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The Results Are In! The Most Influential Filmmaker of the 20th Century As Voted By You!

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.

The Weekly Discussion: The 40s in Cinema!

It’s that time again. For nine weeks now I have been polling you on the most influential film director of the various decades of the 20th century. Last week the poll was about the period of 1900-1909. The winner of that poll, with 6 votes, was Georges Méliès. This week’s poll is the last one before the big one… who was the most influential film director of the WHOLE TWENTIETH CENTURY, where the nominees will be the winners of all the prior polls.

This week’s poll, however, is about the roaring forties!

Thanks for voting. Also, while we’re here, I thought I’d issue the results of a poll I wrote last week: What is the furthest you are willing to travel to see one film? The winning result was 30 minutes to an hour, with six votes, followed closely by One Hour, with five.

Thanks for voting in this week’s poll again, and I look forward to issuing the final poll this time next week.

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.

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.

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.

The Weekly Discussion: The 50s in Cinema!

Welcome to the fifth episode of The Weekly Discussion. For those of you who don’t know, it is a weekly series of posts examining  a certain subject of film. At the moment we are going through all the decades of the 20th century and finding out which director has been most influential during each decade. So far I have polled you on the 60s, 30s, 70s and 90s, and the respective winners thus far have been Jean-Luc Godard, Frank Capra, Stanley Kubrick and Quentin Tarantino.

This week we are looking at the 1950s decade. Here is the poll:

Thanks for voting. If there is anything to do with the subject of the 1950s in film you’d like to say, or talk about, then here’s the place. Thanks again.

The Weekly Discussion: The 90s in Cinema!

This time last week on The Weekly Discussion, I asked everyone who the most influential director of the 1970s was. The poll is now closed, and the winner with six votes, is Stanley Kubrick. In second place with four is Francis Ford Coppola and in 3rd place is Steven Spielberg. This week the random decade voting continues, but now I’m telling you guys why I’m doing this. In random order, I’m planning on asking readers the most influential director of each respective decade of the 20th century. Then, the ten winners will face off in a final poll which will be active for a month to find out who the most influential filmmaker of the century was! The first week we did the 60s, and the winner was Jean Luc-Godard. The second week we did the 30s, and the results presented us with a three way tie between Frank Capra, Howard Hawks and Jean Renoir.

This week the decade is the 90s, but I’ll be issuing you guys TWO polls, so please if you can, vote in both. The first is the main poll: Who was the most influential director of the 1990s decade? I’ll get you guys to vote in that one now:

Thanks for that. The second poll is trying to sort out the three way tie for the 30s. So, I ask you again, of the following three, who was the most influential director of the 1930s decade?

Also, a poll that I issued less than a week ago, What Do You Think of the Movie Crash? is now closed. The results were thin, but of the ten people who voted, four thought it was good, three thought it was bad, two thought it was okay, and one thought it was awful. Make of that what you will.

Anyway, back to the subject of the 90s. Thanks for voting in the polls, and if you have anything to say about the subject, please leave a comment. Thanks again.

The Weekly Discussion: The 70s in Cinema!

Welcome to the third installment of The Weekly Discussion. In the past two, we examined the most influential director of the 1960s and 1930s, respectively. I am planning on polling you to see who the most influential director of each decade of the 20th century is, in random order. This week, the poll looks at the sexy seventies!

Heaps of amazing, revolutionary movies were released in this decade, some of the highlights including The Godfather, Cries and Whispers, Barry Lyndon, Network, Apocalypse Now and countless others.

But which director had the biggest influence on the film industry in that decade? Vote in the poll below:

Thanks for voting. If you have anything to say about the subject of the 70s, directors, filmmakers and movies, then please leave a comment below. Thanks.