The 1,000 Greatest Films (900-801)

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The Hawks and the Sparrows

The Hawks and the Sparrows

Uccellacci e uccellini (original title); Hawks and Sparrows (alternative title)

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

Mon oncle d'Amérique

My American Uncle (English title)

1980 / France / 123m / Col / Comedy Drama, Satire
Gerard Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger Pierre, Nelly Borgeaud, Pierre Arditi, Gerard Darrieu, Philippe Laudenbach, Marie Dubois, Henri Laborit, Bernard Malaterre
"The first genuine hit in Alain Resnais' career takes off from the behaviorist theories of French scientist Henri Laborit, which are illustrated by the stories of three separate characters (Depardieu, Pierre, and Garcia), each of whom identifies with a different French movie star and whose lives occasionally cross. While the quasi-determinist theories of Laborit are never very interesting or persuasive, the film can never really be reduced to them. What matters here is the fluidity of Resnais and screenwriter Jean Gruault's masterful storytelling; they manage to convey a dense, multilayered narrative with remarkable ease and simplicity." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Amit Dutta, Florence Almozini, Mike Hodges, José Eduardo Belmonte, Edward Yang.
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The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood


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

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring

Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom (original title)

2003 / South Korea-Germany / 103m / Col / Psychological Drama, Religious Drama
Oh Young-Su, Kim Ki-Duk, Kim Young-Min, Seo Jae-Kyung, Ha Yeo-Jin, Kim Jong-Ho, Kim Jung-Young, Ji Dae-Han, Choi Min, Park Ji-A
"Rarely has a movie this simple moved me this deeply. I feel as if I could review it in a paragraph, or discuss it for hours. The South Korean film Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring is Buddhist, but it is also universal. It takes place within and around a small house floating on a small raft on a small lake, and within that compass, it contains life, faith, growth, love, jealousy, hate, cruelty, mystery, redemption … and nature. Also a dog, a rooster, a cat, a bird, a snake, a turtle, a fish and a frog." - Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert.com
Selected by Angelina Nikonova, Anton Bitel, Gulnara Abikeyeva, Tiina Lokk, Terence Chang.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Dracula

Dracula

Horror of Dracula (alternative title)

1958 / UK / 82m / Col / Costume Horror, Gothic Film
Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, Valerie Gaunt, John Van Eyssen, Miles Malleson, Charles Lloyd Pack, Janina Faye
"This creepy period yarn has retained much of its bite… One shouldn’t be brutal about a film of such noble intent, but as ‘horror’ it doesn’t have the honest-to-goodness scares that modern audiences expect. Still, Christopher Lee’s Dracula is a menacing and complex presence who never lets his fangs and cape dominate. There’s also the canny use of vampirism as an allegory for drug abuse and sexually transmitted disease: is this the camp forerunner to Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction?" - David Jenkins, Time Out
Selected by Nicolas Barbano, Shion Sono, Nacho Vigalondo, Evelyne Caron-Lowins, Shunji Iwai.
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L'Enfant Secret

L’Enfant secret


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

M*A*S*H

MASH (alternative spelling)

1970 / USA / 116m / Col / Military Comedy, Satire
Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Jo Ann Pflug, Rene Auberjonois, Gary Burghoff, Fred Williamson, John Schuck
"Robert Altman's commercial breakthrough after more than 20 years of industrial films and TV work felt like a joyous shout of liberation, not just for its director but for the film industry in general. M*A*S*H was proudly, gleefully, gloriously rude as few previous Hollywood films had dared to be, not just in using four-letter words but also in a hilariously casual disrespect for religion, the military, American foreign policy, and authority as a whole… If you know M*A*S*H as a TV series and not as a film, prepare yourself for a shock; there is nothing warm and fuzzy about this movie, which makes its bitter humor all the more effective." - Mark Deming, All Movie
Selected by Duncan Jones, Scott Von Doviak, Claude Lelouch, Michel Hazanavicius, Rokuro Mochizuki.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Das Boot

Das Boot

The Boat (English title)

1981 / West Germany / 149m / Col / War Drama, Sea Adventure
Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Gronemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge, Bernd Tauber, Erwin Leder, Martin May, Heinz Hoenig, Claude-Oliver Rudolph
"Peterson's film, which stars Jurgen Prochnow as a stoic German U-boat captain, is a visually spectacular film, distinguished by strong performances and brilliant Steadicam photography that snakes through the U-boat as its patrols the North Atlantic during World War II. It's suspenseful when it needs to be and intelligent in its depiction of the horrors of war and the sweaty claustrophobia of submarine life. On occasion, it's even -- pardon the pun -- deep." - Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by Lukas Moodysson, Christopher McQuarrie, Ralph Ziman, Wael Khairy, Kenneth Turan.
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Simon of the Desert

Simon of the Desert

Simón del desierto (original title)

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

Il Posto

The Job (English title); The Sound of Trumpets (alternative title)

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

Near Dark


1987 / USA / 95m / Col / Horror, Hybrid Western
Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Joshua Miller, Tim Thomerson, Marcie Leeds, Kenny Call, Ed Corbett
"Bigelow's track record as a director is spotty, but in 1987 she directed the flat-out classic Near Dark, an enormously influential vampire Western… Vampires have generally symbolized a distinctly European strain of upscale decadence, and Near Dark's key innovation was in stripping the genre of its gothic signifiers and replacing them with unmistakably American ones… Near Dark's vampire-Western fusion has been co-opted by movies like From Dusk Till Dawn and John Carpenter's Vampires, but Bigelow's film has lost none of its freshness or vitality. It's the most quintessentially American vampire movie ever made." - Nathan Rabin, A.V. Club
Selected by Danny Boyle, Christine Dollhofer, Christian Petzold, Andy Medhurst, Pam Cook.
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


2003 / New Zealand-USA / 201m / Col / Epic, Fantasy Adventure
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan
"After the galloping intelligence displayed in the first two parts of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, your fear may be that the director, Peter Jackson, would become cautious and unimaginative with the last episode, The Return of the King… But Mr. Jackson crushes any such fear. His King is a meticulous and prodigious vision made by a director who was not hamstrung by heavy use of computer special-effects imagery. A sequence in which a number of signal fires are lighted on a stretch of mountain ranges simultaneously is a towering moment; it has the majesty that every studio's opening logo shot sprains itself striving to achieve." - Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times
Selected by Jon Favreau, Luke Gorham, John H. Foote, Jonathan Lack, Roque Baños.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

Ensayo de un crimen (original title)

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

On the Town


1949 / USA / 98m / Col / Musical, Comedy
Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Vera-Ellen, Alice Pearce, Florence Bates, George Meader, Bern Hoffman
"A fine, freewheeling musical by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, based on the Betty Comden-Adolph Green book, which was in turn based on the Leonard Bernstein ballet Fancy Free. Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin are three sailors out for a day in New York; Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller, and Betty Garrett are the girls they spend it with. With no structure or pacing to speak of, it's a loopy, anything-goes movie, graced with the freshness of a Hollywood nouvelle vague. Remarkably, it was Donen and Kelly's first directorial effort " - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Linda Ruth Williams, Bruce Ricker, Erik Syngle, Dilys Powell, Cesar Santos Fontenla.
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Dust in the Wind

Dust in the Wind

Lian lian feng chen (original title)

1987 / Taiwan / 109m / Col / Drama, Coming-of-Age
Tianlu Li, Shufen Xin, Shufang Chen, Lawrence Ko, Yang Lin, Fang Mei, Chien-wen Wang, Bi-yuan Yan, Lai-Yin Yang
"It follows two young lovers who move to the city (Taipei) to find work because they can’t afford to finish high school, and slowly but irrevocably their relationship is torn asunder. Hou’s feeling for the textures of everyday life, caught mainly in long takes and intricately framed deep-focus compositions, gives this unhurried but deeply affecting drama a deceptively subterranean impact that gradually rises to the surface. The very natural and, for the most part, underplayed performances by nonprofessionals are especially impressive." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Hirokazu Koreeda, Bong Joon-ho, Ik-June Yang, Michael Berry, Sakura Yang.
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Ed Wood

Ed Wood


1994 / USA / 124m / BW / Comedy Drama, Biography
Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio, G.D. Spradlin, Lisa Marie, Juliet Landau, Bill Murray
"Ed Wood isn't really a biography, and it isn't too concerned with the ins and outs of no-budget filmmaking either. The film is dreamy myth-making, as Burton's first obvious aim was to resurrect Wood's films and imbue them with the transcendent power their filmmaker intended… Burton never before or ever again exhibited the astonishing range of talent he displayed in Ed Wood… As American films became more and more polished, more impersonal than ever before, Ed Wood, a testament to following your own inner tune despite almost certain personal oblivion, is looking more and more like one of America's great movies." - Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
Selected by Rodrigo Aragão, Bobcat Goldthwait, Malcolm Ingram, J.D. Lafrance, Kepa Sojo.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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La Bete humaine

La Bête humaine


1938 / France / 99m / BW / Crime Drama, Psychological Drama
Jean Gabin, Simone Simon, Fernand Ledoux, Julien Carette, Blanchette Brunoy, Jean Renoir, Gerard Landry, Jenny Helia, Colette Regis, Jacques Berlioz
"Between his twin Elvis years of 1937 (Grand Illusion) and 1939 (The Rules of the Game), master artiste Jean Renoir crafted this brooding, fluid adaptation of Émile Zola's doctrinaire novel, expanding the palette of pre-noir 'poetic realism' to include the hardscrabble locomotion of proletariat desperation and fashioning a national icon of working-class struggle in the process… If Fritz Lang used the same tale to tell a grim story about low-class American impulses 16 years later in Human Desire, Renoir characteristically saw to it that Zola's prejudicial class attack gave way to a sense of sympathy, bruised victimhood, and communal meaning." - Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
Selected by Allan Sekula, Francine Stock, Martha P. Nochimson, Claire Denis, Gerardo Vera.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

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


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

Not Reconciled

Nicht versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt wo Gewalt herrscht (original title)

1965 / West Germany / 53m / BW / Drama, Family Drama
Heinrich Hargesheimer, Carlheinz Hargesheimer, Martha Staendner, Daniele Huillet, Henning Harmssen, Ulrich Hopmann, Joachim Weiler, Eva-Maria Bold, Hiltraud Wegener, Ulrich von Thuna
"Fifty years of German social and political history, from the anti-Communism of 1910 through the anti-semitism of the '30s to a political reprisal in 1960. Explored a-chronologically, in vignettes from the lives of three generations of a middle class family. Taken from Heinrich Böll's novel Billiards at Half Past Nine, but with all the mechanics of storytelling and the frosting of 'style' removed. Read the novel for the narrative; see Straub's movie for the steely precision of its ideas and images, enhanced by Brechtian acting and the absence of all redundancies. Difficult in ways that few films are, but necessarily difficult." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Thom Andersen, Chris Petit, Daisuke Akasaka, Harun Farocki, Gilberto Perez.
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Love and Death

Love and Death


1975 / USA / 82m / Col / Comedy, Parody/Spoof
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Olga Georges-Picot, Harold Gould, Jessica Harper, Alfred Lutter, James Tolkan, Georges Adet, Frank Adu, Edmond Ardisson
"Before Woody Allen made Annie Hall, the first in a long series of romantic comedies and/or personal dramas about neurotic New Yorkers (and, to a large degree, himself), he made a series of wildly funny absurdist comedies, of which Love and Death was probably the best. Dominated by knowing parodies of Russian literature with a dollop of Ingmar Bergman on the side, Love and Death is that rare satire that wears its smarts on its sleeve while still going for the belly laugh. While you have to be quite well-read to catch every literary reference, the movie still works if you don't get them." - Mark Deming, Allmovie
Selected by Sarah Polley, Mark Kermode, Adam Carolla, Jasmila Zbanic, Gilles Jacob.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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The Match Factory Girl

The Match Factory Girl

Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö (original title)

1990 / Finland-Sweden / 68m / Col / Drama, Psychological Drama
Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Esko Nikkari, Vesa Vierikko, Reijo Taipale, Silu Seppala, Outi Maenpaa, Marja Packalen, Richard Reitinger, Helka Viljanen
"Kaurismäki took his penchant for despairing character studies to unspeakably grim depths in the shockingly entertaining The Match Factory Girl. Kati Outinen is memorably impenetrable as Iris, whose grinding days as a cog in a factory wheel, and nights as a neglected daughter living with her parents, ultimately send her over the edge. Yet despite her transgressions, Kaurismäki makes Iris a compelling, even sympathetic figure." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Andreas Dresen, Eulàlia Iglesias Huix, M.K. Raghavendra, Lenny Abrahamson, Ulrich Gregor.
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The 47 Ronin

The 47 Ronin

The Loyal 47 Ronin (alternative title); Genroku Chûshingura (original title)

1941 / Japan / 219m / BW / Historical Film, Samurai Film
Utaemon Ichikawa, Isamu Kosugi, Mieko Takamine, Yoshizaburo Arashi, Chojuro Kawarasaki, Kunitaro Kawarasaki, Seizaburo Kawazu, Mintayo Mimasu, Mitsuko Miura, Kanemon Nakamura
"Made during the work-up to war, Mizoguchi's retelling of the traditional tale of the four dozen loyal feudal samurai who, in 1700, avenged the clan lord Asano's death is concerned with the place and meaning of the Bushido warrior code, which was in decline after 70 years of peace. An immense popular success, the film was approved by the propaganda authority and at near four hours may strain viewers not unduly interested in military ethics. Lovers of Mizoguchi, however, will marvel at the technical accomplishment, the elegance of compositional line and camera movement, and note the relegation of battle to reported speech and the concentration on human drama." - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by Fred Camper, Kaushik Bhaumik, Santos Zunzunegui, Gilberto Perez, Kaneto Shindo.
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Odd Man Out

Odd Man Out


1947 / UK / 115m / BW / Drama, Crime
James Mason, Robert Newton, Robert Beatty, Kathleen Ryan, William Hartnell, Cyril Cusack, F.J. McCormick, Fay Compton, Beryl Measor, Dan O'Herlihy
"A wounded Irish revolutionary (James Mason at his near best) on the run in Belfast encounters a cross section of human responses—self-interest, indifference, empathy, and charity—in this arty English thriller directed by Carol Reed and adapted by F.L. Green and R.C. Sherriff from Green's novel. This may be Reed's most pretentious film, but it also happens to be one of his very best, beautifully capturing the poetry of a city at night (with black-and-white cinematography by Robert Krasker that's within hailing distance of Gregg Toland and Stanley Cortez's work with Orson Welles)." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Agnieszka Holland, Bruce Beresford, Lewis Gilbert, Roman Polanski, Yasuo Furuhata.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday


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

Grave of the Fireflies

Hotaru no haka (original title)

1988 / Japan / 93m / Col / Anime, War Drama
Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayani Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi
"A teenage boy and his young sister struggle to survive the Allied assault on Japan in this wrenching antiwar drama, which rivals the films of Hayao Miyazaki in elevating anime to the level of fine art. After their mother dies in a firebombing, the children move in with their paternal aunt, hoping in vain that their father will return from the emperor's navy… Writer-director Isao Takahata, a frequent collaborator of Miyazaki's at Studio Ghibli, adapted a partly autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, and his handling of the tragic story is masterfully understated." - J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
Selected by Carlo Chatrian, Andrew Osmond, Céline Sciamma, Mark Dujsik, Jean-Max Mejean.
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2046

2046


2004 / Hong Kong-China-France-Italy-Germany / 129m / Col-BW / Romance, Science Fiction
Tony Leung, Gong Li, Takuya Kimura, Faye Wong, Zhang Ziyi, Carina Lau, Chen Chang, Wang Sum, Ping Lam Siu, Maggie Cheung
"Very few films look this dreamy. Very few sound this romantic (the eclectic soundtrack features Francois Truffaut's main composer, Georges Delerue, as well as Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and a haunting theme by Shigeru Umebayashi). Fewer still move this way. In short, very few films are Wong Kar- wai films, a phrase that in the future will carry the same weight as an Antonioni film or a Godard film. In 2046, lovelorn loneliness has never been this mouth-watering." - G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by Gillies MacKinnon, Peter Körte, César Ballester, Joshua Clover, Ho Wen-long.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Incredible Shrinking Man


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

Henry V


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

The Outlaw Josey Wales


1976 / USA / 135m / Col / Western, Outlaw (Gunfighter) Film
Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Bill McKinney, John Vernon, Paula Trueman, Sam Bottoms, Geraldine Keams, Royal Dano, Woodrow Parfrey
"A remarkable film which sets out as a revenge Western: Eastwood sees his family massacred and joins the Confederate guerillas; after the Civil War, he is hunted by Union soldiers while he pursues his family's slayer and a friend apparently turned traitor. But slowly the film changes direction, until through a series of comic interludes it becomes the story of a man who (re)discovers his role as family man… If that seems like a rewrite of Hawks' Red River, visually The Outlaw Josey Wales is closest to Anthony Mann in its breathtaking survey of American landscapes (and seasons)." - Phil Hardy, Time Out
Selected by James Mangold, Keith Griffiths, Steven Galvin, Philip Kemp, Trey Parker.
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Le Trou

Le Trou

The Hole (original title)

1960 / France-Italy / 140m / BW / Prison Film, Crime Drama
Philippe Leroy, Marc Michel, Jean Keraudy, Raymond Meunier, Michel Constantin, Andre Bervil, Jean-Paul Coquelin, Eddy Rasimi, Catherine Spaak, Dominique Zardi
"A secular response to Bresson's A Man Escaped. No question of grace here, simply of grind and grime as four prisoners - joined and eventually betrayed by a fifth - laboriously tunnel their way to a derisory glimpse of freedom. Telling a true story, Becker maintains a low-key approach, courting reality, avoiding music in favour of natural sound, constantly stressing the sheer physicality. Yet there is more than a touch of Bresson (even more, however, of Becker's mentor Renoir) to the close-ups which punctuate the evolving relationship between the escapees… Classical in its intense simplicity, this is certainly Becker's most perfectly crafted film." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Joe Lawlor, José Luis Garci, Agnieszka Holland, Yang Shupeng, Sadao Yamane.
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Knife in the Water

Knife in the Water

Nóz w wodzie (original title)

1962 / Poland / 94m / BW / Psychological Drama, Marriage Drama
Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz
"Roman Polanski’s first feature is a brilliant psychological thriller that many critics still consider among his greatest work. The story is simple, yet the implications of its characters’ emotions and actions are profound. When a young hitchhiker joins a couple on a weekend yacht trip, psychological warfare breaks out as the two men compete for the woman’s attention. A storm forces the small crew below deck, and tension builds to a violent climax. With stinging dialogue and a mercilessly probing camera, Polanski creates a disturbing study of fear, humiliation, sexuality, and aggression." – The Criterion Collection
Selected by Andris Feldmanis, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Tina Bastajian, Alfredo de Villa, Mrinal Sen.
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Mother India

Mother India

Bharat Mata (alternative Indian title)

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

Gilda


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

My Little Loves

Mes petites amoureuses (original title)

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

Juliet of the Spirits

Giulietta degli spiriti (original title)

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

Othello


1952 / Italy-France-Morocco-USA / 90m / BW / Drama, Tragedy
Orson Welles, Michael MacLiammoir, Suzanne Cloutier, Robert Coote, Hilton Edwards, Fay Compton, Michael Lawrence, Nicholas Bruce, Jean Davis, Doris Dowling
"Welles' sixth feature was shot in fits and starts over a period of four years, on a dozen locations in Morocco and Italy, often without money. Naturally, Welles turned the limitations into strengths. When the costumes didn't show up, he filmed in a Turkish bath. When an actor couldn't make it, he used a stand-in and changed his camera angle. When challenged to match footage shot in Mogador and Venice, he contrived dazzling webs of montage. This is Shakespeare filmed with love and powerhouse enthusiasm, never with reverence. The visual rhetoric is synchronised with the verbal imagery: they hit sensory overload together. A very great film noir." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by George A. Romero, Ben Walters, Lamia Joreige, Amos Gitai, Suzanne Liandrat-Guigues.
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The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still


1951 / USA / 92m / BW / Science Fiction, Alien Invasion Film
Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier, Lock Martin, Drew Pearson, Frank Conroy, Fay Roope
"The quintessential alien visitation tale of its era, The Day the Earth Stood Still was mythically embedded in the minds of the pre-Spielberg generation that first saw it in childhood; viewed now, its influence on subsequent genre variations is as difficult to overstate as its number of ludicrous imitators. If not the first science-fiction film made by a Hollywood studio for adults, it marked a leap past bug-eyed-monster serial juvenilia and attempted to defuse Cold War paranoia via anti-authoritarian wit and somber reckoning with Atomic Age danger. It's a thinking kid's movie, yet its crafty fun stays in balance with its self-consciousness as a prestige message picture." - Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
Selected by Joe Dante, John Baldessari, Ben Zipper, Carlos Helí de Almeida, Juan Jose Plans.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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To Live

To Live

Huozhe (original title)

1994 / China-Hong Kong / 145m / Col / Family Drama, Political Drama
Ge You, Gong Li, Niu Ben, Guo Tao, Jiang Wu, Ni Dahong, Liu Tianchi, Zhang Lu, Xiao Cong, Dong Fei
"Zhang Yimou's masterful, stirring To Live takes us from the turbulent, treacherous China of the '40s civil war to the brutal Cultural Revolution and beyond through the lives of one couple, who in the course of hardship and tragedy emerge as symbolic of the ordinary Chinese and their capacity to endure and to hope for a better future. Based on Yu Hua's Lifetimes, the superb To Live is fortunately more absorbing than grueling--and it is indeed the latter. It possesses both vast scope and intimacy, humor and sorrow, complex characterizations, richness of incident and an awareness of the quixotic role fate plays in all our destinies." - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Selected by Todd Gilchrist, Wayne Wang, Diego Galán, Dayyan Eng, Feng Xiaoning.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects


1995 / USA / 105m / Col / Crime, Thriller
Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite, Giancarlo Esposito, Kevin Pollak, Suzy Amis, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Bartel
"Writer Christopher McQuarrie's original notion was to make a film called The Usual Suspects, in which five criminals meet in a police line-up. He thought it would make a wonderful poster. The poster's O.K. The movie is sensational, a modern-day noir about petty crime, a mythic gangster, loyalty, going straight and double crosses. This movie has everything but Humphrey Bogart, and I'm sure he's sorry he was unavailable… Most of the time I hardly knew what was going on, but I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Singer is not a fancy director, or ostentatious or ornate. The beauty of The Usual Suspects is in its simplicity." - Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by Lisa Mullen, Ferenc Zalaba, Philip Kemp, Jurgen Egger, Ulrich Hesse-Lichtenberger.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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News from Home

News from Home


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

Get Carter


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

Excalibur


1981 / UK / 140m / Col / Sword-and-Sorcery, Mythological Fantasy
Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nicol Williamson, Robert Addie, Gabriel Byrne, Keith Buckley, Katrine Boorman
"The myth and legend of King Arthur has long been a favorite fascination of popular culture… John Boorman’s magnificent and magical Excalibur is, to my mind, the greatest and the richest of screen incarnation of the oft-told tale. Filmed on the rocky coasts and in the emerald forests of Ireland, Boorman turns this landscape into a primal world hewn out of stone and wood and mud by blood and iron… It’s also a magnificent blood and thunder tale of men with swords torn between the primal drives of power and lust and the idealism brought to the land by Arthur, the benevolent king who encourages his knights to go forth in acts of heroism and chivalry." - Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
Selected by Trey Parker, Zack Snyder, Sek Kei, Jon Wright, Christian McCrea.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Street Angel

Street Angel

Malu tianshi (original title)

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

The Naked Island

Hadaka no shima (original title); The Island (alternative title)

1960 / Japan / 94m / BW / Rural Drama
Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Shinji Tanaka, Masanori Horimoto
"The Naked Island is a fascinating early hybridization of documentary and fiction that takes to an important extreme the focus of Shindo’s early films on Japan’s working classes. An epic yet intimate chronicle of the daily lives and struggles of a farmer family on a remote Inland Sea island, Shindo’s internationally celebrated film revitalized the legacy of Flaherty’s Man of Iran and sharply divided Western critics… Today Shindo’s innovative use of non-actors to restage their own lives seems ahead of its time, equally innovative as the film’s use of a lush yet modernist score and near avoidance of dialogue- another remarkable updating and reinvention of Flaherty’s literary realism." - Harvard Film Archive
Selected by Girish Kasaravalli, Bauyrzhan Nogerbek, Zdena Škapová, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Kazuo Hara.
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Assault on Precinct 13

Assault on Precinct 13


1976 / USA / 90m / Col / Action Thriller, Police Drama
Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West, Tony Burton, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Loomis, Peter Bruni, John J. Fox, Kim Richards
"Because Assault on Precinct 13 is among one of the most remarkably composed films of all time, it's easy to look at Carpenter's rigorous framing techniques as their own acts of political resistance. The film's tight medium-shots position the characters in constant defiance of each other: blacks against whites, women against men, prisoners against officers… Despite the tragic but inevitable human losses, no one group comes out on top because only their capacity for kindness reigns supreme in Carpenter's democratic kingdom." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Selected by Darrell Roodt, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Mike D'Angelo, Rob Humanick, Daniel Monzón.
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The Bridges of Madison County

The Bridges of Madison County


1995 / USA / 135m / Col / Romance, Drama
Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley, Victor Slezak, Jim Haynie, Sarah Kathryn Schmitt, Christopher Kroon, Phyllis Lyons, Debra Monk, Richard Lage
"When the daughter and son of the late Francesca Johnson (Streep) return home to Madison County to oversee the funeral arrangements, they're shocked to learn that their mother wished to have her ashes scattered from the Roseman Bridge, not buried beside their father… Immaculately performed, and assembled with wit and sensitivity, this is one of the most satisfying weepies in years. Indeed, it's hard to imagine anyone but Eastwood doing such a fine job of adapting Robert James Waller's best-seller for the screen. Typically, his clean, pared direction, coupled with Richard LaGravenese's mostly no-frills script, ensures that the film avoids sentimentality even as the two lovers rush to embrace it." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Juan Antonio Bayona, Sue Harris, Ricardo Darín, Marco Dutra, Gabriel Carneiro.
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Diaries, Notes and Sketches

Diaries, Notes and Sketches

Walden (alternative title)

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

Cul-de-sac


1966 / UK / 111m / BW / Comedy Thriller, Black Comedy
Donald Pleasence, Francoise Dorleac, Lionel Stander, Jack MacGowran, Iain Quarrier, Robert Dorning, Jacqueline Bisset, Geoffrey Sumner, Renee Houston, William Franklyn
"Roman Polanski orchestrates a mental ménage à trois in this slyly absurd tale of paranoia from the director’s golden 1960s period. Donald Pleasence and Françoise Dorléac star as a withdrawn couple whose isolated house is invaded by a rude, burly American gangster on the run, played by Lionel Stander. The three engage in role-playing games of sexual and emotional humiliation. Cul-de-sac is an evocative, claustrophobic, and morbidly funny tale of the modern world in chaos." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Abel Ferrara, Ray Lawrence, Ian Francis, Pawel Pawlikowski, Paul Buck.
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3 Women

3 Women

Three Women (alternative spelling)

1977 / USA / 125m / Col / Drama, Psychological Drama
Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Robert Fortier, Ruth Nelson, John Cromwell, Sierra Pecheur, Craig Richard Nelson, Maysie Hoy, Belita Moreno
"In a dusty, underpopulated California resort town, a naive southern waif, Pinky Rose (Spacek), idolizes and befriends her fellow nurse, the would-be sophisticate and “thoroughly modern” Millie Lammoreaux (Duvall). When Millie takes Pinky in as her roommate, Pinky’s hero worship evolves into something far stranger and more sinister than either could have anticipated. Featuring brilliant performances from Spacek and Duvall, this dreamlike masterpiece from Robert Altman careens from the humorous to the chilling to the surreal, resulting in one of the most unusual and compelling films of the 1970s." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Jonathan Caouette, Maura McHugh, Sean Durkin, John Greyson, Richard Combs.
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The Ice Storm

The Ice Storm


1997 / USA / 113m / Col / Family Drama, Ensemble Film
Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Jamey Sheridan, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Henry Czerny, Adam Hann-Byrd, David Krumholtz, Tobey Maguire
"Suburban Connecticut, 1973. While Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” speech drones from the TV, the Hood and Carver families try to navigate a Thanksgiving break simmering with unspoken resentment, sexual tension, and cultural confusion. With clarity, subtlety, and a dose of wicked humor, Academy Award–winning director Ang Lee renders Rick Moody’s acclaimed novel of upper-middle-class American malaise as a trenchant, tragic cinematic portrait of lost souls. Featuring a tremendous cast of established actors (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver) and rising stars (Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes) The Ice Storm is among the finest films of the 1990s." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Saul Metzstein, Craig Johnson, Alberto Rodríguez, Vicente Amorim, Dayyan Eng.
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Léon

Léon

The Professional (English title)

1994 / France / 119m / Col / Action Thriller, Coming-of-Age
Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello, Peter Appel, Michael Badalucco, Ellen Greene, Elizabeth Regen, Carl J. Matusovich, Randolph Scott
"There are a lot of films you first see as a kid that still loom large for you years later, but upon a re-watch disappoint. Luc Besson’s Leon is not one of them. Uniquely and willfully schizophrenic, it feels either like an eccentric French drama masquerading as a violent action movie or vice versa… Natalie Portman gives an amazingly deft performance aged just 12, and Jean Reno gets the combination of ruthless adult pragmatism and vulnerable immaturity just right in the lead role, but it is Oldman who delivers an unforgettable performance, which most fans’ minds will immediately jump to when the film is brought up…. Leon: The Professional’s influence can be felt in a number of action films that have followed it, but none have replicated its atmosphere of terror and play, melodrama and mundanity quite so well." - Christopher Hooton, The Independent
Selected by Lee Daniels, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Feng Xiaoning, Ching Siu-Tung, Eugenio Vidal.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Black Orpheus

Black Orpheus

Orfeu Negro (original title)

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

La Chienne

The Bitch (English title)

1931 / France / 95m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Michel Simon, Janie Marese, Georges Flamant, Roger Gaillard, Romain Bouquet, Pierre Desty, Mlle Doryans, Lucien Mancini, Magdeleine Berubet, Jean Gehret
"Jean Renoir creates an incisive, provocative, and excoriating commentary on human behavior, class structure, and social conduct in La Chienne. Using repeated imagery of mirrors and reflections, Renoir visually underscores the self-entrapping pattern of hypocrisy, treachery, and co-dependency inherent in exploitive human relationships… La Chienne captures the moral ambiguity and underlying inequity of culturally entrenched social customs and rationalized human cruelty." - Acquarello, Strictly Film School
Selected by Jesus Franco, Guillermo del Toro, Andy Rector, Tom Milne, Claire Denis.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Taipei Story

Taipei Story

Qing mei zhu ma (original title)

1985 / Taiwan / 110m / Col / Romantic Drama, Psychological Drama
Chin Tsai, Hsiao-hsein Hou, I-Chen Ko, Su-Yun Ko, Nien-Jen Wu, Hsiu-Ling Lin, Shufang Chen, Te-nan Lai, De-ming Lyu, Fang Mei
"The film that introduced Yang's prodigious talent to the West is a quietly stunning drama which sees the various problems facing a rapidly modernised city reflected in the lives of a dozen or so subtly observed characters. At the centre are a troubled upper middle-class couple: a failed businessman lost in dreams of the past (Hou), and a budding executive whose reaction to redundancy is more in tune with the future. Though there's little in the way of story, Yang's insights and honesty about emotions ensure interest throughout; and it looks absolutely superb." - Tom Charity, Time Out
Selected by Tony Rayns, Wang Xiaoshuai, Charles Whitehouse, Joanna Hogg, Stanley Kwan.
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Hotel Terminus

Hôtel Terminus

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (English title)

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

Arabian Nights

Il Fiore delle mille e una notte (original title)

1974 / Italy-France / 130m / Col / Adventure, Romantic Fantasy
Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Tessa Bouche, Margaret Clementi, Ines Pellegrini, Franco Merli, Francelise Noel, Ali Abdulla, Christian Aligny, Jeanne Gauffin Mathieu
"Pier Paolo Pasolini traveled to Africa, Nepal, and the Middle East to realize this ambitious cinematic treatment of a selection of stories from the legendary The Thousand and One Nights. This is not the fairy-tale world of Scheherazade or Aladdin, though. Instead, the director focuses on the book’s more erotic tales, framed by the story of a young man’s quest to reconnect with his beloved slave girl. Full of lustrous sets and costumes and stunning location photography, Arabian Nights is a fierce and joyous exploration of human sexuality." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Fernando Meirelles, Mia Hansen-Løve, Roger Clarke, Tony Rayns, Hilton Lacerda.
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The Sun Shines Bright

The Sun Shines Bright


1953 / USA / 90m / BW / Drama, Americana
Charles Winninger, Arleen Whelan, John Russell, Stepin Fetchit, Russell Simpson, Jane Darwell, Grant Withers, Ludwig Stossel, Francis Ford, Paul Hurst
"My favorite John Ford feature was also the director's, and it's one of his cheapest and coziest, made in black and white at Republic Pictures. Vaguely a remake of his 1934 Judge Priest, set in an idyllic Kentucky town at the turn of the century, it features the same alcoholic hero this time played by Charles Winninger and even more transparently a stand-in for Ford. The busy plot, confused by insensitive studio cutting, concerns racial strife, prostitution, prudery, and death and involves the entire community; Ford makes the film a ceremonial elegy and testament to everything that he loves and respects." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Fred Camper, Shinji Aoyama, Craig Keller, Tom Milne, Jean Douchet.
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Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet


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

Two English Girls

Les Deux anglaises et le continent (original title); Anne and Muriel (alternative title)

1971 / France / 108m / Col / Romantic Drama, Period Film
Jean-Pierre Leaud, Kika Markham, Stacey Tendeter, Sylvia Marriott, Marie Mansart, Philippe Leotard, Irene Tunc, Mark Peterson, Georges Delerue, Marie Irakane
"The importance of Two English Girls lies in its sheer vitality. The film is an extraordinary cinematic conjuring trick in which Truffaut draws the viewer both physically and visually into his own personal pleasures. He does this on a multitude of levels—if the pastoral scenes salute the work of Jean Renoir, then the washed pastel colors of Nestor Almendros’ Impressionist-influenced cinematography perfectly evoke Truffaut’s delight in the paintings of Renoir’s father, Auguste… Two English Girls sets itself apart by its sheer grace and palpable beauty." - Bruce Eder, The Criterion Collection
Selected by Nobuhiko Obayashi, Carlos Losilla, Toni Junyent, Jonás Trueba, Susy Freitas.
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Central Station

Central Station

Central do Brasil (original title)

1998 / Brazil-France-Spain-Japan / 110m / Col / Drama, Road Movie
Fernanda Montenegro, Marilia Pera, Vinicius de Oliveira, Soia Lira, Othon Bastos, Otavio Augusto, Stela Freitas, Matheus Nachtergaele, Caio Junqueira, Socorro Nobre
"In Walter Salles's Central Station a cynical, joyless woman crosses paths with a lonely young boy. There's plenty of room for sentimentality here, but the wonder of Mr. Salles's film is all in the telling. Beautifully observed and featuring a bravura performance by the Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro, it gracefully watches these oddly paired characters develop a fractious bond that winds up profoundly changing both of them. Mr. Salles's background as a documentary filmmaker also gives this lovely, stirring film a strong sense of Brazil's impoverished rural landscape once its principals take to the road." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Selected by Mamoru Hosoda, Leon Cakoff, Lui Wing-kai, Leste Chen, Ali Ulvi Uyanik.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park


1993 / USA / 126m / Col / Prehistoric Fantasy, Sci-Fi Action
Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Richard Attenborough, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, B.D. Wong, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Samuel L. Jackson
"Jurassic Park is a true movie milestone, presenting awe- and fear-inspiring sights never before seen on the screen. The more spectacular of these involve the fierce, lifelike dinosaurs that stalk through the film with astounding ease… Jurassic Park keeps its viewers on edge while leaving much of its real violence to the imagination. When it's dinosaur feeding time, Mr. Spielberg avoids obvious gore; he gets a greater frisson out of showing farm animals that are left near the hungry beasts and suddenly disappear. To give the velociraptors a suitable introduction, he opens the film with a character whose upper body remains visible while the rest of him is being attacked off camera, a la Jaws. Jurassic Park mixes such horrific touches with sentimental strokes, suspenseful action scenes and occasional droll notes." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Selected by Adam Wingard, Jackie Chan, Karsten Meinich, Ning Hao, Alex Ross Perry.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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The Hart of London

The Hart of London


1970 / Canada / 80m / Col-BW / Avant-garde-Experimental
"Jack Chambers's 80-minute The Hart of London is a sprawling, ambitious film that combines newsreel footage of disasters, urban and nature imagery, and footage evoking the cycles of life and death. It is one of those rare films that succeeds precisely because of its sprawl; raw and open-ended almost to the point of anticipating the postmodern rejection of "master narratives," it cannot be reduced to a simple summary, and changes on you from one viewing to the next." - Fred Camper
Selected by Félix García de Villegas Rey, Marcos Ortega, Mark Webber, Philip S. Solomon, Brian Frye.
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The Intruder

The Intruder

L'Intrus (original title)

2004 / France-Korea / 130m / Col / Drama, Psychological Drama
Michel Subor, Gregoire Colin, Yekaterina Golubeva, Bambou, Florence Loiret, Lolita Chammah, Alex Descas, Dong-ho Kim, Se-tak Chang, Hong-suk Park
"Claire Denis's magnificent enigma of a film, The Intruder, explores the troubled soul of Louis Trebor (Subor), a brooding loner with a heart condition who lives with two large white dogs in a forest near the French-Swiss border… Ms. Denis, a fearless aesthetic adventurer who lived in Africa until she was 14, has always been fascinated by stories and images of cultural imposition, exile, alienation and the contemplation of the Other… Working with her brilliant cinematographer Agnès Godard, she spills onto the screen images of man and nature with an attunement to light, shadow, color, texture and mood that approaches the surreal." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Selected by Tim Wong, Dana Linssen, Daniel Frampton, Michael Omasta, Dominik Graf.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Veronika Voss

Veronika Voss

Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (original title)

1982 / West Germany / 105m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Rosel Zech, Hilmar Thate, Ann-Marie Duringer, Cornelia Froboess, Doris Schade, Erik Schumann, Peter Berling, Gunther Kaufmann, Sonja Neudorfer, Lilo Pempeit
"Once-beloved Third Reich–era starlet Veronika Voss (Zech) lives in obscurity in postwar Munich. Struggling for survival and haunted by past glories, the forgotten star encounters sportswriter Robert Krohn (Thate) in a rain-swept park and intrigues him with her mysterious beauty. As their unlikely relationship develops, Krohn comes to discover the dark secrets behind the faded actresses’ demise. Based on the true story of a World War II UFA star, Veronika Voss is wicked satire disguised as 1950s melodrama." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Ira Sachs, Luca Guadagnino, Shion Sono, Ashim Ahluwalia, Geoffrey Macnab.
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Fort Apache

Fort Apache


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

Sicilia!

Sicily! (English title)

1999 / Italy-France-Germany / 66m / BW / Family Drama, Political Drama
Gianni Buscarino, Vittorio Vigneri, Angela Nugara, Carmelo Maddio, Ignazio Trombello, Simone Nucatola, Giovanni Interlandi, Giuseppe Bonta, Mario Baschieri, Angela Durantini
"Veteran experimentalists Straub and Huillet offer a compact adaptation of Conversation in Sicily, Elio Vittorini's anti-fascist novel of 1939 which was banned outright by the Italian authorities in 1942… Shot in high contrast b/w, which somehow only emphasises the luminescence of the Sicilian sunshine, it takes the form of static images and exchanges of dialogue… The starkness of the project may alienate many viewers, but there's no doubting the film-makers' committed investment in their subject matter." - Trevor Johnston, Time Out
Selected by Ian Penman, Kieron Corless, Manuel J. Lombardo, Eloísa Solaas, José Luis Torres Leiva.
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The Ladies Man

The Ladies Man


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

L'Enfance nue

Naked Childhood (English title)

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

Night of the Demon

Curse of the Demon (alternative title)

1957 / UK / 82m / BW / Occult Horror, Gothic Film
Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham, Athene Seyler, Reginald Beckwith, Liam Redmond, Ewan Roberts, Peter Elliott, Rosamund Greenwood
"A major work in that minor genre, horror movies. Intelligent, delicate, and actually frightening (no kidding), this was directed by Jacques Tourneur, author of many of the best of Val Lewton's famous series of B-budget shockers. A shot or two of a cheesy monster (insisted upon by the producer) are the only violations of the film's sublime allusiveness, through which the unseen acquires a palpitating presence. Tourneur is attempting a rational apprehension of the irrational, examining not so much the supernatural itself but the insecurities it springs from and the uses it may be put to." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Billy Chainsaw, Mark Pilkington, Anne Billson, Pascal Bonitzer, Carlos Helí de Almeida.
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Topsy-Turvy

Topsy-Turvy


1999 / UK-USA / 160m / Col / Comedy Drama, Musical Drama
Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Timothy Spall, Wendy Nottingham, Lesley Manville, Ron Cook, Kevin McKidd, Shirley Henderson, Dorothy Atkinson, Martin Savage
"The world of Gilbert and Sullivan comes to vivid life in director Mike Leigh’s extraordinary dramatization of the staging of the duo’s legendary 1885 comic opera The Mikado. Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner brilliantly inhabit the roles of the world-famous Victorian librettist and composer… A lushly produced epic about the harsh realities of creative expression, featuring bravura performances and Oscar-winning costume design and makeup, Topsy-Turvy is an unexpected period delight from one of contemporary cinema’s great artists." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Michal Oleszczyk, Luke McKernan, Christopher Fowler, Peter Wollen, Ken Mogg.
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The Return

The Return

Vozvrashchenie (original title)

2003 / Russia / 110m / Col / Psychological Drama, Coming-of-Age
Vladimir Garin, Ivan Dobronravov, Konstantin Lavronenko, Natalia Vdovina, Gailina Popova, Alexej Suknovalov, Lazarj Dubovik, Elizaveta Alexandrova, Ljubovj Kasakova, Andrej Sumin
"The Return is the stunning feature film debut of Andrey Zvyagintsev, a 39-year-old Russian director who here renews the grand tradition of Russian cinematic mysticism epitomized by Andrei Tarkovsky. With a story line at once enigmatic and psychologically acute, The Return draws on biblical motifs to tell a story of Vanya (Ivan Dobronravov) and Andrey (Vladimir Garin), adolescent brothers who have grown up in the care of their mother (Natalia Vdovina) in a small, depressed town, their father having disappeared sometime after Vanya's birth… Mr. Zvyagintsev creates a most moving tension between his archetypal themes and the bristling specificity of his characters. The film is at once highly naturalistic and dreamily abstract, playing out its mythic themes through vibrantly detailed characterizations (and remarkable performances by the entire cast)." - Dave Kehr, The New York Times
Selected by Joe Cornish, Hind Mezaina, Jamie Thraves, John Wrathall, Ali Ulvi Uyanik.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The End of Summer

The End of Summer

Kohayagawa-ke no aki (original title); Early Autumn (alternative title)

1961 / Japan / 103m / Col / Drama, Family Drama
Ganjiro Nakamura, Setsuko Hara, Yoko Tsukasa, Michiyo Aratama, Reiko Dan, Keiju Kobayashi, Masahiko Shimazu, Haruko Sugimura, Hisaya Morisighe, Chieko Naniwa
"Modernisation/westernisation shapes everything, from family ethics to fashions in food, drink, work, dance and clothes. As in Floating Weeds, much of the film is funny (notably a stalking sequence and a hide-and-seek scene that make virtuoso play with point of view, and a delightfully 'untimely' fart gag), but towards the end it takes on a dark solemnity unusual even in Ozu's most poignant work. Another gem - and only the atypically emphatic music disappoints." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Wong Kar-wai, Ashim Ahluwalia, Edward Lawrenson, Eugène Green, Grace Mak.
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Street of Shame

Street of Shame


Akasen chitai (original title)
1956 / Japan / 96m / BW / Melodrama, Urban Drama
Machiko Kyo, Aiko Mimasu, Ayako Wakao, Michiyo Kogure, Kumeko Urabe, Yasuko Kawakami, Hiroko Machida, Eitaro Shindo, Sadako Sawamura, Toranosuke Ogawa
"For his final film, Mizoguchi brought a lifetime of experience to bear on the heartbreaking tale of a brothel full of women whose dreams are constantly being shattered by the socioeconomic realities surrounding them. Set in Tokyo’s Red Light District (the literal translation of the Japanese title), Street of Shame was so cutting, and its popularity so great, that when an antiprostitution law was passed in Japan just a few months after the film’s release, some said it was a catalyst." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Miguel Marias, Jean Douchet, Louis Skorecki, Jesús Cortés.
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O Lucky Man!

O Lucky Man!


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

Burnt by the Sun

Utomlyonnye solntsem (original title)

1994 / Russia-France / 152m / Col / Political Drama, Family Drama
Nikita Mikhalkov, Ingeborga Dapkounaite, Nadia Mikhalkov, Oleg Menchikov, Andre Oumansky, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Svetlana Krioutchkova, Vladimir Ilyine, Alla Kazanskaia, Nina Arkhipova
"This is a careful, telling portrait of a community blinded by its illusions. For most of its running time, the film seems to follow suit: it's a placid, languorous country-house comedy far removed from the realities of the Stalinist terror… Mikhalkov is a quintessentially Russian director: awkwardly, theatrically expansive, somewhat lugubrious even in the midst of an idyll, but unafraid of ideas and complexity. His own performance is impeccable, and the scenes with his daughter Nadia achieve a rare poignancy." - Tom Charity, Time Out
Selected by Jiří Barta, Fernando León de Aranoa, Nadia Tass, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Kim Skotte.
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New York, New York

New York, New York


1977 / USA / 164m / Col / Period Film, Musical Drama
Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro, Lionel Stander, Barry Primus, Mary Kay Place, George Auld, George Memmoli, Dick Miller, Diahnne Abbott, Selma Archerd
"Martin Scorsese’s criminally neglected tribute to the heyday of the MGM musical has aged astonishingly well. Following his ’70s hat-trick of Mean Streets, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and Taxi Driver, it was the director’s first critical and commercial flop. But as per usual, Scorsese was ahead of his time, incorporating freeform East Coast film acting with the opulent fakery of the classic studio production, complete with giant sets, musical numbers and a cast of thousands. It’s also the movie that gave Sinatra and the big apple its signature tune, the title song astonishingly overlooked in the Best Song Oscar category." - Damon Wise, Empire
Selected by Judith Williamson, Joanna Hogg, Milan Pavlovic, Lizzie Francke, Tsui Hark.
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Fires Were Started

Fires Were Started

I Was a Fireman (alternative title)

1943 / UK / 80m / BW / Military & War, Documentary
Philip Dickson, George Gravett, Fred Griffiths, Johnny Houghton, Loris Rey
"Jennings' one venture into feature-length drama-documentary narrowly escaped being brutally chopped down by the publicity men at the Ministry of Information. Certainly it lacks the tight narrative structure common in good commercial films, but Jennings is a strong enough film-maker to ignore formulae and conventions to build his own unique structures… It is the epic quality of the firemen's struggle that excites Jennings, and his celebration of the courage and dignity of ordinary people working together in the shadow of disaster makes the film extraordinarily impressive." - Robert Murphy, Time Out
Selected by Kevin Jackson, Tom Vincent, Karel Reisz, Philip Dodd, Enno Patalas.
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42nd Street

42nd Street


1933 / USA / 89m / BW / Backstage Musical, Musical Comedy
Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Una Merkel, Dick Powell, Guy Kibbee, Ginger Rogers, George E. Stone, Robert McWade
"Reviving the musical's fortunes in one fell swoop, Bacon and Busby Berkeley's backstage saga set the benchmark for the putting-on-a-show subgenre not by means of plot (a thin and hackneyed affair about a young understudy finding stardom when she covers for the temperamental diva) but through sassy songs and dialogue and dazzling mise-en-scène. A grand cast makes the most of numbers like 'You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me', 'Shuffle Off to Buffalo' and 'Young and Healthy', while Berkeley choreographs chorines and camera with mischievous dexterity." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Bernardo Bertolucci, Carlos Saura, Billy Wilder, Russ Meyer, Riyad Vinci Wadia.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Akira

Akira


1988 / Japan / 124m / Col / Science Fiction, Anime
Mitsuo Iwara, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Taro Ishida, Jimmy Flanders, Drew Thomas, Barbara Larsen, Lewis Lemay, Stanley Gurd Jr., Takeshi Kusao
“In spite of its increasingly daring and experimental visual stylings, the Japanese animation industry has yet to produce a film that truly rivals Katsuhiro Otomo's much-heralded animated film adaptation of his 2,000-page comic book Akira. The 1988 cyberpunk extravaganza—in which a weak, put-upon biker punk named Tetsuo is suddenly endowed with phenomenal psychic powers, and uses them to exact violent retribution on any and all perceived authority figures—certainly has its problems…. But the imagery remains incomparable among animated films… Otomo's masterful and creepy use of sound, music, and silence creates a variety of powerful moods without forcing them.” - Tasha Robinson, A.V. Club
Selected by Taika Waititi, Chris Chang, Bill Plympton, Richard Vine, Céline Sciamma.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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Branded to Kill

Branded to Kill

Koroshi no rakuin (original title)

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

Le Jour se lève

Daybreak (English title)

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

Rope


1948 / USA / 80m / Col / Thriller, Psychological Thriller
James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Joan Chandler, Cedric Hardwicke, Constance Collier, Douglas Dick, Edith Evanson, Dick Hogan, Alfred Hitchcock
"Rope isn't Hitchcock's best film, but it's one of his most audacious. With this movie, the master of suspense turns a nail-biting setpiece into a full-length feature, and shows us the ugly flipside of the violent thrillers that made his name. Murder in the movies is usually more about motive than consequence. The bad guys have it coming, and killers are much more interesting before they start repenting their crimes. But Rope rejects that formula by taking inspiration from a real-life murder, a particularly cold-hearted one, and rubbernecking on its aftermath." - Pamela Hutchinson, The Guardian
Selected by José Mojica Marins, Will Brooker, Michaela Boland, Peter Wollen, Meng Jing Hui.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (original title)

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

American Graffiti


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

Pink Flamingos


1972 / USA / 92m / Col / Comedy, Trash Film
Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Danny Mills, Edith Massey, Channing Wilroy, Cookie Mueller, Paul Swift, Susan Walsh
"Divine, a 300-pound transvestite, plays a woman who is forced to fend off challengers to her title as 'The Filthiest Person Alive,' in this case an exhibitionist couple that kidnaps hitchhikers, impregnates them, sells the babies to lesbian couples, and uses the money to fund schoolyard heroin rackets. Everything you've heard about Pink Flamingos is true, but what the reports of chicken-fucking and other abominations fail to convey is just how funny the movie is… In a nostalgic culture gone retro-chic mad, bad taste with an aggressively offensive edge never seemed so relevant." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by Ant Timpson, Vic Pratt, Rob St. Mary, Nathan Tyler, Monika Treut.
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Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby


2004 / USA / 137m / Col / Sports Drama, Melodrama
Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter, Lucia Rijker, Brian F. O'Byrne, Anthony Mackie, Margo Martindale, Riki Lindhome
"Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby is a masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true. It tells the story of an aging fight trainer and a hillbilly girl who thinks she can be a boxer. It is narrated by a former boxer who is the trainer's best friend. But it's not a boxing movie. It is a movie about a boxer. What else it is, all it is, how deep it goes, what emotional power it contains, I cannot suggest in this review, because I will not spoil the experience of following this story into the deepest secrets of life and death." - Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert.com
Selected by Jeon Chanil, Luke Gibbons, Jorge Esponda, Rogelio Llanos, Katja Nicodemus.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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La Nuit du carrefour

La Nuit du carrefour

Night at the Crossroads (English title)

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

Cool Hand Luke


1967 / USA / 126m / Col / Drama, Prison Film
Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon, Lou Antonio, Robert Drivas, Strother Martin, Jo Van Fleet, Clifton James, Dennis Hopper, Harry Dean Stanton
"A big hit in 1967, this is one of Paul Newman’s most significant films, casting him as a mooncalf vandal whose destructive pre-credits spree — decapitating parking meters — lands him on a prison farm where his uppity, rebellious, downright mule-headed attitude brings him into major league conflict with the guards and makes him a heroic martyr for the other cons… Newman gives one of his best performances in this prison film, where he inspires life in to his fellow inmates and although the similarities to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest don't stop there, it still has something important to say, with several memorable moments and a superb supporting cast." - Kim Newman, Empire
Selected by Jeff Nichols, Ramin Bahrani, Andrew Stanton, Spike Lee, Russ Meyer.
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Au revoir les enfants

Au revoir les enfants


1987 / France / 103m / Col / War Drama, Childhood Drama
Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejto, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carre de Malberg, Philippe Morier-Genoud, Francois Berleand, Francois Negret, Peter Fitz, Pascal Rivet, Benoit Henriet
"Traces of war inevitably linger in people's minds long after the gunfire and explosions subside… Louis Malle understood this pattern of degeneration well, having witnessed the unflinchingly heinous Nazi occupation of France as a child. The master director recollects the subtle nuances of everyday life in a landscape gripped by terror in his semi-autobiographical Au Revoir les Enfants, a carefully measured examination of wistful youth tainted by burgeoning human weaknesses found in regular people verging on moral collapse. Malle's young namesake is Julien (Manesse), a well-read and inquisitive lad obviously conflicted about the surrounding tenor of his environment." - Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
Selected by Kenneth Branagh, Philip French, Danny Boyle, Arild Andresen, Don Boyd.
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Deep End

Deep End


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

Anatomy of a Murder


1959 / USA / 160m / BW / Drama, Courtroom Drama
James Stewart, Ben Gazzara, Lee Remick, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, George C. Scott, Kathryn Grant, Joseph N. Welch, Brooks West, Murray Hamilton
"This gripping envelope-pusher, the most popular film by Hollywood provocateur Otto Preminger, was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex—but more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. Featuring an outstanding supporting cast—with a young George C. Scott as a fiery prosecutor and the legendary attorney Joseph N. Welch as the judge—and an influential score by Duke Ellington, Anatomy of a Murder is an American movie landmark, nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by V.F. Perkins, Christian Keathley, Glenn Kenny, Patrick Fahy, Barbet Schroeder.
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Pickup on South Street


1953 / USA / 80m / BW / Thriller, Film Noir
Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye, Richard Kiley, Willis Bouchey, Milburn Stone, Henry Slate, Jerry O'Sullivan, Harry Carter
"Petty crook Skip McCoy (Widmark) has his eyes fixed on the big score. When the cocky three-time convict picks the pocketbook of unsuspecting Candy (Peters), he finds a haul bigger than he could have imagined… Tailed by manipulative Feds and the unwitting courier’s Communist puppeteers, Skip and Candy find themselves in a precarious gambit that pits greed against redemption, Right versus Red, and passion against self-preservation. With its dazzling cast and director Samuel Fuller’s signature raw energy and hardboiled repartee, Pickup on South Street is a true film noir classic by one of America’s most passionate cinematic craftsmen." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Lee Daniels, Daniel Calparsoro, Leos Carax, Elric Kane, Dinko Tucakovic.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
IMDB / No votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll / Amazon
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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir


1947 / USA / 104m / BW / Romance, Fantasy
Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best, Vanessa Brown, Anna Lee, Robert Coote, Natalie Wood, Isobel Elsom, Victoria Horne
"A beautifully crafted piece of Hollywood fantasy, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a far-fetched but moving fable about a sea captain who haunts a widow… Enormously winning performances from the underrated Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison drive the film, and the direction of veteran Joseph L. Mankiewicz is almost flawless… The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a superb illustration of how post-World War II Hollywood could deftly handle a romantic fable during an era when the movies could deliver escapism without big-budget pyrotechnics." - Michael Betzold, All Movie
Selected by Anne Billson, Donald Clarke, Isild Le Besco, Manuel Mozos, Mark Jancovich.
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The River (1997)

The River

He liu (original title)

1997 / Taiwan / 115m / Col / Drama, Family Drama
Chao-Jung Chen, Shiang-chyi Chen, Ann Hui, Kang-Sheng Lee, Shiao-Lin Lu, Yi-Ching Lu, Tien Miao, Kuei-Mei Yang
"As a simple tale of family dysfunction, no one should be congratulated for knowing where it will wind up, even though that inevitability carries with it a distinctly unsettling sense of dread. But what makes the film so mesmerizing is Tsai's command over the vagaries of texture and tone: Through long takes, deliberately somnolent performances, and the careful placement of characters within the frame, he captures the intangible mood of modern alienation... The River is difficult and unpleasant at times, but as a somber metaphor for contaminated lives, it's masterful." - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by Lisandro Alonso, David Pendleton, Nandini Ramnath, Sarah Turner, Lucas Stensland.
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Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

Mononoke-hime (original title)

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

Saturday Night Fever


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

The Host

Gwoemul (original title)

2006 / South Korea-Japan / 119m / Col / Sci-Fi Horror, Monster Film
Kang-ho Song, Byeon Hie-bong, Hae-il Park, Doona Bae, Ah-sung Ko, Dal-su Oh, Jae-eung Lee, Dong-ho Lee, Je-moon Yoon, Pil-Sung Yim
"A horror thriller, a political satire, a dysfunctional family comedy, and a touching melodrama, Bong Joon-ho's The Host is also one helluva monster movie. It's the recombinant offspring of all those science-fiction pictures of the 1950s and '60s in which exposure to atomic radiation (often referred to as both 'atomic' and 'radiation') or hazardous chemicals (sometimes also radioactive) results in something very large and inhospitable… Like its magnificent beast, The Host is wild, crazy, messy, preposterous -- and all the better for it." - Jim Emerson, Roger Ebert.com
Selected by Thierry Méranger, Marcelo Panozzo, Marcelo Alderete, Quintín, Steven Boone.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Ludwig

Ludwig


1973 / Italy-France-West Germany / 235m / Col / Historical Film, Biography
Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Silvana Mangano, Gert Frobe, Helmut Griem, Umberto Orsini, Alexander Allerson, Manfred Furst, Mark Burns
"Visconti’s Ludwig is a challenging film not intended for impatient people with short attention spans. Even with all of its flaws, the film offers a fascinating study of an unusual historical figure who’s main strength was in his ability to avoid the world in grand fashion. Visconti’s obsessive attention to detail and melodramatic operatic flair works well for the story of Ludwig. This may not be Visconti’s best film but regardless, it is a serious and complex work that deserves to be appreciated, slow at times but fascinating nonetheless." - Pablo Vargas, The Spinning Image
Selected by Olivier Assayas, Brad Deane, Olivier Pere, Bruce Beresford, Wong Shuk-han.
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Spione

Spione

Spies (English title); The Spy (alternative title)

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

We All Loved Each Other So Much

C'eravamo tanto amati (original title)

1974 / Italy / 124m / Col / Comedy Drama, Romantic Drama
Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman, Stefania Sandrelli, Stefano Satta Flores, Giovanna Ralli, Aldo Fabrizi, Mike Bongiorno, Federico Fellini, Marcello Mastroianni, Nello Meniconi
"We All Loved Each Other So Much is a true gem of a comedy. Ettore Scola has written and directed a film that examines the passage of time and how it affects a trio of men and the woman with whom they intersect. It is very definitely a comedy, often a laugh-out-loud comedy, but also one that is as concerned with emotional impact as it is with setting up the next gag… Scola is blessed with a quartet of lovely performances, none more so than Vittorio Gassman's, as well as a scene stealing turn from Aldo Fabrizi." - Craig Butler, Allmovie
Selected by Edward Zwick, Juan José Campanella, Giovanni Veronesi, Jan-Olov Andersson, Gael Garcia Bernal.