Let's list some Old Film Directors who are still alive1

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I got the idea for this after hearing Bergman died. I was going to start off with Antonioni, but...well, you know. The criterion is that they began making films professionally before, let's say 1965, since that's a little before the American New Wave (a movement that still has many survivors) really got rolling. I'll start:

Sidney Lumet
Roger Corman
Claude Chabrol
Jean-Luc Godard
Eric Rohmer
Arthur Penn
Nagisa Oshima

C. Grisso/McCain, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:25 (twelve years ago) link

Old Hollywood cats:

Stanley Donen
Blake Edwards

C. Grisso/McCain, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:28 (twelve years ago) link

Alain Resnais

Frogman Henry, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:30 (twelve years ago) link

Ken Russell

Frogman Henry, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:31 (twelve years ago) link

Peter Brook

Eazy, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:32 (twelve years ago) link

Mel Brooks

Phil D., Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:35 (twelve years ago) link

Manoel de Oliveira

C0L1N B..., Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:35 (twelve years ago) link

Was just about to say Manoel de Oliveira.

jaymc, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:37 (twelve years ago) link

Kenneth Anger

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:38 (twelve years ago) link

Theodoros Angelopoulos

Frogman Henry, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:41 (twelve years ago) link

Richard Lester

Phil D., Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:42 (twelve years ago) link

de oliveira = last surviving director who shot in the silent era, i think

impudent harlot, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:43 (twelve years ago) link

woody allen is, what, 70 or 71 now?

impudent harlot, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:44 (twelve years ago) link

wow 99 and still working, that's nuts

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:46 (twelve years ago) link

Agnès Varda

Frogman Henry, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:54 (twelve years ago) link

Roman Polanski

jaymc, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:55 (twelve years ago) link

Ha ha - Ray Dennis Steckler!

Phil D., Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:56 (twelve years ago) link

haha Polanski's in the new Rush Hour movie I almost spat out my drink in the theater when I saw him in the preview

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:57 (twelve years ago) link

Francesco Rosi

Frogman Henry, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 20:00 (twelve years ago) link

I am too superstitious to add any names to this thread!

Martin Van Burne, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 20:08 (twelve years ago) link

Chris Marker

jaymc, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 20:11 (twelve years ago) link

Born before 1930:

Jean Delannoy (b.1908, La Symphonie Pastorale, Maigret Tend Un Piège)
Richard Bare (b.1909, Flaxy Martin, Smart Girls Don't Talk)
Ronald Neame (b.1911, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Poseidon Adventure)
Joseph Pevney (b.1911, Tammy and the Bachelor, Man Of A Thousand Faces)
Jules Dassin (b.1911, Night and the City, Rififi)
Ken Annakin (b.1914, Swiss Family Robinson, The Sword and the Rose)
Jack Cardiff (b.1914, Sons And Lovers, The Girl On A Motorcycle, plus loads of cinematography, for Powell & Pressburger etc.)
Andrew McLaglen (b.1915, Batman, PT 109)
Roy Ward Baker (b.1916, A Night to Remember, Quatermass And The Pit)
Michael Anderson (b.1920, Around the World in Eighty Days, Logan's Run)
Lewis Gilbert (b. 1920, Carve Her Name with Pride, Alfie, Bond films)
Delbert Mann (b.1920, The Bachelor Party, Marty)
Guy Hamilton (b. 1922, An Inspector Calls, The Colditz Story, Bond films)
Michael Cacoyannis (b.1922, Zorba the Greek, Stella)
Irvin Kershner (b.1923, Hoodlum Priest, The Empire Strikes Back)
Suzuki Seijun (b.1923, Branded to Kill, Tokyo Drifter)
John Guillermin (b. 1925, I Was Monty's Double, The Towering Inferno)
Robert Mulligan (b.1925, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Other)
Youssef Chahine (b.1926, Cairo Central Station, The Sparrow)
Roger Corman (b.1926, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Pit And The Pendulum)
Andrzej Wajda (b.1926, Wesele, Danton)
Edouard Molinaro (b.1928, La Cage aux Folles, Oscar)
Jacques Rivette (b.1928, Céline et Julie vont en bateau, La Belle noiseuse)

Alba, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 21:11 (twelve years ago) link

Melville Shavelson (b.1917, The Seven Little Foys, Houseboat)
Norman Jewison (b.1926, In the Heat of the Night, The Thomas Crown Affair)

Alba, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 21:31 (twelve years ago) link

Oh, Franco Zeffirelli.

Alba, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 21:51 (twelve years ago) link

jonas mekas (1922)

impudent harlot, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 21:52 (twelve years ago) link

Documentarians:

Albert Maysles
Richard Leacock
D.A. Pennebaker

C. Grisso/McCain, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 22:04 (twelve years ago) link

Carlos Saura

C. Grisso/McCain, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 22:25 (twelve years ago) link

Frederick Wiseman's 77, although Titicut was 1967, if we're still being strict about the rules of the thread.

jaymc, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 22:32 (twelve years ago) link

Dusan Makavejev

As for Wiseman, he's earned it, let him in.

C. Grisso/McCain, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 22:43 (twelve years ago) link

Manoel de Oliveira

-- C0L1N B..., Tuesday, July 31, 2007 8:35 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Link

famous for being alive. no-one has seen any of his films.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 22:56 (twelve years ago) link

Bernardo Bertolucci

C. Grisso/McCain, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 23:04 (twelve years ago) link

Temporarily...?

Due to unspecified medical reasons, Sydney Pollack has backed out of directing HBO Films' "Recount," leaving Jay Roach to take his place. Roach, who directed "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents," will take over direction of the upcoming film that follows the ballot recounts in Florida during the 2000 presidential election. Pollack will stay on as an executive producer.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 13:27 (twelve years ago) link

I'd much prefer Sydney Pollack acting in movies than directing them.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 13:29 (twelve years ago) link

Man, every time this thread appears at the top I'm going to wonder who died.

Eazy, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 13:32 (twelve years ago) link

Most of these "old directors" are minor leaguers compared to last week's retirees.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 13:34 (twelve years ago) link

How old is Alan Smithee?

StanM, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 13:37 (twelve years ago) link

a necessarily selective survey of over 250 directors from around the world, all of whom are 60 or older, who have had lasting impact or a moment that matters in one way or another:

http://www.mcnblogs.com/mcindie/archives/2007/08/who_are_the_old_1.html

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 13:41 (twelve years ago) link

is this a preperation for all the future "R.I.P" threads in the next year?
it is better not to be surprised i guess..

Zeno, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 14:02 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

Ray Dennis Steckler no longer alive.

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2009/01/ray-dennis-steckler-19382009.html

Dr Morbius, Monday, 12 January 2009 16:17 (ten years ago) link

One of these days I need to get around to Rat Fink a Boo Boo. RIP.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 January 2009 16:36 (ten years ago) link

Due to unspecified medical reasons, Sydney Pollack has backed out of directing HBO Films' "Recount," leaving Jay Roach to take his place. Roach, who directed "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents," will take over direction of the upcoming film that follows the ballot recounts in Florida during the 2000 presidential election. Pollack will stay on as an executive producer.

I kept wondering why Pollack was mentioned repeatedly last night.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 12 January 2009 16:43 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

Saw Stanley Donen do a Q&A at Lincoln Center after Movie Movie last night (a mild, cute 1978 double-bill parody of Warner Bros '30s genre formulas). I give anyone props who is walking w/out support at 86, and who readily admits he can't hear or remember too well. When Scott Foundas remarked that Hollywood was making musicals again in the last ten years, Donen cut him off with "THEY ARE?"

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Friday, 5 November 2010 14:03 (eight years ago) link

I hope he gets to make one again so we can see a brave musical for once.

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 5 November 2010 14:49 (eight years ago) link

well he said he thought Chicago needed to be done with two faded stars, a la Verdon and Rivera on Broadway in the '70s. I can imagine the gasface Harvey Weinstein gave if Donen told him that.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Friday, 5 November 2010 15:05 (eight years ago) link

Kev, have you ever seen Donen's Staircase? Have always heard it is horrendous (Vito Russo), but it's in this retro.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 6 November 2010 16:17 (eight years ago) link

Peter Bogdanovich seemed old when I saw him last week, and sure enough, he's 71. Which actually isn't all that old, but, as was said when introducing him, he's also a living link to Ford and Vidor and all those ancient guys he interviewed and wrote books about, and that makes him seem even older.

clemenza, Saturday, 6 November 2010 16:27 (eight years ago) link

Three of the seven I listed in the first post all died this year :-(

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 6 November 2010 19:00 (eight years ago) link

...and Manoel de Oliveira is still alive! He'll be 102 in about a month.

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 6 November 2010 19:02 (eight years ago) link

Yeah I saw his latest film about a month ago. It seemed very much like a movie a 102-yr-old would make.

Simon H., Saturday, 6 November 2010 19:15 (eight years ago) link

rumor has it MdO is even older than his official age...

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 6 November 2010 19:31 (eight years ago) link

Kev, have you ever seen Donen's Staircase? Have always heard it is horrendous (Vito Russo), but it's in this retro.

I have and even though Vito is a hero of mine, he got a lot of films wrong, chief amongst them The Gay Deceivers. Staircase was much more progressive than I anticipated. Give it a try.

Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 7 November 2010 18:08 (eight years ago) link

well, it showed last night, so too late

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 7 November 2010 18:14 (eight years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Theodoros Angelopoulos

never seen a film by this guy -- can anyone recommend his latest The Dust of time? Love the title.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 5 November 2011 23:08 (seven years ago) link

Not sure if you're meant to see The Weeping Meadow first. Dust Of Time is the second part of a trilogy but might stand alone - i haven't seen it yet. The first film is good, though. Quite a lot of heavy melodrama but some imagery that will stay with you forever.

wrt the thread theme, Jancso turned 90 quite recently and is still working.

Mohombi Khush Hua (ShariVari), Saturday, 5 November 2011 23:17 (seven years ago) link

ha i was just thinking about jancso via malick

Nigel Farage is a fucking hero (nakhchivan), Saturday, 5 November 2011 23:23 (seven years ago) link

thx -- yeah don't know if you need to know any bits about the 1st part of the trilogy. I'd guess not, from reading about him it doesn't look like he does plot.

What has jancso done lately?

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 5 November 2011 23:25 (seven years ago) link

He had a historical film called So Much For Justice on the festival circuit last year but i don't think it was well received.

Mohombi Khush Hua (ShariVari), Saturday, 5 November 2011 23:32 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/11/16/quentin_tarantino_final_four_films_are_typically_directors_worst_really.html

Good subject for debate. I bet Tarantino himself is headed for the list.

clemenza, Saturday, 17 November 2012 18:09 (six years ago) link

It'd be almost a Kael (yes) vs. Sarris (emphatically no) debate verbatim.

clemenza, Saturday, 17 November 2012 18:11 (six years ago) link

One of the most obvious counters would be John Huston, who finished with Under the Volcano, Prizzi's Honor, and The Dead.

clemenza, Saturday, 17 November 2012 18:32 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

James Ivory

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 7 October 2019 05:55 (one week ago) link

bet Tarantino himself is headed for the list.

broke the streak!

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Monday, 7 October 2019 07:01 (one week ago) link

John Waters, or is he too young for this category?

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Monday, 7 October 2019 17:41 (one week ago) link

he's 73! not in this company is he old.

CLINT is still working at 89 (six months older than Godard).

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 October 2019 17:54 (one week ago) link

“Directors don’t get better as they get older,” said Tarantino to Scorsese.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 October 2019 18:00 (one week ago) link

Alexander Kluge
Edgar Reitz
Jean-Marie Straub

... all born within a year of one another.

Let them eat Pfifferlinge an Schneckensauce (Tom D.), Monday, 7 October 2019 18:03 (one week ago) link

Michel DeVille (Nouvelle Vague-era but non-Nouvelle Vague dude)

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 7 October 2019 18:48 (one week ago) link

Claude Lelouch

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 7 October 2019 18:57 (one week ago) link

Paul Verhoeven is 81.

breastcrawl, Monday, 7 October 2019 19:05 (one week ago) link

Woody Allen will be 84 in December, and they'll keep releasing his films overseas.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 October 2019 19:17 (one week ago) link

Roman Polanski's still going too. 86.

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 7 October 2019 19:39 (one week ago) link

Marco Bellocchio, 80 next month

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 October 2019 19:41 (one week ago) link

John Boorman is 86

Josefa, Monday, 7 October 2019 20:28 (one week ago) link

Carlos Saura is 87

Josefa, Monday, 7 October 2019 20:32 (one week ago) link

Richard Lester is 87, though hasn't made a film since his 50s

Josefa, Monday, 7 October 2019 20:42 (one week ago) link

^ neither has Waters

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Monday, 7 October 2019 23:09 (one week ago) link

Forgot that A Dirty Shame was that long ago.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 7 October 2019 23:47 (one week ago) link

Corman 93, hasn’t directed since 1990 but been active as a producer (although practically retired by his standards)

YouGov to see it (wins), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 11:53 (one week ago) link

Jodorowsky is 90 btw

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 12:50 (one week ago) link

(Also I noticed he has a son called Brontis, which reminded me that a friend of mine - surname, Harris - always used to say he would name his first born son, Brontis or Tyrannis.)

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 12:55 (one week ago) link

sic semper brontis

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 16:36 (one week ago) link


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