I want to praise your recent cover story (#323, April 19) on the ”50 Greatest Directors.” Your writers found the right balance between directors American and foreign, past and present. Your list of directors and their movies helped me remember some great but overlooked talents and inspired me to take a closer look at others.
One glaring exclusion: Charlie Chaplin, the man who made us laugh with The Gold Rush and cry with City Lights…
…William Wyler, a three-time Oscar winner whose work includes such classics as Wuthering Heights and The Best Years of Our Lives…
Sheldon Silver, John Simon
New York City
…Elia Kazan, one of the first directors (On the Waterfront) to work with and truly understand Method acting…
…Mike Nichols, who made a star of Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate and has a current smash in The Birdcage…
Kansas City, Mo.
…Lina Wertmuller, whose Seven Beauties earned her the first Best Director Oscar nomination given a woman…
Frank L. Cummings
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
…George Stevens, the director of such films as Swing Time, Gunga Din, and Giant…
…Fred Zinnemann, who directed High Noon, a great Western that also happens to be one of the most powerful psychological dramas of all time.
Jerry Lewis? One of the 50 greatest directors? Gimme a break! I think it’s about time to reevaluate your list.
Editor’s Note: EW readers know their directors — and proved it by flooding our offices with a record 280 letters and E-mails in response to our story. Most of these missives reported crimes of omission: The absence of Wyler, Chaplin, and Kazan from our list drew 64, 45, and 40 letters, respectively. But the biggest point of contention was our inclusion of Jerry Lewis: Sixty-eight readers thought the Nutty Professor should have been denied tenure. We still like our list.
Corrections: Due to a typographical error in Melissa Rossi’s unauthorized biography, Courtney Love: Queen of Noise (Pocket Books), we incorrectly stated the number of nannies Love employed between August 1992 and March 1994 (News & Notes). The correct figure is five. The Internet address of Warner Bros.’ official Ace Ventura website should have read http://pathfinder. com/wb/ace (Multimedia). And finally, we misspelled the name of rap group Kausion (Music).