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Seven Times Ten

by Checkpoint Charlie
Seven Times Ten (7×10): A Continuation of a Personal Canon 61. Le cercle rouge (Melville, 1970) “All men are guilty. They’re born innocent, but it doesn’t last.” 62. The Conversation (Coppola, 1974) “I’m not following you, I’m looking for you. There’s a big difference.” 63. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Cassavetes, 1976) “That jerk Karl Marx said opium was the… religion of people. I got news for him, it’s money.” 64. All That Jazz (Fosse, 1979) “If I die, I’m sorry for all the bad things I did to you…And if I live, I’m sorry for all the bad things I’m gonna do to you.” 65. The Talented Mr. Ripley (Minghella, 1999) “I always thought… Read more

Seven Times Ten (7×10): A Continuation of a Personal Canon


61. Le cercle rouge (Melville, 1970) “All men are guilty. They’re born innocent, but it doesn’t last.”


62. The Conversation (Coppola, 1974) “I’m not following you, I’m looking for you. There’s a big difference.”


63. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Cassavetes, 1976) “That jerk Karl Marx said opium was the… religion of people. I got news for him, it’s money.”


64. All That Jazz (Fosse, 1979) “If I die, I’m sorry for all the bad things I did to you…And if I live, I’m sorry for all the bad things I’m gonna do to you.”


65. The Talented Mr. Ripley (Minghella, 1999) “I always thought it’d be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.”


66. Magnolia (Anderson, 1999) “The book says, ‘We might be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us.’”

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Candidates for the list

Abbas Kiarostami: Certified Copy; Shirin; Ten

Atom Egoyan: Calendar; Adoration; Ararat; Next of Kin; Speaking Parts; The Sweet Hereafter

Buster Keaton: Sherlock Jr.; The Cameraman; Seven Chances; Go West

Billy Wilder: Sunset Boulevard; The Apartment; Ace in the Hole

Pedro Almodovar: Bad Education; Matador; Talk to Her; Broken Embraces

Mikio Naruse: Apart From You; No Blood Relation; When a Woman Ascends the Stairs; Street Without End; Every-Night Dreams; Flunky, Work Hard!

Luis Bunuel: That Obscure Object of Desire; The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie; Belle de jour; The Exterminating Angel

Aleksandr Sokurov: Russian Ark; Oriental Elegy; Dolce; Maria; A Humble Life

Mike Leigh: Naked; All or Nothing; Happy-Go-Lucky; Topsy-Turvy; Abigail’s Party

Brian De Palma: Scarface; Blow Out; Carlito’s Way; Obsession; Dressed to Kill

Masaki Kobayashi: The Human Condition; Black River; Harakiri

Catherine Breillat: Anatomy of Hell; Sex is Comedy; The Sleeping Beauty; Brief Crossing

Directors who could be on the next list but need more research

Gustav Machaty (Erotikon, Exstase); Douglas Sirk (All That Heaven Allows, Imitation of Life); Costa-Gavras (Z, Missing); Budd Boetticher (The Bullfighter and the Lady); Jacques Tati (Mon oncle, Playtime); Hal Hartley (Trust, Henry Fool); Julian Schnabel; Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai); Kinji Fukasaku (Blackmail Is My Life, Black Lizard); Nagisa Oshima (The Man Who Left His Will on Film, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence); Rian Johnson (Brick); F.W. Murnau (The Last Laugh); D.W. Griffith (Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages, Orphans of the Storm); Wong Kar Wai (In the Mood For Love); Erich von Stroheim; Howard Hawks (His Girl Friday); Georg Wilhelm Pabst (Pandora’s Box, Diary of a Lost Girl); Josef von Sternberg; François Truffaut (The 400 Blows, Jules and Jim); Federico Fellini (La dolce vita); Vittorio De Sica (Shoeshine, The Bicycle Thief); Bela Tarr (Family Nest, Damnation); Sergei Parajanov (The Color of Pomegranates); Patrice Chereau (Intimacy); Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration); Alain Resnais (Hiroshima, mon amour), Lav Diaz (Century of Birthing)

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