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Ten films.

January 29, 2011

I am rather fond of lists so thought I would include a list of films here. This is what I think of as a list for cinema sceptics; i.e. those who are doubtful that cinema is capable of the same level of sophistication or artistic expression as music or poetry. I might add that anyone who hasn’t seen these films probably has little idea of the possibilities of the medium. Given Hollywood’s lack of ambition and the preponderance of trash this is understandable. The list is personal and idiosyncratic. It is not a list of my favourite films nor the films I think are necessarily the greatest or most important. In chronological order:

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans – FW Murnau, 1927

The Passion of Joan of Arc – Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928

Tokyo Story – Yasujiro Ozu, 1953

A Man Escaped – Robert Bresson, 1956

The Apu Trilogy – Satyajit Ray

  • Pather Panchali, 1955
  • Aparajito, 1956
  • The World of Apu, 1959

8 1/2 – Federico Fellini, 1963

Persona – Ingmar Bergman, 1966

2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick, 1968

Mirror – Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975

The Three Colours Trilogy – Krzysztof Kieslowski

  • Three Colours: Blue, 1993
  • Three Colours: White, 1994
  • Three Colours: Red, 1994

I may have cheated slightly by including two trilogies but it’s my list so I can do what I like. They also demonstrate, in different ways, the possibilities of the film series as a form. At the very least this list provides a handy guide to my taste in cinema and anyone who finds the films here incomprehensible is advised to head directly to Empire’s website where you can join discussions about how deep The Matrix is or how Alan Moore transfers so well to screen because you don’t have to read all the boring bits, you know, the bits with original thought.

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