Who’s the Better Director? Roman Polanski or Claire Denis

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.


Roman Polanski

1960s & 1970s Directorial Features: Knife in the Water (1962), Repulsion (1965), Cul-de-sac (1966), The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Macbeth (1971), What? (1972), Chinatown (1974), The Tenant (1976), Tess (1979)

1980s to 2010s Directorial Features: Pirates (1986), Frantic (1988), Bitter Moon (1992), Death and the Maiden (1994), The Ninth Gate (1999), The Pianist (2002), Oliver Twist (2005), To Each His Own Cinema (2007), The Ghost Writer (2010), Carnage (2011), Venus in Fur (2013), Based on a True Story (2017), An Officer and a Spy (2019)


Claire Denis

1980s to 2010s Directorial Features: Chocolat (1988), S’en fout la mort (1990), J’ai pas sommeil (1994), Nénette et Boni  (1996), Beau travail (1999), Trouble Every Day (2001), Vendredi soir (2002), L’intrus (2004), 35 rhums (2008), White Material (2009), Bastards (2013), Let the Sunshine In (2017), High Life (2018)


Only one can move on. Let the Face/Off begin!

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Face/Off: Polanski vs. Denis

Who's the better director?


Discuss in the comments below your favorite films from each director and who should advance to the next round.

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Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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