The 1,000 Greatest Films (1000-901)

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Beginning on this page is TSPDT's detailed look at the 1,000 Greatest Films (in descending ranking order). Each film's current ranking and previous ranking is provided with each entry, along with cast lists, review quotes (with external links to full review), links to IMDB, the 2002 Sight & Sound ballots and Amazon, and a sampling of five critics/filmmakers who voted, at one time or another, for the film in question.
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me


1992 / USA / 135m / Col / Mystery, Surrealist Film
Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Wise, Moira Kelly, David Bowie, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris Isaak, James Marshall, Pamela Gidley
"Fire Walk With Me is deliberately oblique, even by Lynch standards, asking questions without answers and providing clues to no mystery. Its narrative is split in two, seemingly without reason, a division introduced when our hero is apparently swallowed up by a gaping hole in the center of the picture (a hole he finds beneath a parked RV in America's least inviting trailer park, naturally)… It isn't especially funny, or quirky, or even much in keeping with the spirit of the series. But in its own singular, deeply strange way, Fire Walk With Me is David Lynch's masterpiece." - Calum Marsh, The Village Voice
Selected by Gregg Araki, Richard Kuipers, Arthur Mas, Sam C. Mac, Bertrand Bonello.
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Shanghai Express

Shanghai Express


1932 / USA / 80m / BW / Drama, Melodrama
Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Warner Oland, Anna May Wong, Eugene Pallette, Lawrence Grant, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Louise Closser Hale, Emile Chautard, Claude King
"More action oriented than the other Dietrich-Sternberg films, this 1932 production is nevertheless one of the most elegantly styled. The setting, a broken-down train commandeered by revolutionaries on its way to Shanghai, becomes a maze of soft shadows and shifting textures, through which the characters wander in a philosophical quest for something—anything—solid. The screenplay, by Jules Furthman and an uncredited Howard Hawks, has a quality of wisecracking wit unusual in Sternberg's films: when someone asks Dietrich why she's going to Shanghai, she retorts, “To buy a new hat.” - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Arturo Ripstein, Chuck Stephens, David Thompson, Michael Sicinski, Christa Blumlinger.
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The Saragossa Manuscript

The Saragossa Manuscript

Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie (original title)

1965 / Poland / 182m / BW / Fantasy, Adventure
Zbigniew Cybulski, Kazimierz Opalinski, Iga Cembrzynska, Joanna Jedryka, Gustaw Holoubek, Franciszek Pieczka, Adam Pawlikowski, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Leon Niemczyk, Slawomir Lindner
"You can call Polish director Wojciech Has’s adaptation of Count Jan Potocki’s novel the cinema’s greatest Russian doll, the ne plus ultra of ’60s art-house head flicks or simply plumb loco; each description fits this mammoth movie like a velvet glove. Regardless, Has’s supernatural tales of bourgeois muckymucks and black-magic women are an experience that will permanently rewire your circuitry… Anyone who thinks that a noggin full of hallucinogens is necessary to appreciate the film, however, is off the mark. The director’s eye for baroque black-and-white imagery puts him behind only Bava and Welles, while the film’s sharp social satire gives heft to its ambition." - David Fear, Time Out
Selected by Rod Stoneman, Pier Marton, Ian Stocks, Albert Montagne, Tadeusz Sobolewski.
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982
Hellzapoppin'

Hellzapoppin'


1941 / USA / 84m / BW / Anarchic Comedy, Backstage Musical
Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Martha Raye, Robert Paige, Jane Frazee, Lewis Howard, Clarence Kolb, Mischa Auer, Elisha Cook Jr., Hugh Herbert
"A genuinely bizarre oddity, this madcap comedy is fascinating not only for its many very funny moments, but also for the way it includes, amid the material taken directly from the original stage revue, various purely cinematic gags which are surprisingly modern in tone and significance… Although lacking the satirical edge of the Marx Brothers, Hellzapoppin' frequently outstrips the works of Groucho and Co in terms of speed, imagination and sheer craziness." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Jonathan Romney, Joe Dante, Thomas Beard, David Robson, Raymond Durgnat.
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Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex

Edipo re (original title)

1967 / Italy / 110m / Col / Drama, Tragedy
Franco Citti, Silvana Mangano, Carmelo Bene, Alida Valli, Julian Beck, Luciano Bartoli, Francesco Leonetti, Ahmed Belhachmi, Ninetto Davoli, Pier Paolo Pasolini
"Shot in gorgeous natural hues, Oedipus Rex unfolds in its desert settings with primitive grandeur, accompanied by an extraordinary score that includes folk music from Romania and Japan plus additional music composed by Pasolini himself. This Oedipus has a strong ritualistic quality, and the passages of Japanese music heighten this effect, making it seem at times as stylized as a Noh drama. Pasolini was never afraid of the potentially pretentious, and this time his control and his vision were strong and sustained enough to make everything work." - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Selected by Isaki Lacuesta, José Carlos Avellar, Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Masahiro Shinoda, Philip Haas.
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Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls


1962 / USA / 80m / BW / Horror, Gothic Film
Candice Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Herk Harvey, Stan Levitt, Art Ellison, Tom McGinnis, Dan Palmquist, Steve Boozer, Pamela Ballard
"In 1962, Carnival of Souls came and went with little notice, playing the drive-in circuit to the usual audiences before fading into obscurity. The sole feature film of writer John Clifford and director Harold "Herk" Harvey, Carnival stayed lost only temporarily, its frequent late-night television screenings allowing it to amass a cult following that's only grown over the years… So why has it survived? For one thing, despite readily apparent flaws, it's an effective, deeply unsettling film that looks and feels like virtually nothing else… A fine example of low-budget artistry, a creepy horror film, a bizarre and dreamlike death fable, and a true original, Carnival of Souls thoroughly deserves its unexpected immortality." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by Ekkehard Knörer, Cristina Nord, Luke Thompson, Christian Petzold, Joachim Schätz.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (alternative title)

1993 / USA / 76m / Col / Fantasy, Animated Musical
Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, Ken Page, Ed Ivory, Susan McBride, Debi Durst
"The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Tim Burton film in the sense that the story, its world and its look first took shape in Burton's mind, and he supervised their filming. But the director of the film, a veteran stop-action master named Henry Selick, is the person who has made it all work. And his achievement is enormous. Working with gifted artists and designers, he has made a world here that is as completely new as the worlds we saw for the first time in such films as Metropolis (1927), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari or Star Wars… The songs by Danny Elfman are fun, too, a couple of them using lyrics so clever they could be updated from Gilbert & Sullivan." - Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert.com
Selected by Isamu Hirabayashi, José Luis Rebordinos, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Alexandre Tylski, Josef Schnelle.
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A Nous La Liberte

À nous la liberté

Freedom for Us (English title)

1931 / 87m / BW / France / Comedy, Satire
Raymond Cordy, Henri Marchand, Paul Ollivier, Andre Michaud, Rolla France, Germaine Aussey, Leon Lorin, William Burke, Vincent Hyspa, Jacques Shelly
"If the 1920s began in a heady embrace of Age of Steel Modernism and naive optimism that industrialization would make life better, the '30s were marked by a swing away from that mechanized mystique. Rene Clair's airborne comedy, A nous la liberte, is a landmark in this sub-genre, although it's curious to think of so deliciously buoyant a film as anything connoting heaviness of any sort, much less that of a landmark... A nous la liberte is his [Clair's] crowning achievement." - Jay Carr, TCM
Selected by Catherine A. Surowiec, Nobuhiko Obayashi, Paul Bartel, Arthur Knight, Jean-Michel Arnold.
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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls


1970 / USA / 109m / Col / Sexploitation, Satire
Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John LaZar, Michael Blodgett, David Gurian, Edy Williams, Erica Gavin, Charles Napier, Strawberry Alarm Clock
"The tug between the nudge-nudge of the dialogue and the large-eyed enthusiasm of the delivery makes Beyond a real pill, one that was rudely dismissed by critics as garbage. But it's fabulous, teddy bear—a psychedelic wow that serves up the free love, plunging necklines, androgynous boys, and lusty lezzies of the era with a narcotized abandon. With a script by future Pulitzer winner Roger Ebert—who knew?—the would-be cautionary tale has a made-up-as-it-goes-along quality, probably because it was made up as it went along." - Michael Musto, The Village Voice
Selected by Edgar Wright, Alan Jones, Chuck Stephens, Jeff Krulik, Peter Howden.
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Lone Star

Lone Star


1996 / USA / 135m / Col / Drama, Mystery
Chris Cooper, Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Pena, Kris Kristofferson, Joe Morton, Stephen Mendillo, Clifton James, Miriam Colon, Frances McDormand, Ron Canada
"Lone Star is a great American movie, one of the few to seriously try to regard with open eyes the way we live now. Set in a town that until very recently was rigidly segregated, it shows how Chicanos, blacks, whites and Indians shared a common history, and how they knew one another and dealt with one another in ways that were off the official map. This film is a wonder -- the best work yet by one of our most original and independent filmmakers -- and after it is over, and you begin to think about it, its meanings begin to flower." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Domino Renee Perez, Guy Westwell, Matthias Lerf, Martin McLoone, Norm Schrager.
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936
A Diary for Timothy

A Diary for Timothy


1945 / UK / 40m / BW / Culture & Society, Documentary
Michael Redgrave, Myra Hess, John Gielgud, Frederick Allen, Bill, Elizabeth Jenkins, Elvin Jenkins, Timothy James Jenkins, Jennifer, Frank Phillips
"A Diary for Timothy is Jennings' most accomplished and arguably his greatest film. It's a poignant yet resolutely unsentimental portrait of the battle-weary home front in 1944-5 that, like so much of the director's work, casts a sensitive eye over the lives of ordinary people, while celebrating their dignity and determination… Forster's writing and Redgrave's narration are, at times, deliciously wry, yet the abiding undertone is so painfully raw and deeply sad that half a century on the conclusion, which poses the one question which in 1945 no one could hope to answer, is still capable of sending a shiver down the spine." - Jon Fortgang, Film4
Selected by Ian Christie, Patrick Russell, Tag Gallagher, Kevin Jackson, Lindsay Anderson.
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In Praise of Love

In Praise of Love

Éloge de l'amour (original title)

2001 / France / 97m / Col-BW / Drama
Bruno Putzulu, Cecile Camp, Claude Baignieres, Jean Davy, Francoise Verny, Audrey Klebaner, Jeremie Lippman, Remo Forlani, Mark Hunter, Philippe Loyrette
"Dense, full of obscure references and anchored to a plot without much narrative, In Praise of Love is a film that has unusual expectations from its audience -- and that's a welcome relief. Godard, one of the greatest names in the history of cinema, has made a movie that channels his feelings about Hollywood, American commercialism, the difficulties of making a movie (one of the characters is a filmmaker), the stages of love, Paris and history. Strictly on a visual level, In Praise of Love is a masterwork. The first half, which follows a director as he tries to cast a film, was shot in fine-grain black-and-white 35mm film. The movie's second half, which is a flashback to an earlier time, was shot in saturated color digital video… In Praise of Love shows that Godard is alive and well -- a filmmaker who continues to probe issues and stories that deserve our attention." - Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by Paul Buck, Ann Hui, Fernando Oriente, Helena Ylänen, Cesar Zamberlan.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Design for Living

Design for Living


1933 / USA / 90m / BW / Romance, Sophisticated Comedy
Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton, Franklin Pangborn, Isabel Jewell, Jane Darwell, Wyndham Standing, Lionel Belmore, Thomas Braidon
"Gary Cooper, Fredric March, and Miriam Hopkins play a trio of Americans in Paris who enter into a very adult “gentleman’s agree­ment” in this continental pre-Code comedy, freely adapted by Ben Hecht from a play by Noël Coward and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. A risqué relationship story and a witty take on creative pursuits, the film concerns a commercial artist (Hopkins) unable—or unwilling—to choose between the equally dashing painter (Cooper) and playwright (March) she meets on a train en route to the City of Light. Design for Living is Lubitsch at his sexiest, an entertainment at once debonair and racy, featuring three stars at the height of their allure." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Mariano Llinás, Leos Carax, Peter Buchka, Jorge Gorostiza, Luis Alberto de Cuenca.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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Female Trouble

Female Trouble


1974 / USA / 95m / Col / Comedy, Trash Film
Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Cookie Mueller, Susan Walsh, Michael Potter, Ed Peranio, Paul Swift
"This 1975 feature is the best of John Waters's movies prior to Hairspray and his ultimate concerto for the 300-pound transvestite Divine, whose character will do literally anything—including commit mass murder—to become famous. As in all of Waters's early outrages, the technique is cheerfully ramshackle, but Divine's rage and energy make it vibrate like a sustained aria, with a few metaphors about the beauty of crime borrowed from Jean Genet." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Ed Halter, Stephen Thrower, George Kuchar, Jeff Krulik, Jennie Livingston.
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Mothlight

Mothlight


1963 / USA / 4m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental
"Mothlight visualises a “day in the life” of an insect from birth to death… You could say Brakhage puts the “anima” back into animation, reanimating the dead, painstakingly affixing the remains of dead insects, leaves and the like onto the film strip, and feeding it through the projector back to life. Of course, the principle of film projection is the illusion of life through light, with the audience gathering to watch like moths attracted to a lamp: the beauty of Mothlight is the way Brakhage evokes the moth not through cartoon mimicry, but by the fragile sensation of its movement, batting against the screen, hurtling in descent. The effect is exhilarating and terrifying." - Darragh O'Donoghue, Senses of Cinema
Selected by David Curtis, Michael Glawogger, Robert Haller, Sean Cubitt, Mika Taanila.
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971
From the Clouds to the Resistance

From the Clouds to the Resistance

Dalla nube alla resistenza (original title)

1979 / Italy-West Germany-UK-France / 104m / Col / Drama
Olimpia Carlisi, Guido Lombardi, Gino Felici, Lori Pelosini, Walter Pardini, Ennio Lauricella, Andrea Bacci, Loris Cavallini, Francesco Ragusa, Fiorangelo Pucci
"Straub and Huillet expand their concerns with dazzling scope and beauty: the struggle between gods and men, the eruption of the past into the present. From the first shots of a goddess seated in a tree, through a long debate between mythological characters, to the exploration of a village's fascist past, the film constantly startles by its imaginative and historical leaps. Operatic and documentary in approach, the film carefully juxtaposes two texts by Cesare Pavese… A work of provocation which strips ornament and leaves essences, and whose integrity gives it a distinct sense of the sublime." - Don Macpherson, Time Out
Selected by Bernard Eisenschitz, Tag Gallagher, Cristina Fernandes, Fritz Göttler, Matthew Flanagan.
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Ceddo

Ceddo


1977 / Senegal / 120m / Col / Drama, Political Drama
Tabata Ndiaye, Moustapha Yade, Ismaila Diagne, Matoura Dia, Omar Gueye, Mamadou Dioume, Nar Modou, Ousmane Camara, Ousmane Sembene
"For Sembène, the Ceddo embody the resistance of a culture and a traditional way of life to the encroachments of Islam, Christianity and colonialism. This magnificent film is a comparable act of resistance, an attempt to write a segment of history for Africans and in African terms. It is a work of great organisational and thematic complexity, beautifully staged, mainly in depth, and possessing extraordinary kinesic grace and rhythmic control, two of the most powerful and evocative aspects of film form." - James Leahy, Senses of Cinema
Selected by Gilberto Perez, Jed Rapfogel, Lindiwe Dovey, Jonathan Demme, Teshome Gabriel.
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Diary

Diary

Yoman (original title); Diary 1973-1983 (alternative title)

1983 / Israel / 330m / Col-BW / Documentary, Political
David Perlov, Mira Perlov, Yael Perlov, Neomi Perlov
"The flow of history accelerates, slows down, and turns back on itself in the course of David Perlov’s six-hour Diary 1973–1983, a landmark Israeli film… A meandering stream of consciousness that mixes daily life with historical events (Sadat’s trip to Jerusalem, the protests following the massacres at Sabra and Shatila) while freely associating on the director’s past life and aesthetic inklings, Perlov’s self-annotated footage is at once spontaneous and ruminative. The filmmaker documents his wife and twin daughters at home and, frequently looking down from his window, records history as it occurs in the streets… Enlivened by meetings with kindred spirits (filmmakers Joris Ivens, his one-time mentor, and Claude Lanzmann; writers Irving Howe and André Schwarz-Bart; a surprisingly affable Klaus Kinski), Diary’s six 55-minute episodes have a remarkable cumulative effect." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Selected by Ari Folman, Andrés Di Tella, Gonçalo Tocha, Radu Jude, Raphael Nadjari.
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The Tarnished Angels

The Tarnished Angels


1957 / USA / 91m / BW / Adventure, Drama
Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Jack Carson, Robert Middleton, Troy Donahue, Alan Reed, Alexander Lockwood, Christopher Olsen, Robert J. Wilke
"Arguably Sirk's bleakest film - perhaps because it was shot in greyish monochrome rather than luridly stylised colour - and one of his finest, this adaptation of Faulkner's Pylon reassembles the three principles from Written on the Wind for a probing but sympathetic study in failure and despair… Inevitably, it all culminates in death, which ironically provides some sort of half-hearted liberation, but Sirk's sombre, tender awareness of the illusions that fuel his no-hopers' lives allows no respite. A film totally at odds with the bland optimism of postwar America, it might be depressing were it not for the consummate artistry on view." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Fred Camper, Rob White, Yoel Meranda, Hisham Bizri, Leos Carax.
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Haxan

Häxan

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (English Title)

1922 / Sweden / 83m / BW / Supernatural Horror, Documentary
Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan, Tora Teje, Elith Pio, Oscar Stribolt, John Andersen, Benjamin Christensen, Poul Reumert, Karen Winther, Kate Fabian
"A weird and rather wonderful brew of fiction, documentary and animation based on 15th and 16th century witchcraft trials, Christensen's film has a remarkable visual flair that takes in Bosch, Breughel and Goya (no wonder it was a particular favourite of the Surrealists). The director himself plays Satan, seducing a woman while she is in bed with her husband; another episode follows an accused witch through the tortures of the Inquisition. The film is now most commonly seen in a sound version, running 76 minutes, made in 1967 with a commentary by William Burroughs; a later restoration with tinted sequences is far preferable." - David Thompson, Time Out
Selected by Jon Wengström, Li Yang, Emma Gray Munthe, Mónica Delgado, José Sarmiento Hinojosa.
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The Straight Story

The Straight Story


1999 / USA-France-UK / 111m / Col / Americana, Road Movie
Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Everett McGill, Harry Dean Stanton, John Farley, Kevin Farley, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter, Donald Wiegert, Tracey Maloney
"In 1994 an elderly man named Alvin Straight undertook a long Midwestern journey riding on a lawnmower. It was an arduous feat, but not nearly as daunting as what David Lynch sets out to do in The Straight Story: make a slow-moving, folksy-looking, profoundly spiritual film that can hold an audience in absolute thrall. As the least likely filmmaker on the planet to pull off such a G-rated miracle, Lynch rises to this challenge with exhilarating vigor. Switching gears radically, bravely defying conventional wisdom about what it takes to excite moviegoers, Lynch presents the flip side of Blue Velvet and turns it into a supremely improbable triumph." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Selected by Maura McHugh, Fernando Meirelles, Roberto Manassero, Cedric Kahn, Damien Cassar.
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The Unknown

The Unknown


1927 / USA / 65m / BW / Horror, Romantic Drama
Lon Chaney, Joan Crawford, Norman Kerry, Nick De Ruiz, John George, Frank Lanning, Louise Emmons, Julian Rivero, Billy Seay, John St. Polis
"As with Browning's Freaks, one wonders how MGM ever got conned into making this resplendent study in morbid psychology. As much a casebook as a horror movie, it tells the truly marvellous tale of Alonzo the Armless Wonder (Chaney, of course), who uses his feet to perform a circus knife-throwing act. Only masquerading as armless (wanted by the police for a strangling, he's concealing the telltale evidence of a hand with two thumbs), he falls for pretty Estrellita (Crawford), the bareback rider… One of the great silent movies, astonishing in its intensity, this is by far the best of the remarkable series of Browning/Chaney collaborations." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Guy Maddin, Bertrand Bonello, João Pedro Rodrigues, Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Kiichiro Yanasita.
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L'Arrivée d'un train à la Ciotat

L'Arrivée d'un train à la Ciotat

Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (English title)

1895 / France / 1m / BW / Short Film, Documentary
"Today, we cannot comprehend the terror that gripped the 1895 audience facing the Lumière brothers' arriving train—this first film with which they gave birth to documentary film. Louis Lumière's film Arrival of the Train shows, in only fifty seconds, an everyday occurrence, a familiar experience for spectators: a train pulls into a station, the passengers go back and forth on the platform. Despite its brevity and the banality of its subject matter, this film has attained fame, entering film history as an icon of the medium's origins." - Martin Loiperdinger, Cinema's Founding Myth
Selected by César Ballester, Miklós Jancsó, Kohei Oguri, Tata Amaral, Kumar Shahani.
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Outer Space

Outer Space


1999 / Austria / 10m / BW / Avant-garde-Experimental
"The film immediately creates an atmosphere of sinister foreboding in its liminal, transitory images of an amorphous night sky, heightened ambient sounds, and skewed, awkward angled framing of a modest home on an eerily tranquil rural street. Assembled from excerpts of found film from Sidney J. Furie's, The Entity (1988), Tscherkassky transforms the introductory images of a deserted, seemingly alien landscape into a startling, profoundly fractured, and increasingly haunted portrait of human desolation and descent into madness." - Acquarello, Strictly Film School
Selected by Athina Rachel Tsangari, Mike D'Angelo, Peter Strickland, Gary Thomas, Giulio Bursi.
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Humanity and Paper Balloons

Humanity and Paper Balloons

Ninjo kami fusen (original title)

1937 / Japan / 86m / BW / Drama
Chojuro Kawarasaki, Kanemon Nakamura, Sukezo Sukedakaya, Shizue Yamagishi
"Yamanaka, a friend and contemporary of Ozu, was one of the giants of '30s Japanese cinema; this masterpiece marked the end of a six-year career directing period melodramas... A deeply pessimistic view of poverty and crime in feudal society, it was drawn from a 19th century kabuki play, but Yamanaka thought and felt it in strongly cinematic terms. The performances are naturalistic and surprisingly 'modern'; the compositions have great depth of field, linking foreground and background action. And the pathos is distinctly hard-edged: the film stresses that the slum community comes alive only for funerals, and it opens and closes with offscreen suicides." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Fran Gayo, Hiroshi Komatsu, Yoshio Yasui, Yoji Yamada, Paulo Ricardo.
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Exotica

Exotica


1994 / Canada / 104m / Col / Psychological Drama, Ensemble Film
Don McKellar, Mia Kirshner, Arsinee Khanjian, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Sarah Polley, Victor Garber, Calvin Green, David Hemblen, Peter Krantz
"A creative coup for the endlessly challenging writer/director Atom Egoyan, Exotica is a haunting, beautifully rendered tale of obsession and sexual frustration, following six disparate characters whose lives entwine in the most bizarre of ways. Employing overlapping and reverse chronology (a staple of Egoyan's storytelling), the picture builds slowly until its revelations become apparent, and the end result is a hypnotic and moving chronicle of broken lives and loss. The performances are all affecting and first-rate, and despite its key setting (a strip joint), the film is never obscene or concerned with rubbing the viewer's face in excess." - Jason Clark, All Movie
Selected by Emma Wilson, Mike D'Angelo, Ruth Barton, M.K. Raghavendra, Steve Erickson.
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Caro diario

Caro diario

Dear Diary (English title)

1994 / Italy-France / 100m / Col / Comedy, Satire
Nanni Moretti, Renato Carpentieri, Antonio Neiwiller, Jennifer Beals, Giovanna Bozzolo, Sebastiano Nardone, Antonio Petrocelli, Giulio Base, Italo Spinelli, Alexandre Rockwell
"There are social critics as lively and opinionated as Nanni Moretti on many a park bench, but they don't share Mr. Moretti's rare gift for captivating an audience. This funny, contentious Italian film maker wanders through Caro Diario airing his thoughts in delightfully offbeat ways. As both a skillful director and a lovable oddball, he commands interest. It's easy to follow him anywhere. He has many different destinations in Caro Diario. Divided into three sections, this film starts out with a portrait of Mr. Moretti's Rome. Cruising serenely in "On My Vespa," he visits a nice selection of settings that bear out his worldview." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Selected by Carlos Marañón, Jean-Max Mejean, Darron Davies, Tom Mes, Agnès Jaoui.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

Dreams (alternative title)

1990 / USA / 120m / Col / Drama, Fantasy,
Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baisho, Toshie Negishi, Mieko Harada, Mitsunori Isaki, Toshihiko Nakano, Yoshitaka Zushi, Hisashi Igawa, Chosuke Ikariya, Chishu Ryu
“One might have expected Dreams to be a summing up, a coda. It isn't. It's something altogether new for Kurosawa, a collection of short, sometimes fragmentary films that are less like dreams than fairy tales of past, present and future. The magical and mysterious are mixed with the practical, funny and polemical… The movie is about many things, including the terrors of childhood, parents who are as olympian as gods, the seductive nature of death, nuclear annihilation, environmental pollution and, in a segment titled simply Crows, art… Dreams is absolutely stunning to look at and listen to. It is, in fact, almost as much of a trip as people once thought Fantasia to be.” - Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Selected by Jeff Nichols, Tommy Lee Jones, Shirin Neshat, Li Yu, Uygar Şirin.
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The Ice Storm

The Ice Storm


1997 / USA / 113m / Col / Family Drama, Ensemble Film
Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Jamey Sheridan, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Henry Czerny, Adam Hann-Byrd, David Krumholtz, Tobey Maguire
"Suburban Connecticut, 1973. While Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” speech drones from the TV, the Hood and Carver families try to navigate a Thanksgiving break simmering with unspoken resentment, sexual tension, and cultural confusion. With clarity, subtlety, and a dose of wicked humor, Academy Award–winning director Ang Lee renders Rick Moody’s acclaimed novel of upper-middle-class American malaise as a trenchant, tragic cinematic portrait of lost souls. Featuring a tremendous cast of established actors (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver) and rising stars (Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes) The Ice Storm is among the finest films of the 1990s." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Saul Metzstein, Craig Johnson, Alberto Rodríguez, Vicente Amorim, Javier Fesser.
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Too Early, Too Late

Too Early, Too Late

Trop tôt, trop tard (original title)

1981 / Germany / 100m / Col / Documentary
Bahgat Elnadi, Daniele Huillet, Gerard Samaan
"From France and Egypt comes one of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet’s most beautiful works… Huillet herself provides voiceover for the first segment, which consists mainly of panned rural landscapes… Tranquil Nature, sparsely populated and filmed with contemplative calm, is brightened by the sound of chirping birds until a redundancy of this cacophony, enjoined with text that dwells on human poverty and class inequality, pierces the idyllic impression. The second, longer segment shifts to Egypt. Now a male voice is the unseen reader; the text, a journalistic essay by Mahmoud Hussein referring to the revolt by peasants against British occupation and the subsequent 1952 Egyptian Revolution.” - Dennis Grunes
Selected by George Clark, Volker Pantenburg, Edwin Mak, John Gianvito, Nicole Brenez.
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Une Femme est une femme

Une Femme est une femme

A Woman is a Woman (English title)

1961 / France / 83m / Col / Romantic Comedy, Musical Comedy
Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-Claude Brialy, Nicole Paquin, Marie Dubois, Marion Sarraut, Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Demongeot, Noel Pacquin, Ernest Menzer
"With A Woman Is a Woman, compulsively innovative director Jean-Luc Godard presents “a neorealist musical—that is, a contradiction in terms.” Featuring French superstars Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Jean-Claude Brialy at their peak of popularity, A Woman Is a Woman is a sly, playful tribute to—and interrogation of—the American musical comedy, showcasing Godard’s signature wit and intellectual acumen… A dizzying compendium of color, humor, and the music of renowned composer Michel Legrand, A Woman Is a Woman finds the young Godard at his warmest and most accessible, reveling in and scrutinizing the mechanics of his great obsession: the cinema." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Antonia Quirke, Francesco Pitassio, Albert Maysles, Ricardo Calil, Law Wai-ming.
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Elephant

Elephant


1989 / UK / 39m / Col / Drama, Short Film
Gary Walker, Bill Hamilton, Michael Foyle, Danny Small, Robert J. Taylor, Joe Cauley, Joe McGee, Patrick Condren, Andrew Downs, Terry Doyle
"Elephant is without question Alan Clarke's bleakest film. Essentially a compilation of eighteen murders on the streets of Belfast, without explanatory narrative or characterisation and shot in a cold, dispassionate documentary style, the film succinctly captures the horror of sectarian killing. The lack of narrative removes any scope for justification of the killings on religious, political or any other grounds and the matter-of-factness of Clarke's approach debases the often-heroic portrayal - by all sides - of the individuals involved in sectarian murder. Moreover, Clarke's use of a Steadicam to follow the killers before and during the murders casts the viewer as at best a willing voyeur, at worst an accomplice.” - Justin Hobday, BFI Screen Online
Selected by Penny Woolcock, James Marsh, David Leland, Joe Lawlor, Michel Lipkes.
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Angel

Angel


1937 / USA / 91m / BW / Romantic Drama, Melodrama
Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, Melvyn Douglas, Edward Everett Horton, Ernest Cossart, Laura Hope Crews, Herbert Mundin, Dennie Moore, Ivan Lebedeff, Leonard Carey
"Despite the initial financial failure, Angel survives as a wonderful reminder of Hollywood sophistication, sparkling with Lubitsch's trademark charm and the potent on-screen chemistry between Dietrich and Douglas. Marlene, adorned in an array of scintillating Travis Banton creations, never looked better, and the charming Frederick Hollander score so captivated the star that she insisted he be hired whenever possible for all her future projects." - Mel Neuhaus, TCM
Selected by Pierre Rissient, Antonio Rodrigues, Dan Sallitt, Heddy Honigmann, Shunichi Nagasaki.
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Duel in the Sun

Duel in the Sun


1946 / USA / 130m / Col / Western, Melodrama
Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotten, Lionel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Walter Huston, Charles Bickford, Herbert Marshall, Harry Carey, Joan Tetzel
"A big, big western from producer David O. Selznick… Selznick enlisted King Vidor—one of the few directors with the logistical know-how to handle such a sprawling film—and tried to duplicate the success of his Gone With the Wind. What Selznick got instead was a screaming Freudian fantasy, full of the dark sexuality characteristic of Vidor's late career (Beyond the Forest, Ruby Gentry). Contemporary wits called it Lust in the Dust, and there's no doubt that it goes too far in almost every direction—but that touch of obsession is exactly what saves it." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by David Stratton, Javier Coma, Martin Scorsese, Fredric R. Jameson, Tino Pertierra.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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Deep Red

Deep Red

Profondo rosso (original title)

1975 / Italy / 98m / Col / Thriller, Giallo
David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Clara Calamai, Macha Meril, Glauco Mauri, Eros Pagni, Giuliana Calandra, Nicoletta Elmi, Pierro Mazzinghi
"Deep Red was Dario Argento's first full-fledged masterpiece, a riveting thriller whose secrets carefully unravel via a series of carefully calibrated compositions that become not unlike virtual gateways into Freudian pasts. Like Argento's ever-flowing camera, Deep Red's killer is everywhere—the protagonist's claustrophobia becomes a physical response both to the film's oppressive mise-en-scène and Argento's formal framing. Unlike The Cat O' Nine Tails, there's no silly scientific rationale here for the film's murders (indeed, there are no easy answers). Argento delicately grapples with issues feminism and masculinity within Deep Red's meticulously visual exegesis of a troubled psyche." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Selected by Florence Maillard, Rob Hunter, Raquel Abad, Rob St. Mary, Daniel Dalpizzolo.
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The Man Who Fell to Earth

The Man Who Fell to Earth


1976 / UK / 140m / Col / Psychological Sci-Fi, Satire
David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry, Bernie Casey, Jackson D. Kane, Rick Riccardo, Tony Mascia, Linda Hutton, Hilary Holland
"The Man Who Fell to Earth is a daring exploration of science fiction as an art form. The story of an alien on an elaborate rescue mission provides the launching pad for Nicolas Roeg’s visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation in contemporary life. Rock legend David Bowie, in his acting debut, completely embodies the title role, while Candy Clark, Buck Henry, and Rip Torn turn in pitch-perfect supporting performances." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Ted Bonnitt, Tom Milne, Mike Hodges, Kobena Mercer, Mike Figgis.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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Holiday

Holiday


1938 / USA / 93m / BW / Comedy, Romance
Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Lew Ayres, Doris Nolan, Edward Everett Horton, Henry Kolker, Binnie Barnes, Henry Daniell, Jean Dixon, Charles Trowbridge
"Marvellous 'sophisticated comedy' about a prototype dropout (Grant in one of his best performances) who takes a rich upper class family by storm: arriving engaged to the conventionally snobbish younger daughter (Nolan), stirring up latent doubts and resentments through his carefree disregard for material proprieties and properties, he ends up by showing the yearningly dissatisfied elder sister (Hepburn) the way to a declaration of independence… Often underrated by comparison with The Philadelphia Story (both are based on plays by Philip Barry), but even better because its glitteringly polished surface is undermined by veins of real feeling, it is one of Cukor's best films." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Grégory Valens, Andy Medhurst, Stephanie Zacharek, Jim Emerson, Gustavo Beck.
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Midnight Run

Midnight Run


1988 / USA / 122m / Col / Odd Couple Film, Action Comedy
Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Foronjy, Robert Miranda, Jack Kehoe, Wendy Phillips
"That old formula, handcuffed captor and captive who become buddies on the run, gets an injection of new life from the playing of the cast. Bounty hunter Jack Walsh (De Niro) captures bail-jumping accountant Jon Mardukas (Grodin) in New York, but his problems really start when he tries to deliver him to the bail bondsman in LA… Both actors get off on each other, improvising routines and inhabiting the standard Odd Couple teaming so interestingly that at times the film touches a profundity. Here and there, director Brest succumbs to the car chase, but overall the movie is way above average for the genre." - Brian Case, Time Out
Selected by Doug Liman, Nigel Cole, Jay DiPietro, Ruben Fleischer, Jackie Chan.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner


1962 / UK / 103m / BW / Psychological Drama, Sports Drama
Tom Courtenay, James Bolam, Avis Bunnage, Michael Redgrave, Alec McCowen, Joe Robinson, Topsy Jane, Julia Foster, James Fox, John Thaw
"As with its French equivalents, much of the British New Wave looks horribly dated in a modern context: all that light jazz, casual romantic disaffection and overeager jump-cutting doesn’t really wash with contemporary audiences. But what’s beyond criticism is the commitment to emotional veracity which fuelled films like The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner… The film is anchored in Tom Courtenay’s remarkable, remorseless performance as the eponymous runner Colin, torn between selfishness and sacrifice, class loyalty and commercial gain, impossible victory and inevitable surrender." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Chus Gutiérrez, Krzysztof Kieslowski, David Roland, Paolo D'Agostini, Jerry Schatzberg.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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Floating Weeds

Floating Weeds

Ukikusa (original title)

1959 / Japan / 119m / Col / Drama, Reunion Film
Ganjiro Nakamura, Machiko Kyo, Ayako Wakao, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Haruko Sugimura, Hikaru Hoshi, Yosuke Irie, Koji Mitsui, Hitomi Nozoe, Chishu Ryu
"Subtle, lyrical, and delicately bittersweet, Floating Weeds offers an excellent introduction to the cinema of Yasujiro Ozu—one of the greatest of all Japanese filmmakers… From the first shot, comically juxtaposing a lighthouse (background) with a sake bottle (foreground), to the last one of a train swiftly moving over a nighttime landscape, it’s plain we’re in the hands of a filmmaker whose prime concern is understatement and overtone. Rather than rush to the heat of a “big” dramatic moment, Ozu concentrates on the warmth of “small” ones. In scene after scene the way the characters walk, sit, stand, and speak is scrupulously observed." - David Ehrenstein, The Criterion Collection
Selected by José Luis Guerín, Duane Hopkins, Paulino Viota, James Mangold, Yung Chang.
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Dracula

Dracula

Horror of Dracula (alternative title)

1958 / UK / 82m / Col / Costume Horror, Gothic Film
Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, Valerie Gaunt, John Van Eyssen, Miles Malleson, Charles Lloyd Pack, Janina Faye
"This creepy period yarn has retained much of its bite… One shouldn’t be brutal about a film of such noble intent, but as ‘horror’ it doesn’t have the honest-to-goodness scares that modern audiences expect. Still, Christopher Lee’s Dracula is a menacing and complex presence who never lets his fangs and cape dominate. There’s also the canny use of vampirism as an allegory for drug abuse and sexually transmitted disease: is this the camp forerunner to Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction?" - David Jenkins, Time Out
Selected by Nicolas Barbano, Shion Sono, Nacho Vigalondo, Evelyne Caron-Lowins, Shunji Iwai.
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A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons


1966 / UK / 120m / Col / Historical Film, Courtroom Drama
Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt, Corin Redgrave, Colin Blakely
"Fred Zinnemann marshals a nigh-perfect production and strives to keep it intimate despite the genre's tendency toward pomp and pagentry. Paul Scofield brings Robert Bolt's powerful words to life in a performance yet to be bettered… A Man for All Seasons is the equal of any of Robert Bolt's films, including his work for David Lean. Viewers impatient with costume dramas about centuries-old conflicts are completely absorbed by A Man for All Seasons; anyone who's ever had to compromise his ethics or his conscience to keep his job will immediately identify with Thomas More's predicament… The under-praised Fred Zinnemann assembles a production that finds a balance between the intimate and the epic." - Glenn Erickson, DVD Savant
Selected by Kevin Smith, Patrick Fahy, Sterling Van Wagenen, Jeffrey Westhoff, Jeronimo Jose Martin.
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Broadcast News

Broadcast News


1987 / USA / 133m / Col / Workplace Comedy, Media Satire
William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Robert Prosky, Lois Chiles, Jack Nicholson, Joan Cusack, Peter Hackes, Christina Clemenson, Robert Katims
"Writer/director Brooks is knowing about the wisecracks, back-stabbings, political shifts, and innate decencies of the media game, and underpinning what is a charming, protean love-triangle is a serious statement about the function, value, and direction of television news… Brooks' script has some superb set pieces, crackles with furious one-liners, and mirrors fact. Though a little soft-centred, and closing with a too open-ended postscript, it confirms all the camaraderies and care beyond and behind the pressures and pratfalls, and manages to knock rivals in Yuppie-tography like Wall Street and Fatal Attraction sideways." - Steve Grant, Time Out
Selected by Peter Kosminsky, Josh Radnor, Mike Birbiglia, Rob Hunter, Gina Prince-Bythewood.
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Elevator to the Gallows

Elevator to the Gallows

Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (original title); Lift to the Scaffold (alternative title)

1958 / France / 92m / BW / Romance, Crime Thriller
Maurice Ronet, Jeanne Moreau, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin, Jean Wall, Elga Andersen, Sylviane Aisenstein, Micheline Bona, Lino Ventura, Ivan Petrovich
"Few debuts come punchier, cooler, and more influential than Louis Malle’s 1958 thriller about a Parisian murder plan unravelling, scene by fateful scene. Claude Chabrol’s Le beau serge, released later that year, is generally considered the first film of the French New Wave - why not this? Malle wasn’t in with the Cahiers du cinéma club, and tended to distance himself from their auteurist tenets. But his tight, resourceful, location-shot film, composed superbly with natural light by Henri Decaë, and achieving plenty of contemporary zing with its famous Miles Davis score, is a very clear precursor of the work of Godard and Truffaut… The construction has a mocking fatalism that might have felt oppressive, but Malle and his actors keep you constantly on the edge of your seat, wondering what curse will befall the desperate lovebirds next." - Tim Robey, The Telegraph
Selected by Sebastián Lelio, Jan Lumholdt, Jan Nemec, Helge Schneider, Jaume Balagueró.
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El Topo

El Topo

The Mole (English title)

1970 / Mexico / 124m / Col / Surrealist Film, Hybrid Western
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Mara Lorenzio, Jose Legarreta, Alfonso Arau, Jose Luis Fernandez, Alf Junco, Gerard Zepeda, David Silva, Paula Romo
"An inexplicable amalgam of Buñuel, Herzog and Leone, Alejandro Jodorowsky's midnight movie par excellence is an endlessly ponderable, ultimately impenetrable glyph whose violent mysticism strikes at the gut and the soul. Jodorowsky plays the title character, a rogue gunfighter with delusions of deity who sets out to vanquish the four "masters of the gun," only to find that completed quest replaced with a new one: digging a tunnel to connect a group of Indian cave-dwellers with a cult-ruled frontier town. Jodorowsky's bold, alogical symbolism confounds rational interpretation, at least for the handful who've seen the film in an unaltered state." - Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
Selected by Virginie Sélavy, Helen Dewitt, Slobodan Valentinčič, Wes Craven, Murat Tolga Şen.
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Second Breath

Second Breath

Le Deuxième souffle (original title)

1966 / France / 144m / BW / Crime Thriller, Caper
Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Raymond Pellegrin, Christine Fabrega, Marcel Bozzuffi, Paul Frankeur, Denis Manuel, Jean Negroni, Michel Constantin, Pierre Zimmer
"Despite its troubled production history—it was shot in two stages in Melville’s studio and various Marseille and Paris locations—it is a masterful work that ultimately brought to a close what Melville himself described as a period of several years “in the wilderness.” Despite the importance of Le deuxième souffle to understanding Melville’s career, it has remained one of his most underrated, and least examined, films... Ultimately, Le deuxième souffle offers one of the richest and starkest portraits of the Melvillean universe." - Adrian Danks, The Criterion Collection
Selected by Mika Kaurismäki, Iain Sinclair, Paul Mayersberg, F.J. Ossang, Geoff Andrew.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Red Beard

Red Beard

Akahige (original title)

1965 / Japan / 185m / BW / Period Film, Medical Drama
Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Reiko Dan, Miyuki Kuwano, Kyoko Kagawa, Tatsuyoshi Ehara, Teruma Niki, Takashi Shimura
"A testament to the goodness of humankind, Akira Kurosawa’s Red Beard chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance as the dignified yet empathic director who guides his pupil to maturity, teaching the embittered intern to appreciate the lives of his destitute patients. Perfectly capturing the look and feel of 19th-century Japan, Kurosawa weaves a fascinating tapestry of time, place, and emotion." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Kim Young-Jin, Alexander Payne, Steven Seagal, Chris Wisner, Aki Kaurismäki.
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Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo


2003 / USA / 100m / Col / Family-Oriented Comedy, Animation
Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Austin Pendleton, Geoffrey Rush, Andrew Stanton, Elizabeth Perkins
"Finding Nemo has all of the usual pleasures of the Pixar animation style--the comedy and wackiness of Toy Story or Monsters Inc. or A Bug's Life. And it adds an unexpected beauty, a use of color and form that makes it one of those rare movies where I wanted to sit in the front row and let the images wash out to the edges of my field of vision. The movie takes place almost entirely under the sea, in the world of colorful tropical fish--the flora and fauna of a shallow warm-water shelf not far from Australia. The use of color, form and movement make the film a delight even apart from its story." - Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert.com
Selected by Destin Daniel Cretton, Omer M. Mozaffar, George Kuchar, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Kristian Lin.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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The Phantom Carriage

The Phantom Carriage

Körkarlen (original title)

1920 / Sweden / 89m / BW / Fantasy, Family Drama
Victor Sjostrom, Hilda Borgstrom, Tore Svennberg, Astrid Holm, Concordia Selander, Lisa Lundholm, Tor Weijden, Einar Axelsson, Olof As, Nils Ahren
"The last person to die on New Year’s Eve before the clock strikes twelve is doomed to take the reins of Death’s chariot and work tirelessly collecting fresh souls for the next year. So says the legend that drives The Phantom Carriage, directed by the father of Swedish cinema, Victor Sjöström. The story, based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, concerns an alcoholic, abusive ne’er-do-well who is shown the error of his ways, and the pure-of-heart Salvation Army sister who believes in his redemption. This extraordinarily rich and innovative silent classic is a Dickensian ghost story and a deeply moving morality tale, as well as a showcase for groundbreaking special effects." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Jon Wengström, Eva Zaoralova, Jörn Donner, William Friedkin, Ingmar Bergman.
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The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments


1956 / USA / 220m / Col / Religious Epic, Hagiography
Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, John Derek, Vincent Price, Cedric Hardwicke, Debra Paget, H.B. Warner
"With a running time of nearly four hours, Cecil B. De Mille's last feature and most extravagant blockbuster is full of the absurdities and vulgarities one expects, but it isn't boring for a minute. Although it's inferior in some respects to De Mille's 1923 picture of the same title and some of the special effects look less plausible now than they did in 1956, the color is ravishing, and De Mille's form of showmanship, which includes a personal introduction and his own narration, never falters. Simultaneously ludicrous and splendid, this is an epic driven by the sort of personal conviction one almost never finds in more recent Hollywood monoliths." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by José Luis Garci, Jaime Chávarri, Chris Chang, Camille Paglia, Laurie Anderson.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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Louisiana Story

Louisiana Story


1948 / USA / 77m / BW / Culture & Society, Documentary
Joseph Boudreaux, Lionel Le Blanc, E. Bienvenu, Frank Hardy, C.P. Guedry, Oscar J. Yarborough
"Flaherty's last work, like his first, Nanook of the North, was the product of one of those fluke occasions when a sponsor (in this case, the Standard Oil Company) offers money with no strings attached. With no disciplining 'purpose', Flaherty's totally intuitive method was tested to its limits - and his editor Helen van Dongen has recorded the extraordinary convolutions of plot and readings that his material underwent en route to its ravishing conclusion. As an account of oil exploration, Flaherty's narrative may seem slightly naive; but his vision of a child's myth-world, and the oilmen's intrusion and acceptance into it, is perhaps his greatest achievement." - David Curtis, Time Out
Selected by José Manuel Costa, Patrick Russell, Michael Sicinski, Gilles Jacob, Raymond Depardon.
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Bob le flambeur

Bob le flambeur

Bob the Gambler (English title)

1955 / France / 102m / BW / Crime, Gangster Film
Roger Duchesne, Isabel Corey, Daniel Cauchy, Guy Decomble, Andre Garet, Claude Cerval, Simone Paris, Howard Vernon, Gerard Buhr, Colette Fleury
"Melville’s fifth film, Bob le flambeur was his first foray into the stylized underworld which became his signature. And as is often the case, though Bob le flambeur doesn’t quite look like a New Wave film, it pointed the way for what followed it… Shot in crisp, gritty black and white by Henri Decaë, Bob le flambeur fuses the carefully perfect compositions of William Wyler with the rough immediacy of the New Wave. The result is an austerely honest artifice reminiscent of Melville’s hero, John Huston. The camera never calls attention to itself, but hand-held shots and natural lighting lend the image a fluidity and hard truth impossible to achieve in the studio." - Brian L. Frye, Senses of Cinema
Selected by Roger Michell, Mariano Llinás, Jim Jarmusch, David Meeker, Michael Addis.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Broadway Danny Rose

Broadway Danny Rose


1984 / USA / 86m / BW / Comedy, Showbiz Comedy
Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Nick Apollo Forte, Sandy Baron, Corbett Monica, Jackie Gayle, Morty Gunty, Milton Berle, Will Jordan, Howard Storm
"Admittedly slighter than its immediate predecessor Zelig, this is still a delightful comedy that sees Allen as a no-hope theatrical agent who acts as beard for an adulterous, unmusical crooner on his books, and gets involved with a brassy Mafia widow (Farrow, unrecognisable). The jokes are firmly embedded in plot and characterisation, and the film, shot by Gordon Willis in harsh black-and-white, looks terrific; but what makes it work so well is the unsentimental warmth pervading every frame." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, Susan Seidelman, Andrew Pulver, Roberto Manassero.
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El Dorado

El Dorado


1967 / USA / 126m / Col / Western, Buddy Film
John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt, Michele Carey, Arthur Hunnicutt, R.G. Armstrong, Edward Asner, Paul Fix, Christopher George
"Hawks' effortless Western gathers together a gunfighter, a drunken sheriff, a young hopeful, a couple of tough women, and sets them up in a jail, fighting for their lives against a cattle baron and his hired killers. Sounds familiar? In many ways the plot resembles Hawks' earlier Rio Bravo, and several of the themes are again present: the importance of group solidarity, self-respect, professionalism, and acceptance of others' faults… This is an old man's movie only in the sense that it deals with the problems of approaching the valley of death. In other words, it's a witty, exciting and deeply moving masterpiece." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Fred Camper, José Luis Cienfuegos, Mary Lea Bandy, Nobuhiko Obayashi, Yoel Meranda.
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Stand by Me

Stand by Me


1986 / USA / 87m / Col / Drama, Coming-of-Age
Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko, Gary Riley, Bradley Gregg, Jason Oliver
"In Reiner's superior slice of teen nostalgia, Dreyfuss is the now middle-aged writer, looking back at the dear dead days beyond recall when he and a group of young friends ventured into the local woods where they believed a corpse was buried. Based on an (apparently) semi-autobiographical story by Stephen King, the film covers similar territory to countless other rites-of-passage dramas. The Ben E King theme song and all the imagery of tousled adolescents preening themselves like miniature James Deans rekindle memories of old jeans commercials, but the film is so well-observed and so energetically acted by its young cast that mawkishness is kept at bay." - Geoffrey Macnab, Time Out
Selected by David Gordon Green, Jamie Graham, Simon Rumley, Oren Peli, Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman.
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Ten

Ten

10 (alternative spelling)

2002 / France-Iran / 92m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Urban Drama
Mania Akbari, Amin Maher, Roya Arabshahi, Katayoun Taleidzadeh, Mandana Sharbaf, Armene Moradi
"The minimalism of this Abbas Kiarostami film makes it one of the boldest experiments yet by the masterful Iranian filmmaker: its ten sequences transpire in a car driving through Tehran, with a stylish young divorcee at the wheel and a series of six characters in the passenger seat. Shot with two digital video cameras mounted on the dashboard, it's neither scripted nor directed in any ordinary sense… The film offers a fascinating glimpse of the Iranian urban middle class, and though it eschews most of the pleasures of composition and landscape found in other Kiarostami films, it's never less than riveting." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Geoff Andrew, Kristy Matheson, Ruth Barton, Catherine Breillat, Tata Amaral.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

Berlin: DieSymphonie der Großstadt (original title)

1927 / Germany / 65m / BW / Avant-garde-Experimental, Documentary
Paul von Hindenburg
"This classic German documentary is a valentine to the "new" Berlin of the late 1920s, enjoying a renaissance after the dregs of the Depression. Director Walter Ruttman's five-reel symphony begins at dawn and ends at midnight, showing Berliners at hard work by day and enjoying the city's boisterous nightlife. Essentially a feature-length montage, the film was heavily influenced by the earlier works of Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov… Though many current prints of Berlin: Symphony of a Great City carry a musical track, this silent documentary creates its own music by virtue of its rhythmic editing." - Hal Erickson, All Movie
Selected by Adam Hyman, Amir Labaki, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragon, Ulrich Gregor, Raymond Depardon.
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The Reckless Moment

The Reckless Moment


1949 / USA / 82m / BW / Crime Drama, Film Noir
James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Henry O'Neill, Shepperd Strudwick, David Blair, Roy Roberts, Jessie Arnold, Jack Baker, Pat Barton
"Just as some critics favor Lang's midcentury American noirs over his famous German silent masterpieces, I prefer Ophuls' moment-in-the-sun Hollywood output, particularly his twin femme-noir home-runs of 1949, Caught and The Reckless Moment. The latter of the two may be, in fact, one of its decade's greatest forgotten movies, a stock melodramatic programmer (adapted from a Ladies Home Journal story, yet) that is reconceived and crafted with such deftness and attention to emotional detail that it shutters scores of contemporaneous noirs and dramas out of the memory." - Michael Atkinson, TCM
Selected by Keith Uhlich, Todd Haynes, Robin Wood, Scott McGehee, David Siegel.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Pepe le Moko

Pépé le Moko


1937 / France / 94m / BW / Romantic Drama, Gangster Film
Jean Gabin, Mireille Balin, Gabriel Gabrio, Lucas Gridoux, Gilbert Gil, Line Noro, Saturnin Fabre, Fernand Charpin, Marcel Dalio, Charles Granval
"The notorious Pépé le moko (Jean Gabin, in a truly iconic performance) is a wanted man: women long for him, rivals hope to destroy him, and the law is breathing down his neck at every turn. On the lam in the labyrinthine Casbah of Algiers, Pépé is safe from the clutches of the police—until a Parisian playgirl compels him to risk his life and leave its confines once and for all. One of the most influential films of the 20th century and a landmark of French poetic realism." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Ruth Barton, Ginette Vincendeau, Juzaburo Futaba, Patrice Leconte, Kaneto Shindo.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Ride the High Country

Ride the High Country


1962 / USA / 94m / Col / Western, Revisionist Western
Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Ronald Starr, Mariette Hartley, R.G. Armstrong, James Drury, Edgar Buchanan, L.Q. Jones, Warren Oates, John Anderson
"Peckinpah's superb second film, a nostalgic lament for the West in its declining years… Affectionately funny as Scott and McCrea, once more hired and temporarily in harness, creak rheumatically while climbing off their horses, turn aside from the trail to bathe aching feet, and sport long woolly combinations for bed. But also achieving an almost biblical grandeur as the two oldtime lawmen, fallen upon hard times and suddenly realising that the world has left them behind, contrive not to fall from grace and self-respect when a tempting gold shipment comes between them. Truly magnificent camerawork from Lucien Ballard." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Alexander Payne, Makoto Shinozaki, David Edelstein, Edward Buscombe, Philip Kemp.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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A Tale of the Wind

A Tale of the Wind

Une Histoire de vent (original title)

1988 / France-UK-West Germany-Netherlands / 80m / Col / Culture & Society, Documentary
Joris Ivens, Henxiang Han, Guilian Liu, Zhuang Liu, Hong Wang, Hongyu Liu, Marceline Loridan Ivens
"This poetic masterpiece serves as the crowning testament of Joris Ivens, the great Dutch documentarist and leftist who made this film in collaboration with his companion Marceline Loridan shortly before his death at the age of 90. Neither a documentary nor a fantasy but a sublime fusion of the two, the film deals in multiple ways with the wind, with Ivens’s asthma, with China, with the 20th century (and, more implicitly, with the 19th and the 21st), with magic, and with the cinema… For all its cosmic dimensions, this work is funny and lighthearted rather than pretentious and ponderous. It may even give you some renewed faith in life on this planet." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Charles Burnett, Adam Hyman, Fu Hongxing, Kim Ji-Seok, Giovanni Grazzini.
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The Verdict

The Verdict


1982 / USA / 129m / Col / Drama, Courtroom Drama
Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O'Shea, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Binns, Julie Bovasso, Roxanne Hart, Wesley Addy
"Mr. Lumet's stylistic panache invites the viewer to watch involving tableaux in which environment is crucial. No gratuitous reaction shots or musical cues interrupt to tell us what to think or how to feel; the judicious use of close-ups is almost Bressonian in its economy and control. The remarkable thing about The Verdict is that it claims our attention at all, given the ordinary nature of its premise... Haven't we seen this film a hundred times in the 80 years since Theodore Dreiser raised the stakes for the American courtroom thriller? Yes and no. Most have faded away, while The Verdict, along with Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder (1959) and few others, stands its ground." - Gary Giddins, New York Sun
Selected by James Mangold, Tom McCarthy, Billy Bob Thornton, David Pirie, Christopher McQuarrie.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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Strangers When We Meet

Strangers When We Meet


1960 / USA / 117m / Col / Drama, Melodrama
Kirk Douglas, Kim Novak, Ernie Kovacs, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau, Virginia Bruce, Kent Smith, Helen Gallagher, John Bryant, Roberta Shore
"Strangers When We Meet is a melodramatic tale of extramarital unhappiness amongst fast-track suburbanites… The sympathetic treatment of the lead characters is enhanced by director Richard Quine’s judicious use of the widescreen frame, setting most shots at a comfortable distance from the characters and cutting to close-ups only at key moments in the plot… Strangers When We Meet never allows the glossiness of its presentation to erode a very affecting and astute appraisal of the state of suburbia before its inhabitants were swept away by the volatile energies of the decade to come." - David Sanjek, PopMatters
Selected by James Gray, José Luis Garci, Jean-Loup Bourget, Eduardo Torres-Dulce, Fernando Mendez-Leite.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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Malcolm X

Malcolm X


1992 / USA / 201m / Col / Biography, Political Drama
Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman Jr., Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee, Theresa Randle, Kate Vernon, Lonette McKee, Tommy Hollis
"There are few character portraits in the history of cinema in the same league as Denzel Washington's Malcolm X... While the sprawling and passionate picture is stuffed with Lee’s bravura filmmaking, not least the vivid cinematography of Ernest Dickerson, its most inexorable virtue remains star Denzel Washington, who established himself as the great American film actor of his generation with not only the performance of the decade but one of cinema’s supreme biographical portraits; only Lawrence of Arabia’s Peter O’Toole and Lincoln’s Daniel Day-Lewis are in the same league." - Steve Erickson, Los Angeles Magazine
Selected by Ryan Coogler, Carrie Rickey, Ernest R. Dickerson, Omer M. Mozaffar, Justine Nagan.
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National Lampoon's Animal House

National Lampoon's Animal House

Animal House (alternative title)

1978 / USA / 109m / Col / Gross-Out Comedy, Anarchic Comedy
John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Tom Hulce, Cesare Danova, Peter Riegert, Donald Sutherland, Mary Louise Weller, Stephen Furst
"Animal House marked a new era in American comedy, bringing together the anarchic Ivy League sensibilities of the Harvard Lampoon and the freewheeling, sketch-driven style of Chicago's legendary Second City improv troupe. It was a match that would come to define and dominate the approach to modern comedy… As a cultural phenomenon, Animal House was one of the first big studio comedies aimed at the teen/college demographic and has the dubious distinction of spawning the toga party and making food fights seem like a venerable American institution… This is likely the only film in the National Film Registry to feature a character imitating a zit with a mouthful of mashed potatoes." - Rob Nixon, TCM
Selected by Bobby Farrelly, Michael Tolkin, Richard Curtis, David Fincher, David Wain.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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The Godfather Part III

The Godfather Part III


1990 / USA / 161m / Col / Crime Drama, Gangster Film
Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, George Hamilton, Bridget Fonda, Sofia Coppola, Raf Vallone
“There’s a level of cinematic artistry to The Godfather Part III that the countless mob movies and TV shows that followed the original Godfather have rarely been able to match. And Coppola’s own take on the film—as one long howl of frustration over what had become of his career circa 1990—lends the film an emotional dimension it otherwise lacks… As a visual poem about decline, The Godfather Part III looks more stunning with each passing year. If only the people in the picture would just stop talking." - Noel Murray, The Dissolve
Selected by Pablo Villaça, Xu Haofeng, Subhash Ghai, John Walker, Carlos Diegues.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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Subarnarekha

Subarnarekha

The Golden Thread (English title); Golden River (alternative title)

1965 / India / 143m / BW / Drama
Abhi Bhattacharya, Madhabi Mukherjee, Satindra Bhattacharya, Bijon Bhattacharya, Indrani Chakrabarty, Sriman Tarun, Jahar Ray, Pitambar, Sriman Ashok Bhattacharya, Sita Mukherjee
"Subarnarekha, made in 1962 but released in 1965 is the last in a trilogy examining the socio-economic implications of partition, the other two being Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960) and Komal Ghandhar (1961). It is also perhaps Ritwik Ghatak's most complex film… The film is aided with fine performances from Madhabi Mukherjee and Abhi Bhattacharya and special mention must be made of Bahadur Khan's evocatively haunting musical score. Sadly, like most of Ghatak's films, Subarnarekha was totally rejected by the public. Ironically, today the film is hailed as a classic and as an important landmark in the history of Indian Cinema." - Upperstall
Selected by Tom Charity, Girish Shambu, Raqs Media Collective, Ashim Ahluwalia, Thomas Allenbach.
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Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce


1945 / USA / 109m / BW / Melodrama, Film Noir
Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Bruce Bennett, George Tobias, Lee Patrick, Moroni Olsen, Jo Ann Marlowe
"James Cain's novel of the treacherous life in Southern California that sets house-wife-turned waitress-turned-successful restauranteur (Crawford) against her own daughter (Blyth) in competition for the love of playboy Zachary Scott, is brought fastidiously and bleakly to life by Curtiz' direction, Ernest Haller's camerawork, and Anton Grot's magnificent sets. Told in flashback from the moment of Scott's murder, the film is a chilling demonstration of the fact that, in a patriarchal society, when a woman steps outside the home the end result may be disastrous." - Phil Hardy, Time Out
Selected by Tim Highsted, Paul Julian Smith, Andy Medhurst, Anita Chaudhuri, Ngozi Onwurah.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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On the Town

On the Town


1949 / USA / 98m / Col / Musical, Comedy
Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Vera-Ellen, Alice Pearce, Florence Bates, George Meader, Bern Hoffman
"A fine, freewheeling musical by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, based on the Betty Comden-Adolph Green book, which was in turn based on the Leonard Bernstein ballet Fancy Free. Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin are three sailors out for a day in New York; Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller, and Betty Garrett are the girls they spend it with. With no structure or pacing to speak of, it's a loopy, anything-goes movie, graced with the freshness of a Hollywood nouvelle vague. Remarkably, it was Donen and Kelly's first directorial effort " - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Linda Ruth Williams, Bruce Ricker, Erik Syngle, Dilys Powell, Cesar Santos Fontenla.
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Odd Man Out

Odd Man Out


1947 / UK / 115m / BW / Drama, Crime
James Mason, Robert Newton, Robert Beatty, Kathleen Ryan, William Hartnell, Cyril Cusack, F.J. McCormick, Fay Compton, Beryl Measor, Dan O'Herlihy
"A wounded Irish revolutionary (James Mason at his near best) on the run in Belfast encounters a cross section of human responses—self-interest, indifference, empathy, and charity—in this arty English thriller directed by Carol Reed and adapted by F.L. Green and R.C. Sherriff from Green's novel. This may be Reed's most pretentious film, but it also happens to be one of his very best, beautifully capturing the poetry of a city at night (with black-and-white cinematography by Robert Krasker that's within hailing distance of Gregg Toland and Stanley Cortez's work with Orson Welles)." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Agnieszka Holland, Bruce Beresford, Lewis Gilbert, Roman Polanski, Yasuo Furuhata.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Kill Bill Vol. 1

Kill Bill Vol. 1


2003 / USA / 111m / Col-BW / Action Thriller, Martial Arts
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Sonny Chiba, Chiaki Kuriyama, Chia Hui Liu, Michael Parks
"Kill Bill, Volume 1 shows Quentin Tarantino so effortlessly and brilliantly in command of his technique that he reminds me of a virtuoso violinist racing through Flight of the Bumble Bee -- or maybe an accordion prodigy setting a speed record for Lady of Spain. I mean that as a sincere compliment. The movie is not about anything at all except the skill and humor of its making. It's kind of brilliant. His story is a distillation of the universe of martial arts movies, elevated to a trancelike mastery of the material… The movie is all storytelling and no story. The motivations have no psychological depth or resonance, but are simply plot markers. The characters consist of their characteristics. Lurking beneath everything, as it did with Pulp Fiction, is the suggestion of a parallel universe in which all of this makes sense in the same way that a superhero's origin story makes sense." - Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com
Selected by Emilio Bustamante, Xavier Pérez, Rafael Carvalho, Tom Tykwer, Gerard Alonso Cassadó.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Scarecrow

Scarecrow


1973 / USA / 108m / Col / Drama, Road Movie
Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dorothy Tristan, Ann Wedgeworth, Richard Lynch, Eileen Brennan, Penelope Allen, Richard Hackman, Al Cingolani, Rutanya Alda
"At the time of its release, Scarecrow was considered a commercial flop, and was shortsightedly written off by many critics as just another rambling buddy/road movie in the register of Easy Rider… Yet the passing years have proven Scarecrow's continuing appeal as a low-key character study, a downbeat ode to the downtrodden, an elegy for the American dream gone sour. Director Jerry Schatzberg and DP Vilmos Zsigmond craft a visually rich and evocative film as attuned to the rhapsodic vistas of the American pastoral as it is to the squalid dive bars and inhumane work farms that provide the grungy backdrop for screenwriter Garry Michael White's loose-limbed drama." - Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
Selected by David Gordon Green, Marian Crisan, Vincent Gallo, Nobuhiro Yamashita, Ricardo Darín.
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Henry V

Henry V


1944 / UK / 137m / Col / Historical Film, Historical Epic
Laurence Olivier, Renee Asherson, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks, Esmond Knight, George Robey, Leo Genn, Felix Aylmer, Max Adrian, Ralph Truman
"Bringing an actor-manager's chutzpah to a movie he starred in, produced, directed and virtually created with his bare hands, Laurence Olivier created a bold, clear reading of Shakespeare's play and an exhilarating piece of wartime propaganda. He begins with a realistic account of a performance at the Globe, complete with jeers from the groundlings, and then leads you step-by-step into Henry's real, or hyperreal world." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Nicolas Barbano, David Roland, John Francis Lane, Claude Baigneres, Albert Johnson.
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Mamma Roma

Mamma Roma


1962 / Italy / 110m / BW / Urban Drama, Melodrama
Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini, Luisa Loiano, Paolo Volpini, Luciano Gonini, Vittorio La Paglia, Pierro Morgia, Lanfranco Ceccarelli
"Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, a middle-aged prostitute who attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Filmed in the great tradition of Italian neorealism, Mamma Roma offers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy, and highlights director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s lifelong fascination with the marginalized and dispossessed. Though banned upon its release in Italy for obscenity, today Mamma Roma remains a classic, featuring a powerhouse performance by one of cinema’s greatest actresses and offering a glimpse at a country’s most controversial director in the process of finding his style." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Berenice Reynaud, Pere Portabella, Ventura Pons, Chantal Akerman, Feras Fayyad.
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Yol

Yol

The Road (English title)

1982 / Turkey-Switzerland-France / 114m / Col / Political Drama, Prison Film
Tarik Akan, Serif Sezer, Halil Ergun, Meral Orhonsay, Necmettin Cobanoglu, Semra Ucar, Hikmet Celik, Sevda Aktolga, Tuncay Akca, Hale Akinli
"In Yilmaz Güney's extraordinary Turkish odyssey (filmed by Gören from his script and detailed instructions while he was in jail), five prisoners are allowed a week's parole to journey home… The film's poetry, its combination of sound and image especially, has an unconscious innocence no longer available to most European and American narratives, and it is inspired by an enormous compassion for the suffering people endure at each other's hands in a world where the strong pick upon the weak, the weak upon the weaker." - Chris Petit, Time Out
Selected by Barbara Wurm, Sadullo Rakhimov, Okajima Hisashi, Hamid Dabashi, Laura Waddington.
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Le Bonheur

Le Bonheur

Happiness (English title)

1965 / France / 79m / Col / Romance, Marriage Drama
Jean-Claude Drouot, Claire Drouot, Sandrine Drouot, Olivier Drouot, Marie-France Boyer, Marcelle Faure Bertin, Manon Lanclos, Sylvie Saurel, Marc Eyraud, Christian Riehl
"A beautiful and disturbing 1965 feature by Agnes Varda about family happiness, full of lingering and creepy ambiguities. A happily married carpenter (Jean-Claude Drouot) with a beautiful wife (Claire Drouot) and two small children (Sandrine and Oliver Drouot) falls in love with a beautiful postal clerk (Boyer), who becomes his mistress… Provocative and lovely to look at, this is one of Varda's best and most interesting features." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Annette Melville, Chantal Akerman, Kim Young-jin, Mai Ruo-Yu, Agnieszka Holland.
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Ballad of Narayama

The Ballad of Narayama

Narayama bushiko (original title)

1983 / Japan / 130m / Col / Rural Drama, Family Drama
Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Takejo Aki, Tonpei Hidari, Seiji Kurasaki, Kaoru Shimamori, Ryutaro Tatsumi, Junko Takada, Nijiko Kiyokawa, Mitsuko Baisho
"This harsh and beautiful 1983 film by Shohei Imamura marks a turning point in his career, away from the violence and confrontationalism of his earlier films and toward an almost Ozu-like acceptance of human fate. The story is set in an impoverished mountain village, where the law of survival requires that every citizen over 70 be put to death to make room for new mouths at the table… Imamura's rough sexual humor is still in evidence, but now it has taken on a dark tone: to make love is to flirt with death." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Isamu Hirabayashi, Jasper Sharp, Li Yu, Tim Robey, Nick Davis.
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Othello

Othello


1952 / Italy-France-Morocco-USA / 90m / BW / Drama, Tragedy
Orson Welles, Michael MacLiammoir, Suzanne Cloutier, Robert Coote, Hilton Edwards, Fay Compton, Michael Lawrence, Nicholas Bruce, Jean Davis, Doris Dowling
"Welles' sixth feature was shot in fits and starts over a period of four years, on a dozen locations in Morocco and Italy, often without money. Naturally, Welles turned the limitations into strengths. When the costumes didn't show up, he filmed in a Turkish bath. When an actor couldn't make it, he used a stand-in and changed his camera angle. When challenged to match footage shot in Mogador and Venice, he contrived dazzling webs of montage. This is Shakespeare filmed with love and powerhouse enthusiasm, never with reverence. The visual rhetoric is synchronised with the verbal imagery: they hit sensory overload together. A very great film noir." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by George A. Romero, Ben Walters, Lamia Joreige, Amos Gitai, Suzanne Liandrat-Guigues.
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Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise


1995 / USA / 101m / Col / Romance, Comedy Drama
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Poschl, Erni Mangold, Dominik Castell, Karl Bruckschwaiger, Tex Rubinowitz, Haymon Maria Buttinger, Harold Waiglein
"An American man and a French woman in their early 20s meet on a train heading through Europe. They alight in Vienna, amble around for 14 hours and shoot the breeze. Yes, the plot of Before Sunrise could be written on the back of a Eurail ticket, but it's what Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) say and don't say during their Austrian walkabout that makes the film what it is: a gentle but canny Gen-X fusion of My Dinner with Andre and the Judy Garland shore-leave romance, The Clock." - Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian
Selected by Ji Zhi, Siu Heng, Benjamin Spacek, Anna Duggan, Erik Syngle.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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Anatahan

Anatahan

The Saga of Anatahan (alternative title); Ana-ta-han (alternative title)

1953 / Japan / 90m / BW / Drama, Adventure
Akemi Negishi, Suganume, Ikio Sawamura, Shoji Najayama, Jun Fujikawa, Kondo, Miyashita, Tsuruemon, Kikuji, Kokuriro
"A more extreme degree of stylization is impossible to imagine: the Pacific island setting was re-created entirely in a Japanese studio out of cellophane and paper (Sternberg complained that he was forced to use real water), and the actors who perform this tale of shipwrecked sailors are Kabuki-trained Japanese. Distance is built into every aspect of the production, from the shadowed, filtered images to Sternberg's own voice-over narration, yet the feelings that emerge are incredibly pure and immediate: Sternberg seems to be photographing the absolute essence of human emotion." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Stephane Delorme, Heinz Emigholz, Patrice Rollet, Ken Mogg, Victor Erice.
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Near Dark

Near Dark


1987 / USA / 95m / Col / Horror, Hybrid Western
Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Joshua Miller, Tim Thomerson, Marcie Leeds, Kenny Call, Ed Corbett
"Bigelow's track record as a director is spotty, but in 1987 she directed the flat-out classic Near Dark, an enormously influential vampire Western… Vampires have generally symbolized a distinctly European strain of upscale decadence, and Near Dark's key innovation was in stripping the genre of its gothic signifiers and replacing them with unmistakably American ones… Near Dark's vampire-Western fusion has been co-opted by movies like From Dusk Till Dawn and John Carpenter's Vampires, but Bigelow's film has lost none of its freshness or vitality. It's the most quintessentially American vampire movie ever made." - Nathan Rabin, A.V. Club
Selected by Danny Boyle, Christine Dollhofer, Christian Petzold, Andy Medhurst, Pam Cook.
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Get Carter

Get Carter


1971 / UK / 112m / Col / Crime Thriller, Gangster Film
Michael Caine, Britt Ekland, John Osborne, Ian Hendry, Bryan Mosley, Geraldine Moffatt, Dorothy White, Tony Beckley, George Sewell, Rosemarie Dunham
"'This is movie modernism British-style. The occasional stylistic flourishes suggest the imported influence of the New Wave, the brief bursts of sex, violence and soundtrack funk offer a trendsetting '70s take on the gangster movie. But its prime virtue now looks like its depiction of a nation slowly made to face its own moral and physical dilapidation, hope and glory gone way down and out… Mike Hodges' debut offers a tunnel vision of this landscape. He shoots it cold, sparse and ambivalent, the terse, gnomic plotting and dialogue doubtless contributing to the allure of what might otherwise be a relatively plain genre movie." - Nick Bradshaw, Time Out
Selected by Keith Griffiths, John Baldessari, Colin MacCabe, Jonathon Oake, Bettina Thienhaus.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point


1970 / USA / 112m / Col / Drama, Road Movie
Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, Rod Taylor, Paul Fix, G.D. Spradlin, Bill Garaway, Kathleen Cleaver, Harrison Ford, Peter Lake
"Though Michelangelo Antonioni's only American film was very poorly received when it was released in 1969, time has been much kinder to it than to, say, La Notte, which was made a decade earlier. Antonioni's nonrealistic approach to American counterculture myths and his loose and slow approach to narrative may still put some people off—along with the uneven dialogue—but his beautiful handling of 'Scope compositions and moods has many lingering aftereffects, and the grand and beautiful apocalyptic finale is downright spectacular." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Fernando Meirelles, Dario Oliveira, Ron Peck, Bill Pullman, Tag Gallagher.
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Sholay

Sholay


1975 / India / 162m / Col / Action, Adventure Drama
Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Amjad Khan, A.K. Hangal, Satyendra Kapoor, Iftekhar, Leela Mishra
"Sholay (Flames), stars the godfather of Bollywood heroes Amitabh Bachchan at his best and is one of the most successful films of the 70s. Often described as a "curry" western, Sholay became a milestone in Indian cinema with an all-star cast, cult dialogue, stylish cinematography and a soundtrack that's still enjoyable today. It's the perfect entry point for any Bollywood virgins… Fully-rounded characters and a simple narrative make three hours pass fairly quickly… All performances are polished but Amjad Khan's debut as the menacing Gabbar Singh deserves special mention, setting new standards for Bollywood villains. It's a movie that you can watch again and again, and hardcore Bollywood fans do. But even if you just watch Sholay once, you won't be disappointed." - Dharmesh Rajput, BBC
Selected by Naman Ramachandran, Lalitha Gopalan, Anupama Chopra, Anees Bazmee, Jai Arjun Singh.
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The Bridges of Madison County

The Bridges of Madison County


1995 / USA / 135m / Col / Romance, Drama
Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley, Victor Slezak, Jim Haynie, Sarah Kathryn Schmitt, Christopher Kroon, Phyllis Lyons, Debra Monk, Richard Lage
"When the daughter and son of the late Francesca Johnson (Streep) return home to Madison County to oversee the funeral arrangements, they're shocked to learn that their mother wished to have her ashes scattered from the Roseman Bridge, not buried beside their father… Immaculately performed, and assembled with wit and sensitivity, this is one of the most satisfying weepies in years. Indeed, it's hard to imagine anyone but Eastwood doing such a fine job of adapting Robert James Waller's best-seller for the screen. Typically, his clean, pared direction, coupled with Richard LaGravenese's mostly no-frills script, ensures that the film avoids sentimentality even as the two lovers rush to embrace it." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Juan Antonio Bayona, Sue Harris, Ricardo Darín, Marco Dutra, Gabriel Carneiro.
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Cairo Station

Cairo Station

Bab el hadid (original title); The Iron Gate (alternative title)

1958 / Egypt / 76m / BW / Drama, Slice of Life
Fared Shawqi, Hind Rostom, Youssef Chahine, Hassan el Baroudi, Abdel Aziz Khalil, Naima Wasfy, Said Khalil, Abdel Ghani Nagdi, Loutfi El Hakim, Abdel Hamid Bodaoha
"All human life is here: the phrase really does apply to Chahine's tragicomic masterpiece from 1958… Cairo Station is the venue for a blazingly passionate drama about Kenaoui, a lame newspaper vendor, played by Chahine, and his unrequited desire for Hanouma (Rostom), the Bardotesque lemonade seller. Chahine conducts his big cast with uproarious energy, immediacy and freshness; he has tremendous stylised set pieces… As Kenaoui's love becomes more obsessive, the mood darkens, and elements of Hitchcock and Powell creep in. Finally, Cairo Station virtually attains the air of a tragedy, observing classical unities of time and place." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Hind Mezaina, Joseph Fahim, Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Najwa Najjar, Hamid Dabashi.
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Chikamatsu monogatari

Chikamatsu monogatari

The Crucified Lovers (English title)

1954 / Japan / 100m / BW / Melodrama, Romantic Drama
Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyoko Kagawa, Eitaro Shindo, Eitaro Ozawa, Yoko Minamida, Haruo Tanaka, Chieko Naniwa, Ichiro Sugai, Tatsuya Ishiguro, Hiroshi Mizuno
"A sublime, perfectly modulated story of doomed love between a merchant's wife and a servant, set in 17th-century Japan and drawn from the repertory of Japan's puppet theater, the Bunraku. Kenji Mizoguchi's 1954 film has the most imaginative soundtrack of any of his films, and while the story lacks the awesome power of his Ugetsu and Sansho the Bailiff (both made during the same period), it still remains essential viewing." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Ruy Guerra, Daisuke Akasaka, Dominique Martinez, C.S. Venkiteswaran, Alejandro Díaz.
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Gilda

Gilda


1946 / USA / 110m / BW / Film Noir, Romantic Mystery
Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray, Gerald Mohr, Joseph Sawyer, Robert Scott, Ludwig Donath, Don Douglas
"Rita Hayworth’s nightclub queen is at once seductive and innocent, a mix of virgin and whore – the perfect male fantasy. Her striptease scene is erotic to the max – but all she peels off are those long black gloves. No wonder club manager Glenn Ford is obsessed, as is club owner George Macready, her arrival disrupting their borderline gay relationship. Hothouse passions were rarely steamier than in Charles Vidor’s 1946 thriller, and the close-knit triangle set-up plays itself out in classic noir style." - Philip Kemp, Total Film
Selected by Briony Hanson, Constantine Giannaris, Ivan Cardoso, Jake Wilson, Martin Casariego.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Ed Wood

Ed Wood


1994 / USA / 124m / BW / Comedy Drama, Biography
Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio, G.D. Spradlin, Lisa Marie, Juliet Landau, Bill Murray
"Ed Wood isn't really a biography, and it isn't too concerned with the ins and outs of no-budget filmmaking either. The film is dreamy myth-making, as Burton's first obvious aim was to resurrect Wood's films and imbue them with the transcendent power their filmmaker intended… Burton never before or ever again exhibited the astonishing range of talent he displayed in Ed Wood… As American films became more and more polished, more impersonal than ever before, Ed Wood, a testament to following your own inner tune despite almost certain personal oblivion, is looking more and more like one of America's great movies." - Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
Selected by Rodrigo Aragão, Bobcat Goldthwait, Malcolm Ingram, José Carlos Cabrejo, Kepa Sojo.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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Fellini's Casanova

Fellini's Casanova

Il Casanova di Federico Fellini (original title); Casanova (alternative title)

1976 / Italy / 158m / Col / Comedy Drama, Period Film
Donald Sutherland, Tina Aumont, Cicely Browne, Carmen Scarpitta, Clara Algranti, Olimpia Carlisi, Adele Angela Lojodice, Clarissa Mary Roil, Daniel Emilfork, Margaret Clementi
"Vainly seeking wealthy patrons for his scholarly pursuits, Casanova is seen as both an intellectual figure of the Enlightenment and a licentious voluptuary of a corrupt society about to be swept away by the French Revolution... The semi-coherent, death-obsessed narrative reeks of self-disgust and has the clammy atmosphere of an undertaker's embalming room. Made entirely on fabulous Cinecittà sets, it's superbly photographed and magnificently staged and Sutherland (who hated the experience) is a compelling presence." - Philip French, The Observer
Selected by Michel Ciment, Michel Chion, Mike Hodges, Peter Greenaway, Jose Maria Latorre.
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The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

Ensayo de un crimen (original title)

1955 / Mexico / 91m / BW / Crime Comedy, Satire
Ernesto Alonso, Miroslava, Ariadna Welter, Rita Macedo, Rodolfo Landa, Andrea Palma, Carlos Riquelme, Leonor Llausas, Eva Calvo, Jose Maria Linares-Rivas
"Buñuel marshals all of his characteristic amoral wit in this tale of a would-be murderer frustrated at every turn in his efforts to get his kicks from a successful sex killing. As usual, the master eschews the visual fussiness of 'style', opting for the straightforward camera set-up at all times. The use of props like the toy music box from his childhood which triggers off Archibaldo's lust, and the wax dummy burned after one of his attempts is thwarted, is all the more stunning (and hilarious) as a result." - Rod McShane, Time Out
Selected by José Luis Borau, Paul Mayersberg, Steve Gravestock, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Ángel Sala.
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Not Reconciled

Not Reconciled

Nicht versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt wo Gewalt herrscht (original title)

1965 / West Germany / 53m / BW / Drama, Family Drama
Heinrich Hargesheimer, Carlheinz Hargesheimer, Martha Staendner, Daniele Huillet, Henning Harmssen, Ulrich Hopmann, Joachim Weiler, Eva-Maria Bold, Hiltraud Wegener, Ulrich von Thuna
"Fifty years of German social and political history, from the anti-Communism of 1910 through the anti-semitism of the '30s to a political reprisal in 1960. Explored a-chronologically, in vignettes from the lives of three generations of a middle class family. Taken from Heinrich Böll's novel Billiards at Half Past Nine, but with all the mechanics of storytelling and the frosting of 'style' removed. Read the novel for the narrative; see Straub's movie for the steely precision of its ideas and images, enhanced by Brechtian acting and the absence of all redundancies. Difficult in ways that few films are, but necessarily difficult." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Thom Andersen, Chris Petit, Daisuke Akasaka, Harun Farocki, Gilberto Perez.
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Cul-de-sac

Cul-de-sac


1966 / UK / 111m / BW / Comedy Thriller, Black Comedy
Donald Pleasence, Francoise Dorleac, Lionel Stander, Jack MacGowran, Iain Quarrier, Robert Dorning, Jacqueline Bisset, Geoffrey Sumner, Renee Houston, William Franklyn
"Roman Polanski orchestrates a mental ménage à trois in this slyly absurd tale of paranoia from the director’s golden 1960s period. Donald Pleasence and Françoise Dorléac star as a withdrawn couple whose isolated house is invaded by a rude, burly American gangster on the run, played by Lionel Stander. The three engage in role-playing games of sexual and emotional humiliation. Cul-de-sac is an evocative, claustrophobic, and morbidly funny tale of the modern world in chaos." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Abel Ferrara, Ray Lawrence, Ian Francis, Pawel Pawlikowski, Paul Buck.
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899
Mon oncle d'Amerique

Mon oncle d'Amérique

My American Uncle (English title)

1980 / France / 123m / Col / Comedy Drama, Satire
Gerard Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger Pierre, Nelly Borgeaud, Pierre Arditi, Gerard Darrieu, Philippe Laudenbach, Marie Dubois, Henri Laborit, Bernard Malaterre
"The first genuine hit in Alain Resnais' career takes off from the behaviorist theories of French scientist Henri Laborit, which are illustrated by the stories of three separate characters (Depardieu, Pierre, and Garcia), each of whom identifies with a different French movie star and whose lives occasionally cross. While the quasi-determinist theories of Laborit are never very interesting or persuasive, the film can never really be reduced to them. What matters here is the fluidity of Resnais and screenwriter Jean Gruault's masterful storytelling; they manage to convey a dense, multilayered narrative with remarkable ease and simplicity." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Amit Dutta, Florence Almozini, Andrei Zagdansky, Mike Hodges, José Eduardo Belmonte.
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Stroszek

Stroszek


1977 / West Germany / 115m / Col / Comedy Drama, Satire
Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz, Wilhelm von Homburg, Burkhardt Driest, Clayton Szalpinski, Ely Rodriguez, Alfred Edel, Scott McKain, Ralph Wade
"Werner Herzog's Stroszek easily qualifes as one of the weirdest features ever made. The premise - about a mentally-impaired German ex-con, a prostitute and a diminutive, wizened octogenarian scientist who collectively move from Berlin to rural Wisconsin and take up in a hideous prefabricated trailer - is unquestionably bizarre, but Stroszek is also, in its own idiosyncratic way, a brilliant, illuminating and heartfelt movie… The film never once feels difficult to watch; it qualifies as a tragedy of the deepest and most profound sort, with a heartbreaking ending, but Herzog lifts it from the pit of despair by blending the inherent sadness with a surfeit of warm-hearted human comedy that runs throughout much of the picture and that redeems it from the devastating, potentially crushing weight of sorrow." - Nathan Southern, Allmovie
Selected by Debra Granik, Zhao Liang, Harmony Korine, David Lynch, Matt Boyd.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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Excalibur

Excalibur


1981 / UK / 140m / Col / Sword-and-Sorcery, Mythological Fantasy
Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nicol Williamson, Robert Addie, Gabriel Byrne, Keith Buckley, Katrine Boorman
"The myth and legend of King Arthur has long been a favorite fascination of popular culture… John Boorman’s magnificent and magical Excalibur is, to my mind, the greatest and the richest of screen incarnation of the oft-told tale. Filmed on the rocky coasts and in the emerald forests of Ireland, Boorman turns this landscape into a primal world hewn out of stone and wood and mud by blood and iron… It’s also a magnificent blood and thunder tale of men with swords torn between the primal drives of power and lust and the idealism brought to the land by Arthur, the benevolent king who encourages his knights to go forth in acts of heroism and chivalry." - Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
Selected by Trey Parker, Zack Snyder, Sek Kei, Jon Wright, Christian McCrea.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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News from Home

News from Home


1976 / France-Belgium-West Germany / 85m / Col / Avant-garde/Experimental, Urban Drama
Chantal Akerman
"Akerman explores the disjunction between European myths about New York - with its monumental cityscapes and cinematic glamour - and the reality, a place of hopeless ghettos and monotonous suburbs. In counterpoint to cinema-photographer Babette Mangolte's powerful images of the city, the soundtrack consists of banal letters from a petit bourgeois Belgian mother to her daughter in New York. A considerable contribution to the hinterland area between narrative cinema and the avant-garde." - Lynda Myles, Time Out
Selected by Ira Sachs, Richard Kwietniowski, Anna Petrus, Acquarello, Matthew Lehrer.
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881
Love and Death

Love and Death


1975 / USA / 82m / Col / Comedy, Parody/Spoof
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Olga Georges-Picot, Harold Gould, Jessica Harper, Alfred Lutter, James Tolkan, Georges Adet, Frank Adu, Edmond Ardisson
"Before Woody Allen made Annie Hall, the first in a long series of romantic comedies and/or personal dramas about neurotic New Yorkers (and, to a large degree, himself), he made a series of wildly funny absurdist comedies, of which Love and Death was probably the best. Dominated by knowing parodies of Russian literature with a dollop of Ingmar Bergman on the side, Love and Death is that rare satire that wears its smarts on its sleeve while still going for the belly laugh. While you have to be quite well-read to catch every literary reference, the movie still works if you don't get them." - Mark Deming, Allmovie
Selected by Sarah Polley, Mark Kermode, Adam Carolla, Jasmila Zbanic, Gilles Jacob.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll
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892
Simon of the Desert

Simon of the Desert

Simón del desierto (original title)

1965 / Mexico / 43m / BW / Satire, Religious Comedy
Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal, Hortensia Santovena, Luis Aceves Castaneda, Enrique Alvarez Felix, Antonio Bravo, Enrique del Castillo, Jesus Fernandez, Enrique Garcia Alvarez, Eduardo MacGregor
"Simon of the Desert is Luis Buñuel’s wicked and wild take on the life of devoted ascetic Saint Simeon Stylites, who waited atop a pillar surrounded by a barren landscape for six years, six months, and six days, in order to prove his devotion to God. Yet the devil, in the figure of the beautiful Silvia Pinal, huddles below, trying to tempt him down. A skeptic’s vision of human conviction, Buñuel’s short and sweet satire is one of the master filmmaker’s most renowned works of surrealism." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Daniel V. Villamediana, Frances Morgan, Gonçalo Tocha, Haden Guest, Alejandro Díaz.
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Kwaidan

Kwaidan


1964 / Japan / 164m / Col / Fantasy, Costume Horror
Rentaro Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiko Kishi, Katsuo Nakamura, Tetsuro Tanba, Kanemon Nakamura, Osamu Takizawa, Ranko Akagi
"One of the most meticulously crafted supernatural fantasy films ever made, Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan is also one of the most unusual. While such classic black and white chillers as The Uninvited, The Innocents and The Haunting teasingly speculate on the existence of ghosts, this lavish widescreen and color production deals with the spirit world head-on, as something completely and frighteningly real… Shot almost entirely in enormous studio sets, with a completely post-synched and carefully controlled soundtrack, Kwaidan is about as far from moviemaking 'realism' as it’s possible to go." - David Ehrenstein, The Criterion Collection
Selected by Paul Tickell, Virginie Sélavy, Eva Neymann, Donato Totaro, Ann Lloyd.