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At the turn of the century, the distinguished British critic chose 100 films, by 100 different directors, for The Guardian newspaper, and his excellent book A Century of Films. Swing High Swing Low is in the former, replaced by The Crowd in the latter. The films appeared in no particular order. Had he not set a limit per director, Mizoguchi (e.g The Life of Oharu) and his other favourite directors, eg Satyajit Ray, would have been strongly represented.
Update: a decade later he said he would add A Separation, The Death of Mr Lazarescu, Festen and Silent Souls, at the expense of Swing High Swing Low, Trash, Behind the Green Door and The Bitter Tea of General Yen
On Mizoguchi: “A director for all seasons, whom Kurosawa, much better known in the West, freely acknowledged was his master. I cannot tell you how important Mizoguchi was to my film-going experience. He made me realise what the art of cinema could achieve. And his films will live with vibrant life for as long as anyone watches other than Hollywood movies.”Read less