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Top 6: Directorial Swan Songs

Directing is a young man's game, so say many older directors. It's a gross generality riddled with exceptions, yet, at the same time, it does seem that a great many of the great directors blossom early, then peter out over time. So it is remarkable, usually, when a director's very last movie is a great movie, ranking up with his or her best work. Our Top 6 list for Episode 47 is about our favorite directorial swan songs: the last movies of great directors.

What are your favorites?

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  1. Charles Laughton, with The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  2. Krzysztof Kieslowski, with Red (1994)
  3. Luis Bunuel, with That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
  4. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, with Sleuth (1972)
  5. Cecil B. DeMille, with The Ten Commandments (1956)
  6. Robert Altman, with A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
  1. David Lean, with A Passage To India (1984)
  2. Sergio Leone, with Once Upon a Time In America (1984)
  3. Sergei Eisenstein, with Ivan the Terrible, Part Two (1958)
  4. Michael Curtiz, with The Comancheros (1961)
  5. Jean Vigo, with L'Atalante (1934)
  6. Francois Truffaut, with Confidentially Yours (1983)

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