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KENJI'S 1000

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Click on Read More and the links. My personal top 1000, now in 2 tiers, including some TV programmes. Most films here are not in English, which simply reflects the reality of film-making worldwide. And it seems to me top quality US films have become a rarity in recent years. ~ Directors with most films included here: Mizoguchi 13 Bunuel 10 Satyajit Ray 10 Hitchcock 9 Renoir 9 Bergman 8 Kurosawa 8 Ozu 8 ~ Some notable absentees: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Wiene) Greed (Von Stroheim) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Hand, Jackson et al) Gone with the Wind (Fleming, Cukor) Stagecoach (Ford) The Wizard of Oz (Fleming) The Grapes of Wrath… Ler mais

Click on Read More and the links. My personal top 1000, now in 2 tiers, including some TV programmes. Most films here are not in English, which simply reflects the reality of film-making worldwide. And it seems to me top quality US films have become a rarity in recent years.

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Directors with most films included here:

Mizoguchi 13
Bunuel 10
Satyajit Ray 10
Hitchcock 9
Renoir 9
Bergman 8
Kurosawa 8
Ozu 8

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Some notable absentees:
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Wiene)
Greed (Von Stroheim)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Hand, Jackson et al)
Gone with the Wind (Fleming, Cukor)
Stagecoach (Ford)
The Wizard of Oz (Fleming)
The Grapes of Wrath (Ford)
His Girl Friday (Hawks)
How Green was my Valley (Ford)
Meshes of the Afternoon (Deren, Hammid)
Brief Encounter (Lean)
Rome Open City (Rossellini)
Umberto D (De Sica)
On the Waterfront (Kazan)
Rebel Without a Cause (Ray)
The Searchers (Ford)
Bridge on the River Kwai (Lean)
Wild Strawberries (Bergman)
Rosemary’s Baby (Polanski)
Ben Hur (Wyler)
Rio Bravo (Hawks)
Pickpocket (Bresson)
Breathless (Godard)
Yojimbo (Kurosawa)
Jules et Jim (Truffaut)
The Sound of Music (Wise)
Au Hasard Balthazar (Bresson)
Memories of Underdevelopment (Alea)
A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick)
Amarcord (Fellini)
Jaws (Spielberg)
Nashville (Altman)
Rocky (Avildsen)
Taxi Driver (Scorsese)
Annie Hall (Allen)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg)
Star Wars (Lucas)
The Deer Hunter (Cimino)
Alien (Scott)
E.T (Spielberg)
Shoah (Lanzmann)
Reservoir Dogs (Tarantino)
The Silence of the Lambs (Demme)
The Lion King (Allers, Minkoff)
The Shawshank Redemption (Darabont)
La Haine (Kassovitz)
Underground (Kusturica)
Titanic (Cameron)
The Big Lebowski (Coens)
Amélie (Jeunet)
Beau Travail (Denis)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Gondry)
Fight Club (Fincher)
Lord of the Rings (Jackson)
City of God (Meirelles, Lund)
Talk to Her (Almodovar)
Lost in Translation (S.Coppola)
Oldboy (Park Chan-wook)
Dark Knight (Nolan)
Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro)
No Country for Old Men (Coens)
A Separation (Farhadi)
The Turin Horse (Tarr)

and near misses:
The Goat (St Clair, Keaton)
Freaks (Browning)
The Dancing Girl of Izu (Gosho)
An Inn in Tokyo (Ozu)
Easy Living (Leisen)
The Letter (Wyler)
Shadow of a Doubt (Hitchcock)
A Canterbury Tale (Powell, Pressburger)
Cluny Brown (Lubitsch)
The Killers (Siodmak)
The Private Life of a Cat (Hammid)
The Golden Coach (Renoir)
Hobson’s Choice (Lean)
The Naked Dawn (Ulmer)
One Froggy Evening (Jones)
The Burmese Harp (Ichikawa)
Nightfall (Tourneur)
The Ogre of Athens (Koundouros)
Love Exists (Pialat)
Very Nice, Very Nice (Lipsett)
Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Richardson)
The Birds (Hitchcock)
Genevieve (Brault)
Lilith (Rossen)
Pale Flower (Shinoda)
Sau Paulo S/A (Person)
Three (Petrovic)
Cool Hand Luke (Rosenberg)
Oh, Sun (Hondo)
The Valley of the Bees (Vlacil)
Death in Venice (Visconti)
Out 1 (Rivette)
Winstanley (Brownlow, Mollo)
Enchanted Island (Peries)
1900 (Bertolucci)
Eraserhead (Lynch)
Providence (Resnais)
Vengeance is Mine (Imamura)
The Aviator’s Wife (Rohmer)
Manuel on the Island of Wonders (Ruiz)
Sunday in the Country (Tavernier)
Sonatine (Kitano)
Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Medem)
Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor (Yamamura)
Endeavour (TV- various)

No doubt many will think Bresson, Cameron, Cassavetes, Coens, Fellini, Ford, Nolan, Pasolini, Polanski, Rossellini, Spielberg and Tarantino are under-represented! I regret the absence of Costa, Cronenberg and Denis, who came close..

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We didn’t have a TV till i was 12. My first memory of going to the cinema was Fantasia- my introduction to the devil and dinosaurs. My small town’s cinema closed when i was 7- TV was too strong a competitor-, my sole memory of films there are of “red Indians” on a hill. The bigger films were at the grand metropolis of the county town of 3,000 people 20 miles away, or an even greater city of a few thousand more in the other direction. How i wept when the childcatcher caught them in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the sky outside had changed, with castles hidden in the majestic domes of cumulo-nimbus. At 11, The Great Escape was the greatest adventure, at 12, El Cid. At 13, i joined the school film society. I gazed in awe at the naked female on a motorbike in Vanishing Point- more fun than that boring Wild Strawberries (which I still can’t take to). In my mid teens, the best discoveries were North by Northwest and Fred Astaire. At uni, on a French course, my special subject was French Cinema of the 30s- Renoir and Pagnol..- but i really got obsessively hooked on world cinema once i’d bought a video player in the late 80s (those Wenders road movies!) and John Kobal’s book The Top 100 Movies (see my list on that); Tarkovsky and Mizoguchi were new names to me. Soon i saw Andrei Rublev and the rain and light had changed. Then a few years on (much less availability in those days) it was the turn of Sansho the Bailiff.

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I’ve been asked to do a list of all my lists, but that would take time and anyway would get jumbled in with the others. So here are the ones i like or i think are most worthwhile:

Essential Japanese Films .
The Labyrinth ,
The Mubi/Auteurs World Cup Films ,
The Welsh Connection ,
Mizoguchi Revered ,
Let there be Light: The Birth of Films ,
Essayists, Diarists, Musers..Funambulists of Free Thought ,
A Rosefinch Sang: the Czechoslovakian New Wave ,
19th Century Britain ,
Essential Films by Women ,
Satyajit Ray ,
The Essential World Cinema ,
Essential French Films ,
Hidden Treasures ,
100 Directors’ Essential Films ,
India ,
Essential Short Films & Featurettes ,
Essential African Films ,
They Do Not Exist: Palestine ,
Foxes ,
John Pilger ,
Essential Iranian Films ,
Leftist Films ,
Essential Documentaries .

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