Guide to BFI Where to begin with… Directors

This is a detailed guide to BFI Where to begin with certain directors. For each director there are three recommended films (in order) with hyperlink to an individual article. Order of this list is based of director's country of origin. British Film Institute is a film and television charitable organisation which promotes and preserves filmmaking and television in the United Kingdom.


*Read notes* is essential for more information about directors and their respective work.


„ An auteur is an artist, usually a film director, who applies a highly centralized and subjective control to many aspects of a collaborative creative work. In other words, a person equivalent to an author of a novel or a play. The term commonly refers to filmmakers or directors with a recognizable style or thematic preoccupation. " [1]


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  • Pandora's Box
  • Westfront 1918
  • Comradeship
  • Funny Games
  • The White Ribbon
  • Caché
  • Lourdes
  • Amour Fou
  • Hotel
  • Exotica
  • The Sweet Hereafter
  • Speaking Parts
  • Still Life
  • Platform
  • Unknown Pleasures
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Vampyr
  • Day of Wrath
  • Peking Opera Blues
  • Shanghai Blues
  • Once Upon a Time in China
  • Chungking Express
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Days of Being Wild
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Orpheus
  • The Blood of a Poet
  • Touchez Pas au Grisbi
  • Casque d'Or
  • Le Trou
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime
  • A Man Escaped
  • Pickpocket
  • A Gentle Woman
  • Le Beau Serge
  • Les Cousins
  • Les Bonnes Femmes
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Lola
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Vagabond
  • The Gleaners and I
  • Naked Childhood
  • Graduate First
  • We Won't Grow Old Together
  • Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach
  • History Lessons
  • Too Early/Too Late
  • Requiem for a Vampire
  • The Grapes of Death
  • The Living Dead Girl
  • Le Samouraï
  • Le Cercle Rouge
  • Army of Shadows
  • Breathless
  • Le Petit Soldat
  • A Woman Is a Woman
  • Céline and Julie Go Boating
  • Duelle
  • La Belle Noiseuse
  • Enter the Void
  • Irreversible
  • Climax
  • Goodbye First Love
  • Eden
  • Things to Come
  • The Last Laugh
  • Faust
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • Paris, Texas
  • Wings of Desire
  • Kings of the Road
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
  • The Marriage of Maria Braun
  • Passing Summer
  • Orly
  • Marseille
  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • Satantango
  • The Turin Horse
  • The Big City
  • Pather Panchali
  • Charulata
  • Khosla Ka Ghosla!
  • Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!
  • Lust Stories
  • Where Is My Friend's House?
  • Close-Up
  • The Wind Will Carry Us
  • Offside
  • The Circle
  • Crimson Gold
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • Shoeshine
  • Umberto D.
  • Story of a Love Affair