The 1,000 Greatest Films (1000-901)

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

Land of Silence and Darkness

Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit (original title)
1971 / West Germany / 85m / Col / Illnesses & Disabilities, Documentary
Heinrich Fleischmann, Vladimir Kokol, Fini Straubinger
"A stunning documentary about 56-year-old Fini, blind and deaf since her late teens. After 30 years of being confined to her bed by her mother, she fought to overcome her immense isolation by helping others similarly afflicted. While some of these tragically incommunicable individuals make for painful viewing, Herzog also demonstrates the humour and joys of a day at the zoo, or of a first plane flight, where touch and togetherness in suffering offer the sole but undeniable reason for living. The courage on view is astounding, and Herzog's treatment is never voyeuristic or sentimental, but sensuous and overwhelmingly moving." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Paolo Cherchi Usai, Daniel Talbot, Chiara Zingariello, Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa, Callisto Cosulich.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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The Year of Living Dangerously

The Year of Living Dangerously

1982 / Australia-USA / 115m / Col / Romantic Drama, Political Drama
Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt, Michael Murphy, Bembol Roco, Domingo Landicho, Hermino de Guzman, Bill Kerr, Noel Ferrier, Paul Sonkkila
The Year of Living Dangerously achieves one of the best re-creations of an exotic locale I've ever seen in a movie. It takes us to Indonesia in the middle 1960s, a time when the Sukarno regime was shaky and the war in Vietnam was just heating up… The Year of Living Dangerously is a wonderfully complex film about personalities more than events, and we really share the feeling of living in that place, at that time. It does for Indonesia what Bogdanovich's Saint Jack did for Singapore. The direction is masterful; Weir is as good with quiet little scenes as big, violent ones.” - Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert.comi
Selected by Marc Webb, Anne Sundberg, David Fincher, Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine, Nicole Conn.
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Memories of Murder

Memories of Murder

Salinui chueok (original title)
2003 / South Korea / 132m / Col / Crime, Police Drama
Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Hae-il Park, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeon, Tae-ho Ryu, No-shik Park, Seo-hie Ko, Mi-seon Jeon
"Memories of Murder is based on a series of unsolved murders that took place between 1986-91 in provincial South Korea: ten women were raped and murdered but the killer was never brought to justice. Bong Joon-Ho's remarkable film goes beyond telescoped details of the failed investigation to construct a desolate portrait of the rents in civil society. As two combative detectives - lazy local detective Park and his lean city rival Seo - clash, then gradually discard their contrasting professional principles, Bong tells a devastating story about the failures of both corruption and rigour and suggests a pessimism leeching through Korean society." - David Jays, Sight & Sound
Selected by Chris Fujiwara, Isamu Hirabayashi, Jin Jieli, Shi Wenhua, Terence Chang.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Shoeshine

Shoeshine

Sciuscià (original title); Shoe Shine (alternative title)
1946 / Italy / 93m / BW / Drama, Coming-of-Age
Rinaldo Smordoni, Franco Interlenghi, Annielo Mele, Bruno Ortenzi, Emilio Cigoli, Pacifico Astrologo, Maria Campi, Antonio Carlino, Angelo D'Amico, Francesco De Nicola
"Vittorio De Sica's Shoeshine is a must-see example of Italian neorealist cinema, ranking with such other neorealist classics as De Sica's Bicycle Thieves and Umberto D. and Roberto Rossellini's Rome, Open City . Using nonprofessional actors, De Sica and co-screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, also one of neorealism's leading figures, paint an uncompromising picture of the lives of Italian street children abandoned by their parents at the end of World War II… Like Bicycle Thieves, it combines De Sica's frequent focus on children with his emphasis on post-war social problems." - Hal Erickson, All Movie
Selected by Eugene Green, Pauline Kael, Antonio Termenini, Taggart Siegel, Basil Wright.
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Holiday

Holiday

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

79 primaveras

79 Springs (English title); 79 Springtimes of Ho Chi Minh (alternative English title)
1969 / Cuba / 25m / BW / Short Film, Documentary
"Santiago Alvarez’s portrait of Ho Chi Minh braids beauty and devastation from its opening montage of blooming flowers and bomb clouds. Poring over documentary footage of the Vietnamese leader to search out the signs of bravery, Alvarez tracks Ho's political education from the French communist party to Dien Bien Phu, independence to American incursion. A psychedelic detour into American antiwar protests pairs with mass grief at Ho’s funeral and a wildly experimental finale absorbs violence at the level of the film frame." - Fandor
Selected by Christoph Huber, Gabe Klinger, Laura Waddington, Jim Hillier, Nicole Brenez.
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Deep Red

Deep Red

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

Female Trouble

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

Goodbye South, Goodbye

Nan guo zai jian, nan guo (original title)
1996 / Taiwan / 124m / Col / Drama, Crime Drama
Hsiang Hsi, Kuei-Ying Hsu, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Jack Kao, Ming Kao, Ming Lei, Pi-tung Lien, Giong Lim, Vicky Wei
"Hou Hsiao-hsien's discursive 1996 drama follows the wanderings of Kao, a small-time gangster with big dreams; his sidekick Flathead; their girlfriends Ying and Pretzel; and a motley cast of characters—including a rural cop and a crooked politician—as they struggle to get ahead. We're treated with splendid shots of the countryside, whose beauty is lost on the protagonists: the land they love is a stagnant backwater of urbanized Taipei despoiled by industrialization. Using intimate vignettes and keeping most of the violence offscreen, Hou opens a fascinating window onto modern Taiwan." - Berenice Reynaud, Chicago Reader
Selected by Luca Guadagnino, Tim Sutton, Jacques Audiard, Katja Nicodemus, Bertrand Bonello.
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My Little Loves

My Little Loves

Mes petites amoureuses (original title)
1974 / France / 123m / Col / Drama
Martin Loeb, Jacqueline Dufranne, Jacques Romain, Ingrid Caven, Vincent Testaniere, Roger Rizzi, Anne Stroka, Cirque Muller, Syndra Kahn, Jean-Jacques Bihan
"Following the success of The Mother and the Whore, Jean Eustache was finally able to make the equally personal but vastly different My Little Loves—a portrait of his childhood in the south of France in which every footstep, every gesture, and every visual detail seems drawn directly from the filmmaker’s memory. Young Martin Loeb plays Daniel, Eustache’s thirteen-year-old alter ego, and he figures in every scene of this exquisite chronicle of a “sentimental education.” Beautifully photographed by the great Nestor Almendros, My Little Loves reaches its emotional climax during an extended scene in which Daniel gets his first kiss in a movie theater showing Pandora and the Flying Dutchman." - Harvard Film Archive
Selected by Michel Gondry, Ulrich Seidl, Ira Sachs, Laurent Cantet, Pascale Ferran.
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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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Macunaima

Macunaima

1969 / Brazil / 110m / Col / Comedy, Satire
Grande Otelo, Paulo Jose, Jardel Filho, Dina Sfat, Milton Goncalves, Rodolfo Arena, Joana Fomm, Wilza Carla, Hugo Carvana, Leovegildo Cordeiro
"With its over-the-top, farcical acting, its frequent nudity and its hang-loose, anarchic vibe, Macunaíma survives as a gloriously demented artifact of its time. Connoisseurs might detect a touch of Felliniesque rococo, but this magical-realist mock-epic commingles more comfortably in less exalted company, with the films of John Waters and Russ Meyers, perhaps, or with lost episodes of The Monkees. Which is not to say that the film, adapted from a 1928 novel by Mário de Andrade (no relation to the director) is lacking in seriousness. Underneath it all is a meditation on the riddles of Brazilian identity and the agonies of Brazilian politics.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Selected by Sylvie Pierre, Yale Gontijo, Malu De Martino, Vinícius Reis, Andrucha Waddington.
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

1988 / USA / 171m / Col / Erotic Drama, Political Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Derek de Lint, Erland Josephson, Pavel Landovsky, Donald Moffat, Daniel Olbrychski, Laszlo Szabo, Stellan Skarsgard
"Philip Kaufman achieves a delicate, erotic balance with his screen version of Milan Kundera’s “unfilmable” novel. Adapted by Kaufman and Jean-Claude Carrière, the film follows a womanizing surgeon (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he struggles with his free-spirited mistress (Lena Olin) and his childlike wife (Juliette Binoche). An intimate epic, The Unbearable Lightness of Being charts the frontiers of relationships with wit, emotion, and devastating honesty." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Michael Sragow, Thomas Shin, Lee Yiu-wing, Evgeny Tsymbal, Thomas Hesterberg.
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The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven

1960 / USA / 128m / Col / Western, Ensemble Film
Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, Eli Wallach, Horst Buchholz, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Brad Dexter, Vladimir Sokoloff, Rosenda Monteros
"A group of Mexican farmers, tired of being harassed by Eli Wallach and his cruel banditos, hire badass Yul Brynner to assemble a team of gunfighters (Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Charles Bronson among them) in this classic 1960 western adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai… Though lacking some of the depth of Kurosawa's version, it's a marvelous piece of entertainment with tense action complemented by charismatic performances from its stars. It's also a reminder, worth examining in the middle of the summer-movie season, that entertainment on a grand scale doesn't have to jettison good storytelling." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by George Armitage, Michel Hazanavicius, Sathyan Ramesh, John Sayles, David Gritten.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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La Chienne

La Chienne

The Bitch (English title)
1931 / France / 95m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Michel Simon, Janie Marese, Georges Flamant, Roger Gaillard, Romain Bouquet, Pierre Desty, Mlle Doryans, Lucien Mancini, Magdeleine Berubet, Jean Gehret
"Jean Renoir creates an incisive, provocative, and excoriating commentary on human behavior, class structure, and social conduct in La Chienne. Using repeated imagery of mirrors and reflections, Renoir visually underscores the self-entrapping pattern of hypocrisy, treachery, and co-dependency inherent in exploitive human relationships… La Chienne captures the moral ambiguity and underlying inequity of culturally entrenched social customs and rationalized human cruelty." - Acquarello, Strictly Film School
Selected by Jesus Franco, Andy Rector, Tom Milne, Bernard Cohn, Siefried Kracauer.
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Le Bonheur

Le Bonheur

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

O Lucky Man!

1973 / UK / 173m / Col / Comedy, Satire
Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson, Rachel Roberts, Arthur Lowe, Helen Mirren, Graham Crowden, Peter Jeffrey, Dandy Nichols, Mona Washbourne, Anthony Nicholls
"O Lucky Man! begins as an irreverent capitalist satire before springboarding into issues including class struggle, sexual mores, world politics, and meta-commentary on the medium itself… Though its particular brand of deadpan comedy is unmistakably British, O Lucky Man! has a plainspoken surrealism that owes much to Luis Buñuel; both knew that a sense of detachment was the best way to keep the outrageous goings-on in balance. Perhaps Anderson's most inspired touch was to commission Alan Price, late of The Animals, to perform original songs that tie the vignettes together and act as a sort of Greek chorus that comments on the action." - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by Claire Monk, Richard Kuipers, Alex Cox, Jeff Lipsky, John Hinde.
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Hotel Terminus

Hôtel Terminus

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (English title)
1987 / USA / 267m / Col / History, Documentary
Klaus Barbie, Claude Lanzmann, Jeanne Moreau, Marcel Ophüls
"Marcel Ophuls’s fascinating portrait of the Nazi “Butcher of Lyons,” who later went onto work for the U.S. Counterintelligence Corps and pursue a career as a drug and information trafficker in Bolivia, is a worthy successor to Ophuls’s earlier The Sorrow and the Pity. While the format is basically talking-heads interviews with acquaintances and victims of Barbie (as well as other specialists), arranged in order to give a lucid chronological account of his career, Ophuls manages to treat his subject with a great deal of intelligence and irony… This isn’t a work of art in the sense that Shoah is, but it is investigative journalism at its best, solid and penetrating. " - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Radu Jude, Heather Hendershot, James Toback, Pier Marton, Frederick Wiseman.
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Two for the Road

Two for the Road

1967 / UK / 112m / Col / Comedy Drama, Road Movie
Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney, Eleanor Bron, William Daniels, Claude Dauphin, Nadia Gray, Jacqueline Bisset, Georges Descrieres, Gabrielle Middleton, Judy Cornwell
"For her third and final Donen film, Hepburn delivers perhaps her most delicate screen performance as the better half of a couple followed through five stages of their relationship, each centered around separate road trips through the French countryside... The screenplay, by Frederic Raphael, fractures the timeline, intercutting each trip to contrast or complement emotional or visual moments in the couple’s life. The result is quite simply one of the cinema’s most complete and complex examinations of married life, and a high point of Donen’s post-musical career." - Harvard Film Archive
Selected by Amos Poe, Toni Ulled, Harvey Weinstein, Joaquín Oristrell, Edward Margulies.
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Out of Africa

Out of Africa

1985 / USA / 161m / Col / Romantic Epic, Period Film
Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Malick Bowens, Joseph Thiaka, Michael Gough, Rachel Kempson, Stephen Kinyanjui, Suzanna Hamilton
"It has only the vaguest relationship to the life of Isak Dinesen, but that's hardly the point in this kind of lush romantic filmmaking. Sydney Pollack applies craftsmanship and restraint to a classic plot curve of longing, fulfillment, and loss, and although the denouement is a bit overextended, he never yields to facile, insistent sentimentality—his effects are honestly won. Pollack may be the only remaining American filmmaker who knows how to get his money's worth out of movie stars: his handling of Robert Redford brings out his iconographic power without insisting overmuch on the “golden boy” mythology that often clogs up his appearances." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Lars-Olav Beier, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Raoul Coutard, Chus Gutiérrez, Daniel Lee.
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The Devil is a Woman

The Devil is a Woman

1935 / USA / 83m / BW / Romance, Melodrama
Marlene Dietrich, Lionel Atwill, Cesar Romero, Edward Everett Horton, Alison Skipworth, Don Alvarado, Tempe Pigott, Francisco Moreno, Max Barwyn, Eddie Borden
"Sternberg's final film with Dietrich, as precisely aimed as a whiplash to the coccyx… Sternberg adapts the same Pierre Louys novel as Buñuel did for That Obscure Object of Desire, but he does it from the inside, centreing on the experience of two men (a young revolutionary and an older military man) who love Marlene and compulsively submit to the agonies of being rejected by her. Even those who go only for the Dietrich glamour can't miss these underlying tensions, since the stoic acceptance of emotional pain undermines all the surface frivolity. Some will find the glittering cruelty sublime. Unique now, as it was then." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by George Kuchar, Charles Rubinstein, Alain Garsault, Marcel Oms, Olivier Kohn.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

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

The Barefoot Contessa

1954 / USA / 128m / Col / Melodrama, Showbiz Drama
Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart, Edmond O'Brien, Marius Goring, Valentina Cortese, Rossano Brazzi, Warren Stevens, Elizabeth Sellars, Franco Interlenghi, Mari Aldon
"Like The Bad and the Beautiful, this starts with a funeral, then moves into flashback with three different guides to the scandalous life of a movie queen who started in the Spanish slums and liked to keep her feet in the dirt. Not as incisive as Minnelli's film, but still a heady Mankiewicz brew of Hollywood trash and wit. Also something of a film à clef, in which the millionaire producer is Howard Hughes, there are disguised caricatures (Farouk, the Duke of Windsor), and the Contessa herself is a tactful mixture (mostly Rita Hayworth)." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Jean-Max Mejean, Maroun Bagdadi, Claude Gauteur, Gerard Gozlan, Pascal Pernod.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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My Man Godfrey

My Man Godfrey

1936 / USA / 95m / BW / Screwball Comedy, Sophisticated Comedy
William Powell, Carole Lombard, Gail Patrick, Alice Brady, Eugene Pallette, Alan Mowbray, Mischa Auer, Franklin Pangborn, Grady Sutton, Jane Wyman
"My Man Godfrey, one of the treasures of 1930s screwball comedy, doesn't merely use Lombard and Powell, it loves them… These two actors, who were briefly married (1931-33) before the film was made in 1936, embody personal style in a way that is (to use a cliche that I mean sincerely) effortlessly magical… This movie, and the actors in it, and its style of production, and the system that produced it, and the audiences that loved it, have all been replaced by pop culture of brainless vulgarity. But the movie survives, and to watch it is to be rescued from some people who don't care that it makes a difference ... to some people." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Gráinne Humphreys, Shane Danielsen, Tim Robbins, Frederic Vitoux, Patricia Mazuy.
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The Man Who Fell to Earth

The Man Who Fell to Earth

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

The Only Son

Hitori musuko (original title)
1936 / Japan / 87m / BW / Drama, Family Drama
Chouko Iida, Shin'ichi Himori, Masao Hayama, Yoshiko Tsubouchi, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Chishu Ryu, Tomoko Naniwa, Bakudankozo, Kiyoshi Seino, Eiko Takamatsu
"Yasujiro Ozu’s first talkie, the uncommonly poignant The Only Son is among the Japanese director’s greatest works. In its simple story about a good-natured mother who gives up everything to ensure her son’s education and future, Ozu touches on universal themes of sacrifice, family, love, and disappointment. Spanning many years, The Only Son is a family portrait in miniature, shot and edited with its maker’s customary exquisite control." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Tsai Ming-liang, James Bell, Quentin Turnour, Vic Pratt, Jonathan Rosenbaum.
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Storm Over Asia

Storm Over Asia

Potomok Chingis-Khana (original title)
1928 / USSR / 93m / BW / Drama, Political Drama
Valery Inkijinoff, I. Inkishanov, Aleksandr Chistyakov, I. Dedintsev, Viktor Tsoppi, F. Ivanov, V. Pro, Boris Barnet, K. Gurnyak, Anna Sudakevich
"Pudovkin's last great silent film… Potomok Chingis-Khan was savaged by Soviet and American critics alike on its opening in 1927 for lacking realism and over-reliance on symbolic devices. Yet today it is recognized as a dynamic narrative, an epic visual poem that effectively demonstrates the power of linked montage to create allegory. Although he made a number of films after Potomok Chingis-Khan, Pudovkin was not able to make the transition to talking pictures. He was at his best as an epic poet employing a purely visual means of expression, and remains of utmost importance to the history of cinema more as a theoretician than as a filmmaker." - Stephen L. Hanson, Film Reference
Selected by Monte Hellman, Freddy Buache, Heinz Niemann, Vittorio De Sica, William Dieterle.
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The Match Factory Girl

The Match Factory Girl

Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö (original title)
1990 / Finland-Sweden / 68m / Col / Drama, Psychological Drama
Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Esko Nikkari, Vesa Vierikko, Reijo Taipale, Silu Seppala, Outi Maenpaa, Marja Packalen, Richard Reitinger, Helka Viljanen
"Kaurismäki took his penchant for despairing character studies to unspeakably grim depths in the shockingly entertaining The Match Factory Girl. Kati Outinen is memorably impenetrable as Iris, whose grinding days as a cog in a factory wheel, and nights as a neglected daughter living with her parents, ultimately send her over the edge. Yet despite her transgressions, Kaurismäki makes Iris a compelling, even sympathetic figure." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Andreas Dresen, Lin Shifeng, Lenny Abrahamson, Ulrich Gregor, Eric Derobert.
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Pink Floyd: The Wall

Pink Floyd: The Wall

1982 / UK / 99m / Col / Rock Musical, Psychological Drama
Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson, Eleanor David, Kevin McKeon, Bob Hoskins, David Bingham, Jenny Wright, Alex McAvoy, Ellis Dale
"This isn't the most fun to listen to and some viewers don't find it to much fun to watch, but the 1982 film is without question the best of all serious fiction films devoted to rock… Alan Parker, a director who seemed to deliberately choose widely varied projects, here collaborates with Gerald Scarfe, a biting British political caricaturist, to make what is essentially an experimental indie. It combines wickedly powerful animation with a surrealistic trip through the memory and hallucinations of an overdosing rock star. It touches on sex, nuclear disarmament, the agony of warfare, childhood feelings of abandonment, the hero's deep unease about women, and the life style of a rock star at the end of his rope." - Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert.com
Selected by Jan Sverák, Li Hongyu, Ng Yuet-wah, Serdar Akbiyik, Uygar Şirin.
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Second Breath

Second Breath

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

Hyènes

Hyenas (English title)
1992 / Senegal / 110m / Col / Drama, Rural Drama
Ami Diakhate, Djibril Diop Mambety, Mansour Diouf, Calgou Fall, Faly Gueye, Mamadou Mahourédia Gueye, Issa Ramagelissa Samb
"In Touki-Bouki and other films, Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety has expressed a bitter sense that European and American capitalism has destroyed traditional values in Africa… The theme arises again in Mambety's funny, barbed parable, Hyenas. Hyenas is seductively filmed, playing in spare but stunning ways on the colors of its setting, a remote desert village… Hyenas is infused with a bitterly funny edge as Mambety twists the focus from one element of human folly to another, ultimately revealing a cynical vision of people selling out while packs of hyenas, vultures and other predators circle the village." - Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by Anja Kirschner, Nashen Moodley, Peter Machen, Carole Wrona, Richard Porton.
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The Naked Spur

The Naked Spur

1953 / USA / 91m / Col / Western, Psychological Western
James Stewart, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell
"An uncharacteristically nasty James Stewart plays an obsessive bounty hunter with Robert Ryan in tow in one of the very best Anthony Mann westerns—which means one of the very best westerns, period. This 1953 film has Janet Leigh in jeans, beautiful location shooting (and Technicolor cinematography) in the Rockies, and some of the most intense psychological warfare to be found in Mann's angular and anguished oeuvre." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Alberto Morsiani, Blake Lucas, Harald Pauli, Jeffrey M. Anderson, Miguel Marias.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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People on Sunday

People on Sunday

Menschen am Sonntag (original title)
1929 / Germany / 74m / BW / Drama, Slice of Life
Erwin Splettstober, Wolfgang von Walterhausen, Brigitte Borchert, Christl Ehlers, Annie Schreyer, Kurt Gerron, Valeska Gert, Heinrich Gretler, Erno Verebes
"It was one of the earliest movies to renounce stars, drama and the other paraphernalia of commercial cinema in favour of a non-professional cast and an unmomentous, everyday storyline. Amazingly, its variety of 'realism' has hardly dated at all. Most of it centres on a Sunday excursion from the bustle of Berlin to a countryside lake, where a bachelor and his married friend drift in and out of flirtations with two young women. Hardly anything happens, but the play of gazes, emotions and counterpoints becomes deeply engrossing. You end up not only learning a lot about life in 1929, but also realising how little sexual mores have changed." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Martin Koerber, Valeska Grisebach, Chen Yifan, Ludwig Gesek, Hans Helmut Prinzler.
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

1962 / UK / 103m / BW / Psychological Drama, Sports Drama
Tom Courtenay, James Bolam, Avis Bunnage, Michael Redgrave, Alec McCowen, Joe Robinson, Topsy Jane, Julia Foster, James Fox, John Thaw
"As with its French equivalents, much of the British New Wave looks horribly dated in a modern context: all that light jazz, casual romantic disaffection and overeager jump-cutting doesn’t really wash with contemporary audiences. But what’s beyond criticism is the commitment to emotional veracity which fuelled films like The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner… The film is anchored in Tom Courtenay’s remarkable, remorseless performance as the eponymous runner Colin, torn between selfishness and sacrifice, class loyalty and commercial gain, impossible victory and inevitable surrender." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Rinaldo Vignati, Chus Gutiérrez, David Roland, Paolo D'Agostini, Roger Dadoun.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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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, Blue Un Sok Kim, Elise Nakhnikian.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Sonatine

Sonatine

1993 / Japan / 94m / Col / Gangster Film, Crime Drama
Takeshi Kitano, Aya Kokumai, Tetsu Watanabe, Masanobu Katsumura, Susumu Terajima, Ren Osugi, Tonbo Zushi, Kenichi Yajima, Eiji Minakata, Houka Kinoshita
"There's a long tradition of gangster films in America—from the original Scarface through GoodFellas and on—that glamorize mob life while simultaneously portraying it as soul-sucking. It's interesting to see that movie tradition reinterpreted, masterfully, in a Japanese setting by Sonatine… Kitano directs, edits, writes, and stars in Sonatine, the story of a Yakuza boss (Kitano) who, as part of a larger campaign against a rival gang, takes a handful of mobsters from Tokyo to Okinawa… Taken together as the story of a man who regains his soul but whose face remains permeated with the knowledge of its inevitable loss, it becomes an artful gangster film, Yakuza poetry, and essential viewing." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by John Michael McDonagh, Alberto Pezzotta, Otani Nobuhiko, Hirokazu Koreeda, Helmut W. Banz.
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Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

The Fast Runner (alternative title); Atanarjuat (alternative title)
2001 / Canada / 172m / Col / Adventure, Romantic Drama
Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeleine Ivalu, Pauloosie Quilitalik, Eugene Ipkarnak, Pakak Innuksuk, Neeve Irngaut, Abraham Ulayuruluk
"Based on an Inuit legend and made almost entirely by Inuit filmmakers, this totally absorbing 172-minute feature, winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes, is exciting not as ethnography but as storytelling, as drama, and as filmmaking… Certainly the plot elements are universal: sexual competition, adultery, murder, pursuit, subterfuge, and justice, all seen in relation to the needs and preservation of a particular community and way of life. This story is set “at the dawn of the first millennium,” but the fact that we tend to forget about historical time frames entirely while watching it is a tribute to its power to grab and hold us." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by S.F. Said, Sophie Mayer, Elise Nakhnikian, Kevin Macdonald, Philip Dodd.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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El Dorado

El Dorado

1966 / USA / 126m / Col / Western, Buddy Film
John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt, Michele Carey, Arthur Hunnicutt, R.G. Armstrong, Edward Asner, Paul Fix, Christopher George
"Hawks' effortless Western gathers together a gunfighter, a drunken sheriff, a young hopeful, a couple of tough women, and sets them up in a jail, fighting for their lives against a cattle baron and his hired killers. Sounds familiar? In many ways the plot resembles Hawks' earlier Rio Bravo, and several of the themes are again present: the importance of group solidarity, self-respect, professionalism, and acceptance of others' faults… This is an old man's movie only in the sense that it deals with the problems of approaching the valley of death. In other words, it's a witty, exciting and deeply moving masterpiece." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Fred Camper, José Luis Cienfuegos, Fernando Guillen, Francesco Blanquer, Frank Arnold.
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Sawdust and Tinsel

Sawdust and Tinsel

Gycklarnas afton (original title)
1953 / Sweden / 92m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Harriet Andersson, Ake Gronberg, Hasse Ekman, Anders Ek, Gudrun Brost, Annika Tretow, Erik Strandmark, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Curt Lowgren, Kiki
"Ingmar Bergman presents the battle of the sexes as a ramshackle, grotesque carnival in Sawdust and Tinsel, one of the late master’s most vivid early works. The story of the charged relationship between a turn-of-the-century traveling circus owner (Grönberg) and his performer girlfriend (Andersson), the film features dreamlike detours and twisted psychosexual power plays that presage the director’s Smiles of a Summer Night and The Seventh Seal, works that would soon change the landscape of art cinema forever." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by John Sayles, Alejandro G. Calvo, Catherine Breillat, Eva Zaoralova, Rogerio Sganzerla.
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The Battle of Chile: Part 2

The Battle of Chile: Part 2

La Batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Segunda parte: El golpe de estado (original title); The Battle of Chile: The Coup d'Etat (alternative title)
1976 / Cuba-Chile-France / 88m / BW / Politics & Government, Documentary
Abilio Fernandez
"A present-tense record of nation-splitting turmoil, Patricio Guzmán's monumental documentary The Battle of Chile remains a landmark of activist cinema. Chronicling the events leading to the overthrow of Salvador Allende's democratically elected socialist regime by a conservative military coup, it offers a staggering blend of history and narrative…. Violence intensifies in the second part (The Coup d'Etat) as Allende's government is besieged by business-controlled strikes and finally taken down by the Nixon/Kissinger-backed 1973 junta that placed Augusto Pinochet in power. Edited from bits of often risky coverage taken during the period, the first two parts have the force of an early Rossellini picture.” - Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
Selected by Karen Cooper, Gerald Peary, Allan Sekula, Rob White, Josu Martinez.
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Pepe le Moko

Pépé le Moko

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

Syndromes and a Century

Sang sattawat (original title)
2006 / Thailand-France-Austria-Netherlands / 105m / Col / Drama, Ensemble Film
Nantarat Sawaddikul, Jaruchai Iamaram, Nu Nimsomboon, Arkanae Cherkam, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Jenjira Pongpas, Sophon Pukanok, Manasanant Porndispong, Wanna Wattanajinda, Apirak Mittrpracha
"Profoundly mysterious, erotic, funny, gentle, playful, utterly distinctive… Syndromes and a Century is a poem on screen: a film of ideas and visual tropes that upends conventional narrative expectations… It's a movie to be compared with the work of Antonioni - or Sergei Parajanov… If you want a film as challenging and exhilarating as the most weird and wonderful exhibition at Tate Modern, if you are bored with all the usual boilerplate material coming out of Hollywood, or even if you're not, then this is a film for you. Try it." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Jonathan Romney, May Adadol Ingawanij, Diego Lerer, Sarah Turner, Aditya Assarat.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Ten

Ten

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

The Phantom Carriage

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

Heaven Can Wait

1943 / USA / 112m / Col / Comedy Drama, Fantasy Comedy
Don Ameche, Gene Tierney, Charles Coburn, Marjorie Main, Laird Cregar, Spring Byington, Allyn Joslyn, Eugene Pallette, Signe Hasso, Louis Calhern
"Deceased turn-of-the-century playboy Henry Van Cleve (Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter the gates of hell. Though the devil doubts that Henry’s sins qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursuing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha (Tierney) notwithstanding. Ernst Lubitsch’s Heaven Can Wait, nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, is an enduring classic that showcases his trademark blend of wit, urbanity, and grace." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Joanna Gleason, An Ying, Ni Shenjing, Ye Yueyu, Lorenzo Codelli.
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Late Autumn

Late Autumn

Akibiyori (original title)
1960 / Japan / 127m / Col / Drama, Family Drama
Setsuko Hara, Yoko Tsukasa, Mariko Okada, Keiji Sada, Miyuki Kuwano, Shinichiro Mikami, Shin Saburi, Chishu Ryu, Nobuo Nakamura, Ryuji Kita
"Marriage? It’s all right for some… That’s Yasujiro Ozu’s measured assessment in this bittersweet late masterpiece… Thanks to the richly saturated Agfacolor and Ozu’s genius for expressive colour co-ordination, the film offers as much pure aesthetic pleasure as, say, Wong Kar-Wai, but it’s ultimately on a human level that it’s most affecting. Marriage might take the edge off the loneliness of growing old, but it separates parents from children and unwittingly loosens friendships. Hara’s undemonstrative yet knowing half-smile in the final scene registers the inevitable paradox of loving and losing. Cinema that speaks to the soul " - Trevor Johnston, Time Out
Selected by Adrian Danks, Stefan Droessler, Stefan Grissemann, Francisco Llinas, Ni Shenjing.
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The Insider

The Insider

1999 / USA / 155m / Col / Drama, Docudrama
Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Lindsay Crouse, Debi Mazar, Stephen Tobolowsky, Colm Feore, Bruce McGill
"The Insider is a long, slow, meditative look at the way truth is sacrificed in the name of business, and it's a better movie for possessing those qualities. Directed by Michael Mann, whose odd, stylized distance has rarely found a better vehicle, the film details the true story of the tumultuous relationship between a 60 Minutes producer (Pacino) and a former tobacco-company scientist (Crowe) with potentially damaging confidential information… Never painting things in simple black and white, Mann avoids moralizing, allowing the dilemmas of his characters to raise the issues he refuses to state explicitly." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by Andrew Haigh, Suzana Amaral, Tony Macklin, Ralph Ziman, Daniel Lindvall.
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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, Gus Van Sant, Ed Park, Anton Bitel, David Sorfa.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

Ensayo de un crimen (original title)
1955 / Mexico / 91m / BW / Crime Comedy, Satire
Ernesto Alonso, Miroslava, Ariadna Welter, Rita Macedo, Rodolfo Landa, Andrea Palma, Carlos Riquelme, Leonor Llausas, Eva Calvo, Jose Maria Linares-Rivas
"Buñuel marshals all of his characteristic amoral wit in this tale of a would-be murderer frustrated at every turn in his efforts to get his kicks from a successful sex killing. As usual, the master eschews the visual fussiness of 'style', opting for the straightforward camera set-up at all times. The use of props like the toy music box from his childhood which triggers off Archibaldo's lust, and the wax dummy burned after one of his attempts is thwarted, is all the more stunning (and hilarious) as a result." - Rod McShane, Time Out
Selected by Paul Mayersberg, Steve Gravestock, José Luis Borau, Ángel Sala, Albert Montagne.
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Le Trou

Le Trou

The Hole (original title)
1959 / France-Italy / 140m / BW / Prison Film, Crime Drama
Philippe Leroy, Marc Michel, Jean Keraudy, Raymond Meunier, Michel Constantin, Andre Bervil, Jean-Paul Coquelin, Eddy Rasimi, Catherine Spaak, Dominique Zardi
"A secular response to Bresson's A Man Escaped. No question of grace here, simply of grind and grime as four prisoners - joined and eventually betrayed by a fifth - laboriously tunnel their way to a derisory glimpse of freedom. Telling a true story, Becker maintains a low-key approach, courting reality, avoiding music in favour of natural sound, constantly stressing the sheer physicality. Yet there is more than a touch of Bresson (even more, however, of Becker's mentor Renoir) to the close-ups which punctuate the evolving relationship between the escapees… Classical in its intense simplicity, this is certainly Becker's most perfectly crafted film." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Joe Lawlor, Yang Shupeng, Laurent Vachaud, Carlos Aguilar, Fanny Lignon.
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Avatar

Avatar

2009 / USA-UK / 161m / Col / Science Fiction, Sci-Fi Action
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Joel Moore, C.C.H. Pounder, Stephen Lang
"Avatar is not simply a sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough. It has a flat-out Green and anti-war message. It is predestined to launch a cult. It contains such visual detailing that it would reward repeating viewings. It invents a new language, Na'vi, as Lord of the Rings did, although mercifully I doubt this one can be spoken by humans, even teenage humans. It creates new movie stars. It is an Event, one of those films you feel you must see to keep up with the conversation." - Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert.com
Selected by Cyrus Frisch, Michael Mann, Roger Corman, Scott MacDonald, Venkateswaran Narayanan.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Van Gogh

Van Gogh

1991 / France / 155m / Col / Drama, Biography
Jacques Dutronc, Alexandra London, Bernard Lecoq, Gerard Sety, Corinne Bourdon, Elsa Zylberstein, Jacques Vidal, Chantal Barbarit, Claudine Ducret, Frederic Bonpart
"This stunningly photographed and skilfully acted film uses an accretion of naturalistic detail to present an emotionally restrained but utterly compelling account of the last three months of Van Gogh's life… Since Pialat has no desire to canonise the artist, there is no attempt to trace the origins and development of his 'creative genius'; nor, avoiding the hazards of biopic cliché, does he seek to illuminate these dark corners of his subject's troubled soul. In the leading role, Dutronc has exactly the right quality of physical frailty and stooped sadness to complement Pialat's beautiful, poignant images." - Nigel Floyd, Time Out
Selected by Li Juchuan, Agnès Varda, Ira Sachs, Pascal Manuel Heu, Gilles Jacob.
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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, Ji Zhi, Sakura Yang, Tim Robey.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Liebelei

Liebelei

1932 / Germany / 88m / BW / Romance, Melodrama
Wolfgang Liebeneiner, Magda Schneider, Luise Ullrich, Carl Esmond, Paul Horbiger, Gustaf Grundgens, Olga Tschechowa, Paul Otto, Abel Tarride, Georges Rigaud
"The earliest of Ophuls' films to be stamped with his unmistakable signature, this tender love story between a young officer and a violinist’s daughter in turn-of-the-century Vienna establishes the director’s recurring theme of the choice between love and desire on the one hand and duty and discipline on the other. An adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s play, Liebelei’s fable of thwarted love features several important early examples of the director's magically gliding mobile camera." - Harvard Film Archive
Selected by David Meeker, Peter von Bagh, Raymond Chirat, Stefan Grissemann, Enno Patalas.
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Midnight Run

Midnight Run

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

Caro diario

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

The Go-Between

1971 / UK / 116m / Col / Romantic Drama, Period Film
Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Dominic Guard, Margaret Leighton, Michael Redgrave, Michael Gough, Edward Fox, Richard Gibson, Simon Hume-Kendall, Roger Lloyd Pack
"Nicely frosted by Joseph Losey's cool precision, this 1971 film, based on a novel by L.P. Hartley, is the primal tale of a young boy who becomes the messenger between a proper English lady (Julie Christie) and the farmer with whom she is having an affair (Alan Bates). It's very much in the tradition of the British “well-made” film, with excellent photography, set decoration, and performances (particularly from the boy, Dominic Guard, and Margaret Leighton). High craft like this can sometimes kill a film (cf The French Lieutenant's Woman), but Losey is able to use its repressive implications to highly expressive ends." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Henry K. Miller, Neil Sinyard, Zhou Xiaowen, Ira Sachs, Jacques Audiard.
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The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (original title)
1926 / Germany / 65m / BW / Children's Fantasy, Animation
"The earliest surviving animated feature is also an example of prodigious artistry in a minimal form. Based on tales of the Arabian Nights, Lotte Reiniger’s film uses silhouette figures photographed in stop-motion against voluptuous backgrounds. A gifted designer as well as a spellbinding storyteller, Reiniger creates a cohesive visual universe through which Prince Achmed rides on his magical horse, wooing a fair princess and battling a host of demons. This silent film may seem like an art film, but it has a zest to entrance any children or adults with open eyes and minds." - Richard Corliss, TIME
Selected by Fu Hongxing, Marina Warner, Nina Menkes, Christoph Hochhäusler, Vassilis Economou.
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La Nuit du carrefour

La Nuit du carrefour

Night at the Crossroads (English title)
1932 / France / 73m / BW / Police Detective Film, Crime Drama
Michael Duran, Georges Koudria, Jane Pierson, Pierre Renoir, Winna Winifried
"The screen's first Simenon adaptation, a wonderfully impenetrable mystery in which a series of murders and murder attempts gradually unravel a tale of star-crossed love and stolen diamonds, centring on a lonely crossroads, a sleazy garage, and a semi-derelict house harbouring an enigmatic, drug-stupefied femme fatale. Shot almost entirely on location and in direct sound, with most of the action taking place at night or in permanently shrouding mists, the whole film is seen and heard as through a glass, darkly… Weird, hallucinating and oddly poetic, it prefigures the treacherous perspectives of the later film noir." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by James Naremore, Cristina Fernandes, Martial Pisani, Gilbert Adair, Edoardo Bruno.
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Le Corbeau

Le Corbeau

The Raven (English title)
1943 / France / 92m / BW / Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Pierre Fresnay, Pierre Larquey, Micheline Francey, Noel Roquevert, Ginette Leclerc, Louis Seigner, Sylvie, Roger Blin, Antoine Balpetre, Jean Brochard
"A mysterious writer of poison-pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau (the Raven), plagues a French provincial town, unwittingly exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community’s calm surface. Made during the Nazi Occupation of France, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Le Corbeau was attacked by the right-wing Vichy regime, the left-wing Resistance press, the Catholic Church, and was banned after the Liberation… Le Corbeau brilliantly captures a spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing turning an occupied French town into a twentieth-century Salem." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Ginette Vincendeau, Danny Leigh, Jacques Zimmer, Jean-Charles Tacchella, Norbert Multeau.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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The American Friend

The American Friend

Der Amerikanische Freund (original title)
1977 / West Germany-France / 125m / Col / Crime Drama, Post-Noir (Modern Noir)
Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Gerard Blain, Lisa Kreuzer, Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller, Peter Lilienthal, Daniel Schmid, Jean Eustache, Rudolf Schundler
"Gripping 1977 American thriller from Wim Wenders that turns back on itself with deadly European irony. Dennis Hopper is an international art smuggler, Bruno Ganz is a Hamburg craftsman. Together they commit a murder and briefly become friends. The film has a fine grasp of tenuous emotional connections in the midst of a crumbling moral universe. Wenders's films (Kings of the Road, Alice in the Cities) are about life on the edge; this is one of his edgiest." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Eran Kolirin, Riri Riza, George Hickenlooper, Petr Kral, Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Duel

Duel

1971 / USA / 90m / Col / Thriller, Road Movie
Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell, Tim Herbert, Charles Peel, Lucille Benson, Gene Dynarski, Alexander Lockwood, Carey Loftin
"Spielberg's first film, superbly scripted by Richard Matheson, made for TV but booking its own place on the big screen: an absolute cracker about a salesman driving along the highway who gradually realises that the huge petrol tanker playfully snapping at his heels - apparently driverless - has more sinister designs. There are no explanations and no motivations, except perhaps for a hint of allegory in the script and an intriguing visual suggestion that this is the old, old battle between the shining, prancing, vulnerable knight and the impervious, lumbering dragon. Simply a rivetingly murderous game of cat and mouse that keeps you on the edge of your seat." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Ferenc Zalaba, Jurica Pavicic, Derek Adams, Kihachi Okamoto, Claude Baigneres.
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News from Home

News from Home

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

Ju Dou

1990 / China-Japan / 95m / Col / Rural Drama, Marriage Drama
Li Wei, Gong Li, Li Bao-Tian, Zhang Yi, Zhen Ji-an, Niu Xingli, Jia Zhaoji, Wu Fa, Ma Chong, Con Zhijun
"The film appealed to me for two reasons. First, because of its unabashed, lurid melodrama, in which the days are filled with scheming and the nights with passion and violence. Second, because of its visual beauty. When the Technicolor company abandoned its classic three-strip process for reproducing color on film, two of its factories were closed down but the third was packed up and sold to China, and that is why the bright colors in the vats of the textile mill will remind you of a brilliance not seen in Hollywood films since the golden age of the MGM musicals. Not that this story would have been very easily set to music." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Riri Riza, Robert Gardner, Goran Gocic, Catriona O'Shaughnessy, Anke Sterneborg.
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Pakeezah

Pakeezah

1972 / India / 150m / Col / Drama
Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari, Raaj Kumar, Veena, D.K. Sapru, Kamal Kapoor, Vijay Laxmi, Jagdish Kanwal, Nadira, Pratima Devi
"This popular musical suggests that, at its best, the much-scorned commercial product of 'Hollywood-Bombay' is equally extraordinary in its own way. A byzantine story (of star-crossed lovers) that proceeds fitfully through the fabulous logic of dreams; luscious colour-scope photography, and a febrile camera craning and tracking restlessly through fairytale locations and sets; and never even a single screen kiss, but instead some of the most brazenly erotic songs and dances you'll ever see on film." - Sheila Johnston, Time Out
Selected by Richard Dyer, Kaleem Aftab, Peter Wollen, Pratibha Parmar, Alexander Horwath.
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Broadway Danny Rose

Broadway Danny Rose

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

The Milky Way

Voie lactée, La (original title)
1969 / France-Italy / 105m / Col / Comedy Religious Drama, Satire
Paul Frankeur, Laurent Terzieff, Alain Cuny, Edith Scob, Bernard Verley, Francois Maistre, Claude Cerval, Muni, Julien Bertheau, Ellen Bahl
"The Milky Way daringly deconstructs contemporary and traditional views on Catholicism with ribald, rambunctious surreality. Two French beggars, present-day pilgrims en route to Spain’s holy city of Santiago de Compostela, serve as Buñuel’s narrators for an anticlerical history of heresy, told with absurdity and filled with images that rank among Buñuel’s most memorable (stigmatic children, crucified nuns) and hilarious (Jesus considering a good shave). A diabolically entertaining look at the mysteries of fanaticism, The Milky Way remains a hotly debated work from cinema’s greatest skeptic." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Carlos Saura, Dorian Branea, Paul Tickell, Slobodan Valentinčič, Gianluigi Bozza.
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The Docks of New York

The Docks of New York

1928 / USA / 76m / BW / Melodrama, Romantic Drama
George Bancroft, Betty Compson, Olga Baclanova, Clyde Cook, Mitchell Lewis, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Guy Oliver, May Foster, Lillian Worth, Richard Alexander
"Roughneck stoker Bill Roberts (Bancroft) gets into all sorts of trouble during a brief shore leave when he falls hard for Mae (Compson), a wise and weary dance-hall girl, in Josef von Sternberg’s evocative portrait of lower-class waterfront folk. Fog-enshrouded cinematography by Harold Rosson (The Wizard of Oz), expressionist set design by Hans Dreier (Sunset Boulevard), and sensual performances by Bancroft and Compson make this one of the legendary director’s finest works, and one of the most exquisitely crafted films of its era." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Dave Kehr, Nathan Lee, Iradj Azimi, Bernard Cohn, Marcel Oms.
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Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex

Edipo re (original title)
1967 / Italy / 110m / Col / Drama, Tragedy
Franco Citti, Silvana Mangano, Carmelo Bene, Alida Valli, Julian Beck, Luciano Bartoli, Francesco Leonetti, Ahmed Belhachmi, Ninetto Davoli, Pier Paolo Pasolini
"Shot in gorgeous natural hues, Oedipus Rex unfolds in its desert settings with primitive grandeur, accompanied by an extraordinary score that includes folk music from Romania and Japan plus additional music composed by Pasolini himself. This Oedipus has a strong ritualistic quality, and the passages of Japanese music heighten this effect, making it seem at times as stylized as a Noh drama. Pasolini was never afraid of the potentially pretentious, and this time his control and his vision were strong and sustained enough to make everything work." - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Selected by Isaki Lacuesta, José Carlos Avellar, Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Masahiro Shinoda, Philip Haas.
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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, Zachary Wigon.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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La Roue

La Roue

The Wheel (English title)
1923 / France / 273m / BW / Melodrama, Psychological Drama
Severin-Mars, Ivy Close, Gabriel de Gravone, Pierre Magnier, Gil Clary, Max Maxudian, Georges Terof
"It’s a working class melodrama with grand swathes of tragedy, intense scenes of destruction, and devastating moments of loss and redemption directed with delicate grace… Gance uses the strength and power of the railroad engines world as muscular metaphors for the drive and the strength of their emotional lives. His cinematic command is even more impressive, drawing upon the full range of graphic effects, from irises to dramatic masking, double exposures to composites… His editing is breathtaking and his frames of pure power are contrasted with delicate images that convey the fragility of the characters and the depth of their feelings." - Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
Selected by Zhang Ling, Michael Brooke, Peter Matthews, John Boorman, Shigehiko Hasumi.
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Lacombe, Lucien

Lacombe, Lucien

1974 / France / 137m / Col / War Drama, Coming-of-Age
Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clement, Holger Lowenadler, Therese Giehse, Stephane Bouy, Loumi Iacobesco, Rene Bouloc, Pierre Decazes, Jean Rougerie, Jacques Rispal
"Louis Malle's drama Lacombe Lucien is one of the most effective films about the capitulation of France to the Nazis during World War II, and one of the most controversial… Shot on actual locales whenever possible in lush, saturated color, with a soundtrack by Django Reinhardt from jazz records of the period, Lacombe Lucien succeeds in bringing the viewer back to a time beyond authentic recall and confronting us with a simple question: what choice would we make in Lucien's position? The result is a disquieting, wholly compelling film, from one of the most original filmmakers in French cinema." - Wheeler Winston Dixon, All Movie
Selected by Li Hongyu, Steve Gravestock, George Sluizer, Paul Bartel, Lin Xudong.
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Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

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

Outskirts

Okraina (original title); Patriots (alternative title)
1933 / USSR / 98m / BW / War Drama, Period Film
Aleksandr Chistyakov, Sergey Komarov, Yelena Kuzmina, Nikolai Bogolyubov, Nikolai Kryuchkov, Hans Klering, Mikhail Zharov, Vladimir Uralsky, Robert Erdman, Andrei Fajt
"Barnet's seminal film harnessed the expressionistic potential of early Soviet sound technique to conjure a gently comic and affecting anti-war masterpiece. Set in an isolated Russian provincial village during World War I, the film portrays the complex relationship that develops between a German prisoner, Hans Klering, and his (for the most part) benign Russian captors. An inventive, lyrical plea for tolerance, the film's themes of divided loyalty and shared humanity are as relevant today as they were in 1933." - Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Selected by Arthur Mas, Tom Luddy, Andrzej Wajda, Nikita Mikhalkov, Gerhard Midding.
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La Collectionneuse

La Collectionneuse

The Collector (English title)
1966 / France / 88m / Col / Comedy Drama, Psychological Drama
Haydee Politoff, Patrick Bauchau, Daniel Pommerulle, Mijanou Bardot, Seymour Hertzberg, Donald Cammell, Alain Jouffroy, Eugene Archer, Annik Morice, Denis Berry
"A bombastic, womanizing art dealer and his painter friend go to a seventeenth-century villa on the Riviera for a relaxing summer getaway. But their idyll is disturbed by the presence of the bohemian Haydée, accused of being a “collector” of men. Rohmer’s first color film, La collectionneuse pushes the Moral Tales into new, darker realms. Yet it is also a grand showcase for the clever and delectably ironic battle-of-the-sexes repartee (in a witty script written by Rohmer and the three main actors) and luscious, effortless Néstor Almendros photography that would define the remainder of the series." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Cate Shortland, Marcelo Alderete, David Pirie, Li Juchuan, Francois Ramasse.
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Diaries, Notes and Sketches

Diaries, Notes and Sketches

Walden (alternative title)
1969 / USA / 177m / Col / Avant-garde/Experimental
Timothy Leary, Ed Emshwiller, Franz Fuenstler, Jack Smith, Mario Montez, Nico, Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol, Judith Malina, Storm De Hirsch
"Celebrating and singing the scene it records, Walden is four years (1964-68) seen through the corybantic 16mm Bolex of Jonas Mekas. The propulsive images, strung together in roughly the same order they were filmed, inaugurated Mekas's ongoing Diaries Notes and Sketches series, a project of autobiography through home movie—or, as he called them, "Just images for myself." The filmmaker-flaneur records dinners, weddings, hustles, and four full cycles of the seasons seen from the Brakhage compound in Colorado, the malevolent industrial badlands of North Jersey, and the lunch counters of slush-pit New York." - Nick Pinkerton, The Village Voice
Selected by Dāvis Sīmanis, Filipe Furtado, Thomas Beard, Eric Thouvenel, Amy Taubin.
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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 Jin Jieli, Xu Zhanxiong, 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 Godfather Part III

The Godfather Part III

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

Gilda

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

Forbidden Planet

1956 / USA / 98m / Col / Science Fiction, Space Adventure
Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman, James Drury, George Wallace, Robert Dix
"By the time Forbidden Planet hit theaters in 1956, aliens, robots, and strange worlds had become commonplace, thanks to B-movies, pulps, and comic books. So how did it become the touchstone science-fiction film of its decade? It thought big. Here was outer space as only the lavish production values of MGM could imagine it, a journey to an alien landscape painted in bold Eastmancolor and stretched across a CinemaScope frame. But it also thought small. Forbidden Planet's characters travel to the far reaches of space to discover boundaries that remain in place no matter where you go. The mind may climb to the stars, but it's hard to shake the beast within." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by John A. Russo, William Malone, Gerard Langlois, Constantin Costa-Gavras, John Carpenter.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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A Diary for Timothy

A Diary for Timothy

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

Audition

Ôdishon (original title)
1999 / Japan-South Korea / 115m / Col / Thriller, Sadistic Horror
Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Miyuki Matsuda, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura, Renji Ishibashi, Toshie Negishi, Ren Osugi, Shigeru Saiki, Ken Teruishi
"Whatever else it may be—a cold-sweat nightmare of male sexual anxiety, a mocking explication of Eros and Thanatos, the best-disguised psychotronic splatter flick in recent memory—Takashi Miike's Audition is first and foremost a lethally poised Venus flytrap of a movie. (If you wish to preserve the purity of the trauma, read no further.) Audition opens as a placid, mournful romantic drama. Rivulets of dread seep in on cue, and the film seems to be heading for a boo-gotcha Grand Guignol pileup. But it doesn't merely morph; after simmering for an eternity, it derails, with spectacular, psychotic force, bulldozing its way toward an almost unwatchable theater of cruelty." - Dennis Lim, The Village Voice
Selected by Antony Burns, James Gunn, Joe Bob Briggs, Claudia Siefen, Danny Boyle.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Gregory's Girl

Gregory's Girl

1980 / UK / 91m / Col / Comedy Drama, Coming-of-Age
John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, Jake D'Arcy, Clare Grogan, Robert Buchanan, Billy Greenless, Alan Love, Caroline Guthrie, Carol Macartney, Allison Forster
"Bill Forsyth's slightly-plotted tale of an ungainly teenager's romantic yearning is arguably the warmest and most thoroughly charming British film to emerge from the dark days of the early 1980s. Though it deals, in its own wryly playful way, with the torture of adolescence, and despite the opening scene, in which Gregory and his mates spy on a nurse undressing, Gregory's Girl is strikingly innocent. No drugs or violence stalk the school playground, and the boys' toilets are the province not of bullies or smokers but of a thriving home-made confectionary business - and a rival venture selling very demure photographs of football heroine Dorothy." - Mark Duguid, BFI Screen Online
Selected by Roger Avary, Mick McConnell, Rainer Knepperges, John Coleman, Geoffrey Macnab.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Run Lola Run

Run Lola Run

Lola rennt (original title)
1998 / Germany / 80m / Col-BW / Thriller, Chase Movie
Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri, Armin Rohde, Joachim Krol, Ludger Pistor, Suzanne von Borsody, Sebastian Schipper, Julia Lindig
"Run Lola Run could very well be the punchiest piece of concept art to ever hit the silver screen, a shock-dose of German existential cinema you can ride. What with its jittery Kieślowskian philosophizing, the film clearly panders to the raver sect. Every beat of Tykwer's thumping score is ferociously cued to the titular heroine's seemingly infinite flights through the streets of Berlin. Perhaps if the film weren't so playfully libidinal, it'd be much more difficult to take the reductive butterfly effect Tykwer hawks to his audience throughout the film. But amid the high-octane flash-forwards that reveal the fates of the film's characters, the film's compassion for life is unmistakable." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Selected by Nicole McControversy, Yang Yuanying, Sakura Yang, Siu Heng, Jian Yi.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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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 Lisandro Alonso, Andrzej Kolodynski, Daniel Frampton, Jean-Pierre Garcia, Ludmila Cvikova.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Gandhi

Gandhi

1982 / UK / 188m / Col / Historical Film, Biography
Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen, Ian Charleson, Athol Fugard, Daniel Day-Lewis
"This is the sort of rare epic film that spans the decades, that uses the proverbial cast of thousands, and yet follows a human thread from beginning to end: Gandhi is no more overwhelmed by the scope of its production than was Gandhi overwhelmed by all the glory of the British Empire. The movie earns comparison with two classic works by David Lean, Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, in its ability to paint a strong human story on a very large canvas." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Naman Ramachandran, Ricardo Darín, Cheng Jihua, Subhash Ghai, Mario Martin.
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Fort Apache

Fort Apache

1948 / USA / 127m / BW / Western, Cavalry Film
Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Shirley Temple, Pedro Armendariz, Ward Bond, George O'Brien, Victor McLaglen, Anna Lee, Irene Rich, John Agar
"The first film of John Ford's “cavalry trilogy”, this marked the beginning of his greatest (and most critically obscure) period. Its dual heroes (Henry Fonda as a West Point martinet and John Wayne as a veteran horse soldier) express Ford's growing ambivalence toward the values and practice of leadership. The nonlinear narrative, with its infinite digressions and asides, is designed less to tell a story than to present a world—a world dense in physical detail and fraught with moral challenges. With Fort Apache, Ford finally withdrew from the Oscar race and entered his own individual aesthetic, isolating himself in the glories and eccentricities of a great artist." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Francisco Algarín Navarro, Piers Handling, Ruy Gardnier, Benito Zambrano, Juan Manuel De Prada.
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Ryan's Daughter

Ryan's Daughter

1970 / UK / 176m / Col / Romantic Drama, Period Film
Sarah Miles, Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, Christopher Jones, John Mills, Leo McKern, Barry Foster, Archie O'Sullivan, Marie Kean, Evin Crowley
"David Lean finally got some madness going in his images with this 1970 production. In 1916 Ireland, Sarah Miles marries tweedy schoolteacher Robert Mitchum (his charisma hidden behind steel-rimmed spectacles), but soon begins an affair with Christopher Jones, a soldier of the occupying British army. It's insanely overproduced in Lean's standard epic style, yet somehow the crazy mismatches in scale contribute to the film's sense of romantic delirium." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Bruce LaBruce, Nanouk Leopold, Patrick Fahy, Eduardo Nunes, Adrian Turner.
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America, America

America, America

The Anatolian Smile (UK title)
1963 / USA / 168m / BW / Drama, Americana
Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Harry Davis, Elena Karam, Lou Antonio, John Marley, Estelle Hemsley, Katharine Balfour, Giorgos Foundas, Gregory Rozakis
"America, America has a sweep and heart that transcends its many shortcomings: Over the sprawling runtime, Kazan conveys the grueling scope of Giallelis’ wayward journey, which only moves forward after going sideways and backward first. But the real hero of America, America is cinematographer Haskell Wexler, whose dramatic lighting and striking black-and-white compositions suggest a better movie might have been made without sound. Giallelis’ story is the story of America writ large, and while it isn’t always convincing in its particulars, it’s stirring in sentiment." - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by Fabio Troncarelli, Pascal Merigeau, Bill Pullman, Ferid Boughedir, Alain Ferrari.
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The Big Parade

The Big Parade

1925 / USA / 141m / BW / War, Drama
John Gilbert, Renee Adoree, Hobart Bosworth, Claire McDowell, Claire Adams, Robert Ober, Tom O'Brien, Karl Dane, Kathleen Key, Rosita Marstini
"A masterpiece, King Vidor's 1925 film about the Great War accomplishes what few war epics ever do: it captures the immense sweep of cataclysmic events while maintaining its focus on the ordinary people whose lives are changed forever by those events. John Gilbert stars in his finest performance, as a young American soldier who finds peace with a French woman (Adoree) amid the dirt and horror of war." - Don Druker, Chicago Reader
Selected by Simon Louvish, Koen van Daele, Fernando Vizcaino Casas, Cecil B. DeMille, Mario Camerini.
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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, Romolo Garai, David S. Goyer, Ron Perlman.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

1971 / USA / 32m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Documentary
"Comprised entirely of autopsy footage shot in a Pittsburgh morgue, The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes is the final installment in Brakhage's Pittsburgh trilogy (including Eyes and Deus Ex)… Leaving the raw immediacy of the autopsy uncontextualised, Brakhage exposes us to both the privileged 'authenticity' of sight and the fragile nature of our own mortality. Like most of Brakhage's work, the subject of The Act Of Seeing With One's Own Eyes is actually the movement of light itself - light bouncing off objects and variations in light as its reflected off of skin, creating its own fluid possibilities with the camera." - Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Selected by Ben Russell, Elena Oroz, Iain Sinclair, Brian Frye, Barbara Hammer.
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L'Enfant Secret

L’Enfant secret

1982 / France / 92m / BW / Romance, Psychological Drama
Anne Wiazemsky, Henri de Maublanc, Xuan Lindenmeyer, Cecile Le Bailly, Elli Medeiros, Philippe Garrel, Ari Boulogne, Benoit Ferreux, Eliane Roy, Bambou
"A man communicates that he has suffered. A filmmaker claims to be testifying for his generation. An experience struggles to become a story. A frozen narrative still burns. Is it a film? If so, then L’Enfant secret bears little resemblance to what passes today as French cinema… What makes French cinema unique is unsummarisable films, works that appear to be pages torn from logbooks or intimate diaries, and a preference for black-and-white and voice-over: Un chant d’amour, Pickpocket, Le Testament d’Orphee, Le Petit Soldat, L’Enfance nue, L’Amour fou, all of Eustache and now L’Enfant secret." - Serge Daney, Rouge
Selected by Quim Casas, Stéphane Delorme, Violeta Kovacsics, Filipe Furtado, Adrian Martin.
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The Thing from Another World

The Thing from Another World

The Thing (alternative title)
1951 / USA / 87m / BW / Science Fiction, Monster Film
Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, James Arness, Douglas Spencer, Dewey Martin, James R. Young, Robert Nichols, William Self, Eduard Franz
"Though the nominal director is Christian Nyby (who was still toiling away at TV movies in the mid-80s), this 1951 science fiction classic is steeped in the personality of its producer, Howard Hawks. The special effects are largely limited to the rubber suit worn by James Arness in the title role, but the film has more frissons than most of today's mega-budget productions, simply because it has the grace to construct a meaningful situation and coherent characters." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by George A. Romero, Mark Jancovich, George Armitage, Gerard Lefort, Lauren Bliss.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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The Naked Island

The Naked Island

Hadaka no shima (original title); The Island (alternative title)
1960 / Japan / 94m / BW / Rural Drama
Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Shinji Tanaka, Masanori Horimoto
"The Naked Island is a fascinating early hybridization of documentary and fiction that takes to an important extreme the focus of Shindo’s early films on Japan’s working classes. An epic yet intimate chronicle of the daily lives and struggles of a farmer family on a remote Inland Sea island, Shindo’s internationally celebrated film revitalized the legacy of Flaherty’s Man of Iran and sharply divided Western critics… Today Shindo’s innovative use of non-actors to restage their own lives seems ahead of its time, equally innovative as the film’s use of a lush yet modernist score and near avoidance of dialogue- another remarkable updating and reinvention of Flaherty’s literary realism." - Harvard Film Archive
Selected by Girish Kasaravalli, Bauyrzhan Nogerbek, Zdena Škapová, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Ilya Veisfeld.
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Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge!

2001 / USA-Australia / 126m / Col / Musical, Romance
Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, Garry McDonald, Jacek Koman, Matthew Whittet, Kerry Walker, Kylie Minogue
"Working with music director Marius DeVries and many of his regular collaborators, he [Luhrmann] has created a wonderful cutting-edge opera. He nods at cinema itself with glimpses of silent movie irising techniques, a beaming man-in-the-moon (straight out of the turn-of-the-century films of Georges Melies), and salutations to great screen divas from Dietrich to Minnelli… It's a wonderful postmodern hug of a movie, and never once do you not know you're watching a movie. But that's the point: Not to lose yourself in the movie, but to be brightly aware of your participation as a viewer. In Luhrmann's vision, that's what the movies are about." - Desson Howe, The Washington Post
Selected by Ahmed Atef, Marwan Hamed, Wei Te-Sheng, Kerem Akca, Pam Cook.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine

1968 / UK / 85m / Col / Animated Musical, Fantasy Adventure
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul Angelis, John Clive, Dick Emery, Geoffrey Hughes, Lance Percival, Peter Batten
"The result, like Fantasia, is a music-based animated film for the ages. The songs sound dramatically better, and the story avoids the usual gee-whiz urgency of so much animation and reflects the same deadpan understatement that the Beatles used in A Hard Day's Night. Perhaps because the Beatles were considered such a draw, perhaps because the songs were counted on to sell the film, there was no agenda to dumb down the material or hard-sell the story. Instead of contrived urgency, there's unpressured whimsy, and the movie exists as pure charm, expressed in fantastical imagery. And then there are the songs." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Gary Thomas, Dana Linssen, Norton Virgien, Frank Arnold, Josef Schnelle.
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Deep End

Deep End

1970 / UK-West Germany / 88m / Col / Drama, Coming-of-Age
Jane Asher, John Moulder-Brown, Diana Dors, Sean Barry-Weske, Erica Beer, Will Danin, Dieter Eppler, Cheryl Hall, Karl Michael Vogler, Christopher Sandford
"One of the all-time great London movies, the splendidly sleazy Deep End definitively proves that it takes an outsider’s eye to really capture the true textures of a city. Written and directed by Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski, the film captures the sexual shenanigans of the staff and clientele of a squalid South London swimming bath… From its Carry On-ish opening, the film morphs into something much more sinister, even segueing into Peeping Tom territory, as Mike’s (Moulder-Brown) love turns to violent fixation. Plus, its ultra-seedy depiction of Soho nightlife is the sort of thing you might find nowadays in a Gaspar Noé movie." - David Jenkins, Time Out
Selected by Jonathan Caouette, Amos Poe, Florence Maillard, Jean-Max Mejean, Agnès Varda.
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Zorns Lemma

Zorns Lemma

1970 / USA / 60m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental
Rosemarie Castoro, Ginger Michels, Marcia Steinbrecher, Twyla Tharp, Susan Weiner, Joyce Wieland
"Zorns Lemma is named after mathematician Max Zorn's "lemma," an axiom which states that given a set of sets, there must be a further set containing a representative item from each individual set… Zorns Lemma established Frampton's importance as an experimental filmmaker. Its commitment to knowledge as the path to enlightenment stood in deliberate opposition to fellow avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage's then-dominant belief that experimental film should strive to attain a pure state of pre-verbal, childlike vision uncorrupted by education." - Tom Vick, All Movie
Selected by Keith Griffiths, Félix García de Villegas Rey, David E. James, Paul Arthur, Michael Snow.