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The Most Influential Director of the 20th Century: Vote in the poll NOW!


We’ve come this far. Let’s finish it. Over the last ten weeks, I have asked you, the reader, who the most influential filmmaker of the various decades of the 20th century was. I now have clear, outright winners of each polls for the decades, and here is the list of winners:


1900-1909: Georges Melies


1910-1919: D.W. Griffith


1920-1929: Sergei Eisenstein


1930-1939: Frank Capra


1940-1949: Orson Welles


1950-1959: Alfred Hitchcock


1960-1969: Jean-Luc Godard


1970-1979: Stanley Kubrick


1980-1989: Martin Scorsese


1990-1999: Quentin Tarantino


Now, I am going to issue a poll featuring those ten films, and I want you to vote for who you think, of these ten, is the MOST influential of the entire 20th CENTURY. You mustn’t count anything they’ve made since 2000, only films from the 20th century. Now, I want you to think carefully about this, and if you can, please spread the word of this poll around. It will be open for a month, and I would like to get as many votes as possible to get a wide variety of opinions and hopefully, a clear-cut winner. So the time to vote is now!


Thanks for voting. Please remember to share this poll around, link to it, or just get people voting. More votes means a wider result, which is always more interesting than just having one person win by a landslide.


The poll will be open until the 10th of October, when it will be closed and the winner and runners up will be revealed. Until then, thanks for voting and spreading the word. If there’s anything you’d like to add on the subject, leave comments below. Thanks.

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The Weekly Discussion: 1900-1909 in Cinema!

Hey everyone. Last week I issued a poll asking who you thought the most influential director of the 1920s was. The poll is now closed and the results are as follows: the winner, with 5 votes, is Sergei Eisenstein; second with 4 is Fritz Lang, followed by Luis Buñuel with 3, then Victor Sjöström and F.W. Murnau with one vote each. The two other nominees, Abel Gance and Buster Keaton, received no votes.

We only have to more decades left. I have polled you on the 1910s, 20s, 30s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, so the only two left are the 40s (which will be the topic of next Sunday’s poll) and this week’s decade, the 00’s (specifically, 1900-1909). I know that it’s not the easiest of polls to vote in since a lot of people don’t really know much about that era, but if you could vote that would be great because we’d like to have a conclusive winner. Here’s the poll:

Thanks for voting. If there’s anything else you’d like to add on the subject, leave a comment below.

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The Weekly Discussion: The 20s in Cinema!

Hey everyone, and welcome to The Weekly Discussion. Last week I asked you who the most influential director of the 1980s was. It generated quite some discussion, and the results were quite close. In third place, with 4 votes, is John Hughes. In second, with 5 votes, is Steven Spielberg, and the winner, with six votes, is Martin Scorsese. Thanks for voting, everyone.

We only have three decades left to poll you on, so please vote in each poll if you can, especially since the remaining decades aren’t ones that are very well known in general. They are the 1900s, the 1920s and the 1940s. This week we are doing the 1920s. Here is the poll: 

Thanks for voting, everyone. If there’s anything you’d like to add about the poll or this subject, please leave a comment below.

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The Weekly Discussion: The 80s in Cinema!

The Weekly Discussion: 1910-1919 in Cinema

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Challenge. Each week I poll you on who the most influential film director of each respective decade in the 20th century is. The polls are in random order, and so far I have polled you on the 60s, 30s, 70s, 90s and 50s.

Here are the results of last week’s quiz on the 50s. The winner by a landslide was Hitchcock with 9 votes. In second was Akira Kurosawa with 4, then Billy Wilder with 2 and then Ingmar Bergman with one. The other three choices, Satyajit Ray, David Lean and Robert Bresson received no votes.

Here is this week’s poll, and this time we are looking at the 10s:

Thanks for voting. I know this poll wasn’t very big, but I’ve got to get each decade done. If there’s anything you’d like to add about the topic, please leave a comment below.