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Essentially - A movie orgy
« on: June 11, 2015, 05:04:09 PM »
There are so many projects and personal marathons ongoing at any moment in this moment that I blame the industrious part of the regulars to make the rest of us feel unproductive. I started thinking if there wasn't something I could focus on and the answer was obvious. I was always aware of my many blindspots but this forum made me discover new ones and highlighted the older ones with new brighter colours. It was high time that I should deal with tackling them.

I prepared a somewhat more complete Shame List. As rules, I decided that I should limit myself to three movies per unknown auteur and two per auteur I already had some acquaintance with, so that I wouldn't fill my list with entire filmographies. Since I have mostly been focusing on recent to very recent movies since I have started developing a serious interest in the medium, the list is, as expected, made up of mostly older movies.

The List is supposed to compensate my most egregious blindposts of the most essential movies out there. I came up with it by cross referencing top hundreds and such best ofs such as IMDB's, Roger Ebert's great movies, the sight and sound list, FilmSpotting's sight and sound and of course, this fine forum's very own best movies as determined by the Ratings Project and the director polls -among others.

Without further ado, I give to you my dark spots of shameful ignorance :

Meeting new exciting people :

Abbas Kiarostami
Certified Copy (2010)

Alain Resnais
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
Night and Fog (1955)
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Alex Proyas
Dark City (1998)

Alexander Mackendrick
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Andrey Tarkovskiy
Soliaris (1972)
Stalker (1979)
The Mirror (1975)

Béla Tarr
Satantango (1994)

Bernardo Bertolucci
The Conformist (1970)
The Last Emperor (1987)
Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Billy Wilder
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Buster Keaton
Sherlock Jr (1924)

Carl Theodore Dreyer
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Ordet (1955)

Charlie Chaplin
City Lights (1931)

Charles Laughton
The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Chris Marker
La Jetée (1962)

Chuck Jones
Duck Amuck (1953)

Claude Chabrol
La Cérémonie (1995)
Clyde Bruckman
The General (1926)

Dardenne brothers
Le Fils (2002)
L'Enfant (2005)
Two Days One Night (2014)

David Lynch
The Elephant Man (1980)
Eraserhead (1977)
Mulholland Dr. (2001)

Dziga Vertov
Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Elia Kazan
On the Waterfront (1954)

Eric Rohmer
Ma Nuit Chez Maud (1969)
Claire's Knee (1970)
A Tale of Winter (1992)

Errol Moris
Gates of Heaven (1978)

F. W. Murnau
The Last Laugh (1924)
Sunrise (1927)
Nosferatu (1922)

Frederico Fellini
8 ½ (1963)
Fellini Satyricon (1969)
La Strada (1954)

Fernando Meirelles
Cidade de Deus (2002)

Franklin J. Schaffner
Patton (1970)

Fritz Lang
M (1931)
Metropolis (1927)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)

Gillo Pontecorvo
The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Carol Reed
The Third Man (1949)

Henri-Georges Clouzot
Le Salaire de la Peur (1953)

Howard Hawks
Rio Bravo (1959)

Ingmar Bergman
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Persona (1966)
The Seventh Seal (1957)

Isao Takahata
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Jean Cocteau
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Orpheus (1950)

Jean Pierre Melville
Le Samourai (1967)

Jean Renoir
La Grande Illusion (1937)
The River (1951)
Boudu Sauvé des Eaux (1932)

Jean Vigo
L'Atalante (1934)

John Huston
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)

John Sturges
The Great Escape (1963)

Jonathan Glazer
Under the Skin (2013)

Keisuke Kinoshita
Ballad of Narayama (1958)

Kelly Reichardt
Meek's Cutoff (2010)

Kenji Mizoguchi
Ugetsu (1953)

Louis Bunuel
Un Chien Andalou (1929)
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Max Ophüls
The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
La Ronde (1950)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

Michael Apted
28 Up (1984)

Michale Cimino
The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
The Red Shoes (1948)
Black Narcissus (1947)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Michelangelo Antonioni
L'Avventura (1960)

Mike Leigh
Secrets & Lies (1996)
Another Year  (2010)

Nicholas Ray
In a Lonely Place (1950)

Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
Winter Sleep (2006)

Pier Paolo Pasolini
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Robert Bresson
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
A Man Escaped (1956)
Pickpocket (1959)

Robert Wiene
Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari (1920)

Roberto Benigni
Life Is Beautiful (1997)

Roberto Rosselini
Rome, Open City (1945)
The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)

S. M. Eisenstein
Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Satyajit Ray
Pather Panchali (1955)
The Big City (1963)
Charulata (1964)

Samuel Fueller
Pickup on South Street (1953)

Sergio Leone
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966)
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Sidney Lumet
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Stanley Donen
Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Stuart Rosenberg
Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Victor Fleming
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Vittorio de Sica
Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Werner Herzog
Grizzly Man (2005)
Stroszek (1977)
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

William Dieterle
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

William Willer
The Best Years of our Lives (1946)

Wim Wenders
Paris, Texas (1984)
Wings of Desire (1987)
Kings of the Road (1976)

Getting to know your friends better :

Alexandr Sokurov
Russian Ark (2002)

Darren Aronofsky
The Fountain (2006)

François Truffaut
Jules and Jim (1962)
La Nuit Américaine (1973)

Frank Capra
It Happened One Night (1934)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Jean Luc Godard
A Woman Is a Woman (1961)

Jeff Nichols
Take Shelter (2011)
Shotgun Stories (2007)

John ford
The Searchers (1956)

Wong Kar-wai
In the Mood for Love (2000)

Orson Welles
Touch of Evil (1958)
Mr. Arkadin (1955)

Pedro Almodóvar
The Skin I Live In (2011)
All About My Mother (1999)

Robert Altman
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

Spike Lee
Do the Right Thing (1989)

Terri Gilliam
Brazil (1985)

William Friedkin
The French Connection (1971)
The Exorcist (1972)

Falling further in love :

Akira Kurosawa
Ikiru (1952)

Alfred Hitchcock
Vertigo (1958)

Francis Ford Coppola
Apocalypse Now (1979)

Krizstof Kieslowski
The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

Martin Scorsese
Raging Bull (1980)

Mel Brooks
Blazing Saddles (1974)

Michael Haneke
Caché (2005)

Richard Linklater
Waking Life (2001)

Spike Jonze
Adaptation. (2002)

Woody Allen
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Yasujiro Ozu
Floating Weeds (1959)
Late Spring (1949)
Early Summer (1951)

I was going for a 100 movie list at first but I evidently couldn't help myself. I ended up with 150 movies to watch. Ideally I would watch at least two a week so I could be done with it in less than two years. Let's see how it plays out.

Addenda :

The Piano - Jane Campion (1993)
A Steetcar Named Desire - Elia Kazan (1951)
A Woman Under the Influence - John Cassavetes (1974)
Summer with Monika - Ingmar Bergman (1953)
Nights of Cabiria - Federico Fellini (1957)
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Re: Essentially - A movie orgy
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2015, 05:26:43 PM »
 :o

Now that's industrious! I'm trying to decide which ones I'm most happy to see on your lists. Perhaps Mike Leigh's, perhaps Powell and Pressburger's... You have a treasure trove of titles.
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Re: Essentially - A movie orgy
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2015, 06:15:52 PM »
My turn in the Top 100 Club is next month, and I counted 21 from my list (plus several more in my top 250 list).

I would strongly recommend Werckmeister Harmonies before trying to tackle Satantango.

If you haven't seen Aguirre or Fitzcarraldo, I'd recommend either of those over Nosferatu.  If you have seen both of those, I'd recommend The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser.  Nosferatu is great, but the others are more "essential".

Don't let Satyricon turn you off Fellini in general.

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Re: Essentially - A movie orgy
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2015, 06:24:23 PM »
I would strongly recommend Werckmeister Harmonies before trying to tackle Satantango.

If you haven't seen Aguirre or Fitzcarraldo, I'd recommend either of those over Nosferatu.  If you have seen both of those, I'd recommend The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser.  Nosferatu is great, but the others are more "essential".

You're going to have me change my list before I even start the damn thing...

Don't let Satyricon turn you off Fellini in general.

I love how you assume I'll hate Satyricon.
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Re: Essentially - A movie orgy
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2015, 06:24:31 PM »
That's ambitious of you! I applaud the effort. Now, make sure you have the right opinions about these or else there will be hell to pay.
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Re: Essentially - A movie orgy
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2015, 06:24:48 PM »
Woo, Kiarostami!

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Re: Essentially - A movie orgy
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2015, 06:26:54 PM »
That's ambitious of you! I applaud the effort. Now, make sure you have the right opinions about these or else there will be hell to pay.

I'll make sure to have everything greenlighted by you before I post it.
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Re: Essentially - A movie orgy
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2015, 06:27:03 PM »
Don't let Satyricon turn you off Fellini in general.

I love how you assume I'll hate Satyricon.

I'm just saying, Satyricon is tough going

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Re: Essentially - A movie orgy
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2015, 08:31:19 PM »
I can't comment on Satyricon or 8 1/2, but I can say that La Strada is a wonderful film. I was surprised by how realist it is. I was expecting the fantastical dream worlds he's famous for doing later on.

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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2015, 10:25:23 PM »
Good luck meeting your ambition. A number of landmark films on that list. If you stick to that schedule your tastes will be changed and/or streamlined in 2 years.