Pantheon Director These are the directors who have
transcended their technical problems with a personal vision of the
world. To speak any of their names is to evoke a self-contained world
with its own laws and landscapes. They were also fortunate enough to
find the proper conditions and collaborators for the full expression of
Includes John Ford,
Jean Renoir and
The Far Side of
Paradise These are the directors who fall short
of the Pantheon either because of a fragmentation of their personal
vision or because of disruptive career problems.
Includes Frank Capra,
Vincente Minnelli and
These are the unsung directors with
difficult styles or unfashionable genres or both. Their deeper virtues
are often obscured by irritating idiosyncrasies on the surface, but
they are generally redeemed by their seriousness and grace.
Includes Stanley Donen,
Frank Tashlin and
Fringe Benefits These directors occupied such a
marginal role in the American cinema that it would be unfair to their
overall reputations to analyze them in this limited context in any
Includes Claude Chabrol,
Michelangelo Antonioni and
Less Than Meets the Eye
These are the directors with
reputations in excess of inspirations. In retrospect, it always seems
that the personal signatures to their films were written with invisible
Lightly Likable These are talented but uneven directors
with the saving grace of unpretentiousness.
Includes John Cromwell,
Mervyn LeRoy and
Andrew L. Stone.
Strained Seriousness These are talented but uneven
directors with the mortal sin of pretentiousness. Their ambitious
projects tend to inflate rather than expound.
Includes Jules Dassin,
and Robert Rossen.
Oddities, One-Shots, and Newcomers These are the
eccentrics, the exceptions and the expectants, the fallen stars and the
shooting stars. They defy more precise classification by their very
Includes John Boorman,
Francis Ford Coppola,
Subjects for Further Research These are the directors
whose work must be more fully evaluated before any final determination
of the American cinema is possible. There may be other unknown
quantities as well, but this list will serve for the moment as a
reminder of the gaps.
Includes Clarence Brown,
Tod Browning and
Make Way for the Clowns! These are the most
conspicuous of the non-directorial auteurs, and, as such, they cannot be
subsumed under any directorial style. They are ultimately the funniest
footnotes to the auteur theory.
Includes Jerry Lewis.
No description given. Assumedly, all directors that didn't quite fit
into one of the above categories. Includes
David Miller and