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Satoshi Kon's List of 100 Films (Part 1 of 2)

by dytokyo
Satoshi Kon's List of 100 Films (Part 1 of 2) by dytokyo
One week before his passing, Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika) posted on his website a list titled “100 Films Chosen by ‘The Dream Machine’ Team” (http://konstone.s-kon.net/modules/notebook/archives/551). “The Dream Machine” is the title of Kon’s final work, which will be released posthumously. Here is what he wrote (my translation): These are 100 films chosen by “The Dream Machine” team. I call it “team,” but they were mainly chosen through the decision of Satoshi Kon, and the advice of Michiyo Suzuki. It’s not really a “100 Best”; these are focused on titles that tend to come up in day-to-day… Read more

One week before his passing, Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika) posted on his website a list titled “100 Films Chosen by ‘The Dream Machine’ Team” (http://konstone.s-kon.net/modules/notebook/archives/551). “The Dream Machine” is the title of Kon’s final work, which will be released posthumously.

Here is what he wrote (my translation):

These are 100 films chosen by “The Dream Machine” team. I call it “team,” but they were mainly chosen through the decision of Satoshi Kon, and the advice of Michiyo Suzuki. It’s not really a “100 Best”; these are focused on titles that tend to come up in day-to-day conversations among our staff, so there are some strange pieces.
It’s hard to show something like this to the public (laugh).
Well, it’s nothing more than “what we like.”
By the way, the order and groupings into 10 films are only for convenience.

First 50:

The Long Gray Line (1954, John Ford)
It’s Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
Some Like It Hot (1959, Billy Wilder)
Sabrina (1954, Billy Wilder)
Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)
Stalag17 (1953, Billy Wilder)
Roman Holiday (1953, William Wyler)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
The Birds (1963, Alfred Hitchcock)
Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)

Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
12 Angry Men (1957, Sydney Lumet)
A Clockwork Orange (1971, Stanley Kubrick)
The Shining (1980, Stanley Kubrick)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
Stalker (1979, Andrei Tarkovsky)
Solaris (1972, Andrei Tarkovsky)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, Steven Spielberg)
Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg)
Star Wars (1977, George Lucas)

Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppolla)
The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppolla)
The Godfather Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppolla)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975, Milos Forman)
Amadeus (1984, Milos Forman)
Gone With the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
The Great Escape (1963, John Sturges)
The Enemy Below (1957, Dick Powell) (not on MUBI)
The Wages of Fear (1953, Henri-Georges Clouzot)
Plein Soleil (1960, Rene Clement)

Midnight Cowboy (1969, John Schlesinger)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, George Roy Hill)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn)
Little Big Man (1971, Arthur Penn)
Straw Dogs (1971, Sam Peckinpah)
Dirty Harry (1971, Don Siegel)
The Day of the Jackal (1973, Fred Zinnemann)
The French Connection (1971, William Friedkin)
The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin)
Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorcese)

Slaughterhouse-Five (1972, George Roy Hill)
The World According to Garp (1982, George Roy Hill)
The Tin Drum (1979, Volker Schlondorff)
My Life As A Dog (1985, Lasse Hallstrom)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993, Lasse Hallstrom)
American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes)
Paper Moon (1973, Peter Bogdanovich)
The Deer Hunter (1978, Michael Cimino)
The Player (1992, Robert Altman)
Short Cuts (1993, Robert Altman)

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