Back when I was blogging daily on The Film Emporium I learned a lot about some of the world’s greatest filmmakers through my ‘Director of the Month’ feature. Among them: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Andrei Tarkovsky, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jean-Luc Godard, David Cronenberg, Robert Altman, Sam Peckinpah, Dario Argento and Hayao Miyazaki. A lot of work, but a lot of fun. I have missed the challenge and with the motivation to continue to expand my knowledge of world cinema I have decided to bring it to An Online Universe.
Starting next month, and continuing at least through until the end of the year, I will focus on one director each month. I will watch 3-5 of their films (depending on accessibility, which is a big factor) and write…something. It might be a review of the individuals film. It might be an essay discussing several films linked by style or theme. Here are some of the directors/director pairings, and select films, I am going to be considering:
Todd Haynes – Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, I’m Not There
Douglas Sirk – Imitation of Life, All That Heaven Allows, Magnificent Obsession, The Tarnished Angels, Written on the Wind
Louis Malle – Black Moon, My Dinner With Andre, Atlantic City, Au Revoir Les Enfants
Claire Denis – Chocolat, Beau Travail, Trouble Every Day, The Intruder, 35 Shots of Rum, White Material, Bastards
Rainer Werner Fassbinder – Fox & His Friends, Berlin Alexanderplatz, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, The Marriage of Maria Braun, Veronika Voss, Lola
Barry Levinson – Diner, The Natural, Rain Man, Wag the Dog
Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne – La Promesse, The Son, L’enfant, The Kid with a Bike
Edward Burns – The Brothers McMullen, She’s the One, Sidewalks of New York, Purple Violets, Newlyweds
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger – 49th Parallel, The Life & Death of Colonel Blimp, I Know Where I Am Going, A Matter of Life & Death
Yasujiro Ozu – Tokyo Story, Floating Weeds, Late Spring, Early Summer, I Was Born, But…
Please let me know if there are other films from these filmmakers that you love and suggest I see, or would love to learn more about. If I have left out a film, there is a chance I have seen it. I am also open to filmmaker suggestions. If there is a filmmaker you wish me to check out and dedicate a month to, drop me a comment.