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Filmmaker Top Ten Lists, from Fassbinder, Haneke and Almodovar to Scorsese, Tarantino and More

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! May 1, 2013 at 2:30PM

Excerpted are lists from Rainer Maria Fassbinder and Michael Haneke, as well as Pedro Almodovar, whose list offers an interesting counterpart to Fassbinder's. Both he and Almodovar have sought to consider the queer experience via cinephilia, formal style and colorful, socially-conscious melodrama.
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'Au Hasard Balthazar,' Michael Haneke's favorite film.
'Au Hasard Balthazar,' Michael Haneke's favorite film.
R.W. Fassbinder

1. "The Damned" (1969, Dir: Luchino Visconti)

2. "The Naked And The Dead" (1958, Dir: Raoul Walsh)

3. "Lola Montes" (1955, Dir: Max Ophuls)

4. "Flamingo Road" (1949, Dir: Michael Curtiz)

5. "Salo, Or The 120 Days Of Sodom" (1975, Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini)

6. "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953, Dir: Howard Hawks)

7. "Dishonored" (1931, Dir: Josef von Sternberg)

8. "The Night Of The Hunter" (1955, Dir: Charles Laughton)

9. "Johnny Guitar" (1954, Dir: Nicholas Ray)

10. "The Red Snowball Tree" (1973, Dir: Vasili Shukshin)

Michael Haneke

1. "Au Hasard Balthazar" (1966, Dir: Robert Bresson)

2. "Lancelot of the Lake" (1974, Dir: Robert Bresson)

3. "The Mirror" (1975, Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky)

4. "Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom" (1975, Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini)

5. "The Exterminating Angel" (1962, Dir: Luis Bunuel)

6. "The Gold Rush" (1925, Dir: Charlie Chaplin)

7. "Psycho" (1960, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock)

8. "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974, Dir: John Cassavetes)

9. "Germany Year Zero" (1948, Dir: Roberto Rossellini)

10. "L'eclisse" (1962, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni)

Pedro Almodovar

Almodovar with 'The Skin I Live In' star Elena Anaya
Almodovar with 'The Skin I Live In' star Elena Anaya


1. "The Night of the Hunter" (1955, dir. Charles Laughton)

2. "The Rules of the Game" (1939, dir. Jean Renoir)

3. "All About Eve" (1950, dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

4. "Leave Her to Heaven" (1945, dir. John M. Stahl)

5. "North by Northwest" (1959, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

6. "Out of the Past" (1947, dir. Jacques Tourneur)

7. "Midnight" (1939, dir. Mitchell Leisen)

8. "Some Like it Hot" (1959, dir. Billy Wilder)

9. "Touch of Evil" (1958, dir. Orson Welles)

10. "Senso" (1954, dir. Luchino Visconti)

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese
Paramount Pictures Martin Scorsese in "Hugo"


1. "8 1/2" (1963, dir. Federico Fellini)

2. "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)

3. "Ashes And Diamonds" (1958, dir. Andrzej Wajda)

4. "Citizen Kane" (1941, dir. Orson Welles)

5. "The Leopard" (1963, dir. Luchino Visconti)

6. "Paisan" (1946, dir. Roberto Rossellini)

7. "The Red Shoes" (1948, dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)

8. "The River" (1951, dir. Jean Renoir)

9. "Salvatore Giuliano" (1962, dir. Francesco Rosi)

10. "The Searchers" (1956, dir. John Ford)

11. "Ugetsu Monogatari" (1953, dir. Kenji Mizoguchi)

12. "Vertigo" (1958, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

Quentin Tarantino

Django Unchained

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1. "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" (1966, dir. Sergio Leone)

2. "Apocalypse Now" (1979, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)

3. "The Bad News Bears" (1976, dir. Michael Ritchie)

4. "Carrie" (1976, dir. Brian DePalma)

5. "Dazed And Confused" (1993, dir. Richard Linklater)

6. "The Great Escape" (1963, dir. John Sturges)

7. "His Girl Friday" (1940, dir. Howard Hawks)

8. "Jaws" (1975, dir. Steven Spielberg)

9. "Pretty Maids All In A Row (1971, dir. Roger Vadim)

10. "Rolling Thunder" (1977, dir. John Flynn)

11. "Sorcerer" (1977, dir. William Friedkin)

12. "Taxi Driver" (1976, dir. Martin Scorsese)

This article is related to: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Michael Haneke, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodóvar


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