Best Directors List

I’m not a big fan of “Best of…” lists, but I found The Guardian’s list of the 40 Best Film Directors somewhat disappointing. Established American directors (Lynch, Scorsese, the Coens, Soderbergh…) filled most of the top slots while Asian, African, and Eastern European directors were almost completely missing. Certainly the film industries aren’t as strong, but these omissions simply reinforce the weakness of non-Hollywood cinemas. There were several major omissions (among major independents), including Jane Campion, Atom Egoyan, Hal Hartley, and Spike Lee. I was pleased to see Errol Morris listed, and I’m jonesing to see his new documentary on Robert McNamara.

Then again, at least Spielberg didn’t make the list (no permalink).

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