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A Filmspotter's Marathon of Filmspotting Marathons
« on: November 15, 2015, 07:12:59 PM »
I've started listening to the Filmspotting archive, starting at the very start, and I'm getting to the very first Filmspotting Marathon : Classic Westerns. After taking a look at all the marathons that have been done on the podcast over the years and seeing how few of those films I've seen, I've decided to marathon all the Filmspotting marathons.

I'll do this at my own rythm (ie not super quickly), and post my review here along with a link to the podcast as I'll probably want to respond to points raised on the show.

Here's the (rather daunting but also exciting) list :


High Noon (Fred Zinnemann, 1952)
The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)
My Darling Clementine (John Ford, 1946)
Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959)
Per un pugno di dollari / A Fistfull of Dollars (Sergio Leone, 1964)
Winchester '73 (Anthony Mann, 1950)
The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)

The Dukes


Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero, 1978)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)
Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon, 1985)
Evil Dead 2 (Sam Raimi, 1987)

The Haddonfields

Alfred Hitchcock

The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935)
Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)
Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940)
Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)
Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951)
Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
Frenzy (Alfred Hitchcock, 1972)

The MacGuffins

Overlooked Auteurs

Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller, 1963)
The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller, 1980)
Andrey Rublev (Andrei Tarkovski, 1969)
Solyaris / Solaris (Andrei Tarkovski, 1972)
Tôkyô monogatari / Tokyo Story (Yasujirô Ozu, 1953)
Ukikusa / Floating Weeds (Yasujirô Ozu, 1959)

The Andys


Yankee Doodle Dandy (Michael Curtiz, 1936)
Swing Time (George Stevens, 1932)
An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli, 1951)
West Side Story (Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise, 1961)
Les parapluies de Cherbourg / The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964)
Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972)

The Gingers

Werner Herzog / Klaus Kinski

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes / Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972)
Nosferatu, Phantom der Nacht / Nosferatu the Vampyre (Werner Herzog, 1979)
Woyzeck (Werner Herzog, 1979)
Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982)
Cobra Verde (Werner Herzog, 1987)
Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski / My Best Fiend - Klaus Kinski (Werner Herzog, 1999)

My Best Fiends

Screwball Comedies

The Thin Man (W.S. van Dyke, 1934)
My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava, 1936)
The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey, 1937)
Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
Sullivan's Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941)
The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)
Adam's Rib (George Cukor, 1949)

The Astas


Dont Look Back (D.A. Pennebaker, 1967)
Harlan County, USA (Barbara Kopple, 1976)
Hearts and Minds (Peter Davis, 1974)
Gates of Heaven (Errol Morris, 1978)
Vernon, Florida (Errol Morris, 1981)
The Times of Harvey Milk (Rob Epstein, 1984)

The Nanooks


Watership Down (Martin Rosen, 1978)
Hotaru no haka / Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata, 1988)
Akira (Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 1988)
Kôkaku Kidôtai / Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii, 1995)
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi / Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
The Iron Giant (Brad Bird, 1999)

The Harryhausens

Silent Movies

The Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffith, 1915)
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari / The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920)
Bronenosets Potyomkin / Battleship Potemkin (Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1925)
Sunrise : A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
La passion de Jeanne d'Arc / The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)

The Chaneys

Film Noir

Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)
The Killers (Robert Siodmak, 1946)
Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947)
Gun Crazy (Joseph E. Lewis, 1949)
The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston, 1950)
Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955)

The Marlowes

Ingmar Bergman

Sommarnattens leende / Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Berman, 1955)
Det sjunde inseglet / The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Berman, 1957)
Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Berman, 1957)
Nattvardsgästerna / Winter Light (Ingmar Berman, 1963)
Skammen / Shame (Ingmar Berman, 1968)
Fanny och Alexander / Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Berman, 1982)

The Svens

Pedro Almodovar

La flor de mi secreto / The Flower of My Secret (Pedro Almodovar, 1995)
Carne trémula / Live Flesh (Pedro Almodovar, 1997)
Todo sobre mi madre / All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar, 1999)
Hable con ella / Talk to Her (Pedro Almodovar, 2002)
La mala educacion / The Bad Education (Pedro Almodovar, 2004)

The Matadors

70's Sci-Fi

The Omega Man (Boris Sagal, 1971)
The Andromeda Strain (Robert Wise, 1971)
Silent Running (Douglas Trumbull, 1972)
Soylent Green (Richard Fleischer, 1973)
Logan's Run (Michael Anderson, 1976)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, 1976)

The Damn Dirty Apes

Classic Heist

The Lavender Hill Mob (Charles Crichton, 1951)
The Killing (Stanley Kubrick, 1956)
Du rififi chez les hommes / Rififi (Jules Dassin, 1955)
The Italian Job (Peter Collinson, 1969)
Le cercle rouge (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1970)
The Getaway (Sam Peckinpah, 1972)

The Stéphanois

Angry Young Men

Look Back in Anger (Tony Richardson, 1958)
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Karel Reisz, 1960)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson, 1962)
This Sporting Life (Lindsay Anderson, 1963)
Billy Liar (John Schlesinger, 1963)
If... (Lindsay Anderson, 1968)

The Kitchen Sinks

New Hollywood

Jules et Jim / Jules and Jim (François Truffaut, 1962)
Bonnie and Clyde (Arhur Penn, 1967)
The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)
In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967)
Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969)
Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, 1969)
The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973)
Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese, 1973)
Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973)

The Plastics

Akira Kurosawa

Rashômon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)
Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)
Kumonosu-jô / Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa, 1957)
Kakushi-toride no san-akunin / The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa, 1958)
Yôjinbô / Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, 1961)
Tengoku to jigoku / High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, 1963)

The Ronins

Cannes Golden Palm Winners

Otac na sluzbenom putu / When Father Was Away on Business (Emir Kusturica, 1985)
Ba wang bie ji / Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige, 1993)
Ta'm e guilass / Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami, 1997)
Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier, 2000)
La stanza del figlio / The Son's Room (Nanni Moretti, 2001)

The Bronze Fronds

Ernst Lubitsch

Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch, 1939)
Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932)
The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940)
To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942)

The Lubitsch Touches

Billy Wilder

Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder, 1950)
The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder, 1945)
Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder, 1953)

The Sheldrakes

Powell-Pressburger / The Archers

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1943)
Black Narcissus (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1947)
A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1946)
The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1948)
Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, 1960)

The Archers

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Amator / Camera Buff (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1979)
Krotki film o zabijaniu / A Short Film About Killing (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1988)
Krotki film o milosci / A Short Film About Love (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1988)
La double vie de Véronique / The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1991)
Trois couleurs : Bleu / Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993)
Trois couleurs : Blanc / Three Colors: White (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994)
Trois couleurs : Rouge / Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994)

Robert Bresson

Journal d'un curé de campagne / Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson, 1951)
Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut / A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)
Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959)
Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)
Mouchette (Robert Bresson, 1967)

Contemporary Iranian Cinema

Nema-ye Nazdik / Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)
Nun va Goldoon / A Moment of Innocence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1996)
Bacheha-Ye aseman / Children of Heaven (Majid Majidi, 1997)
Ayneh / The Mirror (Jafar Panahi, 1998)
Chaharshanbe-soori / Fireworks Wednesday (Asghar Farhadi, 2006)
Offside (Jafar Panahi, 2006)


Shaft (Gordon Parks, 1971)
Super Fly (Gordon Parks Jr., 1971)
Coffy (Jack Hill, 1973)
Black Caesar (Larry Cohen, 1973)
Cooley High (Michael Schultz, 1975)
Ganja & Hess (Bill Gunn, 1973)

Marx Bros.

Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman, 1930)
Monkey Business (Norman Z. McLeod, 1931)
Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood & Edmund Goulding, 1935)

Max Ophüls

Letter From An Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls, 1948)
La ronde (Max Ophüls, 1950)
Madame de... / Earrings of Madame de... (Max Ophüls, 1953)
Lola Montès (Max Ophüls, 1955)

Korean Auteurs

Bin-jip / 3-Iron (Kim Ki-duk, 2004)
Haebyeonui yeoin / Woman on the Beach (Hong Sang-soo, 2006)
Ssa-i-bo-geu-ji-man-gwen-chan-a / I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (Park Chan-wook, 2006)
Chugyeogja/ The Chaser (Na Hong-jin, 2008)
Milyang / Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-doong, 2007)
Janghwa, Hongryeon / A Tale of Two Sisters (Kim Jee-woon, 2003)

Satyajit Ray

Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
Aparajito / The Unvanquished (Satyajit Ray, 1956)
Apur Sansar / The World of Apu (Satyajit Ray, 1959)
Jalsaghar / The Music Room (Satyajit Ray, 1958)
Mahanagar / The Big City (Satyajit Ray, 1963)
Charulata / The Lonely Wife (Satyajit Ray, 1964)

Elaine May

A New Leaf (Elaine May, 1971)
The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May, 1972)
Mikey and Nicky (Elaine May, 1976)
Ishtar (Elaine May, 1987)

The Blind Camels

Contemporary Nordic Cinema

Sanger fran andra vaningen / Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson, 2000)
Mies vailla menneisysttä / The Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismäki, 2002)
Du levande / You, the Living (Roy Andersson, 2007)
Haevnen / In a Better World (Susanne Bier, 2010
Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki, 2011)
1001 gram / 1001 grams (Bent Hamer, 2014)
Hrutar / Rams (Grimur Hakonarson, 2015)

The Sad Tubas

Luis Bunuel

Un chien andalou (Luis Bunuel, 1929)
L'âge d'or (Luis Bunuel, 1930)
Robinson Crusoe (Luis Bunuel, 1954)
La mort en ce jardin / Death in the Garden (Luis Bunuel, 1956)
Le journal d'une femme de chambre / Diary of a Chambermaid (Luis Bunuel, 1964)
Tristana (Luis Bunuel, 1970)
Cet obscur objet du désir / That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Bunuel, 1977)

The Obscure Objects of Desire

Agnès Varda

La Pointe-Courte (Agnès Varda, 1955)
Les créatures / The Creatures (Agnès Varda, 1966)
L'une chante, l'autre pas / One Sings, The Other Doesn't (Agnès Varda, 1977)
Sans toit ni loi / Vagabond (Agnès Varda, 1985)
Les glaneurs et la glaneuse / The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000)
Les plages d'Agnès / The Beaches of Agnès (Agnès Varda, 2008)

The Cléos

New Argentine Cinema

Historias extraordinarias / Extraordinary Stories (Mariano Llinas, 2008)
Castro (Alejo Moguillansky, 2009)
La Ciénaga (Lucrecia Martel, 2001)
La mujer sin cabeza / The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
Relatos salvajes / Wild Tales (Damian Szifron, 2014)

Vincente Minnelli

Cabin in the Sky (Vincente Minnelli & Busby Berkeley, 1943)
Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)
The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli, 1952)
The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli, 1953)
Lust for Life (George Cukor & Vincente Minnelli, 1956)
Some Came Running (Vincente Minnelli, 1958)

John Cassavetes

Faces (John Cassavetes, 1968)
A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes, 1976)
Opening Night (John Cassavetes, 1977)

Stanley Donen

On the Town (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1949)
Funny Face (Stanley Donen, 1957)
Charade (Stanley Donen, 1963)
Two for the Road (Stanley Donen, 1967)

I put the (very few) I've already seen in italics, I'll see if I decide to revisit them when I get there.

If I count correctly, that's 176 films... so, I'll be at it for a while.

A look back (and stats) one year into the marathon.
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Re: A Filmspotter's Marathon of Filmspotting Marathons
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2015, 07:17:06 PM »
Oh man, that's really great. I've done this throughout my 9 years of listening (I think that number is right) and going back to hear what they have to say about, for example, The Red Shoes or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was really fun. That musicals selection is amazing. So many good movies in this entire project. You'll be better for doing it!
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Re: A Filmspotter's Marathon of Filmspotting Marathons
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2015, 08:11:10 PM »
Good idea. That is quite a selection, and plenty for you to see for the first time!
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Re: A Filmspotter's Marathon of Filmspotting Marathons
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2015, 11:15:37 PM »
I put together a list a while back that was basically the highest rated (by the hosts) of each of the marathons to make it a little smaller a dive, but didn't actually go ahead with it. Still was a pretty impressive list.


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Re: A Filmspotter's Marathon of Filmspotting Marathons
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2015, 07:39:56 AM »
Will be reading your reviews, Teproc!

Looking forward to the Musicals and the Westerns, especially!
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Re: A Filmspotter's Marathon of Filmspotting Marathons
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2015, 09:24:48 AM »
I approve of the meta nature of this thread's title.

Would you mind terribly if I blatantly and quite shamelessly stole your idea ? I used this list to come up with my Essentially marathon but this is too good a thing not to join in. I should probably try to get to the end of that other marathon first but still...
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Re: A Filmspotter's Marathon of Filmspotting Marathons
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2015, 01:15:27 PM »
Big and wide ranging, looking forward to reading along.


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Re: A Filmspotter's Marathon of Filmspotting Marathons
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2015, 01:19:02 PM »
Wouldn't mind it at all DH.

Will be reading your reviews, Teproc!

Looking forward to the Musicals and the Westerns, especially!

It's a good thing they're coming up first !
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Re: A Filmspotter's Marathon of Filmspotting Marathons
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2015, 01:31:27 PM »
What is New Hollywood ?
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