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Helen OHara -> 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 10:26:27 AM)

Which actor/director pairings do you think are the greatest? And did we miss any?

http://www.empireonline.com/features/40-great-actor-director-partnerships/






elab49 -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 10:42:01 AM)

You thieves - I was putting a list together on this! [:@]

Granted I was adding more quality control on the films - I'm pretty sure you've got stuff like Always in there! [:D]

Assuming a minimum of 3 films, and being a little stricter on the definition of great, how about

Kurosawa/Shimura
Koybayashi/Nakudai
Sayles/Strathairn
Sorrentino/Servillo
Boeticher/Scott

Stanwyck did more interesting things with Capra than the corn. Maybe also Jean Arthur there - I'd say George Stevens, too, but I think Shane's one of her worst roles.

Fritz Lang/Joan Bennett?
Michael Curtiz/Claude Rains?

etc[:)]




odddaze -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 11:39:38 AM)

You forgot Affleck and Smith, the greatest collaborators of all time!




Rob -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 12:19:13 PM)

No Scorcesse and DiCaprio?




bradthunder -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 12:39:48 PM)

No John Woo and Chow Mein Fat...?




Samurai_Zoso -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 12:47:04 PM)

You forgot John Woo/Chow Yuen-Fat, probably the greatest pairing in terms of action film the world of cinema has ever seen, producing such enduring classics as "A Better Tomorrow", "The Killer"(!) and "Hard Boiled", which influence reaches from "The Matrix" to ... well nearly every action movie which hit the screen in the last two decades

Glad to see that Kurosawa/Mifune made the list, though.





Rob -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 12:52:35 PM)

Jean Pierre Jeunet and Dominique Pinon




trothon -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 12:53:01 PM)

No RIchard Linklater & Ethan Hawke/Julie Delpy! Shocking!




The Bantam Menace -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 12:59:45 PM)

Well you missed Shane Meadows and Paddy Consadine! How dare you!!!!!!!




Judge -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 2:10:29 PM)

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ORIGINAL: The Bantam Menace

Well you missed Shane Meadows and Paddy Consadine! How dare you!!!!!!!


Beat me to it!




jimbojetset -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 2:14:34 PM)

What about Clint and Morgan? Invictus,Unforgiven and Million dollar Baby.
Ritchie and the Stath, Lock stock and Snatch are both great and revolver not so.





Nashwan -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 2:24:14 PM)

I've been registered here for 4 years and never before have I felt compelled to comment, but I'm with Samurai_Zoso above, I can't believe you missed out Johnny Woo and Chow Yun Fat! There's never been a better pairing in the entire span of movie history.

Fact.




Pelle -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 2:54:01 PM)

Luc Besson + Jean Reno = coolest French cinema of the 80's and 90's

Judd Apatow + Seth Rogen = best modern american comedy

Renny Harlin + Samuel L. Jackson = "The fucking shark ate me!" Best exploitation of Sam's coolness.




Butlerbert -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 3:32:48 PM)

James Cameron and Bill Paxton is always good fun, wish he made a cameo in Avatar! or Cameron and Michael Biehn for that matter!




The900MidNightBee -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 4:50:33 PM)

Wow! Not one Woody Allen collaborations? Very suprising

Other suggestions:
Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson (He also co-wrote the only Anderson film he hasn't yet appeared in, Rushmore)
Paul Thomas Anderson & Philip Seymour Hoffman
Francis Ford Coppola & Robert Duvall
Neil Jordan & Stephen Rea
Sydney Pollack & Robert Redford
Ron Howard & Clint Howard [:D]




richardfeely -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 5:05:27 PM)

Perhaps George Lucas & Harrison Ford. They did American Graffiti, Star Wars & Indiana Jones together. The last one was Speilberg directed, it was still largely down to Lucas.




MovieAddict247 -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 8:44:42 PM)

I don't believe you didn't put Woody Allen and Diane Keaton on the list - Annie Hall, Manhattan, Sleeper, Love and Death, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Play it Again Sam, Interiors...

Its completely irrelevent, but I like how on the Coen Brothers & Frances McDormand/Steve Buscemi page, both actors are in their winter Fargo clothes, whilst the Coens are in sunglasses, sunhats, short sleeves...




lona_no_friends -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (22/4/2010 8:56:48 PM)

George Roy Hill and Paul Newman? They made Slap Shot, The Sting AND Butch Cassidy together. George Roy Hill was apparently a horrible director to work with, yet Paul Newman managed 3 films with him. How did they not get a mention?

Or Spike Jonze and Catherine Keener? Another 3 films together, one of which got them both Oscar noms

Scorsese and Leo? Coppola and Robert Duvall? Pixar and John Ratzenberger? Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman? Hitchcock and anyone blonde? Woody Allen and anyone female? Really should've been a longer list...




bfenby -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (23/4/2010 12:50:22 AM)

Agree - it was completely ridiculous not to include Woody & Diane...

quote:

ORIGINAL: MovieAddict247

I don't believe you didn't put Woody Allen and Diane Keaton on the list - Annie Hall, Manhattan, Sleeper, Love and Death, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Play it Again Sam, Interiors...





jamiezechner -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (23/4/2010 12:54:01 AM)

i know it's been said before but i have to say it again; no John Woo & Chow Yuen-Fat? They made some of the best action films of all time. HARDBOILED.




grucl -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (23/4/2010 7:33:27 AM)

Also forgot:

Richard Donner & Mel Gibson: 6 films (Lethal Weapon 1-4, Maverick, Conspiracy Theory)




robcao -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (23/4/2010 9:26:54 AM)

John Woo and Chow Yun Fat definitely! The Killer and Hard Boiled (with the always excellent Tony Leung) redefined the genre....

and how about Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon - the Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum along with the Green Zone.....

Great to see Wong Kar Wai and Tony in there though!




nvernver -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (23/4/2010 2:34:54 PM)

Cronenberg and Mortensen. Seriously, people, how could you have missed these two?




Martina -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (23/4/2010 3:18:53 PM)

No Danny Boyle - Ewan McGregor????
How can you forget them??[:@]




phjedi -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (23/4/2010 3:40:52 PM)

Alright. Good list, but you missed a few.

What about:

- Woody Allen and Diane Keaton
- Woody Allen and Mia Farrow
- Tony Scott and Denzel Washington
- Luc Besson and Jean Reno
- Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio




JimmyThe Saint -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (23/4/2010 5:21:38 PM)

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  There are a lot of directors that use the same actors. Bill Forsyth and John Gordon Sinclair. Walter Hill in the 80s had a stock company he used all the time, like James Remar and Diane Lane. John Sayles uses the same actors, like  Chris Cooper or Joe Morton. David Strathharin is in almost every Curtis Hanson film and Gregg Henry, the double closing scuzz ball drom Payback, is in about half a dozen Brian De Palma movies. What about Clint too? Morgan Freeman Hackman Geoffrey Lewis? There are many example.




Batman Beyond -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (23/4/2010 6:38:43 PM)

I cannot believe such a prestigious magazine would leave out of this list one of the most infamous partnerships in the business: Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers.

[image]http://www.dgaquarterly.org/Portals/0/images/0902/Edwards2.jpg[/image]

Aside from making four very funny Pink Panther movies (their fifth and last one wasn't so good, and lets not even mention their posthmus "collaboration"), they also made The Party, aka the best improvisational comedy in the last 50 years.

Anyway, just thought I'd mention it. I'll refer to my favorite director-actor relationships later on.




tobiasjensen -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (23/4/2010 9:34:25 PM)

No Paul Greengras & Matt Damon? No Guillermo del Toro & Doug Jones? No Coen Brothers and John Turtorro?? come on empire..




Martin1876 -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (24/4/2010 11:45:29 AM)

Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis (in fact, if the minimum's 3, you could say PJ and anyone in all three Rings)
Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes/Ben Affleck/Jason Lee
Spielberg and Harrison Ford, ffs (crap 4th Indy aside, that's still 3)
George Lucas and Ford
And I know they've only done two films together as a director/actor partnership buuuuuut..... Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. At least an honorary mention.[:)]




RobotDevil -> RE: 40 Great Actor & Director Partnerships (25/4/2010 3:59:49 PM)


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ORIGINAL: jimbojetset

What about Clint and Morgan? Invictus,Unforgiven and Million dollar Baby.



Agreed, especially given the quality of the films.

And trilogies / sequels shouldn't be counted separately IMO




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