My favorite authors (director, writer...)

by filompra | created - 16 Sep 2011 | updated - 16 Sep 2011 | Public

1. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Interstellar

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.

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Director/Writer/Producer (one-time Cinematographer/Editor) I love all his movies. There is none of his scripts that I don't consider "flawless": meticulously structured, with superb dialogue. He always finds the "voice" for each character. As a director, I like him a lot. There's been a few occasions when I didn't quite loved his directing choices (like in "Batman Begins" for the fight scenes), but I think that, after 13 years of career, he's really perfect now ("Inception" is a masterpiece, visually speaking). I believe he's one of the best authors that ever told a story on the big screen.

2. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would ...

Director/Writer/Producer (3 times Cinematographer, 1 times Visual Effects Designer).

Needless to talk about Kubrick. We all know him and love him. I gotta say: I don't consider ALL HIS MOVIES masterpieces (like the majority of the human race does): "Fear and Desire" and "Killer's Kiss" are not great movies. Plus, I didn't quite like "Eyes Wide Shut". The rest of his movies are masterpieces. ALL OF THEM. I consider "Paths of Glory" and "Full Metal Jacket" two of my favorite war movies ever (since they both show an aspect of the military system that hasn't been shown before: the General sending his all platoon to a certain death just to get a promotion in P.G. and the military indoctrination in F.M.J.). "The Shining" is revolutionary in terms of directing (the use of the stradicam), "Barry Lyndon" for the cinematography (the first time they applied Zeiss lenses on video cameras: Kubrick's idea), "2001: A Space Odissey" is SIMPLY REVOLUTIONARY (period)... His best screenplay ever, though, I believe it to be "Dr. Strangelove". I never laughed so hard, just to realize how serious, the movie I just watched really was (in case you didn't know, the writer's idea of B-52's flying over Russia on a regular basis, and the idea that, whether US was bombed, the pilots would shut down every radio communication, it was ALL just an intuition. Government certainly would have denied it all, at the time. It was revealed 25 years later that all those informations were actually true...call it GENIUS).

3. Tom Tykwer

Composer | Lola rennt

Director, writer, producer and composer Tom Tykwer was born in 1965 in Wuppertal, Germany. He showed an interest in film-making from childhood, making super 8 films from the age of 11. Among his first jobs was working at a local art-house cinema. Tykwer eventually relocated to Berlin, first working...

Director/Writer/Composer/Producer

I love HIS movies (meaning, I don't include "The International" in the list, he just directed it). "Run Lola Run" and "The Princess and the Warrior" are really good movies but "Heaven" and "Perfume: Story of a Murderer" ARE AUTHENTIC PIECES OF ART! The beauty of the images, combined with the softness of the dialogue and the heady music (that he personally composes) makes them movies something unique and - for sure - not comparable with any other movie made in the last two decades: these are movies for the soul, not for the masses.

4. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr....

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I think the majority of his movies are simply "good" or "very good" but they're far from being masterpieces. There are few exceptions, though:

-) "Citizen Kane". Undisputed milestone of movie history. Brilliant idea. Superb dialogue. Brilliant directing (the mise-en-scene of that movie is something that professors have been teaching for over 7 decades...for a reason!) and an extraordinary performance from - what I believe to be - one of the best actors that ever lived. Besides all that, it's a miracle that he got the green light for that movie! -) "Touch of Evil". His best performance ever, as an actor! I love when Orson Welles loses himself behind the "mask" of an unlikable man (he did it for Kane too). When he meets Zsa Zsa Gabor and looks at her with that rotten-looking expression...God, I wouldn't have guessed it was Orson Welles if I hadn't know before (he was 47 at the time!). Directing-wise: the movie has the best opening sequence ever!

5. Federico Fellini

Writer |

The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the ...

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He wasn't a filmmaker: he was a visual poet, and an entrepreneur for some reasons (I believe his oneiric sequences from those movies that compose the "second part of his career", inspired any visually-trippy sequence that has been shot in the last 3 decades (Terry Gilliam before anyone else). His masterpieces, in my opinion, are: "La Strada", "8 1/2", "Le Notti di Cabiria", "Amarcord".

6. Oliver Stone

Director | JFK

Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.

William Oliver Stone was ...

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He used to be my hero: "Platoon", "Born on the Fourth of July", "JFK", "Natural Born Killers", "Any Given Sunday"... I didn't like his last movies (plus he didn't write them. Not even "Wall Street 2", based on his own characters!). But, still, he made so many LEGENDARY MOVIES! Nobody can take that away from him. Great behind the camera. Great as a writer.

7. Paolo Sorrentino

Writer | Youth

Paolo Sorrentino was born on May 31, 1970 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Youth (2015), The Great Beauty (2013) and This Must Be the Place (2011). He is married to Daniela D'Antonio. They have two children.

Director/Writer

Unique. He's my favorite Italian filmmaker ever, after Fellini. Uncomfortable, perfectly structured dialogue. Never touching (you'll never see two characters hugging each other in his movies) but always intense (final scene in "The Consequences of Love" made every viewer's heart beat faster). Behind the camera he's GOD. His shots are his trademarks (like the one with the camera "floating" around Titta DiGirolamo, while he's taking his weekly heroin fix). No words to describe the grandeur of that shot. It goes beyond words

8. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

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A guy that can direct, write and edit as well as he does, already deserves a place in my list. I have only three words for you: Children of Men. A shot like the one in the car (when Julianne Moore gets shot) had been *beep* with every filmmaker's mind, until they released the backstage footage on the DVD). Until then it was one big "HOW THE HELL DID HE DO THAT?". I like all his other movies too (except Harry Popper. I hate that *beep* but "Children of Men" is his undisputed masterpiece.

9. Warren Beatty

Actor | Bulworth

Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass (1961), Warren Beatty has been said to have demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation. Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer, ...

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He directed only four movies (in which he starred as well) but, in my opinion, for one reason or another, they all deserve their spots in my heart. -) "Reds". FANTASTIC MOVIE! Not for the masses. That's for sure. It's 3 hours long. But, you know what, I don't care. It's a smart movie. It made me think and it made a lot of people think. The speech that John Reed gives about the dangerousness of purging what makes a man unique...wow...it deserves a place in the olympus of the greatest lines ever. He directed it in an impeccable way. He wrote a perfect script. He gave the best performance of his acting career. It took him 7 years to made this movie. Above all else - think about it - he made a movie about THE AMERICAN COMMUNIST (no other American is buried in the Kremlin) and he got the green light for the movie! Unbelievable. "Heaven Can Wait" and "Bulworth" are really good movies as well. "Dick Tracy" is a movie for kids (I agree). The script's childish (he didn't write that), but the directing and the cinematography (the legendary Vittorio Storaro) are superb. A lot of people talks about the look of a comic book movie like "Sin City" (it takes 10 sec in Final Cut to desaturate part of the frame), so what about "Dick Tracy"? Visually speaking (especially for the time, that movie is quite innovative).

10. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

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Don't worry. I ain't gonna talk about "Avatar". :D It's a cool movie to watch in IMAX. That's all. Still, he's a great director and a great editor. As a writer, occasionally, he writes masterpieces: -) "The Terminator". The best independent sci-fi movie ever! -) "Terminator 2: Judgment Day". *beep* A! -) "Aliens". It's not easy to write a sequel as good as the original. Nearly impossible to do better. He did it! As for "Titanic". Dialogue is silly, quite often (the bad guy making stupid remarks about Picasso so that he can look dumb too...) but this doesn't change the fact that the movie is a goddamn masterpiece. He spent every cent he had to finance it. He built a ship when everybody told him "go for CGI all the way: it's cheaper". Since the Titanic hits the ice berg, the movie becomes simply PERFECT. It will look good even 50 years from now. I'm sure people can find "I'm the king of the world" cheesy, but I doubt that a single soul could deny the sinister majesty of the spectral scene when the lifeboat is rowing among the frozen corpses.