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Trivial Top 20: Oldest Directors

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Ranked according to the time of their last feature film release

Gebo and the Shadow Oliveira

1. Manoel de Oliveira (103)

Gebo and the Shadow, 2012

Underwater Impressions Leni

2. Leni Riefenstahl (101)

Underwater Impressions, 2003


3. Kaneto Shindo (98)

Postcard, 2010

The Roses of the Desert Mario Monicelli\

4. Mario Monicelli (91)

The Roses of the Desert, 2006

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

5. Alain Resnais (89)

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, 2012

Outtakes from the life of a happy man

6. Jonas Mekas (89)

Outtakes From the Life of a Happy Man, 2012

A Tale of the Wind

7. Joris Ivens (89)

A Tale of the Wind, 1988

So Much for Justice! Miklos Jansco

8. Miklos Jansco (88)

So Much for Justice!, 2010

La derniere des injustes

9. Claude Lanzmann (87)

La Dernière des injustes, 2013

The Romance of Astrea and Celedon

10. Eric Rohmer (87)

The Romance of Astrea and Celadon, 2007

Elegy for a Mother Lester James Peries

11. Lester James Peries (87)

Elegy for a Mother, 2006

The Creole Faust

12. Fernando Birri (86)

The Creole Faust, 2011

Ain't Misbehavin'

13. Marcel Ophüls (85)

Ain’t Misbehavin, 2013 (to screen at Cannes)

Kings of Pastry

14. D.A. Pennebaker (84)

Kings of Pastry, 2009

A luz do tom

15. Nelson Pereira dos Santos (84)

A Luz do Tom, 2013

La danza de la realidad

16. Alejandro Jodorowsky (84)

La Danza de la Realidad, 2013 (to screen at Cannes)

As You Are Károly Makk

17. Károly Makk (84)

As You Are, 2010

Teach me To Love Eddie Romero

18. Eddie Romero (84)

Teach Me to Love, 2008

Leïla Gabriel Axel

19. Gabriel Axel (83)

Leïla, 2001

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

20. Sidney Lumet (83)

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, 2007


Akira Kurosawa (83)

Madadayo, 1993