NEW POLL! The SSO Favorite Director

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NEW POLL! The SSO Favorite Director

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I liked almost anybody that made you realize who in the devil was making the picture.... - Howard Hawks

It's been nearly six months, so it's time for a new Poll.

Again, trying to encompass the myriad interests of our members. Silents and talkies. English and non-English languages. Drama. Comedy. Melodrama. Romance. Action. Musical. Western. Noir. They’re all there for The Favorite Director.

Check out those Sight & Sound, Cahiers du Cinema and Andrew Sarris volumes. Search the SSO threads. And please submit your list of your favorite 15 Directors by end of the day (that’s 11:59pm + 59 seconds CST) Sunday, September 25th.

The rules will remain the same as those in previous polls. You can list your choices in order or leave them unnumbered. Remember, though, if you list them in order, a film receiving a #1 ranking carries more weight than a film carrying a #15 ranking when tabulating the results for the pairings. If you choose not to number your choices, they will all be assigned a value of a #8 pick. It would be helpful to include first and last names (hey...J. Lewis could be Joseph H. Lewis or Jerry Lewis).

After the votes for all the submissions have been counted, we will cut the field down to the top 32 choices to begin our head to head competitions (the #1 Director will go up against the #32 Director, the #2 Director will go up against the #31 Director, etc.). The match-ups continue until only one Director is left sitting in a director's chair. We will crown him or her the SSO Favorite Director of 2011.

Your submissions can be made on this thread starting now, and you have the option to go back and alter, amend or otherwise destroy your list right up to the last second on September 25th . Please share your opinions on some of your nominees that not everybody may be too familiar with.

We encourage all newer members that have not participated in these polls before to get involved. It's all for fun, and it can be very educational. We have previously run polls for the best overall film ever (To Kill a Mockingbird) and we have done the Bestavorite Western (The Searchers), Film Noir (tie: Touch of Evil and Out of the Past), non-comedy Silent (tie: Sunrise and The Crowd), Favorite Musical (Singin’ in the Rain), Favorite Shakespeare Adaptation (Chimes at Midnight) and Favorite Screwball Comedy (What was it? I've been denied access to view that Archive. It's a conspiracy, I tell ya!).

In case of ties, run-offs will be conducted. In case of unforeseen Bizarro World events, the ever-able Associate Justice Knit-Wit and I will make up (in a strictly non-arbitrary fashion) the rules as we go along.

Voice your choice! Cast you votes for your favoritest 15 Directors now!
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you heard da judge....MOVE IT!!!

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Woo hoo! Let the games begin! :D
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Yes! Let the games begin!

The first three were easy. The next seven were just an issue of order. Then it got tough.

1. Orson Welles (you were expecting, maybe, Stanley Kramer?)
2. Carl Th. Dreyer
3. Jacques Tourneur
4. Samuel Fuller
5. Max Ophuls
6. Nicholas Ray
7. John Cassavetes
8. Edgar G. Ulmer
9. F.W. Murnau
10. Michael Powell (includes credits as "and Emeric Pressburger" and "The Archers")
11. Robert Bresson
12. Erich von Stroheim
13. Dougals Sirk
14. Ozu Yasujiro
15. Anthony Mann
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Kingme List

1. Alfred Hitchcock
2. DW Griffith
3. John Ford
4. Federico Fellini
5. Stephen Spielberg
6. Martin Scorsese
7. Anatole Litvak
8. Jean Renoir
9. Francis Ford Coppola
10. Ingmar Bergman
11. Charlie Chaplin
12. Orson Welles
13. Peter Jackson
14. John Huston
15. Steven Soderbergh


In order of Rank :!:
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I often do not realize who the director of a film is until it's mentioned here...but I am getting better.

In no particular order:

Hitchcock
Ophuls
Borzage
Billy Wilder
John Huston
William Wyler
George Cukor
Howard Hawks
Stanley Donen
George Stevens

sorry Judge, but you know who isn't on my list..gulp....
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sorry Judge, but you know who isn't on my list..gulp....
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Here's mine for what it's worth (probably no surprises):

1. John Ford
2. Billy Wilder
3. Howard Hawks
4. John Huston
5. William Wellman
6. Michael Curtiz
7. Akira Kurosawa
8. Jacques Tourneur
9. Anthony Mann
10. Michael Powell
11. Marty Scorsese
12. Sidney Pollack
13. Raoul Walsh
14. The Coen Brothers
15. George Stevens
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ChiO wrote:
sorry Judge, but you know who isn't on my list..gulp....
HELP WANTED: Associate Judge. No qualifications necessary except....
awwwww nertz.........................where's the local unemployment bureau............
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I'm plunging right in without reading anyone else's list, no doubt I'll make a glaring omission, here goes, in order

Charlie Chaplin
Vittorio De Sica
Buster Keaton
Ernst Lubitsch
Max Ophuls
Josef Von Sternberg
Alfred Hitchcock
Mikio Naruse
Fredrico Fellini
Carl Dreyer
Ingmar Bergman
Akira Kurosawa
Rouben Malmoulian
Michael Powell
Mikio Naruse
Yasijuro Ozu
Billy Wilder
Roberto Rosellini
Rex Ingram
Marcel Carne
Julian Duvivier
Gene Kelly
Visconti
Howard Hawks
Francois Truffaut
Jean Renoir
Orson Welles
DW Griffiths
Todd Browning
Leo McCarey
GW Pabst
Vincente Minelli
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Ok, so I did plunge right in after seeing the number 32, without looking at anyone else's list, funnily enough, it didn't take long to get to 32 and I could have kept on going

Here is the amended 15, the last list was just practice :wink: I know there is always one pupil who makes their teacher's life difficult :)

Charlie Chaplin
Vittorio De Sica
Ernst Lubtisch
Max Ophuls
Buster Keaton
Josef Von Sternberg
Alfred Hitchcock
Fredrico Fellini
Ingmar Bergman
Akira Kurosawa
Michael Powell
David Lean
Yasijuro Ozu
Rex Ingram
Marcel Carne
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Holy cow!How do you do that? I got the first two and then quit in disgust. This is hard!
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It wasn't naming them it was cutting them down that was hard.
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Hey, there, CCF -- just wanting to confirm that your list is unranked and that you, therefore, intend each to have a value of "7".

It ain't that easy, is it. I was shedding tears deleting Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Eisenstein, Resnais, Burnett, Wood, Melville, Chaplin, Bunuel, Lang, Karlson, Scorsese, Jarmusch, Kubrick, Lewis (Joseph H.), Peckinpah, Preminger, Hawks, Von Sternberg and, of course, Timothy Carey.
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No, I'm confusing you again, they're in order :)
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