cassavetes

Performances congruent with camera.

Jacques Tourneur

His horror movies were unimaginably eerie.

bresson

He discovered a universe out of space-time.

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His films assume a state of undoing.

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In 1968, a year of riots, he reached his ascendancy.

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He explored the near impossibility of connection.

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His Cold War movies predict Pynchon’s seriocomic acuities.

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Director of quirky, moving, political, philosophical documentaries.

howard-hawks2

He defined or refined the dialogue comedy, the war picture, the detective yarn, and more.

Von Sternberg, Josef

Dedicated to pursuing the truth about sex and desire.

kentridge

“An art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures.”

tarkovsky

He “invented a new language, true to the nature of film.”

jerry lewis

One of the greatest comedic actors and directors of all time.

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He gave Surrealism its smell.

peckinpah

“I’m a whore. I go where I’m kicked.”

François_truffaut

He loved a good story, no matter what form it took.

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A gift for pacing and episodic structure, a deadpan sense of humor.

lynch

His flat sub-ironic tone is at once his method and “message.”

coen

Deliverance from chaos and meaningless is their obsession.

Ulmer

Revenge and cruelty are the wicked core of his films.

van sant

Devotion and desolation are his themes.

von-trier

His antics are merely the by-product of the tortured mangle that is his mind.

John_Waters_2

His films came from a planet called Baltimore.

tarantino

Seventies soul, eloquent monsters, Talmudic etiquette-parsing, Samuel L. Jackson.