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MATT'S ALL-TIME TOP 50

by Matt Severson
It’s listed chronoloigically, and there can be only one film representing one director. My Top 10 in order of preference would look something like this: 1) EARLY SUMMER (1951, Yasujiro Ozu) [but this slot could be any number of Ozus, especially Tokyo Story, An Autumn Afternoon, An Inn in Tokyo, I Was Born, But…, and Late Spring] 2) 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini) [runner up: Nights of Cabiria] 3) THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939, Jean Renoir) [runners up: Boudu Saved from Drowning, Grand Illusion] 4) PATHER PANCHALI (1955, Satyajit Ray) 5) 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968, Stanley Kubrick [runner up: Barry Lyndon] 6) THE 400 BLOWS (1959, Francois… Read more

It’s listed chronoloigically, and there can be only one film representing one director.

My Top 10 in order of preference would look something like this:

1) EARLY SUMMER (1951, Yasujiro Ozu) [but this slot could be any number of Ozus, especially Tokyo Story, An Autumn Afternoon, An Inn in Tokyo, I Was Born, But…, and Late Spring]
2) 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini) [runner up: Nights of Cabiria]
3) THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939, Jean Renoir) [runners up: Boudu Saved from Drowning, Grand Illusion]
4) PATHER PANCHALI (1955, Satyajit Ray)
5) 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968, Stanley Kubrick [runner up: Barry Lyndon]
6) THE 400 BLOWS (1959, Francois Truffaut) [runner up: Day for Night]
7) ONE HOUR WITH YOU (1932, Ernst Lubitsch, George Cukor) [runners up: Trouble in Paradise, Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner]
8) REAR WINDOW (1954, Alfred Hitchcock) [runners up: The Birds, Vertigo, Notorious, North by Northwest, Psycho]
9) UN CHIEN ANDALOU (1929, Luis Bunuel) [runner up: The Exterminating Angel]
10) CASABLANCA (1942, Michael Curtiz)

I make no apologies for what I love. (That includes A Room with a View, and the undeniable truth that I wish that my favorites from the 1940s weren’t SO conventional…!)

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