Best Director – 1972

Official Nominations: Bob Fosse. John Boorman. Francis Ford Coppola. Joseph L Mankiewicz. Jan Troell.

Bob Fosse picked up his win here. Seriously. As much as you may love Cabaret, and as much as Fosse does a great job, there is only one winner here. Indeed, I’d probably put Boorman and Mankiewicz higher than Fosse for two very different types of taut thriller in Sleuth and Deliverance respectively. Jan Troell shouldn’t be here at all given that The Emigrants movie came out in 1971 – remembering I don’t care for what and when a film finally showed in LA or USA. My winner is Coppola – isn’t everyone’s? The Godfather is a masterclass from A-Z in the art of Cinema.

My Winner: Francis Ford Coppola

My Nominations: Francis Ford Coppola. Bob Fosse. John Boorman. Joseph L Mankiewicz. Werner Herzog. Bruce Lee. Bernardo Bertolucci. Ronald Neame. Andrei Tarkovsky.

The four big shots all make it over to my list – you can’t really argue against any of them being nominated. I don’t think you can argue against Coppola still winning here – most of my additions would never stand a chance of getting nominated in reality, but each is strong in their own right. I didn’t go so far as giving John Waters one (matron). Herzog’s Aguerre was famous just as much for trouble on set so the fact that such a great movie emerged from the other side speaks volumes, while Bruce Lee made his only complete movie (Way Of The Dragon) as director, one which remains at the top of the martial arts genre. One of the great shames of his early death was not only that he didn’t appear in any more films, but that he didn’t direct any more. Bertolucci gets an obvious nomination for Last Tango In Paris, beauty and disgust colliding, while Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris is incredibly influential in many departments. My final nomination is for Ronald Neame’s The Poseidon Adventure – arguably the most thrilling of all the disaster movies although I admit the nomination is more to do with scope than overall quality.

My Winner: Francis Ford Coppola

Let us know in the comments who you choose as the Best Director of 1972!

2 thoughts on “Best Director – 1972

  1. John Charet January 11, 2018 / 3:21 am

    Great post 🙂 I would choose Francis Ford Coppola as well 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    • carlosnightman January 12, 2018 / 2:01 pm

      Cheers. Off topic, but have you been watching Inside Number 9? It’s a comedy/horror anthology show on BBC that I think you’d love. It’s made by the same people who made The League Of Gentlemen so the writing and acting is top notch, lots of interesting stories and twists – great for people who appreciate the format and know their film and TV history. It’s currently on its 4th Season

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