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Kenji's 1000

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Click on Read More and the links. My personal 1000 favourites, including some TV programmes. Yes, many popular and famous films are missing- just personal taste. Most films here are not in English which simply reflects the reality of film-making worldwide. Near misses: The Abyss (Gad), The Land Beyond the Sunset (Shaw), A Child of the Big City (Bauer), Twilight of a Woman’s Soul (Bauer), Broken Blossoms (Griffith), The Phantom Carriage (Sjostrom), The Smiling Madame Beudet (Dulac), Die Nibelungen (Lang), Seven Chances (Keaton), The Docks of New York (Von Sternberg), The Little Match Girl (Renoir), Night of the Crossroads (Renoir), A… Leer más

Click on Read More and the links.

My personal 1000 favourites, including some TV programmes. Yes, many popular and famous films are missing- just personal taste. Most films here are not in English which simply reflects the reality of film-making worldwide.

Near misses:

The Abyss (Gad),
The Land Beyond the Sunset (Shaw),
A Child of the Big City (Bauer),
Twilight of a Woman’s Soul (Bauer),
Broken Blossoms (Griffith),
The Phantom Carriage (Sjostrom),
The Smiling Madame Beudet (Dulac),
Die Nibelungen (Lang),
Seven Chances (Keaton),
The Docks of New York (Von Sternberg),
The Little Match Girl (Renoir),
Night of the Crossroads (Renoir),
A Canterbury Tale (Powell, Pressburger),
Ministry of Fear (Lang),
Thieves’ Highway (Dassin),
My Love has been Burning (Mizoguchi),
The Day the Earth Stood Still (Wise),
The Golden Coach (Renoir),
99 River Street (Karlsen),
Nightfall (Tourneur),
La Pointe Courte (Varda),
The Magician (Bergman),
Confessions of an Opium Eater (Zugsmith),
The Lin Family Shop (Shui),
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Richardson),
The Man who Shot Liberty Valance (Ford),
Charade (Donen),
Black God, White Devil (Rocha),
Diamonds of the Night (Nemec),
The Koumiko Mystery (Marker),
Ashes (Wajda),
Boniface’s Holiday (Khitruk),
Hunger (Carlsen),
The Report on the Party and the Guests (Nemec),
Anticipation (Godard),
Brief Encounters (Muratova),
Le Samourai (Melville),
Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Straub, Huillet),
I Was Nineteen (Wolf),
Midnight Cowboy (Schlesinger),
Hope (Goren, Guney),
W.R: Mysteries of the Organism (Makavejev).
We Won’t Grow Old Together (Pialat),
The American Friend (Wenders).
Vengeance is Mine (Imamura),
Rhythm of a Crime (Tadic),
Wedding in Galilee (Khleifi),
Freeze, Die, Come to Life (Kanevsky),
The Flower of my Secret (Almodovar),
Mother of the Dunes (Ascofaré),
The Apple (S.Makhmalbaf),
Jorney to the Sun (Ustaoglu),
Monday Morning (Iosseliani),
Eldra (Lyn),
Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor (Yamamura),
Train de Nuit (Jeunet),
Separado! (Goch, Rhys),
Stations of the Cross (Bruggemann),
Handmaiden (Park),

and TV Series

The Blue Planet,
Morecambe and Wise,
Porridge,
Cheers
Dad’s Army.

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Directors with most films included here:

Mizoguchi 13
Renoir 9
Hitchcock 9
Satyajit Ray 9
Bunuel 9

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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. Then there was a film called Emil and the Detectives. My small town’s cinema closed when i was 7- TV was too strong a competitor-, my sole memory of films there 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. 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 (ooh 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:

Kenji’s Japanese Treasury .
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 ,
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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