:25:44 PM »
As far as I can tell that was sdedalus. None of my checklist sites indicate that I've watched this and I don't think I've ever championed a Steve McQueen movie.
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Re: 1SO vs. All the Directors
« Reply #481 on: December 29, 2018, 12:44:03 AM »
Watched Death of a Gunfighter (1969) but I won't include it in my post on Don Siegel. He came in to finish it in 9 days after another director was fired 25 days in. The final product is credited to Alan Smithee.
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1SO vs. All the Directors - John Sturges
« Reply #482 on: December 31, 2018, 12:17:50 AM »
#169 John Sturges Ranked List

I don't think too much one way or the other of Sturges. His classics - Great Escape, Magnificent Seven - are overrated. I've never sought out a film because he directed it, and I've only seen so many because he works with a lot of my favorite actors and makes a lot of Westerns.

The Hallelujah Trail (1965) - Burt Lancaster and Pamela Tiffin (One Two Three)
Joe Kidd (1972) - I think this is the only Clint Eastwood western I've never seen
The Eagle Has Landed (1976) - genuine interest in this one
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1SO vs. All the Directors - Jacques Tourneur
« Reply #483 on: January 02, 2019, 11:48:52 PM »
#170 Jacques Tourneur Ranked List

Pretty solid track record with one Western Masterpiece in Canyon Passage. I wish I had more to discover, but I've been pretty thorough with his filmography already. Experiment Perilous (1944) is the one standout, which I've avoided because most reviews I read are pretty negative. I would like to take a 2nd look at I Walked With a Zombie (1943).
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1SO vs. All the Directors - Agnes Varda
« Reply #484 on: January 05, 2019, 12:34:01 AM »
#171 Agnes Varda Ranked List

Time to take a deep breath.

One of the flags I planted with this Marathon was the desire to do a deep and thorough exploration of the works of Agnes Varda. Features, Docs, Shorts. There's a lot I want to see. The only titles I'm comfortable not returning to are The Gleaners & I, The Beaches of Agnes and La Pointe-Courte.

My Wishlist:
1958 Diary of a Pregnant Woman
1962 Cleo from 5 to 7
1965 Le Bonheur
1966 The Creatures
1967 Oncle Yanco
1969 Huey/Black Panthers
1969 Lions Love
1976 Daguerreotypes
1977 One Sings, The Other Doesn’t
1981 Documenteur
1981 Mur Murs
1985 Vagabond
1988 Kung-fu master!
1991 Jacquot de Nantes
2002 The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later
2017 Faces Places
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1SO vs. All the Directors - King Vidor
« Reply #485 on: January 12, 2019, 12:15:57 AM »
#172 King Vidor Ranked List

Not done with Agnes Varda, not even close, but since I don't want to binge her filmography I thought it might be best to balance her out with the next name(s) on the list. Not knowing that next up is King Vidor.

I'm not anti-Vidor. He works in the classic Hollywood style, The Crowd is damn near a masterpiece and he was nominated 5 times for Best Director. However, having seen most of his popular films, I only like about a third of them. He has a number of titles I'm open to seeing and a couple that have been on my Watchlist. Except for his films being weighty fare, a good list to balance Varda with.

DEFINITE:
The Champ (1931)
War and Peace (1956): I endlessly debate if my first viewing of W&P should be this or the 7-hour Russian film MartinTeller loves so much. This one has Henry Fonda and Audrey Hepburn and it's half as long. I'll go unabridged next time.

LIKELY:
The Patsy (1928)
Street Scene (1931)
The Stranger's Return (1933)
Lightning Strikes Twice (1951)
Ruby Gentry (1952)

POSSIBLE:
La bohème (1926)
Comrade X (1940)
H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941)
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Re: 1SO vs. All the Directors
« Reply #486 on: January 15, 2019, 01:47:44 PM »
I have fond memories of Street Scene, though my tolerance for cinematic staginess and general early Talkie awkwardness is significantly higher than yours, I think. (I was briefly sad to see Our Daily Bread colored red on your ranked list, but then I remembered that it really just has one good sequence; I can't speak to the quality of the rest.)

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: 1SO vs. All the Directors
« Reply #487 on: January 20, 2019, 12:51:40 PM »
Since I started watching Varda and Vidor simultaneously, I've come to discover that I like Vidor more than I expected to, and I'm not enjoying Varda as much as I'd hoped to. I love her approach to making movies but the films themselves I don't find very interesting.

After One Sings, The Other Doesn’t, I'm jumping ahead to Kung-fu Master!. Meanwhile, my Vidor list is chronologically up to Comrade X.
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1SO vs. All the Directors - Josef von Sternberg
« Reply #488 on: January 29, 2019, 10:52:23 PM »
Looking ahead before I finish War and Peace (1956)


#173 Josef von Sternberg Ranked List

When I was discovering films, JvS never entered my orbit. My first taste was in 2012 when I watched The Blue Angel and The Last Command, and this was because of Emil Jannings. The Marlene Dietrich films came later. I like the bold strokes JvS gives his melodrama, though they sometimes fall into silliness.

My titles to watch are connected to the stars, which makes sense because he was great at filming movie stars like royalty.

An American Tragedy (1931) w. Sylvia Sidney
The King Steps Out (1936) w. Franchot Tone
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1SO vs. All the Directors - Erich von Stroheim
« Reply #489 on: February 01, 2019, 01:29:26 AM »
#174 Erich von Stroheim Ranked List

I liked Greed.
He's also great in Sunset Blvd.

Not very fond of his work.  "Overindulgent" is the word that comes to mind.
That's it. There's an unlikable arrogance to him that comes through his films.

There are some lesser-known films I haven't seen, ones where IMDB lists another director, but his reputation is built on six films, and I've seen them all.
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