Updated genealogy chart
Here is the revisited, revamped chart of the tentative genealogy for CC that I did last year for the blogathon 2007. The old chart is there. I've changed a few things and added some names. But it's still the same schemas. The question marks are directors I'm not sure where to place. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment. Criticism of this classification is of course welcome (that's one way to look at this trend and there are probably other ways to represent this selective history that are more productive).
It's interesting to note how CC seems to mend the blurry fence between documentary and mainstream narrative fiction. The 3 yellow columns are the most common modalities of traditional cinema.
Some of the CC auteurs are listed in several column because their oeuvre covers a wide array of film types. Sokurov for example is the most versatile, as he's made films in almost every column (even where I didn't cite his name). But other CC auteurs are exploiting a personal style that belongs to only one column. The names featured mean they are representative of this sub-family, either because they are consistent or because the only film fitting the profile becomes a touchstone. Although this chart should be detailed with film names to avoid generalisations.
The CC auteurs in all CAPS are figureheads for that column. They are my personal choice, so they are arguable. I may be biased by those I'm most familiar with, or those I like best. And I might overlook others who are more representative, or more productive, or more precursors to deserve the spotlight.
Anyway the upper part (precursors from the silent era to pre-CC) is there to give a summary context, there might be errors, but the lower part (contemporean CC auteurs) is the taxonomy that matters. So that's where I'd like to look into the association between the auteurs within a sub-family.
All this can always be improved with your feedback.
I've also added a few links between individual auteurs to show a direct influence on their filmmaking. That could make another "map" just for the inter-generational connections. Anybody knows more links to be made that would make sense of a certain historical continuity?