My favorite is Ingmar Bergman’s Faith Trilogy.
It’s a tie between Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali / Aparajito / Apur Sansar) and his Calcutta Trilogy (Pratidwandi / Seemabaddha / Jana Aranya ) really.
La Vie sexuelle des Belges 1950-1978 (1994)
Camping Cosmos (1996)
Fermeture de l’usine Renault à Vilvoorde (1998)
What if my answer is Star Wars? A little unfair to choose my opinions for me, eh?
(My answer isn’t Star Wars. But there’s always that intellectual resistor in me, ya know?)
Right now I’d say the Three Colors trilogy.
I think it was to get us to think past Star Wars, Godfather and Lord of the Rings.
Grey D, you are awesome, exactly my choices.
Faith Trilogy is a close next, Winterlight is pure brilliance.
I have not seen Wajda’s war Trilogy
The Lord of the Rings
Maybe the BRD Trilogy.
L’Avventura /La Notte/ L’Eclosse
La Strada/Il Bidone/Nights of Cabiria
Ammores Perros/21 Grams/Babel
Filmy Andy you gotta check out Wajda’s Trilogy, that’s the best war trilogy. Kanal is my favorite.
2,Human Condition trilogy
Ozu’s “Noriko” trilogy
(depending on interpretations of trilogy)
oh and Pagnol’s Marseille trilogy, that’s a goodie
Yes Bellwhether, the should happen one of these days…don’t know when exactly.
Netflix does not carry them, it’s now a matter of buying I guess…
Kenji, what is Human Condition trilogy?
So far, I would have to second Ammores Perros/21 Grams/Babel
although I haven’t seen many of the films listed above
Easy. Kieslowski’s Three Colours Trilogy, which is much more true to the idea than simply three films by the same director, due to the various connections between each purposely mapped out by the director right from the start.
I’ve always thought of the idea of a Desert Trilogy, or just a trilogy of films that have the elements of adventure in remote locations, ie. Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Lawrence of Arabia, Raiders of the Lost Ark. I could include The Man Who Would Be King, but that’d be a bit too much favouritism to John Huston.
Smokey and the Bandit (although I’m not crazy about part III)
Star Trek: Wrath of Khan, Search for Spock, and Voyage Home
I consider Rushmore/Royal Tennenbaums/Life Aquatic as a trilogy related by father/son issues.
Filmy Andy, The Human Condition/Ningen no Joken is a magnificent anti-war epic by Kobayashi (1959-61).
I’m gonna go ahead and spread some more love on the Kieslowski colors trilogy. It really holds up for me, time and time again. Then again, I kind of have a Stockholm Syndrome love for all things French-themed, and the revolution in particular, so anything loosely tied to liberty/equality/fraternity is going to resonate with me in particular. I might also nominate Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel series, though there’s more than three. It seems like this thread is more tied to a thematic series than a fixed number (despite the trilogy kind of being a strange be-all end-all for film), so I’m gonna go ahead and throw it in.
I’m surprised no one has mentioned Bergman’s Through a Glass Darkly/Winter Light/The Silence. I haven’t seen them yet, though they’re on my (far far too long) Netflix queue.
most of the great trilogies have already been thrown out there, so I’ll just list a couple that haven’t been.
Back to the Future 1, 2, & 3
John Fords unofficial calvary trilogy – Fort Apache/She Wore a Yellow Ribbon/Rio Grande.
Gus Van Zandt’s trilogy of death. Elephant/Gerry/Last Days (Paranoid Park)
Pusher trilogy (Pusher 1996, Pusher II 2004, Pusher III 2005)
I absolutely loved these Danish crime films. The first one was released and did better critically than financially. It took them 8 years to get enough money to make a sequel and they got some of the original actors to reprise their roles 8 years in future. That was a big enough hit that they immediately started the next one which is a direct continuation of the 3rd. Each film centers around a local crime boss (or up and coming crime boss) in Denmark.
Koker trilogy for me – that ends up with Kiarostami in real life directing an actor playing him directing another actor playing him.
Nathan, I completely forgot Back to the Future. You are brilliant.
While I think the Star Wars 4-6 trilogy were fucking awesome, I’d also like to say that the Godfather trilogy, The Man with No Name trilogy (and even Leone’s unofficial America trilogy), and Park Chan-wook’s underrated vengeance trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance) are all worth mentioning.
The Lord Of The Rings