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This is chapter four.

Combining all the answers into one post:
Akira Kurosawa:
First thing I saw - Throne of Blood
Favorite work - The Bad Sleep Well (I also love Roshomon)
Least favorite work - Dreams (I haven’t seen all the stuff from the 1940s, so discounting them)
Favorite performance they directed - (So difficult) Noriko Honma, the medium in Roshomon, maybe?
Andrei Tarkovsky:
First thing I saw - Solaris
Favorite work - Stalker
Least favorite work - The Mirror
Favorite performance they directed - Erland Josephson in The Sacrifice
Pier Paolo Pasolini:
First thing I saw - The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Favorite work - Mamma Roma
Least favorite work - The Decameron
Favorite performance they directed - Anna Magnani in Mamma Roma or Franco Citti in Accattone
Rainer Werner Fassbinder:
First thing I saw - Fox and His Friends
Favorite work - The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant 
Least favorite work - I’ve only seen about half of his films, but I’m going with Querelle, of the ones I have seen
Favorite performance they directed - El Hedi ben Salem in Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Ida Lupino:
First thing I saw - I didn’t know she was a director until I was in college, so the first thing I remember her from is as an actress in They Drive By Night
Favorite work - Outrage
Least favorite work - The fact that she ended her career directing episodes of Gilligan’s Island
Favorite performance they directed - Edmund O’Brien in The Hitch-hiker or Tod Andrews in Outrage
John Cassavetes:
First thing I saw - A Woman Under the Influence
Favorite work - Faces
Least favorite work - Big Trouble
Favorite performance they directed - Gena Rowlands in Faces, but also Gena Rowlands in Opening Night and Seymour Cassel in Minnie and Moskowitz 
James Ivory (Merchant/Ivory):
First thing I saw - Quartet or The Bostonians (I saw them within a few days of each other back in the late 1800s)
Favorite work - A Room With A View
Least favorite work - Le Divorce (it’s a bad film and the presence of Kate Hudson makes it unbearable)
Favorite performance they directed - Maggie Smith and Denholm Elliott in A Room With A View, second place goes to Anthony Hopkins in Remains of the Day
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Note: Ismael Merchant and James Ivory were not co-directors, however their relationship - in making films and in their personal lives - is impossible to separate. James Ivory is the director, but Ismael Merchant was involved on every level and they were considered, accurately, as collaborators rather than just a director and a producer.
The name Merchant/Ivory became something of a brand as their success grew. I initially used them as a pair in this list because 1) That is how the name was submitted fro this question, and 2) Especially here in the US where their admirers are of a modest number, the name Merchant/Ivory is much better known than simply James Ivory.

Combining all the answers into one post:

Akira Kurosawa:

  • First thing I saw - Throne of Blood
  • Favorite work - The Bad Sleep Well (I also love Roshomon)
  • Least favorite work - Dreams (I haven’t seen all the stuff from the 1940s, so discounting them)
  • Favorite performance they directed - (So difficult) Noriko Honma, the medium in Roshomon, maybe?

Andrei Tarkovsky:

  • First thing I saw - Solaris
  • Favorite work - Stalker
  • Least favorite work - The Mirror
  • Favorite performance they directed - Erland Josephson in The Sacrifice

Pier Paolo Pasolini:

  • First thing I saw - The Gospel According to St. Matthew
  • Favorite work - Mamma Roma
  • Least favorite work - The Decameron
  • Favorite performance they directed - Anna Magnani in Mamma Roma or Franco Citti in Accattone

Rainer Werner Fassbinder:

  • First thing I saw - Fox and His Friends
  • Favorite work - The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant 
  • Least favorite work - I’ve only seen about half of his films, but I’m going with Querelle, of the ones I have seen
  • Favorite performance they directed - El Hedi ben Salem in Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Ida Lupino:

  • First thing I saw - I didn’t know she was a director until I was in college, so the first thing I remember her from is as an actress in They Drive By Night
  • Favorite work - Outrage
  • Least favorite work - The fact that she ended her career directing episodes of Gilligan’s Island
  • Favorite performance they directed - Edmund O’Brien in The Hitch-hiker or Tod Andrews in Outrage

John Cassavetes:

  • First thing I saw - A Woman Under the Influence
  • Favorite work - Faces
  • Least favorite work - Big Trouble
  • Favorite performance they directed - Gena Rowlands in Faces, but also Gena Rowlands in Opening Night and Seymour Cassel in Minnie and Moskowitz 

James Ivory (Merchant/Ivory):

  • First thing I saw - Quartet or The Bostonians (I saw them within a few days of each other back in the late 1800s)
  • Favorite work - A Room With A View
  • Least favorite work - Le Divorce (it’s a bad film and the presence of Kate Hudson makes it unbearable)
  • Favorite performance they directed - Maggie Smith and Denholm Elliott in A Room With A View, second place goes to Anthony Hopkins in Remains of the Day

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Note: Ismael Merchant and James Ivory were not co-directors, however their relationship - in making films and in their personal lives - is impossible to separate. James Ivory is the director, but Ismael Merchant was involved on every level and they were considered, accurately, as collaborators rather than just a director and a producer.

The name Merchant/Ivory became something of a brand as their success grew. I initially used them as a pair in this list because 1) That is how the name was submitted fro this question, and 2) Especially here in the US where their admirers are of a modest number, the name Merchant/Ivory is much better known than simply James Ivory.

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    Ismail Merchant was James Ivory’s producer (he didn’t co-direct). He did, however, direct a few films on his own (which...
  2. notentirely said: intended as a curve ball.
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  4. rumorcontrol said: Keep your ears open for Bruno Coulais, who write the terrific (and just a wee bit creepy) score for Coraline.
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