Welcome to the inaugural season of Face/Off! This season, we’re pitting two directors with similar backgrounds against one another and letting YOU, the commenters, decide on who reigns supreme!
You have to decide which director is better than the other? Various factors could play into your decision from who takes the biggest risks to who has the more distinctive style. Remember, it isn’t so much about which director has made the most money at the box office or won the most awards, but, in your mind, which director simply makes better films.
Let’s analyze the filmography of today’s challengers.
1930s & 1940s Directorial Features: Mauvaise Graine (1934), The Major and the Minor (1942), Five Graves to Cairo (1943), Double Idemnity (1944), The Lost Weekend (1945), Death Mills (1945), The Emperor Waltz (1948), A Foreign Affair (1948)
1950s Directorial Features: Sunset Boulevard (1950), Ace in the Hole (1951), Stalag 17 (1953), Sabrina (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955), The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), Love in the Afternoon (1957), Love in the Afternoon (1957), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Some Like It Hot (1959)
1960s to 1980s Directorial Features: The Apartment (1960), One, Two, Three (1961), Irma la Douce (1963), Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), Avanti! (1972), The Front Page (1974), Fedora (1978), Buddy Buddy (1981)
1960s & 1970s Directorial Features: Black Peter (1964), Loves of a Blonde (1965), The Firemen’s Ball (1967), Taking Off (1971), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Hair (1979)
1980s to 2000s Directorial Features: Ragtime (1981), Amadeus (1984), Valmont (1989), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Man on the Moon (1999), Goya’s Ghosts (2006)
Only one can move on. Let the Face/Off begin!
Discuss in the comments below your favorite films from each director and who should advance to the next round.