charliechaplinfan wrote:How difficult, I realised I adore German silent cinema too and Lubitsch, Ophuls and various directors but I'm going with my original three.
It appears to me by your comment and the comments of others that individual directors are more important than nation.
I think that's the general consensus and is how a lot of viewers decide on what they will view or seek out, especially if it costs them money to do so. When I see a great film, I am very interested in who directed it, the cinematographer, actors, and even the composer. This is how I discover other works they've done, maybe with a different
director, which causes me to investigate rest of his
output and so on.
Then there's the idea of exploration by genre. If you want to explore westerns, you start in America. Although many other countries made great western movies, America is where the genre originated. Giallo, you go to Italy. Noir is all over the map, having its classic heyday in the U.S., but originating in German Expressionism, French 30's crime, and so on.
The bottom line to me is that I'm actually finding great movies. How I do it (usually with a little help from my friends), is not as important as the end result.