The 1,000 Greatest Films (800-701)

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An American in Paris

An American in Paris


1951 / USA / 115m / Col / Musical, Romance
Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, Nina Foch, Eugene Borden, Martha Bamattre, Mary Jones, Ann Codee, George Davis
"The great things remain great – Kelly’s effortless grace, Leslie Caron’s extraordinary face, Gershwin’s style-splicing score and Minnelli’s eye-ravishing colour palette. But time has not been wholly kind to An American in Paris: some of the early scenes can be a little self-satisfied and boys’-clubbish, while the love triangle between 39-year-old Kelly, his older rival Georges Guetary and the impossibly youthful 19-year-old Caron feels a mite creepy… Imperfect, then, but intermittently awe-inspiring." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Lars-Olav Beier, Sue Harris, Raquel Abad, Helena Ylänen, Nobuhiko Obayashi.
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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, Matthew Modine, Gael Garcia Bernal, Carolee Schneemann, Rob Humanick.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ


1988 / USA / 164m / Col / Religious Drama, Hagiography
Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Paul Greco, Barbara Hershey, Harry Dean Stanton, David Bowie, Steven Shill, Verna Bloom, Roberts Blossom, Barry Miller
"The Last Temptation of Christ, by Martin Scorsese, is a towering achievement. Though it initially engendered enormous controversy, the film can now be viewed as the remarkable, profoundly personal work of faith that it is. This fifteen-year labor of love, an adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’s landmark novel that imagines an alternate fate for Jesus Christ, features outstanding performances by Willem Dafoe, Barbara Hershey, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton, and David Bowie; bold cinematography by the great Michael Ballhaus; and a transcendent score by Peter Gabriel." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Kevin Smith, Norm Wilner, Rob Humanick, Pam Cook, Jane Bartlett.
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The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover


1989 / UK-France / 120m / Col / Black Comedy, Satire
Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard, Tim Roth, Ciaran Hinds, Gary Olsen, Ewan Stewart, Roger Ashton Griffiths, Ron Cook
"The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover is not an easy film to sit through. It doesn't simply make a show of being uncompromising -- it is uncompromised in every single shot from beginning to end. Why is it so extreme? Because it is a film made in rage, and rage cannot be modulated. Those who think it is only about gluttony, lust, barbarism and bad table manners will have to think again. It is a film that uses the most basic strengths and weaknesses of the human body as a way of giving physical form to the corruption of the human soul." - Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert.com
Selected by Joel Schumacher, Mingchuam Huang, Daniel Barnz, Peg Aloi, George Wu.
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The New World

The New World


2005 / USA / 135m / Col / Historical Film, Romantic Drama
Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, Wes Studi, David Thewlis, Yorick van Wageningen, Q'Orianka Kilcher, Ben Mendelsohn, Raoul Trujillo, John Savage
"Malick's films have more voice-over commentary and narration, mostly of a formal, literary kind, than they have dialogue… The New World will not be to everyone's taste. You have to adjust to his thoughts and rhythms. But it is a masterpiece, alert and sensitive to the flowing of water, the rippling of forests and fields, the texture of newly cut and weathered timber… The New World is a profound, revealing, wonderful film about the meeting of two cultures and the shaping of a new one. And it has a feeling of rare authenticity in its mood, language and treatment of Native American life." - Philip French, The Observer
Selected by Chris Stults, Duane Hopkins, Keeto Lam, Paul Clark, Christophe Goffette.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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They Were Expendable

They Were Expendable


1945 / USA / 135m / BW / War Drama, Combat Film
Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt, Ward Bond, Marshall Thompson, Leon Ames, Louis Jean Heydt, Russell Simpson, Cameron Mitchell
"A major work in the career of John Ford, They Were Expendable reflects the great director's love of the U.S. Navy and admiration of the men and women who fought the Second World War. It's a product of wartime, meant to be stirringly patriotic and occasionally saccharine… They Were Expendable offers glimmers of the psychological complexity that marks later Ford films like The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. It's a classic that hasn't received its proper recognition." - Nick Sambides Jr., Allmovie
Selected by Christian Keathley, Patrick Russell, Karel Reisz, Peter von Bagh, John Milius.
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American Beauty

American Beauty


1999 / USA / 121m / Col / Comedy Drama, Family Drama
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Peter Gallagher, Chris Cooper, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards
"American Beauty is a triumph of acting, writing and directing that defies glib description. Is the film farce, tragedy, thriller, fantasy, sitcom, skin flick or moral fable? Yes to all of the above… It's the life behind things that American Beauty catches as Mendes whips the audience around from humor to horror to something poetic and humane. The result is the kind of artful defiance that Hollywood is usually too timid to deliver: a jolting comedy that makes you laugh till it hurts." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Farai Sevenzo, Jean-Marc Vallée, Leste Chen, Peter O'Fallon, Paul Hood.
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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, Chris Butler & Sam Fell, Joshua Leonard.
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Big Deal on Madonna Street

Big Deal on Madonna Street

I Soliti ignoti (original title)

1958 / Italy / 91m / BW / Crime Comedy, Caper
Vittorio Gassman, Renato Salvatori, Marcello Mastroianni, Memmo Carotenuto, Rosanna Rory, Carla Gravina, Claudia Cardinale, Carlo Pisacane, Tiberio Murgia, Toto
"Mario Monicelli’s Big Deal on Madonna Street is that genuine rarity in popular culture: a satire that not only helped kill off one movie genre, but started a whole new subgenre in the process. The film, released in Italy in 1958 as I Soliti ignoti, was a veritable treasure trove of cinematic influences, from Italian neorealism to Hollywood postwar film noir and its 1950s French cousin, all tied together in one neat 90-minute package." - Bruce Eder, The Criterion Collection
Selected by Whit Stillman, Juan José Campanella, Eric Derobert, Fernando León de Aranoa, Orlando Lubbert.
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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 Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ron Peck, Sarah Turner, Sophie Mayer, Li Yang.
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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, Manuel Asín, Tim Wong.
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Le Million

Le Million


1931 / France / 85m / BW / Musical Comedy, Chase Movie
Rene Lefevre, Annabella, Jean-Louis Allibert, Raymond Cordy, Vanda Greville, Paul Ollivier, Constantin Siroesco, Odette Talazac, Pedro Elviro, Jane Pierson
"An impoverished artist discovers he has purchased a winning lottery ticket at the very moment his creditors come to collect. The only problem is, the ticket is in the pocket of his coat… which he left at his girlfriend’s apartment… who gave the coat to a man hiding from the police… who sells the coat to an opera singer who uses it during a performance. By turns charming and inventive, René Clair’s lyrical masterpiece had a profound impact on not only the Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplin, but on the American musical as a whole." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by D.A. Pennebaker, Nobuhiko Obayashi, Raymond Chirat, R.V. Branham, Leslie Halliwell.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Seven Women

Seven Women

7 Women (alternative spelling)

1966 / USA / 87m / Col / Drama, Period Film
Anne Bancroft, Margaret Leighton, Sue Lyon, Flora Robson, Mildred Dunnock, Betty Field, Anna Lee, Eddie Albert, Mike Mazurki, Woody Strode
"A commercial disaster when it came out in 1966, generally relegated to the lower half of double bills and dismissed by most critics, John Ford's magnificent last feature is surely one of his greatest not merely for its unsentimental distillation of Fordian themes, but for the telegraphic urgency and passion of its style, which is aided rather than handicapped by the stripped-down studio sets. Set in 1935, the film effectively transposes the gender and settings of many of his classic westerns to the apocalyptic last days of a female missionary outpost in China, which is about to be invaded by Mongolian warriors (including Mike Mazurki and Woody Strode)." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Bernard Eisenschitz, Jean Narboni, Fred Camper, Marcos Uzal, Jacques Aumont.
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Numero deux

Numéro deux


1975 / France / 88m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Essay Film
Sandrine Battistella, Jean-Luc Godard, Pierre Oudrey, Alexandre Rignault, Rachel Stefanopoli
"Often juxtaposing or superimposing two or more video images within the same 'Scope frame, Jean-Luc Godard's remarkable 1975 feature—one of the most ambitious and innovative films in his career—literally deconstructs family, sexuality, work, and alienation before our very eyes. Our ears are given a workout as well; the punning commentary and dialogue, whose overlapping meanings can only be approximated in the subtitles, form part of one of his densest sound tracks… In many respects, this is a film about reverse angles and all that they imply; it forms one of Godard's richest and most disturbing meditations on social reality." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Álvaro Arroba, Daisuke Akasaka, Edgar Pêra, Federico Rossin, Santiago Gallego.
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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, Bertrand Tavernier.
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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, Mika Kaurismäki, Steven Gaydos.
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Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko


2001 / USA / 112m / Col / Fantasy, Psychological Drama
Jake Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Mary McDonnell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Duval, Patrick Swayze, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Katharine Ross, Noah Wyle
"Informed in equal measure by Back To The Future, E.T., and Blue Velvet, Kelly's portrait of late-'80s suburbia is bound in pop-culture references, yet they're not cheap signposts, but a genuine reflection of what it was like to grow up in that time and place… A dense and wonderfully stylized amalgam of genres and influences, Donnie Darko resists any clear definition, which is perhaps its most appealing quality. Is it the flip side of Blue Velvet, a blistering satire of Reagan-warped suburbia? Or is it an anarchic, Fight Club-style punk film about the impulse to tear down a corrupt world in order to build a new one? Is it mind-bending science fiction? An adolescent romance?" - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by James King, Marc Evans, Peg Aloi, Susy Freitas, Jurgen Egger.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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The Producers

The Producers


1968 / USA / 88m / Col / Showbiz Comedy, Farce
Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Dick Shawn, Estelle Winwood, Renee Taylor, Lee Meredith, Christopher Hewett, Andreas Voutsinas, Michael Davis
"This is one of the funniest movies ever made. To see it now is to understand that. To see it for the first time in 1968, when I did, was to witness audacity so liberating that not even There's Something About Mary rivals it. The movie was like a bomb going off inside the audience's sense of propriety. There is such rapacity in its heroes, such gleeful fraud, such greed, such lust, such a willingness to compromise every principle, that we cave in and go along." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Christopher Fowler, Ian Penman, Joe Mantegna, Jonathan Ross, Nick Kroll.
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Dog Star Man

Dog Star Man


1964 / USA / 75m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Abstract Film
Stan Brakhage, Jane Brakhage
"Brakhage revitalises the Romantic concept of the artist as heroic protagonist, struggling with Nature, the seasons, life, death, and above all with his own developing consciousness. This work introduced to the '60s avant-garde a new use of visual analogy and metaphor, in a language based on wild camera movement, hand painting, superimposition, and the reconstruction and recapitulation of series of images and whole sequences." - David Curtis, Time Out
Selected by David Sterritt, Bryan Chang, David E. James, Jaime Pena, Carolee Schneemann.
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Memories of Murder

Memories of Murder

Salinui chueok (original title)

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

The Lusty Men


1952 / USA / 113m / BW / Drama, Modern Western
Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy, Arthur Hunnicutt, Glenn Strange, Lane Chandler, Frank Faylen, Walter Coy, Carol Nugent, Maria Hart
"A masterpiece by Nicholas Ray—perhaps the most melancholy and reflective of his films. This modern-dress western centers on Ray's perennial themes of disaffection and self-destruction: Arthur Kennedy is a young rodeo rider, eager for quick fame and easy money; Robert Mitchum is his older friend, a veteran who's been there and knows better. Working with the great cinematographer Lee Garmes, Ray creates an unstable atmosphere of dust and despair—trailer camps and broken-down ranches—that expresses the contradictory impulses of his characters: a lust for freedom balanced by a quest for security." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Chris Fujiwara, V.F. Perkins, Haden Guest, Luc Sante, Nick Pinkerton.
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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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Sauve qui peut (la vie)

Sauve qui peut (la vie)

Every Man for Himself (USA title); Slow Motion (UK title)

1980 / France-Switzerland / 87m / Col / Psychological Drama, Urban Drama
Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye, Roland Amstutz, Cecile Tanner, Anna Baldaccini, Roger Jendly, Fred Personne, Nicole Jacquet, Dore De Rosa
"Jean-Luc Godard calls this 1980 production his “second first film”—which means both a return to narrative after his brilliant documentary-theoretical work in the 70s and a complete clearing of the decks. You feel him questioning his entire life here, his most basic impulses and ideals, and his honesty is devastating… Of course, the film's substantial artistry belies Godard's self-negation: with his formal, four-part ordering of the narration, the tension he establishes and exploits between sound track and image, and his use of slow motion to analyze and abstract the action, Godard pulls an aesthetic victory from the jaws of utter nihilism." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Evans Chan, Ewa Mazierska, Richard Kwietniowski, Jean-Michel Frodon, Frédéric Maire.
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Il Grido

Il Grido

The Cry (English title); The Outcry (alternative English title)

1957 / Italy / 111m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Steve Cochran, Alida Valli, Dorian Gray, Betsy Blair, Gabriella Pallotta, Lynn Shaw, Mirna Girardi, Pina Boldrini, Guerrino Campanini, Lilia Landi
"Michelangelo Antonioni's The Cry provides a missing link between Italian neorealism and the director's later work. A factory mechanic loses his moorings when the woman he loves abandons him and their daughter; he and the child drift aimlessly through a nearly empty, semi-industrial landscape. The camera's spare, stunning compositions and the tone of loss and disaffection anticipate Antonioni's later, brilliant explorations of bourgeois anomie." - Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice
Selected by Erica Gregor, Firat Yucel, Francesco Pitassio, Fred Kelemen, Götz Spielmann.
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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, Benjamin Spacek, Sonke Wortmann, Vadim Jean, Nelson Lau.
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Crumb

Crumb


1994 / USA / 119m / Col / Documentary, Biography
Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb, Robert Hughes, Martin Muller, Don Donaghue, Dana Crumb, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez
"Crumb, which is one of the most remarkable and haunting documentaries ever made, tells the story of Robert Crumb, his brothers Max and Charles, and an American childhood that looks normal in old family photographs but conceals deep wounds and secrets. It is the kind of film that you watch in disbelief, as layer after layer is peeled away, and you begin to understand the strategies that have kept Crumb alive and made him successful while one of his brothers became a recluse in an upstairs bedroom and the other passes his time literally sitting on a bed of nails." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Joe Swanberg, Mike Maggiore, Nicholas Searle, Volker Hummel, Darron Davies.
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Morocco

Morocco


1930 / USA / 92m / BW / Romance, Melodrama
Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou, Ullrich Haupt, Juliette Compton, Francis McDonald, Albert Conti, Eve Southern, Michael Visaroff, Paul Porcasi
"It's been customary to dismiss Sternberg's 'absurd' plots as mere vehicles for his experiments with lighting and decor, and his loving explorations of Dietrich's visual and emotional possibilities. The truth is that films like Morocco are completely homogeneous: the plotting and acting are in exactly the same expressionist register as everything else. Here, the highly nuanced portraits of men and a woman caught between the codes they live by and their deepest, secret impulses, remain very moving and 100 per cent modern." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Tag Gallagher, Juzaburo Futaba, Dan Sallitt, Seijun Suzuki, Pere Gimferrer.
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Le Sang des betes

Le Sang des bêtes

Blood of the Beasts (English title)

1949 / France / 20m / BW / Culture & Society, Documentary
Georges Hubert, Nicole Ladmiral
"Despite the grim content, this description of three abbatoirs is no vegetarian tract. What most fascinates Franju is the inflicting of violent death as a matter of banal 9-to-5 routine. We soon pick up the process: the pickaxe through the skull, the throatcutting, the steaming blood (it's winter) spilling across the stone floor, the hacking and dismembering… The slaughterhouses are placed in geographical context, with Kosma's lilting waltz theme accompanying an evocation of the outskirts of post-war Paris: canals, junk markets, scrubby wasteland. It's a gift of a subject for a surrealist like Franju: an everyday nightmare, at once atrocious and outlandishly beautiful." - Bob Baker, Time Out
Selected by Daniel Kasman, Paula Arantzazu Ruiz, Robert Gardner, Tom Vincent, Patrick Keiller.
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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, Stephen Gaghan, Pia Marais, Karim Aïnouz.
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The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers


1980 / USA / 130m / Col / Action Comedy, Rock Musical
John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Kathleen Freeman, James Brown, Henry Gibson, John Landis, Frank Oz, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Carrie Fisher
"Soul-stirring celebration or crass cultural exploitation? Truth is, The Blues Brothers is a bit of both, lending exposure to rhythm and blues legends who might otherwise have faded into silence while at the same time treating black culture as a colourful pantomime backdrop for the antics of two white comedians… Still, the film retains a huge nostalgic kick, thanks in large part to Aykroyd and Belushi’s easy rapport, a smattering of daft, shaggy humour and some truly iconic musical sequences." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Paul Feig, Craig Brewer, Jon Favreau, Ruben Fleischer, Michael Addis.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Hunger

Hunger


2008 / UK-Ireland / 96m / Col / Prison Film, Political Drama
Michael Fassbender, Stuart Graham, Helena Bereen, Larry Cowan, Liam Cunningham, Dennis McCambridge, Liam McMahon, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan, Rory Mullen
"History has lent a new perspective to the story of IRA man Bobby Sands and his 1981 hunger strike in Northern Ireland's Maze prison for political status, recreated here in Hunger, Steve McQueen's explicit, but icily brilliant and superbly acted film. It is a lacerating portrait of an agonised period of British and Irish history… Hunger shows that McQueen is a real film-maker and his background in art has meant a fierce concentration on image, an unflinching attention to what things looked like, moment by moment. There is an avoidance of affect and a repudiation of the traditional liberal-lenient gestures of dialogue, dramatic consensus and narrative resolution. This is a powerful, provocative piece of work." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Clio Barnard, Akin Omotoso, Noam M. Elcott, Zachary Wigon, Steven Boone.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Avatar

Avatar


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

Black Girl

La Noire de… (original title)

1966 / Senegal-France / 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
"Ousmane Sembène was one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived, as well as the most renowned African director of the twentieth century—and yet his name still deserves to be better known in the rest of the world. He made his feature debut in 1966 with the brilliant and stirring Black Girl. Sembène, who was also an acclaimed novelist in his native Senegal, transforms a deceptively simple plot—about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white family and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a prison, both figuratively and literally—into a complexly layered critique of the lingering colonialist mind-set of a supposedly postcolonial world." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by June Givanni, Allan Sekula, Guy Désiré Yameogo, Horace Ove, May Adadol Ingawanij.
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Code Unknown

Code Unknown

Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages (original title); Code inconnu (alternative title)

2000 / France-Germany-Romania / 116m / Col / Ensemble Film, Urban Drama
Juliette Binoche, Thierry Neuvic, Josef Bierbichler, Alexandre Hamidi, Maimouna Helene Diarra, Ona Lu Yenke, Djibril Kouyate, Luminita Gheorghiu, Crenguta Hariton, Bob Nicolaescu
"Austrian director Michael Haneke is a ruthless anthropologist of domestic nihilism, but his first French-language feature, Code Unknown, is also his most humane. It's less eager to implicate the audience in its exhibitions of motiveless savagery—as with the amiable psychopath's to-camera asides in Funny Games—and more inclined to arrange ordinary people not as isolated terrorist cells but as a frail, knotty web held together by selfish interdependence and clashing grievances… Code Unknown is Haneke's most expansive and, oddly, hopeful work—not a gaze into the void, but a fierce attempt to scramble out of it." - Jessica Winter, The Village Voice
Selected by Clio Barnard, Antonio Campos, Ruben Östlund, Robin Wood, Laura Marks.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Sweet Hereafter

The Sweet Hereafter


1997 / Canada / 112m / Col / Drama, Ensemble Film
Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood, Tom McCamus, Arsinee Khanjian, Alberta Watson, Maury Chaykin, Gabrielle Rose, Peter Donaldson, David Hemblen
"A school bus skids off an icy road and sinks into a frozen lake, taking with it the children of a tiny, once neighborly Adirondack town. Presented midway through this latest, biggest and most wrenching film by the brilliantly analytical Atom Egoyan, this image becomes the basis for a many-faceted moral inquiry… Making this material very much his own, the filmmaker creates schematic, intuitive images that hauntingly crystallize the characters' situations… For all the suffering it describes, this eloquent film also carries the exhilaration of crystal-clear artistic vision." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Selected by Bálint Szalóky, Amy Berg, M.K. Raghavendra, Tero Vainio, Eli Daughdrill.
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Moonfleet

Moonfleet


1955 / USA / 89m / Col / Costume Adventure, Swashbuckler
Stewart Granger, Jon Whiteley, George Sanders, Joan Greenwood, Viveca Lindfors, Melville Cooper, Jack Elam, Dan Seymour, Ian Wolfe, Liliane Montevecchi
"A boy and a rakish smuggler search for a legendary lost diamond in a wonderfully stylised version of 19th century Cornwall. The characters are linked and haunted by the memory of the boy's dead mother, and their 'romance' is a journey through a dark world of gallows and graveyards. Lang disliked working in CinemaScope, a ratio he described in Le Mépris as 'only good for funerals and snakes', but uses it brilliantly." - Steve Jenkins, Time Out
Selected by Carlos Losilla, Cristina Álvarez López, Javier Rebollo, Jed Rapfogel, Joan Pons.
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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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Port of Shadows

Port of Shadows

Le Quai des brumes (original title)

1938 / France / 91m / BW / Romantic Drama, Crime Drama
Jean Gabin, Michele Morgan, Michel Simon, Pierre Brasseur, Robert Le Vigan, Raymond Aimos, Marcel Peres, Jenny Burnay, Edouard Delmont, Rene Genin
"Down a foggy, desolate road to the port city of Le Havre travels Jean (Gabin), an army deserter looking for another chance to make good on life. Fate, however, has a different plan for him, as acts of both revenge and kindness render him front-page news… Port of Shadows starkly portrays an underworld of lonely souls wrestling with their own destinies. Based on the novel by Pierre Mac Orlan, the inimitable team of director Marcel Carné and writer Jacques Prévert deliver a quintessential example of poetic realism and a classic film from the golden age of French cinema." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by John Sayles, David Panos, Igor Soukmanov, Michael Wedel, Nigel Algar.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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The Long Day Closes

The Long Day Closes


1992 / UK / 83m / Col / Coming-of-Age, Family Drama
Marjorie Yates, Leigh McCormack, Anthony Watson, Nicholas Lamont, Aysee Owens, Tina Malone, Jimmy Wilde, Robin Polley, Peter Ivatts, Joy Blakeman
"Davies' final autobiographical film rings wholly true, due to the richness and the rightness of the allusions he makes through sets, costumes, dialogue, music, radio and cinema itself. Such is Davies' artistry that he shapes his material into a poignant vision of a paradise lost… The stately camera movements; the tableaux-like compositions; the evocative use of music and movie dialogue; the dreamy dissolves and lighting - all make this a movie which takes place in its young protagonist's mind. Beautifully poetic, never contrived or precious, the film dazzles with its stylistic confidence, emotional honesty, terrific wit and all-round audacity." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Bill Horrigan, Michal Oleszczyk, Robin Baker, Stephen Cone, Jaime N. Christley.
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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 Christoph Hochhäusler, Fred Kelemen, Leonardo Quaresima, Stephen Frears, Vecdi Sayar.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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A History of Violence

A History of Violence


2005 / USA-Germany / 96m / Col / Crime Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes, Stephen McHattie, Peter MacNeill, Ed Harris, Greg Bryk, Kyle Schmid, Heidi Hayes
"Why is A History of Violence so great? Freely adapted from John Wagner and Vince Locke's graphic novel (and apparently a work for hire), Cronenberg's movie manages to have its cake and eat it—impersonating an action flick in its staccato mayhem while questioning these violent attractions every step of the way… Tense and atmospheric, A History of Violence is a hyper-real version of an early-'50s B-movie nightmare—albeit one where the narrative delicately blurs dream and reality, the performances slyly merge acting with role-playing, the location feels like a set, and blood always splatters from lovingly contrived prosthetic injuries." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Selected by Cameron Bailey, Robert Polito, Raul Lizarzaburu, Neil Young, Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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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 Nobuhiro Yamashita, Judd Apatow, Wes Anderson, Spike Lee, Max Winkler.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Van Gogh

Van Gogh


1991 / France / 155m / Col / Drama, Biography
Jacques Dutronc, Alexandra London, Bernard Lecoq, Gerard Sety, Corinne Bourdon, Elsa Zylberstein, Jacques Vidal, Chantal Barbarit, Claudine Ducret, Frederic Bonpart
"This stunningly photographed and skilfully acted film uses an accretion of naturalistic detail to present an emotionally restrained but utterly compelling account of the last three months of Van Gogh's life… Since Pialat has no desire to canonise the artist, there is no attempt to trace the origins and development of his 'creative genius'; nor, avoiding the hazards of biopic cliché, does he seek to illuminate these dark corners of his subject's troubled soul. In the leading role, Dutronc has exactly the right quality of physical frailty and stooped sadness to complement Pialat's beautiful, poignant images." - Nigel Floyd, Time Out
Selected by Olivier Assayas, Jean-Michel Frodon, Satu Laaksonen, Erik Syngle, Gilles Jacob.
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Vengeance is Mine

Vengeance is Mine

Fukushû suru wa ware ni ari (original title)

1979 / Japan / 129m / Col / Crime, Psychological Drama
Ken Ogata, Mayumi Ogawa, Rentaro Mikuni, Mitsuko Baisho, Nijiko Kiyokawa, Chocho Miyako, Moeko Ezawa, Toshie Negishi, Kazuko Shirakawa, Taiji Tonoyama
"Imamura’s 1979 case history of a murderous con-man on the loose in 1960s Japan is, like Roberto Succo, free of facile psychology and moral judgement; and like M or 10 Rillington Place, it’s concerned less with the individual than with how his acts illuminate the society that spawned him… We’re finally left wondering: is anyone here not in pain, not living a lie? Are compromise, oppression, madness, violence and a death wish par for the Japanese course? At once darkly comic and quasi-tragic, Imamura’s often brilliant tale of Eros and Thanatos is perverse, powerful and subversive." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, Nicoletta Romeo, Kim Young-Jin, Park Kiyong.
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Forbidden Games

Jeux interdits (original title)
Forbidden Games

1952 / France / 87m / BW / Childhood Drama, War Drama
Brigitte Fossey, Georges Poujouly, Lucien Hubert, Suzanne Courtal, Jacques Marin, Laurence Badie, Andre Wasley, Amedee, Denise Pereonne, Louis Sainteve
"For English-speaking audiences, Forbidden Games remains one of the two or three most important French films of the pre-New Wave era. Under Clément's direction, the two children are inestimably fresher and more engaging than almost any other child actors of the time. But beyond its immediate appeal, Forbidden Games remains important as an early conjunction of the realist style of director René Clément on the one side and the "cinema of quality" of the Aurenche/Bost script on the other. A tension is created by the film's hesitation between social allegory and anthropology and between a natural and a prettified style." - Dudley Andrew, Film Reference
Selected by Hubert Cornfield, Bryan Forbes, Xavier Dolan, Desirée de Fez, Pedro Olea.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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The Headless Woman

The Headless Woman

La Mujer sin cabeza (original title)

2008 / Argentina-Spain-France-Italy / 87m / Col / Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Maria Onetto, Claudia Cantero, Cesar Bordon, Daniel Genoud, Guillermo Arengo, Ines Efron, Alicia Muxo, Pia Uribelarrea, Maria Vaner, Andrea Verdon
"Disturbing and deeply mysterious, this tale of ghosts and guilt is nothing short of a masterpiece... This is not an easy film to watch, or to understand, but the potency with which it resonates in the imagination is remarkable. Lucrecia Martel's other films, The Swamp (2001) and The Holy Girl (2004) have both had something of this spacey, floating style, but never before has it been applied to something so painful, so relevant, and never before has she delivered such a psychologically real portrait: demonstrating in both style and content what happens when we go into denial." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Lizzie Francke, Violet Lucca, Marc Munden, Simon Ward, Maria Delgado.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff


1983 / USA / 193m / Col / Drama, Docudrama
Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Kim Stanley, Veronica Cartwright, Pamela Reed, Scott Paulin
"From the opening moments it is clear that we have the nearest modern equivalent to a Western: men of quiet virtue going skyward, leaving the tawdry world of log-rolling politicians behind. John Ford might have made it, and director Kaufman matches up to the master of this kind of poetic hero worship. Beginning with Chuck Yeager's breaking of the sound barrier in the late '40s, he uses the great test pilot as a counterpoint to the training and eventual missions of the seven astronauts chosen for America's first space programme." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Peter Segal, Tony Jones, Klaus Härö, Jordan Hoffman, Michel Boujut.
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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, Ian Christie.
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Time of the Gypsies

Time of the Gypsies

Dom za vesanje (original title)

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

Olympia

Olympiad (alternative title)

1938 / Germany / 220m / BW / Sports, Documentary
David Albritton, Jack Beresford, Henri de Baillet-Latour, Philip Edwards, Donald Finlay, Wilhelm Frick, Josef Goebbels, Hermann Goring, Ernest Harper, Rudolf Hess
"Riefenstahl, as she demonstrated in the technically brilliant propaganda film Triumph of the Will, had a poet's eye for capturing spectacles on both a grand and intimate scale. Olympia might have been a paean to the Third Reich and the superiority of the German athlete (its prologue, featuring only Aryans in various poses and action sequences, suggests that), but Riefenstahl nimbly sidestepped her Nazi masters to offer if not a completely objective view of the games, at least one which did not stint on the accomplishments of runners, jumpers, and swimmers from many nations and of many ethnic backgrounds." - Tom Wiener, All Movie
Selected by Carrie Rickey, Vigen Galstyan, Joel David, Richard Kostelanetz, Mario Naito.
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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek


1944 / USA / 99m / BW / Satire, Screwball Comedy
Betty Hutton, Eddie Bracken, William Demarest, Diana Lynn, Brian Donlevy, Akim Tamiroff, Porter Hall, Emory Parnell, Jimmy Conlin, Almira Sessions
"Preston Sturges's affably blasphemous version of the Nativity, with Betty Hutton as a World War II good-time girl who finds herself in the family way after a dimly remembered night with a soldier whose name may or may not have been Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki. The real miracle is that Sturges got all of this past the production-code office in 1944, particularly the arrival of Hutton's blessing, as scheduled on Christmas morning, in the form of sextuplets. Caustic and chaotic in the arch Sturges manner, it's probably his funniest and most smilingly malicious film." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Peter Bogdanovich, Whit Stillman, Nicolas Rapold, John Landis, Fernando Trueba.
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Blood Simple

Blood Simple


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

Abraham's Valley

Vale Abraão (original title); Abraham Valley (alternative title)

1993 / Portugal-France-Switzerland / 187m / Col / Psychological Drama
Leonor Silveira, Cecile Sanz de Alba, Luis Miguel Cintra, Ruy de Carvalho, Luis Lima Barreto, Micheline Larpin, Diego Doria, Jose Pinto, Filipe Cochofel, Joao Perry
"This Portuguese adaptation of Madame Bovary - or rather a poetic meditation on the novel by Augustina Bessa-Luis - is encased in a hypnotic atmosphere, both melancholic and tranquil…Subtle, elegant, enigmatic, this movie by the veteran Oliveira exercises a powerful grip. Oliveira's style is hard to categorise (the director began making films in 1931): the timelessness of the modern-day setting, where the Lotuses and Maseratis seem so incongruous, is reminiscent of Resnais, but the languorous acting echoes the satiric irony of late Buñuel and the secretive minimalism of Bresson." - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by Jean Narboni, Haden Guest, Jaime N. Christley, Cid Nader, Frédéric Maire.
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The Last Emperor

The Last Emperor


1987 / China-Italy-UK-France / 160m / Col / Historical Film, Biography
John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ying Ruocheng, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Maggie Han, Ric Young, Vivian Wu
“The power and scope of the film was, and remains, undeniable—the life of Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and without the walls of the Forbidden City. Recreating Ching dynasty China with astonishing detail and unparalleled craftsmanship by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, The Last Emperor is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Yojiro Takita, Ik-June Yang, Ringo Lam, Steven Seagal, Samuel Fuller.
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A Woman of Paris

A Woman of Paris

A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (original title)

1923 / USA / 81m / BW / Romance, Melodrama
Edna Purviance, Clarence Geldart, Carl Miller, Lydia Knott, Charles K. French, Adolphe Menjou, Betty Morrissey, Malvina Polo
"Charles Chaplin wrote and directed this sophisticated comedy-drama for his longtime leading lady, Edna Purviance, in 1923. Chaplin's themes are emotional failure and moral blindness, effectively worked out through a tightly structured story of a girl who leaves her provincial hometown to become the mistress of a Parisian millionaire (Menjou). Because the film was unavailable for decades, it has acquired a reputation that it doesn't quite deserve. But it is a moving and entertaining work, executed with high finesse by a master cineast." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by José Luis Guerín, Igor Soukmanov, Martin Tudor Caranfil, Paulino Viota, Julio Pérez Perucha.
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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, John Maclean, Ivan Passer, Gao Qunshu.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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The Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain


1973 / Mexico-USA / 114m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Surrealist Film
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas, Zamira Saunders, Juan Ferrara, Adriana Page, Burt Kleiner, Valerie Jodorowsky, Nicky Nichols, Richard Rutowski, Luis Lomeli
"Jodorowsky finally earned his reputation as '70s cinema's mystic of mayhem with the big-budget 1973 folly The Holy Mountain, a scabrous satire of organized religion that follows a Christ figure, his disciples, and their bloody quest for the home of the gods… Witty, disgusting, eye-popping, and incomprehensible, The Holy Mountain is every bit as pop-philosophical as Jodorowsky's earlier work, but it also contains original visual ideas nearly every 30 seconds… It's all in service of a typically Jodorowskian call to action, urging us to abandon fantasy and embrace reality. But when fantasies are as sumptuous as The Holy Mountain, who'd ever want to leave?" - Noel Murray, A.V. Club
Selected by Jonathan Caouette, Anton Bitel, Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, Joko Anwar, Simon Rumley.
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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 Paul Feig, Ian Penman, Vic Pratt, Gerald Peary, Daniel Talbot.
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When Harry Met Sally...

When Harry Met Sally...


1989 / USA / 95m / Col / Romance, Comedy
Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Steven Ford, Lisa Jane Persky, Michella Nicastro, Harley Jane Kozak, John Arceri, Robert Alan Beuth
"Nora Ephron and Rob Reiner's pitch-perfect romantic comedy never sets a foot wrong. Too often dismissed as the bland, cutesy, cakey-bakey face of the modern romcom, the late Nora Ephron was an unacknowledged genius when it came to screenplay construction – and When Harry Met Sally remains her finest work. This is a film where everything works: Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan’s just-this-side-of-smug central couple, the gorgeous photography of New York through the changing seasons, even Harry Connick Jr’s jazz-lite soundtrack. And it’s all rooted in that flawless script." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Mike Birbiglia, Michaela Boland, Pernille Rose Gronkjaer, Vadim Jean, Ailton Monteiro.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart


1990 / USA / 127m / Col / Road Movie, Black Comedy
Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton, Crispin Glover, Grace Zabriskie, J.E. Freeman, William Morgan Sheppard
"Imagine The Wizard Of Oz with an oversexed witch, gun-toting Munchkins and love ballads from Elvis Presley, and you'll get some idea of this erotic hellzapoppin from writer-director David Lynch. Lynch's kinky fairy tale is a triumph of startling images and comic invention. In adapting Barry Gifford's book Wild at Heart for the screen, Lynch does more than tinker. Starting with the outrageous and building from there, he ignites a slight love-on-the-run novel, creating a bonfire of a movie that confirms his reputation as the most exciting and innovative filmmaker of his generation." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Warwick Thornton, Keren Yedaya, Christoph Hochhäusler, Havana Marking, Takeshi Kitano.
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Blow Out

Blow Out


1981 / USA / 107m / Col / Political Thriller, Paranoid Thriller
John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, Peter Boyden, John Aquino, Curt May, Ernest McClure, Dave Roberts, Maurice Copeland
"In the enthralling Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. He enlists the help of a possible eyewitness to the crime (Allen), who may be in danger herself, to uncover the truth. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, Blow Out is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on moviemaking." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Quentin Tarantino, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Harun Farocki, Utamaru, Peter Sobczynski.
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Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers


1997 / USA / 129m / Col / Sci-Fi Action, Political Satire
Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Clancy Brown, Michael Ironside, Seth Gilliam, Patrick Muldoon, Rue McClanahan
"This highly ambitious adaptation of the sci-fi novel by Robert A. Heinlein exhibits director Paul Verhoeven's signature flashes of mordant wit, satire, and strong violence. The rare action picture that tries to operate on several levels at once, Troopers uses elements of fascism, Nazi imagery, and World War II propaganda to illustrate its central story: the takeover of futuristic civilization by deadly, ravaging insects. A singular piece of science fiction that achieves its goals, Verhoeven's film simultaneously parodies and satisfies the public's fascination with media and mass destruction… The film is widely recognized in cult circles as a telling critique of the absurdity of wartime values." - Jason Clark, All Movie
Selected by Ben Walters, Takashi Miike, Anja Kirschner, Otani Nobuhiko, Fenton Bailey.
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The Circus

The Circus


1928 / USA / 72m / BW / Comedy, Slapstick
Charles Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Allan Garcia, Harry Crocker, George Davis, Henry Bergman, Stanley "Tiny" Sandford, John Rand, Steve Murphy, Albert Austin
"The Circus may be the film that most definitively silences critics who claim that Charlie Chaplin's movies aren't cinematic. It is Chaplin's great elegy to the lost art of music-hall pantomime and, for that matter, the soon-to-be lost art of silent-film comedy. Production on this most underrated of Chaplin's silent features wrapped three days after the premiere of The Jazz Singer. And yet, though the writing was on the wall that the silent clowns' days were numbered, The Circus never feels maudlin or self-pitying like Chaplin's later Limelight, where he mourns not the end of a particular aesthetic, but the very loss of his audience." - Christian Blauvelt, Slant Magazine
Selected by Ali Smith, Charles Barr, Emily Wardill, Arnost Lustig, Sakari Toiviainen.
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All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front


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

The Age of the Earth

A Idade da Terra (original title)

1980 / Brazil / 158m / Col / Religious Epic, Political Drama
Mauricio do Valle, Jece Valadao, Antonio Pitanga, Tarcisio Meira, Geraldo Del Rey, Ana Maria Magalhaes, Norma Bengell, Danuza Leao, Carlos Petrovicho, Mario Gusmao
"Earth is the final work by Glauber Rocha, one of the most important and controversial of all Brazilian filmmakers. It's an epic film that draws on a variety of cinematic traditions—from ethnographic documentary to experimental narrative—to consider the impact of western imperialism on indigenous Brazil. The major characters are an American imperialist named Brahms and four different Christ figures (listed in the credits as Black Christ, Indigenous Christ, Military Christ, and Guerilla Christ) who attempt to stop his destructive campaign through the Brazilian wilderness… Rocha claimed that the sequences of Earth could be screened in any order and have the same effect." - Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
Selected by Michael Glawogger, Manuel Asín, John Gianvito, Amos Gitai, Cesar Zamberlan.
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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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Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters


1984 / USA / 107m / Col / Fantasy, Sci-Fi Comedy
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson, David Margulies, Steven Tash
"Thirty years on, bustin’ still makes us feel good. In fact, few movies have the power to make us feel good-er. From pounding drum machine intro to marshmallow apocalypse finale, Ghostbusters is a cavalcade of pure joy. The reasons for this are manifold, but still bear repeating. Bill Murray’s sweetly sardonic performance is a treasure for the ages. The script is literally word-perfect, at once crude, weird and packed with timeless silly-smart one-liners (‘Listen... do you smell something?’). Ivan Reitman’s direction moves at a clip, the animated effects are unearthly and beautiful, and the soundtrack, stuffed with long-forgotten yacht rock also-rans, somehow manages to be awful and perfect at the same time." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Adam Wingard, Taika Waititi, Seth Rogen, Yudai Yamaguchi, Jonathon Oake.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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The Ascent

The Ascent

Voskhozhdeniye (original title)

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

Red Sorghum

Hong gao liang (original title)

1987 / China / 91m / Col / Rural Drama, Marriage Drama
Gong Li, Jiang Wen, Teng Rijun, Liu Ji, Cui Cun-hua, Qian Ming, Zhang Yimou
"The stuff of legend, Zhang Yimou's film satisfies both as straight folk tale and as a subversive tribute to the vitality and endurance of Chinese peasant culture… As the film develops, the tone shifts from light to dark, humour giving way to horror and sacrifice with the arrival of Japanese forces. Formerly a cameraman, Zhang fills the 'Scope screen with rich, sensuous images that illuminate and celebrate peasant life (waving sorghum fields, an eclipse of the sun), and uses actors, music and colour in a deeply expressive way. This, his debut as a director, confirms him as one of the finest and most versatile of China's 'Fifth Generation' film-makers." - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by Alexey Medvedev, Han Jie, Yiwen Chen, Wei Te-Sheng, Yang Shupeng.
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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, Louis Skorecki.
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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, John Dahl, Errol Morris, Griffin Dunne, Elaine Paterson.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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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 Bryan Chang, Robert Haller, Mark Romanek, Mark Fisher, Fernando Martin Pena, Raquel Abad.
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Syndromes and a Century

Syndromes and a Century

Sang sattawat (original title)

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

The Virgin Spring

Jungfrukällan (original title)

1959 / Sweden / 88m / BW / Drama, Period Film
Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson, Axel Duberg, Tor Isedal, Allan Edwall, Ove Porath, Axel Slangus, Gudrun Brost
"Bergman won his first Oscar for this cruel but unsensational medieval allegory, a tale of superstition, religious faith, rape and revenge set in a 14th century Sweden where the populace is vacillating between Christianity and paganism… The formal simplicity and overt symbolism (light and dark, fire and water) undercut the potentially sensationalist elements of the material, Sven Nykvist's luminous black-and-white photography conspiring with the austerity of Bergman's imagery to create an extraordinary metaphysical charge." - Nigel Floyd, Time Out
Selected by Wes Craven, Tara Brady, Péter Muszatics, Juan Antonio García Borrero, Srdan Golubovic.
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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 Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Cristina Nord, Henry Bean, Werner Herzog, Chris Kennedy.
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The Idiots

The Idiots

Idioterne (original title)

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

Saving Private Ryan

1998 / USA / 169m / Col / War, Combat Film
Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Ted Danson, Dennis Farina
"Since the end of World War II and the virtual death of the western, the combat film has disintegrated into a showcase for swagger, cynicism, obscenely overblown violence and hollow, self-serving victories. Now, with stunning efficacy, Spielberg turns back the clock. He restores passion and meaning to the genre with such whirlwind force that he seems to reimagine it entirely, dazzling with the breadth and intensity of that imagination. No received notions, dramatic or ideological, intrude on this achievement. This film simply looks at war as if war had not been looked at before." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Selected by Mamoru Oshii, Chad Stahelski, Adam Carolla, Griffin Dunne, Chris Wisner.
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 Andrew Haigh, Jean-Pierre Garcia, Samantha Morton, Les Blair, David Roland.
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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, Xavier Dolan, Hannah Fidell.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Airplane!

Airplane!

Flying High (alternative title)

1980 / USA / 86m / Col / Anarchic Comedy, Parody/Spoof
Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Leslie Nielsen, Lorna Patterson, Stephen Stucker, Barbara Billingsley
"Before Airplane! came along in 1980, the anything-goes vaudeville aesthetic had more or less died off with the Marx Brothers, which might explain why much of a generation grew up thinking the disaster-movie spoof was the funniest ever made. Not the best comedy ever made, of course, but considered in bulk, nothing could really top the sheer quantity of laughs being offered, even when dozens of gags fell flat. It's impossible to overstate Airplane!'s influence on the genre, not just in the slew of gag-a-second knockoffs and Leslie Nielsen vehicles that followed, but also on the constant riffing now common to modern Disney animated features, or many of the films built around sketch comics from Saturday Night Live.” - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by Peter Farrelly, Evan Mather, Scott Renshaw, Drake Stutesman, Gerard Krawczyk.
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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 Peter Howell, Julian Fellowes, 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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The Red Balloon

The Red Balloon

Le Ballon rouge (original title)

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

Smiles of a Summer Night

Sommarnattens leende (original title)

1955 / Sweden / 108m / BW / Comedy, Ensemble Film
Eva Dahlbeck, Ulla Jacobsson, Harriet Andersson, Margit Carlquist, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Jarl Kulle, Ake Fridell, Bjorn Bjelvenstam, Naima Wifstrand, Bibi Andersson
"After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, the 1955 comedy Smiles of a Summer Night at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt to navigate the laws of attraction. During a weekend in the country, the women collude to force the men’s hands in matters of the heart, exposing their pretensions and insecurities along the way. Chock-full of flirtatious propositions and sharp witticisms delivered by such Swedish screen legends as Gunnar Björnstrand and Harriet Andersson, Smiles of a Summer Night is one of cinema’s great erotic comedies." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Derek Malcolm, David Stratton, Laurent Jullier, Marc Cerisuelo, David Edelstein.
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The Thief of Bagdad

The Thief of Bagdad

The Thief of Bagdad: An Arabian Fantasy in Technicolor (alternative title)

1940 / UK / 106m / Col / Fantasy, Costume Adventure
Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin, Rex Ingram, Miles Malleson, Mary Morris, Morton Selten, Bruce Winston, Hay Petrie
"Legendary producer Alexander Korda’s marvel The Thief of Bagdad, inspired by The Arabian Nights, is one of the most spectacular fantasy films ever made, an eye-popping effects pioneer brimming with imagination and technical wizardry. When Prince Ahmad (Justin) is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar (Veidt), he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu (the incomparable Sabu, in his definitive role) to win back his royal place, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess (Duprez). With its luscious Technicolor, vivid sets, and unprecedented visual wonders, The Thief of Bagdad has charmed viewers of all ages for decades." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragon, Arturo Ripstein, Peter Hames, Diego Galán, Fredric R. Jameson.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Titanic

Titanic


1997 / USA / 194m / Col / Romantic Epic, Disaster Film
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, David Warner, Bill Paxton, Bernard Hill
"James Cameron's 194-minute, $200 million film of the tragic voyage is in the tradition of the great Hollywood epics. It is flawlessly crafted, intelligently constructed, strongly acted and spellbinding. If its story stays well within the traditional formulas for such pictures, well, you don't choose the most expensive film ever made as your opportunity to reinvent the wheel... I found myself convinced by both the story and the saga. The setup of the love story is fairly routine, but the payoff--how everyone behaves as the ship is sinking--is wonderfully written, as passengers are forced to make impossible choices." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Javier Porta Fouz, Richard Woolley, Ching Siu-Tung, Claude Lelouch, Bilge Ebiri.
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My Friend Ivan Lapshin

Moy drug Ivan Lapshin (original title)

1985 / USSR / 100m / Col-BW / Police Drama, Period Film
Andrei Boltnev, Nina Ruslanova, Andrei Mironov, Aleksei Zharkov, Zinaida Adamovich, Aleksandr Filippenko, Yuri Kuznetsov, Valeri Filonov, Anatoli Slivnikov, Andrei Dudarenko
"Gherman's masterly film (his third) is framed as an autobiographical reminiscence of the 1930s, just before the Stalinist terror began to bite. Through the eyes of a nine-year-old we watch episodes from the life of a small town police chief… Gherman's methods are resolutely observational and low key, and his subject is the lull before the storm; the drama emerges as if by accident from a collage of resonant and deeply felt scenes from day-to-day life. Wonderfully vivid performances and amazingly original camerawork (mostly in elegantly faded monochrome) bring a vanished world to life with complete conviction." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by John Powers, Julian Graffy, Alexei Popogrebsky, Anton Dolin, Radu Jude.
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The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach (original title)

1968 / West Germany-Italy / 94m / BW / Drama, Biopic
Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang, Paolo Carlini, Ernst Castelli, Hans-Peter Boye, Joachim Wolff, Rainer Kirchner, Eckart Bruntjen, Walter Peters, Kathrien Leonhard
"Straub's account of Bach is nothing if not lucid: it documents the last 27 years of its subject's life (through the mediating eyes of his wife) principally in terms of his music. The music itself obviates any need for a 'drama' to present Bach; Straub celebrates its range and complexity while showing it always in performance, to emphasise the nature of Bach's work as musician/conductor. A narration (compiled from contemporary sources) sets the man in his economic and social context. With his minimalist's sensitivity to nuance and inflection, Straub eschews pointless cutting and camera movement. The beautiful result has the air of a crystal-clear meditation." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Adriano Aprà, Michael Haneke, Andréa Picard, Margaret Deriaz, Sylvie Pierre.
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The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum

Die Blechtrommel (original title)

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

Casque d'or

Golden Marie (USA title)

1952 / France / 96m / BW / Crime Drama, Melodrama
Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin, Raymond Bussieres, Gaston Modot, Paul Barge, Paul Azais, Loleh Bellon, Claude Castaing, Jean Clarieux
"Jacques Becker lovingly evokes the belle epoque Parisian demimonde in this classic tale of doomed romance. When gangster’s moll Marie (Signoret) falls for reformed criminal Manda (Reggiani), their passion incites an underworld rivalry that leads inexorably to treachery and tragedy. With poignant, nuanced performances and sensuous black-and-white photography, Casque d’or (Golden Marie) is Becker at the height of his cinematic powers—a romantic masterpiece." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Anja Kirschner, Aki Kaurismäki, Kenneth Turan, Peter von Bagh, Jean-Pierre Berthomé.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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An Angel at My Table

An Angel at My Table


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

Moulin Rouge!


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

A Streetcar Named Desire


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

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (original title)

1933 / Germany / 120m / BW / Master Criminal Film, Police Detective Film
Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Otto Wernicke, Oscar Beregi Sr., Paul Bernd, Henry Bless, Gustav Diessl, Paul Henckels, Oskar Hocker, Georg John, Karl Meixner
"A sequel to his enormously successful silent film Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, Fritz Lang’s The Testament of Dr. Mabuse reunites the director with the character that had effectively launched his career. Lang put slogans and ideas expounded by the Nazis into the mouth of a madman, warning his audience of an imminent menace, which was soon to become a reality. Nazi Minister of Information Joseph Goebbels saw the film as an instruction manual for terrorist action against the government and banned it for “endangering public order and security.” A landmark of mystery and suspense for countless espionage and noir thrillers to come." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Inácio Araujo, Un-Seong Yoo, Thierry Méranger, Luís Oliveira, B. Kite.
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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!


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

The Killer

Dip huet seung hung (original title)

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

Ferris Bueller's Day Off


1986 / USA / 103m / Col / Comedy, Teen Movie
Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward, Edie McClurg, Charlie Sheen, Ben Stein
"In The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, Hughes portrayed adolescent angst in a fairly realistic light. But from the moment Ferris turns to the camera to address the audience, we know that realism is out. Ferris and his adventures represent a teen's dream of glory: to have, at one's fingertips, the technical skills to sabotage the adult world's machinery of oppression and, at the tip of one's tongue, the perfect squelch for grownups' moralistic blather. Here is a dream as old as adolescence, and it is fun to be reminded of its ageless potency, especially in a movie as good-hearted as this one." - Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
Selected by Jason Reitman, Henry K. Miller, Marcelo Panozzo, Danny Cannon, David Ondaatje.
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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

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

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

Invasion of the Body Snatchers


1956 / USA / 80m / BW / Science Fiction, Alien Invasion Film
Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Virginia Christine, Jean Willes, Ralph Dumke, Tom Fadden, Kenneth Patterson
"Shot in just 19 days, Siegel's economical adaptation of a Jack Finney story (script by Daniel Mainwaring of Out of the Past fame) is one of the most resonant sci-fi movies, and one of the simplest. It has been interpreted as an allegory against McCarthyism, though it could equally stand as anti-Communist. (In his book A Siegel Film, the director has nothing to say on the matter.) It's still a chilling picture, gaining over Phil Kaufman's smart remake by virtue of its intimate small town setting, and it has one of the greatest endings ever filmed." - Tom Charity, Time Out
Selected by David Pirie, Brian W. Fairbanks, John A. Russo, Dinko Tucakovic, Jacques Audiard.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy

Deadly is the Female (original title)

1950 / USA / 86m / BW / Film Noir, Crime Thriller
Peggy Cummins, John Dall, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky, Anabel Shaw, Harry Lewis, Nedrick Young, Trevor Bardette, Mickey Little, Russ Tamblyn
"If you had to select a single film to justify the present enthusiasm for film noir and define its allure, few movies could compete with Gun Crazy. The same goes for celebrating the potential of B-movies to achieve grade-A flair, excitement, and artistic intelligence. The picture taps brazenly into a sexual, almost feral energy that makes it unique, even in a school of film known for perverse psychology and smoldering subtexts. And it achieves its ends on an observably limited budget, via two strategies that ought to clash but instead invigorate each other: the bold stylization of expressionistic, verging-on-minimalist settings, and the camera’s embrace of the real world." - Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
Selected by Jesús Franco, Rafa Cortés, Hirohisa Sasaki, Thomas Caldwell, David Meeker.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon