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KENJI'S 1000 (& reserves)

por Kenji
Click on Read More and the links. My personal top 1000, now in 2 tiers, including some TV programmes. Some reserves for good measure, as requested. Most films here are not in English, which simply reflects the reality of film-making worldwide. And it seems to me top quality US films have become a rarity in recent years. ~ Directors with most films included here: Mizoguchi 13 Bunuel 10 Satyajit Ray 10 Renoir 9 ( + 3 reserves) Hitchcock 9 ( + 2 reserves) Bergman 8 Kurosawa 8 Ozu 8 Keaton 7 ( + 1 reserve) ~ Some notable absentees: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Wiene) Greed (Von Stroheim) The Last Laugh (Murnau) The Crowd (Vidor) The Blue Angel… Leer más

Click on Read More and the links. My personal top 1000, now in 2 tiers, including some TV programmes. Some reserves for good measure, as requested. Most films here are not in English, which simply reflects the reality of film-making worldwide. And it seems to me top quality US films have become a rarity in recent years.

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Directors with most films included here:

Mizoguchi 13
Bunuel 10
Satyajit Ray 10
Renoir 9 ( + 3 reserves)
Hitchcock 9 ( + 2 reserves)
Bergman 8
Kurosawa 8
Ozu 8
Keaton 7 ( + 1 reserve)

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Some notable absentees:
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Wiene)
Greed (Von Stroheim)
The Last Laugh (Murnau)
The Crowd (Vidor)
The Blue Angel (Von Sternberg)
Earth (Dovzhenko)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Hand, Jackson et al)
Gone with the Wind (Fleming, Cukor)
Mr Smith Goes to Washington (Capra)
Stagecoach (Ford)
The Wizard of Oz (Fleming)
The Grapes of Wrath (Ford)
His Girl Friday (Hawks)
The Philadelphia Story (Cukor)
How Green was my Valley (Ford)
Sullivan’s Travels (P.Sturges)
Meshes of the Afternoon (Deren, Hammid)
Meet Me in St Louis (MinnellI)
Brief Encounter (Lean)
Rome Open City (Rossellini)
Red River (Hawks)
The African Queen (Huston)
An American in Paris (Minnelli)
M. Hulot’s Holiday (Tati)
Umberto D (De Sica)
On the Waterfront (Kazan)
Rebel Without a Cause (Ray)
The Searchers (Ford)
Bridge on the River Kwai (Lean)
Wild Strawberries (Bergman)
Ashes and Diamonds (Wajda)
Ben Hur (Wyler)
Rio Bravo (Hawks)
Pickpocket (Bresson)
Breathless (Godard)
The Naked Island (Shindo)
Yojimbo (Kurosawa)
Jules et Jim (Truffaut)
The Manchurian Candidate (Frankenheimer)
The Sound of Music (Wise)
Au Hasard Balthazar (Bresson)
Memories of Underdevelopment (Alea)
Rosemary’s Baby (Polanski)
A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick)
Amarcord (Fellini)
The Exorcist (Friedkin)
Scenes from a Marriage (Bergman)
Jaws (Spielberg)
Nashville (Altman)
Network (Lumet)
Rocky (Avildsen)
Taxi Driver (Scorsese)
Annie Hall (Allen)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg)
Star Wars (Lucas)
The Deer Hunter (Cimino)
Alien (Scott)
E.T (Spielberg)
Stop Making Sense (Demme)
Shoah (Lanzmann)
Dances with Wolves (Costner)
Reservoir Dogs (Tarantino)
The Silence of the Lambs (Demme)
Unforgiven (Eastwood)
Jurassic Park (Spielberg)
Naked (Leigh)
Amadeus (Forman)
Forrest Gump (Zemeckis)
The Lion King (Allers, Minkoff)
The Shawshank Redemption (Darabont)
La Haine (Kassovitz)
Underground (Kusturica)
Life is Beautiful (Benigni)
Titanic (Cameron)
Saving Private Ryan (Spielberg)
The Big Lebowski (Coens)
Amélie (Jeunet)
Beau Travail (Denis)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Gondry)
Fight Club (Fincher)
Gladiator (Scott)
Lord of the Rings (Jackson)
City of God (Meirelles, Lund)
Talk to Her (Almodovar)
Lost in Translation (S.Coppola)
Oldboy (Park Chan-wook)
Downfall (Hirschbiegel)
Children of Men (Cuaron)
The Departed (Scorsese)
Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro)
No Country for Old Men (Coens)
Let the Right One In (Alfredson)
The Dark Knight (Nolan)
The Hurt Locker (Bigelow)
Inception (Nolan)
A Separation (Farhadi)
The Turin Horse (Tarr)
Your Name (Shinkai)
Moonlight (Jenkins)

No doubt many will think Bresson, Cameron, Cassavetes, Coens, Fellini, Ford, Nolan, Pasolini, Polanski, Rossellini, Spielberg and Tarantino are under-represented! I regret Costa, Cronenberg and Denis have only made the reserves.

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We didn’t have a TV till i was 12. My first memory of going to the cinema was Fantasia- my introduction to the devil and dinosaurs. My small town’s cinema closed when i was 7- TV was too strong a competitor-, my sole memory of films there are of “red Indians” on a hill. The bigger films were at the grand metropolis of the county town of 3,000 people 20 miles away, or an even greater city of a few thousand more in the other direction. How i wept when the childcatcher caught them in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the sky outside had changed, with castles hidden in the majestic domes of cumulo-nimbus. At 11, The Great Escape was the greatest adventure, at 12, El Cid. At 13, i joined the school film society. I gazed in awe at the naked female on a motorbike in Vanishing Point- more fun than that boring Wild Strawberries (which I still can’t take to). In my mid teens, the best discoveries were North by Northwest and Fred Astaire. At uni, on a French course, my special subject was French Cinema of the 30s- Renoir and Pagnol..- but i really got obsessively hooked on world cinema once i’d bought a video player in the late 80s (those Wenders road movies!) and John Kobal’s book The Top 100 Movies (see my list on that); Tarkovsky and Mizoguchi were new names to me. Soon i saw Andrei Rublev and the rain and light had changed. Then a few years on (much less availability in those days) it was the turn of Sansho the Bailiff.

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I’ve been asked to do a list of all my lists, but that would take time and anyway would get jumbled in with the others. So here are the ones i like or i think are most worthwhile:

Essential Japanese Films .
The Labyrinth ,
The Mubi/Auteurs World Cup Films ,
The Welsh Connection ,
Mizoguchi Revered ,
Let there be Light: The Birth of Films ,
Essayists, Diarists, Musers..Funambulists of Free Thought ,
A Rosefinch Sang: the Czechoslovakian New Wave ,
19th Century Britain ,
Essential Films by Women ,
Satyajit Ray ,
Favourite Films
The Essential World Cinema ,
Essential French Films ,
Hidden Treasures ,
100 Directors’ Essential Films ,
India ,
Essential Short Films & Featurettes ,
Essential African Films ,
They Do Not Exist: Palestine ,
Foxes ,
John Pilger ,
Essential Iranian Films ,
Leftist Films ,
Essential Documentaries .

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