Federico Fellini (Fellini Satyricon)
Arthur Hiller (Love Story)
David Lean – Ryan’s Daughter
My Overall Thoughts:
This was a year with three very powerful films that were directed superbly vying for the top spot. Any of them could have conceivably taken home gold despite the vast diversity between the stories and the genres.
5. Federico Fellini
4. Ken Russell
3. Arthur Hiller
2. Robert Altman
1. Franklin J. Schaffner
4. Women in Love – Interesting idea that starts off really well but loses it’s magic along the way. The cast is great and all 4 of the leads do wonderful jobs portraying these very flawed characters who are all seeking similar things yet in different ways. Jackson won Best Actress at the Oscars for this role because she allowed her character to bear herself completely both physically and mentally. Russell received a Best Director nomination for this film and it can definitely be seen as being a landmark for its time even if it doesn’t still feel as relevant nearly 50 years on.
3. Love Story – O’Neal and MacGraw are good here, but their chemistry together isn’t always as present as it probably should be. Liked the way that they are able to show a couple who prefer love over substance as they both try to break free from their vastly different upbringings. Milland is great as O’Neal’s overbearing father. Done really well, but not THE best film of the year.
2. Patton – Very well done movie. You need to have patience to get thru it, but ultimately it’s worth the wait. Very deserving of its many accolades
1. MASH – Such a fun movie to rewatch because the characters and situations are spot on. Altman really knew how to create a carnival atmosphere and kept his characters seem so real despite everything going on around them. Amazing cast led by Sutherland, Skerritt, Gould, Kellerman and Duvall. The fact that they were able to tell a film about social issues related to a completely different war is truly an amazing accomplishment to achieve. A great (anti-) war film all around and it’s no surprise that it spawned a TV series that lasted 11 seasons plus.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! Patton is such an amazing epic film that gives us so much insight into the mind of a general and Schaffner does a wonderful job keeping it all together.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!