An Expert’s Opinion December 2006

Influential Filmmakers

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As we assembled our list of the top 100 influential figures in American history, we asked critic David Thomson whom he sees as America’s most influential filmmakers. Here are his Top Five:

See below for more on America’s most influential musicians, critics, architects, and poets—along with The Atlantic’s full list of the 100 most influential figures in American history, the top living influentials, and more.

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David Thomson is the author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film. His most recent book is Nicole Kidman (Knopf).
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