Rich Uncle Skeleton, your list has the usual suspects in 400 Blows, Three Colors Trilogy, and Rules of the Game. Your list also has The Royal Tenenbaums, as well as well-known films by Fellini, Ford, Allen, Bertolucci, and Sturges. Although it’s a great list, I wouldn’t call it “startlingly unique”; I respect your immense ego though. :)
Kubrick is a great director. I’m sick of hearing about the guy too, but he’s a master and deserves all the praise that comes his way. I do agree that people could perhaps have avoided voting for the boring choices, but when does that become artificial? If someone honestly loves Kubrick then I say it should be on their list, period
I never considered Bambi for inclusion, but I do love those Disney films and I did consider including Pinocchio on my list. I hope that new Blu-Ray reissue will have the correct color palette.
Almost misses for me: Alien, Requiem for a Dream, Carlito’s Way, and The Grapes of Wrath.
Thanks for posting these — makes me feel a little better. I think I am probably closest to the taste of Dazza, Irvin Contreras, The Cordury Suit, Patrick, Genero Navarro, Joshua W, Adam, Josh, Kurt Walker, Papageno, Anthony N and a few others./
i meant unique in comparison to the other films voted for on this poll, obviously.
Campbell I did not know that but thanks for pointing it out. haah im not sure why but thats somewhat more relieving that no one simply likes him over people liking him but not including him in the poll.
Oh, I thought you were referring to another poll no one was talking about.
Thanks for all your hard work, Adam Cook. Great job!
Bob Stutsman: I’m not surprised by love for Bresson and Au hasard Balthazar. As with Ozu, i’ve thought he’s been riding a crest of changing tastes and appreciation at the moment that owes a lot i think to the excesses of Hollywood; Bresson’s minimalism appears more attractive, and as a corrective, to many as a result. Also, and again similarly with Ozu, he has a clearly recognisable style, which is important for auteurists. And he’s been very influential on lots of current directors. Personallly i worry that directors like Satyajit Ray, Renoir and Mizoguchi may get less credit than they deserve in current fashions of taste
What gets me so excited is how many films people included that I haven’t seen. I think I might go list by list and watch the films I haven’t seen because I trust everyone’s taste on this site. It gets me excited to see so many great films I haven’t experienced yet.
Well said, Drew. That is why this thing is important. Its not the final result, but each and every list, and to hear why people love the films they do.
It was John Kobal’s book Top 100 Movies back in the late 80s, with top 10s from 80 international critics, that really got me hooked on world cinema, and started me on an obsessive quest to see as many as possible. At the time i’d never even heard of Tarkovsky (Andrei Rublev, Mirror and The Sacrifice were in the 100) or Mizoguchi (Ugetsu, Sansho the Bailiff, Life of Oharu included). What a wonderful time of discovery that was- unfortunately that level of excitement of the new can’t come round again, so the more films in our lists that anyone hasn’t seen all the more exciting!
I noticed no one voted for “The Friends of Eddie Coyle”, “The Devils” or “Went the Day Well?”- all worthy of a Cinephiles time. Adam, you did a fantastic job. I’ve been championing these films in particular because they’re superb and not well known. At least, finally, Criterion are releasing “Eddie Coyle” which has been M.I.A for many years, but is on Itunes for download. “The Devils” not being on dvd is a disgrace, bound up in politics at Warner Brothers. But it may yet see the light. There’s a bootleg doing the rounds, which, until the real thing comes out, will do. Anchor Bay picked up “Went the Day Well?” and it’s still around for a bargain price. It’s a fabulous take on WW II, and, in parts devastating.
Once again- much thanks to Adam. There’s a lot of interesting choices from the 100 people who submitted their lists, whilst there’s a lot of traditional choices, showing that these films stand the test of time no matter the generation watching it, the more off beat choices are more interesting from the point of view of raising debate. I wouldn’t have gone for “Citizen Kane”, but that’s because I don’t rate it as much as perhaps I should. Besides, my top 10 could change in a year. Like everyone else, I’m sure the ones you left out were just as agonized over as the ones your probably shouldn’t have left in.
Am I the only one going through each individual list?
I copy and pasted the lists of lists onto a word document and erased the titles of the films I have seen. Every time I see a film on a list or multiple lists I erase it. It is very cool how many from each person I haven’t seen giving me a ton of suggestions.
Drew, you are not alone, I went through each top 10 and added the ones I haven’t seen to my netflix queue.
most lists are genuine and interesting to analyse, though I would have loved to hear everybody quote their reasons on what made them push those movies in their top 10.
Drew, finally found the thread (created by you) where some of us put our reasons behind picking up those top 10 films,http://www.theauteurs.com/topics/1625/comments
Eureka! I finally got to see Fritz Lang’s Moontide!
Thanks for the recco!
I’m too late, no doubt, but howsever -
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Thin Red Line
So what was the top 100 picked by the Auteurs?
This is what my list would have been, off the top of my head.
Seven Samurai – Akira Kurosawa (1954)
Pulp Fiction – Quentin Tarantino (1994)
The Godfather – Francis Ford Coppola (1972)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – Wes Anderson (2004)
Casablanca – Michael Curtiz (1942)
Sanjuro – Akira Kurosawa (1962)
Oldboy – Chan-Wook Park (2003)
Hard Boiled – John Woo (1992)
The Hustler – Robert Rossen (1961)
The Twilight Samurai – Yoji Yamada (2002)
Great idea! I’m all for it.
Oh I see you already have the names…
Au Hasard Balthazar
Come and See
Imitation of Life
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Singin’ in the Rain
That’s actually a really good list Bill. (I’m really excited to see Jeanne Dielman in August).
001. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
002. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
003. La Strada (1954, Federico Fellini)
004. Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967)
005. Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973)
006. Bad ma ra khahad bord (Abbas Kiarostami, 1999)
007. the Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942)
008. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)
009. Woyzeck (Werner Herzog, 1979)
010. Une femme est une femme (1961, Jean-Luc Godard)
Only one person mentioned Sirk, and they gave him the number 10 spot. * le sigh *…
“I copy and pasted the lists of lists onto a word document and erased the titles of the films I have seen. Every time I see a film on a list or multiple lists I erase it. It is very cool how many from each person I haven’t seen giving me a ton of suggestions.”
Drew, I know you posted that 3 months ago, but us cinema snobs tend to have a poor sense of what’s new and what’s old, it sounds like a good idea to me. I’ll scout down the lists of some of my favourite users, watch the films and then bug those users for some form of discussion.
Haha Law, every time I finish a list I send the person a message, talking about the last film I saw on their list. I finally finished Adam Cook’s list when I watch Fitzcarraldo. Out of the 95 lists I have completed 20, and another 15-20 I only have one film left.
I think Drew’s idea is superb. Good for him!
Is it too late to add a list?