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Personal Discoveries of the 2010 Director's Cup

by Duncan Gray
Personal Discoveries of the 2010 Director's Cup by Duncan Gray
Now that the Cup is over and the films have been praised, I thought I’d praise the Cup itself and all the team captains for the fine films they got me to see for the first time. These are the personal discoveries of the 2010 Director’s Cup for me. Well, “discoveries” may not always be the right word, since I’d already heard of many of them and may have gotten around to seeing them anyway. But these were the films I saw for the first time during the Cup, and had a response ranging from “really liked” to “loved.” And a special thanks to the team captains for the introduction! My voting record in the 2010 Director’s Cup… For each match, the… Read more

Now that the Cup is over and the films have been praised, I thought I’d praise the Cup itself and all the team captains for the fine films they got me to see for the first time.

These are the personal discoveries of the 2010 Director’s Cup for me.

Well, “discoveries” may not always be the right word, since I’d already heard of many of them and may have gotten around to seeing them anyway. But these were the films I saw for the first time during the Cup, and had a response ranging from “really liked” to “loved.” And a special thanks to the team captains for the introduction!

My voting record in the 2010 Director’s Cup…

For each match, the winner is listed first, with my pick in bold…

ROUND 1
Manhattan (Woody Allen) vs. Szindbád (Zoltán Huszárik)
Vivre Sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard) vs. Reconstruction (Lucian Pintilie)
A Man There Was (Victor Sjöström) vs. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Sergio Leone)
Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson) vs. Elephant (Alan Clarke)
Kagero-za (Seijun Suzuki) vs. Brazil (Terry Gilliam)
The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler) vs. A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Distant Thunder (Satyajit Ray) vs. Vampyr (Carl Th. Dreyer)
Salut les Cubains (Agnès Varda) vs. Farewell to the Ark (Shūji Terayama)
Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman) vs. Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch) vs. Peppermint Candy (Lee Chang-dong)
Letter From an Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls) vs. I Was Born But… (Yasujirō Ozu)
In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray) vs. The Docks of New York (Josef von Sternberg)
Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi) vs. Jules and Jim (François Truffaut)
Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa) vs. Fantasma (Lisandro Alonso)
Children of Hiroshima (Kaneto Shindō) vs. Slacker (Richard Linklater)
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (Errol Morris) vs. Clean (Olivier Assayas)
La Notte (Michelangelo Antonioni) vs. The Pear Tree (Dariush Mehrjui)
The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (Raúl Ruiz) vs. The Mission (Johnnie To)
What Time Is It There? (Tsai Ming-liang) vs. The Story of Qiu Ju (Zhang Yimou)
Io Island (Kim Ki-young) vs. Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock)

ROUND 2
The Quince Tree Sun (Victor Erice) vs. Cléo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda)
City of Pirates (Raúl Ruiz) vs. Fanny and Alexander – TV Version (Ingmar Bergman)
My Childhood (Bill Douglas) vs. Fighting Elegy (Seijun Suzuki)
L’Argent (Robert Bresson) vs. Dersu Uzala (Akira Kurosawa)
Love and Death (Woody Allen) vs. The Dark Wind (Errol Morris)
Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais) vs. The Last Letter (Frederick Wiseman)
Lessons of Darkness (Werner Herzog) vs. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray)
Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola) vs. The Wedding March (Erich von Stroheim)
The Collector (William Wyler) vs. The Thing From Another World (Howard Hawks)
The Hole (Tsai Ming-liang) vs. Claire’s Knee (Éric Rohmer)
Wife! Be Like a Rose! (Mikio Naruse) vs. Liebelei (Max Ophüls)

ROUND 3
The Good Fairy (William Wyler) vs. Gardens of Stone (Francis Ford Coppola)
The Phantom Carriage (Victor Sjöström) vs. My Ain Folk (Bill Douglas)
The Music Room (Satyajit Ray) vs. The Vikings (Richard Fleischer)
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Werner Herzog) vs. Love and Anarchy (Lina Wertmüller)
The House (Šarūnas Bartas) vs. The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice)
Giants and Toys (Yasuzo Masumura) vs. Every Man For Himself (Jean-Luc Godard)
Manuel on the Island of Wonders (Raúl Ruiz) vs. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Jim Jarmusch)

ROUND 4
The Outlaw and His Wife (Victor Sjöström) vs. Charulata (Satyajit Ray)

QUARTERFINALS
A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson) vs. Jubilee (Derek Jarman)

SEMIFINALS
The Suspended Vocation (Raúl Ruiz) vs. Lancelot du Lac (Robert Bresson)

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