In Far From Heaven, indie director Todd Haynes created an homage to one of the 20th century’s most stylish directors, Douglas Sirk. In your opinion, what director created the most distinctive style legacy?
Billy Wilder created the most distinctive style legacy. In a widely diverse series of films, to name a few, Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Sunset Boulevard, Ace in the Hole, Some Like It Hot and The Apartment, he examined the American character and experience in depth: insurance fraud and murder, crime, show business, corporate America, substance abuse, greed were unforgettably depicted. One writer/director created so many great American films
Love him or hate him, Quentin Taratino had a strong design influence. Guy Ritchie? Any other hyper-violent, funny, snarky, vulgur action flick of the last decade.
Tim Burton’s done a great job of creating his distinct style. Batman, Beetlejuice, Charlie and the Chocolate factory – can’t wait for Alice in Wonderland next year…
Alfred Hitchcock, I’d have to say. He was responsible for the total design of his films – he thought out evertyhing, including the screenplay, well in advance of the actual shooting. His signature is his intensely visual style, which is often imitated, but never duplicated. Hitchcock was also very much interested in the troubled relationship between the sexes – and, in that regard, films as diverse as “Notorious” and “Marnie” have an enormous impact today. He was also a master at casting his films – his heroes and his heroines and his villains are really quite memorable. And, most impressively, you can re-visit his films again and again and see more than you did the last time. A man who burst the thriller genre wide open and created something new – the Hitchcockian thriller.