The 1,000 Greatest Films (700-601)

The banner image above is from Erich von Stroheim's Foolish Wives.
700
662
Thelma & Louise

Thelma & Louise


1991 / USA / 128m / Col / Road Movie, Buddy Film
Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brad Pitt, Timothy Carhart, Lucinda Jenney, Jason Beghe
"As the film plunges toward its lacerating climax, some may have conflicting feelings about Thelma and Louise: Are they feminist martyrs or bitches from hell? Neither is the case. They're flesh-and-blood women out to expose the blight of sexism. Khouri's script isn't about rage or revenge; it's about waste. Director Scott, whose films (Alien, Blade Runner) are noted for their slick surface, cuts to the marrow this time. This wincingly funny, pertinent and heartbreaking road movie means to get under your skin, and it does." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Carol J. Clover, Marit Kapla, Yvonne Tasker, Havana Marking, B. Ruby Rich.
699 Up Arrow
711
The Bad and the Beautiful

The Bad and the Beautiful


1952 / USA / 118m / BW / Drama, Showbiz Drama
Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Barry Sullivan, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland, Leo G. Carroll, Vanessa Brown, Paul Stewart
"Rivalling Sunset Boulevard for its caustic take on Hollywood, Vincente Minnelli’s rip-roaring 1952 melodrama charts the fall of a ruthless, all-powerful producer (Douglas on top form) via flashbacks recalled by a writer (Powell), an actress (Turner) and a director (Sullivan) – all of whom he made, and who now disown him when he’s down. It’s packed with in-jokes and lightly disguised portraits of real-life Tinseltown figures; Douglas’ character is reckoned to be across between David O.Selznick and Val Lewton. But even without a knowledge of the background, this is sharp, cynical fun." - Philip Kemp, Total Film
Selected by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Martin Koerber, Joss Whedon, Harun Farocki, Adolfo Aristarain.
698
672
Pasted Graphic

Still Life

Sanxia haoren (original title)

2006 / China-Hong Kong / 113m / Col / Drama, Social Problem Film
Tao Zhao, Sanming Han, Hong Wei Wang, Zhou Lan, Yong Huang, Jianlin Peng, Zhubin Li
"There’s politics in every one of cinematographer Yu Likwai’s superbly composed HD frames, but it’s feel that the former is after. And in the half-drowned town of Fengjie – the victim of the Yangtze river Three Gorges Project and capitalism as well as being the new home of rural Shanxi construction worker Han (Han Sanming) – the feeling isn’t good… In Still Life the director’s assurance is such that the barriers between documentary and fictional film are made to seem an irrelevance; you may find his film’s intimations of commonality – what we share as human beings – will surprise and move you in unexpected ways." - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by Jean-Michel Frodon, Margaret Deriaz, Babak Jalali, Kenji Fujishima, Masaaki Oba.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
697 Up Arrow
828
Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry


1971 / USA / 102m / Col / Crime, Action Thriller
Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson, John Mitchum, John Vernon, John Larch, Mae Mercer, Lyn Edgington, Ruth Kobart
"Dirty Harry may not be Don Siegel's masterpiece—although it is a first-rate policier featuring a career-defining performance by Clint Eastwood. No less than Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, it offers a fabulous, multifarious political metaphor. (And, as with Body Snatchers, Siegel's own liberal interpretation was trumped by a more forceful hard-right reading)… In its day, the movie was critically and commercially overshadowed by The French Connection, but en route to inspiring four sequels, it became a mainstream cult film." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Selected by Jan Lumholdt, Edgar Wright, Shane Black, Makoto Shinozaki, Hirohisa Sasaki.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
696
669
The Seasons

The Seasons

Vremena goda (original title); The Four Seasons (alternative title)

1975 / USSR / 29m / BW / Documentary
"Vremena goda, Peleshian's first to eschew archival footage in favor of footage shot by his cinematographer Mikhail Vartanov, opens with a shepherd in a raging river, struggling to keep hold of his sheep; the rest of the film continues its downward plunge with more shepherds sliding down cliff faces with more sheep, farmers dragging huge haystacks down alarming inclines, and so on. The sense of hurtling motion, of life unstoppable, of energy and will pulling and shoving forward and down is overwhelming. Peleshian scores the whole thing to Vivaldi's Four Seasons, of course (with additional use of Armenian folk music); I can't imagine anything else will do." - Noel Vera, Critic After Dark
Selected by Pietro Marcello, Edwin Mak, Elena Oroz, Michael Baute, Rhidian Davis.
695
665
Vive L'Amour

Vive L'Amour

Ai qing wan sui (original title)

1994 / Taiwan / 118m / Col / Drama, Urban Drama
Chao-Jung Chen, Kang-Sheng Lee, Kuei-Mei Yang
"Tsai Ming-liang’s striking and beautiful second feature, a haunting look at alienation among three young individuals in Taipei–a real estate agent, a street vendor, and a gay and painfully withdrawn burial-plot salesman–won the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival and remains one of the key modernist works of the Taiwanese New Wave. Working principally without dialogue–with a feeling for both modern architecture and contemporary urban despair that often recalls Michelangelo Antonioni–it gathers force slowly but builds to a powerful and devastating finale." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Paolo Bertolin, Jane Yu, Pawel Pawlikowski, Cui Zi'en, Andrew Yusu Cheng.
694
657
Harlan County, U.S.A.

Harlan County, U.S.A.


1976 / USA / 103m / Col / Social Issues, Documentary
Basil Collins, Carl Horn, Lawrence Jones, Arnold Miller, Florence Reece, Lois Scott, William Simon, Richard Trumka, Billy G. Williams, Nimrod Workman
"Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award–winning Harlan County USA unflinchingly documents a grueling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, Kopple and her crew captured the miners’ sometimes violent struggles with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs. Featuring a haunting soundtrack—with legendary country and bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens, Merle Travis, Sarah Gunning, and Florence Reece—the film is a heartbreaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Sophie Mayer, Bart Weiss, Tetê Moraes, Nick Davis, R.J. Cutler.
693 Up Arrow
778
The Golden Coach

The Golden Coach

Le Carrosse d'or (original title)

1952 / Italy-France / 100m / Col / Costume Adventure, Romantic Adventure
Anna Magnani, Duncan Lamont, Odoardo Spadaro, Nada Fiorelli, Dante, George Higgins, Ralph Truman, Riccardo Rioli, Paul Campbell, Jean Debucourt
"Seen today by the international community of cinephiles as a truly “beauteous” and “ravishing” comic fantasy from Jean Renoir’s late period, The Golden Coach can best be appreciated as an illustrious filmmaker’s elegant tribute to the theater. The “comedy” does not consist of laugh-provoking gags or expertly timed slapstick, but is based instead on a clear-eyed vision of art’s denial of “normal” life… The brilliant, unforced ironies of The Golden Coach remind us that conventional cleverness and facility are no substitutes for genius. One must not merely look at The Golden Coach. One must look through it to discern the cinematic brush strokes of a great artist." - Andrew Sarris, The Criterion Collection
Selected by Dan Callahan, Matías Piñeiro, Jacques Rivette, George Sluizer, James Leahy.
692
690
Harakiri

Harakiri

Seppuku (original title)

1962 / Japan / 133m / BW / Drama, Samurai Film
Tatsuya Nakadai, Rentaro Mikuni, Shima Iwashita, Akira Ishihama, Shichisaburo Amatsu, Yoshio Aoki, Jo Azumi, Hisashi Igawa, Yoshio Inaba, Akiji Kobayashi
"Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai (Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property. Iyi’s clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force his hand and get him to eviscerate himself—but they have underestimated his beliefs and his personal brand of honor. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize, Harakiri, directed by Masaki Kobayashi is a fierce evocation of individual agency in the face of a corrupt and hypocritical system." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Philip Kemp, Frances Morgan, Mikhail Iampolski, Robbie Collin, Mike D'Angelo.
691
668
Flaming Creatures

Flaming Creatures


1963 / USA / 43m / BW / Avant-garde-Experimental, Horror
Joel Markman, Mario Montez
"Forget everything you might have heard about Jack Smith's legendary bisexual, orgiastic, superlow-budget experimental masterpiece—a lot more is going on here, artistically and otherwise… This jubilant, celebratory film holds up amazingly well; despite its notoriety and censorship during the 60s, it's more than just an orgy of nude and seminude male, female, and transvestite bodies. The camera and even the cheap hothouse decor participate in the joyful free-for-all, suggesting both the privacy of a Josef von Sternberg wet dream and the collective force of a delirious apocalypse. But the simplest way to describe it is to call it a vision." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by J. Hoberman, Eloísa Solaas, Klaus Wyborny, Malcolm le Grice, Shanay Jhaveri.
690 Up Arrow
710
Shock Corridor

Shock Corridor


1963 / USA / 101m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans, James Best, Hari Rhodes, Larry Tucker, William Zuckert, Philip Ahn, Neyle Morrow, John Matthews
"In Shock Corridor, the great American writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and madness. Seeking a Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett (Breck) has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a murder. As he closes in on the killer, insanity closes in on him. Constance Towers costars as Johnny’s coolheaded stripper girlfriend. With its startling commentary on racism and other hot-button issues in sixties America and its daring photography by Stanley Cortez, Shock Corridor has had far-reaching influence." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Amos Gitai, Mika Kaurismäki, Mark Duguid, Inácio Araujo, Joseph McBride.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
689 Up Arrow
772
Vagabond

Vagabond

Sans toit ni loi (original title)

1985 / France / 105m / Col / Drama, Road Movie
Sandrine Bonnaire, Setti Ramdane, Francis Balchere, Jean-Louis Perletti, Urbain Causee, Christophe Alcazar, Dominique Durand, Joel Fosse, Patrick Schmit, Daniel Bos
"Sandrine Bonnaire won the Best Actress César for her portrayal of the defiant young drifter Mona, found frozen to death in a ditch at the beginning of Vagabond. Agnès Varda pieces together Mona’s story through flashbacks told by those who encountered her (played by a largely nonprofessional cast), producing a splintered portrait of an enigmatic woman. With its sparse, poetic imagery, Vagabond is a stunner, and won Varda the top prize at the Venice Film Festival." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by David Sterritt, Carol Morley, Kim Young-Jin, Nina Menkes, Jill Godmilow.
688
671
The Woman Next Door

The Woman Next Door

La Femme d'à côté (original title)

1981 / France / 106m / Col / Romantic Drama, Psychological Drama
Gerard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Henri Garcin, Michele Baumgartner, Roger Van Hool, Veronique Silver, Philippe Morier-Genoud, Nicole Vauthier, Muriel Combe, Olivier Becquaert
"The Woman Next Door is a key film in the final phase of François Truffaut's career… The Woman Next Door has a story line right out of a soap opera. Fortunately, it plays like variations of a half-dozen other intelligent Truffaut films on the vagaries of love. Depardieu and Ardant evince such potent chemistry that it's hard not to root for their characters, Bernard and Mathilde, even as you see them slide toward tragedy... Darker and more compact than his previous film The Last Metro, and more substantial than his follow-up and last film Confidentially Yours, The Woman Next Door may prove the summation of a great career tragically cut short by Truffaut's death in 1984." - Tom Wiener, All Movie
Selected by Mike Figgis, Bruno Barreto, Andreas Kilb, Taylor Hackford, Cedric Kahn.
687
661
Miller's Crossing

Miller's Crossing


1990 / USA / 115m / Col / Crime, Gangster Film
Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J.E. Freeman, Mike Starr, Al Mancini, Richard Woods, Steve Buscemi
"Like Blood Simple and Raising Arizona, this works both as a crime thriller and as an ironic commentary on that genre. With fast, sharp, witty dialogue and Byzantine plotting, it charts the gang war between Leo (Finney) and Caspar (Polito) in an American city during Prohibition… It is also a tribute to the crime literature (notably Hammett) and movies of the '30s, artfully poised between 'realism' and a subtle acknowledgment of its own artifice… At times the criss-crossing of abstract motifs recalls the formal complexity of a Greenaway film. It's arguably the US mainstream's first art movie since Days of Heaven; and quite wonderful." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Ferenc Zalaba, Maura McHugh, Sek Kei, Jon Favreau, Ruben Fleischer.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
686
638
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

Yuki Yukite shingun (original title)

1987 / Japan / 123m / Col / History, Documentary
Kenzo Okuzaki, Riichi Aikawa, Masaichi Hamaguchi, Toshio Hara, Shichiro Kojima, Masao Koshimizu, Taro Maruyama, Toshiyo Nomura, Shizumi Okuzaki, Eizaburo Oshima
"A documentary portrait of Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WWII veteran who acquired a prison record (for killing a man and for firing pachinko balls at the Emperor) in the course of his fanatical campaign to lay the blame for Japan's conduct of the war on the Emperor… Kazuo Hara's fly-on-the-wall documentary fascinates both for its bizarre protagonist, and for its brutally frank portrait of a society constrained by notions of shame rather than guilt. Jigsaw-like in construction, alleviated by mad wit, the film is unlike any other: rough, raw and sometimes surprisingly moving, it's absolutely compelling." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Lizzie Francke, Ally Derks, Dennis Doros, Michael Moore, Sean Jacobs.
685 Up Arrow
RE-ENTRY
Superman

Superman

Superman: The Movie (alternative title)

1978 / USA / 143m / Col / Action, Comic-Book Superhero Film
Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Valerie Perrine, Marc McClure, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter
"A rousing big-budget spectacle of the highest order, 1978's Superman succeeds thanks to its snappy pace, a witty script and a slew of memorable performances. Director Richard Donner wanted an unknown for the tricky title role; Christopher Reeve fits the bill with a finely nuanced performance, poking fun at the Superman mystique without diminishing its power. The reliable Gene Hackman steals just about every scene he's in as smarmy archenemy Lex Luthor. In a smaller but no less memorable role, Marlon Brando was reportedly paid close to $4 million dollars for his ten-minute cameo as The Man of Steel's father." - Brendon Hanley, Allmovie
Selected by Doug Liman, Juan Antonio Bayona, Bryan Singer, Anurag Mehta, Kevin Feige.
684
653
W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism

W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism

W.R. - Misterije organizma (original title)

1971 / Yugoslavia / 84m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Sex Comedy
Milena Dravic, Jagoda Kaloper, Zoran Radmilovic, Miodrag Andric, Jim Buckley, Jackie Curtis, Betty Dodson, Nancy Godfrey, Dragoljub Ivkov, Tuli Kupferberg
"What does the energy harnessed through orgasm have to do with the state of communist Yugoslavia circa 1971? Only counterculture filmmaker extraordinaire Dušan Makavejev has the answers (or the questions). His surreal documentary-fiction collision WR: Mysteries of the Organism begins as an investigation into the life and work of controversial psychologist and philosopher Wilhelm Reich and then explodes into a free-form narrative of a beautiful young Slavic girl’s sexual liberation. Banned upon its release in the director’s homeland, the art-house smash WR is both whimsical and bold in its blending of politics and sexuality." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Dina Iordanova, Richard Porton, Michal Oleszczyk, Roee Rosen, Robert Gardner.
683 Up Arrow
684
Spartacus

Spartacus


1960 / USA / 184m / Col / Sword-and-Sandal, Historical Epic
Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Tony Curtis, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Nina Foch, Woody Strode, John Ireland
"Stanley Kubrick directed a cast of screen legends—including Kirk Douglas as the indomitable gladiator that led a Roman slave revolt—in the sweeping epic that defined a genre and ushered in a new Hollywood era. The assured acting, lush Technicolor cinematography, bold costumes, and visceral fight sequences won Spartacus four Oscars; the blend of politics and sexual suggestion scandalized audiences. Today Kubrick’s controversial classic, the first film to openly defy Hollywood’s blacklist, remains a landmark of cinematic artistry and history." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by José Mojica Marins, Mark Jancovich, Philip Saville, Tanvir Mokammel, Carlos Marañón,
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
682 Up Arrow
764
Les Diaboliques

Les Diaboliques

Diabolique (English title)


1955 / France / 114m / BW / Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Jean Brochard, Pierre Larquey, Michel Serrault, Noel Roquevert, Therese Dorny, Yves-Marie Maurin
"Before Psycho, Peeping Tom, and Repulsion, there was Diabolique. This thriller from Henri‑Georges Clouzot, which shocked audiences in Europe and the U.S., is the story of two women—the fragile wife and the willful mistress of the sadistic headmaster of a boys’ boarding school—who hatch a daring revenge plot. With its unprecedented narrative twists and terrifying images, Diabolique is a heart-grabbing benchmark in horror filmmaking, featuring outstanding performances by Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, and Paul Meurisse." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by James Marsh, Van Papadopoulos, Billy Wilder, Diego Galán, Markku Pölönen.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
681 Up Arrow
705
Lolita

Lolita


1962 / UK / 152m / BW / Black Comedy, Psychological Drama
James Mason, Sue Lyon, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers, Marianne Stone, Diana Decker, Jerry Stovin, Gary Cockrell, Suzanne Gibbs, Roberta Shore
"Of all of Stanley Kubrick's films, Lolita typically gets the lowest marks. While in many respects that's a fair assessment, it sells short the accomplishment of making a workable film of Vladimir Nabokov's novel within the restrictions of the early '60s, or any era, really… A daring experiment, and in many respects a successful one, Kubrick's film is ultimately unable to maintain the uncomfortable intensity of its early domestic scenes, but still has much more going for it than its reputation as an interesting failure would suggest." - Keith Phipps, All Movie
Selected by Abel Ferrara, Sofia Coppola, Grégory Valens, David Lynch, James Toback.
680 Up Arrow
686
Robocop

Robocop


1987 / USA / 103m / Col / Action, Science Fiction
Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Robert Doqui, Ray Wise, Felton Perry, Mario Machado
"Called by Ken Russell “the greatest science-fiction film since Metropolis,” controversial director Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop is a special effects-laden cult phenomenon. The film features a resurrected and roboticized hero (Peter Weller) in a new, supercharged cyborg body, struggling to reclaim his memory and avenge his own death. Written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, this film is a grown-up superhero fantasy come to vivid, bloody life." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Zack Snyder, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Corin Hardy, Adirley Queirós, Jemaine Clement.
679
651
The Navigator

The Navigator


1924 / USA / 59m / BW / Comedy, Slapstick
Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Frederick Vroom, Clarence Burton, H.N. Clugston, Noble Johnson
"Buster Keaton's 1924 film is about a rich young couple, who have never needed to look out for themselves, cast adrift on a deserted ocean liner. The ordinary difficulties of existence are magnified by the fact that all the facilities are intended not for individual needs but to cater to a thousand people. The situation is perfectly suited to Keaton's natural sense of surrealism—everything is too big, too full, and too much. Keaton and his girlfriend (McGuire) become two innocents lost in a threatening, mechanistic Eden, alone in their oversized world. A masterpiece, and very, very funny." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Götz Spielmann, Patrice Rollet, Terry Jones, Vincent Ward, Peter Keough.
678
635
Claire's Knee

Claire's Knee

Le Genou de Claire (original title)

1970 / France / 105m / Col / Comedy Drama, Comedy of Manners
Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu, Beatrice Romand, Laurence De Monaghan, Michele Montel, Fabrice Luchini, Gerard Falconetti
"The penultimate entry in Eric Rohmer's series of Six Moral Tales, and the loveliest, most crystalline of the lot. With his serenely precise plot structures and camera placements, Rohmer is the greatest logician of the movies; he treats the mysteries of love as if they were math problems, but with such generous concern that he never betrays the humanity of his characters. And so it is appropriate that the hero of his masterpiece is a man who focuses all his learning—cultural, moral, philosophical—on the apparently trivial problem of whether or not to touch the knee of a teenage girl he has met on a vacation." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Molly Haskell, Neil LaBute, Andris Feldmanis, Ken Mogg, David Robert Mitchell.
677 Up Arrow
728
Possession

Possession


1981 / France-West Germany / 127m / Col / Marriage Drama, Supernatural Horror
Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent, Johanna Hofer, Carl Duering, Shaun Lawton, Michael Hogben, Maximillian Ruthlein, Thomas Frey
"There are marriages on the rocks and then there's the fever-pitch non-bliss between Mark (Neill) and Anna (Adjani) in this head-spinning masterpiece from Poland's Andrzej Zulawski… Possession incorporates more and more fantastical elements as it goes on---such as a spectacular goo-and-gore-covered creature built by E.T. designer Carlo Rambaldi---but the story somehow remains rooted in the harsh realities of human experience. That the film is much more than a gawk-at-it freak show is testament to Zulawski's talent for making even the most exaggerated behavior resonate with pointed and potent emotion." - Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
Selected by Adam Wingard, Anja Kirschner, David Panos, Mark Pilkington, Gerardo Naranjo.
676 Up Arrow
695
The Wicker Man

The Wicker Man


1973 / UK / 103m / Col / Occult Horror, Police Detective Film
Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento, Christopher Lee, Ingrid Pitt, Lindsay Kemp, Russell Waters, Aubrey Morris, Walter Carr, Lesley Mackie
"Anthony Shaffer’s script – written at the end of an annus mirabilis in which he also wrote Sleuth and Frenzy – brews together a heady concoction of police procedural and post-Hammer horror with a pagan pastiche of counter-cultural faddishness, with scenes of dancing naked pregnant women in stone circles or a ranting, windswept Christopher Lee in drag beautifully filmed by Harry Waxman and accompanied by Paul Giovanni’s risible ’60s-style folk revival soundtrack. Essentially, it’s an insane guilty pleasure.” - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by Tim Burton, Nicolas Barbano, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Antero Alli, Peg Aloi.
675
656
Fellini's Roma

Fellini's Roma

Roma (original title)

1972 / Italy / 128m / Col / Satire, Ensemble Film
Peter Gonzales, Fiona Florence, Marne Maitland, Britta Barnes, Pia De Doses, Renato Giovannoli, Elisa Mainardi, Anna Magnani, Federico Fellini, Gore Vidal
"An imaginative, highly personal travelogue and essay film by Federico Fellini, one of his best works of this period. It features the filmmaker roaming around the Eternal City with his crew, musing about the recent and distant historical past, running into old chums and acquaintances (such as Anna Magnani and Gore Vidal), and occasionally indulging some flamboyant conceits for their own sake (e.g., the memorable ecclesiastical fashion show). As usual with Fellini, especially from the 70s on, spectacle tends to be everything." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Dominique Martinez, Edgar Pêra, Paulino Viota, Sidney Lumet, Saul Metzstein.
674
649
Distant

Distant

Uzak (original title)

2002 / Turkey-Netherlands / 110m / Col / Psychological Drama, Urban Drama
Muzaffer Ozdemir, Emin Toprak, Zuhal Gencer, Nazan Kirilmis, Feridun Koc, Fatma Ceylan, Arif Asci, Nazli Aydin, Ahmet Bugay, Ebru Ceylan
"Nuri Bilge Ceylan's mesmerizing Distant needs to be seen in a movie theater, because without the subtle impact of its photography and soundtrack, it wouldn't amount to much of anything. A deadpan comedy/drama that details the chilly relationship between an urbanite loner and his visiting cousin from the sticks, the film recalls the odd-couple dynamic in Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise, but with even less incident. In a medium primed for movement and action, it's tough to make ennui register for audiences as something other than outright boredom, but Ceylan sustains a precise, evocative mood that's saturated with melancholy." - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by David Stratton, Nick James, Andrew Haigh, Matt Boyd, Hussain Currimbhoy.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
673
650
Europa '51

Europa '51

The Greatest Love (USA title)

1952 / Italy / 113m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Ingrid Bergman, Alexander Knox, Giulietta Masina, Ettore Giannini, Teresa Pellati, Sandro Franchina, William Tubbs, Alfred Brown, Gianna Segale, Tina Perna
"The second collaboration between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman (after Stromboli), Europa '51 is a provocative, haunting, and compassionate examination of the isolating and often misunderstood path of personal redemption and spiritual service in contemporary society. Composed of alternating sequences of daytime and nighttime episodes (that would be similarly used by Federico Fellini in his subsequent film, La Dolce Vita), the film presents a recurring visual dichotomy that illustrates the polarizing division between wealth and poverty, spirituality and materialism, vanity and humility, selfishness and benevolence." - Acquarello, Strictly Film School
Selected by Julio Pérez Perucha, Manuel Ferrari, Marco Müller, Nicoletta Romeo, Ruy Gardnier.
672
617
Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch


1974 / Sweden-Norway / 210m / Col / Drama, Biopic
Geir Westby, Gro Fraas, Iselin von Hanno Bart, Eric Allum, Amund Berge, Kerstii Allum, Inger-Berit Oland, Susan Troldmyr, Camilla Falk, Peter Watkins
"This 1974 masterpiece—a biopic of the famed Norwegian Expressionist and sickbed child of the Industrial Age's alienation aura—may be Watkins' most accessible film, thanks to the high-art hook… Not only does it convincingly dare to approximate a documentary—narration, direct-camera address, etc.—as Watkins has done from the beginning of his career, but the film also places 19th-century class injustice, including the small matter of pervasive child labor, in the foreground so relentlessly that Munch himself (personified by Eric Allum) often disappears into the social weft." - Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
Selected by Gareth Evans, Emily Wardill, Craig Keller, Javier Rebollo, Nick Wrigley.
671 Up Arrow
696
Crash

Crash


1996 / Canada / 100m / Col / Erotic Drama, Psychological Drama
James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Unger, Rosanna Arquette, Peter MacNeill, Yolande Julian, Cheryl Swarts, Judah Katz, Nicky Guadagni
"Arguably the closest commercial Western cinema has come to Oshima's Ai No Corrida - what 'story' there is consists chiefly of a series of obsessive, claustrophobic, transgressive sex-scenes - Cronenberg's film of JG Ballard's novel is both imaginative and, notwithstanding its 'scandalous' content, strangely 'respectable' (in terms of fidelity and finding appropriate solutions to problems of adaptation)... It's a dark, disturbing, languorous movie, as ludicrous, hermetic and repetitive, perhaps, as Ballard's original, but admirably assured and true to itself." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Nathan Lee, Eugenio Vidal, Kiichiro Yanasita, Paul Fries, Tim Robey.
670
654
The Son

The Son

Le Fils (original title)

2002 / Belgium-France / 103m / Col / Drama, Social Problem Film
Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart, Nassim Hassaini, Kevin Leroy, Felicien Pitsaer, Remy Renaud, Annette Closset, Fabian Marnette, Pierre Nisse
"This potent Belgian feature by brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne is every bit as good as their La promesse and Rosetta. Unlike them it can't be described in detail without telegraphing the plot's carefully structured exposition, but it involves a carpenter and teacher at a vocational workshop (Gourmet) who takes on a 16-year-old boy as an apprentice, with cataclysmic consequences… The Dardennes' extremely physical and visceral camera style plunges the viewer into an emotional maelstrom, and their subtle, unpredictable sense of character is predicated not on coercion of the audience but on an extraordinary respect for the viewer as well as the characters." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Celina Murga, Daniel Frampton, Eva af Geijerstam, Marc Munden, Andrew Droz Palermo.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
669 Up Arrow
800
El Sur

El Sur

The South (English title)

1983 / Spain-France / 95m / Col / Drama
Omero Antonutti, Sonsoles Aranguren, Iciar Bollain, Lola Cardona, Rafaela Aparicio, Aurore Clement, Francisco Merino, Maria Caro, Jose Vivo, Germaine Montero
"El sur is for me – and others – one of the greatest films ever made in Spain, and perhaps Erice’s most refined and mature work as a director… El sur does not tell a particularly extraordinary tale. But the tale it does tell is rendered in quite original and moving ways, and in tones much more subtle and deep than its literary source. This does not mean it is a contrived, sophisticated, obscure or intellectual movie, even if it avoids sentimental trappings or “easy-to-make” political readings. El sur, as it is, tells of a young woman who recalls her father’s mysterious figure and fate, trying to understand why he acted as he did." - Miguel Marías, Senses of Cinema
Selected by Carmelo Romero, Jaume Balagueró, Marcela Gamberini, Sergio F. Pinilla, Toni Ulled.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
668
636
My Life as a Dog

My Life as a Dog

Mitt liv som hund (original title)

1985 / Sweden / 101m / Col / Coming-of-Age, Childhood Drama
Anton Glanzelius, Manfred Serner, Anki Liden, Tomas von Bromssen, Melinda Kinnaman, Ing-mari Carlsson, Kicki Rundgren, Lennart Hjulstrom, Leif Erickson, Christina Carlwind
"My Life as a Dog tells the story of Ingemar, a twelve-year-old from a working-class family sent to live with his uncle in a country village when his mother falls ill. There, with the help of the warmhearted eccentrics who populate the town, the boy finds both refuge from his misfortunes and unexpected adventure. Featuring an incredibly mature and unaffected performance by the young Anton Glanzelius, this film is a beloved and bittersweet evocation of the struggles and joys of childhood from Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallström." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by José Padilha, Adam Elliot, Roger Donaldson, Robert Gardner, Nick Broomfield.
667 Up Arrow
682
The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight


2008 / USA-UK / 152m / Col / Crime Drama, Comic-Book Superhero Film
Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Ron Dean, Cillian Murphy
"Batman isn’t a comic book anymore. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is a haunted film that leaps beyond its origins and becomes an engrossing tragedy. It creates characters we come to care about. That’s because of the performances, because of the direction, because of the writing, and because of the superlative technical quality of the entire production. This film, and to a lesser degree Iron Man, redefine the possibilities of the “comic-book movie." - Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert.com
Selected by Dane Cook, Yuki Tanada, Matthew Cheng, Zhang Yibai, Tony Jaa.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
666
660
The Great Escape

The Great Escape


1963 / USA / 168m / Col / Escape Film, War Adventure
Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, Gordon Jackson, David McCallum, John Leyton
"John Sturges' The Great Escape could easily be the most under-appreciated movie of its genre and decade, which may seem a strange thing to say about a movie that is one of the most popular World War II adventure films ever made. It not only defined the screen personae of Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough and much of the rest of the cast, but along with The Magnificent Seven represented a high-water mark in Sturges' career." - Bruce Eder, All Movie
Selected by Bong Joon-ho, Quentin Tarantino, Carlos Marañón, Daniel Sánchez Arévalo, Shinya Tsukamoto.
665
620
Passion

Passion


1982 / France-Switzerland / 87m / Col / Psychological Drama, Showbiz Drama
Isabelle Huppert, Hanna Schygulla, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Michel Piccoli, Laszlo Szabo, Jean-Francois Stevenin, Sophie Loucachevski, Patrick Bonnel, Myriem Roussel, Magaly Campos
"Reunited with cameraman Raoul Coutard after 16 years, and with a trio of great actors (Huppert, Schygulla, Piccoli), Godard orchestrates his personal passions for classical music, romantic painting, and the business of film-making around his favourite theme of how life relates to love. In a film studio, a Polish director is recreating in tableaux vivants a series of celebrated paintings by Goya, Ingres, Delacroix, Rembrandt and El Greco, but the backers complain that there's no story… Godard asks you to look everywhere at once, offering sounds and images that astonish the senses and tease the mind. It's a film you'll need - and want - to see several times." - Martyn Auty, Time Out
Selected by Ángel Quintana Morraja, Jan Holmberg, Jean-Claude Rousseau, Rod Stoneman, José María de Orbe.
664
637
The Wild Child

The Wild Child

L'Enfant sauvage (original title)

1970 / France / 85m / BW / Period Film, Childhood Drama
Jean-Pierre Cargol, Francois Truffaut, Jean Daste, Francoise Seigner, Annie Miller, Claude Miller, Paul Ville, Nathan Miller, Mathieu Schiffman, Jean Gruault
"The story, based on fact, of a late 18th century behavioural scientist's attempts to condition a wild boy found in the woods in the ways of 'civilisation'… Given the semi-documentary treatment and the subject itself, the film could have been excruciatingly dull in lesser hands. In fact it's as lucid and wryly witty a film as you could wish for, uncluttered by superfluous period detail. A beautiful use of simple techniques - black-and-white photography, Vivaldi music, even devices as outmoded as the iris - give it a very refreshing quality… A deeply moving film." - Rod McShane, Time Out
Selected by Amos Gitai, Fernando Trueba, Wim Wenders, Robert Benton, Alberto Rodríguez.
663 Up Arrow
675
Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York


2008 / USA / 124m / Col / Psychological Drama, Showbiz Drama
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Sadie Goldstein, Tom Noonan, Peter Friedman, Charles Techman, Josh Pais, Daniel London, Robert Seay, Michelle Williams
"Ambition is what most indie films lack, and what the directorial debut of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) has, ad infinitum, ad gloriam. In this epic tragicomedy, Caden Cotard (Hoffman), a Schenectady, N.Y., theater director, moves to Manhattan with the gigantic notion of putting on a realistic drama as big as all of New York City… A movie so human, you may want to argue with it, spank it, take it home or give it some Xanax, Synecdoche is richly devious and daring: a truly, gargantuanly independent vision." - Richard Corliss, TIME
Selected by Anne Billson, Joe Wright, Gus Van Sant, Ed Park, Anton Bitel.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
662
627
Gummo

Gummo


1997 / USA / 88m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Teen Movie
Jacob Sewell, Nick Sutton, Lara Tosh, Jacob Reynolds, Darby Dougherty, Chloe Sevigny, Carisa Glucksman, Jason Guzak, Max Perlich, Linda Manz
"This impressionistic portrait of a half-imaginary Midwestern suburb confirms Harmony (Kids) Korine as a creative force to be reckoned with. Be warned, however, it is often an unpleasant experience. When the two teenage boys at its centre aren't killing stray cats, they're sniffing glue, paying for sex or messing with life support machines… Twisting from cinéma vérité to improvisation to pre-scripted lines, often within the same scene, he's audaciously upfront about his stratagems. Problematic, troubling, dangerous even, but breathtakingly original, and absolutely true to the times. The cutting edge doesn't get any sharper than this." - Tom Charity, Time Out
Selected by Carlos Reygadas, David Michôd, Michel Lipkes, Richard Kuipers, Ruben Östlund.
661 Up Arrow
666
Bambi

Bambi


1942 / USA / 69m / Col / Children's Fantasy, Animated Musical
Bobby Stewart, Peter Behn, Stan Alexander, Cammie King, Donnie Dunagan, Hardie Albright, Helen Freeman, Morgan Wallace, Wilson Benge, Hans Schumm
"From Disney's richest period, interleaving splendid animation with vulgar Americana. Babycham images occupy only a fraction of the running time in this tale of the adventures of a fawn; the rest is a strikingly impressionistic version of life in the forest and the meadow. Silhouette, panorama, and the cod use of classical music recall the best moments of Fantasia, while the animals are all given irresistible human traits: Bambi, Flower the skunk, and Thumper the rabbit ('Watchya doin' hibernatin'?') are like members of one of Mickey Rooney's gangs." - Andrew Nickolds, Time Out
Selected by Yuriy Norshteyn, Andrew Osmond, Manuel Mozos, Michael Dudok de Wit, Barbara Hammer.
660
611
Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne

Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne


1945 / France / 85m / BW / Psychological Drama, Period Film
Maria Casares, Elina Labourdette, Paul Bernard, Lucianne Bogaert, Blanchette Brunoy, Marguerite De Morlaye, Yvette Etievant, Bernard La Jarrige, Lucy Lancy, Jean Marchat
"This unique love story, based on a novelette by Denis Diderot and with dialogue written by Jean Cocteau, follows the maneuverings of a society lady as she connives to initiate a scandalous affair between her aristocratic ex-lover and a prostitute. With his second feature film, director Robert Bresson was already forging his singularly brilliant filmmaking technique as he created a moving study of the power of revenge and the strength of true love." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Jean-Marie Straub, Kevin Gough-Yates, Noël Burch, Gilbert Adair, John Powers.
659 Up Arrow
677
Y tu mamá también

Y tu mamá también

And Your Mother Too! (English title)

2001 / Mexico / 105m / Col / Coming-of-Age, Road Movie
Maribel Verdu, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Marta Aura, Diana Bracho, Emilio Echeverria, Veronica Langer, Arturo Rios, Ana Lopez Mercado, Nathan Grinberg
"This smash road comedy from Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón is that rare movie to combine raunchy subject matter and emotional warmth. Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna shot to international stardom as a pair of horny Mexico City teenagers from different classes who, after their girlfriends jet off to Italy for the summer, are bewitched by a gorgeous older Spanish woman (Maribel Verdú) they meet at a wedding. When she agrees to accompany them on a trip to a faraway beach, the three form an increasingly intense and sensual alliance… Shot with elegance and dexterity by the great Emmanuel Lubezki, Y tu mamá también is a funny and moving look at human desire." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Ryan Fleck, Christopher Fowler, Anupama Chopra, David Ansen, Satish Padmanabhan.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
658 Up Arrow
670
Zelig

Zelig


1983 / USA / 79m / Col-BW / Mockumentary, Fantasy Comedy
Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Garrett Brown, Stephanie Farrow, Mary Louise Wilson, Sol Lomita, John Rothman, John Buckwalter, Martin Chatinover, Stanley Swerdlow
"Woody Allen's flawlessly realised fantasy about a 1920s man with "chameleon disorder" looks even more prescient and brilliant today. Released in 1983, Woody Allen's mockumentary drama Zelig was in some quarters regarded as a one-joke technical novelty. But in 2011, it looks like a masterpiece: a brilliant, even passionate historical pastiche, a superbly pregnant meditation on American society and individuality, and an eerie fantasy that will live in your dreams… Allen's recent comedy Midnight in Paris was a very decent homage to the jazz age, but it's not in the same league as this outstanding film." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Paul Wells, Antonio Mariotti, Federico Veiroj, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragon, Xu Jinglei.
657
624
Un Chant d'amour

Un Chant d'amour

A Song of Love (English title)

1950 / France / 26m / BW / Avant-garde-Experimental, Surrealist Film
Java, Andre Reybaz, Lucien Senemaud
"Genet's overpowering 1950 short is a milestone not just of gay rebellion but also of pure sensual expression in film, a polemical vision of desire forged with the provocateur's randy ardor and the artist's spiritual directness. Having never made a film before or after, Genet nevertheless had an in-the-bone awareness of the medium as a procession of raptures—visual, cosmic, sensual—that could match and expand the passion of words on a page… A revolutionary vision of emancipation through sensuality, Un Chant d'Amour is a song of love both universal and eternal." - Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
Selected by Neville de Almeida, Jane Giles, John Greyson, Todd Haynes, Laura Marks.
656 Up Arrow
770
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


2001 / USA-New Zealand / 178m / Col / Epic, Fantasy Adventure
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom
"It's a wonderful movie. Watching it, one can't help but get the impression that everyone involved was steeped in Tolkien's work, loved the book, treasured it and took care not to break a cherished thing in it. Director Peter Jackson has created a film refreshingly free of ego, giving this technically advanced picture an old-fashioned rhythm and gravity… In spite of its stunning special effects and beautiful art direction, the film draws its power mainly from the essence, humanity and skill of its lead actors. Ian McKellen as Gandalf the wizard, Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins, Elijah Wood as Frodo hit their roles head on, with conviction and purity of heart." - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by S.F. Said, Paddy Considine, Bryan Cogman, Jeffrey Overstreet, Mark R. Leeper.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
655
622
Nostalgia for the Light

Nostalgia for the Light

Nostalgia de la luz (original title)

2010 / France-Germany-Chile-Spain-USA / 90m / Col / Social History, Documentary
Gaspar Galaz, Lautaro Nunez, Luis Henriquez, Miguel (Architect), Victor Gonzalez, Vicky Saaveda, Violeta Berrios, George Preston, Valentina Rodriguez
"Chilean documentary Nostalgia for the Light is a film of heart-stopping beauty and devastating horror. You wouldn't imagine the two could co-exist, but Patricio Guzman's film shows us a place where they do – in Chile's Atacama Desert. This is apparently the driest place on earth, the only expanse that, seen from space, registers as a patch of brown. Clear skies make it an ideal spot from which to observe the universe; it is also, however, where the Pinochet regime installed a vast concentration camp, and where thousands of its victims' bodies are buried to this day.“ - Jonathan Romney, The Independent
Selected by B. Ruby Rich, Gareth Evans, Michael Koller, Tata Amaral, Aurélio Michiles.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
654 Up Arrow
701
JFK

JFK


1991 / USA / 188m / Col-BW / Political Thriller, Ensemble Film
Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Rooker, Jay O. Sanders, Sally Kirkland, Edward Asner, Jack Lemmon
"The first order of business concerning JFK, Oliver Stone's movie about the Kennedy assassination, is entertainment. As such, Stone creates a riveting marriage of fact and fiction, hypothesis and empirical proof in the edge-of-the-seat spirit of a conspiracy thriller… Despite its three hours, JFK is almost always absorbing to watch. It's not journalism. It's not history. It is not legal evidence. Much of it is ludicrous. It's a piece of art or entertainment. Stone, who has acknowledged his fusing of the known and the invented, has exercised his full prerogative to use poetic license. He should feel more than mere craftsman's satisfaction at the result." - Desson Howe, The Washington Post
Selected by Alejandro Amenábar, Kevin Smith, Gary Crowdus, Sean Stone, Klaus Lemke.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
653 Up Arrow
655
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington


1939 / USA / 129m / BW / Comedy Drama, Message Movie
James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell, Eugene Pallette, Beulah Bondi, Harry Carey, H.B. Warner
"Stewart's young Wisconsin senator exposing corruption and upholding true American values in a Senate House riddled with graft is quintessential Capra - popular wish-fulfilment served up with such fast-talking comic panache that you don't have time to question its cornball idealism. Scriptwriter Sidney Buchman's crackling dialogue is also lent sharp-tongued conviction by Rains, as the slimy senior senator, Jean Arthur as the hard-boiled dame finally won over by Stewart's honesty, and Harry Carey as the Vice President." - Nigel Floyd, Time Out
Selected by Carlos Manga, Juan José Campanella, Ivan Passer, David Chan, Joseph McBride.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
652 Up Arrow
702
After Life

After Life

Wandâfuru raifu (original title); Wonderful Life (alternative title)

1998 / Japan / 118m / Col / Fantasy, Psychological Drama
Arata, Erika Oda, Susumu Terajima, Takashi Naito, Kyoko Kagawa, Kei Tani, Taketoshi Naito, Toro Yuri, Yusuke Iseya, Sayaka Yoshino
"After Life is as much a movie about filmmaking as it is about memory. For what are movies, after all, but larger-than-life dream images projected on celluloid? In its modest attitude about the ability of movies to replicate dreams, After Life is the opposite of bombastic Hollywood kitsch like What Dreams May Come. In capturing the essence of experience, it suggests, film is as imperfect and quixotic as memory… A striking aspect of After Life is its utter lack of grandiosity." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Selected by Gareth Evans, Guy Maddin, Miranda July, Anne Billson, John Cameron Mitchell.
651
640
A Short Film About Killing

A Short Film About Killing

Krótki film o zabijaniu (original title)

1987 / Poland / 85m / Col / Drama, Crime
Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Barbara Dziekan, Aleksander Bednarz, Jerzy Zass, Zdzislaw Tobiasz, Artur Barcis, Krystyna Janda
"A remarkable Polish feature, expanded by Krzysztof Kieslowski from an episode in his Decalogue, in which each segment illustrates one of the Ten Commandments; the complete series is one of the key works in contemporary world cinema. A Short Film About Killing might be called terminally Polish in its bleak handling of a brutal murder and the public execution of the murderer; winner of the jury prize at Cannes, it’s possibly the most powerful movie ever made about the death penalty." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Malgorzata Szumowska, Cyrus Frisch, Richard Eyre, Khalo Matabane, Marlena Lukasiak.
650
646
Orlando

Orlando


1992 / UK-Russia-France-Italy-Netherlands / 94m / Col / Drama, Fantasy
Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, John Wood, Lothaire Bluteau, Charlotte Valandrey, Heathcote Williams, Quentin Crisp, Dudley Sutton, Peter Eyre, Thom Hoffman
"There are lots of intellectual traditions vying for ascendancy in Potter's adaptation of Virginia Woolf's 1928 modernist novel, but the joy is that the film comes over simply: a beautiful historical pageant of 400 years of English history, full of visual and aural pleasures, sly jokes, thought-provoking insights, emotional truths - and romance… The fine, stylised performances from an idiosyncratic international cast are admirably headed by Swinton's magnificent Orlando, who acts as the film's complicitous eyes and ears; and there's little to fault in Alexei Rodionov's cinematography, which renders the scenes with rare sensitivity." - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by B. Ruby Rich, Marit Kapla, Sophie Mayer, Yvonne Tasker, Anneke Smelik.
649
594
Xala

Xala


1975 / Senegal / 123m / Col / Comedy, Satire
Fatim Diagne, Makhouredia Gueye, Thieno Leye, Dieynaba Niang, Myriam Niang, Iliamane Sagna, Seune Samb, Abdoulaye Seck, Douta Seck, Younouss Seye
"An invigorating film which tells, in leisurely fashion, of a middle-aged Dakar businessman whose social standing begins to slip when he takes a third wife and finds that he's lost his touch in bed ('xala' means impotence). There's no sniggering humour, though; instead, Sembene aims satirical thrusts at the Senegalese bourgeoisie, who impotently ape the worst aspects of their former colonial masters, particularly their corruption and extravagance (our hero, for instance, uses imported mineral water to wash his car). The jokes and details are delightful, yet there's real anger behind them, and it bursts spectacularly into view in the concluding frames." - Geoff Brown, Time Out
Selected by Stuart Klawans, Laura Mulvey, Steven Markovitz, Manthia Diawara, Claire Monk.
648
645
Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands


1990 / USA / 100m / Col / Fantasy Comedy, Romance
Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin, Robert Oliveri, Conchata Ferrell, Caroline Aaron
"The misunderstood outcast is one of the most cherished of Hollywood heroes, and in Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton shows us why. The story is a touching fable, an old-fashioned parable of love and intolerance -- but with a distinctly Burton-esque spin. The film is proof of just how different the director's visual style is: the fairy-tale suburbia he creates is a perfect example of his astonishing, uniquely Gothic look… Edward Scissorhands is a charming tale, beautifully realized, and, like its protagonist, nothing if not unique." - Matthew Doberman, All Movie
Selected by Destin Daniel Cretton, Giovanni Veronesi, Danny Boyle, Floria Sigismondi, Isabel Coixet.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
647
625
Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused


1993 / USA / 94m / Col / Comedy Drama, Coming-of-Age
Jason London, Joey Lauren Adams, Milla Jovovich, Rory Cochrane, Shawn Andrews, Adam Goldberg, Sasha Jenson, Wiley Wiggins, Michelle Burke, Anthony Rapp
"America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell-bottoms ring, and rock and roll rocks. Among the best teen films ever made, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused eavesdrops on a group of seniors-to-be and incoming freshmen. A launching pad for a number of future stars, Linklater’s first studio effort also features endlessly quotable dialogue and a blasting, stadium-ready soundtrack. Sidestepping nostalgia, Dazed and Confused is less about “the best years of our lives” than the boredom, angst, and excitement of teenagers waiting… for something to happen." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Quentin Tarantino, Jon Robertson, David Filipi, Vadim Rizov, Desirée de Fez.
646 Up Arrow
663
White Heat

White Heat


1949 / USA / 114m / BW / Crime, Gangster Film
James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly, Steve Cochran, John Archer, Paul Guilfoyle, Fred Clark, Wally Cassell, Ford Rainey
"Psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn... With its 13 slayings, White Heat was hot stuff for 1949, prompting Bosley Crowther of the New York Times to declare it was "A cruelly vicious film"… Bridging the gap between the rise-and-fall pictures of the 1930s and the syndicate dramas that would dominate the 1950s, the film ends with a symbolic mushroom cloud, as Cody (Cagney) blows up a gas tank rather than be taken alive… Magnificent examination of the criminal mind and Cagney's finest moment." - David Parkinson, Empire
Selected by Fritz Göttler, Jonathan Kaplan, Michel Ciment, Woody Allen, Richard Schickel.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
645
613
Yeelen

Yeelen

Brightness (English title)

1987 / Mali-Burkina Faso-France-West Germany-Japan / 105m / Col / Coming-of-Age, Adventure Drama
Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo, Balla Moussa Keita, Soumba Traore, Ismaila Sarr, Youssef Tenin Cisse, Koke Sangare, Youssouf Coulibaly, Manzon Coumare
"Souleymane Cisse's extraordinarily beautiful and mesmerizing fantasy is set in the ancient Bambara culture of Mali long before it was invaded by Morocco in the 16th century… Apart from creating a dense and exciting universe that should make George Lucas green with envy, Cisse has shot breathtaking images and accompanies his story with a spare, hypnotic, percussive score. Sublimely mixing the matter-of-fact with the uncanny, this wondrous work provides an ideal introduction to a filmmaker who is, next to Ousmane Sembene, probably Africa's greatest director." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Peter Hames, Víctor Fowler Calzada, Manthia Diawara, Lizelle Bisschoff, Jean-Pierre Garcia.
644
621
The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King


1975 / USA / 129m / Col / Adventure, British Empire Film
Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Saeed Jaffrey, Christopher Plummer, Karroum Ben Bouih, Jack May, Shakira Caine, Doghmi Larbi, Mohammad Shamsi, Paul Antrim
"It's pure Huston: an impossible quest, an out-of-reach grail and an ironic twist leading to a supremely glorious failure. More than any other of his seventies films, Huston is able to turn their story into a strange sort of triumph by remaining true to his characters, right down to the riveting conclusion and the haunting coda narrated by Caine. He offers wonderfully old-fashioned storytelling—muscula​r, dramatic, grounded in character and driven by magnificent twists of luck and fate that arise like poetic justice dished out by a wry god—for the modern age." - Sean Axmaker, MSN Entertainment
Selected by Adam McKay, David S. Goyer, Carlos Boyero, Toni Vall, Mike Hodges.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
643
592
The Tiger of Eschnapur

The Tiger of Eschnapur

Der Tiger von Eschnapur (original title); Tiger of Bengal (alternative title)

1958 / West Germany-France-Italy / 101m / Col / Adventure Drama, Romantic Drama
Debra Paget, Walther Reyer, Paul Hubschmid, Claus Holm, Luciana Paluzzi, Valery Inkijinoff, Sabine Bethmann, Rene Deltgen, Jochen Brockmann, Victor Francen
"After his long and prolific Hollywood career, Fritz Lang returned to his native Germany at the behest of producer Artur Brauner and embarked on an ambitious two-film project that would eventually become known as his “Indian Epic.”… In the first of the two films, The Tiger of Eschnapur, Lang tells the story of a German architect (Hubschmid) who arrives in India to build a temple for a Maharaja, whereupon the he promptly falls in love with the Maharaja’s intended bride (Paget)… Impeccably directed on a modest budget, en route to a thrilling cliffhanger ending, Lang’s late-career triumph proves the old adage that the enemy of art is the absence of limitations." - Film Society Lincoln Centre
Selected by Miguel Marías, Pierre Rissient, Jesús Franco, Michel Mourlet, Jos Oliver.
642
623
Young Mr. Lincoln

Young Mr. Lincoln


1939 / USA / 100m / BW / Historical Film, Biography
Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan, Richard Cromwell, Ward Bond, Donald Meek, Eddie Quillan, Milburn Stone, Francis Ford
"Few historical figures are as revered as Abraham Lincoln, and few director-star pairings embody classic American cinema as perfectly as that of John Ford and Henry Fonda. In Young Mr. Lincoln, their first collaboration, Fonda gives one of the finest performances of his career, as the young president-to-be, struggling with an incendiary murder case as a novice lawyer. Compassionate and assured, this is an indelible piece of Americana." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Hong Sang-soo, Luís Oliveira, José Manuel Costa, Jesús Piquero, Un-Seong Yoo.
641
604
Mother and Son

Mother and Son

Mat i syn (original title)

1997 / Russia-Germany / 73m / Col / Family Drama, Psychological Drama
Aleksei Ananishnov, Gudrun Geyer
"In a mountain cabin, a mother lies dying. Her devoted adult son tries to bring comfort to her final moments. In his arms, he carries his mother into nature for their last walks together. Despairing, he takes a walk alone onto mountain paths. That's all. Expect a flushed-out story and you'll be frustrated. Agree to be transported into a cloistered netherworld of mountains-and-valleys greenery and Sokurov's film is something else! It's an extraordinary trip to a terrain of hushed mystery bobbing below your consciousness. Using anamorphic camera lenses in groundbreaking ways, Sokurov creates one of the most painterly features of all times." - Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
Selected by Carlos Reygadas, Sukhdev Sandhu, Fran Gayo, Henk Camping, Martin Kanuch.
640
606
Pasted Graphic

The Round-Up

Szegénylegények (original title)

1966 / Hungary / 94m / BW / Political Drama, Period Film
Janos Gorbe, Zoltan Latinovits, Andres Kozak, Tibor Molnar, Istvan Avar, Gabor Agardi, Attila Nagy, Zoltan Basilides, Lajos Oze, Bela Barsi
"The leanest and meanest of Miklós Jancsó's visions of Hungarian history as formalist diagrams, and an entrapping mechanism to rival Fritz Lang's. The setting is the desolate countryside some time after Kossuth's 1848 rebellion against the oppressive Habsburg Austrian Empire… Implacably, horribly logical, the film's progression has the pared-down clarity of thesis work -- everything is ritualized (from the terrorizing of a Hungarian peasant to the lashing of a woman to the defrocking of an Austrian officer), yet everything is unadorned, ascetically terse." - Fernando F. Croce, Cinepassion
Selected by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Béla Tarr, Dina Iordanova, Gusztáv Schubert, Jurica Pavicic.
639
600
Funny Games

Funny Games


1997 / Austria / 108m / Col / Crime Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Muhe, Frank Giering, Arno Frisch, Stefan Clapczynski, Doris Kunstmann, Christoph Bantzer, Wolfgang Gluck, Susanne Meneghel, Monika Zallinger
"Funny Games, a blood-curdling portrait of a family imprisoned in its idyllic summer home by a pair of sadistic killers, puts that question to the test. This beautifully acted and paced German variant of Cape Fear is tricked out with a number of Brechtian devices to catch audiences in a voyeuristic trance. Twice in a film that is predominantly hyper-realistic, one of the killers turns to the camera with a conspiratorial leer and asks the wordless question: What are you looking at and why?" - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Selected by Jaime Chávarri, David Michôd, Git Scheynius, Mania Akbari, Oliver Schmitz.
638 Up Arrow
652
Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle vague

New Wave (English title)

1990 / France-Switzerland / 88m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Fantasy
Alain Delon, Domiziana Giordano, Jacques Dacqmine, Christophe Odent, Roland Amstutz, Cecile Reigher, Laurence Cote, Joseph Lisbona, Veronique Muller, Joe Sheridan
"Godard's opening salvo of the '90s sustains an elegiac note to unexpectedly potent effect. While the connecting narrative's a characteristically wilful and oblique affair, in which fabulously wealthy Giordano adopts drifter Delon as a house guest, their tentative emotional rapprochement set against the scheming of sundry business types, it's the larger view of a society obsessed by consumption and commodities at the expense of culture, moral integrity and human feelings that leaves the stronger impression… Godard conjures a fragmentary celluloid music expressing a deep sense of loss." - Trevor Johnston, Time Out
Selected by Armond White, Gavin Smith, Jean Narboni, Chung Sung-ill, Manuel Asín.
637 Up Arrow
648
Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day


1991 / USA / 136m / Col / Science Fiction, Sci-Fi Action
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen, Joe Morton, S. Epatha Merkerson, Xander Berkeley, Jenette Goldstein, Castulo Guerra
"James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a lustrous machine, all gleaming steel and burnished gunmetal, with state-of-the-art nuts and bolts. You relate to it the way you might relate to any overpowering machine, a little dispassionately but with a respect bordering on awe. It's a tank of a movie, big, powerful and hard to resist. But it's a tank with lightning treads and jaguar agility. The stunning special effects show something that's rare these days -- technical stunts that evoke a true sense of wonder; it's real jaw-to-the-floor stuff… No one in the movies today can match Cameron's talent for this kind of hyperbolic, big-screen action." - Hal Hinson, The Washington Post
Selected by Tobias Kniebe, Karsten Meinich, Wolfgang Hobel, Thomas Hesterberg, Mark Glaser.
636 Up Arrow
680
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail


1975 / UK / 90m / Col / Anarchic Comedy, Parody/Spoof
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Neil Innes, Connie Booth, Carol Cleveland, Bee Duffell
"The Monty Python team's first original film is one of the most original, hilarious and visually striking comedies ever made… It may lack the authority-baiting, satire-with-a-purpose edge of Life of Brian, but Holy Grail is the looser, sillier, ultimately funnier film, packed with actual goofy laughs rather than hey-I-get-that cleverness. It’s aged better too, less beholden to outdated notions of race and revolutionary politics and more reliant on slapstick violence, sudden explosions, surrealist wordplay and scatological asides." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Benjamin Spacek, Jeffrey Overstreet, Eric Derobert, Renato Félix, David Fincher.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
635
590
Antonio das Mortes

Antonio das Mortes

O Dragão da Maldade contra o Santo Guerreiro (original title)

1969 / Brazil / 95m / Col / Adventure Drama, Political Drama
Mauricio do Valle, Odete Lara, Hugo Carvana, Lorival Pariz, Othon Bastos, Jofre Soares, Rosa Maria Penna, Emmanuel Cavalcanti, Vinicius Salvatori, Mario Gusmao
"Rocha's sequel to his own Black God, White Devil returns to the Brazilian Sertao in the period after 1940, the key year in which the last of the cangaceiro bandits was killed… This time, though, Rocha completely rejects the elements of realism that made his earlier films particularly obscure: the movie is styled and paced like a Leone Western, and is as flamboyantly operatic as a Jancsó parable. Interestingly, the lack of direct historical references makes the result all the more venomously agitational." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by David Sterritt, Okubo Ken, Rolando Caputo, Jonathan Demme, Aruna Vasudev.
634
614
Lancelot du Lac

Lancelot du Lac

Lancelot of the Lake (English title)

1974 / France-Italy / 84m / Col / Drama, Period Film
Luc Simon, Laura Duke Condominas, Humbert Balsan, Vladimir Antolek-Oresek, Patrick Bernhard, Arthur De Montalembert, Charles Balsan, Christian Schlumberger, Joseph-Patrick Le Quidre, Jean-Paul Leperlier
"This is the Arthurian legend stripped bare, spotlighting the characters' cruelty, pride, and the aching need for human affection. Bresson's shooting style has always been bare, and he manipulates his small inventory of images and sounds with masterful ease. The tournament provides a virtuoso example: the cameras mostly stick with the horses' feet or the jousters' weapons, and refuse to show us the whole spectacle… It's stunningly beautiful, mesmerising, exhausting, uplifting, amazing - all the things you could possibly expect from a masterpiece." - Geoff Brown, Time Out
Selected by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragon, Michael Haneke, Amit Dutta, Andrew Lampert, William E. Jones.
633 Up Arrow
639
Before Sunset

Before Sunset


2004 / USA / 80m / Col / Romance, Comedy Drama
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Louise Lemoine Torres, Vernon Dobtcheff, Rodolphe Pauly, Mariane Plasteig, Diabolo, Albert Delpy, Marie Pillet, Denis Evrard
"Before Sunrise was a remarkable celebration of the fascination of good dialogue. But Before Sunset is better, perhaps because the characters are older and wiser, perhaps because they have more to lose (or win), and perhaps because Hawke and Delpy wrote the dialogue themselves. The film has the materials for a lifetime project; like the 7-Up series, this is a conversation that could be returned to every 10 years or so, as Celine and Jesse grow older." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Sukhdev Sandhu, Diane Negra, Josh Radnor, Ji Zhi, Sakura Yang.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
632
599
A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun


1951 / USA / 122m / BW / Romantic Drama, Psychological Drama
Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere, Keefe Brasselle, Raymond Burr, Fred Clark, Herbert Heyes, Shepperd Strudwick, Frieda Inescort
"When producer-director George Stevens made A Place in the Sun, based on the highly successful novel, An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, he faced the difficult job of turning a popular book into a worthwhile film… Stevens uses montage, close-ups, and very slow scenes to create an almost dream like atmosphere. The plot moves along slowly but with great fluidity… A Place in the Sun is a significant film not only because of excellent performances elicited from Clift and Taylor, but also because of the society it depicts." - A. Pillai, Film Reference
Selected by Laurent Jullier, Tony Krawitz, David Siegel, Monte Hellman, Dennis Hopper.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
631
619
Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's


1961 / USA / 115m / Col / Comedy Drama, Romantic Comedy
Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, Mickey Rooney, John McGiver, Jose-Luis de Villalonga, Dorothy Whitney, Stanley Adams
"Blake Edwards may have directed Breakfast at Tiffany's, and screenwriter George Axelrod certainly did a splendid job of adjusting Truman Capote's novel for the screen, but from the first moment Audrey Hepburn steps out of a cab with her coffee and danish and window shops at Tiffany's after a night on the town, this is her movie, and it's all but impossible to imagine another actress in the role… Between Edwards' frothy pacing, Franz F. Planer's lovely location camerawork, and Henry Mancini's memorable score, Breakfast at Tiffany's is a thoroughly charming and witty valentine to one special woman and the city she loves that still enchants more than 40 years after it first hit the screen." - Mark Deming, Allmovie
Selected by Fernando Lara, Irina-Margareta Nistor, Fernando Mendez-Leite, David Robert Mitchell, Damien Bona.
630 Up Arrow
634
The Party

The Party


1968 / USA / 99m / Col / Comedy, Slapstick
Peter Sellers, Claudine Longet, Marge Champion, J. Edward McKinley, Fay McKenzie, Sharron Kimberly, Denny Miller, Gavin MacLeod, Buddy Lester, Corinne Cole
"Blake Edwards effortlessly expands the style and format of a silent two-reel comedy into a feature-length celebration of the sight gag, as Indian bit player Peter Sellers, who has just destroyed a remake of Gunga Din, finds himself at an exclusive party at the Hollywood home of his producer. There are elephants, people falling into swimming pools, and mountains of soapsuds, but somehow the image that lingers in my mind is Sellers feeding “birdie num-nums” to a parrot." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Christoph Huber, Eric Derobert, Grégory Valens, Fritz Göttler, Tobias Kniebe.
629 Up Arrow
647
Zodiac

Zodiac


2007 / USA / 158m / Col / Mystery, Police Detective Film
Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr., Brian Cox, John Carroll Lynch, Richmond Arquette, Bob Stephenson, John Lacy, Chloe Sevigny
"David Fincher’s magnificently obsessive film tracks the story of the serial killer who left dead bodies up and down California in the 1960s and possibly the ’70s, and that of the men who tried to stop him. Set when the Age of Aquarius disappeared into the black hole of the Manson family murders, the film is at once sprawling and tightly constructed, opaque and meticulously detailed. It’s part police procedural, part monster movie, a funereal entertainment that is an unexpected repudiation of Mr. Fincher’s most famous movie, the serial-killer fiction Seven, as well as a testament to this cinematic savant’s gifts." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Selected by Bong Joon-ho, Felix Chong, Vadim Rizov, Henry K. Miller, Joshua Rothkopf, Florence Maillard.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
628
610
Fat City

Fat City


1972 / USA / 100m / Col / Drama, Sports Drama
Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell, Candy Clark, Nicholas Colasanto, Art Aragon, Curtis Cokes, Sixto Rodriguez, Billy Walker, Wayne Mahan
"Marvellous, grimly downbeat study of desperate lives and the escape routes people construct for themselves, stunningly shot by Conrad Hall. The setting is Stockton, California, a dreary wasteland of smoky bars and sunbleached streets where the lives of two boxers briefly meet, one on the way up, one on the way down… Huston directs with the same puritanical rigour he brought to Wise Blood. Beautifully summed up by Paul Taylor as a 'masterpiece of skid row poetry'." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Steve Buscemi, Jamie Thraves, Michael Radford, Alberto Rodríguez, Harmony Korine.
627 Up Arrow
RE-ENTRY
Children of Men

Children of Men


2006 / USA-UK / 109m / Col / Psychological Sci-Fi, Action Thriller
Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, Claire-Hope Ashitey, Pam Ferris, Danny Huston, Peter Mullan, Oana Pellea
"Alfonso Cuarón's dense, dark, and layered meditation on fertility, technology, immigration, war, love, and life itself may be the movie of the still-young millennium. And I don't just mean it's one of the best movies of the past six years. Children of Men, based on the 1992 novel by P.D. James, is the movie of the millennium because it's about our millennium, with its fractured, fearful politics and random bursts of violence and terror. Though it's set in the London of 2027, Cuarón's film isn't some high-tech, futuristic fantasy. It takes place in a grimly familiar location: the hell we are currently making for ourselves." - Dana Stevens, Slate
Selected by Rupert Wyatt, Marc Webb, Paul Tanter, Gael Garcia Bernal, Yudai Yamaguchi.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
626 Up Arrow
631
Scarface (1932)

Scarface

Scarface, the Shame of the Nation (alternative title)

1932 / USA / 90m / BW / Gangster Film, Crime Drama
Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins, Boris Karloff, C. Henry Gordon, George Raft, Vince Barnett, Inez Palange, Edwin Maxwell
"With the gangster film ground rules freshly established by Little Caesar and The Public Enemy, producer Howard Hughes, director Howard Hawks and writer Ben Hecht were able to play an operatic variation in this masterpiece. The plot uses the familiar rise-and-fall-of-a-hood scenario, mixing incidental detail from the career of real-life scarface Al Capone with the history of the Borgia Family. It has the tabloid feel of earlier gangster films, but also a streak of extraordinarily black horror comedy… Atmospheric, mesmerising and darkly humourous with a sizzling script and cast. This is a true classic of its genre." - Kim Newman, Empire
Selected by Carlos Manga, Martin Scorsese, Eloísa Solaas, Marc Cerisuelo, John Carpenter.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
625 Up Arrow
681
The Marriage of Maria Braun

The Marriage of Maria Braun

Die Ehe der Maria Braun (original title)

1979 / West Germany / 120m / Col / War Drama, Melodrama
Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Lowitsch, Ivan Desny, Gisela Uhlen, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Gottfried John, Hark Bohm, George Byrd, Claus Holm, Gunter Lamprecht
"Maria (Schygulla) marries Hermann Braun in the last days of World War II, only to have him disappear in the war. Alone, Maria uses her beauty and ambition to prosper in Germany’s “economic miracle” of the 1950’s. Fassbinder’s biggest international box-office success and the first part of his “postwar trilogy,” The Marriage of Maria Braun is a heartbreaking study of a woman picking herself up from the ruins of her own life, as well as a pointed metaphorical attack on a society determined to forget its past." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Agnès Varda, Thomas Elsaesser, Brad Deane, Maria Ulfsak, Kiva Reardon.
624
578
Strike

Strike

Stachka (original title)

1925 / USSR / 73m / BW / Political Drama, Historical Epic
Maksim Shtraukh, Grigori Aleksandrov, Mikhail Gomorov, Alexander Antonov, Yudif Glizer, I. Ivanov, Ivan Klyukvin, Anatoli Kuznetsov, M. Mamin, Vladimir Uralsky
"Eisenstein's first feature also remains his most watchable… The story itself is simple: workers clash violently with employers and police during a drawn-out factory strike provoked by the sacking and subsequent suicide of one of their number. But Eisenstein's methods are both complex and extraordinary: his decision to make the masses rather than any single individual his hero lends the film a truly epic sweep… The harshly beautiful imagery roots the movie effortlessly in down-to-earth reality, but its relentless energy and invention transform the whole thing into a raucous, rousing hymn to human dignity and courage." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Paul Bush, David Forgacs, David Hanan, Alexei Balabanov, Peter Greenaway.
623
595
Titicut Follies

Titicut Follies


1967 / USA / 87m / BW / Social Issues, Documentary
"Frederick Wiseman's first documentary is a masterpiece of muckraking in which he examines the workings and inhumanities of a state mental hospital in Massachusetts. Wiseman's focus is on the complex relationship among liberal professionals (who come off badly), guards (who come off not so badly), inmates whose only reason for being locked up is that they are “mentally ill” (whatever that means), and inmates who've committed serious crimes and have to be segregated. As with most Wiseman documentaries (High School, Law and Order, Hospital, Basic Training), the emphasis is on institutions and the way they dehumanize." - Don Druker, Chicago Reader
Selected by Ramin Bahrani, Karen Cooper, Tiago Mata Machado, Matthias Müller, Nick Broomfield.
622
601
The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence


1993 / USA / 133m / Col / Period Film, Romantic Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Alexis Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Richard E. Grant, Alec McCowen, Mary Beth Hurt, Miriam Margolyes, Michael Gough
"The Age of Innocence is one of Scorsese's greatest films, improperly appreciated because, like Kundun (1997), it stands outside the main line of his work. Its story of a man of tradition who spends a lifetime of unrequited love resembles one of Scorsese's favorite films, Michael Powell's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp... The film ends with a sense of loss, sadness and resignation, reminding me of the elegiac feeling in Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons."- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Roberta Ciabarra, Heddy Honigmann, Terence Davies, Tian Zhuang-Zhuang, Allison Anders.
621 Up Arrow
664
Se7en

Se7en

Seven (alternative spelling)

1995 / USA / 127m / Col / Police Detective Film, Crime Thriller
Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Richard Roundtree, R. Lee Ermey, Kevin Spacey, John C. McGinley, Julie Araskog, Mark Boone Jr., John Cassini
"Serial killers and mismatched cops overcoming antagonism are seldom fresh, fruitful subjects for movies, but this exceptionally (and impressively) nasty thriller blends genres to grim and gripping effect… The film's world is so shadowy, decaying and intentionally dated that one often wonders whether anyone involved has heard of electricity; at the same time, however, Somerset and Mills' slow voyage from claustrophobic murk into blinding light makes for a vivid dramatic metaphor. Moreover, Fincher handles the violence with sensitivity, announcing its obscenity in spoken analyses and briefly glimpsed post mortem shots, but never showing the murderous acts themselves." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Li Yu, Jaume Balagueró, Nadia Tass, Firat Yücel, Scott Derrickson.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
620 Up Arrow
708
La Haine

La Haine

Hate (English title)

1995 / France / 93m / BW / Urban Drama, Message Movie
Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, Said Taghmaoui, Karim Belkhadra, Edouard Montoute, Francois Levantal, Solo Dicko, Marc Duret, Vincent Lindon, Karin Viard
"Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with La haine, a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income banlieue districts on Paris’s outskirts. Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Cassel), Hubert (Koundé), and Saïd (Taghmaoui)—a Jew, an African, and an Arab—give human faces to France’s immigrant populations… A work of tough beauty, La haine is a landmark of contemporary French cinema and a gripping reflection of its country’s ongoing identity crisis." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Gareth Evans, Rupert Wyatt, Ginette Vincendeau, Najwa Najjar, James Nolen.
619 Up Arrow
688
The Fly

The Fly


1986 / USA / 100m / Col / Science Fiction, Horror
Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Les Carlson, George Chuvalo, David Cronenberg, Michael Copeman, Carol Lazare, Shawn Hewitt
"'What am I working on? I'm working on something that will change the world and human life as we know it!' So Seth Brundle (Goldblum) promises in the opening line of Cronenberg's inspired remake… This is a film about fusion. That of man and insect, of course; but also the emotional and physical fusion between man and woman - liberating and painful as that may be. The playful, quirky chemistry between Goldblum and Davis in the first half of the movie ensures that this gothic horror is heartbreaking as well as stomach-churning (the special effects by Chris Walas are still staggering)." - Tom Charity, Time Out
Selected by Neill Blomkamp, Roger Donaldson, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Cüneyt Cebenoyan, Alain Guiraudie.
618 Up Arrow
629
Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream


2000 / USA / 100m / Col / Addiction Drama, Psychological Drama
Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald, Louise Lasser, Keith David, Sean Gullette, Dylan Baker, Hubert Selby Jr.
"Orson Welles is said to have examined Shakespeare plays with the connoisseurship of a huntsman picking up a rifle. The energy, consistency and utter mastery of technique that Darren Aronofsky shows in his adaptation of Requiem for a Dream reminded me of that legendary confidence. His agonising and unflinchingly grim portrait of drug abuse is a formally pleasing piece of work… With spareness and unremitting cruelty, Aronofsky shows his characters' accelerated slide to destruction. It's an almost unbearably bleak view and its lack of any obvious redemptive moral message will revolt some. But without it, Aronofsky's film is chilling, and diamond-hard." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Patricia Rozema, Pavel Bednarik, Simon Rumley, Yiwen Chen, David Ondaatje.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
617 Up Arrow
618
By the Bluest of Seas

By the Bluest of Seas

U samogo sinyego morya (original title)

1936 / USSR / 71m / BW / Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Yelena Kuzmina, Lev Sverdlin, Nikolai Kryuchkov, Andrei Dolinin, Sergey Komarov, Lyalya Sateyeva, Semyon Svashenko, Aleksandr Zhukov
"It’s difficult to account for what makes this movie so exquisite, apart from the characters and their quirks (such as one man’s ticklishness) and the beauty of the idyllic setting. Bernard Eisenschitz seems to be on the right track when he says that the film is unclassifiable, that it’s “certainly not a comedy even if it provokes laughter.” We wind up feeling affection for the three leads, partly because of the affection they show for one another and partly because of the gusto with which they show it." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Adrian Martin, Bernard Eisenschitz, Nicole Brenez, Marco Müller, Paula Arantzazu Ruiz.
616
589
Raising Arizona

Raising Arizona


1987 / USA / 92m / Col / Crime Comedy, Domestic Comedy
Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Sam McMurray, Randall 'Tex' Cobb, M. Emmet Walsh, Frances McDormand, T.J. Kuhn
"The superbly labyrinthine plotting of Blood Simple must have been a hard act to follow; praise be, then, to the Brothers Coen for confounding all expectations with this fervently inventive comedy… What makes this hectic farce so fresh and funny is the sheer fertility of the writing, while the lives and times of Hi (Cage), Ed (Hunter) and friends are painted in splendidly seedy colours, turning Arizona into a mythical haven for a memorable gaggle of no-hopers, halfwits and has-beens. Starting from a point of delirious excess, the film leaps into dark and virtually uncharted territory to soar like a comet." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Edgar Wright, Jay Duplass, Lee Unkrich, Trevor Groth, Joe Swanberg.
615 Up Arrow
630
They Live by Night

They Live by Night


1948 / USA / 95m / BW / Crime Drama, Film Noir
Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, Howard da Silva, Jay C. Flippen, Helen Craig, Will Wright, Marie Bryant, Ian Wolfe, William Phipps, Harry Harvey
"A key film noir of the 40s, this was Nicholas Ray's first film as a director, and the freshness of his expressionist-documentary style is still apparent and gripping. Farley Granger found one of his few effective roles as the gangly teenager propelled into a life of crime; Cathy O'Donnell is his tough-minded lover, following him across the country through a succession of stolen cars and cramped motel rooms. Much of Wim Wenders's romantic despair can be found here in its original, more extravagant form. The film was drained of its dark poetry when Robert Altman remade it as Thieves Like Us." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Victor Erice, Rod Stoneman, Ron Peck, Andrew Tracy, Cristián Jiménez.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
614
612
Foolish Wives

Foolish Wives


1922 / USA / 117m / BW / Drama
Erich von Stroheim, Maude George, Mae Busch, Rudolph Christians, Miss DuPont, Dale Fuller, Al Edmundsen, Cesare Gravina, Malvina Polo, Louis K. Webb
"At the time of its release, Foolish Wives was the most expensive film ever produced, and though Von Stroheim was widely considered a lavish spendthrift, his films remain triumphs of period detail. The film features the most daring intertitles in the history of silent cinema, and Von Stroheim uses their stream-of-conscious nature to enhance the film's startling aesthetic shifts and to point to the politics at work throughout the narrative… Foolish Wives is a seductive film, but it's also supremely sad because Von Stroheim sees something morally and emotionally debilitating in the way his characters forcibly cling to facades." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Selected by Jesus Franco, Jesús Piquero, Martial Pisani, Carlos Garcia Brusco, Nagaharu Yodogawa.
613
605
The African Queen

The African Queen


1951 / USA / 105m / Col / Romance, Adventure
Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Theodore Bikel, Walter Gotell, Gerald Onn, Peter Swanwick, Richard Marner, Errol John
"Star vehicles have been a part of the Hollywood assembly line practically since its inception, but few have utilized (and literalized) the concept to such beloved effect as The African Queen. Really, what is the idea behind Huston's adventure-romance other than putting Bogart and Hepburn on a riverboat in Africa and see what happens? ...Its modesty of ambition makes The African Queen among the least complex classics of Hollywood's waning "golden age" (for a movie with a World War I setting and a colonialist context, it offers little interpretive earth to excavate), but leaves plenty of time for Huston and company to lovingly appraise the personae of two Tinseltown darlings." - Matthew Connolly, Slant Magazine
Selected by Billy Bond, Isaac León Frías, Nicholas Meyer, Ronald Neame, Morgan Freeman.
612 Up Arrow
642
La Belle noiseuse

La Belle noiseuse


1991 / France / 240m / Col / Drama, Psychological Drama
Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Emmanuelle Beart, Marianne Denicourt, David Bursztein, Gilles Arbona, Marie-Claude Roger, Bernard Dufour, Marie Belluc, Leila Remili
"Jacques Rivette's La Belle Noiseuse is the best film I have ever seen about the physical creation of art, and about the painful bond between an artist and his muse. Winner of the Palme d'Or prize at Cannes that year, it ran to a full four hours, and so its theatrical life was limited. Rivette edited a 125-minute version titled Divertimento, but why bother with it? The greatness of La Belle Noiseuse is in the time it spends on the creation of art, and the creation and destruction of passion." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Adrian Danks, Martha Otte, Paul Buck, M.K. Raghavendra, Geoffrey Wong.
611
591
Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Bu san (original title)

2003 / Taiwan / 82m / Col / Comedy Drama, Comedy of Manners
Kang-Sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Kiyonobu Mitamura, Tien Miao, Chun Shih, Chao-Jung Chen, Kuei-Mei Yang
"Goodbye Dragon Inn concerns the inner life of a poured-concrete cavern in the heart of Taipei, a shabby temple unspooling an old martial arts flick—namely King Hu's 1966 Dragon Inn—to a handful of devotees. Because the theater is about to shut down, there's a superficial resemblance to the canned nostalgia of Cinema Paradiso. But Goodbye Dragon is far less sentimental and considerably funnier than the old Miramax pocket liner. And because Tsai is the director, Goodbye Dragon Inn is also a movie of elegant understatement and considerable formal intelligence." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Selected by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Bruce Jenkins, Monte Hellman, Lalitha Gopalan, Zachary Wigon.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
610 Up Arrow
643
Purple Rose of Cairo

The Purple Rose of Cairo


1985 / USA / 82m / Col-BW / Comedy, Romantic Fantasy
Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Dianne Wiest, Van Johnson, Irving Metzman, Stephanie Farrow, Zoe Caldwell, John Wood, Milo O'Shea
"The Purple Rose of Cairo is audacious and witty and has a lot of good laughs in it, but the best thing about the movie is the way Woody Allen uses it to toy with the very essence of reality and fantasy. The movie is so cheerful and open that it took me a day or two, after I’d seen it, to realize how deeply Allen has reached this time. If it is true, and I think it is, that most of the time we go to the movies in order to experience brief lives that are not our own, then Allen is demonstrating what a tricky self-deception we practice. Those movie lives consist of only what is on the screen, and if we start thinking that real life can be the same way, we are in for a cruel awakening." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Milan Pavlovic, Dennis Doros, Ernesto Diezmartínez, Tien-Hsiang Wen, Youssef Cherif Rizkallah.
609
608
Pasted Graphic

Young Frankenstein


1974 / USA / 105m / BW / Parody/Spoof, Horror Comedy
Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars, Gene Hackman, Richard Haydn, Liam Dunn
"Few movies have offered up such satisfying parody and un-self-conscious wit as this Mel Brooks spoof, and all with the scatological flair that only Brooks can provide… Silly but always respectful, Brooks wants to honor the old Frankenstein films rather than skewer them, and as a result he serves up a film that is a cinematic achievement rather than a half-baked knock-off of better efforts. One of the funniest films of the 1970s, Young Frankenstein has lost none of its hilarity to the passing of time, serving as a reminder of how innovative parody can be." - Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie
Selected by Rob Zombie, David O. Russell, Peter Segal, Trevor Groth, Kevin Murphy.
608
564
Local Hero

Local Hero


1983 / UK / 111m / Col / Comedy, Comedy of Manners
Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Denis Lawson, Fulton Mackay, Peter Capaldi, Rikki Fulton, Jenny Seagrove, Jennifer Black, Christopher Rozycki, John Gordon Sinclair
"Local Hero, which concerns the frustrations of a Texas oilman's attempts to buy up an idyllic Scottish village, ranks as a lyrical anti-urban comedy in the great tradition of films like I Know Where I'm Going and Whisky Galore!; and its essential triumph is to prove that comedy can still contain a gentle, almost mystical, aspect without necessarily being old-fashioned. The film achieves this best in its superb sense of location and the haunting contrast between Texas and Scotland." - David Pirie, Time Out
Selected by Cameron Crowe, Jane Lamacraft, Niki Caro, Edward Zwick, Kevin Murphy.
607 Up Arrow
673
Seven Chances

Seven Chances


1925 / USA / 56m / BW / Comedy of Errors, Romantic Comedy
Buster Keaton, Ruth Dwyer, T. Roy Barnes, Snitz Edwards, Frances Raymond, Erwin Connelly, Jules Cowles, Jean Arthur, Lori Bara, Bartine Burkett
"Less ambitious and less concerned with plastic values than the best of Keaton, this is nevertheless a dazzlingly balletic comedy in which Buster has a matter of hours to acquire the wife on which a seven million dollar inheritance depends. Having insulted his sweetheart by explaining the necessity of marriage, been turned down by seven possible candidates… he advertises - only to find a horde of applicants besieging the church. From this leisurely start, the film takes off into a fantastically elaborate, gloriously inventive chase sequence, in which Buster escapes the mob of pursuing harridans only to find an escalating avalanche of rocks taking over at his heels as he hurtles downhill. - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Richard Dyer, Mike Leigh, Inácio Araújo, Manuel J. Lombardo, Terry Jones.
606 Up Arrow
628
The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

The Thirty-Nine Steps (alternative spelling)

1935 / UK / 87m / BW / Thriller, Spy Film
Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Godfrey Tearle, Lucy Mannheim, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Wylie Watson, Helen Haye, Frank Cellier, Peggy Simpson
"A heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay (Donat) as he stumbles upon a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors—a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued—as well as into an unexpected romance with the cool Pamela (Carroll). Adapted from a novel by John Buchan, this classic wrong-man thriller from the Master of Suspense anticipates the director’s most famous works (especially North by Northwest), and remains one of his cleverest and most entertaining films." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Ken Russell, Jane Lamacraft, Jacques Lourcelles, John Landis, Paul Bartel.
605
557
Great Expectations

Great Expectations


1946 / UK / 118m / BW / Drama, Period Film
John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Martita Hunt, Bernard Miles, Francis L. Sullivan, Finlay Currie, Jean Simmons, Anthony Wager, Alec Guinness, Freda Jackson
"The adaptation by Lean and his collaborators is a model of intelligent adaptation, rich with character and atmosphere yet focused firmly on the journey of Pip, from young orphan on the Kent marshes to young man in London society. Lean fills Great Expectations with a wealth of visual detail and vivid characters and personalities without allowing them to swamp his hero, and he directs with a warmth and humor often missed in such costume dramas and reverent literary adaptations. Though greatly pared down, this third screen version of Dickens' novel remains to this day the quintessential cinematic incarnation." - Sean Axmaker, TCM
Selected by Terence Davies, Joel Schumacher, Matthew Sweet, Jason Solomons, Bryan Forbes.
604 Up Arrow
607
Les Amants du Pont-Neuf

Les Amants du Pont-Neuf

The Lovers on the Bridge (English title)

1991 / France / 126m / Col / Romantic Drama, Urban Drama
Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Klaus-Michael Gruber, Daniel Buain, Marion Statens, Edith Scob, Chrichan Larsson, Paulette Berthonnier, Georges Apperighis, Roger Berthonnier
"Set against the extravagant backdrop of France's bicentennial shenanigans, Carax's tale of amour fou is even bolder than Boy Meets Girl and Mauvais Sang. It's filled with ecstatic imagery which manages not to jar after the gritty realism of the early scenes, and constitutes a heady anthem to abstracted, mad passion: at once a modern fairy tale and a cinephile's folie de grandeur, frequently exhilarating but never wholly free of pretentiousness." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Tetsuya Nakashima, Chris Chang, Duane Hopkins, Pedro Aguilera, Wim Wenders.
603 Up Arrow
644
Dancer in the Dark

Dancer in the Dark


2000 / Denmark-France-Sweden-Italy-Germany-Norway-Netherlands-Iceland-Finland-UK-USA / 140m / Col / Musical Drama, Melodrama
Bjork, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Joel Grey, Vincent Paterson, Cara Seymour, Jean-Marc Barr, Vladica Kostic, Udo Kier
"Dancer in the Dark is a thrilling, audacious work. The boldest experiment yet from Lars von Trier, one of the Danish founders of the Dogma 95 school of filmmaking, Dancer is the kind of ornery, brilliant film that inspires both adulation and scorn… Dancer in the Dark is so strange, so unlike what we're conditioned to expect from movies, that it's bound to alienate a lot of people… But I think Dancer does what art is meant to do: It provokes us, spurs debate, reconsiders a medium and makes us rethink our world. It's great to see a movie so courageous and affecting, so committed to its own differentness." - Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by Angelina Nikonova, Cyrus Frisch, Isamu Hirabayashi, Myrna Maakaron, Oliver Schmitz.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
602 Up Arrow
633
Evil Dead II

Evil Dead II

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (alternative title)

1987 / USA / 85m / Col / Horror, Horror Comedy
Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley, Theodore Raimi, Denise Bixler, Richard Domeier, Lou Hancock, John Peaks, Snowy Winters
"Sam Raimi’s eye-popping sequel to the cult classic original deftly treads the line between frightfest and horror satire. Starring Bruce Campbell, Raimi’s favorite non-actor — or, as Raimi calls him, "the king of acting in reverse" — the film either follows nonsensically on the heels of the first or completely replaces it; it takes place in the same cabin with the same Book of the Dead, as if Ash would simply head on back to try his luck a second time. (He is just about that dim.) Deploying the full range of low-budget effects, Evil Dead II still looks junky, but Raimi’s goofball sense of humor makes the film’s very tawdriness appealing." - Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
Selected by Edgar Wright, Corin Hardy, Cheryl Dunye, Chris Butler & Sam Fell, Mike White.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
601 Up Arrow
765
Twenty Years Later

Twenty Years Later

Cabra Marcado Para Morrer (original title)

1984 / Brazil / 119m / Col-BW / Documentary
Eduardo Coutinho, Tite de Lemos, Ferreira Gullar
"Twenty Years Later is a film about a film. Sort of. It begins with the story of João Pedro Teixeira, a political activist in a small tropical town murdered by police in 1962… A film crew came to his town and began dramatizing his life, casting his wife Elizabeth and their children as themselves. But the police stopped the shooting, and the film wasn't finished… Twenty Years Later is a marvelously human affront to dictatorship, showing a person's spirit can't be censored. It's also a high point in the great Coutinho's career. His films focus on people bursting with talk, often performers of one kind or another, but so full of hopes and aspirations that the naked self keeps bleeding through." - Aaron Cutler, The House Next Door
Selected by José Carlos Avellar, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Vladimir Carvalho, Andrés Di Tella, Tetê Moraes.