Favorite Directors

  1. David Lynch
  2. Edward Yang
  3. Wong Kar-wai
  4. Hong Sang-soo
  5. Orson Welles
  6. Jacques Rivette
  7. Jean-Luc Godard
  8. Tsai Ming-liang
  9. Alain Resnais
  10. Chris Marker

Honorable Mentions:

  • Jia Zhangke
  • King Hu
  • Robert Bresson
  • Michael Mann
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Jacques Demy
  • Fritz Lang
  • Yasujiro Ozu
  • Howard Hawks
  • Eric Rohmer
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Hollis Frampton
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Abbas Kiarostami
  • Kenji Mizoguchi
  • Jean Renoir
  • François Truffaut
  • Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet
  • F.W. Murnau
  • Claude Chabrol
  • Mikio Naruse
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Kiyoshi Kurosawa

November 2018 Capsules

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
One of the most subtly yet immediately poignant moments in this masterwork comes midway through the film, when Jeanne is drinking coffee in a café. After she finishes and pays, she puts her elbow on the table and pauses, looking to her right with that placid yet fundamentally unreadable expression that she wears for nearly the entire film. It is the first — if not the last — time that the next step in her routine is not readily apparent to the audience, when she is given the chance to stop and ponder. Its brevity (it lasts less than twenty seconds) and its placement both within a larger shot and a larger sequence (she has just bought some yarn to continue knitting a sweater for her son) is emblematic of everything that this film accomplishes, everything that it evokes and embodies.