The 1,000 Greatest Films (800-701)

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Mothlight

Mothlight

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

The Ladykillers

1955 / UK / 90m / Col / Crime, Black Comedy
Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Katie Johnson, Jack Warner, Frankie Howerd, Philip Stainton, Fred Griffiths
"Subversive, hilarious and more English than Elgar, though written by the American expatriate William Rose, this is one of director Alexander Mackendrick's masterpieces and a major jewel in the Ealing Studios canon… Alec Guinness is the mad professor whose gang of crooks rent a rickety house owned by a sweet old lady, passing themselves off as a string quintet while planning a robbery in which their landlady will play a vital role… Mackendrick's handling of his material and performers is delectable, and he brilliantly uses the King's Cross locations, a perennially cinematic part of London… The Ladykillers continues triumphantly as a great screen comedy." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Mel Brooks, Jeremy Deller, Patrick Keiller, José Luis Cienfuegos, Terence Davies.
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Heimat

Heimat

Heimat - Eine deutsche Chronik (original title); Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (alternative title)
1984 / West Germany / 940m / Col-BW / Epic, Historical Epic
Marita Breuer, Gertrud Bredel, Willi Burger, Michael Lesch, Rudiger Weigang, Karin Kienzler, Johannes Lobewein, Kurt Wagner, Marliese Assmann, Eva Maria Schneider
"Edgar Reitz's 15-hour film is an attempt to restore a sense of continuity to 20th-century German history by presenting 63 years, from 1919 to 1982, in the life of Schabbach, a small village… Reitz avoids the ceremonial events—births, deaths, marriages—that usually punctuate this sort of family chronicle, concentrating instead on the textures of daily existence and the shifting relationships among the characters. Though not without its longueurs and marked by a rising nostalgia for the “good old days” as opposed to the debased present, Reitz's project stands as a monumental act of imagination, teeming with evocative incident and Proustian detail." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by David Hare, Robert Fischer, Philip Haas, Alessandro Uccelli, Gianluigi Bozza.
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Rushmore

Rushmore

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

Ulysses' Gaze

To vlemma tou Odyssea (original title)
1995 / Greece-France-Italy-Germany-UK-Yugoslavia-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Albania-Romania / 176m / Col-BW / Drama, Road Movie
Harvey Keitel, Erland Josephson, Maia Morgenstern, Thanassis Vengos, Yorgos Michalakopoulos, Dora Volanaki, Mania Papadimitriou, Yorgos Konstas, Agni Vlahou, Angel Ivanof
"Long and heavily symbolic, with no desire to tell its story in a realistic style, Ulysses' Gaze is the very definition of a difficult film. Harvey Keitel plays a director who, after years of making films in America, returns to his homeland of Greece… Director Theo Angelopoulos loads his beautifully shot film with striking imagery, and, though Ulysses' Gaze moves less than propulsively, he pulls off the difficult task of not only making Keitel's search seem meaningful in itself, but making it seem an appropriate metaphor for the attempt to bring sense to a long century filled with personal, artistic, and historical upheaval.” - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by Esteve Riambau, Antonio Santamarina, Yaron Zilberman, Li Zhanpeng, Huang Wenjie.
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Branded to Kill

Branded to Kill

Koroshi no rakuin (original title)
1967 / Japan / 91m / BW / Gangster Film, Crime Thriller
Jo Shishido, Nanbara Koji, Ogawa Mariko, Annu Mari, Isao Tamagawa, Hiroshi Minami
"Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill is a cinematic masterpiece that transcends its genre. It is about as close to traditional Yakuza pictures as Godard’s Alphaville is to science fiction. Suzuki paid a price for his brilliance, however. Fired for “incomprehensibility” after making Branded to Kill, he was unable to work in film for ten years. This film is his seminal work; a genre film from a major Japanese studio by a team of creative geniuses who made no compromises." - John Zorn, The Criterion Collection
Selected by Dmitry Martov, Pimpaka Towira, Tara Brady, Paracelsus, Kerem Akca.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Moi, un Noir

Moi, un Noir

I, a Negro (English title)
1958 / France / 70m / Col / Culture & Society, Anthropology
Amadou Demba, Karidyo Faoudou, Gambi, Oumarou Ganda, Seydou Guede, Alassane Maiga, Petit Toure
"Jean Rouch completed this quasi-documentary in 1958, and it still feels ahead of its time. Rather than make his own record of Treichville, a district in the Ivory Coast city Abidjan, Rouch recruited several local men and women to create scenes based on their lives. With this innovative working method, Rouch raises a question implicit in all nonfiction filmmaking: Who’s the genuine auteur, the director or the subjects? And yet the results don’t feel at all cerebral… Jean-Luc Godard praised this as a masterpiece upon first release, and it’s easy to see why; the film introduces aesthetic and even philosophical conceits that would be central to his own work as a director." - Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
Selected by Antonio Rodrigues, Elena Oroz, Manthia Diawara, Yale Gontijo, Lea Liotine.
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The Golden Coach

The Golden Coach

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

El Topo

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

Excalibur

1981 / UK / 140m / Col / Sword-and-Sorcery, Mythological Fantasy
Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nicol Williamson, Robert Addie, Gabriel Byrne, Keith Buckley, Katrine Boorman
"The myth and legend of King Arthur has long been a favorite fascination of popular culture… John Boorman’s magnificent and magical Excalibur is, to my mind, the greatest and the richest of screen incarnation of the oft-told tale. Filmed on the rocky coasts and in the emerald forests of Ireland, Boorman turns this landscape into a primal world hewn out of stone and wood and mud by blood and iron." - Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
Selected by Trey Parker, Zack Snyder, Jon Wright, Shade Rupe, Roger Avary.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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It's a Gift

It's a Gift

1934 / USA / 73m / BW / Comedy, Screwball Comedy
W.C. Fields, Kathleen Howard, Jean Rouverol, Julian Madison, Tommy Bupp, Baby LeRoy, Tammany Young, Morgan Wallace, Charles Sellon, Josephine Whittell
"W.C. Fields is a small-town grocer who inherits a fortune, buys an orange grove in California, and piles his wife and kids into their ramshackle car for a journey west. The plot isn't much more than a clothesline on which director Norman Z. McLeod hangs an assortment of the star's tried-and-true vaudeville routines, but they're solid gold… McLeod's middling reputation doesn't quite square with his track record of classic comedies—the Marx Brothers’ Monkey Business and Horse Feathers, Bob Hope's Road to Rio and The Paleface, Cary Grant's Topper, Danny Kaye's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty—and this 1934 feature ranks among Fields's best." - J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
Selected by Ian Penman, Vic Pratt, Daniel Talbot, Geoff Brown, Gavin Millar.
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Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos

1972 / USA / 92m / Col / Comedy, Trash Film
Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Danny Mills, Edith Massey, Channing Wilroy, Cookie Mueller, Paul Swift, Susan Walsh
"Everything you've heard about Pink Flamingos is true, but what the reports of chicken-fucking and other abominations fail to convey is just how funny the movie is. Almost anyone could dig up and film someone with the ability to "lip-synch" using his asshole, but it takes genius to set the scene to "Surfin' Bird"… In a nostalgic culture gone retro-chic mad, bad taste with an aggressively offensive edge never seemed so relevant." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by Ant Timpson, Vic Pratt, Rob St. Mary, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Cristina Nord.
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D'est

D'est

From the East (English title); Vent d'est (alternative title)
1993 / Belgium-France-Portugal / 107m / Col / Culture & Society, Documentary
"Chantal Akerman’s haunting 1993 masterpiece documents without commentary or dialogue her several-months-long trip from east Germany to Moscow… Akerman’s painterly penchant for finding Edward Hopper wherever she goes has never been more obvious; this travelogue seemingly offers vistas any alert tourist could find yet delivers a series of images and sounds that are impossible to shake later… Everyone goes to movies in search of events, but the extraordinary events in Akerman’s sorrowful, intractable film are the shots themselves–the everyday recorded by a powerful artist with an acute eye and ear." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Gillian Wearing, Javier Packer-Comyn, Kieron Corless, Dennis Grunes, Ulrich Köhler.
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Spione

Spione

Spies (English title); The Spy (alternative title)
1928 / Germany / 90m / BW / Thriller, Spy Film
Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Willy Fritsch, Lien Deyers, Louis Ralph, Craighall Sherry, Lupu Pick, Hertha von Walther, Fritz Rasp, Paul Horbiger
"Disguises, transformations, multiples, a sketch of modern power networks whose ubiquitous reach borders on absurdity ... We are not far here from the highwire sensations and baroque convolutions offered today by the Mission: Impossible films. Rosenbaum is right to locate Spione within a tradition stretching from Louis Feuillade in the silent era through to ‘master plotters, from Hitchcock and Graham Greene to Rivette, Straub and Thomas Pynchon’. But it also has a crucial place within the history of the action film, the least critically attended to of all major genres. Like the first two Mabuse instalments, Spione is a great action film – and a masterpiece of popular art." - Adrian Martin, Rouge
Selected by Adriano Aprà, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Keith Uhlich, Noel Purdon, Violeta Kovacsics.
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The Bad and the Beautiful

The Bad and the Beautiful

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

Les Maîtres fous

The Mad Masters (English title)
1955 / France / 36m / Col / Culture & Society, Documentary
Jean Rouch
"One of the guiding spirits of the French New Wave, ethnographic filmmaker Jean Rouch directed this 1955 documentary on the annual ceremony of Hauku priests and initiates in colonial Gold Coast (before it became Ghana). A masterpiece that exerted a strong influence on Jean Genet's play The Blacks, the film shows the Hauku performers impersonating their colonial rulers in the midst of their trances and animal sacrifices; Rouch's handling of this ceremony in relation to the performers' everyday lives as workers in nearby Accra is both authoritative and potent." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Cristina Nord, Henry Bean, Mário Carneiro, Roumuald Karmakar, Michael Eaton.
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Get Carter

Get Carter

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

Z

1969 / France / 127m / Col / Thriller, Political Thriller
Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacques Perrin, Irene Papas, Charles Denner, Francois Perier, Georges Geret, Pierre Dux, Julien Guiomar, Bernard Fresson
"A pulse-pounding political thriller, Greek expatriate director Costa-Gavras’s Z was one of the cinematic sensations of the late sixties, and remains among the most vital dispatches from that hallowed era of filmmaking. This Academy Award winner stars Yves Montand as a prominent politician and doctor whose public murder amid a violent demonstration is covered up by military and government officials… Featuring kinetic, rhythmic editing, Raoul Coutard’s expressive vérité photography, and Mikis Theodorakis’s unforgettable, propulsive score, Z is a technically audacious and emotionally gripping masterpiece." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Aki Kaurismäki, Paul Greengrass, Pia Marais, Karim Aïnouz, Jean-Christophe Berjon.
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From the Clouds to the Resistance

From the Clouds to the Resistance

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

Zabriskie Point

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

Roman Holiday

1953 / USA / 119m / BW / Romance, Comedy
Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power, Tullio Carminati, Harcourt Williams, Laura Solari, Margaret Rawlings, Paolo Carlini, Claudio Ermelli
"With Audrey Hepburn at her most appealing, Gregory Peck at his most charismatic, and Rome at its most photogenic, Roman Holiday remains one of the most popular romances that has ever skipped across the screen. Aside from being an enormously enjoyable romp, the film is most notable for two reasons. The first is Hepburn, featured here in her first starring role in a Hollywood film… The second reason for the film's importance is its location… Director William Wyler's use of Rome is one of the best examples of how a location can become a leading character in a film." - Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie
Selected by Keith Griffiths, Andrew O'Hehir, Talulah Riley, P.K. Nair, Kihachi Okamoto.
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The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Incredible Shrinking Man

1957 / USA / 81m / BW / Science Fiction, Psychological Sci-Fi
Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton, William Schallert, Billy Curtis, Raymond Bailey, Frank Scannell, Helene Marshall, Diana Darrin
"Not merely the best of Arnold's classic sci-fi movies of the '50s, but one of the finest films ever made in that genre. It's a simple enough story: after being contaminated by what may or may not be nuclear waste, Williams finds himself slowly but steadily shedding the pounds and inches until he reaches truly minuscule proportions. But it is what Richard Matheson's script does with this basic material that makes the film so gripping and intelligent… And finally, to the strains of Joseph Gershenson's impressive score, we arrive at the film's philosophical core: a moving, strangely pantheist assertion of what it really means to be alive. A pulp masterpiece." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Horacio Bernades, Juan Antonio Bayona, Xavier Pérez, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Rinaldo Censi.
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Seventh Heaven

Seventh Heaven

7th Heaven (alternative spelling)
1927 / USA / 119m / BW / Romance, Melodrama
Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Ben Bard, Albert Gran, David Butler, Marie Mosquini, Gladys Brockwell, Emile Chautard, Jessie Haslett, George E. Stone
"Seventh Heaven is probably Frank Borzage's most famous film, the one where all his principles of mystical romance come together most distinctively. This exquisite tale of romance between street waif/prostitute Diane (Gaynor) and Montmartre sewage worker Chico (Farrell) stresses the redemptive side of couplehood so persuasively that otherworldly connotations, like the strong ray of light that literally shines down on them after their various trials, seem only fair and natural. Borzage ennobles their poverty-stricken lives to such an extent that even the cruelties of war don't stand a chance when they are working against it together." - Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
Selected by David Robinson, Catherine Gautier, Isaki Lacuesta, Jean-Paul Torok, Tim Wong.
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A Separation

A Separation

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (original title)
2011 / Iran / 123m / Col / Drama, Ensemble Film
Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini, Sarina Farhadi, Merila Zare'i, Ali-Asghar Shahbazi, Babak Karimi, Kimia Hosseini, Shirin Yazdanbaksh
"With rare subtlety and transforming art, the remarkable writer-director Asghar Farhadi takes us into the emotional heart of modern Iran. Nader (Moaadi) and Simin (Hatami) are a middle-class couple seeking a divorce. She wants to move abroad with their 11-year-old daughter, Termeh (Sarina Farhadi, the director's child). He wants Termeh to stay… As the tension builds in court, Farhadi reveals his country in microcosm, divided by gender, class, religion and invisible borders of destruction. The actors do wonders, uncovering rich depths in their characters. A Separation is a landmark film. No way will you be able to get it out of your head." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Clare Stewart, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Alby James, Keith Shiri, Matthias Lerf.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Simon of the Desert

Simon of the Desert

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

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (original title)
1988 / Spain / 88m / Col / Comedy, Farce
Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano, Maria Barranco, Rossy De Palma, Fernando Guillen, Kiti Manver, Chus Lampreave, Yayo Calvo, Loles Leon
“To attempt a synopsis of this extravagantly stylish farce would be daft and forgettable: suffice it to say that a lot happens in the absence of anything actually happening. What lingers in the memory is a sustained desperation, and scenes of Wilder-like sophistication dotted with improbable props, actions, inflated campery, and most of Almodóvar's usual repertory-style company. Somehow a deranged and oddly distanced plot is contrived from elements including infidelity, tranquiliser-spiked gazpacho, interior decor, bad fashion, beds on fire, caged animals, demented telephone answering machines, Shi-ite terrorists, motorbikes, sentimentalism, property rental, and madness.” - Tom Charity, Time Out
Selected by Baltasar Komákur, Sanam Hasan, Andy Medhurst, Nick Kroll, Josu Martinez.
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Juliet of the Spirits

Juliet of the Spirits

Giulietta degli spiriti (original title)
1965 / Italy / 148m / Col / Comedy Drama, Marriage Drama
Giulietta Masina, Mario Pisu, Sandra Milo, Valentina Cortese, Valeska Gert, Jose-Luis de Villalonga, Friedrich von Ledebur, Caterina Boratto, Lou Gilbert, Sylva Koscina
"Federico Fellini's phantasmagoric Juliet of the Spirits was the Italian master's first color film. Fellini went deliriously and brilliantly bananas with the color to create a rollicking through-the-looking-glass series of tableaus evoking a woman's troubled psyche. These sequences are a zany, surreal jumble of Freudian, Jungian and pagan symbolism segued into a 145-minute head trip. Although the head being explored is a woman's and the movie has been described as the female counterpart of Fellini's 8 1/2, the fantasies being enacted are still Fellini's sexual obsessions but embellished with feminine frills." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Selected by Mark L. Lester, Chris Berry, Danny Elfman, David Blyth, Hilary Brougher.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Subarnarekha

Subarnarekha

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

Blue

1993 / UK / 76m / Col / Avant-garde/Experimental, Gay & Lesbian Film
John Quentin, Nigel Terry, Derek Jarman, Tilda Swinton
"The screen is a perfect blue throughout as Derek Jarman faces up to AIDS, the loss of loved ones, the breakdown of the body, blindness, his own approaching fall into the void. The film embodies the spiritual transcendence which Cyril Collard sought to convey in the last reel of his anguished melodrama Savage Nights, crucially in the serene contemplation of the screen itself, but also in Jarman's beautiful poetry. Extracts from the film-maker's diary supply an ironic commentary on the 'progress' of his illness so that the movie becomes a juxtaposition between the finite and the infinite, the sublime and the ridiculous. Greatly helped by Simon Fisher Turner's soundtrack. Moving beyond words." - Tom Charity, Time Out
Selected by Ron Peck, Sarah Turner, Sophie Mayer, Li Yang, Shen Yi.
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Elephant

Elephant

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

Kaagaz Ke Phool

Paper Flowers (English title)
1959 / India / 148m / BW / Romance, Drama
Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt, Naaz, Johnny Walker, Mahesh Kaul, Veena, Minoo Mumtaz, Nilofar, Ruby Mayer, Sheelavaz
"The semi-autobiographical Kaagaz Ke Phool, India's first movie in CinemaScope, traces the dissolution of a film director—Dutt plays the doomed hero—whose public deserts him as commercialism replaces creativity, and ends with him drinking himself to death. Dutt's loving depiction of filmmaking takes us behind the scenes with visually stunning chiaroscuro imagery of the huge, dusty sound stages where the director lives and dies. In retrospect, it now seems as if in this movie, Dutt was rehearsing his own demise." - Elliott Stein, The Village Voice
Selected by Mark Cousins, Eric Le Roy, Noel Vera, Yomota Inuhiko, June Givanni.
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American Graffiti

American Graffiti

1973 / USA / 110m / Col / Comedy Drama, Teen Movie
Richard Dreyfuss, Candy Clark, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Mackenzie Phillips, Wolfman Jack, Bo Hopkins
"Because it's been imitated so often, it's almost impossible to see what an innovative film Graffiti is, from its near-constant rock 'n' roll soundtrack to the closing-credits summation of each protagonist's fate. It's more important, however, to see it as the great film it is, a funny, touching, nearly cliché-free, and thoroughly considered evocation of a time, place, and state of mind. Released just 11 years after the events it depicts (it usually takes about 20 years for nostalgia to set in), the film both captures the enormous societal changes between the early '60s and early '70s and winningly dramatizes the lives of its characters." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by Milos Forman, David Pirie, Kerry Prior, David Fincher, Takayoshi Watanabe.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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  • Empire

Empire

1964 / USA / 485m / BW / Avant-garde-Experimental
Andy Warhol
"Empire, an eight-hour film of the Empire State Building shot from a fixed perspective from early evening into the night, is at once the most talked-about and the least seen of all of Andy Warhol's films. As in his other notoriously lengthy project Sleep, its duration turns seemingly insignificant events like the building's lights coming on into dramatic moments, but its importance lies not so much in its execution as in the tremendous audacity of the project itself. If, as has been argued, Warhol's Campbell's Soup can paintings and Brillo box sculptures transformed art-making from a physical into a philosophical act, then Empire could be said to do the same for filmmaking." - Tom Vick, All Movie
Selected by Katsue Tomiyama, Amos Poe, Brian Dillon, Gillian Wearing, Carmen Gray.
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Reds

Reds

1981 / USA / 200m / Col / Epic, Historical Film
Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinksi, Jack Nicholson, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, Nicolas Coster, M. Emmet Walsh, Gene Hackman
"Warren Beatty's shapely 1981 epic, based on the life of radical journalist John Reed, is a stunningly successful application of a novelistic aesthetic—a film that makes full and thoughtful use of its three-and-a-half-hour length to develop characters, ideas, and motifs with a depth seldom seen in movies. Though it deals with historical events—World War I, the growth of the workers' movement in America, the Russian Revolution—history is not used simply as a backdrop; rather, Beatty focuses on the interdependence of personal choices and historical developments, mingling ideology and emotion in a very human whole." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Neil LaBute, Antonia Quirke, James Toback, J. Lee Thompson, Griffin Dunne.
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When We Were Kings

When We Were Kings

1996 / USA / 88m / Col / Documentary, Sport
Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown, B.B. King, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Spike Lee, Thomas Hauser, Miriam Makeba
"Using deceptively simple editing strategies to combine footage shot in the 70s with interviews staged in the 90s, Leon Gast and Taylor Hackford craft a suspenseful unfolding of the events that culminated in the world-championship heavyweight boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire in 1974. The movie sets the contrasting personalities of the boxers against an elaborate musical, political, and social backdrop… In spots this movie becomes an earnest paean to Ali, but this doesn't detract from the beautifully paced accumulation of data and emotion." - Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
Selected by Asif Kapadia, Riz Ahmed, Cédric Klapisch, Doris Kuhn, Elise Nakhnikian.
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Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever

1977 / USA / 119m / Col / Dance Film, Musical Drama
John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Paul Pape, Donna Pescow, Julie Bovasso, Bruce Ornstein, Martin Shakar, Sam Coppola
"The image of John Travolta in a white disco suit has so saturated popular culture that uninitiated filmgoers tend to think of Saturday Night Fever as a goofy, dated disco cash-in. But those who've seen the film know it as a rich slice of Italian-American life in Brooklyn, topped with post-Scorsese '70s grit and filled with a surprising amount of ugliness… What saves Saturday Night Fever from being unrelentingly bleak (even for the cinema of the '70s, when homely faces and desperate lives weren't necessarily box-office poison) is Travolta's appealing balance of softness and sharpness, and the sheer physicality of the disco dancing." - Noel Murray, A.V. Club
Selected by Josh Safdie, Bennett Miller, Todd Gilchrist, Robert Siegel, Karim Aïnouz.
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Ossessione

Ossessione

1943 / Italy / 140m / BW / Drama, Crime
Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Juan deLanda, Elio Marcuzzo, Dhia Cristani, Vittorio Duse, Michele Riccardini, Michele Sakara
"Visconti's stunning feature debut transposes The Postman Always Rings Twice to the endless, empty lowlands of the Po Delta. There, an itinerant labourer (Girotti) stumbles into a tatty roadside trattoria and an emotional quagmire. Seduced by Calamai, he disposes of her fat, doltish husband (De Landa), and the familiar Cain litany - lust, greed, murder, recrimination - begins. Ossessione is often described as the harbinger of neo-realism, but the pictorial beauty (and astute use of music, often ironically) are pure Visconti, while the bleak view of sexual passion poaches on authentic noir territory." - Sheila Johnston, Time Out
Selected by Giuliana Muscio, Fred Kelemen, Leonardo Quaresima, Stephen Frears, Vecdi Sayar.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Fat City

Fat City

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

Henry V

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

Lost in Translation

2003 / USA-Japan / 102m / Col / Comedy, Drama
Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Akiko Takeshita, Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe, Kazuko Shibata, Take, Catherine Lambert, Anna Faris, Fumihiro Hayashi
"In her impressive second feature, Sofia Coppola—who wrote as well as directed—gives Murray room to stretch and is rewarded with some remarkably melancholy clowning… Lost in Translation is as bittersweet a brief encounter as any in American movies since Richard Linklater's equally romantic Before Sunrise. But Lost in Translation is the more poignant reverie. Coppola evokes the emotional intensity of a one-night stand far from home—but what she really gets is the magic of movies." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Selected by Zach Braff, Richard Curtis, Helena Taberna, Murat Özer, David Wain.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Dodes'ka-den

Dodes'ka-den

Dodesukaden (original title)
1970 / Japan / 140m / Col / Ensemble Film, Urban Drama
Yoshitaka Zushi, Kin Sugai, Kazuo Kato, Junzaburo Ban, Kiyoko Tange, Michio Hino, Tatsuhei Shimokawa, Keiji Furuyama, Hisashi Igawa, Hideko Okiyama
"By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son envisioning their dream house; the young woman abused by her uncle; the boy who imagines himself a trolley conductor—finds reasons to carry on. The unforgettable Dodes’ka-den was made at a tumultuous moment in Kurosawa’s life. And all of his hopes, fears, and artistic passion are on fervent display in this, his gloriously shot first color film." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Judith Williamson, Marina Warner, Shion Sono, Vijayakrishnan.
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A Tale of the Wind

A Tale of the Wind

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

Portrait of Jason

1967 / USA / 105m / Col / Culture & Society, Documentary
Shirley Clarke, Jason Holliday, Carl Lee
"Shirley Clarke's third feature is almost as straightforward as its title. It picks up the passionate interest in ghetto subcultures that Clarke established in The Connection and The Cool World, but this time without feeling any need to create a fiction: Portrait of Jason is simply a two-hour conversation with a middle-aged, black, homosexual prostitute. The new simplicity of approach reflects the enormous influence of Andy Warhol on independent film-making in the '60s: a new trust in basic film-making techniques, and a new distrust of 'artifice' like editing." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Andrew Lampert, Charlotte Cook, Gonzalo de Lucas, Hussain Currimbhoy, Ira Sachs.
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Crash

Crash

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

L.A. Confidential

1997 / USA / 137m / Col / Crime, Mystery
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger, Danny De Vito, David Strathairn, Ron Rifkin, Matt McCoy, Paul Guilfoyle
"Against all odds, L.A. Confidential succeeds brilliantly, right down to Jerry Goldsmith's score, which evokes his haunting theme from Chinatown without being haunted by it… Blazing with action, humor and eroticism, the film is long at 2:16, but it's consistently riveting. The screenplay distills James Ellroy's 1990 novel without losing its crackle and density. Though the film is rich in atmosphere — cinematographer Dante Spinotti lights Ruth Myers' costumes and Jeannine Oppewall's production design to optimum effect — the emphasis is on character and on quality acting." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Julian Fellowes, Morgan Neville, Karlheinz Oplustil, Kristian Lin, Matt Singer.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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L'Enfance nue

L'Enfance nue

Naked Childhood (English title)
1968 / France / 80m / Col / Childhood Drama, Coming-of-Age
Michel Terrazon, Marie-Louise Thierry, Rene Thierry, Raoul Billerey, Maurice Coussonneau, Pierrette Deplanque, Linda Gutemberg, Marie Marc, Henri Puff
"The singular French director Maurice Pialat puts his distinctive stamp on the lost-youth film with this devastating portrait of a damaged foster child. We watch as ten-year-old François (Terrazon) is shuttled from one home to another, his behavior growing increasingly erratic, his bonds with his surrogate parents perennially fraught. In this, his feature debut, Pialat treats that potentially sentimental scenario with astonishing sobriety and stark realism. With its full-throttle mixture of emotionality and clear-eyed skepticism, L’enfance nue was advance notice of one of the most masterful careers in French cinema, and remains one of Pialat’s finest works." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Valeska Grisebach, Girish Shambu, Mimi Brody, Cedric Kahn, Pascal Merigeau.
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Street Angel

Street Angel

Malu tianshi (original title)
1937 / China / 91m / BW / Drama, Comedy
Dan Zhao, Heiling Wei, Xuan Zhou, Jiting Wang, Zhicheng Feng, Yiting Chen, Qianli Qian, Chaofu Tang, Jun Shen, Yuanyuan Qiu
"Rightly regarded as one of the masterpieces of China’s “Golden Age” of cinema, writer-director Yuan Muzhi’s Malu tianshi is exuberant and trenchant. In 1935, war with Japan has driven the Xiao sisters, Yun and Hong, from Northeast China to Shanghai, where they are impressed into a cathouse; Yun thus becomes a prostitute, while her younger sister becomes a chanteuse… It is remarkable that a narrative launched by Japanese invasion—a stunning montage of war punctuates Hong’s opening song—turns its critical eye inward, addressing patriarchal Chinese society, poverty and class, especially regarding the exploitation of women." - Dennis Grunes
Selected by Jia Zhangke, You Zhengwei, Chan Ka-ming, Keeto Lam, Alejandro Ricagno.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood

1938 / USA / 102m / Col / Swashbuckler, Romantic Adventure
Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Eugene Pallette, Alan Hale, Patric Knowles, Melville Cooper, Ian Hunter, Una O'Connor
"William Keighley and Michael Curtiz's rambunctious 1938 masterpiece—and Hollywood's definitive swashbuckler... In the most engaging performance of his career, Errol Flynn is jaunty, romantic, and larger than life, but also slyly funny as the Saxon knight who takes on the nasty Normans... Robin Hood is movie pageantry at its best, done in the grand manner of silent spectacles, brimming over with the sort of primitive energy that drew people to the movies in the first place." - Elliott Stein, The Village Voice
Selected by Joe Mantegna, Jerry Lewis, Robert Clampett, Lasse Bergstrom, Marjorie Bilbow.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Y tu mamá también

Y tu mamá también

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

The Hawks and the Sparrows

Uccellacci e uccellini (original title); Hawks and Sparrows (alternative title)
1966 / Italy / 91m / BW / Comedy, Satire
Toto, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi, Umberto Bevilacqua, Renato Capogna, Alfredo Leggi, Renato Montalbano, Flaminia Siciliano, Lena Lin Solaro, Giovanni Tarallo
"One of the handful of films that found Pier Paolo Pasolini sustaining a merrier mode of cultural assault, Hawks and Sparrows features Italy’s popular comic actor Totò and Pasolini regular Ninetto Davoli in a picaresque fable that lampoons politics, religion, and the legacy of neorealism... Featuring a score by the legendary Ennio Morricone, Pasolini’s anarchic comedy remains a time-capsule of the giddy tensions torqued by the dawn of the late Sixties." - The Masters of Cinema Series
Selected by Abel Ferrara, Antonio Rodrigues, Lola Hinojosa, Yvonne Rainer, Roberto Chiesi.
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Hitler: A Film from Germany

Hitler: A Film from Germany

Hitler - ein Film aus Deutschland (original title); Our Hitler: A Film from Germany (alternative title)
1977 / West Germany-France-UK / 442m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Essay Film
Andre Heller, Harry Baer, Heinz Schubert, Peter Kern, Hellmut Lange, Rainer von Artenfels, Martin Sperr, Peter Moland, Johannes Buzalski, Alfred Edel
"The third and longest part of Syberberg's extraordinary trilogy on German culture, history and nationalism (the two earlier films were Ludwig and Karl May), best described as a high camp, heavy-duty analysis of both history and historical analysis itself… Visually lyrical, the style is eclectic to the point of hysteria; and the tone oscillates between the operatic (Wagner figures large) and the colloquial (Hitler in conversation with his projectionist) without ever quite coming unstuck. Humour mixes with mythology and analysis in the attempt to reunite art, history and ideology. It's a quite remarkable film, with a sense of metaphor equal to its intellectual courage." - Chris Auty, Time Out
Selected by Alan Pauls, Ken Hollings, Quentin Turnour, Susan Sontag, Sylvio Back.
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Il Posto

Il Posto

The Job (English title); The Sound of Trumpets (alternative title)
1961 / Italy / 93m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Sandro Panseri, Loredana Detto, Tullio Kezich, Mara Revel
"When young Domenico (Panseri) ventures from the small village of Meda to Milan in search of employment, he finds himself on the bottom rung of the bureaucratic ladder in a huge, faceless company. The prospects are daunting, but Domenico finds reason for hope in the fetching Antonietta (Detto). A tender coming-of-age story and a sharp observation of dehumanizing corporate enterprise, Ermanno Olmi’s Il posto is a touching and hilarious tale of one young man’s stumbling entrance into the perils of modern adulthood." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Aaron Katz, Susan Oxtoby, Vadim Rizov, Riccardo Lascialfari, Rinaldo Vignati.
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The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon

Das Weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (original title)
2009 / Germany-Austria-France-Italy / 144m / BW / Drama, Period Film
Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi, Fion Mutert, Michael Kranz, Burghart Klaubner, Steffi Kuhnert, Maria-Victoria Dragus
"Michael Haneke’s period political epic tells the lacerating saga of collective brutality and guilt in a northern-German village two decades before Hitler came to power… The film is both draining and enthralling, sternly minimalist and beautifully filmed (in black and white). Working with the skill of an autopsy surgeon, Haneke depicts a town where the adults’ passions have soured into prejudices, yet children are so desperate to please their parents, they often burst into tears. The White Ribbon is as epic as any Tolkien or Rowling movie adaptation, but it’s also an epic tragedy: of the monstrous evil that corrupts and destroys ordinary folks." - Richard Corliss, TIME
Selected by Mike Newell, Lone Scherfig, Sabine Niewalda, Paul Whitington, Nachman Ingber.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Yol

Yol

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

Mother India

Bharat Mata (alternative Indian title)
1957 / India / 172m / Col / Epic, Melodrama
Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Kainhaiyalal, Jilloo Maa, Kumkum, Chanchal, Sheela Naik, Mukri
"Inspired by a Pearl S. Buck paean to the heroic Chinese peasantry, writer-director-producer Mehboob Khan transposed Buck's tale of suffering motherhood to a rural India enlivened by indigenous versions of Soviet-style tractor-opera, Italian neo-realism, Hollywood kiddie-cuteness, a dozen Technicolor musical numbers, and, most significantly, a metaphoric overlay of pop Hinduism… Mother India is played at a high emotional pitch that is rendered all the more forceful by Mehboob's taste for iconic, unmatched inserts, and builds to a climax of maternal sacrifice that trumps all surviving examples of Greek tragedy." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Selected by Shyam Benegal, Kevin B. Lee, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Constantine Giannaris.
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Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry

1971 / USA / 102m / Col / Crime, Action Thriller
Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson, John Mitchum, John Vernon, John Larch, Mae Mercer, Lyn Edgington, Ruth Kobart
"Dirty Harry may not be Don Siegel's masterpiece—although it is a first-rate policier featuring a career-defining performance by Clint Eastwood. No less than Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, it offers a fabulous, multifarious political metaphor. (And, as with Body Snatchers, Siegel's own liberal interpretation was trumped by a more forceful hard-right reading.)" - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Selected by Jan Lumholdt, Shane Black, Michel Hazanavicius, Angela Glaser, Claudius Seidl.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Rope

Rope

1948 / USA / 80m / Col / Thriller, Psychological Thriller
James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Joan Chandler, Cedric Hardwicke, Constance Collier, Douglas Dick, Edith Evanson, Dick Hogan, Alfred Hitchcock
"Rope isn't Hitchcock's best film, but it's one of his most audacious. With this movie, the master of suspense turns a nail-biting setpiece into a full-length feature, and shows us the ugly flipside of the violent thrillers that made his name. Murder in the movies is usually more about motive than consequence. The bad guys have it coming, and killers are much more interesting before they start repenting their crimes. But Rope rejects that formula by taking inspiration from a real-life murder, a particularly cold-hearted one, and rubbernecking on its aftermath." - Pamela Hutchinson, The Guardian
Selected by José Mojica Marins, Will Brooker, Michaela Boland, Meng Jing Hui, Malu De Martino.
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Se7en

Se7en

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

The Misfits

1961 / USA / 124m / BW / Drama, Modern Western
Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach, Estelle Winwood, James Barton, Kevin McCarthy, Denis Shaw, Philip Mitchell
"Huston's direction is taut and Russell Metty's elegantly sombre and sparse black and white images provide the feel of a spontaneous and almost documentary-like approach to the material. The Misfits lends itself to readings from numerous critical perspectives but it is perhaps most meaningfully a film concerned with stardom and in particular its complex relation to both the star and her or his audience. As the film illustrates, Monroe hadn't really resolved the split between her being perceived as a sex symbol and as a serious performer. And, the fact that The Misfits is Monroe's and Gable's final film and one of Clift's last efforts, makes it an inescapably sad film." - Richard Lippe, Film Reference
Selected by Amos Gitai, Jan Troell, Mohamed Khan, José Joffily, Laurie Collyer.
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The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others

Das Leben der Anderen (original title)
2006 / Germany / 138m / Col / Political Thriller, Period Film
Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Muhe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Volkmar Kleinert, Matthias Brenner, Charly Hubner, Herbert Knaup
"In his feature debut as director and screenwriter, von Donnersmarck burrows into the erotic, engrossing and thoroughly nasty business of spying. The place is East Berlin, in 1984, the Wall is still up, glasnost is far off and the Stasi (secret police) don't believe in privacy… The director weaves a complex political thriller that touches an emotional chord. All the performances are top-tier — Sebastian Koch is a star in the making — but it's Ulrich Muhe who leaves the deepest impression… von Donnersmarck has crafted the best kind of movie: one you can't get out of your head." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Lizelle Bisschoff, Minky Schlesinger, Tibor Bíró, Bob Balaban, Talulah Riley.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Wild Child

The Wild Child

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

National Lampoon's Animal House

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

As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

2000 / USA / 288m / Col / Biography, Documentary
Jonas Mekas, Oona Mekas
"As I Was Moving Ahead focuses on the domestic world of the Mekas family proper, shot on jittery, mellow 16mm color-reversal stock during the last three decades of the 20th century… As I Was Moving Ahead serves not just as a meditation on the nature of cinema, beauty, and time, but also as a monument to the bonds of family and friends. Mekas's diaries have always quivered with the tensions between past and present. This one, created by an artist soon to enter his eighth decade, finds a secret paradise in the rich harvests of a lifetime's memories." - Ed Halter, The Village Voice
Selected by Eduardo Coutinho, Flavia de la Fuente, Javier Packer-Comyn, Matías Piñeiro, Radu Jude.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Red Balloon

The Red Balloon

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

War and Peace

Voyna i mir (original title)
1967 / USSR / 357m / Col / Epic, Historical Film
Lyudmila Savelyeva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Gennadi Ivanov, Irina Gubanova, Antonina Shuranova, Sergei Bondarchuk, N. Afrikyants, V. Alakhverdova, Rodion Aleksandrov, Igor Alekseyev
"Sergei Bondarchuk's seven-hour 1967 monster is still the biggest, most astonishingly profligate movie ever made, involving more than a quarter-million extras and eating up resources enough to support a small nation (today, it would cost close to $1 billion). Since its foreign-film Oscar win, it's been roundly derided as a boring nationalist waste. Not so: The unwavering fidelity to Tolstoy is served by a constantly roving camera, complex mise-en-scène, baroque compositions, and expressive double exposures. The chakras of Ophüls and Eisenstein are as palpable as the startling sense of the entire republic being placed at the film's disposal." - Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
Selected by Joel Schumacher, Baz Luhrmann, Zhou Bin, Pan Tianqiang, Daniel Walber.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

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

Ace in the Hole

The Big Carnival (alternative title)
1951 / USA / 112m / BW / Drama, Media Satire
Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady, Richard Benedict, Ray Teal, Lewis Martin, John Berkes, Frances Dominguez
"One of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker, Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole is legendary for both its cutting social critique and its status as a hard-to-find cult classic. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter caught in dead-end Albuquerque who happens upon the story of a lifetime—and will do anything to ensure he gets the scoop. Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé that anticipated the rise of the American media circus." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Mike Hodges, Griffin Dunne, Ye Hang, Brian Case, Elaine Paterson.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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The Tiger of Eschnapur

The Tiger of Eschnapur

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

Outer Space

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

Dumbo

1941 / USA / 64m / Col / Animated Musical, Children's Fantasy
Edward Brophy, Herman Bing, Sterling Holloway, Verna Felton, Cliff Edwards, Billy Bletcher, Jim Carmichael, Noreen Gamill, Malcolm Hutton, John McLeish
"With Fantasia, Disney explicitly set out to test the technical limits of animation, but with Dumbo, however inadvertently, the studio tested the emotional limits. Though it ultimately provides sweet redemption, Dumbo plunges its hero pretty close to the heart of darkness. Not that its technical achievements should be ignored: From the bizarre, justly famous "Pink Elephants On Parade" sequence to its less show-stopping moments, Dumbo captures Disney feature filmmaking, still near its infancy, at its best." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by John Lasseter, Valentina Alfonsi, Carolee Schneemann, Rob Humanick, Leonard Maltin.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Time of the Gypsies

Time of the Gypsies

Dom za vesanje (original title)
1989 / Yugoslavia / 142m / Col / Comedy Drama, Coming-of-Age
Davor Dujmovic, Bora Todorovic, Ljubica Adzovic, Husnija Hasimovic, Sinolicka Trpkova, Zabit Memedov, Elvira Sali, Suada Karisik, Predrag Lakovic, Mirsad Zulic
"In this fanciful and folkloric 1989 film by Emir Kusturica (Underground), a young Gypsy falls in with an amoral gang of thieves. Pleasantly Felliniesque, and at times a bit more penetrating in its energetic magical realism, this deserves more attention than it got from most quarters (here included) when it was first released. Ljubica Adzovic and Davor Dujimovic head a cast that’s composed mainly of nonprofessionals." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Jurgis Krasons, Goran Gocic, Baltasar Komákur, Mira Nair, Lian Cheng.
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Rififi

Du rififi chez les hommes (original title)
1955 / France / 115m / BW / Crime Thriller, Caper
Jean Servais, Carl Mohner, Robert Manuel, Jules Dassin, Marie Sabouret, Janine Darcey, Claude Sylvain, Pierre Grasset, Robert Hossein, Magali Noel
"After making such American noir classics as The Naked City and Brute Force, blacklisted director Jules Dassin went to Paris and embarked on his masterpiece: a twisting, turning tale of four ex-cons who hatch one last glorious heist in the City of Lights. At once naturalistic and expressionistic, this melange of suspense, brutality, and dark humor was an international hit and earned Dassin the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Akin Omotoso, Arnost Lustig, Lao Huang, Ivan Passer, Gao Qunshu.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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After Life

After Life

Wandâfuru raifu (original title); Wonderful Life (alternative title)
1998 / Japan / 118m / Col / Fantasy, Psychological Drama
Arata, Erika Oda, Susumu Terajima, Takashi Naito, Kyoko Kagawa, Kei Tani, Taketoshi Naito, Toro Yuri, Yusuke Iseya, Sayaka Yoshino
"After Life is as much a movie about filmmaking as it is about memory. For what are movies, after all, but larger-than-life dream images projected on celluloid? In its modest attitude about the ability of movies to replicate dreams, After Life is the opposite of bombastic Hollywood kitsch like What Dreams May Come. In capturing the essence of experience, it suggests, film is as imperfect and quixotic as memory." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Selected by Guy Maddin, Miranda July, Anne Billson, Vlastimir Sudar, Inge de Leeuw.
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Black Girl

Black Girl

La Noire de… (original title)
1966 / France-Senegal / 65m / BW / Drama, Social Problem Film
Mbissine Therese Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene, Ibrahima Boy, Bernard Delbard, Nicole Donati, Raymond Lemeri, Suzanne Lemeri, Philippe
"The 1966 first feature of Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene. A girl from a lower-class district in Dakar goes to work as a maid for a French couple and accompanies them on a vacation to France, where her newfound sense of freedom gradually turns into feelings of isolation and invisibility. Sembene keeps his metaphors under control, and the result is a message movie with an unusual depth of characterization." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by June Givanni, Allan Sekula, Guy Désiré Yameogo, Horace Ove, May Adadol Ingawanij.
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Evil Dead II

Evil Dead II

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (alternative title)
1987 / USA / 85m / Col / Horror, Horror Comedy
Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley, Theodore Raimi, Denise Bixler, Richard Domeier, Lou Hancock, John Peaks, Snowy Winters
"Sam Raimi’s eye-popping sequel to the cult classic original deftly treads the line between frightfest and horror satire. Starring Bruce Campbell, Raimi’s favorite non-actor — or, as Raimi calls him, "the king of acting in reverse" — the film either follows nonsensically on the heels of the first or completely replaces it; it takes place in the same cabin with the same Book of the Dead, as if Ash would simply head on back to try his luck a second time. (He is just about that dim.) Deploying the full range of low-budget effects, Evil Dead II still looks junky, but Raimi’s goofball sense of humor makes the film’s very tawdriness appealing." - Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
Selected by Chris Butler & Sam Fell, Mike White, Justine Elias, Sean Byrne, Louis Leterrier.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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The End of Summer

The End of Summer

Kohayagawa-ke no aki (original title); Early Autumn (alternative title)
1961 / Japan / 103m / Col / Drama, Family Drama
Ganjiro Nakamura, Setsuko Hara, Yoko Tsukasa, Michiyo Aratama, Reiko Dan, Keiju Kobayashi, Masahiko Shimazu, Haruko Sugimura, Hisaya Morisighe, Chieko Naniwa
"Modernisation/westernisation shapes everything, from family ethics to fashions in food, drink, work, dance and clothes. As in Floating Weeds, much of the film is funny (notably a stalking sequence and a hide-and-seek scene that make virtuoso play with point of view, and a delightfully 'untimely' fart gag), but towards the end it takes on a dark solemnity unusual even in Ozu's most poignant work. Another gem - and only the atypically emphatic music disappoints." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Wong Kar-wai, Ashim Ahluwalia, Edward Lawrenson, Eugene Green, Grace Mak.
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The Trail

The Trial

Le Procès (original title)
1962 / France-West Germany-Italy / 118m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Anthony Perkins, Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli, Akim Tamiroff, Suzanne Flon, Madeleine Robinson, Arnoldo Foa, Fernand Ledoux
"Though debatable as an adaptation of the Franz Kafka novel, Orson Welles's nightmarish, labyrinthine comedy of 1962 remains his creepiest and most disturbing work; it's also a lot more influential than people usually admit. Anthony Perkins gives an adolescent temper to Joseph K, a bureaucrat mysteriously brought to court for an unspecified crime. Among the predatory females who pursue him are Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, and Elsa Martinelli; Welles himself plays the hero's tyrannical lawyer, and Akim Tamiroff is one of his oldest clients. Welles adroitly captures the experience of an unsettling and slightly hysterical dream throughout." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Robert Haller, Mark Fisher, Fernando Martin Pena, Raquel Abad, Zhang Weixiong.
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The Woman Next Door

The Woman Next Door

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

La Ciénaga

The Swamp (English title)
2001 / Argentina-France-Spain / 103m / Col / Drama
Mercedes Moran, Graciela Borges, Martin Adjemian, Leonora Balcarce, Sylvia Bayle, Sofia Bertolotto, Juan Cruz Bordeu, Noelia Bravo Herrera, Maria Micol Ellero, Andrea Lopez
"Notwithstanding the sweltering Argentinean heat and a herd of noisy children, teenagers, and half-wild dogs, Lucrecia Martel's La Ciénaga is a veritable Chekhov tragicomedy of provincial life. Making a brilliant debut, Martel constructs her narrative from quotidian incidents, myriad comings and goings, and a cacophony of voices competing for attention… Martel dispenses with the niceties of exposition, throwing us into this morass of frustration and anger, and leaving us, like the characters, to figure out on our own who's doing what to whom and who's to be trusted or not. The characters may not always be clearly delineated, but the ambience is detailed and rich." - Amy Taubin, The Village Voice
Selected by Pawel Pawlikowski, Esin Kucuktepepinar, Pablo Stoll, Monika Wagenberg, Paula Félix-Didier.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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East of Eden

East of Eden

1955 / USA / 115m / Col / Family Drama, Rural Drama
James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Richard Davalos, Burl Ives, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Dekker, Lois Smith, Harold Gordon, Timothy Carey
"It was Kazan's first color film and his first CinemaScope production. He handles both magnificently. He shoots in longer takes, which gives the film the slower pace of an older age and draws the eye to Dean's restlessness and nervous spontaneity, which stands out against the calm and control of the rest of cast. "His body was much more expressive, actually, in free movement, than Brando's it had so much tension to it," observed Kazan. "Dean had a very vivid body; and I did play a lot with it in long shots." - Sean Axmaker, TCM
Selected by Krzysztof Zanussi, Bruno Barreto, Gulbara Tolomushova, Lone Scherfig, Kaneto Shindo.
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The Ladies Man

The Ladies Man

1961 / USA / 95m / Col / Comedy, Slapstick
Jerry Lewis, Helen Traubel, Kathleen Freeman, Pat Stanley, George Raft, Hope Holiday, Jack Kruschen, Doodles Weaver, Harry James, Marty Ingels
"Jerry Lewis' second film as director is one of his greatest, with its star almost overwhelmed by his one major set, the split-level interior of a Hollywood boarding hotel for aspiring actresses, where one Herbert Heebert, practising misogynist, has been taken on in all innocence as a houseboy. Lewis' camera performs some virtuoso movement around the rooms (Jean-Luc Godard and Julien Temple were to borrow this device), and the ultra-loose plotline allows for some hilarious sequences, and even a touch of surrealism in one entirely white interior. Highlights include Lewis breaking up a television show and dancing a tango with George Raft." - David Thompson, Time Out
Selected by Bruce LaBruce, Marcelo Panozzo, Matías Piñeiro, Mehrnaz Saeedvafa, Violeta Kovacsics.
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Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

1990 / USA / 100m / Col / Fantasy Comedy, Romance
Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin, Robert Oliveri, Conchata Ferrell, Caroline Aaron
"The misunderstood outcast is one of the most cherished of Hollywood heroes, and in Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton shows us why. The story is a touching fable, an old-fashioned parable of love and intolerance -- but with a distinctly Burton-esque spin. The film is proof of just how different the director's visual style is: the fairy-tale suburbia he creates is a perfect example of his astonishing, uniquely Gothic look." - Matthew Doberman, All Movie
Selected by Destin Daniel Cretton, Giovanni Veronesi, Floria Sigismondi, Stephane Levy, Rainer Knepperges.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

2005 / USA-Canada / 134m / Col / Romantic Drama, Modern Western
Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Randy Quaid, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Graham Beckel, Roberta Maxwell, Anna Faris, Linda Cardellini, Peter McRobbie
"The lonesome chill that seeps through Ang Lee's epic western is as bone deep as the movie's heartbreaking story of two cowboys who fall in love almost by accident. One night, when their campfire dies, and the biting cold drives them to huddle together in a bedroll, a sudden spark between Ennis Del Mar (Ledger) and Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal) flares into an undying flame. Both Mr. Ledger and Mr. Gyllenhaal make this anguished love story physically palpable… Brokeback Mountain is ultimately not about sex (there is very little of it in the film) but about love: love stumbled into, love thwarted, love held sorrowfully in the heart." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Selected by Jaime Chávarri, Peter Machen, Patricia Rozema, Jane Yu, Robert Cashill.
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Floating Weeds

Floating Weeds

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

By the Bluest of Seas

U samogo sinyego morya (original title)
1936 / USSR / 71m / BW / Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Yelena Kuzmina, Lev Sverdlin, Nikolai Kryuchkov, Andrei Dolinin, Sergey Komarov, Lyalya Sateyeva, Semyon Svashenko, Aleksandr Zhukov
"It’s difficult to account for what makes this movie so exquisite, apart from the characters and their quirks (such as one man’s ticklishness) and the beauty of the idyllic setting. Bernard Eisenschitz seems to be on the right track when he says that the film is unclassifiable, that it’s “certainly not a comedy even if it provokes laughter.” We wind up feeling affection for the three leads, partly because of the affection they show for one another and partly because of the gusto with which they show it." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Cristina Fernandes, Bernard Eisenschitz, Fritz Göttler, Marco Müller, Paula Arantzazu Ruiz.
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Grin Without a Cat

Grin Without a Cat

Le Fond de l'air est rouge (original title)
1977 / France / 240m / Col-BW / Documentary, Essay Film
Laurence Guvillier, Davos Hanich, Francois Maspero, Yves Montand, Francois Perier, Sandra Scarnati, Jorge Semprun, Simone Signoret, Jim Broadbent, Cyril Cusack
"A masterpiece among masterpieces, the two-part, three-hour A Grin Without a Cat is Chris Marker's most ambitious, clear-headed string of cinematic clauses and ideological couplets, and also his most impenetrable. Fashioned, in part, out of rejected and unused political footage shot by Marker's SLON and ISKRA production collectives, the movie is the major work preceding his landmark essay film Sans Soleil and, in many ways, prefigures that film's globe-trotting filmosophical musings, but in the guise of—for lack of a better word—agitprop." - Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
Selected by Javier Packer-Comyn, Lourdes Monterrubio, Nico Baumbach, Santiago Mitre, Tetê Moraes.
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Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

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

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1966 / USA / 129m / BW / Marriage Drama, Psychological Drama
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis
"Seething with acidic ill will and unmitigated vitriol, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? remains one of the cinema's most honest, affecting trips down the corpse-strewn path of marital dysfunction… Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? became known as one of the most successful examples of stage-to-screen adaptation. Much of this was due to Ernest Lehman's script, which remained scrupulously faithful to the original material, and the legendary Haskell Wexler's gorgeous black-and-white cinematography. Above all, Who's Afraid owed its success to Nichols' direction, here comprising one of the screen's most self-assured and controlled debuts." - Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie
Selected by Wes Anderson, Jay Duplass, Pablo Fendrik, Edward Norton, Joyce Yang.
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The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

1987 / USA / 98m / Col / Adventure Comedy, Fairy Tale
Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Robin Wright, Peter Falk, Carol Kane, Peter Cook
"Writer William Goldman's love story of a farm boy-turned-swashbuckling hero, the princess he rescues from an arranged marriage, and the friendships and revenges the two encounter along the way recreates the high-flying milieu of a Fairbanks or Flynn adventure yarn… Reiner's contribution was to cast actors in the lead parts who captured the folkloric ambiance of the script in their performances with similar apparent ease… The result is a film of remarkable forwardness, honesty, and humor, built, like all fairy tales, around one message, summed up late in the script: "True love is the greatest thing in the world." - Arthur Ryel-Lindsey, Slant Magazine
Selected by Wanuri Kahiu, Talulah Riley, Vadim Jean, Sonke Wortmann, Peter Debruge.
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Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

1997 / Japan / 134m / Col / Anime, Fantasy Adventure
Yoji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yuko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi, Masahiko Nishimura, Tsunehiko Kamijo, Sumi Shimamoto, Tetsu Watanabe, Mitsuru Sato, Akira Nagoya
"While watching Princess Mononoke, a landmark feat of Japanese animation from the acknowledged master of the genre, it's very easy to understand the film's phenomenal popularity. Outdone only by Titanic as Japan's box-office champ, this intricate, epic fable is amazing to behold. No wonder the filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki, is acknowledged as an inspiration among his American counterparts who have reinvented animated storytelling in the post-Little Mermaid era." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Selected by Carolina López Caballero, Diego Batlle, Sean Cubitt, Kjetil Lismoen, Jonathan Lack.
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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

1949 / USA / 103m / Col / Western, Cavalry Film
John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr., Victor McLaglen, Mildred Natwick, George O'Brien, Arthur Shields, Michael Dugan
"Of all John Ford's lyrical films, this 1949 feature is the one that most nearly leaves narrative behind; it is pure theme and variation, centered on the figure of a retiring cavalry officer (John Wayne, playing with strength and conviction a man well beyond his actual age). The screenplay (by Frank Nugent and Laurence Stallings) is entirely episodic, and it ends in a magnificently sustained series of anticlimaxes, suggesting it could spin out forever. In Ford's superbly creative hands, it becomes perhaps the only avant-garde film ever made about the importance of tradition." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Adriano Aprà, Gavin Smith, Jean-Louis Leutrat, Jim McBride, Penelope Gilliatt.
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Oldboy

Oldboy

Old Boy (alternative title)
2003 / South Korea / 120m / Col / Thriller, Psychological Drama
Min-Sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Byeong-ok Kim, Dae-han Ji, Dal-su Oh, Seung-Shin Lee, Jin-seo Yun, Tae-kyung Oh, Yeon-suk Ahn
"If revenge is a dish best served cold, then Park Chan-wook's deliriously unhinged Oldboy is an unthawed Hungry Man TV dinner… Park marries the vibrant style of the Hong Kong action scene to the disturbing psychosexual currents running through many new films from his native country. The result is a powerfully visceral experience that justifies itself almost entirely on surface chops, with striking color composition and a complex sound design that elevates the story to an operatic scale." - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by Cameron Crowe, Eli Roth, Lizelle Bisschoff, Simon Rumley, Youngmee Hwang.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Piano Teacher

The Piano Teacher

La Pianiste (original title)
2001 / Austria-France-Germany / 130m / Col / Psychological Drama, Erotic Drama
Isabelle Huppert, Benoit Magimel, Annie Girardot, Susanne Lothar, Udo Samel, Anna Sigalevitch, Cornelia Kongden, Thomas Weinhappel, Georg Friedrich, Philipp Heiss
"Michael Haneke's tale of a sado-masochistic music professor is far more disturbing than any horror film... Some might conclude that by juxtaposing high culture and S&M filth, while offering no obvious palliative psychological explanation, The Piano Teacher is Euro art-shock porn. But that is to overlook its cold and steely brilliance: an inspired nightmare - chamber music for a chamber of horrors. And in her severity, her mad anger and tragic fear of love, Isabelle Huppert gives one of the most compelling performances to be seen this year." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by David Sorfa, Mika Taanila, Sean Durkin, Hannah Fidell, Lan Zuwei.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Le Jour se leve

Le Jour se lève

Daybreak (English title)
1939 / France / 93m / BW / Crime Drama, Romantic Drama
Jean Gabin, Arletty, Jules Berry, Mady Berry, Rene Genin, Arthur Devere, Rene Bergeron, Bernard Blier, Jacqueline Laurent, Gabrielle Fontan
"Possibly the best of the Carné-Prévert films, certainly their collaboration at its most classically pure, with Gabin a dead man from the outset as his honest foundry worker, hounded into jealousy and murder by a cynical seducer, holes up with a gun in an attic surrounded by police, remembering in flashback how it all started while he waits for the end. Fritz Lang might have given ineluctable fate a sharper edge (less poetry, more doom), but he couldn't have bettered the performances from Gabin, Berry, Arletty, and (as the subject of Gabin's romantic agony) Laurent." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Alejandro Agresti, Heinz Emigholz, Firat Yucel, Noel King, Jean-Charles Tacchella.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

1985 / USA / 97m / Col / Comedy Drama, Teen Movie
Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John Kapelos, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Perry Crawford, Mary Christian, Ron Dean
"For the late John Hughes, this was perhaps the definitive statement of ‘80s Midwestern teen angst. It is often cited as his most beloved, most insightful, and most iconic work. Sure, some of the characterization is as pat as the actors hired to realize it (Really? Molly Ringwald AND Anthony Michael Hall again???) and there is some unrealistic wish fulfillment in an afternoon rap session that somehow renders all school social cliques irrelevant. But in the end, this is one Club that has continued to endure… Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the film is that, some 25 years after its initial release, it still feels contemporary and up to date." - Bill Gibron, PopMatters
Selected by Sanam Hasan, Will Brooker, Toni Junyent, Joshua Leonard, Murat Özer.
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The Last Detail

The Last Detail

1973 / USA / 105m / Col / Comedy Drama, Road Movie
Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James, Michael Moriarty, Carol Kane, Luana Anders, Nancy Allen, Kathleen Miller, Gerry Salsberg
"This Oscar-nominated drama has genuine combustible power as it follows the fortunes of two tough naval petty officers (Nicholson and Young) and the pathetic young criminal (Quaid) that they have to escort to jail. Towne's script consists almost entirely of profanities and justifiably so, considering the characters aren't exactly choirboys. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, this thoroughly engrossing movie contains one of Nicholson's most memorable roles, which is saying something considering the consistent brilliance of his performances in the early 1970s." - Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
Selected by Judd Apatow, Ryan Fleck, Spike Lee, Max Winkler, Neil Burger.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Black Orpheus

Black Orpheus

Orfeu Negro (original title)
1959 / Brazil-France / 103m / Col / Fantasy, Romance
Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Ademar Da Silva, Lourdes de Oliveira, Lea Garcia, Alexandro Constantino, Waldemar De Souza, Jorge Dos Santos, Aurino Cassiano, Maria Alice
"Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was an international cultural event, and it kicked off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Mario Van Peebles, Karl Markovics, Tibor Bíró, Jonathan Demme, Wanuri Kahiu.
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Distant

Distant

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

Gummo

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

A Streetcar Named Desire

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