The Green Ray +2
The Third Man +2
The Man without a Past -1
Nights of Cabiria -1
We Won’t Grow Old Together is at the top of the poll?
HaHaHaHaHaHaHa (inside joke)
We Won’t Grow Old Together +2
The Good the Bad and the Ugly -1
Apocalypse Now -1
The Lady Eve +2
Yi Yi -1
The Apartment -1
A Place in the Sun -1
O Megalexandros (Alexander the Great) -1
The Apartment +2
Ace in the Hole -1 (Love Billy Wilder but this one is a real stinker. And Kirk Douglas is prodded into giving a career low performance,)Peeping Tom -1
Spirit of the Beehive +2
Chungking Express -1
Holy Mountain -1
@Elvis is King
Wow, I couldn’t disagree more about Ace in the Hole. Of the Wilder films I’ve seen I found it to be the most brilliant and relevant. Although his other films are also great, Ace in the Hole is so raw, dark, and politically-charged. Really loved it.
But we each have our favorites.
+2 – The Passion of Joan of Arc
-1 – Sherlock Jr.
-1 – Brand Upon the Brain!
If you like the film, why don’t you defend it instead of just saying ‘Shove it’?
The film is very sanctimonious. And yes, it does portray women as infant-like. “I’d spell it out for you, but I don’t know how to spell!” She decides she’d rather be with the nice guy than the guy who was cheating on his wife, but no third option ever once occurs to her. Not being with the nice guy means being with the jerk by default. And there’s the neighbor who comes to the conclusion that he lacks a conscience just based on thinking he has different women over to his apartment, and it all ends in the character soapboxing that he wants to ‘Be a human being’, which loosely translated, means conforming to the judgment of the romantic status quo.
I’d love to hear your rebuttal.
+2 Hiroshima Mon Amour (In the sad absence of Marienbad, Nevers-en-France will do just fine)
-1 The Mirror (Tarkovsky)
-1 La Ronde
Tale of Tales +2
Le Samurai -1
Apocalypse Now -1
+2 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
-1 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
-1 Spirit of the Beehive
Did you want your “RESNAIS IS FOR ASSHOLES!” shirt in Medium, Large or XL?
I only recently saw Ace in the Hole and thought it only"ok", but nonetheless watched it another two times in the next few days, revising my opinion upwards and upwards… I think it is best to watch it without preconceived notions of Kirk Douglas or Billy Wilder because I think that is why my first viewing was “off”
@Jirin- All your points on The Apartment seem valid, but very few films that are in the “romantic” category offer an alternative to the “romantic status quo.” I know The Apartment is not strictly a “romantic” film, but it is basically in that category. I also don’t think you are giving enough credit to the very end SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER where Shirley MacClaine basically says “we’ll see” to the good-guy love confession of Jack Lemmon- which suggests a wiser character than you portray.
Killer of Sheep +2
@ Zach A
Thanks for taking it so well.
-1 In The Mood For Love
+2 The End of Evangelion
-1 A Woman Under the Influence
-1 Stranger than Paradise
“Ari, wanna make a pact to get rid of Leone?”
Voting against it would feel too much like killing off my childhood. Only when push comes to shove! I’ve always been far more partial to Once Upon a Time in the West than Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. But Duck You Sucker is my favorite.
@Jirin. I’m not sure what you want from Wilder but the film is from its era and you are judging it by contemporary gender mores. This kind of presentism bothers me. That people like that – working in corporations – conform to the romantic status quo is actually quite believable. What you appear to want – rebelling against and breaking out of the social norms of their era doesn’t actually make sense for those characters.The characters are product of their times.
Thank you Ari. Very well put.
Pandora’s Box +2
Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? -1
All about Lily Chou-Chou -1
Sorry for picking on these two movies, but they’re two of the only films on this list I genuinely don’t care for…
“No, the women are not portrayed simply as infant-like (use that against Some Like It Hot)”
I think that was a deliberate action on Wilder’s behalf since almost all of Monroe’s roles…are…pretty much typecast roles :P
+ The Apartment
- Noite Vazia
- The Mother And The Whore
I hadn’t realised We Won’t Grow Old Together was so highly rated, or is just 2 or 3 people who’ve promoted it? Actress Marlene Jobert should have few more films on mubi
Caravaggio gone? [snif]. I thought I’d at least get the chance to kill him softly.
Scenes from a Marriage -1
Claire’s Knee -1
We Won’t Grow Old Together +2Monty Python and The Holy Grail -1The River (Renoir) -1
I must have missed the Noite Vazia link. Can someone pm me with it? Please and Thank you.
What the hell is the matter with the Filipino brigade here, voting down Noite Vazia en masse?? What could be the reason for such group victimisation?
I don’t find anything sanctimonious or sexist in this film. I don’t expect every film to take a stand like Naruse does in his films. Every director need not champion the feminine cause in his films. The female character in this film belongs to a lower strata of society. She is doing a job that makes her a prey for sexual exploitation which is pretty evident even today although women are much smarter these days. She happens to be a simple minded female who happens to fall in love with her boss although she knows that he is married. She hopes that the man is being sincere to her. I don’t find anything childlike in this. Unless, you refuse to believe in the virtue of innocence. Eventually, she does recognize the goodness of Lemmon’s character. She recognizes a potential husband in him who may not be an Adonis but will definitely be faithful to her and love her unconditionally. A woman likes to settle down, have kids and make a home. Women may be much more liberal today but they cannot ignore their primal instinct which is to be great homemakers. It is this virtue that most men look for in their wives, assuming they want to make the marriage work and not get divorced in a few years. Call me sexist if you will, but I believe in this.
…and it all ends in the character soapboxing that he wants to ‘Be a human being’, which loosely translated, means conforming to the judgment of the romantic status quo.
Or maybe it means that he wants to stop doing things that make him hate himself? His sense that he is not human probably comes from the fact that he is doing wrong, not from his lack of “status quo” romance. I’ve always felt that the true conflict of The Apartment had to do with the fact that Lemmon and MacLaine were both doing things that they found abhorrent deep down inside. They were breaking from the status quo (not conforming to it) by choosing to do the right (I will no longer kowtow to my boss, etc). And though it falls in the “romantic comedy” category, I’ve always felt that along with The Shop Around the Corner it’s one of the better movies about work.