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.

bunuel thumb

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.

stranger-than-paradise3

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.

SpikeLee-MarsBlackmon-HiLo

“SCHOOL DAZE sets race back 200 years.”

frampton

His films are pentagrams for the conjuration of narrative.

rivettejacques1

His is an unwieldy and rarely screened oeuvre.

Věra Chytilová

“I have no desire to cuddle my audience.”

jarman

He was part of the bad old post­modernism, in a good way.

He was dis­illusioned by the materialism of modern Japan.

“Too much at stake: art, integrity, black power.”

Wondrous things pressing against the seams of the everyday…

Separation, and then the language of separation, were his subjects.

His cartoons ring a very specific important curdled cultural alarm bell.

Brilliance can be mistaken for mere profession-
alism.