I find this list a bit troubling. Despite the excellent introduction which does a fine job of explaining the reasoning, I have trouble with labeling so many disparate films as "contemplative." Of course, you touch on this in the intro. There are some very good films here and some I've not seen but nothing jumps out at me as something I wouldn't watch. Nice work!
Just one kiarostami (why not "ten", life goes on") no Oliveira ("vou para casa"... or "Party")....just one Apichatpong..... anyway, I haven´t seen most of the moovies in the list, but i intend to... so Thanks so much for the list ....
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Contemplative cinema always makes me think of auteurs such as Tarkovsky (so it's good to see him on the list). Paris, Texas is probably my favorite film so I'm glad to see it on here, too. As far as Antonioni goes, my favorite has always been The Passenger (my favorite road movie, along with Paris, Texas). I would suggest adding it to the list. (Although I definitely dig the silent, moody dusk on the city montage at the end of L'Eclisse--it's a shame I didn't enjoy the film as much, what with the talents of Vitti and Delon. I never was fond of Antonioni's "malaise" trilogy or Red Desert, or Blow-Up, for that matter). Another two candidates as possible for contemplative cinema (except in a much less minimalistic and much more visceral way) are Paradjanov and Brakhage (my faves being, of course, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors and Dog Star Man). I've always considered myself a cinema connoisseur but your list has proven there is a vast, intriguing corpus that I've yet to experience. Kudos Carlo! I have a multitude of movies to seek out now.