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JOHN KOBAL'S INTERNATIONAL POLL: TOP 100 FILMS

by Kenji
JOHN KOBAL'S INTERNATIONAL POLL: TOP 100 FILMS by Kenji
Casque d’Or Back in the late 80s, John Kobal polled 80 distinguished film critics and cineastes from a range of countries, for their top 10s, and then came up with his book John Kobal’s Top 100 Movies, which was full of films and directors like Mizoguchi and Tarkovsky i’d not heard of, and really sparked my obsession with world cinema (i’d previously just flirted). So many exciting discoveries to be made, a whole new world to explore. Never again can that level of wonder and excitement be reproduced. This was the book that has caused so many countless hours in darkened rooms away from the world of people and sunlight- the sunken eyes, the… Read more


Casque d’Or

Back in the late 80s, John Kobal polled 80 distinguished film critics and cineastes from a range of countries, for their top 10s, and then came up with his book John Kobal’s Top 100 Movies, which was full of films and directors like Mizoguchi and Tarkovsky i’d not heard of, and really sparked my obsession with world cinema (i’d previously just flirted). So many exciting discoveries to be made, a whole new world to explore. Never again can that level of wonder and excitement be reproduced. This was the book that has caused so many countless hours in darkened rooms away from the world of people and sunlight- the sunken eyes, the spectral Nosferatu appearance..

Kobal’s list was drawn up according to 10 pts for a #1 film, only 1 for a #10 on a list, so several films voted for once, in the low reaches of the 100, made the cut while others voted for more than once like My Night with Maud, The Travelling Players, Night of the Hunter and The Magnificent Ambersons missed out. The Garden of the Finzi Contini, War and Peace (Bondarchuk) and The Colour of Pomegranates were also bubbling under. Anyway, here’s the 100

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