Saturday, May 7, 2011

Some Great Films Most People Haven't Seen

The title of this list pretty much explains it...
  1. Cowards Bend the Knee (Guy Maddin)
  2. Brand Upon the Brain! (Guy Maddin)
  3. L'Age d'Or (Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali)
  4. The Fire Within (Le Feu Follet) (Louis Malle)
  5. Faithless (Liv Ullmann)
  6. Withnail and I (Bruce Robinson)
  7. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu)
  8. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
  9. The Grey Zone (Tim Blake Nelson)
  10. Padre Padrone (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani)
  11. Once Upon a Time in America (restored 4-hour version)(Sergio Leone)
  12. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson)
  13. La Roue (Abel Gance)
  14. Eraserhead (David Lynch)
  15. Bad Education (Pedro Almodovar)
  16. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Parajanov)
  17. Secret Honor (Robert Altman)
  18. The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (Roberto Rossellini)
  19. Playtime (Jacques Tati)
  20. Cache (Michael Haneke)
  21. Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi)
  22. By Brakhage: An Anthology (Stan Brakhage)
  23. Experimental Films (Maya Deren)
  24. Six Moral Tales (Eric Rohmer), especially Claire's Knee, La Collectionneuse, My Night at Maud's, and Love in the Afternoon
  25. Les Biches (Claude Chabrol)
  26. Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  27. Vivre Sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard)
  28. La Guerre Est Finie (Alain Resnais)
  29. Peeping Tom (Michael Powell)
  30. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Paul Schrader)
  31. Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
  32. F For Fake (Orson Welles)
A few notes: Guy Maddin may be the most exciting and original filmmaker currently working in North America. The Fire Within is Louis Malle's early masterpiece. Faithless is from a screenplay by Ingmar Bergman. La Guerre Est Finie ("Lenin is not a prayer wheel!") is one of the most intelligent political films of the 1960s. Bad Education may be the absolute masterpiece of Queer Cinema. Peeping Tom is a self-consciously cinematic thriller that out-Hitchcocks Hitchcock. Pasolini's Salo was intended to be 'indigestible'; I consider it one of the most disturbing and important explorations of fascism ever filmed. F For Fake is Welles's great late masterpiece, the secret father of all postmodern documentaries. All of these movies should be available from Netflix. Check them out.

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