Monday, June 27, 2005

Picked from a Hat?

Guardian - the 40 Best Directors - wow. 40 directors, though none of them Hou Hsiao Hsien, Edward Yang - and this isn't pure Hollywood-centric, either! I mean, Bela Tarr? It's nothing short of bizarre at ties - take the fact that Samira Makhmalbaf is on the list - and Mohsen is not. He is mentioned - her father, "one of Iran's greatest filmmakers" - though he is not named.

I can't imagine what criteria were used: living directors? Can't be that, not when Godard, Bergman, Antonioni, Altman, de Oliviera, Rohmer, Chabrol, Rivette, Resnais, Marker, Varda, Herzog are all alive. Active? Rohmer and Godard and Altman and Oliviera are all still banging them out. I don't know. They have David Lynch at #1 - which you can make a case for, though it's harder if you're factoring in the Godards and Bergmans of the world, or allowing consideration of the past achievements of Altman or Imamura, etc. - they have Scorsese at #2, which must mean they're willing to pay homage to the past. Anyway....

Found a link at A Girl and a Gun - a very nice looking movie site, linked to today by the aways interesting Lance Mannion. Today, he offers links to a bunch of movie related blogs - a type of blog I have long sought. Check it out, and check out the sites he links to.

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