Book: 100 Years of Cinema, From D.W.Griffith to Richard Linklater

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From D. W. Griffith to Richard Linklater

From D. W. Griffith to Richard Linklater

Writing a book is a challenge, but writing it in a language that you have not written much  can be quite a challenge to overcome, take the book I’m writing: Two month ago I took the task of writing a 1 million words book in Kurdish on the past 100 years of cinema, from D.W.Griffith to Richard Linklater, to be finished, given to the publisher and published in the coming Fall. I used my private film diary of the past 10 years as a source for analyzing the films, it consist of more than 10 million words, it was a challenge to find away to format the book in a style that inform the reader the historical significant of the major films schools, movements, directors and films that are important in the history of cinema, one way to get around it was to choose 100 Directors that represent the past 100 years of cinema’s history and incorporate all the historical significant of each cinematic movement through them, although the book is more Auteur driven.


What is most challenging writing the book is translating the English, French, German and Italian words that are the building block of film language into Kurdish,which mean: Beside writing the book, I have also to write a dictionary in Kurdish, not to mention translating the sources I use from my film diary from English into Kurdish. Other challenges include finding biographical and historical sources of film directors, those that very little about them have been written in English, to name a few: Yevgeni Bauer, Yakov Protazanov, Louis Feuillade, Mikio Naruse, Boris Barnet, Yilmaz Guney, etc, for these, I have to use non-English sources, such as French, Italian, German, Russian and Japanese.

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I decided to write the book after many Kurdish friends and academics informed me about the lack of historical and academic resources on Cinema in the Kurdish Libraries, Schools and Universities in Kurdistan, hopefully in the coming years, and in 2nd, 3rd and other editions I could add more filmmakers, especially those that very little have been written about, for now:  I have chosen around 150 directors, once I finished the 100 directors that I consider to be essential, publish the book,  then wait for the 2nd edition print to publish the rest, which mean, in each edition, the book will become larger and larger, a reason, at least for now, for the next 6 month, I will be way from blogging.

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The list of the Directors in no significant order:

    D.W. Griffith
Charlie Chaplin
Yevgeni Bauer
Yakov Protazanov
Buster Keaton
Louis Feuillade
F.W. Murnau
Fritz Lang
Carl Th. Dreyer
Sergei Eisenstein
Robert Flaherty
King Vidor
Josef von Sternberg
Lev Kuleshov
Eric Von Stroheim
Vsevolod Pudovkin
Alexander Dovzhenko
Alfred Hitchock
Jean Renoir
Yasujiro Ozu
Frank Capra
Ernst Lubitsch
John Ford
Dziga Vertov
G.W. Pabst
Howard Hawks
Mikio Naruse
Kenji Mizoguchi
Boris Barnet
Luis Bunuel
Jean Vigo
Max Ophuls
Hiroshi Shimizu
Preston Sturges
Jacques Tourneur
Orson Welles
Roberto Rossellini
Akira Kurosawa
Vittorio De Sica
Vincente Minnelli
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Nicholas Ray
Powell and Pressburger
John Huston
William Wyler
Andre de Toth
Douglas Sirk
Elia Kazan
Federico Fellini
Frank Tashlin
Samuel Fuller
Ingmar Bergman
Robert Aldrich
Anthony Mann
Budd Boetticher
Alain Resnais
Otto Preminger
Michelangelo Antonioni
Billy Wilder
Robert Wise
Luchino Visconti
Robert Bresson
Keisuke Kinoshita
William A. Wellman
Jacques Tati
Jean-Pierre Melville
Pietro Germi
Stanley Kubrick
Francois Truffaut
Jean-luc Godard
Paolo Pasolini
Sam Peckinpah
Jacques Demy
Georgi Daneliya
Satayjit Ray
Hiroshi Teshigahara
Peter Watkins
Nagisa Oshima
Jerry Lewis
Louis Malle
Ermanno Olmi
Jacques Rivette
Francisco Rosi
Andrei Tarkovsky
John Cassavetes
Sergei Parajanov
Otar Iosseliani
Eric Rohmer
Yilmaz Guney
R.W Fassbinder
Robert Altman
Bernardo Bertolucci
Werner Herzog
Elaine May
Hal Ashby
Wim Wenders
Abbas Kiarostami
Francis Ford Coppola
Joseph Losey
Aleksei German
Monte Hellman
Laris Shepitko
Vasili Shukshin
Isao Takahata
Terrence Malick
Martin Scorsese
Lindsay Anderson
Nikita Mikhalkov
Brian De Palma
Hayao Miyazaki
Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Aki Kaurismaki
Maurice Pialat
Elem Klimov
Raul Ruiz
Juzo Itami
Alex Cox
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Costa Gavras
Jim Jarmusch
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Bella Tarr
Alexander Sokurov
Takeshi Kitano
Tsai Ming-liang
Edward Yang
Theo Angellopoulos
Michael Haneke
Ken Loach
Richard Linklater
Dardenne Brothers
Pedro Costa
Apichatopong Weerasethakul
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Lisandro Alonso
Asghar Farhadi
Jia Zhang-ke
Andrei Zvyagintsev
Carlos Reyagadas
Manuel de Oliveira
Clair Denis
Yesim Ustaoglu
Tian Zhuanzhuang
Paolo Sorrentino
Marco Bellochio
Hong Sang-soo
Lars von Trier
Roman Polanski
Corneliu Porumboiu
Sergei Loznitsa
Chris Marker
Woody Allen


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