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Orson Welles: “The American Cinema” (PANTHEON)

14 films

That Welles, the enfant terrible of the American Cinema, is still the youngest indisputably great American director [at the time…

  • A Corner in Wheat
  • The Musketeers of Pig Alley
  • Judith of Bethulia
  • The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'
  • The Birth of a Nation

D.W. Griffith: "The American Cinema" Entry (PANTHEON)

18 films

It is about time that D.W. Griffith was rescued from the false pedestal of an outmoded pioneer. The cinema of…

  • Fig Leaves
  • A Girl in Every Port
  • The Air Circus
  • The Dawn Patrol
  • The Crowd Roars

Howard Hawks: "The American Cinema" Entry (PANTHEON)

29 films

Howard Hawks was until recently the least known and least appreciated Hollywood director of any stature. His name is not…

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
  • The Farmer's Wife
  • Blackmail
  • Murder!
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

Alfred Hitchcock: "The American Cinema" Entry (PANTHEON)

40 films

Alfred Hitchcock is the supreme technician of the American cinema. Even his many enemies cannot begrudge him that distinction. Like…

  • I Don't Want to Be a Man
  • Madame DuBarry
  • The Doll
  • The Wildcat
  • Rosita

Ernst Lubitsch: "The American Cinema" Entry (PANTHEON DIRECTOR)

24 films

In the well-mannered, good-natured world of Ernst Lubitsch, grace transcends purpose. TO BE OR NOT TO BE, widely criticized as…

  • Hitler's Madman
  • Summer Storm
  • A Scandal in Paris
  • Lured
  • Sleep, My Love

Douglas Sirk - Bright Lights Film Journal (2005)

29 films

"Sarris on Sirk," Bright Lights Film Journal, April 2005: brightlightsfilm.com/sarris-on-sirk/#.W11ejNgzob0

The very strange, controversial career of Douglas Sirk raises perplexing…

  • Nosferatu
  • Driven from Home
  • The Last Laugh
  • Tartuffe
  • Faust

F.W. Murnau: "The American Cinema" Entry (PANTHEON)

8 films

The tradition Murnau represents is that of the director who decides how much of the world will be revealed to…

  • Destiny
  • Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler
  • Die Nibelungen: Siegfried
  • Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache
  • Metropolis

Fritz Lang: "The American Cinema" Entry (PANTHEON)

32 films

Fritz Lang's cinema is the cinema of the nightmare, the fable, and the philosophical dissertation. Lang’s apparent weaknesses are the…

  • The High Sign
  • One Week
  • Convict 13
  • The Scarecrow
  • Neighbors

Buster Keaton: "The American Cinema" Entry (PANTHEON)

30 films

Keaton appeared in close to sixty films after 1933, most memorably in San Diego I Love You, Sunset Blvd., Limelight,…

  • Nanook of the North
  • Moana
  • Tabu
  • Man of Aran
  • Elephant Boy

Robert Flaherty: "The American Cinema" Entry (PANTHEON)

6 films

Robert Flaherty was not merely the ‘father’ of the documentary but also one of its few justifications. Actually, his films…

  • The Iron Horse
  • Four Sons
  • Men Without Women
  • Up the River
  • Arrowsmith

John Ford: "The American Cinema" Entry (PANTHEON)

43 films

If John Ford had died or retired at the end of 1929, he would have deserved at most a footnote…

  • One A.M.
  • The Pawnshop
  • The Rink
  • Behind the Screen
  • Easy Street

Charlie Chaplin: "The American Cinema" Entry (PANTHEON)

28 films

NOTE: I will upload Sarris' AMERICAN CINEMA essays on each individual director — both as a list, and as reviews…