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Sight And Sound Top 250 By The Numbers: And The Auteur With The Most Films Is...

by The Playlist
August 17, 2012 12:56 PM
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Number of Criterion Collection Titles in The List
Tokyo Story, Rules of The Game, The Passion of Joan Of Arc, 8 1/2, L'Atlante, Breathless, Late Spring, Au Hasard Balthazar, Seven Samurai, L'Avventura, Le Mepris, Rashomon, Ordet, In The Mood For Love, Andrei Rublev, The Bicycle Thieves, Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, The 400 Blows, Pierrot le Fou, Close-Up, Playtime, Gertrud, The Battle of Algiers, Ugetsu, La Jetee, M, Sansho The Baliff, Wild Strawberries, Modern Times, The Night of the Hunter, Pickpocket, Sans Soleil, The Third Man, L'Eclisse, Les Enfants Du Paradis, The Grand Illusion, The Spirit Of The Beehive, Fanny And Alexander, The Seventh Seal, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Fear Eats the Soul, Madame de, Two or Three Things I Know About Her, Ivan The Terrible, Last Year At Marienbad, The Lady Eve, Viridiana, A Canterbury Tale, Mouchette, The Red Shoes, Trouble In Paradise, Amacord, Days Of Heaven, Do The Right Thing, The River, Jules And Jim, Ikiru, Three Colors: Blue, Hiroshima Mon Amour, The Great Dictator, Diary of a Country Priest, Chungking Express, A Woman Under The Influence, Black Narcissus, Vampyr, Cries and Whispers, Notorious, Sweet Smell Of Success, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Paris Texas, Rome Open City, Faces, The Music Room, Day Of Wrath, The Thin Red Line, Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, I Know Where I'm Going!, Red Desert, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Videodrome, Cleo from 5 to 7, La Strada, Paisa, Germany Year Zero, Army of Shadows, Salo, The Exterminating Angel, Two-Lane Blacktop, An Autumn Afternoon, Testament of Dr Mabuse, Double Life of Veronique, Kes, Three Colors: Red, Brief Encounter, All That Heaven Allows, Solaris, Yi Yi, Vivre Sa Vie

Number Of Documentaries On The List
Man With A Movie Camera, Shoah, Histoire du cinema, Listen To Britain, West Of The Tracks, The House is Black, The Thin Blue Line,

Number Of Animated Films On The List
Spirited Away, A Tale Of Tales, Wall-E, My Neighbor Totoro,

Number Of Canadian Films On The List (made by Canadian filmmakers)
Videodrome (1983), Wavelength (1967)

Number Of American Directors On The List (American-born only)
(Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, John Ford, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Donen, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Buster Keaton, Howard Hawks, Robert Altman, Terrence Malick, Preston Sturges, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, John Cassavetes, Victor Fleming, Nicholas Ray, George Lucas, Alexander Mackendrick, Steven Spielberg, Tobe Hooper, Andy Warhol/Paul Morrissey, Paul Thomas Anderson, Andrew Stanton, Leo McCarey, Monte Hellman, Errol Morris, (Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, while known as Americans were born outside the U.S.)

5 Youngest Directors on The S&S List:
42-year-old Apitchatpong Weerasethakul ("Tropical Malady, 2004, "Uncle Boonmee", 2010)
42-year-old Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood,” 2007)
45-year-old Cristi Puiu ("The Death of Mr Lazarescu," 2005)
45-year-old Wang Bing (“West of the Tracks,” 2002)
46-year-old Andrew Stanton ("Wall-E," 2008)

5 Oldest Living Directors On The List
90-year-old Alain Resnais
88-year-old Stanley Donen
86-year-old Claude Lanzmann
84-year-old Jacques Rivette
84-year-old Nicolas Roeg
81-year-old Jean-Luc Godard

5 Newest Film On The List
Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse” (2011)
Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia” (2011)
Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life (2011)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul's “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” (2010)
Andrew Stanton "Wall-E" (2008)

5 Oldest Films On The List
Georges Melies’ “A Trip To The Moon” (1902)
D.W. Griffith’s “Intolerance” (1916)
Robert Wiene's “The Cabinet of Dr Caligari” (1919)
F. W. Murnau's "Nosferatu" (1922)
Buster Keaton's "Sherlock Jr" (1924)

Number of Errors on the S&S List that we found
“E.T.“ Listed as a 2002 film (it’s 1982)
“Out 1” listed as a 1990 film (it’s 1971)
“Los Olvidados” listed as a 1995 film (it’s 1950)
“Star Wars” listed as 1997 (It’s 1977, although 1997 was admittedly the year of the Special Edition re-release)

Hilarious Mistake
“Old Boy” by Kelly Reichardt, though it's sadly since been corrected...

Other stats you've come across? Let us know and we'll add. And yes, this was a manual labor of love so if our math is somehow innacurate, apologies in advance and please let us know.

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  • Dale Lloyd | August 30, 2012 6:15 PMReply

    I noticed this error on the list: Cries and Whispers (1957). Should be 1972.

  • Fry | August 19, 2012 1:37 PMReply

    How many female filmmakers made it to the top 100?: Only two. Chantal Akerman (36 with Jeanne Dielman) and Claire Denis (78 with Beau Travail). And out of the 250 films?: Six more, Maya Deren (though she shares credit Alexander Hammid, 102 with Meshes of the Afternoon), Vera Chytilová (202 with Daisies), Agnès Varda (202 with Cleo from 5 to 7), Barbara Loden (202 with Wanda), Jane Campion (235 with The Piano), Forough Farrokhzad (235 with The House is Black). Total number of women in the entire list: 8.

  • Michael Koller | August 19, 2012 6:34 AMReply

    So how come Joseph Von Sternberg with NINE films in the list isn't listed at all????

  • Edward | August 20, 2012 7:40 AM

    Dude, what are you talking about? There are exactly ZERO JVS films in the top 250. They're not going by the list of EVERY film that got like 1 vote.

  • Edward Copeland | August 18, 2012 3:30 PMReply

    Unless they've fixed it since, on the day they announced the critics' list, they had Singin' in the Rain as a 1951 release. Pretty unforgivable since it's not like its 60th anniversary this year hasn't received any press.

  • Bill Blackwell | August 18, 2012 11:32 AMReply

    5 Oldest Living Directors:
    Second should be eighty-eight year old Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain).
    Dancing, Elaine May, and the will to outlive Debbie Reynolds keep him vital.
    If you're going to list Man with a Movie Camera and Histoire du cinema as "documentaries," shouldn't Sans Soleil join them?

  • Dood | August 17, 2012 10:48 PMReply

    I see no Snow White, the first animated feature ever made, and no Toy Story, the first computer animated feature made. Animation is represented only by a few films. Never gets enough respect. It seems that a lot of these films are chosen only to recognize movements and figures in film rather than the films themselves. I know it is a type of populist vote, but I think some other filmmakers and medium of films could be better represented.

  • Leo Farah | August 17, 2012 9:47 PMReply

    Manuel de Oliveira is the oldest director on the list, with his 1978 film Amor de Perdição.

  • @Leo | August 18, 2012 11:23 AM

    Manoel de Oliveira's Doomed Love (Amor de Perdição ) is not actually in the top 250, fyi.

  • Steve Crook | August 17, 2012 6:03 PMReply

    Michael Powell got 7 titles in the Top 250 because Peeping Tom is in there as well.


  • Steve Crook | August 17, 2012 6:08 PM

    OK, as you were. Ignore that. Peeping Tom is in the All Films list on the Sight & Sound page about the Top 250. But it isn't in the 250

  • StephenM | August 17, 2012 4:03 PMReply

    I believe Jean-Luc Godard has the most films mentioned by voters overall, at 27. John Ford is second with 22. I think Hitchcock is third with 19. (Though I'm remembering this from counting late last night, so you probably ought to check my numbers.)

  • Forrest Cardamenis | August 17, 2012 7:52 PM

    I remember seeing Bunuel with a lot of films, too. I think upwards of 20.

  • Brian Z | August 17, 2012 4:00 PMReply

    Wasn't the ET re-release with the changed footage 2002?

  • Wes | August 17, 2012 3:01 PMReply

    I need to see more Luis Buñuel (I've seen 3) and Roberto Rosselini (I've seen 1).

  • wes | August 17, 2012 2:53 PMReply

    I only see six films listed for Bresson and the Archers... Did I miss something?

  • The Playlist | August 17, 2012 3:42 PM

    Bresson has 7, you're right about the archers, i've goofed and corrected. Stared at that list all day long yesterday and that along with the broken search clearly broke my brain, thanks Wes.

  • wes | August 17, 2012 2:54 PM

    edit: I only see six films for the Archers...

  • Duddi | August 17, 2012 2:12 PMReply

    Wow, i just noticed what a GREAT movie they've missed - "AMADEUS" - is not included, that makes the list kind of weak ' : - (

  • Forrest Cardamenis | August 17, 2012 1:47 PMReply

    The search is broken, but if you look up the director of any of those other films I mentioned, after you click and get to the page where it says how many votes there are, there should be a mini-scroller on the right side where you can see all the films that tie for #235. There's probably 20 or 30 more that could be displayed in the top 250 but aren't because of lack of room.

  • Forrest Cardamenis | August 17, 2012 1:54 PM

    This was meant as a reply to my previous comment (and its reply), sorry about that.

  • Fitra | August 17, 2012 1:36 PMReply

    I think all of Malick's films are featured on the list, including one mention for The New World. Maybe he's the only filmmaker in history of cinema whose total oeuvre is selected by at least one participant. But then again, he only has five films, though it will eventually change soon!

    The more films he makes, we are all the richer for it. More power to him.

  • Forrest Cardamenis | August 17, 2012 1:26 PMReply

    Hawks does have a film (Rio Bravo) in the top 100, at #63. There are also a number of titles that also tied at #235 but aren't displayed on the top 250 that should get their due (and factor into the count for films from each decade), receiving as many votes as some that did appear. Among them are Weerasethakul's "Willfully Yours," The Big Lebowski, The White Ribbon, two Kiarostami's (Where Is My Friend's House and The Wind Will Carry Us), Hou's "The Puppetmaster," Belle De Jour, Flowers of Shanghai, All About My Mother, Throne of Blood (which ties Kurosawa with his compatriots), a pair of Cassavetes films, and more.

  • The Playlist | August 17, 2012 1:35 PM

    Thanks Forrest. Amended the Hawks mention. Making matters worse is the search function on that S&S page is pretty much broken.

  • Paul | August 17, 2012 12:59 PMReply

    Geez. It's just a list, why hold it up on such a holy grail to dissect endlessly? Can't believe you waste this much time with it, so many useless features.

  • wes | August 17, 2012 2:49 PM

    It is fun. I agree!

  • The Playlist | August 17, 2012 1:08 PM

    It's fun for us to parse. It lets us engage in classic film cinephilia which we don't get to do a lot on the site outside of Criterion releases and things like that. But yes, please change the channel if it is useless to you. I hear there's a Vin Diesel marathon on AMC.

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