Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Great Directors Tournament: Art House Favorties Bracket—Round One

All the first round polls are now up and running. Don't forget to vote in the other brackets if you haven't already.

Ingmar Bergman
Born: July 14, 1918 (Uppsala, Uppsala län, Sweden)
Directorial Debut: (Crisis (1946)
Academy Awards: 9 nominations (including 3 for direction)
Katie-Bar-The-Door Awards (for direction): 1 win—The Seventh Seal (1957) (Drama)
Three More To See: Wild Strawberries, Persona and Scenes From A Marriage

Stanley Kubrick
Born: July 26, 1928 (New York, New York)
Directorial Debut: Flying Padre (documentary short) (1951)
Academy Awards: 13 nominations (including 4 for direction), 1 win—2001: A Space Odyssey (Visual Effects)
Katie-Bar-The-Door Awards (for direction): 1 win—2001: A Space Odyssey (Drama)
Three More To See: The Killing, Paths Of Glory and Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Akira Kurosawa
Born: March 23, 1910 (Tokyo, Japan)
Directorial Debut: Uma (some scenes) (uncredited) (1941)
Academy Awards: 1 nomination, honorary Oscar
Katie-Bar-The-Door Awards (for direction): 3 wins—Rashômon (1950), Seven Samurai (1954) and Ran (1985) (all for Drama)
Three More To See: Ikiru, The Hidden Fortress and Yojimbo

Federico Fellini
Born: January 20, 1920 (Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
Directorial Debut: Luci del varietà (Variety Lights) (1950)
Academy Awards: 12 nominations, honorary Oscar (1993)
Katie-Bar-The-Door Awards (for direction): (1963) (Drama)
Three More To See: La Strada, Nights of Cabiria and La Dolce Vita

1 comment:

Beveridge D. Spenser said...

Kurosawa v. Fellini is the one that made me go - "Whoa". They are foreign directors (maybe even if you are Japanese or Italian) and make films with great visual beauty, but other than that, they just seem incomparable. They have so little in common.

Still, it wasn't hard for me to cast my vote for Fellini. I love Kurosawa-san so much that I moved to Japan (I am there now). But 8-1/2 is the greatest film ever made in black and white.