The 1,000 Greatest Films (300-201)

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Killer of Sheep

Killer of Sheep

1977 / USA / 83m / Col / Drama, Family Drama
Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett, Eugene Cherry, Jack Drummond
"Connoisseurs of 1970s independent cinema will relish every moment of this brilliant low-budget feature from Charles Burnett. After many career frustrations, Burnett went on to make To Sleep With Anger in 1990, but this is surely his great film, a masterpiece of unforced, vernacular movie-making. With its gloriously free-wheeling cinematography, pungent improvised dialogue, distinctive ambient sound and dramatic scenes that appear to have been serendipitously discovered by Burnett's camera, this is a hidden gem that sparkles in the light." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Ray Carney, Andy Rector, Andrew Šprah, Billy Woodberry, David Pendleton.
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Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy

1969 / USA / 113m / Col / Urban Drama, Buddy Film
Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro, Barnard Hughes, Jennifer Salt, Ruth White, Gil Rankin, Gary Owens
"The only X-rated movie to win the Best Picture Oscar (the rating has since been commuted to an R), Midnight Cowboy is a brutal bummer about loneliness and destitution, a cinematically adroit Lower Depths, with a stubbled, greasy Dustin Hoffman shivering in his unheated, condemned New York tenement as unsuccessful stud Jon Voight lies depressed and unemployed on the room's single cot… Midnight Cowboy is also a great picture, 113 minutes of stirring stuff, set to the ironic lilt of Jean "Toots" Thielemans's harmonica and Harry Nilsson's theme tune, Everybody's Talkin'." - Desson Howe, Washington Post
Selected by Peter Farrelly, Ray Lawrence, Ryan Fleck, Chris Shepherd, Colin Quinn.
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Back to th Future

Back to the Future

1985 / USA / 116m / Col / Teen Movie, Sci-Fi Comedy
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Claudia Wells, Marc McClure, Wendie Jo Sperber, George DiCenzo, James Tolkan
"Back to the Future stands up on its own as a well-oiled, brilliantly-edited example of new-school, Spielberg-cultivated thrill-craft, one that endures even now that its visual effects and haw-haw references to Pepsi Free and reruns seem as dated as full-service gas stations apparently did in 1985. Its schematic organization of what Marty and Doc need to accomplish and its steadily mounting series of mishaps demonstrating how they can go wrong represent probably the most carefully-scripted blockbuster in Hollywood history, but the movie's real coup is in how it subtly mocks the political pretensions of the era—not the 1950s, but rather the 1980s." - Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
Selected by Anna Smith, Mariano Martín Kairuz, Matthew Vaughn, Anurag Mehta, Destin Daniel Cretton.
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Magnolia

Magnolia

1999 / USA / 188m / Col-BW / Drama, Ensemble Film
Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Jason Robards, Melinda Dillon, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Luis Guzman, Alfred Molina, Michael Murphy
"Magnolia is operatic in its ambition, a great, joyous leap into melodrama and coincidence, with ragged emotions, crimes and punishments, deathbed scenes, romantic dreams, generational turmoil and celestial intervention, all scored to insistent music. It is not a timid film. Paul Thomas Anderson here joins Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich), David O. Russell (Three Kings) and their master, Martin Scorsese (Bringing Out the Dead), in championing an extroverted self-confidence that rejects the timid post-modernism of the 1990s. These are not movies that apologize for their exuberance, or shield themselves with irony against suspicions of sincerity." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Destin Daniel Cretton, Joss Whedon, David Michôd, Xavier Dolan, Chris Shepherd.
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The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

1957 / UK / 161m / Col / War, Drama
William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald, Andre Morell, Geoffrey Horne, Peter Williams, John Boxer, Percy Herbert
"The Bridge on the River Kwai is David Lean's last film not to succumb to bloat. Despite its grand, Oscar-bait stature, the 1957 epic subtly develops its themes about the irrationality of honor and the hypocrisy of Britain's class system without ever compromising its thrilling war narrative. Whereas Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago feel more pictorial than cinematic, The Bridge on the River Kwai carefully builds its psychological tension until it erupts in a blinding flash of sulfur and flame." - Christian Blauvelt, Slant Magazine
Selected by Marc Webb, Craig Brewer, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Nicholas Meyer, Norman Jewison.
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Kings of the Road

Kings of the Road

Im Lauf der Zeit (original title)
1976 / West Germany / 175m / BW / Drama, Road Movie
Rudiger Vogler, Hanns Zischler, Lisa Kreuzer, Rudolf Schundler, Marquard Bohm, Dieter Traier, Franziska Stommer, Patric Kreuzer, Wim Wenders, Peter Kaiser
"There's not much moralising or philosophy behind Kings of the Road, and none of the portentous complications with which Wenders has afflicted us of late (Million Dollar Hotel, for instance). Instead he achieves a palpable sense of time, place and atmosphere, and of how everybody is affected by their tiny spot in history. What could have been a dull work, considering its almost three-hour length and lack of drama, looks as good today as it ever did. Robby Müller, one of the world's most eloquent cinematographers, contributes mightily to this. There is an almost hypnotic quality to the film - Europe's most telling example of the American road movie." - Derek Malcolm, The Guardian
Selected by David Stratton, Nick Roddick, Barbara Scharres, Benjamin Safdie, Henk Camping.
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Berlin Alexanderplatz

Berlin Alexanderplatz

1980 / West Germany-Italy / 894m / Col / Epic, Political Drama
Gunter Lamprecht, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Karin Baal, Franz Buchrieser, Peter Kollek, Brigitte Mira, Mechthild Grossmann, Barbara Valentin, Hans Zander, Yaak Karsunke
"Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s controversial, fifteen-hour-plus Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on Alfred Döblin’s great modernist novel, was the crowning achievement of a prolific director who, at age thirty-four, had already made forty films. Fassbinder’s immersive epic follows the hulking, childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Lamprecht) as he attempts to “become an honest soul” amid the corrosive urban landscape of Weimar-era Germany. With equal parts cynicism and humanity, Fassbinder details a mammoth portrait of a common man struggling to survive in a viciously uncommon time." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Béla Tarr, Jonathan Glazer, Chung Sung-ill, David Hudson, Gerwin Tamsma.
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Distant Voices, Still Lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives

1988 / UK / 85m / Col / Family Drama, Biography
Freda Dowie, Pete Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh, Lorraine Ashbourne, Dean William, Sally Davies, Nathan Walsh, Susan Flanagan, Michael Starke, Vincent MaGuire
"Few British film-makers have dared to attempt such a thoroughly poetic treatment of their native land, and Terence Davies is the only one to have succeeded so spectacularly… Davies casts an unapologetically myth-making eye over his own adolescence in wartime Liverpool, forging primal drama out of father-son conflicts, sisterly solidarity and maternal fortitude. But what really sets his film apart is the stunning power of the images Davies conjures up. Long, stately shots combine with impassioned performances to create a visual tour de force unmatched elsewhere in British cinema… This film is a masterpiece." - Andrew Pulver, The Guardian
Selected by Carlos Reygadas, David Stratton, Mark Cousins, Andrew Pulver, Antonio Santamarina.
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It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night

1934 / USA / 105m / BW / Romantic Comedy, Screwball Comedy
Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Alan Hale, Ward Bond, Henry Wadsworth, Claire McDowell, Arthur Hoyt, Blanche Frederici
"Every line of dialogue is calculated bliss, the chemistry between the leads is magnificent, and the backdrop of Depression-era America allows for a prescient and amusing subplot about how well-heeled urbanites are compelled to misbehave when they have no money in their designer pockets. It’s probably more historically important than it is a masterpiece (the last 20 minutes take the missed connections and misunderstandings an inch too far), but it’s still very easy to fall in love with.." - David Jenkins, Time Out
Selected by Susanne Bier, Kevin Thomas, Chris Knight, Graham Shirley, Juan Antonio García Borrero.
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West Side Story

West Side Story

1961 / USA / 151m / Col / Musical Romance, Juvenile Delinquency Film
Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, Tucker Smith, Simon Oakland, Tony Mordente, Eliot Feld, David Winters
"Dubbed and chemistry-free, the leads are a problem. Even so, it’s impossible to begrudge the vertiginous energy and feeling that make this one of the great American musicals, and one radically told through dance. Jerome Robbins’s legendary choreography needs the biggest screen it can get; when the movie’s firing on all cylinders of music, lyrics and motion (twice: “America” and “Gee, Officer Krupke”) there’s little to touch it." - Tim Robey, The Telegraph
Selected by Andrew Birkin, Will Brooker, Gurinder Chadha, Grégory Valens, Spike Lee.
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The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story

1940 / USA / 112m / BW / Screwball Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Roland Young, Virginia Weidler, Henry Daniell, John Halliday, Mary Nash
"Cukor and Donald Ogden Stewart's evergreen version of Philip Barry's romantic farce, centreing on a socialite wedding threatened by scandal, is a delight from start to finish, with everyone involved working on peak form… Superbly directed by Cukor, the film is a marvel of timing and understated performances, effortlessly transcending its stage origins without ever feeling the need to 'open out' in any way. The wit still sparkles; the ambivalent attitude towards the rich and idle is still resonant; and the moments between Stewart and Hepburn, drunk and flirty on the moonlit terrace, tingle with a real, if rarely explicit, eroticism." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by J.J. Abrams, Ken Hollings, Laura Kern, Bill Rothman, Owen Gleiberman.
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The Last Picture Show

The Last Picture Show

1971 / USA / 118m / BW / Drama, Coming-of-Age
Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, Clu Gulager, Sam Bottoms, Randy Quaid
"The Last Picture Show is one of the key films of the American cinema renaissance of the seventies. Set during the early fifties, in the loneliest Texas nowheresville to ever dust up a movie screen, this aching portrait of a dying West, adapted from Larry McMurtry’s novel, focuses on the daily shuffles of three futureless teens… Featuring evocative black-and-white imagery and profoundly felt performances, this hushed depiction of crumbling American values remains the pivotal film in the career of the invaluable director and film historian Peter Bogdanovich." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Lukas Moodysson, P.J. Hogan, Sofia Coppola, Roberto Manassero, Juan Villegas.
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Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs

1992 / USA / 99m / Col / Crime Thriller, Gangster Film
Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Christopher Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Randy Brooks, Kirk Baltz, Edward Bunker, Quentin Tarantino
"Brilliantly acted by a high-testosterone cast that includes Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, and the charismatic British actor Tim Roth, Reservoir Dogs is funny, thrilling, and so unabashedly violent it both shocks you and leaves you giddy at your own capacity for shock. At the same time, this is an ingeniously plotted 1950s-style heist picture: It's like John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle or Stanley Kubrick's The Killing remade by the Scorsese of Mean Streets." - Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
Selected by Peter Farrelly, Li Shaohong, Constantin Popescu, Gareth Edwards, Matthew Vaughn.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Love Streams

Love Streams

1984 / USA / 141m / Col / Drama, Psychological Drama
Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Diahnne Abbott, Seymour Cassel, Margaret Abbott, Jakob Shaw, Risa Blewitt, Doe Avedon, Tom Badal, Frank Beetson
"A movie that gets better with each viewing… Love Streams is at once a culmination of the director's obsessions and his most atypical film. It's a movie that gives up its mysteries slowly—flirting with theatricality, inserting dream sequences, concluding on a brazenly surreal enigma… The enormously moving interplay between Cassavetes and Rowlands gets at the heart of the performative spectacle unique to his films: an interaction beyond words and gestures… More explicitly metaphysical than the other great Cassavetes films, it nonetheless shares their view of love as a way of life and a form of madness." - Dennis Lim, The Village Voice
Selected by Dennis Lim, Shinji Aoyama, Manu Yáñez-Murillo, Alan Pauls, Fernando F. Croce.
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Le Voyage dans la lune

Le Voyage dans la lune

A Trip to the Moon (English title); Voyage to the Moon (alternative title)
1902 / France / 14m / BW / Science Fiction, Space Adventure
Victor Andre, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet, Jeanne d'Alcy, Henri Delannoy, Depierre, Farjaut, Kelm, Georges Melies
"Partly inspired by Jules Verne's early work of science fiction De la terre à la lune (1865) and by H. G. Wells's prophetic novel The First Men in the Moon (1901), Georges Méliès's Le voyage dans la lune (1902) is remarkable for its imaginative, and continually diverting, narrative development. The serious, didactic purpose of the literary antecedents is ignored to provide an engaging entertainment… Méliès was director, producer, set designer, and leading actor. In his exuberant narrative Méliès successfully mixes traditional stage-craft with his extensive repertory of special effects." - R.F. Cousins, Film Reference
Selected by Pam Cook, Jeff Masino, Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Frank Kessler, Marit Kapla.
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In the Realm of the Senses

In the Realm of the Senses

Ai No Corrida (original title); Empire of the Senses (alternative title)
1976 / Japan-France / 109m / Col / Erotic Drama, Psychological Drama
Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima, Yasuko Matsui, Meika Seri, Kanae Kobayashi, Taiji Tonoyama, Kyoji Kokonoe, Naomi Shiraishi, Hiroko Fuji
"Still censored in its own country, In the Realm of the Senses, by Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, remains one of the most controversial films of all time. A graphic portrayal of insatiable sexual desire, Oshima’s film, set in 1936 and based on a true incident, depicts a man and a woman (Tatsuya Fuji and Eiko Matsuda) consumed by a transcendent, destructive love while living in an era of ever escalating imperialism and governmental control. Less a work of pornography than of politics, In the Realm of the Senses is a brave, taboo-breaking milestone." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Luca Guadagnino, Anchalee Chaiworaporn, Goran Gocic, Katsue Tomiyama, Milcho Manchevski.
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The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums

Zangiku monogatari (original title); The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (alternative title)
1939 / Japan / 143m / BW / Period Film, Romantic Drama
Shotaro Hanayagi, Kokichi Takada, Gonjuro Kawarazaki, Kakuko Mori, Tokusaburo Arashi, Yoko Umemura, Nobuko Fushimi, Kikuko Hanaoka, Kisho Hanayagi, Ryotaro Kawanami
"Not the best known of Kenji Mizoguchi's period masterpieces, but conceivably the greatest. The plot, which oddly resembles that of There's No Business Like Show Business, concerns the rebellious son of a theatrical family devoted to Kabuki who leaves home for many years, perfects his art, aided by a working-class woman who loves him, and eventually returns… Never before nor after (with the possible exception of The 47 Ronin) would Mizoguchi's refusal to use close-ups have more telling effect, and the theme of female sacrifice that informs most of his major works is given a singular resonance and complexity here." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Julian Graffy, Adriano Aprà, Andrei Ujica, Federico Rossin, Shinji Aoyama.
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Unforgiven

Unforgiven

1992 / USA / 127m / Col / Western, Outlaw (Gunfighter) Film
Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris, Jaimz Woolvett, Saul Rubinek, Frances Fisher, Anna Thomson, David Mucci, Anthony James
"Unforgiven is a classic Western for the ages. In his 10th excursion into the genre that made him a star more than 25 years ago, Clint Eastwood has crafted a tense, hard-edged, superbly dramatic yarn that is also an exceedingly intelligent meditation on the West, its myths and its heroes. With its grizzled cast of outstanding actors playing outlaws who have survived their primes, this is unapologetically a mature, contemplative film… Eastwood's telling of this grim, compelling tale is at least as impressive as in his best prior outings as a director -- The Outlaw Josey Wales, Bird and White Hunter, Black Heart." - Todd McCarthy, Variety
Selected by Ti West, Diego Batlle, Pablo Fendrik, Lisa Mullen, Pablo Trapero.
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Three Colours: Red

Three Colours: Red

Trois couleurs: Rouge (original title); Red (alternative title)
1994 / France-Switzerland-Poland / 99m / Col / Psychological Drama, Romantic Drama
Irene Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Federique Feder, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Samuel Le Bihan, Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Benoit Regent, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Marion Stalens
"Krzysztof Kieślowski closes his Three Colors trilogy in grand fashion, with an incandescent meditation on fate and chance, starring Irène Jacob as a sweet-souled yet somber runway model in Geneva whose life dramatically intersects with that of a bitter retired judge, played by Jean‑Louis Trintignant. Meanwhile, just down the street, a seemingly unrelated story of jealousy and betrayal unfolds. Red is an intimate look at forged connections and a splendid final statement from a remarkable filmmaker at the height of his powers." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Sarah Polley, Destin Daniel Cretton, Asghar Farhadi, Tim Lucas, Krzysztof Zanussi.
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The Life of Oharu

The Life of Oharu

Saikaku ichidai onna (original title)
1952 / Japan / 146m / BW / Drama, Period Film
Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichiro Sugai, Toshiro Mifune, Toshiaki Konoe, Kiyoko Tsuji, Hisako Yamane, Jukichi Uno, Eitaro Shindo, Masao Shimizu
"This chronicle of the decline of a woman, from service in the imperial court of 17th-century Japan through exile, concubinage and numerous stages of prostitution, should further enhance Mizoguchi's reputation as the cinema's greatest ever director of women, and one of the most meticulous craftsmen of the period film… It's also an extremely elegant movie whichever way you look at it: tiny details of movement by the actors, beautiful compositions and photography throughout, single fluid takes often serving to state a whole scene." - Rod McShane, Time Out
Selected by Bernard Eisenschitz, David Denby, Joan Mellen, Paolo Mereghetti, Brad Stevens.
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Werckmeister Harmonies

Werckmeister Harmonies

Werckmeister harmóniák (original title)
2000 / Hungary-Germany-France-Switzerland-Italy / 145m / BW / Horror, Psychological Drama
Lars Rudolph, Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla, Janos Derzsi, Djoko Rossich, Tamas Wichmann, Ferenc Killai, Mihaly Kormos, Putyi Horvath, Eva Almassy Albert
"Béla Tarr's Werckmeister Harmonies is a totally sustained immersion in the magisterially bleak, voluptuously monochromatic, undeniably beautiful universe of muddy villages and cell-like rooms that the Hungarian filmmaker has created in collaboration with reclusive novelist László Krasznahorkai… Werckmeister Harmonies is a work of bravura filmmaking—mainly a series of extremely long, largely mobile takes, edited without the normal pattern of shot-countershot. Tarr's camera style has its equivalent in Krasznahorkai's lengthy, convoluted sentences, although the results are quite different. Werckmeister is largely taciturn and anything but literary." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Selected by Peter Hames, Carlos Reygadas, David Michôd, Ben Hopkins, Kata Anna Varo.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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A Touch of Zen

A Touch of Zen

Hsia nu (original title)
1969 / Taiwan / 200m / Col / Martial Arts, Drama
Billy Chan, Ping-yu Chang, Roy Chiao, Shih Chun, Hsue Han, Yin-Chieh Han, Feng Hsu, Ching-Ying Lam, Tien Miao, Peng Tien
"King Hu's remarkable Ming Dynasty epic deliberately makes itself impossible to define, beginning as a ghost story, then turning into a political thriller, and finally becoming a metaphysical battle as the role of the monk Hui-Yuan (Chiao) comes to the fore. Structured like a set of Chinese boxes, twice forcing you to expand your frame of reference and reassess the meaning of what you've seen, it begins with a realistic portrait of life in a sleepy town outside Peking, and ends with extended fantasies of Zen Buddhism in action - and in between has a core of action scenes that transform Peking Opera stagecraft into sheer flights of imagination." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Peter Rist, Alberto Pezzotta, Michael Berry, Okajima Hisashi, Michael Koller.
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The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

1946 / USA / 114m / BW / Mystery, Film Noir
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Elisha Cook Jr., Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Regis Toomey, Louis Jean Heydt, Sonia Darrin, Bob Steele
"Howard Hawks’s movie is a film noir touchstone, and features one of Bogart’s best good-man-in-a-tough-spot performances, alongside the irresistible Lauren Bacall… Don’t try too hard to follow the story, just get swept away by the mood of the film. Revel in watching Bogie and Bacall (married by the time the additional scenes were shot) interact. Enjoy the stunning costumes, the crisp cinematography, the snappy script, the brilliant Max Steiner score." - Eric Brace, Washington Post
Selected by Patrick Keiller, Antonio Santamarina, Brian Dillon, Andrés Di Tella, Geoff Dyer.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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My Night at Maud's

My Night at Maud's

Ma nuit chez Maud (original title); My Night with Maud (alternative title)
1969 / France / 105m / BW / Comedy of Manners, Romantic Drama
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Francoise Fabian, Marie-Christine Barrault, Antoine Vitez, Leonide Kogan, Anne Dubot, Guy Leger, Marie Becker, Marie-Claude Rauzier
"In the brilliantly accomplished centerpiece of Rohmer’s Moral Tales series, Jean-Louis Trintignant plays Jean-Louis, one of the great conflicted figures of sixties cinema. A pious Catholic engineer in his early thirties, he lives by a strict moral code in order to rationalize his world… After spotting the delicate, blonde Françoise at Mass, he vows to make her his wife, although when he unwittingly spends the night at the apartment of the bold, brunette divorcée Maud, his rigid ethical standards are challenged... A breakout hit in the United States, My Night at Maud’s was one of the most influential and talked-about films of the decade." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Chris Fujiwara, Corneliu Porumboiu, Geoff Andrew, Patrick Tam, Eugene Green.
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Videodrome

Videodrome

1983 / Canada / 90m / Col / Media Satire, Sci-Fi Horror
James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Jack Creley, Les Carlson, Lynne Gorman, David Bolt, Lally Cadeau, Harvey Chao
"When Max Renn goes looking for edgy new shows for his sleazy cable TV station, he stumbles across the pirate broadcast of a hyperviolent torture show called Videodrome. As he struggles to unearth the origins of the program, he embarks on a hallucinatory journey… Videodrome is one of writer/director David Cronenberg’s most original and provocative works, fusing social commentary with shocking elements of sex and violence. With groundbreaking special effects makeup by Academy Award®-winner Rick Baker, Videodrome has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and mind-bending science fiction films of the 1980s." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Nicolas Rapold, Vladan Petkovic, Edgar Pêra, Roee Rosen, Erik Skjoldbjærg.
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In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place

1950 / USA / 91m / BW / Psychological Drama, Film Noir
Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Robert Warwick, Jeff Donnell, Martha Stewart, Art Smith, Morris Ankrum, William Ching
"The genre trappings of this noir masterpiece—which details the short-lived relationship between live-wire screenwriter Dixon Steele (Bogart) and his goldilocked muse Laurel Gray (Grahame)—don’t matter a whit. There’s a murder and a mystery, but whodunit? is just the punch line to the gut. Director Nicholas Ray is more interested in examining the ways in which people poison themselves and each other, and it’s not a pretty picture." - Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
Selected by Mike Hodges, Scott Foundas, Stig Bjorkman, Catherine Wheatley, Manu Yáñez-Murillo.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

Nuovo cinema Paradiso (original title)
1988 / Italy-France / 123m / Col / Drama, Coming-of-Age
Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Salvatore Cascio, Mario Leonardi, Agnese Nano, Leopoldo Trieste, Nicola Di Pinto, Nino Terzo, Roberta Lena, Pupella Maggio
"There are films as lovely, but none lovelier than Cinema Paradiso, a folkloric salute to the medium itself, flickering with yesterday's innocence and lingering on the mind like bubbles in wine. Born of director Giuseppe Tornatore's childhood memories, this is a magic lantern in a Sicilian boy's hand, its warm light shed on the riches of life in a poor, stone-built land. It is, in a word, exquisite." - Rita Kempley, Washington Post
Selected by Renny Harlin, Roland Emmerich, Paul Wells, Hind Mezaina, Mohamed Al-Daradji.
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Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood

Kumonosu-jou (original title)
1957 / Japan / 108m / BW / Drama, Samurai Film
Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Minoru Chiaki, Takashi Shimura, Akira Kubo, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Takamaru Sasaki, Kokuten Kodo, Kichijiro Ueda, Eiko Miyoshi
"One of the most celebrated screen adaptations of Shakespeare into film, Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood reimagines Macbeth in feudal Japan. Starring Kurosawa’s longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife, the film tells of a valiant warrior’s savage rise to power and his ignominious fall. With Throne of Blood, Kurosawa fuses one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies with the formal elements of Japanese Noh theater to make a Macbeth that is all his own—a classic tale of ambition and duplicity set against a ghostly landscape of fog and inescapable doom." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Agnieszka Holland, Clare Stewart, Nandini Ramnath, Moinak Biswas, Miroslaw Przylipiak.
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The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner

1940 / USA / 97m / BW / Comedy, Romance
James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut, Sara Haden, Felix Bressart, William Tracy, Inez Courtney, Charles Halton, Charles Smith
"This 1940 film is one of Ernst Lubitsch's finest and most enduring works, a romantic comedy of dazzling range that takes place almost entirely within the four walls of a leather-goods store in prewar Budapest. James Stewart is the earnest, slightly awkward young manager; Margaret Sullavan is the new sales clerk who gets on his nerves… The romance proceeds through Lubitsch's brilliant deployment of point of view, allowing the audience to enter the perceptions of each individual character at exactly the right moment to develop maximum sympathy and suspense." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by David Thomson, Molly Haskell, Scott Foundas, Andrew Tracy, Whit Stillman.
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The Wages of Fear

The Wages of Fear

Le Salaire de la peur (original title)
1953 / France-Italy / 105m / BW / Thriller, Adventure Drama
Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter Van Eyck, Vera Clouzot, Folco Lulli, Dario Moreno, William Tubbs, Jo Dest, Antonio Centa, Louis de Lima
"In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. As they ferry their explosive cargo to a faraway oil fire, each bump and jolt tests their courage, their friendship, and their nerves. The result is one of the greatest thrillers ever committed to celluloid, a white-knuckle ride from France’s legendary master of suspense, Henri-Georges Clouzot." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Steve McQueen, John Sayles, Chris Shepherd, Péter Muszatics, Dave Calhoun.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Johnny Guitar

Johnny Guitar

1954 / USA / 110m / Col / Western, Psychological Western
Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady, Ward Bond, John Carradine, Ernest Borgnine, Ben Cooper, Royal Dano, Frank Ferguson
"Taking a story about two gutsy, gun-totin' matriarchs squabbling over the men they love and the ownership of a gambling saloon, Ray plays havoc with Western conventions… Love and hate, prostitution and frustration, domination and humiliation are woven into a hypnotic Freudian web of shifting relationships, illuminated by the director's precise, symbolic use of colour, and strung together with an unerring sense of pace. The whole thing is weird, hysterical, and quite unlike anything else in the history of the cowboy film." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Shinji Aoyama, Albert Serra, Massimo Causo, Dávid Klág, Christine Molloy.
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Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude

1971 / USA / 90m / Col / Black Comedy, Coming-of-Age
Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer, Eric Christmas, G. Wood, Judy Engles, Shari Summers
"With the idiosyncratic American fable Harold and Maude, countercultural director Hal Ashby fashioned what would become the cult classic of its era. Working from a script by Colin Higgins, Ashby tells the story of the emotional and romantic bond between a death-obsessed young man (Cort) from a wealthy family and a devil-may-care, bohemian octogenarian (Gordon). Equal parts gallows humor and romantic innocence, Harold and Maude dissolves the line between darkness and light along with the ones that separate people by class, gender, and age, and it features indelible performances and a remarkable soundtrack by Cat Stevens." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by George Clooney, Jason Reitman, Cyrus Frisch, Niki Caro, Drake Doremus.
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Day of Wrath

Day of Wrath

Vredens dag (original title)
1943 / Denmark / 110m / BW / Period Film, Psychological Drama
Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Movin, Sigrid Neiiendam, Preben Lerdorff, Albert Hoeberg, Anna Svierkier, Olaf Ussing, Sigurd Berg, Harald Holst, Preben Neergaard
"Filmed during the Nazi occupation of Denmark, Carl Dreyer’s Day of Wrath is a harrowing account of individual helplessness in the face of growing social repression and paranoia. Anna, the young second wife of a well-respected but much older pastor, falls in love with her stepson when he returns to their small seventeenth-century village. Stepping outside the bounds of the village’s harsh moral code has disastrous results. Exquisitely photographed and passionately acted, Day of Wrath remains an intense, unforgettable experience." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Philip Kemp, Tom Gunning, David Rudkin, John Flaus, John Hill.
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Tabu

Tabu

Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (original title)
1931 / USA / 82m / BW / Romance, Docudrama
Anne Chevalier, Matahi, Hitu, Bill Bambridge, Jules, Ah Fong
"Murnau's last film was begun as a collaboration with the documentarist Robert Flaherty, but resolved itself into Murnau's purest and least inhibited celebration of physical sensuality and love. Its plot is a simple Pacific islands folk tale: a young man and woman fall in love, thereby violating a local taboo, and their romance ends in inevitable tragedy. The film is a rhapsody of textures and an exceptionally sensuous play of light, rhythm and composition… Fetishistic to a degree, the film is none the less never patronising to its subject or its actors. It plays as a pre-colonial anachronism, rather like one of Melville's South Seas novels. It's extremely beautiful." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Miguel Gomes, Rudolf Thome, Enrique Bolado, Florence Maillard, Francisco Algarín Navarro.
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El Verdugo

El Verdugo

Not on Your Life (English title); Executioner (alternative title)
1963 / Spain-Italy / 90m / BW / Comedy Drama, Black Comedy
Nino Manfredi, Emma Penella, Jose Isbert, Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez, Angel Alvarez, Guido Alberti, Julia Caba Alba, Maria Luisa Ponte, Maria Isbert, Erasmo Pascual
"Although his projects were often halted and cut by censors during the dictatorship, Berlanga managed to challenge the Franco myth through comedy, ridiculing Spanish foibles with chaotic farces and outlandish sight gags... His finest film, El Verdugo is a somewhat Buñuelian black tragicomedy about a mild-mannered undertaker's assistant who, through a bizarre series of circumstances, becomes a public executioner. Formally Berlanga's most elegant film, it was shot by Pasolini and Leone's cinematographer, the great Tonino Delli Colli. Despite censor cuts, Verdugo remains a powerful condemnation of capital punishment and the Francoist myths of duty and patriotism." - Elliott Stein, The Village Voice
Selected by Carlos Reygadas, Pedro Almodóvar, Fernando Colomo, Pablo Stoll, Nuria Vidal.
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Freaks

Freaks

1932 / USA / 64m / BW / Melodrama, Psychological Thriller
Harry Earles, Olga Baclanova, Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Henry Victor, Daisy Earles, Roscoe Ates, Rose Dione, Daisy Hilton, Violet Hilton
"Freaks uses authentic circus performers and unapologetically exploits their real genetic malformations in a melodramatic masterpiece of black comic horror. A scheming trapeze artist marries a circus midget for his money; his fellow performers welcome her as an honorary "freak" and their chanting ritual - gabba gabba, one of us! - left me gasping… What cultural references are there for this? Poe? David Lynch? Antonin Artaud? Diane Arbus? Maybe. Freaks is filled with poignancy; it offers a premonition of eugenics, as well as a provocative comparison with the alienated condition of women and the freakish nature of all showbiz celebrity. It is a work of genius." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Guillermo Del Toro, Werner Herzog, Bálint Szalóky, Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Simon Rumley.
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Broken Blossoms

Broken Blossoms

Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (alternative title)
1919 / USA / 90m / BW / Melodrama, Romantic Drama
Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, Arthur Howard, Edward Peil Sr., George Andre Beranger, Norman Selby, Ernest Butterworth, Fred Hamer, Wilbur Higby
"One of D.W. Griffith's most beautiful films, about the chaste love of a Chinese man (Barthelmess) for the frail daughter (Gish) of a loutish boxer. It perfectly fuses all the elements of Griffith's style: tender drama played off against scenes of violence; a rich, operatic sense of character and emotion; and a dreamlike acting style, given particular force by the subtlety of Gish's performance and the strength of Barthelmess's. Not to be missed." - Don Druker, Chicago Reader
Selected by Fernando F. Croce, Bahman Motamedian, Erica Gregor, Filipe Furtado, Jesús Piquero.
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The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

1941 / USA / 100m / BW / Mystery, Film Noir
Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Elisha Cook Jr., Lee Patrick, Ward Bond, Jerome Cowan
"Huston's first film displays the hallmarks that were to distinguish his later work: the mocking attitude toward human greed; the cavalier insolence with which plot details are treated almost as asides; the delight in bizarre characterisations,… What makes it a prototype film noir is the vein of unease missing from the two earlier versions of Hammett's novel. Filmed almost entirely in interiors, it presents a claustrophobic world animated by betrayal, perversion and pain." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Geoff Dyer, Jørgen Leth, Klaus Kreimeier, Manthia Diawara, Zhou Jianwei.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

1962 / USA / 129m / BW / Courtroom Drama, Childhood Drama
Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Philip Alford, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy, Brock Peters, Robert Duvall, Ruth White, Estelle Evans
"Robert Mulligan's lovingly crafted recreation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize- winning novel is an outstanding production on many different levels. The Oscar-winning sets by Henry Bumstead and Alexander Golitzen, and gorgeous black-and-white cinematography beautifully evoke the rural Alabama Depression-era setting, providing the perfect backdrop for this quiet-yet-potent study of racism. The suffocating summer heat is reflected in the film's deliberate pacing, which casts a trance over the audience. Horton Foote's Academy Award-winning screenplay is a model of book-to-movie adaptation." - Dan Jardine, All Movie
Selected by Destin Daniel Cretton, Wes Craven, Peter Kosminsky, Joko Anwar, Bálint Szalóky.
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Black God, White Devil

Black God, White Devil

Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (original title)
1964 / Brazil / 110m / BW / Road Movie, Crime Drama
Yona Magalhaes, Geraldo Del Rey, Othon Bastos, Sonia Dos Humildes, Mauricio do Valle, Joao Gama, Marrom, Antonio Pinto, Milton Rosa, Lidio Silva
"Rocha's first major film introduced most of the methods, themes and even characters that were developed five years later in his Antonio das Mortes. Set in the drought-plagued Brazilian Sertao in 1940, it explores the climate of superstition, physical and spiritual terrorism and fear that gripped the country… Rocha's project is fundamentally political, and completely unambiguous: he faces up to the contradictions of his country in an effort to understand, to crush mystiques, and to improve." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Garin Nugroho, Pere Portabella, Ambrosio Fornet, Billy Woodberry, Jytte Jensen.
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Husbands

Husbands

1970 / USA / 138m / Col / Drama, Buddy Film
Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Jenny Runacre, Jenny Lee Wright, Noelle Kao, Leola Harlow, Meta Shaw, John Kullers, Delores Delmar
"The term "midlife crisis" became a familiar phrase in the seventies-and in seventies cinema-but when John Cassavetes released Husbands, the term was just being born and the concept just starting to make its way into the movies. Subtitled "A Comedy About Life, Death and Freedom," Husbands follows three middle-aged men (Gazzara, Falk and Cassavetes), long time friends and family men, in the wake of the sudden, premature death of the man who completed their fun-loving group… Husbands is undeniably a personal, provocative and uncompromising vision and a daring journey into the psyche of American men." - Sean Axmaker, TCM
Selected by Yorgos Lanthimos, Ulrich Seidl, Richard Brody, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Andrey Zvyagintsev.
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Pandora's Box

Pandora's Box

Die Büchse der Pandora (original title)
1928 / Germany / 133m / BW / Drama, Melodrama
Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz, Alice Roberts, Krafft Raschig, Gustav Diessl, Daisy d'Ora, Michael von Newlinsky, Siegfried Arno
"One of the masters of early German cinema, G. W. Pabst had an innate talent for discovering actresses (including Greta Garbo). And perhaps none of his female stars shone brighter than Kansas native and onetime Ziegfeld girl Louise Brooks, whose legendary persona was defined by Pabst’s lurid, controversial melodrama Pandora’s Box. Sensationally modern, the film follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent showgirl Lulu, whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone she comes in contact with. Daring and stylish, Pandora’s Box is one of silent cinema’s great masterworks and a testament to Brooks’s dazzling individuality." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Graham Fuller, Noël Burch, Peter Whitehead, Andrew Birkin, Ali Smith.
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ivantheterriblepart1

Ivan the Terrible, Part 1

Ivan Groznyy I (original title)
1944 / USSR / 96m / BW / Historical Film, Biography
Nikolai Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman, Mikhail Nazvanov, Mikhail Zharov, Amvrosi Buchma, Mikhail Kuznetsov, Pavel Kadochnikov, Andrei Abrikosov, Aleksandr Mgebrov
"Part I takes up the history of Ivan when he is about to take on the trappings of the Byzantine Emperors and the title of Czar (Caesar) instead of the title of his predecessors—Grand Prince of Moscow. The first scene shows his second coronation—that as Czar. This scene also sets the style of the trilogy… Further, the first scene acts as a sort of overture introducing the three main themes of the trilogy: the personal life of Ivan; domestic problems within Russia and foreign problems of war and trade. The interweaving of these themes into a complex tapestry makes Part I one of the supreme masterpieces of cinematic art." - Rodney Farnsworth, Film Reference
Selected by Joan Mellen, Kristin Thompson, Ian Christie, Hal Hartley, Luo Jin.
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The World of Apu

The World of Apu

Apur Sansar (original title)
1959 / India / 103m / BW / Drama, Family Drama
Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Swapan Mukherji, S. Alke Chakravarty, Alok Chakravarty, Dhiresh Majumdar, Sefalika Devi, Dhiren Ghosh, Balarani, Shanti Bhattacherjee
"The third installment in Satyajit Ray's internationally acclaimed Apu Trilogy, The World of Apu displays all of Ray's trademark restraint and lyricism… Like the neorealists, Ray leaves his takes long, shoots on location, and employs non-actors, creating a beautifully wrought film that unfolds at an unhurried pace and focuses on simple moments of everyday life… Rarely has a film so eloquently and sensitively captured young love, even though barely a word is exchanged. The World of Apu is a profound and deeply moving exploration of the human condition, exuding a transcendent wisdom rarely seen in cinema outside of the works of Yasujiro Ozu or Robert Bresson." - Jonathan Crow, All Movie
Selected by Allan Arkush, Rachel Dwyer, Rolf De Heer, Stephanie Zacharek, Luciano Barisone.
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Germany, Year Zero

Germany, Year Zero

Germania anno zero (original title)
1947 / Italy-West Germany / 74m / BW / War Drama, Childhood Drama
Edmund Moeschke, Ernst Pittschau, Barbara Hintz, Ingetraud Hinze, Franz-Otto Kruger, Erich Guhne, Alexandra Manys, Babsi Schultz-Reckewell, Hans Sangen, Hedi Blankner
"Roberto Rossellini followed Open City and Paisan with this film, the final chapter in what's come to be known as his “War Trilogy.” Filmed in the bombed-out Berlin of 1947, it deals with the aftermath of the war, a pervading moral crisis, and the fate of a young German boy. To the critics of the time, it seemed that Rossellini had betrayed the tenets of neorealism by introducing melodrama, an elliptical narrative, and intimations of a Christian consciousness. It now appears as Rossellini's first mature work, pointing to his masterpieces of the 50s." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Amos Gitai, Jean Narboni, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Michael Haneke, Ariel Schweitzer.
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Touki Bouki

Touki Bouki

Hyena's Voyage (English title)
1973 / Senegal / 85m / Col / Drama, Road Movie
Magaye Niang, Mareme Niang, Aminata Fall, Ousseynou Diop, Christoph Colomb, Ndou Labia, Mustapha Ture
"This 1973 first feature by Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety is one of the greatest of all African films and almost certainly the most experimental. Beautifully shot and strikingly conceived, it follows the comic misadventures of a young motorcyclist and former herdsman (Magaye Niang) who gets involved in petty crimes in Dakar during an attempt to escape to Paris with the woman he loves (Mareme Niang). The title translates as Hyena's Voyage, and among the things that make this film so interesting stylistically are the fantasy sequences involving the couple's projected images of themselves in Paris and elsewhere." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Ryan Gilbey, Keith Shiri, Drake Stutesman, Cameron Bailey, Wanuri Kahiu.
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Zero for Conduct

Zero for Conduct

Zéro de conduite (original title)
1933 / France / 41m / BW / Coming-of-Age, Childhood Drama
Louis Lefevre, Gilbert Pluchon, Gerard de Bedarieux, Jean Daste, Constantine Goldstein-Kehler, Robert Le Flon, le nain Delfin, Louis de Gonzague-Frick, Du Verron, Leon Larive
"So effervescent and charming that one can easily forget its importance in film history, Jean Vigo’s enormously influential portrait of prankish boarding-school students is one of cinema’s great acts of rebellion. Based on the director’s own experiences as a youth, Zéro de conduite presents childhood as a time of unfettered imagination and brazen rule-flouting. It’s a sweet-natured vision of sabotage made vivid by dynamic visual experiments—including the famous, blissful slow-motion pillow fight." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Abel Ferrara, Guy Maddin, Steve McQueen, Gilberto Perez, James Marsh.
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The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (alternative title)
1980 / USA / 124m / Col / Science Fiction, Space Adventure
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Alec Guinness, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz
"The Empire Strikes Back is the best of three Star Wars films, and the most thought-provoking. After the space opera cheerfulness of the original film, this one plunges into darkness and even despair, and surrenders more completely to the underlying mystery of the story. It is because of the emotions stirred in Empire that the entire series takes on a mythic quality that resonates back to the first and ahead to the third. This is the heart." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Ferenc Zalaba, Gyorgy Palfi, Matthew Leyland, John Singleton, Trey Parker.
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La Notte

La Notte

1961 / Italy-France / 120m / BW / Psychological Drama, Marriage Drama
Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, Bernhard Wicki, Rosy Mazzacurati, Maria Puzi Luzi, Guido A. Marsan, Vittorio Bertolini, Vincenzo Corbella, Ugo Fortunati
"An equally stunning follow-up to Michelangelo Antonioni's landmark 1960 film, L'avventura, La Notte explores similar themes of dysfunctional relationships and a seemingly unattainable search for sincere passion. Again, these underlying themes center on a loosely strung, somewhat inconsequential plot, elevated to fascinating heights by the film's meticulous pace and emphasis on visual nuance... Best appreciated when benchmarked against L'avventura's epic qualities and L'eclisse's almost painful austerity, La Notte serves as a perfect medium in terms of both narrative and technique -- engaging and poetic yet simple and direct." - Jason Birchmeier, All Movie
Selected by Girish Kasaravalli, Joachim Trier, Eloísa Solaas, Aaron Katz, Bryan Chang.
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Floating Clouds

Floating Clouds

Ukigumo (original title)
1955 / Japan / 123m / BW / Drama, Urban Drama
Hideko Takamine, Masayuki Mori, Mariko Okada, Isao Yamagata, Chieko Nakakita, Daisuke Kato, Mayuri Mokusho, Roy H. James, Haruna Kaburagi, Nobuo Kaneko
"Mikio Naruse belongs with Ozu and Mizoguchi in the great classical tradition of Japanese cinema… Floating Clouds, which was a huge popular success in Japan and remains his best-loved film today, tells of a young woman's determined love for a man she knows to be worthless; the film piles betrayal upon betrayal, but her hope is never shaken. Naruse's visual style is austere to the point of invisibility; his meanings are contained in his actors' faces and in his distinctive dovetailing of dramatic incidents, a narrative pattern that allows his characters no rest, but affords a strange peace in its constancy." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Ann Hui, Chris Fujiwara, Jean Narboni, Chinlin Hsieh, Daniel Kasman.
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La Belle et la bete

La Belle et la bête

Beauty and the Beast (English title)
1946 / France / 95m / BW / Fairy Tale, Romantic Fantasy
Jean Marais, Josette Day, Marcel Andre, Mila Parely, Nane Germon, Michel Auclair, Raoul Marco, Noel Blin, Jean Cocteau, Christian Marquand
"I'm prepared to entertain the argument that Beauty and the Beast is not Cocteau's most "important" film and that it does have some creaky moments. But it is probably his most perfect, because it speaks to so wide an audience with its intensity of vision and the emotions that it inspires in us… Cocteau was almost 60 when he made Beauty and the Beast, his first full-length feature. But the astonishing fact is that this elderly poet had, and still has, a huge influence on the avant-garde of American film. In worshipping the new in Cocteau, some of them had little idea of the traditions from which his art sprang. But he affected them just the same." - Derek Malcolm, The Guardian
Selected by Carrie Rickey, Guillermo Del Toro, Ken Russell, Dennis Doros, Xavier Dolan.
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Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings

1939 / USA / 121m / BW / Adventure, Buddy Film
Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Sig Ruman, John Carroll, Allyn Joslyn, Noah Beery Jr., Victor Kilian
"Take Hollywood's idea of a small banana republic in Central America, move in on its bar cum rooming-house cum airstrip, focus on the group of people living and working there, and you've got the basic elements of Hawks' terrific Only Angels Have Wings… Hemmed in by impassable mountains (all the time) and fog and blizzards (most of the time), the personal and work ethics of this little crew become magnified to epic proportions. But it's an epic played out in the confined space of the Dutchman's bar; the more claustrophobic because these men are flyers and need the open sky. If it sounds improbable, it is. Mythical cinema at its best." - Jane Clarke, Time Out
Selected by Allan Arkush, Mika Kaurismäki, Mike D'Angelo, John Carpenter, Jim Emerson.
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The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man

1952 / USA / 129m / Col / Comedy Drama, Romance
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Victor McLaglen, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Mildred Natwick, Arthur Shields, Jack MacGowran, Francis Ford, Eileen Crowe
"John Ford's 1952 Oscar winner is a tribute to an Ireland that exists only in the imaginations of songwriters and poets like Ford, a fairy green place where people really do say "faith and begorrah." John Wayne is an Irish-born American boxer who returns to his native village to (1) claim the family homestead, (2) win acceptance from the Abbey Players who populate the area, and (3) win the heart and hand—and dowry—of the local beauty, Maureen O'Hara, by winning over (and ultimately pummeling senseless) her hard-drinking brother, Victor McLaglen. A wonderful film, with a marvelous supporting cast headed by Barry Fitzgerald as Wayne's pixieish helper." - Don Druker, Chicago Reader
Selected by Amos Gitai, Albert Serra, Fernando Trueba, George A. Romero, Carlos Losilla.
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The Crowd

The Crowd

1928 / USA / 104m / BW / Drama, Urban Drama
James Murray, Eleanor Boardman, Bert Roach, Estelle Clark, Daniel G. Tomlinson, Dell Henderson, Lucy Beaumont, Freddie Burke Frederick, Alice Mildred Puter, Sidney Bracey
"King Vidor's 1928 classic, with James Murray as the “average man” picked out of the crowd by Vidor's gliding camera. In his autobiography, Vidor claims he sold the project to Irving Thalberg as a sequel to his hit war film, The Big Parade: “Life is like a battle, isn't it?” Accordingly, the misfortunes that befall Murray are hardly average, but the melodramatic elements are integral to Vidor's vision of individual struggle. The camera style owes something to Murnau, but the sense of space—the vast environments that define and attack his protagonists—is Vidor's own." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by David Sterritt, Antonio Campos, Joseph Fahim, Quim Casas, Manuel Mozos.
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Eraserhead

Eraserhead

1977 / USA / 85m / BW / Avant-garde-Experimental, Surrealist Film
Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates, Judith Anna Roberts, Laurel Near, V. Phipps-Wilson, Jack Fisk, Jean Lange, Thomas Coulson
"Watching Eraserhead today, what emerges is the sheer, immersive clarity of David Lynch’s vision, the sense of a world unlike our own and yet inextricably bound to it: a world in which all the light has been sucked out, leaving only horror and isolation, desperation and unattainable dreams. Knowing the struggles Lynch and his crew underwent to complete this wildly uncommercial labour of love, over five years of scratching for every budgetary dollar, the absence of compromise astounds. Eraserhead is a singular work of the imagination, a harrowing, heartbreaking plunge into the darkest recesses of the soul." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Gaspar Noé, Anton Dolin, Anton Bitel, Donald Clarke, Edgar Pêra.
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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

1993 / USA / 103m / Col / Fantasy Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, Marita Geraghty, Angela Paton, Rick Ducommun, Rick Overton, Robin Duke
"Groundhog Day is a film that finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is… The movie, as everyone knows, is about a man who finds himself living the same day over and over and over again… What amazes me about the movie is that Murray and Ramis get away with it. They never lose their nerve. Phil undergoes his transformation but never loses his edge. He becomes a better Phil, not a different Phil. The movie doesn't get all soppy at the end." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Ryan Gilbey, Terry Jones, David O. Russell, Michel Gondry, Amanda Duthie.
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Two or Three Things I Know About Her

Two or Three Things I Know About Her

2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (original title); Deux ou trois choses que je sais d'ellee (original title/alternative spelling)
1966 / France / 87m / Col / Essay Film, Urban Drama
Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Roger Montsoret, Joseph Gehrard, Raoul Levy, Jean Narboni, Yves Beneyton, Juliet Berto, Christophe Bourseiller, Marie Bourseiller
"The “her” of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1966 masterpiece is Paris in the throes of redevelopment. It’s also a Parisian housewife (the glowing Marina Vlady) who moonlights (or, rather, daylights) as a prostitute in order to afford the luxuries that come part and parcel with urban living. Less a narrative than a succession of loosely interconnected scenes laced through with Godard’s whispered musings on everything from the origins of language to the war in Vietnam, the film finds one of cinema’s greatest innovators at the height of his playfulness… For anyone who still wonders what “the big deal” was about Godard in the 1960s, this is one ticket you can’t afford to miss." - Scott Foundas, LA Weekly
Selected by Amy Taubin, J. Hoberman, James Quandt, Peter Rist, Henry Bean.
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Schindler's List

Schindler's List

1993 / USA / 195m / Col-BW / War Drama, Biography
Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagalle, Embeth Davidtz, Andrzej Seweryn, Norbert Weisser, Elina Lowensohn, Malgoscha Gebel
"What is most amazing about this film is how completely Spielberg serves his story. The movie is brilliantly acted, written, directed and seen. Individual scenes are masterpieces of art direction, cinematography, special effects, crowd control. Yet Spielberg, the stylist whose films often have gloried in shots we are intended to notice and remember, disappears into his work. Neeson, Kingsley and the other actors are devoid of acting flourishes. There is a single-mindedness to the enterprise that is awesome." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Peter Farrelly, Margarita Chapatte, Feng Xiaoning, Inma Garrido, Jin Jieli.
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The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation

The Clansman (première title)
1915 / USA / 187m / BW / Epic, Historical Film
Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden, Ralph Lewis, George Siegmann, Walter Long, Robert Harron, Raoul Walsh
"It might as well be titled “The Birth of the Movies.” D.W. Griffith's 1915 Civil War epic was the first commercially successful feature-length film. Seen today, it is an odd combination of the most delicate sentiment and, in its racism, the most brutal insensibility. Griffith's later films are unquestionably superior. But here, in a very real sense, is where the movies began, both as an art and as a business." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Bernard Eisenschitz, Antonio Rodrigues, Manuel Asín, Marcos Ortega, Thomas Doherty.
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Underground

Underground

Bila jednom jedna zemlja (original title)
1995 / France-Germany-Hungary / 192m / Col / Comedy Drama, Political Satire
Miki Manojlovic, Lazar Riztovski, Mirjana Jokovic, Slavko Stimac, Mirjana Karanovic, Srdjan Todorovic, Ernst Stotzner, Milena Pavlovic, Bata Stojkovic, Bora Todorovic
"Emir Kusturica's tragic-farce Underground may be the most important film of the last 25 years, a sweltering, morally inquisitive work of political narrative fiction that laments our propensity for auto-destruction. In a time when supposedly serious journalism fails to illuminate the horrors of the world (pop quiz: what did Milosevic do to his people and why?), films like Underground exist to make amends. "Once upon a time there was a country…" So begins Kusturica's parable of self-annihilation, a deliriously metaphorical, emotionally gut-wrenching and devastatingly funny chronicle of a death foretold." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Selected by Ying Liang, Ed Gonzalez, Han Jie, Audrius Stonys, Ahmed Atef.
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Memories of Underdevelopment

Memories of Underdevelopment

Memorias del subdesarrollo (original title)
1968 / Cuba / 97m / BW / Psychological Drama, Political Drama
Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Nunez, Omar Valdes, Rene de la Cruz, Yolanda Farr, Ofelia Gonzalez, Jose Gil Abad, Daniel Jordan, Beatriz Ponchora
"Memories of Underdevelopment is a dazzling piece of work, not just for its political bravery and relentlessly challenging outlook. It’s also a sly and witty but still heartfelt character study, with moments of real warmth glittering amid the revolutionary rubble. With the phrase ‘developing country’ now arbitrarily applied to approximately two thirds of the globe, Alea’s clear-sighted examination of what it means to be ‘developed’, both personally and politically, feels more apposite than ever… One of the true greats of radical cinema." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by B. Ruby Rich, Walter Salles, Pablo Stoll, Abé Mark Nornes, Ambrosio Fornet.
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The Music Room

The Music Room

Jalsaghar (original title)
1958 / India / 95m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Chhabi Biswas, Gangapada Basu, Pinaki Sengupta, Padma Devi, Tulsi Lahiri, Kali Sarkar, Waheed Khan, Roshan Kumari, Sardar Akhtar, Tulshi Chakraborty
"With The Music Room, Satyajit Ray brilliantly evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat (the beloved actor Chhabi Biswas) desperately clinging to a fading way of life. His greatest joy is the music room in which he has hosted lavish concerts over the years—now a shadow of its former vivid self. An incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for some of India’s most popular musicians of the day, The Music Room is a defining work by the great Bengali filmmaker." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Amos Gitai, Derek Malcolm, Nasreen Munni Kabir, Paolo Mereghetti, Antonio Rodrigues.
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Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

1984 / USA / 150m / Col / Drama, Road Movie
Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clement, Nastassja Kinski, Hunter Carson, Bernhard Wicki, Viva, Socorro Valdez, Tom Farrell, John Lurie
"New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard. Paris, Texas follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (Stanton) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Kinski). From this simple setup, Wenders and Shepard produce a powerful statement on codes of masculinity and the myth of the American family, as well as an exquisite visual exploration of a vast, crumbling world of canyons and neon." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Dario Oliveira, David Flint, José Teodoro, Luke Gibbons, Matthew Taylor.
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An Autumn Afternoon

An Autumn Afternoon

Sanma no aji (original title)
1962 / Japan / 115m / Col / Family Drama, Romantic Drama
Chishu Ryu, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada, Shinichiro Mikami, Mariko Okada, Nobuo Nakamura, Ryuji Kita, Eijiro Tono, Teruo Yoshida, Noriko Maki
"Co-scripted with long-term collaborator Kogo Noda, as is usual with Ozu, plot is reduced to a bare minimum. Though the story revolves around the central axis of Hirayama, a good deal of the film is given over to the other characters, charting the ups and downs of their daily existence the film almost existing entirely in the form of a series of vignettes. This apparent lack of focus and purpose may seem off-putting at first, but by avoiding the contrivances of traditional dramatic narratives whilst sketching out a touching portrait of everyday family life, Ozu creates a world that gives the impression of stretching far beyond the limiting vista of the cinema screen." - Jasper Sharp, Midnight Eye
Selected by Girish Kasaravalli, Casper Tybjerg, Frédéric Maire, Jean-Claude Rousseau, John Hill.
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My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro

Tonari no Totoro (original title)
1988 / Japan / 86m / Col / Children's Fantasy, Animation
Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesatu Itoi, Sumi Shimamoto, Toshiyuki Amagasa, Tanie Kitabayashi, Yuko Maruyama, Masashi Hirose, Reiko Suzuki
"Here is a children's film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy. A film with no villains. No fight scenes. No evil adults. No fighting between the two kids. No scary monsters. No darkness before the dawn. A world that is benign. A world where if you meet a strange towering creature in the forest, you curl up on its tummy and have a nap… My Neighbor Totoro has become one of the most beloved of all family films without ever having been much promoted or advertised… The new Anime Encyclopedia calls it the best Japanese animated film ever made. Whenever I watch it, I smile, and smile, and smile." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Andrew Osmond, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Manu Yáñez-Murillo, Bill Gosden, Claudia Winkleman.
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The Graduate

The Graduate

1967 / USA / 105m / Col / Comedy, Coming-of-Age
Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Norman Fell, Buck Henry, Brian Avery, Walter Brooke
"Classic 1967 comedy about a recent college grad who drifts into an affair with an older woman, then falls goofily in love with her daughter and scrambles to escape the traps he's fallen into. Dustin Hoffman gives the inspired performance that launched his movie career, and director Mike Nichols shows a gift for social satire that has never glistened quite so brightly since. Anne Bancroft and Katherine Ross head the marvelous supporting cast. Simon & Garfunkel spice up the soundtrack with "The Sound of Silence" and other hits." - David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
Selected by Charles Gant, Claudia Winkleman, Gareth Edwards, Helena Lindblad, Marc Webb.
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F for Fake

F for Fake

Vérités et mensonges (original title)
1973 / France-Iran-West Germany / 85m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Essay Film
Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Elmyr de Hory, Joseph Cotten, Francois Reichenbach, Richard Wilson, Paul Stewart, Clifford Irving, Edith Irving, Laurence Harvey
"Orson Welles's underrated 1973 essay film—made from discarded documentary footage by Francois Reichenbach and new material from Welles—forms a kind of dialectic with Welles's never-completed It's All True. The main subjects are art forger Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving, Howard Hughes, Pablo Picasso, Welles himself, and the practice and meaning of deception… Alternately superficial and profound, the film also enlists the services of Oja Kodar, Welles's principal collaborator after the late 60s, as actor, erotic spectacle, and cowriter, and briefer appearances by many other Welles cohorts." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Richard Combs, Arthur Mas, Ángel Quintana Morraja, Dan Fainaru, Edgar Pêra.
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The Piano

The Piano

1993 / Australia / 121m / Col / Romantic Drama, Period Film
Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin, Kerry Walker, Tungia Baker, Genevieve Lemon, Ian Mune, Peter Dennett, Alison Barrett
"The Piano plays itself with such contrapuntal richness, it resonates in you forever. Set in 19th-century New Zealand, this saga of will, destiny and passion starring Holly Hunter is an extraordinary symphony of sounds and silence, of lilting pleasure and tangled horror... There's something mystically compelling about writer/director Jane Campion's 1993 Cannes winner. On one level, it's a fairy tale for adults. But on others, it evokes powerful eroticism, sexual mustiness, emotional anguish and numerous other themes... You experience this mix of mythic and corporeal on the pinions of cinematic fancy." - Desson Howe, The Washington Post
Selected by Niki Caro, Pam Cook, Xavier Dolan, Anchalee Chaiworaporn, James Nolen.
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The Exorcist

The Exorcist

1973 / USA / 122m / Col / Horror, Religious Drama
Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller, Jack MacGowran, Kitty Winn, Barton Heyman, Peter Masterson, Rudolf Schundler
"I've revisited The Exorcist over the years and found it effective every time. Because it's founded on characters, details and a realistic milieu, the shocks don't date; they still seem to grow from the material… The movie is more horrifying because it does not seem to want to be. The horror creeps into the lives of characters preoccupied with their lives: Father Karras (Miller) with his mother and his faith, Father Merrin (von Sydow) with his work and health, Chris MacNeil (Burstyn) with her career and marriage. The movie also gains power because it takes its theology seriously--for a movie, anyway." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Mark Kermode, Alex Proyas, Joko Anwar, Patrick Fahy, M. Night Shyamalan.
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Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

1968 / USA / 96m / BW / Horror, Creature Film
Judith O'Dea, Duane Jones, Karl Hardman, Russell Streiner, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley, Marilyn Eastman, Kyra Schon, Bill Heinzman, Charles Craig
"Night of the Living Dead came out of nowhere, or to be more precise, Pittsburgh, and turned into the most influential horror film since Psycho. George Romero's remarkably assured debut, made on a shoestring, about a group of people barricaded inside a farmhouse while an army of flesh-eating zombies roams the countryside, deflates all genre clichés. It traded the expressionistic sets of the traditional fright flick for a neorealistic style—Romero's use of natural locations and grainy black and white gave his gorefest the look and feel of a doc… This was Middle America at war, and the zombie carnage seemed a grotesque echo of the conflict then raging in Vietnam." - Elliott Stein, The Village Voice
Selected by Scott Foundas, Mario Van Peebles, Wes Craven, Pablo Stoll, Philip Ilson.
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Three Colours: Blue

Three Colours: Blue

Trois couleurs: Bleu (original title); Blue (alternative title)
1993 / France-Poland-Switzerland / 100m / Col / Psychological Drama, Romantic Drama
Juliette Binoche, Benoit Regent, Helene Vincent, Florence Pernel, Emmanuelle Riva, Charlotte Very, Philippe Volter, Hugues Quester, Florence Vignon, Yann Tregouet
"In the devastating first film of the Three Colors trilogy, Juliette Binoche gives a tour de force performance as Julie, a woman reeling from the tragic death of her husband and young daughter. But Blue is more than just a blistering study of grief; it’s also a tale of liberation, as Julie attempts to free herself from the past while confronting truths about the life of her late husband, a composer. Shot in sapphire tones by Sławomir Idziak, and set to an extraordinary operatic score by Zbigniew Preisner, Blue is an overwhelming sensory experience." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Josué Méndez, Riri Riza, Helena Koder, Andrzej Kolodynski, David Sorfa.
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Crimes and Misdemeanors

Crimes and Misdemeanors

1989 / USA / 104m / Col / Comedy Drama, Ensemble Film
Caroline Aaron, Alan Alda, Woody Allen, Claire Bloom, Mia Farrow, Joanna Gleason, Anjelica Huston, Martin Landau, Jenny Nichols, Jerry Orbach
"The principal characters in Crimes and Misdemeanors, Mr. Allen's most securely serious and funny film to date, have a way of jumping headlong from the specific to the general, trying to place themselves in some larger system of things. So, too, does Mr. Allen, and never before has he made the leap with more self-assurance than in this adventurous dramatic comedy, which is a kind of companion piece to Hannah and Her Sisters. He hits the bull's-eye again." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Selected by Jiri Menzel, Terry Jones, Bryan Singer, Diane Negra, Joseph Cedar.
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Ivan the Terrible, Part 2

Ivan the Terrible, Part 2

Ivan Groznyy II: Boyarsky zagovor (original title)
1946 / USSR / 88m / Col-BW / Historical Film, Biography
Nikolai Cherkasov, Serafima Birman, Mikhail Nazvanov, Pavel Kadochnikov, Mikhail Zharov, Amvrosi Buchma, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Mikhail Kuznetsov, Aleksandr Mgebrov, Andrei Abrikosov
"The follow-up to famed Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein's epic of the first Russian tsar, Ivan the Terrible, Part II continues the saga of Ivan's efforts to consolidate power and unite the divided, feuding Russian empire… Some criticized Ivan as more a Hamlet-style, doubt-plagued hero than a realistic historical figure, but questions of realism or accuracy aside, many agreed that Ivan II was nevertheless a moving and highly ambitious addition to the Eisenstein legend. With his death at 50 of a heart attack, one of the cinema's greatest innovators was gone, leaving behind this and other profound documents of his cinematic genius." - Felicia Feaster, TCM
Selected by Michael Wood, Alexander Zeldovich, Paul Verhoeven, Ian Christie, Joan Mellen.
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

1974 / USA / 83m / Col / Horror, Slasher Film
Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, John Dugan, Robert Courtin
"If you haven't seen it in a while, here's a reminder: It's really fucking scary. Horror movies long ago had the horror taken out of them, but the gritty physicality of Texas Chainsaw is all too terrifyingly real. Shot through with Watergate-era malaise, it's a chilling portrait of a nation with nowhere to hide, where selfish hippies are preyed upon by maniac rednecks in a world devoid of order. Hysterical, excessive and, oh yes, a masterpiece." - Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
Selected by Wes Craven, Rob Zombie, David Flint, Raya Martin, Chris Chang.
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Death in Venice

Death in Venice

Morte a Venezia (original title)
1971 / Italy / 130m / Col / Drama, Period Film
Dirk Bogarde, Bjorn Andresen, Silvana Mangano, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns, Nora Ricci, Marisa Berenson, Carole Andre, Leslie French, Franco Fabrizi
"Dirk Bogarde gave the greatest performance of his career, in fact one of the greatest of any screen performances, in Visconti's magnificent 1971 version of the Thomas Mann novella, played out in a series of long, often wordless takes which are miraculously suffused with spiritual meaning… Some of the "flashback" scenes debating art and life sound a little shrill, and the extraordinary addiction Visconti had to the slow zooms which attend almost every shot look eccentric, though they are of their time. This is exalted film-making." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Stanley Kwan, Susanne Bier, Beat Glur, Emilio Bustamante, Fernando Lara.
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Kind Hearts and Coronets

Kind Hearts and Coronets

1949 / UK / 104m / BW / Black Comedy, Crime Comedy
Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson, Audrey Fildes, Miles Malleson, Clive Morton, Hugh Griffith, John Penrose, Cecil Ramage
"Director Robert Hamer’s fiendishly funny Kind Hearts and Coronets stands as one of Ealing Studios’ greatest triumphs, and one of the most wickedly black comedies ever made. Dennis Price is sublime as an embittered young commoner determined to avenge his mother’s unjust disinheritance by ascending to her family’s dukedom. Unfortunately, eight relatives, all played by the incomparable Alec Guinness, must be eliminated before he can do so." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Peter Bradshaw, Laurence Kardish, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Philip French, Terence Davies.
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The Treasure of the Sierre Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1948 / USA / 124m / BW / Adventure, Drama
Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett, Barton MacLane, Alfonso Bedoya, John Huston, Arturo Soto Rangel, Manuel Donde, Jose Torvay
"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre remains one of the most insightful films ever made about greed and the thorny effects of temptation on human nature... Partly realistic, partly poetic (the controlled lighting rarely goes for natural effect, instead waxing poetic on the respective characters' internal struggles), fully moral, this deservingly canonized behemoth is one of the relatively few films that transcends the medium to become a mandatory viewing experience for anyone that identifies themselves as a human being, period." - Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
Selected by Lawrence Kasdan, Sam Raimi, John Sayles, Dennis Hopper, Rian Johnson.
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The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line

1998 / USA / 170m / Col / War Drama, Ensemble Film
Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, James Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Nick Nolte, John Savage
"After directing two of the most extraordinary movies of the 1970s, Badlands and Days of Heaven, American artist Terrence Malick disappeared from the film world for twenty years, only to resurface in 1998 with this visionary adaptation of James Jones’s 1962 novel about the World War II battle for Guadalcanal. A big-budget, spectacularly mounted epic, The Thin Red Line is also one of the most deeply philosophical films ever released by a major Hollywood studio, a thought-provoking meditation on man, nature, and violence… The Thin Red Line is a kaleidoscopic evocation of the experience of combat that ranks as one of the greatest war films ever produced." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Sarah Polley, David Michôd, Ryan Gilbey, Fernando Meirelles, Carlos Reviriego.
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Wavelength

Wavelength

1967 / Canada-USA / 45m / Col / Abstract Film
Hollis Frampton, Amy Taubin, Lyne Grossman, Naoto Nakazawa, Roswell Rudd, Joyce Wieland, Amy Yadrin
"The decisiveness with which Snow staked out a territory for investigation, the simplicity and clarity of the film's overall gesture, and the intricacy of its details, were factors in the immediate and continuing attention this film has claimed. Wavelength describes a single zoom movement for three quarters of an hour across an almost empty New York loft, resting eventually with the frame of a black-and-white photograph of waves pinned to the wall of the room… Other avant-garde films have dwelled upon the uniqueness of the cinematic images, but none so systematically as Wavelength." - P. Adams Sitney, Film Reference
Selected by Kent Jones, Laura Mulvey, David Sterritt, Jean-Claude Rousseau, Malcolm le Grice.
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Meshes of the Afternoon

Meshes of the Afternoon

1943 / USA / 15m / BW / Avant-garde-Experimental, Surrealist Film
Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid
"Meshes of the Afternoon launched the American avant-garde film movement after World War II. Made in collaboration by Maya Deren and her husband Alexander Hammid, the film depicts a woman's imaginative dream and the way it eventually destroys the woman herself… Meshes is a landmark film that has provided an important model, setting the tone and style for other individual efforts over the next decade… The film consequently inspired poetic self-exploratory films by such other filmmakers as Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, and Willard Maas." - Lauren Rabinovitz, Film Reference
Selected by Tom Gunning, Adam Hyman, Carolina López Caballero, David E. James, Ekkehard Knörer.
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Red River

Red River

1948 / USA / 133m / BW / Western, Epic Western
John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan, Joanne Dru, Coleen Gray, John Ireland, Noah Beery Jr., Paul Fix, Harry Carey Jr., Harry Carey
"Hawks' leisurely adaptation of Borden Chase's story about the establishing of the Chisholm Trail by Wayne and Clift's cattle train is a sheer delight that works on many levels. Firstly, it's an examination of Wayne's heroic image, here shown to be needlessly authoritarian and stubborn… Secondly, it's yet another variation on Hawks' perennial concern with the theme of self-respect and professionalism… Finally, it's an intimate epic celebrating the determination to establish civilisation in the wilderness… Immaculately shot by Russell Harlan, perfectly performed by a host of Hawks regulars, and shot through with dark comedy, it's probably the finest Western of the '40s." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Rudolf Thome, Wes Craven, Violeta Kovacsics, Alejandro Agresti, Andrew Collins.
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Breaking the Waves

Breaking the Waves

1996 / Denmark-Sweden-France-Netherlands-Norway-Iceland-Spain / 156m / Col / Psychological Drama, Romantic Drama
Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgard, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr, Adrian Rawlins, Jonathan Hackett, Sandra Voe, Udo Kier, Mikkel Gaup, Roef Ragas
"Courting and sometimes winning ridicule, daring to fuse true love with lurid exploitation and pure religious faith, the Danish director Lars von Trier has created a fierce, wrenchingly passionate film about the struggles of a shy young woman who is goodness personified… With a plot that owes as much to the Marquis de Sade as it does to higher-minded sources, von Trier begins his film as a powerfully carnal love story and eventually leaves it, by his own description, "treading on the verge of kitsch." A narrative path leading from the sincere to the ludicrous, and culminating in a final image of flabbergasting transcendance, gives Breaking the Waves its surprising power." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Selected by Jonathan Caouette, Lone Scherfig, Pawel Pawlikowski, Sukhdev Sandhu, Drake Doremus.
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Mean Streets

Mean Streets

1973 / USA / 110m / Col / Crime, Urban Drama
Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, David Proval, Amy Robinson, Richard Romanus, Cesare Danova, Robert Carradine, David Carradine, Victor Argo, George Memmoli
"The definitive New York movie, and one of the few to successfully integrate rock music into the structure of film… Mean Streets is also pure Italian-American. Charlie (Keitel), a punk on the fringes of 'respectable' organised crime, ponders his adolescent confusions and loyalties. Beneath the swagger, he's embarrassed by his work, his religion, and by women and his friends, particularly Johnny Boy (De Niro), who owes everyone money. Scorsese directs with a breathless, head-on energy which infuses the performances, the sharp fast talk, the noise, neon and violence with a charge of adrenalin. One of the best American films of the decade." - Chris Petit, Time Out
Selected by Antoine Fuqua, Kathryn Bigelow, Nicoletta Romeo, Rahul Hamid, Regina Schlagnitweit.
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Faces

Faces

1968 / USA / 130m / BW / Marriage Drama, Psychological Drama
John Marley, Gena Rowlands, Lynn Carlin, Fred Draper, Seymour Cassel, Val Avery, Dorothy Gulliver, Joanne Moore Jordan, Darlene Conley, Gene Darfler
"The disintegration of a marriage is dissected in John Cassavetes’ searing Faces. Shot in high-contrast 16 mm black and white, the film follows the futile attempts of captain of industry Richard (Marley) and his wife, Maria (Carlin), to escape the anguish of their empty marriage in the arms of others. Featuring astonishingly powerful, nervy performances from Marley, Carlin, and Cassavetes regulars Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel, Faces confronts suburban alienation and the battle of the sexes with a brutal honesty and compassion rarely matched in cinema." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Corneliu Porumboiu, Ray Carney, Eduardo Coutinho, Violeta Kovacsics, Ain-Ling Wong.
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Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (original title)
2001 / Japan / 124m / Col / Fantasy Adventure, Anime
Rumi Hiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takashi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tatsuya Gashuin, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Yumi Tamai, Yo Oizumi, Bunta Sugawara
"Magical is a word used casually about films like this, films about fantasy and childhood. Yet this one really does deserve it: an enchanted and enchanting feature from the Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki which left me feeling lighter than air. It is a beautifully drawn and wonderfully composed work of art - really, no other description will do - which takes us on a rocket-fuelled flight of fancy, with tenderly and shrewdly conceived characters on board... Spirited Away is fast and funny; it's weird and wonderful. Mostly wonderful." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Isamu Hirabayashi, Michael Dudok de Wit, Nigel Andrews, Antti Alanen, Alexei Popogrebsky.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

1998 / USA-UK / 113m / Col / Crime Comedy, Screwball Comedy
Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tara Reid, Peter Stormare, John Turturro, David Thewlis
"Maybe it's the way the Coen brothers tie everything together with bowling that makes this Los Angeles-based tale of burnouts, gun buffs, doobies, tumbleweeds, art, nihilism, porn, pissed-on rugs, severed toes, Saddam Hussein, attack marmots, Teutonic technopop and Bob Dylan — not to mention extortion, kidnapping and death — such a hilarious pop-culture hash. The Big Lebowski is the best movie ever set mostly in a bowling alley." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Richard Kelly, Sam Raimi, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Ben Walters, Bence Fliegauf.
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Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory

1957 / USA / 86m / BW / Anti-War Film, War Drama
Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Meeker, George Macready, Wayne Morris, Timothy Carey, Joseph Turkel, Richard Anderson, Peter Capell, Suzanne Christian
"Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas stars as a World War I French colonel who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director’s customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Joseph Cedar, Michael Caton-Jones, Woody Allen, David Leland, Ernesto Diezmartínez.
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The Band Wagon

The Band Wagon

1953 / USA / 112m / Col / Musical, Comedy
Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, James Mitchell, Robert Gist, Thurston Hall, Ava Gardner, LeRoy Daniels
"The Band Wagon is the most frequent rival of Singin' in the Rain for honors as producer Arthur Freed's best musical. In some ways, the pictures are mirror images of each other. Both are about song-and-dance men whose careers are jeopardized. Both feature a production that starts out as a disaster and becomes a hit. And in both films, saving the production and the leading character's career parallels the personal salvation he finds through love. The Band Wagon, however, is the darker of the two films, set on a fading Broadway with a focus on old age and retirement to add to the leading character's professional and personal problems." - Brian Cady and Frank Miller, TCM
Selected by Stuart Klawans, Albert Serra, Fernando Mendez-Leite, Antonio Santamarina, Charles Drazin.
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Kes

Kes

1969 / UK / 113m / Col / Coming-of-Age, Family Drama
David Bradley, Lynne Perrie, Freddie Fletcher, Colin Welland, Brian Glover, Bob Bowes, Bernard Atha, Laurence Bould, Joey Kaye, Robert Naylor
"Ken Loach’s Kes, is cinema’s quintessential portrait of working-class Northern England. Billy (an astonishingly naturalistic David Bradley) is a fifteen-year-old miner’s son whose close bond with a wild kestrel provides him with a spiritual escape from his dead-end life. Kes brought to the big screen the sociopolitical engagement Loach had established in his work for the BBC, and pushed the British “angry young man” film of the sixties into a new realm of authenticity, using real locations and nonprofessional actors. Loach’s poignant coming-of-age drama remains the now legendary director’s most beloved and influential film." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Michel Gondry, Michael Apted, Paul Greengrass, Ray Lawrence, Sam Mendes.
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Sullivan's Travels

Sullivan's Travels

1941 / USA / 91m / BW / Comedy, Satire
Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn, Porter Hall, Robert Greig, Eric Blore, Byron Foulger, Maggie Hayes
"The sweetest, most generous-hearted satire of the Hollywood film industry the town has ever produced, Sullivan’s Travels was the fourth of the eight films Preston Sturges made during his astonishingly prolific streak between 1940 and 1944... It has survived its initial mixed critical reception and non-hit status to rank as one of Sturges’ most beloved films. Conceived as a self-justification for the creative path he had chosen, this film evolved into one from the heart, the single picture that moves through all the pratfalls and pranks and witticisms and barbs and in-jokes to achieve a synthesis that is both terribly funny and deeply moving." - Todd McCarthy, The Criterion Collection
Selected by Richard Linklater, Kevin Jackson, A.O. Scott, John Lasseter, Todd Phillips.
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Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire

Himmel über Berlin, Der (original title)
1987 / France-West Germany / 130m / Col-BW / Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy
Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois, Peter Falk, Lajos Kovacs, Hans Martin Stier, Elmar Wilms, Sigurd Rachmann, Beatrice Manowski
"Wings of Desire is one of cinema’s loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts—fears, hopes, dreams—of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he is willing to give up his immortality and come back to earth to be with her. Made not long before the fall of the Berlin wall, this stunning tapestry of sounds and images, shot in black and white and color by the legendary Henri Alekan, is movie poetry. And it forever made the name Wim Wenders synonymous with film art." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Borislav Andjelic, Babak Payami, Minky Schlesinger, Audrius Stonys, Gareth Evans.
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Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde

1967 / USA / 111m / Col / Gangster Film, Crime Drama
Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor, Gene Wilder, Evans Evans, James Stiver
"Bonnie And Clyde was the Natural Born Killers of the '60s, criticized as too violent, too campy, and above all, too affectionate toward its reprehensible protagonists... It was simultaneously praised as stylish and modern, leading the American charge toward the French New Wave with its swerves between existential angst and comedy, and its pugnacious, fast-cut editing... It now comes across as a little ramshackle in its attempts to merge American and French cinematic innovations into something fresh, but the playful performances haven't aged, and it still finds all the carefree thrills of being young, dumb, in love with life, and ready for death." - Tasha Robinson, A.V. Club
Selected by Mike Figgis, Guy Lodge, Lee Daniels, Annemarie Jacir, P.J. Hogan.
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Fargo

Fargo

1996 / USA / 98m / Col / Crime, Black Comedy
Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, William H. Macy, Harve Presnell, Kristin Rudrud, John Carroll Lynch, Steve Reevis, Larry Brandenburg, Jose Feliciano
"The Coens are at their clever best with this snowbound film noir, a crazily mundane crime story set in their native Midwest. Purportedly based on real events, it brings them as close as they may ever come - not very - to everyday life and ordinary people. Perversely, the frozen north even brings out some uncharacteristic warmth in these coolly cerebral filmmakers, although anyone seeking the milk of human kindness would be well advised to look elsewhere. The Coens' outlook remains as jaundiced as it was in Blood Simple, the razor-sharp 1984 debut feature that the much more stylish and entertaining Fargo brings to mind." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Selected by Pawel Pawlikowski, Philip Kemp, Roberto Manassero, Briony Hanson, Daniel Nettheim.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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The Colour of Pomegranate

The Colour of Pomegranate

Sayat Nova (original title); The Colour of Pomegranates (alternative title)
1969 / USSR / 73m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Essay Film
Sofico Chiaureli, M. Aleksanian, V. Galstian, G. Gegechkori, O. Minasian, Spartak Bagashvili, Medea Djaparidze, Yuri Amiryan, I. Babayan, Guranda Gabunia
"Paradjanov's extraordinary film traces the life of 18th century Armenian poet Sayat Nova, but with a series of painterly images strung together to form tableaux corresponding to moments of his life rather than any conventional biographic techniques… The result is a stream of religious, poetic and local iconography which has an arcane and astonishing beauty. Much of its meaning must remain essentially specific to the culture from which the film springs, and no one could pretend that it's all readily accessible, but audiences accustomed to the work of Tarkovsky should have little problem." - Chris Peachment, Time Out
Selected by Andrew Kotting, Ronald Bergan, Alfonso Crespo Cuaresma, Alin Tasciyan, Audrius Stonys.
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McCabe & Mrs. Miller

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

1971 / USA / 121m / Col / Drama, Revisionist Western
Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, John Schuck, Keith Carradine, Hugh Millais, Shelley Duvall, Michael Murphy, William Devane, Bert Remsen
"Robert Altman has made a dozen films that can be called great in one way or another, but one of them is perfect, and that one is McCabe & Mrs. Miller. This is one of the saddest films I have ever seen, filled with a yearning for love and home that will not ever come -- not for McCabe, not with Mrs. Miller, not in the town of Presbyterian Church, which cowers under a gray sky always heavy with rain or snow. The film is a poem--an elegy for the dead." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Ryan Gilbey, A.O. Scott, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Bill Gosden, Dominique Martinez.
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Chimes at Midnight

Chimes at Midnight

Campanadas a medianoche (Spanish title), Falstaff (alternative title)
1966 / France-Spain-Switzerland / 115m / BW / Drama, Tragi-comedy
Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, Marina Vlady, Walter Chiari, Norman Rodway, Alan Webb, Fernando Rey
"Othello is full of the breathtaking daredevilry of Citizen Kane. Chimes at Midnight is something very different. It is somber and wintry in ways that recall the sense of loss and regret that permeate The Magnificent Ambersons, though it is no less audacious than Othello. Among other things, Chimes at Midnight is an adaptation of a Shakespearean play that Shakespeare never wrote, at least not in quite this form… More than anything else, however, Chimes at Midnight carries an astonishing emotional kick that seems to grow each time I see it. Shakespeare really isn't supposed to be so moving in this day and age." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Selected by Joseph McBride, Pere Portabella, Todd McCarthy, V.F. Perkins, B. Kite.
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Solaris

Solaris

Solyaris (original title)
1972 / USSR / 165m / Col-BW / Science Fiction, Psychological Sci-Fi
Donatas Banionis, Natalya Bondarchuk, Juri Jarvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetsky, Nikolai Grinko, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Olga Barnet, Vitalik Kerdimun, Olga Kizilova, Tatyana Malykh
"Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness. With Solaris, the legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky created a brilliantly original science-fiction epic that challenges our conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Bauyrzhan Nogerbek, Cristina Álvarez López, Dominique Martinez, Evans Chan, Gulnara Abikeyeva.
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Ashes and Diamonds

Ashes and Diamonds

Popiól i diament (original title)
1958 / Poland / 96m / BW / Political Drama, War Drama
Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Adam Pawlikowski, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Bogumil Kobiela, Jan Ciecierski, Stanislaw Milski, Zbigniew Skowronski, Barbara Krafftowna, Irena Orzecka
"On the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki (Cybulski), who has been ordered to assassinate an incoming commissar… Gorgeously photographed and brilliantly performed, Ashes and Diamonds masterfully interweaves the fate of a nation with that of one man, resulting in one of the most important Polish films of all time." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Andrei Plakhov, Francis Ford Coppola, Roy Andersson, Martin Scorsese, István Szabó.
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Celine and Julie Go Boating

Celine and Julie Go Boating

Céline et Julie vont en bateau (original title)
1974 / France / 192m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Surrealist Film
Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier, Marie-France Pisier, Barbet Schroeder, Nathalie Asnar, Marie-Therese Saussure, Philippe Clevenot, Anne Zamire, Jean Douchet
"Don’t let the extended running time dissuade you: This is the rare breezy three-plus hours that manages to explore heady concepts—from the malleability of personality to the fine line separating voyeurism and participation—without once feeling labored. Much of the film’s buoyancy has to do with the indelible onscreen pairing of Berto and Labourier; the further they descend into their virtual wonderland, which Rivette cleverly visualizes with strategically repeated visuals and a minimum of ostentatious effects, the more infectious the duo’s natural enthusiasm becomes… Cinema this alive is a rare bird, indeed." - Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
Selected by David Thomson, Kim Newman, Michael Atkinson, Quim Casas, Nick Roddick.
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The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line

1988 / USA / 96m / Col / Law & Crime, Documentary
Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson, Marshall Touchton, Dale Holt, Sam Kittrell, Edith James, Dennis White, Don Metcalfe
"Errol Morris's The Thin Blue Line is more like a waking nightmare than a docudrama. A true story of murder and justice evidently miscarried, wrapped in the fictional haze of a surrealistic whodunit, it will leave you in a trance for days. Bold and brilliant, some might say reckless, Morris's defense of convicted prisoner Randall Dale Adams might not stand up in a court of law, or a screening room of documentary purists. But it would transfix the lot. Morris takes the hybrid docudrama genre to its outer limits, intercutting newspaper headlines, bullet-wound diagrams and Texas road maps with grade-B film noir fare… The Thin Blue Line shouldn't be missed." - Desson Howe, The Washington Post
Selected by Van Papadopoulos, Kevin MacDonald, Amy Berg, Gary Tarn, Richard Sowada.