Alright, I've removed the hard-to-find film from India and updated the UK and Italy and Italy films (the first films in the series) as follows:
1960: The Entertainer
- Tony Richardson - UK [showing on TCM, Thursday, February 14, 4:15am EST]
- Pier Paolo Pasolini - Italy
As I mentioned earlier, that works out great with The Entertainer
showing on TCM on the 14th. And I imagine Pasolini's first film to represent a stronger break with Italian cinema of the 40s and 50s than the 1961 films by Rosi and Olmi (though I could be totally off on that).
I also added in The Cow
, the 1969 Iranian film mentioned by sdedalus, and then, to even up the years, switched the USSR film to an earlier Parajanov film.
That gives us three films for 1964, which gives us a (silly) excuse to switch out Pale Flower
for a different Japanese film. The options so far include Yasuzo Masumura's Red Angel
, Nobuo Nakagawa's Jingoku
(available from Criterion), and films by Hiroshi Teshigahara, Mikio Naruse, Kon Ichikawa, Masaki Kobayashi, Shohei Imamura, Seijun Suzuki, Masahiro Shinoda, etc. Anybody want to really push for a particular film, ideally from one of these years: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, and 1967?
Oh, and I can't remember why I skipped Sweden on the first pass, but here are two options there: Elvira Madigan
(Bo Widerberg, 1967) or I Am Curious (Yellow)
(Vilgot Sjöman, 1967). The only Widerberg film I've seen is from the 90s, but it sounds as though in many ways he reacted against Bergman. Does that make Elvira Madigan
a better choice than a film best known for its X-rating? Tough to say. Neither film sounds particularly great on paper.