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Lists that keep on giving, part 1

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Not many days left for me at this site, so might as well go out in a blaze of fantasy indulgence. My next couple of posts (assuming there are any) will be almost purely narcissistic—"so how is that any different from usual, Pat?": good point, smartass—just lists of films I like, minus any fabricated reasons ... which, truth be known, are only the after-the-fact emissions of subliminal engines playing, like the nonverbal eureka! that resolves itself in a sentence. Since the core belief, at least with this stuttering practitioner, is that movies are implicitly larger than the sum of their descriptive/analytic catalogs. Or at least these movies are.

Ergo my own all-time faves, that, for whatever concatenation of, uh, "reasons," proceed from a raw, intuited premise: response before rationalization, to adapt the chicken 'n' egg formula of existentialists past. Or just call it an act of faith.

First the top ten, in literal ranking order, as they do it in the Sight & Sound decennial poll

  1. THE TRAVELLING PLAYERS (pictured), Theo Angelopoulos, Greece, 1975
  2. THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES, Sergei Paradjanov, USSR, 1969
  3. L’ARGENT, Marcel L’Herbier, France, 1928
  4. GRAND ILLUSION, Jean Renoir, France, 1937
  5. L’ECLISSE, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1961
  6. THE SATIN SLIPPER, Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, 1985
  7. SUNRISE, F.W. Murnau, USA, 1927
  8. A CANTERBURY TALE, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1944
  9. 11 X 14, James Benning, USA, 1977
10. PULP FICTION, Quentin Tarantino, USA, 1994
      THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, Charles Laughton, USA, 1955

Then alphabetically, my top 25, where details of niggling hierarchy take a backseat to pure cinematic enthusiasm:

ANDREI RUBLEV, Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1966
L’ARGENT, Marcel L’Herbier, France, 1928
A CANTERBURY TALE, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1944
CITIZEN KANE, Orson Welles, USA, 1941
THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES, Sergei Paradjanov, USSR, 1969
THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN, Josef von Sternberg, USA, 1935
L’ECLISSE, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1961
11 X 14, James Benning, USA, 1977
FLOWING, Mikio Naruse, Japan, 1956
GERTRUD, Carl Dreyer, Denmark, 1964
GRAND ILLUSION, Jean Renoir, France, 1937
IMITATION OF LIFE, Douglas Sirk, USA, 1959
INTOLERANCE, D.W. Griffith, USA, 1916
THE LEOPARD, Luchino Visconti, Italy, 1963
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, Charles Laughton, USA, 1955
ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, Sergio Leone, USA, 1983
THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, Carl Dreyer, France, 1928
PULP FICTION, Quentin Tarantino, USA, 1994
THE SATIN SLIPPER, Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, 1985
SUNRISE, F.W. Murnau, USA, 1927
THOMAS L’IMPOSTEUR, Georges Franju, France, 1965
TO SLEEP SO AS TO DREAM, Kaizo Hayashi, Japan, 1986
THE TRAVELLING PLAYERS, Theo Angelopoulos, Greece, 1975
LE TROU, Jacques Becker, France/Italy, 1959
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, Stanley Kubrick, USA, 1968

So bon appetit and happy holidays to all! 

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