The 1,000 Greatest Films (700-601)

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Blood Simple

Blood Simple


1984 / USA / 97m / Col / Post-Noir (Modern Noir), Crime Thriller
John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh, Samm-Art Williams, Deborah Neumann, Raquel Gavia, Van Brooks, Senor Marco, William Creamer
"Taking its title from Dashiell Hammett and borrowing a situation from James M. Cain, the Coen's 1984 debut was arguably the most influential noir since Chinatown (and until Reservoir Dogs)… From the initial storyboard to the final sound design, Blood Simple is a supremely calculated intellectual exercise. The super-studied, neon-colored compositions are stippled by perfectly arranged shadows. In addition to its cast, Blood Simple boasts some distinguished credits—it was the first feature shot by cinematographer-turned-director Barry Sonnenfeld and the first scored by the prolific composer Carter Burwell." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Selected by Mike D'Angelo, Danny Boyle, Harun Farocki, Javier Fesser, Ric Burns.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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The Idiots

The Idiots

Idioterne (original title)

1998 / Denmark-Spain-Sweden-France-Netherlands-Italy / 117m / Col / Comedy Drama, Satire
Bodil Jorgensen, Jens Albinus, Anne Louise Hassing, Troels Lyby, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Louise Mieritz, Henrik Prip, Luis Mesonero, Knud Romer Jorgensen, Trine Michelsen
"Often looking rather like a filmed acting workshop, von Trier's first movie made according to the back-to-basics 'Dogma 95' manifesto centres on the emotional and social dynamics of a group of people who, for various reasons, go around pretending to be mentally and/or physically handicapped… Emotionally and intellectually, the movie never quite delivers on its promise, and the frequent views of the boom, the shadow of the camera crew and so forth are irritating distractions (manifesto or not, this is not 'pure' cinema), but it is consistently intriguing, involving, and finally quite unlike anything else." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Ruben Östlund, Sean Baker, Mani Haghighi, Anton Dolin, Miroslaw Przylipiak.
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Time of the Gypsies

Time of the Gypsies

Dom za vesanje (original title)

1989 / Yugoslavia / 142m / Col / Comedy Drama, Coming-of-Age
Davor Dujmovic, Bora Todorovic, Ljubica Adzovic, Husnija Hasimovic, Sinolicka Trpkova, Zabit Memedov, Elvira Sali, Suada Karisik, Predrag Lakovic, Mirsad Zulic
"This remarkable tragic-comic drama, set in a Yugoslavian gypsy community, is hard to take seriously at first. Perhan, the bastard boy hero, seems a clichéd victim figure - patched spectacles, gormless face - wandering the noisy shantytown like a holy fool… The film has an eclectic look: an off-the-hip semi-documentary style, punctuated with Paradjanov-style miraculous imagery. Anchoring it to reality are the stunning performances by a cast of mostly illiterate Romany non-professionals, its precise observation of gypsy life, and its immense humanity. Astonishing and deeply moving." - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by Jurgis Krasons, Goran Gocic, Baltasar Komákur, Mira Nair, Philip Dodd.
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers


1956 / USA / 80m / BW / Science Fiction, Alien Invasion Film
Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Virginia Christine, Jean Willes, Ralph Dumke, Tom Fadden, Kenneth Patterson
"Shot in just 19 days, Siegel's economical adaptation of a Jack Finney story (script by Daniel Mainwaring of Out of the Past fame) is one of the most resonant sci-fi movies, and one of the simplest. It has been interpreted as an allegory against McCarthyism, though it could equally stand as anti-Communist. (In his book A Siegel Film, the director has nothing to say on the matter.) It's still a chilling picture, gaining over Phil Kaufman's smart remake by virtue of its intimate small town setting, and it has one of the greatest endings ever filmed." - Tom Charity, Time Out
Selected by David Pirie, Brian W. Fairbanks, John A. Russo, Dinko Tucakovic, Jacques Audiard.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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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, Yagishita Kiichiro, Tim Robey, Joe Bob Briggs, Volker Hummel.
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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.
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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile (original title)

2007 / Romania-Netherlands-France-Germany / 113m / Col / Drama, Slice of Life
Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean, Ion Sapdaru, Teodor Corban, Tania Popa, Cerasela Iosifescu, Luminata Gheorghiu, Adi Carauleanu
"Cristian Mungiu's film is a nightmare of social-realist suspense, a jewel of what it is now considered the Romanian new wave, along with Cristi Puiu's The Death of Mr Lazarescu and Corneliu Porumboiu's 12:08 East of Bucharest. In more general terms, it is part of that emerging 21st-century phenomenon, ordeal cinema: a cinema that with great formal technique makes you live through a horrendous experience in what seems like real time. As a drama, it is superbly observed and telling in every subtle detail; yet it is also simply as exciting, in its stomach-turning way, as any thriller." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Lukas Moodysson, Mania Akbari, Jeon Chanil, James Franco, Ognjen Svilicic.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Killer

The Killer

Dip huet seung hung (original title)

1989 / Hong Kong / 110m / Col / Crime, Action Thriller
Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kenneth Tsang, Chu Kong, Lam Chung, Shing Fui-On, Ye Rongzu, Yi Fanwei, Huang Guangliang
"The most dementedly elegiac thriller you've ever seen, distilling a lifetime's enthusiasm for American and French film noir, with little Chinese about it apart from the soundtrack and the looks of the three beautiful leads. It started out as a homage to Martin Scorsese and Jean-Pierre Melville, but the limitless arsenal of guns and rocket-launchers appears somehow to have got in the way… There are half-a-dozen mega-massacres along the way, plus extraordinary spasms of sentimentality, romance and soul searching. The tone is hysterical from start to finish, but Woo's lush visual stylings and taste for baroque detail give the whole thing an improbably serene air of abstraction." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Amanda Duthie, Anjelika Artyukh, Jia Zhangke, Daniel Kasman, Suzi Feay.
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My Friend Ivan Lapshin

Moy drug Ivan Lapshin (original title)

1986 / USSR / 100m / Col-BW / Police Drama, Period Film
Andrei Boltnev, Nina Ruslanova, Andrei Mironov, Aleksei Zharkov, Zinaida Adamovich, Aleksandr Filippenko, Yuri Kuznetsov, Valeri Filonov, Anatoli Slivnikov, Andrei Dudarenko
"Gherman's masterly film (his third) is framed as an autobiographical reminiscence of the 1930s, just before the Stalinist terror began to bite. Through the eyes of a nine-year-old we watch episodes from the life of a small town police chief… Gherman's methods are resolutely observational and low key, and his subject is the lull before the storm; the drama emerges as if by accident from a collage of resonant and deeply felt scenes from day-to-day life. Wonderfully vivid performances and amazingly original camerawork (mostly in elegantly faded monochrome) bring a vanished world to life with complete conviction." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by John Powers, Julian Graffy, Alexei Popogrebsky, Anton Dolin, Radu Jude.
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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire


1951 / USA / 122m / BW / Marriage Drama, Psychological Drama
Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden, Rudy Bond, Nick Dennis, Peg Hillias, Wright King, Richard Garrick, Ann Dere
"There have been fine adaptations of Tennessee Williams' ode to psychological abuse in New Orleans' French Quarter since Elia Kazan's original screen version… It's hard to imagine, however, another film more successfully capturing the lurid, violent tone of Blanche DuBois' destruction at the hands of brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski. Attribute much of this to Marlon Brando's brutal, career-making turn as Stanley. Credit also director Kazan, who had a gift for maneuvering past the censors, using dark moods and innuendo to more devastating effect than most current films use sex and violence." - Eric Allen Hatch, Baltimore City Paper
Selected by Les Blank, Matthew Cheng, Jörn Donner, Paul Burston, Susannah Frankel.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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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.
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All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front


1930 / USA / 133m / BW / War Drama, Anti-War Film
Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Slim Summerville, Russell Gleason, Ben Alexander, William Bakewell, Scott Kolk, Walter Rogers, Owen Davis Jr.
"Anti-war statements of the cinema in the subsequent 80 years have occasionally surpassed Milestone's technically and artistically groundbreaking film, but few can match it for relentless despair or elemental fury… Through both the refreshingly unsubtle rendering of its anti-war themes and a pre-Searchers doorway motif that suggests that we view these events as if from naïve, domesticated eyes, Milestone's film eschews the typically visceral nature of on-screen action, instead supplanting it with a sickening monotony that borders on nauseating, the camera often down in the dirt and mud with the men and every thunderous explosion as shuddering and final as the last." - Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
Selected by Ronald Neame, Fred Zinnemann, David Robinson, Barthélemy Amengual, Vittorio De Seta.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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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 Roger Donaldson, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Cüneyt Cebenoyan, Hassan Hosseini, Alain Guiraudie.
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Red Sorghum

Red Sorghum

Hong gao liang (original title)

1987 / China / 91m / Col / Rural Drama, Marriage Drama
Gong Li, Jiang Wen, Teng Rijun, Liu Ji, Cui Cun-hua, Qian Ming, Zhang Yimou
"The stuff of legend, Zhang Yimou's film satisfies both as straight folk tale and as a subversive tribute to the vitality and endurance of Chinese peasant culture… As the film develops, the tone shifts from light to dark, humour giving way to horror and sacrifice with the arrival of Japanese forces. Formerly a cameraman, Zhang fills the 'Scope screen with rich, sensuous images that illuminate and celebrate peasant life (waving sorghum fields, an eclipse of the sun), and uses actors, music and colour in a deeply expressive way. This, his debut as a director, confirms him as one of the finest and most versatile of China's 'Fifth Generation' film-makers." - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by Alexey Medvedev, Han Jie, Yiwen Chen, Lam Chiu-wing, Fruit Chan.
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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, Adirley Queirós, Jemaine Clement, Andrew Droz Palermo.
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The Ascent

The Ascent

Voskhozhdeniye (original title)

1976 / USSR / 111m / BW / War Drama, Resistance Film
Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Sergei Yakovlev, Lyudmila Polyakova, Viktoriya Goldentul, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Mariya Vinogradova, Nikolai Sektimenko
"Shepitko’s emotionally overwhelming final film won the Golden Bear at the 1977 Berlin Film Festival and has been hailed around the world as the finest Soviet film of its decade. Set during World War II’s darkest days, The Ascent follows the path of two peasant soldiers, cut off from their troop, who trudge through the snowy backwoods of Belarus seeking refuge among villagers. Their harrowing trek leads them on a journey of betrayal, heroism, and ultimate transcendence." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Kevin MacDonald, Ben Wheatley, Pietro Marcello, Fred Kelemen, Pasquale Iannone.
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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
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The Red Balloon

The Red Balloon

Le Ballon rouge (original title)

1956 / France / 34m / BW / Children's/Family, Family-Oriented Adventure
Pascal Lamorisse, Georges Sellier, Vladimir Popov, Paul Perey, Rene Marion, Sabine Lamorisse, Michel Pezin, Renaud, David Sechan
"Albert Lamorisse’s exquisite The Red Balloon remains one of the most beloved children’s films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, the Academy Award–winning The Red Balloon has enchanted movie lovers, young and old, for generations." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Miranda July, Ray Lawrence, Sukhdev Sandhu, Michel Gondry, Walter Carvalho.
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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
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The Marriage of Maria Braun

The Marriage of Maria Braun

Die Ehe der Maria Braun (original title)

1978 / 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 Thomas Elsaesser, Brad Deane, Maria Ulfsak, Matthew Maniaci, Monika Treut.
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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, Gerard Krawczyk, David Fincher.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum

Die Blechtrommel (original title)

1979 / West Germany-France-Poland-Yugoslavia / 142m / Col / Political Drama, Childhood Drama
David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Olbrychski, Tina Engel, Berta Drews, Andrea Ferreol, Charles Aznavour, Heinz Bennent
"Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday. While the chaotic world around him careers toward the madness and folly of World War II, Oskar pounds incessantly on his beloved tin drum and perfects his uncannily piercing shrieks. The Tin Drum, which earned the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, is Volker Schlöndorff’s visionary adaptation of Nobel laureate Günter Grass’s acclaimed novel, characterized by surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and clear-eyed satire." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Balazs Vizer, Suzana Amaral, Phan Dang-Di, Tanvir Mokammel, M.F. Thomas.
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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning


1960 / UK / 89m / BW / Drama, Urban Drama
Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker, Norman Rossington, Bryan Pringle, Robert Cawdron, Edna Morris, Elsie Wagstaff, Frank Pettitt
"While it was hardly the first of the British "Angry Young Man" dramas of the late 1950s/early 1960s (Look Back In Anger beat it to the screen by nearly two years), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was one of the best, thanks largely to a superb performance by Albert Finney in his first leading film role. Finney's turn as Arthur Seaton practically defined the archetypal working-class yob who is just smart enough to know that his life is going nowhere, but not sharp enough to do anything about it… Saturday Night and Sunday Morning can't escape being a product of its time, but its intelligence and rich store of talent make it powerful and relevant for any generation." - Mark Deming, All Movie
Selected by Andrew Haigh, Jean-Pierre Garcia, Samantha Morton, Les Blair, David Roland.
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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, David Ansen, Jean-Christophe Berjon, Barbara Schweizerhof.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!


1965 / USA / 83m / Col / Sexploitation, Action Comedy
Tura Satana, Haji, Lori Williams, Susan Bernard, Stuart Lancaster, Paul Trinka, Dennis Busch, Ray Barlow, Mickey Foxx, John Furlong
"A cross-breed of girl-gang movies with the brand of rural gothic that would lead to Deliverance and The Hills Have Eyes, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is arguably as much an outrageous parody of the trash-exploitation film as it is a drive-in barnstormer… With its driving jazz score, hilarious dialogue and overdrive melodramatics, this is the ultimate expression of the American cinema's greatest fetishes: big breasts, fast cars, tight jeans, and sudden death. This is, in its own way, one of the great films of the 60's." - Kim Newman, Empire
Selected by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, David Flint, Helen Dewitt, Jane Giles, Philip Ilson.
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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.
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An Angel at My Table

An Angel at My Table


1990 / New Zealand-Australia-UK-USA / 158m / Col / Biography, Psychological Drama
Kerry Fox, Karen Fergusson, Alexia Keogh, K.J. Wilson, Colin McColl, Martyn Sanderson, William Brandt, Peter Dennett, Iris Churn, Melina Bernecker
"With An Angel at My Table, Academy Award–winning filmmaker Jane Campion brings to the screen the harrowing true-life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand’s most distinguished author. The film follows Frame along her inspiring journey, from a poverty-stricken childhood to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and electroshock therapy to, finally, international literary fame. Beautifully capturing the color and power of the New Zealand landscape, the film earned Campion a sweep of her country’s film awards and the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Lizzie Francke, Lee Unkrich, Miranda July, Dominique Martinez, Frances Morgan.
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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, Manuel J. Lombardo, Terry Jones, Yvette Biro.
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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, Ackbar Abbas.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Casque d'or

Casque d'or

Golden Marie (USA title)

1952 / France / 96m / BW / Crime Drama, Melodrama
Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin, Raymond Bussieres, Gaston Modot, Paul Barge, Paul Azais, Loleh Bellon, Claude Castaing, Jean Clarieux
"Jacques Becker lovingly evokes the belle epoque Parisian demimonde in this classic tale of doomed romance. When gangster’s moll Marie (Signoret) falls for reformed criminal Manda (Reggiani), their passion incites an underworld rivalry that leads inexorably to treachery and tragedy. With poignant, nuanced performances and sensuous black-and-white photography, Casque d’or (Golden Marie) is Becker at the height of his cinematic powers—a romantic masterpiece." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Anja Kirschner, Aki Kaurismäki, Kenneth Turan, Peter von Bagh, Jean-Pierre Berthomé.
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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 Andrew Osmond, Manuel Mozos, Michael Dudok de Wit, Diego Luna, Barbara Hammer.
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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.
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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, Sean Byrne.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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, Kazuki Ohmori.
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Limite

Limite

Limit (English title)

1931 / Brazil / 114m / BW / Avant-garde/Experimental, Surrealist Film
Olga Breno, Tatiana Rey, Raul Schnoor, Brutus Pedreira, Carmen (1) Santos, Mario Peixoto, Edgar Brasil, Iolanda Bernardes.
"The only film by novelist Mario Peixoto looks like a summation of 1920s silent avant garde techniques that Peixoto absorbed while in Europe, but launches into new dimensions of synthesis that carries the viewer aloft on the feverish velocity of its inspiration. Peixoto practically exhausts the lexicon of silent cinematography with every shot conceivable from the era, but arranges them in a cascading visual pattern of sharp angles, deceptively vast vistas and sumptuous close-ups of worldly surfaces. I can’t think of another film that savors its shots as much as this one, taking each one in long enough that even mundane images ooze with sinister energies." - Kevin B. Lee, Shooting Down Pictures
Selected by Neville de Almeida, Álvaro Arroba, Eduardo Nunes, Mário Carneiro, Francisco César Filho.
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Hatari!

Hatari!


1962 / USA / 159m / Col / Adventure, Comedy
John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Kruger, Gerard Blain, Red Buttons, Michele Girardon, Bruce Cabot, Valentin de Vargas, Eduard Franz, Eric Rungren
"Marked by the relaxed pace and tone of Hawks' later work, this could easily be seen as Only Angels Have Wings transferred from the Andes to the African bush. There's little plot but plenty of typically Hawksian situations as it follows the travails of a group of safari hunters (preservationists, not killers) working a game reserve… Light, sunny, and effortlessly switching between action and comedy, it also fascinates through its superb footage of the actual capture of the wildlife, in which the danger and the excitement of the chase are beautifully, precisely evoked. All in all, one of those rare films that genuinely constitutes a late masterpiece." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Filipe Furtado, Flavia de la Fuente, Jorge García, Nico Simon, Nuria Vidal.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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, Ekkehard Knörer.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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, Marko Njegic, Thomas Hesterberg, Mark Glaser.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Rushmore

Rushmore


1998 / USA / 93m / Col / Comedy Drama, Coming-of-Age
Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Jason Schwartzman, Seymour Cassel, Brian Cox, Mason Gamble, Sara Tanaka, Stephen McCole, Luke Wilson, Dipak Pallana
"The dazzling sophomore film from Wes Anderson is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy. Tenth grader Max Fischer (Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student—and its least scholarly. He faces expulsion and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (Williams) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Murray, in an award-winning performance). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore defies categorization, capturing the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Jemaine Clement, Todd Gilchrist, Félix Viscarret, Ruben Fleischer, Ryan Fleck.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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, Cheryl Dunye, Chris Butler & Sam Fell, Mike White, Sean Byrne.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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And Life Goes On...

And Life Goes On…

Zendegi va digar hich (original title); Life and Nothing More… (USA title)

1992 / Iran / 108m / Col / Drama, Docudrama
Farhad Kheradmand, Buba Bayour, Hocine Rifahi, Ferhendeh Feydi, Mahrem Feydi, Bahrovz Aydini, Ziya Babai, Mohamed Hocinerouhi, Hocine Khadem, Maassouma Berouana
"Despite its narrative simplicity, this is more complex than Abbas Kiarostami's earlier film, Where Is My Friend's House? (1987). Learning that the region in which he shot Where Is... has been devastated by an earthquake, the director (played by an actor) leaves Tehran, along with his son, to see whether his actors, especially the boy who played Ahmed, have survived… Straddling the divide between fiction and documentary with graceful ease, this is both a subtle study in the ethics of film-making, and a compassionate (but never mawkish or depressing) portrait of courage and determination in the face of overwhelming grief and hardship." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Li Cheuk-to, Heddy Honigmann, Peter von Bagh, Anchalee Chaiworaporn, Ramin Bahrani.
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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.
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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 Rod Stoneman, Ron Peck, Andrew Tracy, Cristián Jiménez, Ho Yuhang.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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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.
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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, Paul Bartel, Bruce Goldstein.
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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.
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Amelie

Amélie

Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (original title)

2001 / France-Germany / 122m / Col / Romance, Comedy
Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta, Serge Merlin, Jamel Debbouze, Claire Maurier, Clotilde Mollet, Yolande Moreau, Flora Guiet
"Basically a faux new-wave romp, Amélie achieves a high-tech remix of the playful narrative digressions in François Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player and the prolix sight gags of Louis Malle's Zazie Dans le Metro. Jeunet loves nothing better than a pell-mell, wide-angle track into an open screaming mouth. Although there's a surfeit of business—thunderous cuts, convulsive white-outs, split screens, interpolated newsreels, X-ray shots, annotated frames, exaggerated sound effects—much of it is funny. Indeed, the manic pace serves to mitigate the movie's cloying sentimentality." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Selected by Hind Mezaina, Jean-Marc Vallée, Richard Woolley, Myrna Maakaron, Iain McCaig.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

El Laberinto del fauno (original title)

2006 / Spain-Mexico-USA / 120m / Col / Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Legends
Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Ivana Baquero, Alex Angulo, Doug Jones, Eusebio Lazaro, Paco Vidal, Federico Luppi, Ariadna Gil, Manolo Solo
"Pan's Labyrinth is a transcendent work of art. Del Toro's gratifying surreal and fantastical instincts now have an unstinting moral eye on the world. Saying a filmmaker has matured suggests that he's forgone what made him so entertaining in the first place. But in evolving with this voluptuously realized film, with its omnipresent dangers, Del Toro has simply refined the deftness of his storytelling. A beautiful film about ugliness, Pan's Labyrinth is still pure del Toro (the insects and slime, for instance, are still here), but he gazes through a grim historical lens." - Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe
Selected by Mark Kermode, David Rooney, Daniel Lindvall, David S. Goyer, Ron Perlman.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate


1962 / USA / 126m / BW / Political Thriller, Paranoid Thriller
Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver, Khigh Dhiegh, James Edwards
"Seen today, The Manchurian Candidate feels astonishingly contemporary; its astringent political satire still bites, and its story has uncanny contemporary echoes… The Manchurian Candidate is inventive and frisky, takes enormous chances with the audience, and plays not like a "classic" but as a work as alive and smart as when it was first released. "It may be," Pauline Kael wrote at the time, "the most sophisticated satire ever made in Hollywood." Yes, because it satirizes no particular target -- left, right, foreign, domestic -- but the very notion that politics can be taken at face value." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Mike Newell, Martin Campbell, F. Gary Gray, Dávid Klág, Colin Trevorrow.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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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 Michael Haneke, Amit Dutta, Andrew Lampert, William E. Jones, Catherine Breillat.
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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.
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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, Pere Gimferrer.
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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.
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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.
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Memento

Memento


2000 / USA / 113m / Col / Mystery, Crime Thriller
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Jr., Stephen Tobolowsky, Harriet Sansom Harris, Callum Keith Rennie, Larry Holden, Russ Fega, Jorja Fox
"From the start — and cheers here to Wally Pfister's camerawork and Dody Dorn's editing — this jolting jigsaw puzzle of a movie grabs you and won't let go… Memento is a movie that demands we trust no one. In only his second film, after 1999's Following, Nolan stages scenes of dizzying suspense that resonate with raw emotion. His reverse action isn't a trick — it's a way to put us inside Leonard's head… Nolan leaps into the wild blue and dares us to leap with him. Go for it." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Lisa Mullen, Mike D'Angelo, Laslo Rojas, James Frazier, Victor J. Morton.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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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.
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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.
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Szegénylegények (original title)

1965 / 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.
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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, Nicholas Meyer, Ronald Neame, Iciar Bollain, Morgan Freeman.
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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.
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The Killing

The Killing


1956 / USA / 85m / BW / Crime Thriller, Film Noir
Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Marie Windsor, Elisha Cook Jr., Ted De Corsia, Timothy Carey, Joseph Sawyer, Jay Adler
"Stanley Kubrick’s account of an ambitious racetrack robbery is one of Hollywood’s tautest, twistiest noirs. Aided by a radically time-shuffling narrative, razor-sharp dialogue from pulp novelist Jim Thompson, and a phenomenal cast of character actors, including Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Timothy Carey, Elisha Cook Jr., and Marie Windsor, The Killing is both a jaunty thriller and a cold-blooded punch to the gut. And with its precise tracking shots and gratifying sense of irony, it’s Kubrick to the core." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Mike Hodges, Roger Michell, Evgeny Gusyatinskiy, Brett Ratner, Iciar Bollain.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Silent Light

Silent Light

Stellet licht (original title)

2007 / Mexico-France-Netherlands / 136m / Col / Psychological Drama, Rural Drama
Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz, Peter Wall, Elisabeth Wall, Jacobo Klassen, Irma Thiessen, Alfredo Thiessen, Daniel Thiessen, Autghe Loewen
"A fictional story about everyday rapture in an isolated Mennonite community in northern Mexico — and performed by a cast of mostly Mennonite nonprofessionals — the film was written, directed and somehow willed into unlikely existence by the extravagantly talented Carlos Reygadas, whose immersion in this exotic world feels so deep and true that it seems like an act of faith. Mr. Reygadas’s faith may be more rooted in his own gifts than in God, but it’s the sheer intensity of this belief — which he confirms with every camera movement — that invests his film with such feeling." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Selected by Zhao Liang, Lisandro Alonso, Andrzej Kolodynski, Daniel Frampton, Jean-Pierre Garcia.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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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.