25 Filmmakers you must see before you die

The free commuter newspaper* recently published a list of the 25 Filmmakers you must see before you die. This was a compilation from the mob at SBS world movies, which I think will then be shown on the pay-tv channel as a festival for the next 6 months. Here it is:

Akira Kurosawa: Yojimbo

Jean Renoir: The Grand Illusion

Federico Fellini: Nights of Cabiria

Luis Buuel: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Jean Luc-Godard: Pierrot Le Fou

Luchino Visconti: Rocco and His Brothers

Guillermo del Toro: The Devil’s Backbone

Jean-Pierre Melville: The Red Circle

Emir Kusturica: Life is a Miracle

Bernadrdo Bertolucci: The Last Emperor

Pedro Almodovar: Volver

Wong Kar-wai: Ashes of Time – Redux

Franois Truffaut: The Last Metro

Werner Herzog: Fitzcarraldo

Franois Ozon: Time to Leave

Satyajit Ray: Pather Panchali

Jean-Pierre Junet: City of Lost Children

Roberto Rossellini: Journey in Italy

Wim Wenders: Wings of Desire

Lars Von Trier: Zentropa

Hayao Miyazaki: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Henri-Georges Clouzot: Les Diaboliques

Krzysztof Kiewlowski: The Double Life of Veronique

Jacques Tati: Playtime

Ingmar Bergman: Fanny and Alexander

Out of curiosity, comparing this list with my copy of 1001 movies (2004 ed), the ones that line up in both are: The Grand Illusion, Nights of Cabria, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Pierrot Le Fou, Rocco and His Brothers, The Last Metro, Pather Panchali, Wings of Desire, Les Diaboliques, The Double Life of Veronique, Playtime, Fanny and Alexander.

So we have 12 films which they both agree on as being worthwhile viewing, and Volver was released after my edition of the book.

So how many of these movies have you seen?

I am embarrassed to say that I have seen only two, and City of Lost Children has always been one of my favourites.   I guess that I had better get cracking and wipe the dust off the dvd player.


* of course, owned by Murdoch, and republishing the content from his paid-for content.


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