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ANDREW SARRIS' FAVOURITE FILMS

by Kenji
ANDREW SARRIS' FAVOURITE FILMS by Kenji
Andrew Sarris Sorry to hear Andrew Sarris passed away today, 20th June 2012. He was film critic at Village Voice from 1940, and professor of Film Studies at Columbia University, An extremely important and influential critic in the US, especially regarding auteur theory, later rivalled by Pauline Kael. This list is based on different selections made by him for Sight and Sound polls in 1972 and 82, also for John Kobal’s international poll in 1987, and another in the last decade, with its 10 placed highest here. Madame de, Ugetsu Monogatari, Rules of the Game, Vertigo, The Searchers appeared every time, The Magnificent Ambersons 3 times, Belle… Read more

Andrew Sarris

Sorry to hear Andrew Sarris passed away today, 20th June 2012. He was film critic at Village Voice from 1940, and professor of Film Studies at Columbia University, An extremely important and influential critic in the US, especially regarding auteur theory, later rivalled by Pauline Kael.

This list is based on different selections made by him for Sight and Sound polls in 1972 and 82, also for John Kobal’s international poll in 1987, and another in the last decade, with its 10 placed highest here. Madame de, Ugetsu Monogatari, Rules of the Game, Vertigo, The Searchers appeared every time, The Magnificent Ambersons 3 times, Belle de Jour, Sunrise, Steamboat Bill Jr, The Great Dictator twice.

Thanks to Angel for 2 selections by Sarris, which i won’t include in the main list, as it would become unbalanced, but which may be of interest anyway.

THE MOST IMPORTANT AND MISAPPRECIATED AMERICAN FILMS (1977)
(important)
awful truth, the
diary of a chambermaid
freshman, the
great dictator, the
lady windermere’s fan
lazybones
letter from an unknown woman
love in the afternoon
magnificent ambersons, the
major and the minor, the
man who shot liberty valance, the
merry widow, the
miracle of morgan’s creek, the
morocco
notorious
palm beach story, the
psycho
rio bravo
roberta
scarface
searchers, the
seven chances
sherlock, jr.
shop around the corner, the
show boat
sunrise
swing time
to be or not to be
true heart susie
vertigo
(misappreciated)
7 women
angel
big sleep, the
breakfast at tiffany’s
bunny lake is missing
east of eden
monsieur verdoux
only yesterday
out of the past
petulia
rebel without a cause
tarnished angels, the

PREMIERE’s THE DECADE’S BEST (1989)
a nos amours
ami de mon amie, l’
argent, l’
berlin alexanderplatz
efter repetitionen
empire of the sun
full metal jacket
housekeeping
singing detective, the
therese

Annual Top Tens, from 1958

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