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Director Competition Winners and Some Notes

28 May 2012 | Lists, Others | by David Zou

Last week I held a competition of director matchups,15 sets of votes came to me from my blog and Facebook.The results surprised me a little,since there are only 3 pairs which have the gap equal or smaller than 3 votes.Anyway,let’s have a look at the list again:

1.F.W.Murnau vs Fritz Lang
2.Charlie Chaplin vs Jacques Tati
3.Billy Wilder vs Frank Capra
4.Stanley Kubrick vs Orson Welles
5.Michael Powell vs Douglas Sirk
6.Kenji Mizoguchi vs Mikio Naruse
7.Alfred Hitchcock vs Henri-Georges Clouzot
8.Akira Kurosawa vs David Lean
9.Francis Ford Coppola vs Martin Scorsese
10.Krzysztof Kieslowski vs Andrei Tarkovski
11.Wong Karwai vs Jean Luc Godard
12.Hou Hsiao-hsien vs Abbas Kiarostami
13.Jia Zhangke vs Dardenne Brothers
14.Roman Polanski vs David Cronenberg
15.Jim Jarmusch vs Wes Anderson

This time I’m doing a better thing,I divided these results into 3 groups,with each group of result presented in the form of charts,this is to make the comparison more obvious.

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There are some notes to be made:

1.Some matchups made people scratch their head,like Stanley Kubrick vs Orson Welles,Michael Powell vs Douglas Sirk,Wong Karwai vs Jean Luc Godard,Hou Hsiao-hsien vs Abbas Kiarostami,Roman Polanski vs David Cronenberg,Jim Jarmusch vs Wes Anderson,they had to coin-toss those,this is what I want to happen.

2.There are also some pairs made people yelling at me like “too easy”,”this is not even close”,”I can shoot you for that”,like Charlie Chaplin vs Jacques Tati,Billy Wilder vs Frank Capra,Alfred Hitchcock vs Henri-Georges Clouzot,you see,I nearly lost my life.

3.There is another case people made easy votes,”I don’t know A well,so I give my vote to B”,this happens mostly on Asian directors,which did not surprise me,examples are Kenji Mizoguchi vs Mikio Naruse,Hou Hsiao-hsien vs Abbas Kiarostami,Jia Zhangke vs Dardenne Brothers.

4.The most interesting thing of doing this is collecting comments on these directors,here are some juicy ones:

Steve on Welles: Welles showed greater promise and did less with it.

Dave on Douglas Sirk: Sirk was more one dimensional, at least in the films he’s most celebrated for.

John on Coppola: If not for the two Godfathers and Apocalypse Now, I would’ve said Scorsese without even thinking about it.

Mike on Murnau: I love both of these directors but it honestly depresses me that all of those who responded before me chose Lang over Murnau. To me, Murnau is one of the 5 best directors ever.

 

What are your thoughts on the results and those notes?

 

 

 


   

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  • I’m really glad to see Wilder win by such a large margin. Nothing against Capra, but Wilder is a personal favorite of mine.

    I’m bummed out that nobody voted for Clouzot… but I understand why they didn’t. Hitchcock is amazing. Clouzot is merely “kind of amazing”.

    • Thanks for coming back,John.Capra and Clouzot lose in the competition only because their rivals are the best,if they are with anyone else in the group,they should be the winners,being second-to-best is not that bad!!