Generally accepted official birth of cinema

(projected film before paying audience)

1895 (41) (Lumiere brothers' Dec. 1895 projected public screening of 10 films in Paris)
Le Jardinier (aka L'Arroseur arrose) (The Sprayer Sprayed) (Louis Lumiere) Repas de bebe (The Baby's Meal) (Lumiere) La Sortie des usines (Leaving the Lumiere Factory) (Lumiere) The Execution of Mary Stuart (Alfred Clark) Dickson Experimental Sound Film (WKL Dickson) Querelle enfantine (Childish Quarrel) (Lumiere) La Peche aux poissons (Fishing for Goldfish) (Lumiere) Serpentinen Tanz (Max Skladanowsky)

1896 (53) (Note: Armat/Edison Vitascope, first public projections in U.S., April 1896)
The Kiss (William Heise) Demolition of a Wall (Demolition d'un mur) (Louis Lumiere) The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (Louis Lumiere) Leaving Jerusalem by Railway (Alexander Promio, for Lumiere) Escamotage d'une dame chez Robert-Houdin (Georges Melies) Feeding the Doves (Wm. Heise, James White) (mostly Lumiere and Edison actualities)

1897 (57)

Seminary Girls (Wm. Heise, James White) What Demoralized the Barber Shop (William Heise) Fisherman's Luck (Heise) The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight (Enoch Rector) Return of Lifeboat (James White, Frederick W. Blechynden) (mostly Edison actualities)

1898 (28)
Four Troublesome Heads (Melies) Ella Lola, a la Trilby (Unknown, for Edison) The Miller and the Sweep (G.A. Smith) Burial of the "Maine" Victims (Wm. Paley) A Street Arab (Unknown, for Edison) (mostly Edison actualities)

1899 (25)

Cripple Creek Bar-Room Scene (James White) U.S. Infantry Supported by Rough Riders at El Caney (Paley, White) The Kiss in the Tunnel (G.A. Smith) (mostly Edison actualities)

1900 (42) (High point of the innovative British "Brighton School"; basic narrative film
language) L'Homme orchestre (The One-Man Band) (Georges Melies)* Grandma's Reading Glass (Arthur Melbourne Cooper) The Enchanted Drawing (J. Stuart Blackton) As Seen Through a Telescope (G.A. Smith) Uncle Josh's Nightmare (Edwin Porter) Attack on a China Mission (James Williamson)

A Storm at Sea (James White) The Mystic Swing (Melies? or Porter?)

1901 (28) (Rise of French Pathe to dominate world film production until 1914, WWI)
The Man with the India-Rubber Head (Georges Melies)* The Big Swallow (James Williamson)* The Story of a Crime (Ferdinand Zecca) Martyred Presidents (Edwin Porter) Fire! (James Williamson) The Countryman and the Cinematograph (R.W. Paul) Pan-American Exposition by Night ( Edwin S. Porter, James Blair Smith) Panorama of Esplenade by Night (Porter, White) The Artist's Dilemma (J. Stuart Blackton?) What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City (Porter)

1902 (21) (Height of the Melies tableaux spectacle fantasy film)
Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) (Georges Melies)* Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Ferdinand Zecca) Charleston Chain-gang (Unknown, for Edison) Jack and the Beanstalk (Edwin Porter) Star Theatre (Frederick Armitage) Les Victimes de l'alcoolisme (Ferdinand Zecca) Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show (Edwin Porter)

1903 (53) (Porter's Great Train Robbery codifies basic filmic narrative technique; biggest
hit of early cinema) The Great Train Robbery (Edwin Porter)* The Kingdom of the Fairies (Georges Melies) Sky Scrapers of New York City, From the North River (J.B. Smith) A Daring Daylight Robbery (Frank Mottershaw) The Dude and the Burglars (G.W. Bitzer) Mary Jane's Mishap (G.A. Smith) Pickpocket - A Chase Through London (Alf Collins) Desperate Poaching Affray (William Haggar) A Search for Evidence (G.W. Bitzer) Sick Kitten (G.A. Smith) The Ballet Master's Dream (Georges Melies) Alice in Wonderland (Percy Stowe) La Vie et la passion de Jesus-Christ (Ferdinand Zecca) The Life of an American Fireman (Edwin Porter)

1904 (32)

The Impossible Voyage (Georges Melies)* Westinghouse Works (series) (G.W. Bitzer) The Untameable Whiskers (Melies) Le Sirene (The Mermaid) (Melies) A Butterfly's Metamorphosis (Melies) The Wonderful Living Fan (Melies) The Ex-Convict (Edwin Porter) The Suburbanite (Wallace McCutcheon) How a French Nobleman Got a Wife Through the New York Herald Personal Columns (Porter) The Widow and the Only Man (Wallace McCutcheon)

1905 (42) (Rescued by Rover apotheosis of 'chase film' craze, fast editing for suspense /
Nickelodeons rise) Rescued by Rover (Lewin Fitzhamon, Cecil Hepworth)* Coney Island at Night (Edwin Porter)* The White Caps (Edwin Porter, Wallace McCutcheon)* The Kleptomaniac (Porter, McCutcheon) Interior N.Y. Subway, 14th St. to 42nd St. (Billy Bitzer) Tom, Tom the Piper's Son (G.W. Bitzer) Les cartes vivantes (The Living Playing Cards) (Georges Melies) The Watermelon Patch (Porter, McCutcheon) Willie and Tim in the Motor Car (Percy Stow) Note: Gypsies have stolen the baby. Rover to the rescue! Rover was actually Blair, the family dog of producer and co-director, Cecil Hepworth, and the canine gives the first great animal performance in movies. Oddly, because of the nature of early cinema, the version of ...Rover that we see today is not the one first screened in 1905, but a remake, perhaps even a remake of a remake. Few prints were struck back then, and when the film was a hit the prints wore out and the movie had to be filmed again. Whatever the case, the surviving version is impressive as a basic textbook example of suspense cutting and action.

1906 (27) ("Humorous Phases..." displays early animation techniques)
Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (J. Stuart Blackton) Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (Edwin Porter, Wallace McCutcheon)* The Hilarious Posters (Georges Melies)* The Terrible Kids (Porter, McCutcheon) The '?' Motorist (Walter Booth) Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (Albert Capellani) Madam Has Her Cravings (Alice Guy) Arrival of Immigrants, Ellis Island (Bitzer) Farfalle (Butterflies) (Unknown, for Cines) Three American Beauties (Porter, McCutcheon) The Scheming Gambler's Paradise (Melies)

1907 (26)
Le Scarabee d'or (The Golden Beetle) (Segundo de Chomon) Le Spectre Rouge (The Red Spectre) (Ferdinand Zecca) L'eclipse du soleil en pleine lune (The Eclipse: the Courtship of Sun and Moon) (Georges Melies) That Fatal Sneeze (Lewin Fitzhamon) The Policeman's Little Run (Ferdinand Zecca) For the record: Ben Hur (Sidney Olcott)

1908 (33) (French Pathe's Physician of the Castle advances suspense cutting and close-ups)
The Physician of the Castle (Unknown; Ferdinand Zecca?) The Song of the Shirt (D.W. Griffith) The Thieving Hand (J. Stuart Blackton) Moscow Clad in Snow (Unknown; Pathe Freres newsreel) La Course aux potirons (The Pumpkin Race) (Romeo Bosetti) Le Cheval emballe (The Runaway Horse) (Louis Gasnier) La Photographie Electrique a distance (Long Distance Wireless Photography) (Georges Melies) Fantasmagorie (Emile Cohl)

Griffith) Max Sets the Style (Max lance la mode) (Max Linder)* The Battle (Griffith) His Trust (Griffith) Enoch Arden (Parts 1 & II) (Griffith) What Shall We Do With Our Old? (Griffith) The Miser's Heart (Griffith) Swords and Hearts (Griffith) L'Odissea (The Odyssey) (Bertolini. Max Takes Tonics (Max Linder) . Griffith) The Unchanging Sea (Griffith) The Fugitive (Griffith) Faithful (Griffith) The Usurer (Griffith) In the Border States (Griffith) The House With Closed Shutters (Griffith) The Informer (Griffith) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Otis Turner) A Child of the Ghetto (Griffith) King Lear (Gerolamo Lo Savio) The Hasher's Delirium (Emile Cohl) Frankenstein (J. Padovan.W.W. Padovan) The Last Drop of Water (Griffith) Richard III (UK version. Griffith raises quality of Biograph's productions) A Corner in Wheat (D. or the Hessian Renegades (Griffith) The Light That Came (Griffith) The Curtain Pole (Griffith) The Romance of an Umbrella (J.El Hotel Electrico (Segundo de Chomon) The Adventures of Dollie (Griffith) 1909 (52) (Second-year director D. Griffith)* The Country Doctor (D.W. Will Barker) Little Nemo (Winsor McCay) For the record: The Dream (George Loane Tucker). Dawley) To see: Afgrunden (The Abyss) (Urban Gad) 1911 (20) The Lonedale Operator (D. Romance with a Double Bass (Kai Hansen).W. Liguoro) L'Inferno (Liguoro. Her Crowning Glory (Laurence Trimble). Griffith)* En evant la musique (Segundo de Chomon) The Lonely Villa (Griffith) Pippa Passes (Griffith) 1776.S. Bertolini. or the Smoke Fairy (Blackton) The Sealed Room (Griffith) Lines of White on a Sullen Sea (Griffith) The Drunkard's Reformation (Griffith) 1910 (33) As it Is in Life (D. Stuart Blackton) The Cord of Life (Griffith) At the Altar (Griffith) Princess Nicotine.W.

Iola's Promise (D. Au pays des tenebres (The Great Mine Disaster) (Victorin Hippolyte-Jassett). Les Miserables (Albert Capellani) In the queue: 1812 god (Kai Hansen. Griffith) To see: Die Arme Jenny (Poor Jenny) (Urban Gad). Little House in Kolomne (Pierre Charynin). Making an American Citizen (Alice Guy Blache). for Thanhouser) To see: The Child of Paris (Leonce Perret). Just a Shabby Doll (unknown. Richard III (Andre Calmettes. The Bangville Police (Henry Lehrman). The Invaders (Francis Ford). From the Manger to the Cross (Sidney Olcott).In the queue: Temptations of a Great City (August Blom) 1912 (47) (Birth of Hollywood. Phillips Smalley). Peasant's Lot (Vasili Goncharov). The Flying Circus (Alfred Lind). Queen Elizabeth (Louis Mercanton). the Other Crime (Griffith) The Sunbeam (Griffith) The Female of the Species (Griffith) The Burglar's Dilemma (Griffith) The Automatic Moving Company (Romeo Bosetti) Onesime horloger (Jean Durand) How a Mosquito Operates (Winsor McCay) For the record: Land Beyond the Sunset (Harold Shaw). The Great Circus Catastrophe (Eduard Schnedler-Sorensen). Rudolfi) Christmas Eve (Ladislaw Starewicz) Traffic in Souls (George Loane Tucker) For the record: Quo Vadis? (Enrico Guazzoni). Edwin Thanhouser). How Men Propose (Lois Weber. Ingeborg Holm (Victor Sjostrom) . Max and the Statue (Max Linder). Romeo e Giulietta (Ugo Falena) 1913 (33) The Mothering Heart (D.W. Phillips Smalley). earliest features released) The Cameraman's Revenge (Ladislaw Starewicz)* The New York Hat (D. E.W. Griffith)* The Student of Prague (Stellan Rye) Twilight of a Woman's Soul (Yevgeny Bauer) Death's Marathon (Griffith) The Drummer of the 8th (Thomas Ince) Matrimony's Speed Limit (Alice Guy Blache) A House Divided (Alice Guy Blache) The Ambassador's Daughter (Charles J.W. A Cure for Pokeritis (Laurence Trimble). For His Son (D. Griffith). Evidence of the Film (Lawrence Marston. Suspense (Lois Weber. Griffith)* The Girl and Her Trust (Griffith) An Unseen Enemy (Griffith) The Musketeers of Pig Alley (Griffith) The Lesser Evil (Griffith) The Painted Lady (Griffith) The Passer-by (Oscar Apfel) The Narrow Road (Griffith) The Confederate Ironclad (Kenean Buel) The Informer (Griffith) One is Business.W. Brabin) The Last Days of Pompeii (Mario Caserini. rise of urban movie theatre 'palaces'. Vasili Goncharov). James Keane). Conquest of the Pole (Georges Melies).

Gustavo Serena) Their One Love (Jack Harvey. Paul Wegener) (4-minute surviving fragment) For the Record: Trilby (Maurice Tourneur). DeMille) The Tramp (Charles Chaplin) Alias Jimmy Valentine (Maurice Tourneur) The Portrait (Ladislaw Starewicz) The Italian (Reginald Barker) The Bank (Charles Chaplin) The Coward (Reginald Barker. Curtis). Tango Tangles (Sennett). DeMille.W. Griffith)* Posle Smerti (After Death) (Yevgeny Bauer)* Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade) Regeneration (Raoul Walsh) Young Romance (George Melford) A Night in the Show (Charles Chaplin) The Cheat (Cecil B. Oscar Apfel) VINTAGE RATING (1914): 5*** 1915 (49) (Birth of a Nation proves viability of features. etc. The 1002nd Ruse (Yevgeny Bauer). Griffith. Griffith) Silent Witnesses (Yevgeny Bauer) The Wishing Ring (Maurice Tourneur) The Battle of Elderbush Gulch (D. The Hazards of Helen.W.In the queue: Fantomas (Louis Feuillade) 1914 (26) (Italian film spectacles reach height with 'Cabiria. many Chaplin Keystone comedies including The Rounders (Chaplin). Farrell MacDonald). The Patchwork Girl of Oz (J.W.W.W. biggest film hit until 1939) The Birth of a Nation (D. released 1914)* Cabiria (Giovanni Pastrone)* Kid Auto Races at Venice (Charles Chaplin) A Child of the Big City (Yevgeny Bauer) Gertie the Dinosaur (Winsor McKay) A Florida Enchantment (Sidney Drew) Judith of Bethulia (D.' Rise of fluid and lateral tracking shots) The Massacre (D. J.P. The Spoilers (Colin Campbell) In the queue: The Mysterious X (Benjamin Christensen). The Call of the North (Cecil B. made 1912. Daydreams (Yevgeny Bauer). Thomas Ince) A Fool There Was (Frank Powell) Carmen (Cecil B. Griffith) For the record: Fantomas contre Fantomas (Louis Feuillade). In the Land of the Headhunters (Edward S. Griffith) The Avenging Conscience (D. DeMille. His New Profession (Chaplin). for Thanhouser) The Golem (Henrik Galeen. Caught in a Cabaret (Mabel Norman). McGowan). episode 26 "The Wild Engine" (James Davis. To re-watch: Tillie's Punctured Romance (Mack Sennett) To see: The Wrath of the Gods (Reginald Barker).W. Oscar Apfel). Griffith) Home Sweet Home (D. DeMille) RUNNERS UP: Assunta Spina (Francesca Bertini. The Squaw Man (Cecil B. Dinosaur and the Missing Link . La Folie du Docteur Tube (Abel Gance).

The Lily of Belgium (Ladislaw Starewicz). the Amateur Cracksman (George Irving) In the queue: Terje Vigen (Victor Sjostrom). Rumpelstiltskin (Raymond B. Homunculus (Otto Rippert) In the queue: Haevnens nat (Night of Revenge) (Benjamin Christensen). DeMille). DeMille) VINTAGE RATING (1917): 5*** . Shoe Palace Pinkus (Ernst Lubitsch) VINTAGE RATING (1916): 5*** 1917 (21) The Adventurer (Charles Chaplin)* The Cure (Charles Chaplin) The Immigrant (Charles Chaplin) Joan the Woman (Cecil B. Raffles. Lois Weber). Where Are My Children? (Phillips Smalley. Pool Sharks (Edwin Middleton). Chimmie Fadden (Cecil B. DeMille). A Marked Man (John Ford). Kindling (Cecil B. Old Heidelberg (John Emerson). Barker. Hilde Warren und der Tod (Joe May).S. (Chaplin) To see: The Juggernaut (Ralph Ince). Ince) The Count (Charles Chaplin) Hell's Hinges (Wm. Hart) Behind the Screen (Charles Chaplin) The Floorwalker (Charles Chaplin) The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (John Emerson) The Queen of Spades (Y. DeMille) In the queue: La signora della camelie (Gustavo Serena). Lois Weber). The Little American (Cecil B. etc. The Warrens of Virginia (Cecil B. Griffith)* One A. Hypocrites (George Loane Tucker. DeMille) Easy Street (Charles Chaplin) The Butcher Boy (Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle) The Rough House (Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle) Wild and Woolly (John Emerson) Coney Island (Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle) His Wedding Night (Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle) A Girl's Folly (Maurice Tourneur) To see: Thomas Graal's Best Film (Victor Sjostrom).M (Charles Chaplin) The Rink (Charles Chaplin) The Pawnshop (Charles Chaplin) Civilization (West. West).W. Tom Sawyer (William Desmond Taylor). Protazanov) Snow White (J. several Fatty Arbuckle Keystone comedies including Fatty's Tintype Tangle (Roscoe Arbuckle). many Charlie Chaplin Keystone films including The Bank/By the Sea/Carmen.(Willis O'Brien). Children of the Age (Deti Veka) (Yevgeny Bauer) VINTAGE RATING (1915): 6. S. Dawley) Gretchen the Greenhorn (Franklin brothers) To see: Judex (Louis Feuillade).5**** 1916 (26) (Chaplin begins to flower with his Mutual shorts) Intolerance (D. Bowman). The Second in Command (William J.

S. Europe's biggest studio. et.W.) The Birth of a Nation (Griffith/US/1915) 2. Griffith) In the queue: Mod Lyset (Towards the Light) (Holger-Madsen) VINTAGE RATING (1919): 6*** RECAP--Favorite Films of the 1910s: 1. The Eyes of the Mummy (Ernst Lubitsch) VINTAGE RATING (1918): 4. Griffith) South (Shackleton's Expedition to the Antarctic) (Frank Hurley) Die Austernprinzessin (Ernst Lubitsch) Madame du Barry (Ernst Lubitsch) Hawthorne of the U.1918 (20) (Ufa in Germany.) The Massacre (Griffith/US/1914) 4.W. Theodore Reed).W.) The Cameraman's Revenge (Starewicz/Russia/1912) 3. Leonard).) Cabiria (Pastrone/Italy/1914) 6. Griffith) To see: Tih Minh (Louis Feuillade). Shifting Sands (Albert Parker) In the queue: Himmelskibet (Holger-Madsen).) A Dog's Life (Charles Chaplin/US/1918) .) Posle smerti (After Death) (Bauer/Russia/1915) 5. form indie distributor United Artists to fight monopoly. Griffith)* Blind Husbands (Erich von Stroheim) Sunnyside (Charles Chaplin) True Heart Susie (D. When the Clouds Roll By (Victor Fleming. Harakiri (Fritz Lang). (James Cruze) J'Accuse (Abel Gance) Die Spinnen (The Spiders) (Fritz Lang) A Day's Pleasure (Charles Chaplin) For the record: Different From the Others (Richard Oswald). Die Puppe (The Doll) (Ernst Lubitsch) To see: The Dragon Painter (William Worthington).A.5** 1919 (24) (Pickford. Carmen (Gypsy Blood) (Ernst Lubitsch).W. al. The Sentimental Bloke (Raymond Longford). The Mother and the Law (D. formed at end of WWI) The Outlaw and His Wife (Victor Sjostrom) A Dog's Life (Charles Chaplin)* The Cook (Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle) Shoulder Arms (Charles Chaplin) Thomas Graal's Basta Barn (Victor Sjostrom) Stella Maris (Marshall Neilan) Father Sergius (Yakov Protazanov) Good Night. control their own films) Herr Arnes Pengar (Sir Arne's Treasure) (Mauritz Stiller)* Broken Blossoms (D. Unheimliche Geschichten (Eerie Tales) (Richard Oswald). Nurse! (Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle) Out West (Arbuckle) The Blue Bird (Maurice Tourneur) The Unbeliever (Alan Crosland) For the record: Hearts of the World (D. The Delicious Little Devil (Robert Z. Back to God's Country (David Hartford).

The Mollycoddle (Victor Fleming).7. I Don't Want to Be a Man (Ernst Lubitsch). Hyde (John S. Edward Cline). Von Morgen bis Mitternachts (From Morn to Midnight) (Karl Heinz Martin). The Saphead (Herbert Blache). Robertson) The Penalty (Wallace Worsley) The Parson's Widow (Carl Dreyer) Erotikon (Mauritz Stiller) For the record: Leaves from Satan's Book (Carl Dreyer). DeMille). L'Homme du large (Marcel L'Herbier).) Herr Arnes Pengar (Stiller/Sweden/1919) RUNNERS UP:: *Max Sets the Style (Max Linder/France/1911) *Intolerance (Griffith/US/1916) *Broken Blossoms (Griffith/US/1919) 1920 (27) Way Down East (D. Something New (Nell Shipman. Neighbors (Buster Keaton. Masterman (Victor Sjostrom). Nomads of the North (David Hartford). Anna Boleyn (Ernst Lubitsch). The Jack-Knife Man (King Vidor) VINTAGE RATING (1920): 4** Note: A weak year worldwide. The Toll Gate (Lambert Hillyer). Griffith)* The Last of the Mohicans (Maurice Tourneur) The Golem (Paul Wegener. Why Change Your Wife? (Cecil B. immediate postwar fare was pretty formulaic except for the anomaly of 'Caligari.' 1921 (35) El Dorado (Marcel L'Herbier)* The Blot (Lois Weber)* Seven Years Bad Luck (Max Linder) The Kid (Charles Chaplin) Hail the Woman (John Griffith Wray) La Terre (Andre Antoine) Der Mude Tod (Destiny) (Fritz Lang) The Playhouse (Buster Keaton) . Sex (Fred Niblo) To see: Karin Ingmarsdotter (Victor Sjostrom). Sumurun (One Arabian Night) (Ernst Lubitsch). Bert Van Tuyle). Eddie Cline) The Mark of Zorro (Fred Niblo) Dr. Genuine (Robert Wiene). The Symbol of the Unconquered (Oscar Micheaux) In the queue: Monastery of Sendomir (Victor Sjostrom). Caligari (Robert Weine) One Week (Buster Keaton) Number. Carl Boese) The Cabinet of Dr.) The New York Hat (Griffith/US/1912) 9.) The Mothering Heart (Griffith/US/1913) 10. Pollyanna (Paul Powell). The Great Cheese Robbery (Vernon Stallings). Please? (Fred Newmeyer.) The Adventurer (Charles Chaplin/US/1917) 8. Jekyll and Mr. Within Our Gates (Oscar Micheaux). Hal Roach) High and Dizzy (Hal Roach) The Grocery Clerk (Larry Semon) Convict 13 (Buster Keaton. The Flapper (Alan Crosland). Romeo and Juliet in the Snow (Ernst Lubitsch).W. The Wandering Image (Fritz Lang). Kohlhiesel's Daughters (Ernst Lubitsch).

A Sailor-Made Man (Fred Newmeyer) VINTAGE RATING (1921): 6. My Boy (Albert Austin. Janosik (Jaroslav Siakel). Too Wise Wives (Lois Weber). Green. Lichtspiel Opus 1 (Walter Ruttmann). Griffith). several Buster Keaton shorts including The Haunted House/The Boat/The Goat/Hard Luck (Buster Keaton. Victor Heerman). Rhythmus 21 (Hans Richter). Orphans of the Storm (D. Paul Strand). Jack Pickford).5*** Note: Marcel l'Herbier's astonishingly beautiful psychological melodrama 'El Dorado' is probably the greatest unknown movie of the silent era. Kenton). The Dark Road (F. Mabuse. Danton (Dimitri Buchowetzki). James Cruze). Die Geierwally (E. Smallwood).W. Heinz Schall). Buster Keaton) Little Lord Fauntleroy (Alfred E. Robertson) Crainquebille (Jacques Feyder) The Light in the Dark (Clarence Brown) Cops (Buster Keaton) Dr.W. The Idle Class (Charles Chaplin). Appearances (Donald Crisp). Camille (Ray C. Manhatta (Charles Sheeler.W. The Ace of Hearts (Wallace Worsley). Molly O' (F. Hill. Scott Sidney). Outside the Law (Tod Browning). DeMille) For the record (other notable films seen): Scherben (Shattered) (Lupu Pick). Dupont). The Bonnie Brier Bush (Donald Crisp) In the queue: Die Bergkatze (The Wildcat) (Ernst Lubitsch).W. L'Atlantide (Jacques Feyder).W. Rojo no Reikon (Souls on the Road) (Minoru Murata). Richard Jones). Murnau). Die Hintertreppe (Backstairs) (Leopold Jessner). Griffith).A. Peck's Bad Boy (Sam Wood). The Three Musketeers (Henri Diamant-Berger). Hamlet (Sven Gade. The Three Musketeers (Fred Niblo). 1922 (30) (Thalberg fires Stroheim from "Merry Go Round'. der Spieler (Fritz Lang) The Toll of the Sea (Chester Franklin) Othello (Dimitri Buchowetzki) Lorna Doone (Maurice Tourneur) . L'Uomo Meccanico (The Mechanical Man) (Andre Deed). The Indian Tomb (Joe May). Tol'able David (Henry King). Dangerous Lies (Paul Powell). de Mille). The Conquering Power (Rex Ingram). The Adventures of Tarzan (Robert F. Jack (Fred Newmeyer) Robin Hood (Allan Dwan) Shadows (Tom Forman) Dr. Jackie (John Ford). Growth of the Soil (Markens grode) (Gunnar Sommerfeldt). Jack Pickford) The Affairs of Anatol (Cecil B. ends Hollywood's "age of the director") Haxan (Witchcraft Through the Ages) (Benjamin Christensen)* Foolish Wives (Erich von Stroheim)* Nanook of the North (Robert Flaherty)* Nosferatu (F. Edward Cline). Through the Back Door (Alfred E. Never Weaken (Fred Newmeyer) To see: Johan (Mauritz Stiller). Murnau) Grandma's Boy (Fred Newmeyer)* Tess of the Storm Country (John S. The Love Light (Frances Marion). Miss Lulu Bett (William C. The Nut (Theodore Reed). Leap Year (Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. Be My Wife (Max Linder). Schloss Vogelod (The Haunted Castle) (F. Dream Street (D. A Small Town Idol (Erle C. Love Never Dies (King Vidor).The Phantom Chariot (Victor Sjostrom) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Rex Ingram) The High Sign (Eddie Cline. Fievre (Fever) (Louis Delluc). Green. Murnau). The Sheik (George Melford). Vier um die Frau (Four Around a Woman) (Fritz Lang).

Richard Jones). Moran of the Lady Letty (George Melford). Vignola). Sam Taylor) The Smiling Madame Beudet (Germaine Dulac) The Pilgrim (Charles Chaplin) Why Worry? (Fred Newmeyer. The Three Must-Get-Theres (Max Linder). Le Retour a la raison (Return to Reason) (Man Ray).W. Das Weib des Pharao (The Loves of Pharaoh) (Ernst Lubitsch). Murnau). Modeling (Dave Fleischer). Trail of the Lonesome Pine (Charles Maigne). Oliver Twist (Frank Lloyd). Norman Taurog). Peg O' My Heart (King Vidor) VINTAGE RATING (1922): 8**** 1923 (28) Our Hospitality (Buster Keaton. Edward Cline) To re-watch: The Three Ages (Buster Keaton. Suzanna (F. Richard Jones). The Sawmill (Larry Semon. Beyond the Rocks (Sam Wood). The Extra Girl (F. DeMille).W. Sam Taylor) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Wallace Worsley) The Covered Wagon (James Cruze) Anna Christie (John Griffith Ray) Schatten (Warning Shadows) (Arthur Robison) Die Strasse (The Street) (Karl Grune) RUNNERS UP: The Ten Commandments (Cecil B.W. The White Rose (D. Saturday Night (Cecil B. Day Dreams (Buster Keaton. Fulta Fisher's Boarding House (Frank Capra). Smilin' Through (Sidney Franklin). Little Old New York (Sidney Olcott). DeMille). The Primitive Lover (Sidney Franklin). MerryGo-Round (released 1925) (Rupert Julian. Phantom (F. Murnau).P. Bella Donna (George Fitzmaurice). DeMille). (Will) Kellino). The Christian (Maurice Tourneur). L'Auberge rouge (The Red Inn) (Jean Epstein). Amour noir et blanc (Love in Black and White) (Ladislaw Starewicz). John Blystone)* A Woman of Paris (Charles Chaplin)* Safety Last (Fred Newmeyer. The Blacksmith (Buster Keaton. Rob Roy (W. The Young Rajah (Phil Rosen). Les Grenouilles qui demandent un roi (Frogland) (Ladislaw Starewicz). Erich von Stroheim). La Femme de nulle part (The Woman From Nowhere) (Louis Delluc). Der Steinerne Reiter (The Stone Rider) (Fritz Wendhausen). several Buster Keaton shorts including The Balloonatic. Der Verlorene Schuh (Cinderella) (Ludwig Berger). David Copperfield (Anders Wilhelm Sandberg). The Village Blacksmith (extant reel) (John Ford) To see: Vem domer (Love's Crucible) (Victor Sjostrom). Nathan der Weise (Manfred Noa). Sky High (Lynn Reynolds). The Shock (Lambert Hillyer). Samson und Delila (Alexander Korda) In the queue: The Prisoner of Zenda (Rex Ingram). Souls for Sale (Rupert Hughes). Der var engang (Once Upon a Time) (Carl Theodor Dreyer). White Tiger (Tod . The Love Nest (Buster Keaton. DeMille) Salome (Charles Bryant) Cirano di Bergerac (Cyrano de Bergerac) (Augusto Genina) For the record: Adam's Rib (Cecil B. Edward Cline). Lucrezia Borgia (Richard Oswald). Clair). Manslaughter (Cecil B.For the record: Der Brennende Acker (The Burning Soil) (F. The Green Goddess (Sidney Olcott). Edward Cline) To see: Le Brasier ardent (Ivan Mozzhukhin). Polikushka (Aleksandr Sanin). Down to the Sea in Ships (Elmer Clifton). When Knighthood Was in Flower (Robert A Vignola). Au Secours! (Abel Gance). Die Gezeichneten (Love One Another) (Carl Theodor Dreyer). The Man From Beyond (Burton King). Malcolm St. Griffith). Beauty's Worth (Robert G. Erdgeist (Loulou) (Leopold Jessner). Blood and Sand (Fred Niblo).

Reveille (George Pearson). Murnau)* The Navigator (Buster Keaton. Der Schatz (The Treasure) (G. Cline). Backbiters (Albert Dieudonné. Lady of the Night (Monta Bell) VINTAGE RATING (1924): 8. Le diable dans la Ville (The Devil in the Town) (Germaine Dulac) In the queue: The Sea Hawk (Frank Lloyd). Name the Man (Victor Sjostrom). Griffith). La Belle Nivernaise (Jean Epstein). Griffith). Mason Hopper). Helena (Helen of Troy) (Manfred Noa). Isn't Life Wonderful? (D. Scaramouche (Rex Ingram). Dante’s Inferno (Henry Otto). Manhandled (Allan Dwan). Donald Crisp) The Marriage Circle (Ernst Lubitsch) HE Who Gets Slapped (Victor Sjostrom) Symphonie diagonale (Viking Eggeling) Girl Shy (Fred Newmeyer. Monsieur Beaucaire (Sidney Olcott).W. L'affiche (The Poster) (Jean Epstein). Newmeyer. Aelita (Yakov Protazanov). Cameo Kirby (John Ford). Der Berg des Schicksals (Mountain of Destiny) (Arnold Fanck). Forbidden Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch). Coeur fidele (The Faithful Heart) (Jean Epstein).W. Open All Night (Paul Bern). Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall (Marshall Neilan). West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (Lev Kuleshov).W. America (D. influencing filmmakers worldwide) Sherlock Jr. Wild Oranges (King Vidor). The White Sister (Henry King). The Red Lily (Fred Niblo).W. Manhandled (Allan Dwan). Captain January (Edward F. Mikael (Michael) (Carl Dreyer). Gordon Edwards). The Hands of Orlac (Robert Wiene) To see: Sylvester (Lupu Pick). The Prude's Fall (Graham Cutts).Browning). Moomaw). Le miracle des loups (The Miracle of the Wolves) (Raymond Bernard). Sam Taylor) Peter Pan (Herbert Brenon) The Thief of Bagdad (Raoul Walsh) Ballet mecanique (Fernand Leger. The Age of Innocence (Wesley Ruggles). Entr'acte (Rene Clair). The Finances of the Grand Duke (F. Nju (Husbands or Lovers) (Paul Czinner). Jean Renoir). Woman to Woman (Graham Cutts). Romola (Henry King). Gunnar Hedes Saga (Mauritz Stiller). (Paul Leni).5**** 1925 (41) (Golden age of Soviet cinema begins with premiere of two Eisenstein films) Strike (Sergei Eisenstein)* . Der Kaufmann von Venedig (The Jew of Mestri) (Peter Paul Felner) In the queue: La roue (Abel Gance). Seiter). Hot Water (Fred C. The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom (Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky).W. Murnau). La Fille de l'eau (Whirlpool of Fate) (Jean Renoir). Sam Taylor). Das Wachsfigurenkabinett (Waxworks). La Briere (Leon Poirier). The Chechahcos (Lewis H. Fire on Board (Victor Sjöström). Le Lion des Mogols (Jean Epstein). (Buster Keaton)* The Last Laugh (F. The Enchanted Cottage (John S. Pabst) VINTAGE RATING (1923): 7*** 1924 (37) (Murnau's 'Last Laugh' advances visual storytelling. Rosita (Ernst Lubitsch). Robertson). with 1999 reconstructed original score) Gosta Berlings Saga (Mauritz Stiller) Nibelungen: Siegfried (and) Kriemhild's Revenge (Fritz Lang) The Iron Horse (John Ford) For the record: L'Inhumaine (Marcel L'Herbier). Raskolnikow (Robert Wiene). The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. The Net (J. Dudley Murphy. Kean (Alexandre Volkoff). Helen's Babies (William A. The Beautiful Rebel (E. Kino-Eye (Dziga Vertov). Beau Brummel (Harry Beaumont).

Karl XII (John W. Pabst) Paths to Paradise (Clarence Badger) In Youth. La cavalcata ardente (The Fiery Foray) (Carmine Gallone). Poil de Carotte (Julien Duvivier). The . Jidische Glickn (Jewish Luck) (Alexandr Granowsky). The King on Main Street (Monta Bell). Pathe) Merry-Go-Round (Rupert Julian. The Lady (Frank Borzage). Blystone). Ernest Schoedsack) Lady Windermere's Fan (Ernst Lubitsch) Little Annie Rooney (William Beaudine) Tumbleweeds (King Baggott. Free to Love (Frank O'Connor). Aitare da Praia (Gentil Roiz). Wege zu Kraft und Schönheit (Ways to Strength and Beauty) (Wilhelm Prager). The Goose Woman (Clarence Brown). Beside the Lonely Sea (creators unknown) Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (Merian C. Blystone). The Best Bad Man (John G. The Rag Man (Edward F. Hart) Beggar on Horseback (James Cruze) (surviving dream sequence) For the record : Cobra (Joseph Henabery). Cooper. El Husar de la muerte (Death's Hussar) (Pedro Sienna). Les Miserables (Henri Fescourt). The Calgary Stampede (Herbert Blache). Les Aventures de Robert Macaire (The Adventures of Robert Macaire) (Jean Epstein). Dupont) Master of the House (Carl Dreyer) The Big Parade (King Vidor) Seven Chances (Buster Keaton) The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin) The Freshman (Fred Newmeyer.. William S. Ingmarsarvet (Gustaf Molander). Cline). The Chronicles of the Gray House (Arthur von Gerlach).Greed (4-hour restoration. The Salvation Hunters (Josef von Sternberg). Parisian Love (Louis Gasnier) To see: Stella Dallas (Henry King). Seitz) The Joyless Street (Georg W. The Coming Of Amos (Paul Sloane). The Golden Bed (Cecil B. DeMille).A. California Straight Ahead (Harry Pollard). Erich von Stroheim) The Lost World (Harry O. Le fantome du Moulin-Rouge (The Phantom of the Moulin Rouge) (Rene Clair). Quo Vadis? (Gabriel d’Annunzio. His People (Edward Sloman). Bravheart (Alan Hale). Zander the Great (George W. Georg Jacoby). Charley's Aunt (Scott Sidney). 1999) (Erich von Stroheim)* Variety (E. Son of Zorro (Donald Crisp) RUNNERS UP: The Phantom of the Opera (Rupert Julian) Paris qui dort (Crazy Ray) (Rene Clair) Smouldering Fires (Clarence Brown) Clash of the Wolves (Noel Mason Smith) The Unholy Three (Tod Browning) Cockeyed: Gems From the Memory of a Nutty Cameraman (Unknown. Brunius). A Kiss for Cinderella (Herbert Brenon). The Merry Widow (Erich Von Stroheim). Dick Turpin (John G. Luch smerti (The Death Ray) (Lev Kuleshov). Hill). Her Sister from Paris (Sidney Franklin). Hoyt) The Eagle (Clarence Brown) The Vanishing American (George B. Are Parents People? (Malcolm St. Sam Taylor) Go West (Buster Keaton) Ben-Hur (Fred Niblo) Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein) Don Q. Clair). Die Verrufenen (The Slums of Berlin) (Gerhard Lamprecht). Der Rosenkavalier (Robert Wiene). Whirlpool of Fate (Jean Renoir).

Stage Struck (Allan Dwan). She (Leander De Cordova. Waking Up the Town (James Cruze). Himansu Rai). Robertson). Skargardskavaljerer (Theodor Berthels). Samuelson).B. Orochi (Buntaro Futagawa). The Unchastened Woman (James Young).Mad Whirl (William A. It begins with a spectacular forest fire and ends with Rinty and his pack chasing down and mauling the baddie. Miss Bluebeard (Frank Tuttle). Ypres (Walter Summers) In the queue: Visages d'enfants (Faces of Children) (Jacques Feyder). exciting vehicles such as 'Clash of the Wolves' (runner up) (in which the star plays a wolf!) make it easy to understand why.W. Murnau) RUNNERS UP: Hands Up! (Clarence Badger) Now You Tell One (Charles Bowers) . Vignola). there were literally dozens of canine stars). Sally of the Sawdust (D. following the shooting script and inserting narrative titles. The Rat (Graham Cutts). Robertson). Clair). Lazybones (Frank Borzage). The Wizard of Oz (Larry Semon). Griffith).' Douglas Fairbanks' belated sequel to his 1920 classic. The Swan (Dimitri Buchowetzki). The Road to Yesterday (Cecil B.' ups the production values on the earlier picture and is a better film overall despite some slow patches. In lieu of ever finding the long-lost footage. The Pony Express (James Cruze). Wild Horse Mesa (George B.. Prem Sanyas (Light of Asia) (Franz Osten. but in fact cowboys like Tom Mix and dogs such as Rin Tin Tin were the biggest things at the box office (and yes. The Case of the Three Million (Yakov Protazanov). But diamond-collared "Rinty" was the box office king. Body and Soul (Oscar Micheaux). Lightnin’ (John Ford). Howard). Seiter). Frank Norris' novel examined its theme via comparison and contrast of a broad cross-section of characters. Tailor from Torzhok (Yakov Protazanov)." but the 1999 "restoration. The Way of a Girl (Robert G. DeMille). this four-hour version is both revelatory and sad. Seitz). 1926 (60) Mother (V. and fast-moving. Shore Leave (John S. Pudovkin)* For Heaven's Sake (Sam Taylor)* A Page of Madness (Tienosuke Kinugasa) Menilmontant (Dmitri Kirsanoff) The Holy Mountain (Arnold Fanck) Don Juan (Alan Crosland) Old Ironsides (James Cruze) The Black Pirate (Alan Parker) The Strong Man (Frank Capra) La Boheme (King Vidor) Maciste in Hell (Guido Brignone) Faust (F. The Red Kimona (Walter Lang). makes it clear how much of the rich plot and character development was lost under MGM's scissors. returned herein. The Pleasure Garden (Alfred Hitchcock).The film is impossible not to like and disarmingly moving in its anthropomorphism.I." creatively using ample production stills. The Thundering Herd (William K. Riders of the Purple Sage (Lynn Reynolds). Son of Zorro. Le voyage imaginaire (Rene Clair). I was never keen on the 2+-hour mutilated theatrical release version of Stroheim's "Greed.W. A Woman of the World (Malcolm St.5***** Note: If you read film history texts you'd think that Soviet artsy masterworks such as 'Strike' and 'Potemkin. SoulFire (John S. The Street of Forgotten Men (Herbert Brenon). The Plastic Age (Wesley Ruggles) VINTAGE RATING (1925): 9. 'The Mark of Zorro.' or Erich von Stroheim's 'Greed' were representative of their time. 'Don Q. G. The Mystic (Tod Browning). The Monster (Roland West). The Sporting Venus (Marshall Neilan).

P. The Boob (William Wellman). Dobry vojak Svejk (The Good Soldier Schweik) (Karel Lamac). The Student of Prague (Henrik Galeen). Gribiche (Mother of Mine) (Jacques Feyder). Going Crooked (George Melford). . Love 'Em and Leave 'Em (Frank Tuttle). Chyortovo koleso (The Devil’s Wheel) (Grigori Kozintsev. Nell Gwynn (Herbert Wilcox). Miss Mend (Fyodor Otsep). Pabst). Tartuffe (F. The Better 'Ole (Charles Reisner). Behind the Front (A. DeMille). Capstaff) Tell it to the Marines (George W. Pudovkin). The Bells (James Young) To re-watch: Rien que les heures (Alberto Cavalcanti). Menschen Untereinander (Gerhard Lamprecht). The Road to Mandalay (Tod Browning). Married? (George Terwilliger). April Fool (Nat Ross). Jambrina). Feu Mathias Pascal (Marcel L'Herbier). Clair) Sparrows (William Beaudine) The Son of the Sheik (George Fitzmaurice) Ella Cinders (Alfred E. The Flag Lieutenant (Maurice Elvey).G. Kid Boots (Frank Tuttle). The Devil's Circus (Benjamin Christensen). The Fire Brigade (William Nigh). Edward Sutherland) 3 Bad Men (John Ford) Filmstudie (Hans Richter) The Scarlet Letter (Victor Seastrom) Tramp. Griffith). Katka-bumazhnyy ranet (Katka's Reinette Apples) (Fridrikh Ermler. Fig Leaves (Howard Hawks). Clair). Malvaloca (Benito Perojo). Kreuzzug des Weibes (Unwelcome Children) (Martin Berger). Gli ultimi giorni di Pompeii (The Last Days of Pompeii) (Amleto Palermi. Konstantin Eggert). The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Lotte Reiniger). The Black Bird (Tod Browning). The Grand Duchess and the Waiter (Malcolm St. Mekhanika golovnogo mozga (Mechanics of the Brain) (Vsevolod I. Medvezhya svadba (The Bear's Wedding) (Vladimir Gardin. A Filha do Advogado (Jota Soares).W. Manon Lescaut (Arthur Robison). Saturday Afternoon (Harry Edwards) To see: Skinner's Dress Suit (William A Seiter). Der Bastard (Gennaro Righelli). Leonid Trauberg). Mantrap (Victor Fleming). Soviet (Forward. The Temptress (Fred Niblo). The Johnstown Flood (Irving Cummings). The Magician (Rex Ingram). Garras de oro (P. Murnau). The Cat's Pajamas (William A. The Sea Beast (Millard Webb). Wellman). Edward Sutherland). The Night Cry (Herman C. Hill) It's the Old Army Game (A. Michel Strogoff (Victor Toujansky). Carmen (Jacques Feyder). Green) The Flute of Krishna (J. Green). The Canadian (William Beaudine). Raymaker). Bardelys the Magnificent (King Vidor). Glomdalsbruden (The Bride of Glomdal) (Carl Dreyer). The Flaming Frontier (Edward Sedgwick).By the Law (Dura Lex) (Lev Kuleshov) Battling Butler (Buster Keaton) Exit Smiling (Sam Taylor) So's Your Old Man (Gregory La Cava) The Great K & A Train Robbery (Lewis Seiler) Flesh and the Devil (Clarence Brown) What Price Glory (Raoul Walsh) Moana (Robert Flaherty) The Show Off (Malcolm St. Tramp (Harry Edwards) For the record: The Sorrows of Satan (D. Brown of Harvard (Jack Conway).W.W. Tramp. Beau Geste (Herbert Brenon). The Duchess of Buffalo (Sidney Franklin). Carmine Gallone). sovyet! / Shagai. Krylya kholopa (Wings of a Serf) (Yuri Tarich). The Open Road (Claude Friese-Greene). The Blackbird (Tod Browning). The Clinging Vine (Cecil B. Shagaj. Secrets of a Soul (G. Leonid Trauberg). Ranson's Folly (Sidney Olcott). Irene (Alfred E. Brudeferden i Hardanger (The Wedding at Hardanger) (Rasmus Breistein). Eduard Johanson). Fine Manners (Richard Rosson). The Overcoat (Shinel) (Grigori Kozintsev.

Die Unehelichen (Children of No Importance) (Gerhard Lamprecht). don't survive well. pulling a full dog and pony show across the hinterlands to get the clergy on her side. Howe. The Italian fantasy epic. A Sixth of the World (Dziga Vertov). Mare Nostrum (Rex Ingram). The Bat (Roland West). Pabst) Sunrise (F. 'For Heaven's Sake' is. Harold Lloyd's best film. Lillian Gish had to pull a lot of strings to get Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter" (runner up) on the screen in opposition to a skittish Hollywood. though his glamorized cowboy duds and some of the derring-do.W. and Gish gives it her all. Murnau) It (Clarence Badger) The Lodger (Alfred Hitchcock) HONORABLE MENTION: The Jazz Singer (Alan Crosland) -PART TALKIE Wings (William Wellman) Ghosts Before Breakfast (Hans Richter) The End of St. VINTAGE RATING (1926): 7. Richard Jones)* An Italian Straw Hat (Rene Clair) Metropolis (Fritz Lang) The Love of Jeanne Ney (G. Petersburg (V. Mason Hopper). earning critical plaudits and even now is regarded as something of a classic.W. The Volga Boatman (Cecil B. DeMille). especially the formulaic serial b-movie-style finale. Torrent Monta Bell).W. The Blue Eagle (John Ford).I. Ted Wilde) Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harry Pollard)* The Gaucho (F. they backed her and it was made. Schoedsack) Underworld (Josef von Sternberg) . You Never Know Women (William A. You'd Be Surprised (Arthur Rosson) In the queue: So This is Paris (Ernst Lubitsch). Dancing Mothers (Herbert Brenon). Pudovkin) My Best Girl (Sam Taylor) College (Buster Keaton) Napoleon (Abel Gance) The Unknown (Tod Browning) 7th Heaven (Frank Borzage) The Second 100 Years (Fred Guiol/w Laurel & Hardy) Chang (Cooper. but it does have burly grinning Maciste kicking demon ass in a stunningly conceived Hades that the cinema has never bettered.A. 'Maciste in Hell' has a laughable plot that makes no sense. Up In Mabel's Room (E. Starstruck. 1927 (52) (G. Upstage (Monta Bell). IMO. The Third Degree (Michael Curtiz). It's respectable and faithful. Wellman). Pabst perfects seamless 'cutting-on-action' in films like 'Love of Jeanne Ney') October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (Sergei Eisenstein)* Bed and Sofa (Abram Room)* The General (Buster Keaton)* Berlin--Symphony of a Great City (Walter Ruttman)* The Kid Brother (J.5**** Note: 'The Great K & A Train Robbery' (runner up) is a mostly thrilling action western breathtakingly shot in a Colorado gorge. and a good entre into the work of star Tom Mix. The Winning of Barbara Worth (Henry King). Nana (Jean Renoir). more or less. The Shamrock Handicap (John Ford). but it's ever so slightly dull. Yichuan Zhenzhu (A String of Pearls) (Li Zeyuan).Soviet!) (Dziga Vertov).

White Gold (William K.Hindle Wakes (Maurice Elvey) Putting Pants on Philip (Clyde Bruckman) The Battle of the Century (Clyde Bruckman) For the record: The Chess Player (Raymond Bernard). Sorok pervyj (The Forty-First) (Yakov Protazanov). Xi Xiang Ji (Tale of the Western Chamber) (Hou Yao). Three's A Crowd (Harry Langdon). Ivan Pravov). It's my favorite among his films. Hotel Imperial (Mauritz Stiller). Surrender (Edward Sloman). . and then only for its visual schemes and Janet Gaynor's performance. Der Geisterzug (The Ghost Train) (Geza von Bolvary). Parizhskiy sapozhnik (The Parisian Cobbler) (Friedrich Ermler). Chuji Tabi Nikki (Daisuke Ito/surviving parts). DeMille). Chelovek iz restorana (The Man From the Restaurant) (Yakov Protazanov). Woman and Sin (Monta Bell). The Notorious Lady (King Baggot). Eisenstein's greatest film. The Scar of Shame (Frank Peregini). IMO. Poet i tsar (Vladimir Gardin). The Patent Leather Kid (Alfred Santell). Shooting Stars (Anthony Asquith). Dekabristy (The Decembrists) (Aleksandr Ivanovsky). 'The Gaucho' is Douglas Fairbanks' oddest vehicle from his prime period. is an impressive epic melodrama that. Wu (William Nigh). It impresses me quite a bit less. Baby ryazanskie (Women of Ryazan) (Olga Preobrazhenskaya. 'Bed and Sofa' is the most realistic. The King of Kings (Cecil B. a tour-de-force experimental visual treatment of the Revolution. Hula (Victor Fleming). Dva dnya (Two Days) (Grigori Stobovoi). Getting Gertie's Garter (E. Barbed Wire (Rowland V. The Ring (Alfred Hitchcock). The Night of Love (George Fitzmaurice). The Cat and the Canary (Paul Leni). The Valley of the Giants (Charles Brabin). Wetherell). is a moving anti-slavery tale and an exciting. Kenton). and an emancipated woman. Tracked By the Police (Ray Enright). Six et demi onze (Jean Epstein). Mr. Running Wild (Gregory La Cava). Downhill (Alfred Hitchcock). despite racist elements. Le Vertige (Marcel L'Herbier) In the queue: L'Invitation au voyage (Germaine Dulac). wellpaced film that deserves critical re-evaluation. For the Term of His Natural Life (Norman Dawn). live-in unisex cohabs. with one of the sexiest dance scenes ever and lavish production values. Ritzy (Richard Rosson). Potseluj Meri Pikford (A Kiss From Mary Pickford) (Sergei Komarov). Mockery (Benjamin Christensen). The Love of Sunya (Albert Parker). Man.A. The Somme (M. The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (Esfir Shub). Tesouro Perdido (Lost Treasure) (Humberto Mauro). The First Auto (Roy Del Ruth).' one of the most expensive flops of the silent era. another Soviet film. The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (Ernst Lubitsch). Leonid Trauberg). Casanova (Alexander Volkoff). Two Arabian Nights (Lewis Milestone). Quality Street (Sidney Franklin). When a Man Loves (Alan Crosland). Slipping Wives (Fred Guiol) VINTAGE RATING (1927): 10***** Notes: One of the cinema's greatest years. In contrast. Kreutzerova sonata (The Kreutzer Sonata) (Gustav Machaty). Sumka dipkuryera (Diplomatic Pouch) (Aleksandr Dovzhenko). Annie Laurie (John S.V. abortion. unaffected and naturalistic movie of the silent era: dirty clothes. Rubber Tires (Alan Hale). Robertson). Prostitutka (The Prostitute) (Oleg Frelikh). The Fighting Eagle (Donald Crisp). Senorita (Clarence Badger). The Beloved Rogue (Alan Crosland). Old San Francisco (Alan Crosland). Howard).Soyuz velikogo dela (The Club of the Big Deed) (Grigori Kozintsev. The Girl in the Pullman (Erle C.D. A Gentleman of Paris (Harry d'Abbadie D'Arrast). there's nothing else like it from this period. London After Midnight (Tod Browning) (stills reconstruction). S. Mason Hopper). 'October' is. Love (Edmund Goulding/to re-watch). Its hoary redemption plot and depiction of the evil city woman's . Lee). The Girl With the Hat Box (Boris Barnet) To re-watch: La glace a trois faces (Jean Epstein) To see: Stark Love (Karl Brown). Many buffs regard 'Sunrise' as the greatest of all silent pictures. 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Spies (Spione) (Fritz Lang).temptations is as hokey as anything in Griffith. Leo McCarey) Sex in Chains (William Dieterle) There It Is (H.A. any day. The Farmer's Wife (Alfred Hitchcock). Should Married Men Go Home? (Leo McCarey.I. 'It'. That Certain Thing (Frank Capra). A Woman of Affairs (Clarence Brown). James Parrott). Beggars of Life (William A. (Charles Reisner. Pudovkin) White Shadows in the South Seas (W. Sadie Thompson (Raoul Walsh). 1928 (63+) (Release of first all-talking feature films) The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Dreyer)* The Wedding March (Erich von Stroheim)* The Crowd (King Vidor)* Abwege (G. all the while pretending to be something more significant than the standard melodrama it is. The Spieler (Tay Garnett) . starring saucy Clara Bow. Charles Bowers) The Last Command (Josef von Sternberg) From Soup to Nuts (Edgar Kennedy/w Laurel and Hardy) Two Tars (James Parrott/w Laurel & Hardy) Uberfall (Erno Metzner) Steamboat Willie (Disney.S. The Cameraman (Edward Sedgwick). The Bridge (Joris Ivens). Alraune (Henrik Galeen). Fred Guiol/w Laurel & Hardy) You're Darn Tootin' (Edgar Kennedy/w Laurel and Hardy) Lights of New York (Bryan Foy) -TALKIE (first all-talking feature) The Singing Fool (Lloyd Bacon) -TALKIE For the record: Zvenigora (Alexander Dovzhenko). Pabst)* Fall of the House of Usher (US version) (Watson & Webber) Fall of the House of Usher (French version) (Jean Epstein) Moulin Rouge (E. Lilac Time (George Fitzmaurice). West of Zanzibar (Tod Browning). Iwerks) The Man Who Laughs (Paul Leni) The Wind (Victor Sjostrom) The Matinee Idol (Frank Capra) Ko-Ko's Earth Control (Dave Fleischer) Laugh Clown Laugh (Herbert Brenon) Their Purple Moment (James Parrott. Slavko Vorkapich). Muller. Wellman). I'd rather watch the flapper girl mantease drama. Roy Pomeroy) To re-watch: Heimkehr (Joe May). Tempest (Sam Taylor).W.L. Van Dyke) The Finishing Touch (Clyde Bruckman. Buster Keaton) Limousine Love (Fred Guiol) Street Angel (Frank Borzage) Storm Over Asia (V. The Life and Death of 9413. The Sex Life of the Polyp (Thomas Chalmers). A Hollywood Extra (Robert Florey. Interference (Lothar Mendes. Dupont) The Docks of New York (Josef von Sternberg) Arsenal (Alexander Dovzhenko) The Seashell and the Clergyman (Germaine Dulac) Show People (King Vidor) The Circus (Charles Chaplin) Speedy (Ted Wilde) RUNNERS UP: Steamboat Bill Jr.

. Le tournoi dans la cite (Tournament) (Jean Renoir). The House on Trubnaya (Dom na Trubnoy) (Boris Barnet). via another copy I'm securing is in the offing. The Way of the Strong (Frank Capra). Kruzheva / Krusheva (Lace) (Sergei Yutkevich). Burning Daylight (Charles J. Four Sons (John Ford). Dressed to Kill (Irving Cummings). Huo shao hong lian si (The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple) (Zhang Shichuan). Pabst)* Big Business (James Horne. The Patsy (King Vidor). Le Tourbillon de Paris (Julien Duvivier). Crossroads (Jujiro) (Teinosuke Kinugasa). Irving Cummings) VINTAGE RATING (1928): 9.W. En rade (Alberto Cavalcanti). I had the feeling I might be watching a minor masterwork in Joe May's "Heimkehr. Leo McCarey/w Laurel & Hardy)* Un Chien Andalou (Luis Bunuel. Howard). Leonard). The Viking (Roy William Neill). Yvette (Alberto Cavalcanti). The Trail of '98 (Clarence Brown). Across to Singapore (William Nigh). 'Lights of New York' (runner up).5***** Note: The silent era's swansong. Scampolo (Augusto Genina). Schmutziges Geld (Richard Eichberg). Rossiya Nikolaya II i Lev Tolstoy (Esfir Shub). La Borrachera Del Tango (Edmo Cominetti). the exceedlingly schmaltzy and somewhat embarassing 'The Singing Fool. The Lady of Chance (Robert Z. Don Diego i Pelage (Yakov Protazanov). Noah's Ark (Michael Curtiz). Her Cardboard Lover (Robert Z. Eliso (Nikolai Shengelaya). Brabin). Griffith). The First Born (Miles Mander). The Garden of Eden (Lewis Milestone).. 1929 (64) (Last year of silent cinema dominance) Pandora's Box (G. Les Deux Timides (Rene Clair)." but the video dupe was so atrocious that I simply couldn't tell. Odinnadtsatyj / Odinnadtsatyi (The Eleventh Year) (Dziga Vertov). Our Dancing Daughters (Harry Beaumont). The Race Symphony (Rennsymphonie) (Hans Richter). Golf Widows (Erle C. Hangman's House (John Ford). Kramer' of its day. Dupont) . Riley the Cop (John Ford). A re-viewing. Brasa Dormida (Humberto Mauro). the cinema's first all-talkie is charmingly bad. Balaclava (Maurice Elvey). The Racket (Lewis Milestone). Underground (Anthony Asquith). Champagne (Alfred Hitchcock). The same feeling comes to a lesser degree with Al Jolson's first all-talking vehicle. Die Heilige und ihr Narr (The Saint and Her Fool) (William Dieterle). Jitsuroku Chushingura (Shozo Makino). The Battle of the Sexes (D. another great year. The Cossacks (George Hill). Kurama Tengu (Teppei Yamaguchi). with the saintly dad (sometimes in black face) losing custody of his boy to the despicable twotiming wife. The River Pirate (William K. Kukla s millionami (The Doll with Millions) (Sergei Komarov). The Power of The Press (Frank Capra). Captain Swagger (Edward H. Howard). A Girl in Every Port (Howard Hawks). Zuflucht (Carl Froelich). Geheimnisse des Orients (Secrets of the Orient) (Alexandre Volkoff). Palais de Danse (Maurice Elvey). Shanhkayskiy dokument / Shangkhaiskij dokument (The Shanghai Document) (Yakov Bliokh). Salvador Dali) Piccadilly (E. L'equipage (Maurice Tourneur). a vivid period sense and the certain frisson one feels when seeing an historic landmark and archival rarity. Submarine (Frank Capra).A. Lonesome (Paul Fejos).To see: Maldone (Jean Gremillon). Kenton). Let 'Er Go Gallegher (Elmer Clifton). The Divine Woman (Victor Sjöström).W. Leonard). Walking Back (Rupert Julian). In Old Arizona (Raoul Walsh. Le Diable au Coeur (Little Devil May Care) (Marcel l’Herbier). The Mysterious Lady (Fred Niblo). The Three Passions (Rex Ingram) In the queue: Tire au flanc (Jean Renoir). The Circus Kid (George B. QShips (Geoffrey Barkas). The Constant Nymph (Adrian Brunel). West Point (Edward Sedgwick). The Little Match Girl (Jean Renoir). but there's a delightful musical number thrown into the middle. It's the 'Kramer vs. A Ship Comes In (William K. Griffith).' the first monster hit of the talking age (grossing about twice the box office as 'The Jazz Singer'). The Red Dance (Raoul Walsh). Seitz). While the City Sleeps (Jack Conway). News Parade (David Butler).

Malcolm St. Erich von Stroheim). Buster Keaton). Barro Humano (Adhemar Gonzaga). Drifters (John Grierson): Coquette (Sam Taylor). Kitty (Victor Saville). The Letter (Jean de Limur). The Mysterious Island (Lucien Hubbard. The Single Standard (John S. Pabst. The Last Warning (Paul Leni). The Cock-eyed World (Raoul Walsh). The Wild Party (Dorothy Arzner).Dynamite (Cecil B. Pabst) The Broadway Melody (Harry Beaumont) . Thunderbolt (Josef von Sternberg). queued). Dans La Nuit (Charles Vanel). The Case of Lena Smith (surviving 4 minutes) (Josef von Sternberg). Atlantic / . Spite Marriage (Edward Sedgwick. The Great Gabbo (James Cruze. Flight (Frank Capra. Our Modern Maidens (Jack Conway). Mason Hopper). Chinatown Nights (William Wellman).TALKIE Old and New (The General Line) (Sergei Eisenstein) Hallelujah! (King Vidor) -TALKIE Applause (Rouben Mamoulian) . Foster) Unaccustomed As We Are (Lewis R. Benjamin Christensen. Foster) Double Whoopee (Lewis R. Leonid Trauberg). Thunderbolt (Josef von Sternberg). Arnold Fanck) Bulldog Drummond (F. The Woman in the Moon (Fritz Lang). Foster. Wild Orchids (Sidney Franklin). Black and Tan (Dudley Murphy) To re-watch (in the queue): Queen Kelly (Erich von Stroheim). Hardon) For the record: Hollywood Revue of 1929 (Charles Reisner). Richard Jones) -TALKIE The Love Parade (Ernst Lubitsch) -TALKIE The Love Trap (William Wyler) -PART-TALKIE Turksib (Victor Turin) Erotikon (Gustav Machaty) Bacon Grabbers (Lewis R. Hal Roach) The Four Feathers (Merian C. Novyj Vavilon (The New Babylon) (Grigori Kozintsev. The Thirteenth Chair (Tod Browning). The Ship of Lost Men (Das Schiff der verlorenen Menschen) (Maurice Tourneur). Joris Ivens) The Skeleton Dance (Walt Disney) They Had to See Paris (Frank Borzage) Seven Footprints to Satan (Benjamin Christensen) The Show of Shows (John G. Clair). Maurice Tourneur). A Cottage on Dartmoor (Anthony Asquith). Welcome Danger (Clyde Bruckman. Asphalt (Joe May). Green). Their Own Desire (E. Salute (John Ford). High Treason (Maurice Elvey). DeMille) -TALKIE Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock) -TALKIE The Man With the Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov) Liberty (Leo McCarey) The Kiss (Jacques Feyder) RUNNERS UP: The White Hell of Pitz Palu (Georg W. Robertson). Ernest Schoedsack) The Virginian (Victor Fleming) -TALKIE Diary of a Lost Girl (Georg W. Tusalava (Len Lye). Wrong Again (Leo McCarey) To see: Eternal Love (Ernst Lubitsch). Disraeli (Alfred E. Adolphi) Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure (E.TALKIE The Cocoanuts (Robert Florey) -TALKIE Sunny Side Up (David Butler) -TALKIE L'Argent (Marcel L'Herbier) Regen (Rain) (Mannus Franken. Madame X (Lionel Barrymore). The Iron Mask (Allan Dwan). Alibi (Roland West). Gentlemen of the Press (Millard Webb). Cooper.

The Informer (Arthur Robison). Laila (George Schneevoigt). Lucky Star (Frank Borzage). Seven Keys to Baldpate (Reginald Barker). The Vagabond Queen (Geza von Bolvary). William Wyler's delightful romantic comedy-drama. that was made in 1940 by William Wyler. Blystone). Eldorado du dimanche (Marcel Carne). I Graduated. Vita (The Organist of St Vitus) (Martin Fric). Broadway (Pal Fejos). The Charlatan (George Melford). ingenious plot. Les Nouveaux messieurs (The Gentlemen) (Jacques Feyder). Nogent. The Divine Lady (Frank Lloyd). Men o' War (Lewis Foster). The Pagan (W. Evangeline (Edwin Carewe). the director's middle finger thrust to an easily shocked public.S. B. Cecil B. Sled pozara u Rusija / Sled pozhara nad Rusiya (After the Fire Over Russia) (Boris Grezhov). Linda (Dorothy Davenport).Atlantis (E. Monte Cristo (Henri Fescourt). Wrong Again (Leo McCarey) VINTAGE RATING (1929): 7. The Woman Men Yearn For (Curtis Bernhardt). 'Dynamite' is an outlandish deco melodrama. (Yasujiro Ozu). Dupont). But. The Valiant (William K. The Battle of Paris (Robert Florey). Prapancha Pash (A Throw of Dice) (Franz Osten). The good news is that there's a good film version of the story. The Shakedown (William Wyler). It revels in the notion of a society woman brought down to size after her greedy exploitation of a prole. who is himself not so admirable a character. Griffith). Zhivoj trup / Zhivoi trup (The Living Corpse) (Fyodor Otsep) In the queue: Fragment of an Empire (Fridrikh Ermler). Clair. Le Bled (Jean Renoir).A. Verdun (Leon Poirier). Madame (Robert Land). Days of Youth (Yasujiro Ozu). Leonard). Luis Bunuel's surreal 'Un Chien Andalou' is slapstick of another kind. Manxman (Alfred Hitchcock).. DeMille). The Godless Girl (Cecil B. Varhanik u sv. I Kiss Your Hand. Wild Blood (Henry MacRae). The Taming of the Shrew (Sam Taylor). delightfully grotesque from beginning to end. La femme et le pantin (The Woman and the Puppet (Jacques de Baroncelli). Show Boat (Harry Pollard).5**** Note: 'Big Business' is probably the quintessential Laurel and Hardy short comedy. Vertov's 'Man With a Movie Camera' is a cool idea that runs out of steam well before its end--(and Walter Ruttmann's more disciplined 1927 'Berlin--Symphony of a Great City' is arguably a better way to do this kind of visual "city symphony")--but it's invigorating and historically important enough to recommend.. The Canary Murder Case (Malcolm St. 'The Love Trap' (runner up) is an interesting example of a type of movie that for decades had fallen off the face of the Earth in terms of film scholarship. It has a crazy. Paris Bound (Edward H. a window on the dusk of the Jazz Age before The Crash. La Merveilleuse vie de Jeanne d'Arc (Marco de Gastyne). Thru Different Eyes (John G. pure destructive slapstick done in their sublime way. Van Dyke). Den Starkaste (The Stronger) (Alf Sjoberg). Tokyo March (Yasujiro Ozu). His Glorious Night (Lionel Barrymore). Histoire de detective (Charles Dekeukeleire). the half-silent and half-talkie 'transition' film. Mutter Krausens Fahrt ins Gluck (Mother Krause's Journey Into Happiness) (Piel Jutzi). with Bette Davis. Goluboj express (Goluboi Ekspress) (Ilya Trauberg). L'arpete (The Seamstress) (E. Perfect Day (James Parrott). Would You Believe It! (Walter Forde). Donatien). Gardiens de Phare (Jean Gremillon). Frank Tuttle). . Through some effort I was able to see an admittedly dismal video dupe of the legendary (for its scarceness. Rio Rita (Luther Reed). The River (Frank Borzage). Redskin (Victor Schertzinger). The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna (Hans Schwartz). Chiny i lyudi (Ranks and People) (Yakov Protazanov). The Younger Generation (Frank Capra). DeMille's first talking film. "The Letter" (For the record). Sole (Sun) (Alessandro Blasetti/surviving 15 minutes). The Ghost that Never Returns (Abram Room). The Hole in the Wall (Robert Florey). Die Melodie der Welt (Walter Ruttmann). Rotaie (Rails) (Mario Camerini). Vesnoj (Vesnoy / Springtime) (Mikhail Kaufman). Fragmentos da vida (Life's Fragments) (Jose Medina). The Racketeer (Howard Higgin). Finis Terrae (Jean Epstein). Marianne (Robert Z. Howard). mostly) Jeanne Eagels' vehicle. The Trial of Mary Dugan (Bayard Veiller). Where East is East (Tod Browning). Desert Nights (William Nigh). and is probably the liveliest talking film yet made.

Winnie Lightner in .W. and probably deserves it. Griffith/US/1920) El Dorado (Marcel L'Herbier/France/1921) The Blot (Lois Weber/US/1921) Seven Years Bad Luck (Max Linder/US/1921) Haxan (Witchcraft Through the Ages) (Christensen/Sweden/1922) Foolish Wives (Erich von Stroheim/US/1922) Nanook of the North (Robert Flaherty/US/1922) Grandma's Boy (Fred Newmeyer/US/1922) Our Hospitality (Buster Keaton. it's dull as hell.. and once in awhile an act or an out-of-place celebrity or an interesting effect (2-color Technicolor sequences in both cases) make the going fun. Marcel L'Herbier brings similar deco grandiosity to the theme of greed in his "L'Argent. and is practically of The Bard when stacked against the straight-up and godawful stagey musical revues: Warner's "The Show of Shows" (runner up) and MGM's "The Hollywood Revue of 1929" (for the record). (Buster Keaton/US/1924) The Last Laugh (F.Shows.You'll do well to go no further than that. Still. Pabst/Germany/1929) Big Business (James Horne. . Blystone/US/1923) A Woman of Paris (Charles Chaplin/US/1923) Sherlock Jr.and looks it . beginning of talkie 'Pre-Code' era. Favorite Films of the 1920s: 1. and the dance finale is eyepoppingly manic. belts it out through two production numbers to really capture the electric spirit of vaudeville.. Murnau/Germany/1924) Strike (Sergei Eisenstein/USSR/1925) Greed (4-hour restoration) (Erich von Stroheim/US/1925) Mother (V. Leo McCarey/US/1929) 1930 (72) (Silent cinema dead. I watch these curios with a kind of fascinated disbelief. Pudovkin/USSR/1926) For Heaven's Sake (Sam Taylor/US/1926) October (Sergei Eisenstein/USSR/1927) Bed and Sofa (Abram Room/USSR/1927) The General (Buster Keaton/US/1927) Berlin--Symphony of a Great City (Walter Ruttman/Germany/1927) Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harry Pollard/US/1927) The Gaucho (F. Ironically. it was made for a mountain of money . with a sincere turn by Bessie Love as the mothering sister).Shows in particular gets a bad rap.. Richard Jones/US/1927) The Wedding March (Erich von Stroheim/US/1928) The Crowd (King Vidor/US/1928) Abwege (G.W. looking at it. AA winner "The Broadway Melody" can be hardgoing for audiences today but it's actually not half bad as a Tin Pan Alley meller (more a drama with musical interludes.) The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Dreyer/France/1928) The rest in chronological order: Way Down East (D. for instance. Pabst/Germany/1928) Pandora's Box (G. because..and lost a mountain of it. studio system solidified) All Quiet On the Western Front (Lewis Milestone) L'Age d'or (Luis Bunuel) The Blue Angel (German-language version) (Josef von Sternberg) A Propos de Nice (Jean Vigo) ." a film about the comeuppance of a ruthless speculator. it can get excruciating.W.I.W.

etc) Le Roman de Renard (Tale of the Fox) (Ladislaw Starewicz) Ladies of Leisure (sound version) (Frank Capra) Hell's Angels (Howard Hughes) HONORABLE Mention: Laughter (Harry D'Arrast) The Devil to Pay (George Fitzmaurice) The Bat Whispers (Roland West) Hell's Heroes (William Wyler) The Big Trail (widescreen version/Raoul Walsh) Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman) Half Shot at Sunrise (Paul Sloane) The Dawn Patrol (Howard Hawks) Holiday (Edward H. Our Blushing Brides (Harry Beaumont). With Byrd at the South Pole (Rucker and Van der Veer). Tom Sawyer (John Cromwell). Ulmer. Carver) Night Owls (James Parrott) The Royal Family of Broadway (George Cukor) Journey's End (James Whale) The Golf Specialist (Monte Brice) Earth (Alexander Dovzhenko) Little Caesar (Mervyn LeRoy) Teacher's Pet (Robert McGowan) The Divorcee (Robert Z. Murder! (Alfred Hitchcock). The Big House (George W. Griffith). Charles Bowers) The Silent Enemy (H. Siodmak. Wilder. Just Imagine (David Butler). Zinneman.et. Are You There? (Exit Laughing) (Hamilton MacFadden). To see: Abschied (Robert Siodmak). Hill) Madam Satan (Cecil B. The Green Goddess (Alfred E. Sangue Mineiro (Blood of Minas) (Humberto Mauro). Takovy je zivot (So ist das Leben / Such is Life) (Carl Junghans) In the queue: La Aldea Maldita (Florian Rey). Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau). Jorgen (Yakov Protazanov).W.) It's a Bird (Harold Muller. Die Drei von der Tankstelle (Three of the Filling Station) (Wilhelm Thiele). The March of Time (surviving fragments of MGM's aborted musical extravaganza). Holiday of St.W. Pabst) King of Jazz (John Murray Anderson) Elstree Calling (Alfred Hitchcock. The Devil's Holiday (Edmund Goulding). Sweethearts on Parade (Marshall Neilan). City Girl (F. Stein). etc. Murnau). Green).P. Leonard) Aimless Walk (Bezucelna Prochazka) (Alexander Hammid) Min and Bill (George W. . Tom Sawyer (John Cromwell). Men Without Women (John Ford). School for Scandal (Maurice Elvey). al. Whoopee! (Thornton Freeland). Au bonheur des dames (Julien Duvivier). Monte Carlo (Ernst Lubitsch). Rain or Shine (Frank Capra). Wild Flower (China/Sun Yu). Hill). Outward Bound (Robert Milton). Prix de beaute (Augusto Genina). Free and Easy (Edward Sedgwick). The Pay-Off (Lowell Sherman). Ingagi (William Campbell). Sin Takes a Holiday (Paul L.W. Street of Chance (John Cromwell). Griffith) Westfront 1918 (G. DeMille) For the Record (other famous or interesting flicks viewed): Under the Roofs of Paris (Rene Clair). Abraham Lincoln (D.Salt for Svanetia (Mikhail Kalatozov) Morocco (Josef von Sternberg) Menschen Am Sonntag (B. Dreyfus (Richard Oswald).

'The Bat Whispers' is a stylish 'so-bad-it's-good' old dark house drawing room thriller. Anna Christie (Clarence Brown/re-watch). 1931 (81) (Depression hits Hollywood hard) City Lights (Charles Chaplin) M (Fritz Lang) The Front Page (Lewis Milestone) Five Star Final (Mervyn LeRoy) Platinum Blonde (Frank Capra) The Public Enemy (William Wellman) The Last Flight (William Dieterle) Maedchen in Uniform (Leontine Sagan) Dr. So is 'The Devil to Pay' (runner up). it is probably the most realistic western of its time. Up the River (John Ford). John Ford's beautiful 1948 color remake ('3 Godfathers') is actually much more sentimental and religious. Leonard) Tabu (Robert Flaherty) The Champ (King Vidor) Millie (John Francis Dillon) Dracula (Spanish version) (George Melford) The Miracle Woman (Frank Capra) Dishonored (Josef Von Sternberg) . McLeod) Blonde Crazy (Roy del Ruth) City Streets (Rouben Mamoulian) Street Scene (King Vidor) Bad Girl (Frank Borzage) Niemandsland (No Man's Land) (Victor Trivas) La Chienne (Jean Renoir) Studie no. to re-watch).Juno and the Paycock (Alfred Hitchcock). The Doorway To Hell (Archie Mayo) VINTAGE RATING (1930): 8**** Notes: 'Laughter' (runner up) is an embryonic screwball comedy that lacks the mile-a-minute pacing that marked the genre's maturity later in the decade. but in subsequent video viewings its impact is drastically minimized (and its Stalinist messages harder to stomach). Her Fall and Rise (Robert Z. 8 (Oskar Fischinger) A Nous la Liberte (Rene Clair) RUNNERS UP: Frankenstein (James Whale) Le Million (Rene Clair) Monkey Business (Norman Z. especially fascinating to see in its early widescreen 65-millimeter format. Although William Wyler's 'Hell's Heroes' (runner up) eventually becomes an idealized redemption tale. Jekyll and Mr. a pre-Code gem with a real sense of the desert heat. It was easy to see from a screening in college film class in 1983 why Alexander Dovzhenko's 'Earth' (runner up) was a world cinema masterwork. Feet First (Clyde Bruckman. dust and authentic grubby characters. with a wonderfully witty Ronald Colman and refreshing pre-Code touches. 7 (Oskar Fischinger) The Smiling Lieutenant (Ernst Lubitsch) The Maltese Falcon (Dangerous Female) (Roy del Ruth) Girls About Town (George Cukor) Private Lives (Sidney Franklin) Susan Lenox. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian) Filmstudie No. The Unholy Three (Tod Browning). Raffles (George Fitzmaurice).

Stolen Heaven (George Abbott) Mata Hari (Rouben Mamoulian) Trader Horn (W.S. Van Dyke) The Criminal Code (Howard Hawks) Waterloo Bridge (James Whale) The Skin Game (Alfred Hitchcock) Man of the World (Richard Wallace) Arrowsmith (John Ford) For the Record (other famous or interesting flicks viewed): Enthusiasm (Simfoniya Donbassa) (A. Dovzhenko); Marius (Alexander Korda); Kameradschaft (G.W. Pabst); The Threepenny Opera (G.W. Pabst); Dracula (Tod Browning); The Road to Life (Nikolai Ekk); Cimarron (Wesley Ruggles); A Connecticut Yankee (David Butler); Dirigible (Frank Capra); A Free Soul (Clarence Brown); The Guardsman (Sidney Franklin); Congress Dances (Erik Charell); Huckleberry Finn (Norman Taurog); Night Nurse (William Wellman); Possessed (Clarence Brown); The Sin of Madelon Claudet (Edgar Selwyn); The Struggle (D.W. Griffith); Svengali (Archie Mayo); The Common Law (Paul L. Stein); East of Borneo (George Melford), The Easiest Way (Jack Conway); etc. To re-watch: The Miracle Woman (Frank Capra) (in the queue) To see: Emil und die detektive (Gerhard Lamprecht); Odna (Grigori Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg); The Peach Girl (Bu Wancang); Ariane (Paul Czinner); The Ghost Train (Walter Forde); Der Morder Dimitri Karamasoff (Fyodor Otsep); Over the Hill (Henry King); Quick Millions (Rowland Brown); Der Raub der Mona Lisa (Geza von Bolvary); Tell England (Anthony Asquith); Transatlantic (William K. Howard); The Captain from Kopenick (Richard Oswald); Alam Ara (India/Ardeshir Irani); Die Andere Seite (Heinz Paul); Bezkrustni grobove (Graves Without Crosses) (Boris Grezov); East Lynne (Frank Lloyd); Figaro e la sua gran giornata (Figaro and His Great Day) (Mario Camerini); Itel a Balaton (Pal Fejos); Love and Duty (Bu Wancang); Madamu to nyobo (The Neighbor's Wife and Mine) (Heinosuke Gosho); Le Parfum de la dame en noir (Marcel L'Herbier); Taris (Jean Vigo); Zlatiye gory (Golden Mountains) (Sergei Yutkevich); This Modern Age (Nick Grinde); Laugh and Get Rich (Gregory La Cava); Safe in Hell (William A. Wellman); Lonely Wives (Russell Mack) In the queue: Limite (Mario Peixoto); Berlin-Alexanderplatz (Piel Jutzi); La Fin du Monde (Abel Gance); On Purge Bebe (Jean Renoir); Smart Money (Alfred E. Green); Douro, Faina, Fluvial (Manoel de Oliveira); Hippolyte the Lackey (Steve Sekely); Marius (Alexander Korda); Tokyo Chorus (Japan/Yasujiro Ozu); Other Men's Women (William Wellman); Murder by the Clock (Edward Sloman); The Secret Six (George W. Hill); Skippy (Norman Taurog); The Mad Genius (Michael Curtiz); Inspiration (Clarence Brown); The Black Camel (Hamilton McFadden); Tonight or Never (Mervyn LeRoy) VINTAGE RATING (1931): 8.5**** Notes: I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Alfred Hitchcock's stagey 'The Skin Game' (runner up)--often rated as one of his worst and most boring films. The film grabbed me at the outset with some trademark Hitch sound and visual flourishes and kept me interested through its tale of class envy and nasty double-crosses among England's new and old gentry (along with having an interesting environmental angle predicated mostly on the now-lost ideal of noblesse oblige).

1932 (96) (Stalin's mandate for 'socialist-realist' films ends Soviet art-film golden age)
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (Mervyn LeRoy) Las Hurdes (Land Without Bread) (Luis Bunuel) Love Me Tonight (Rouben Mamoulian)

Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch) Scarface (Howard Hawks) Kuhle Wampe (Slatan Dudow) The Fatal Glass of Beer (Clyde Bruckman) Horse Feathers (Norman Z. McLeod) The Sign of the Cross (Cecil B. DeMille) The Old Dark House (James Whale) Movie Crazy (Clyde Bruckman) RUNNERS UP: Blessed Event (Roy Del Ruth) American Madness (Frank Capra) The Dentist (Leslie Pearce) Grand Hotel (Edmund Goulding) Night After Night (Archie Mayo) Call Her Savage (John Francis Dillon) One Hour With You (Ernst Lubitsch) The Most Dangerous Game (Irving Pichel, Ernest Schoedsack) The Music Box (James Parrott) Million Dollar Legs (Eddie Cline) Red Dust (Victor Fleming) 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (Michael Curtiz) Rome Express (Walter Forde) What Price Hollywood? (George Cukor) Arsene Lupin (Jack Conway) Scram! (Ray McCarey) Airmail (John Ford) Chandu the Magician (Marcel Varnel, William Cameron Menzies) White Zombie (Victor Halperin) Cabin in the Cotton (Michael Curtiz) Skyscraper Souls (Edgar Selwyn) Red-Headed Woman (Jack Conway) Jewel Robbery (William Dieterle) One Way Passage (Tay Garnett) Shanghai Express (Josef Von Sternberg) Crazy Inventions (Dave Fleischer) Vampyr (Carl Dreyer) I Was Born, But... (Yasujiro Ozu) Freaks (Tod Browning) The Animal Kingdom (Edward H. Griffith) Emma (Clarence Brown) Rain (Lewis Milestone) Smilin' Through (Sidney Franklin) Que Viva Mexico! (Sergei Eisenstein) Poil de Carotte (Julien Duvivier) Back Street (John M. Stahl) L'Atlantide (G.W. Pabst) Bird of Paradise (King Vidor) Murders in the Rue Morgue (Robert Florey) Strange Interlude (Robert Z. Leonard) Flowers and Trees (Burt Gillett) Penguin Pool Murder (George Archainbaud)

For the Record (other famous or interesting flicks I've seen): The Blue Light (Leni Riefenstahl); Boudu Saved From Drowning (Jean Renoir): If I Had a Million (Ernst Lubitsch, et. al); A Farewell to Arms (Frank Borzage); The Mask of Fu Manchu (Charles Brabin); The Mummy (Karl Freund); A Bill of Divorcement (George Cukor); The Big Broadcast (Frank Tuttle); Blonde Venus (Josef von Sternberg); Doctor X (Michael Curtiz); Number Seventeen (Alfred Hitchcock); Three on a Match (Mervyn LeRoy); Two Seconds (Mervyn LeRoy); Street of Women (Archie Mayo); The Last Mile (Sam Bischoff) To see: L'Affaire est dans le sac (Pierre Prevert); Razzia in St. Pauli (Werner Hochbaum); Der Rebell (Curtis Bernhardt/Luis Trenker); Wild Rose (China/Sun Yu); The Mouthpiece (Elliot Nugent/James Flood); Forbidden (Frank Capra); Okay America! (Tay Garnett); It's Tough to Be Famous (Alfred E. Green); The Half Naked Truth (Gregory La Cava); Hell's Highway (Rowland Brown); Hot Saturday (William Seiter): Make Me a Star (William Beaudine); The Bartered Bride (Max Ophuls); End of the Trail (D. Ross Lederman); Ivan (Aleksandr Dovzhenko); Tavaszi zapor (Marie, a Hungarian Legend) (Pal Fejos); Chandidas (Debaki Bose); Law and Order (Edward L. Cahn); Unheimliche Geschichten (Unholy Tales) (Richard Oswald); Uomini, che mascalzoni! (Mario Camerini); The Trial of Vivienne Ware (William K. Howard); State's Attorney (George Archainbaud); As You Desire Me (George Fitzmaurice); So Big! (William Wellman); Cynara (King Vidor); Madame Racketeer (Alexander Hall); Service for Ladies (Alexander Korda); This Is the Night (Frank Tuttle) In the queue: La Nuit du carrefour (Jean Renoir); Where are the Dreams of Youth? (Yasujiro Ozu); Wooden Crosses (Les Croix de bois) (Raymond Bernard); Tiger Shark (Howard Hawks); Downstairs (Monta Bell); Symphony of Six Million (Gregory La Cava); Night World (Hobart Henley); Young America (Frank Borzage); Letty Lynton (Clarence Brown); L'Idee (Berthold Bartosch); The Crowd Roars (Howard Hawks); No Man of Her Own (Wesley Ruggles); Me and My Gal (Raoul Walsh/to re-watch); Taxi (Roy del Ruth); Counterplan (Fridrikh Ermler, Sergei Yutkevich) VINTAGE RATING (1932): 9**** Note: King Vidor's 'Bird of Paradise' (runner up) is strictly third rate, but Dolores del Rio is so hot looking in her breast-covering lais and sucking tropical fruit juices and dribbling them into her man's mouth that I had to list it. 'Kuhle Wampe' (koo-lay vomp-uh) is a remarkable film--an unjustly unknown German masterwork--made by leftists before the rising tide of Nazism; the film presciently reels in horror at the complacency and acceptance of bourgeoise Berlin and has some amazingly frank, thoroughly natural scenes of domestic life. Clara Bow is just goddamned awesome wielding a whip and attitude in the zesty pre-Code, "Call Her Savage" (runner up).

1933 (114)
Duck Soup (Leo McCarey) King Kong (Ernest Schoedsack, Merian Cooper) Bombshell (Victor Fleming) Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy) Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch) She Done Him Wrong (Lowell Sherman) The Invisible Man (James Whale) 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon) Viktor und Viktoria (Reinhold Schunzel) The Bitter Tea of General Yen (Frank Capra) Zero de conduite (Zero for Conduct) (Jean Vigo) Lady Killer (Roy Del Ruth)

Lee) Lady for a Day (Frank Capra) Dinner at Eight (George Cukor) Penthouse (W. Kenton) Baby Face (Alfred E. Edward Sutherland) The Stranger's Return (King Vidor) Island of Lost Souls (Erle C.S. Pudovkin) Berkeley Square (Frank Lloyd) Cavalcade (Frank Lloyd) Gabriel Over the White House (Gregory La Cava) Murders in the Zoo (A. Marie Epstein) The Good Companions (Victor Saville) Sons of the Desert (William A. Seiter) I'm No Angel (Wesley Ruggles) Wild Boys of the Road (William Wellman) Picture Snatcher (Lloyd Bacon) The Barber Shop (Arthur Ripley) Liebelei (Max Ophuls) The Mayor of Hell (Archie Mayo) International House (A.I. Van Dyke) Employees' Entrance (Roy del Ruth) The Mystery of the Wax Museum (Michael Curtiz) Three-Cornered Moon (Elliott Nugent) Man's Castle (Frank Borzage) Midnight Mary (William Wellman) The Kennel Murder Case (Michael Curtiz) Ecstasy (Gustav Machaty) Female (Michael Curtiz) Heroes For Sale (William Wellman) Bureau of Missing Persons (Roy Del Ruth) La Maternelle (Jean Benoit-Levy. Green) I Cover the Waterfront (James Cruze) Deserter (V. Melville Webber) Christopher Strong (Dorothy Arzner) 1860 (Alessandro Blasetti) Dawn to Dawn (Josef Berne) Roman Scandals (Frank Tuttle) Topaze (Harry d'Arrast) Corruption (Charles Roberts) . Edward Sutherland) Hallelujah I'm a Bum! (Lewis Milestone) Lot in Sodom (James Sibley Watson.Queen Christina (Rouben Mamoulian) Patriots (Okraina) (Boris Barnet) RUNNERS UP: Night on Bald Mountain (Alexieff and Parker) The Private Life of Henry VIII (Alexander Korda) 90 Degrees South (Herbert Ponting) Quatorze Juillet (Rene Clair) Little Women (George Cukor) Footlight Parade (Lloyd Bacon) Counsellor at Law (William Wyler) Zoo in Budapest (Rowland V.

but makes the list for an astonishing pre-Code moment: a flamboyantly flourished middle finger thrust by a reporter at the film's main political goon. Howard). Knock ou le Triomphe de la medecine (Dr. Hello. Ladies They Talk About (William Keighley. The Little Giant (Roy del Ruth). Hayes Hunter). Herthas Erwachen (Gerhard Lamprecht). Flying Down to Rio (Thornton Freeland). Griffith).' It's also one of the most visually lovely movies of the '30s. Sonnenstrahl (Pal Fejos). Reunion in Vienna (Sidney Franklin). 'Murders in the Zoo' (runner up) looks like an A-minus programmer. Van Dyke). Diplomaniacs (William A. Izu no Odoriko (The Dancer of Izu) (Heinosuke Gosho). Eisberg (Arnold Fanck). Ganga Bruta (Humberto Mauro). Mauvaise Graine (Billy Wilder). an implausible but gleefully and irresistibly nasty horror thriller about an . Eagle and the Hawk (Stuart Walker). Sister (Eric Von Stroheim) To see: Chuncan (Spring Silkworms) (Cheng Bugao). Jofroi (Marcel Pagnol). 'Corruption' (runner up) is a vigorous if obvious swipe at political rot. Hard to Handle (Mervyn LeRoy). Peg O' My Heart (Robert Z. Henri Storck). Charles Rogers). The Ghoul (T. S. McLeod).' The obscure 'b'-movie indie. Destination Unknown (Tay Garnett).' and looking forward to contemporary classics such as 'A Little Romance' and 'Before Sunrise. a lyrical little winsome romance being something of a spawn of F. Eskimo (W. this is probably my very favorite year in movies. Morning Glory (Lowell Sherman).W. Voltaire (John G. Tango (Luis Moglia Barth).S. Madame Bovary (Jean Renoir). Murnau's 'Sunrise' and Pal Fejos' 'Lonesome.. 'Queen Christina. Stahl). Bed of Roses (Gregory La Cava). Mabuse (Fritz Lang). The other. The Silver Cord (John Cromwell). Tokyo no Onna (A Woman of Tokyo) (Yasujiro Ozu). Pilgrimage (John Ford). Two interesting 'zoo' flicks this year. Industrial Britain (Robert Flaherty). DeMille).For the Record (other famous or interesting flicks viewed): The Story of Temple Drake (John Cromwell). Stoopnocracy (Dave Fleischer). Today We Live (Howard Hawks).. Howard). Leonard). Adolfi) In the queue: Dekigokoro (Passing Fancy) (Ozu). Knock) (Louis Jouvet). Another Language (Edward H. Little Toys (Sun Yu).O. Zem spieva (The Earth Sings) (Karel Plicka). Our Betters (George Cukor). much to the shock of several old ladies. Taki no shiraito (The Water Magician) (Kenji Mizoguchi). Tianming (Daybreak) (Sun Yu). Velikii Uteshitel (The Great Consoler) (Lev Kuleshov). and there seems to be an endless supply of them. Ever in My Heart (Archie Mayo). On the whole. Only Yesterday (John M. The Devil's Brother (Hal Roach. "I Cover the Waterfront" (runner up) is not a topnotch newspaper pre-Code but it has a game young Claudette Colbert and a wonderful pre-Code scene of Ben Lyon kinkily clamping her in stockade irons (she likes it!) to steal kisses. Howard Bretherton) To re-watch: The Power and the Glory (William K. Secrets (Frank Borzage). The Power and the Glory (William K. so many second-tier obscure delights. The Testament of Dr. Minato no nihon musume (Japanese Girls at the Harbor) (Hiroshi Shimizu). Morgenrot (Gustav Ucicky). It's impossible not to list scads of flicks here because 1933's films are so hugely enjoyable. Ann Vickers (John Cromwell). Mama Loves Papa (Norman Z. Dragnet Girl (Yasujiro Ozu). This Nude World (Michael Mindlin). The Vampire Bat (Frank Strayer) VINTAGE RATING (1933): 10***** Note: So many classics. Even several listed in 'For the Record' and many others I've not listed have their worthwhile moments. Sweepings (John Cromwell). The Sin of Nora Moran (Phil Goldstone). Topaze (Louis Gasnier). State Fair (Henry King). There's no better example of a classic that's electric on the big screen and lifeless and slow on the TV screen than the famous Greta Garbo vehicle. Kimi To Wakarete (Apart From You) (Mikio Naruse). Misere au Borinage (Joris Ivens. Hitlerjunge quex (Hans Steinhoff). Seiter). First is 'Zoo in Budapest' (runner up).S. This Day and Age (Cecil B.

Stahl) Hi'-Neighbor! (Gus Meins. McLeod) Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks) The Thin Man (W.S. 'Pre-Code' era ends. screwball comedies born) Man of Aran (Robert Flaherty) Ukigusa Monogatari (A Story of Floating Weeds) (Yasujiro Ozu) It Happened One Night (Frank Capra) It's a Gift (Norman Z.S.insanely jealous adventurer who uses zoo animals in the commission of perfect murders against his perceived enemies (usually those he wrongly suspects of screwing his wife. June 1934. What Now? (Frank Borzage) The Gay Divorcee (Mark Sandrich) Death Takes a Holiday (Mitchell Leisen) Manhattan Melodrama (W. feat. Van Dyke) The Old-Fashioned Way (William Beaudine) The Mascot (Fetiche) (Ladislaw Starewicz) Wonder Bar (Lloyd Bacon) Murder at the Vanities (Mitchell Leisen) La Joie de Vivre (Hector Hoppin) The House of Rothschild (Alfred Werker) The Scarlet Pimpernel (Harold Young) Fog Over Frisco (William Dieterle) RUNNERS UP: The New Earth (Joris Ivens) The Song of Ceylon (Basil Wright) Chapayev (Vasiliev brothers) L'Atalante (Jean Vigo) Fashions of 1934 (William Dieterle) Bolero (Wesley Ruggles) Boule de Suif (Pyshka) (Mikhail Romm) Tarzan and His Mate (Cedric Gibbons) The Lost Patrol (John Ford) Treasure Island (Victor Fleming) You're Telling Me (Erle Kenton) The Black Cat (Edgar Ulmer) The Scarlet Empress (Josef von Sternberg) Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (Roy Del Ruth) Evergreen (Victor Saville) Judge Priest (John Ford) Belle of the Nineties (Leo McCary) Imitation of Life (John M. particularly when he has a frightening animal encounter and then asks of no one in particular: "Does anyone know I can find the nearest laundry?" 1934 (106) (Strict Production Code enforcement kicks in.) Charlie Ruggles' comic relief has a pre-Code edge. Our Gang) Six of a Kind (Leo McCarey) Little Man. Van Dyke) Le Grand jeu (Jacques Feyder) Bulldog Jack (Walter Forde) Devil Dogs of the Air (Lloyd Bacon) Kid Millions (Roy Del Ruth) Poor Cinderella (Dave Fleischer) .

One More River (James Whale). Seeta (Debaki Bose). Ozu's film in particular is so impressive for its unadorned naturalness that it makes everything else look artificial. Charles MacArthur). Evelyn Prentice (William K. Tonari no Yae-chan (Our Neighbour. Maria Chapdelaine (Julien Duvivier). Plunder of Peach and Plum (Ying Yunwei). Lee). Chu Chin Chow (Walter Forde). The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock). Oakie's final come-on ("Let's do it!") to blonde hottie Toby Wing would be completely off limits by the rules just a week or so later. The Clairvoyant (Maurice Elvey). including an amazingly direct gay joke on the dance floor. DeMille) The Merry Widow (Ernst Lubitsch) Dames (Ray Enright.' 'Tarzan and His Mate' and 'Legong: Dance of the Virgins' which all have full nude or topless scenes). La Signora di Tutti (Max Ophuls). The Painted Veil (Richard Boleslawski) VINTAGE RATING (1934): 9. Waltzes from Vienna (Alfred Hitchcock). Nana (Dorothy Arzner). Similarly Warner's Al Jolson vehicle. the old art-vs. Mlody las (The Young Trees) (Jozef Lejtes). Sadie McKee (Clarence Brown). Happiness (Alexander Medvedkin). So ein Flegel (Robert A. and much risque' patter between hilariously feuding Victor McLaglen and Jack Oakie. Howard). The jiggle factor is high. Liliom (Fritz Lang). One Night of Love (Victor Schertzinger). We Live Again (Rouben Mamoulian). I'll Tell (Edwin J. Of Human Bondage (John Cromwell). Rafael Sevilla). The World Moves On (John Ford). The Count of Monte Cristo (Rowland V. Burke). apparently). filled with half-naked chorus girls or simulated full nudes (in body suits). Mitchell Leisen's spicy and funny backstage musical-comedy-mystery 'Murder at the Vanities' was probably the fleshiest movie Hollywood ever made up to its time (apart from jungle pictures such as 'Trader Horn. Le Dernier Milliardaire (The Last Millionaire) (Rene Clair). What Every Woman Knows (Gregory LaCava). La Mujer del Puerto (Arcady Boytler. The Cat’s Paw (Sam Taylor). Angele (Marcel Pagnol). Toni (Jean Renoir). Still. Hollywood Party (Roy Rowland) In the queue: The Youth of Maxim (Maxim Trilogy Pt.5**** Notes: I struggled a bit with the top slots here. Stemmle).Cleopatra (Cecil B. The Mystery of Edwin Drood. 'Wonder Bar' is filled with delightful Pre-Code innuendo and vivid showbiz milieu. We're Not Dressing (Norman Taurog). Mills of the Gods (Roy William Neill). in . No Greater Glory (Frank Borzage). Vosstaniye rybakov (Revolt of the Fishermen) (Erwin Piscator). The Barrets of Wimpole Street (Sidney Franklin). As a bonus. (Maurice Elvey). Groza (The Storm) (Vladimir Petrov). Yu guang qu (Song of the Fisherman) (Cai Chusheng). 6 Day Bike Rider (Lloyd Bacon). Busby Berkeley) Three Songs About Lenin (Dziga Vertov) The Jolly Fellows/Jazz Comedy (Grigory Alexandrov) Our Daily Bread (irrigation-trench-digging sequence) (King Vidor) For the record: The Goddess (Shen nu/Wu Yonggang). Zou Zou (Marc Allegret). Miss Yae) (Yasujiro Shimazu). (others) To see: Der Verlorene Sohn (Luis Trenker). Released just days before the full enforcement of the Production Code. Return of the Terror (Howard Bretherton). The movie revels in ways to show women's legs spread apart (a la Berkeley).-entertainment tug of war favored the art ('Man of Aran' and "Ukigusa monogatari') for the top two slots over all of the more easily 'entertaining' films listed below them. 1) (Grigory Kozintsev). there's also a musical number singing the praises of "Sweet Marijuana!" (The whole thing was banned in Detroit. Crime Without Passion (Ben Hecht. The finale sequence is a jawdroppingly racist dance number. The White Parade (Irving Cummings). The Little Minister) (Richard Wallace). Hips Hips Hooray! (Mark Sandrich). The Affairs of Cellini (Gregory La Cava). Flaherty's hardscrabble visual poetry in "Man of Aran' wins by a hair. Les Miserables (Raymond Bernard).

Green) The Band Concert (Wilfred Jackson) Captain Blood (Michael Curtiz) David Copperfield (George Cukor) First a Girl (Victor Saville) Naughty Marietta (W. that has a rhythmically dynamic and iconic irrigationtrench-digging scene in the finale that blends Soviet-inspired montage with smooth Hollywood technical execution.which Busby Berkely enshrines nearly every black stereotype known (including giant watermelons!) into a massive--and admittedly. Van Dyke) Gold Diggers of 1935 (Busby Berkeley) The Whole Town's Talking (John Ford) 'G' Men (William Keighley) The Raven (Lew Landers) China Seas (Tay Garnett) . impressive--choreographic melange.S. an otherwise confused social-problem melodrama. There's impressive choreography of a sort also in King Vidor's 'Our Daily Bread'. 1935 (95) (Hollywood rises from Depression ahead of general economy. First full-color feature released) The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock) Triumph of the Will (Leni Riefenstahl) Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale) Top Hat (Mark Sandrich) Peter Ibbetson (Henry Hathaway) A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood) The Man on the Flying Trapeze (Clyde Bruckman) La Bandera (Julien Duvivier) Steamboat Round the Bend (John Ford) Front Page Woman (Michael Curtiz) A Midsummer Night's Dream (Max Reinhardt) Hands Across the Table (Mitchell Leisen) RUNNERS UP: Mutiny on the Bounty (Frank Lloyd) Kaleidoscope (Len Lye) A Colour Box (Len Lye) The Good Fairy (William Wyler) The Devil is a Woman (Josef von Sternberg) Broadway Melody of 1936 (Roy del Ruth) The Scoundrel (Ben Hecht) Carnival in Flanders (Jacques Feyder) The Informer (John Ford) Crime and Punishment (Josef von Sternberg) The Story of Louis Pasteur (William Dieterle) Lucrèce Borgia (Lucrezia Borgia) (Abel Gance) An Inn in Tokyo (Tokyo No Yado) (Yasujiro Ozu) Alice Adams (George Stevens) Barbary Coast (Howard Hawks) The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (Henry Hathaway) Star of Midnight (Stephen Roberts) Ruggles of Red Gap (Leo McCarey) Dangerous (Alfred E.

Stahl). The New Gulliver (Alexander Ptushko). The Last Days of Pompeii (Ernest Schoedsack). Bonne chance (Sacha Guitry). Goin' to Town (Alexander Hall). Amphitryon (Reinhold Schunzel). Sylvia Scarlett (George Cukor). The Last Journey (Bernard Vorhaus). Legong: Dance of the Virgins (Henri de la Falaise) VINTAGE RATING (1935): 8**** Note: In a response to the restrictions of the Production Code. but not listed here). Mad Love (Karl Freund) To re-watch: Folies Bergere (Roy Del Ruth).If You Could Only Cook (William A. The Phantom Light (Michael Powell). Barua). 1936 (131) (Jean Renoir directs four features. King of the Damned (Walter Forde). Golgotha (Julien Duvivier). Janosik (Martin Fric). The Passing of the Third Floor Back (Berthold Viertel). No Limit (Monty Banks). Swedenhielms (Gustaf Molander). Tange Sazen and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo (Sadao Yamanaka). dazzling productions to make up for the lack of spicy original material. even though the acting and narrative direction are very strange indeed. Devdas (P. Youth of Maxim (the Maxim Trilogy) (Grigory Kozintsev). Greville). A Tale of Two Cities (Jack Conway). The Gilded Lily (Wesley Ruggles). No More Ladies (Edward H. Four Hours to Kill! (Mitchell Leisen). 'A Midsummer Night's Dream. Stutzen der Gesellschaft (Pillars of Society) (Douglas Sirk). Lazybones (Michael Powell). Becky Sharp (Rouben Mamoulian). Go Into Your Dance (Archie Mayo). Uwasa no musume (The Girl on Everyone's Lips) (Mikio Naruse). George Cukor).) (Lev Arnstam). Merlusse (Marcel Pagnol). Dante's Inferno (Harry Lachman). She (Irving Pichel. The Big Road (Dalu) (Yu Sun).C. Bonnie Scotland (James W. Hollywood turned to the literary classics as the basis for big. Less prestigious Warner Bros. Seiter). MGM had a hit with all three films. Earthworm Tractors (Ray Enright). Palos brudefaerd (The Wedding of Palo) (Friedrich Dahlsheim. even managed to undertake a lavish Shakespearean project. Seiter) The Story of Louis Pasteur (William Dieterle) For the record: Annie Oakley (George Stevens). Dr. Most of Tinseltown had weathered the Depression. Leonard). It's a Small World (Irving Cummings). On top of that. Orizuru Osen (The Downfall of Osen) (Kenji Mizoguchi). Crime and Punishment (Pierre Chenal). Podrugi (The Girl Friends/The Song of Potemkin. Chandrasena (Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram). Aerograd (Alexander Dovzhenko). Wife. Black Fury (Michael Curtiz). Horne) To see: Ah. Magnificent Obsession (John M. The Tunnel (Transatlantic Tunnel) (Maurice Elvey). Griffith. "Mutiny on the Bounty' (runner up) a still entertaining yarn that plays best when Charles Laughton's Captain Bligh is onscreen but less well in the more arid and lifeless patches resulting from Frank Lloyd's staid direction. Be Like a Rose! (Mikio Naruse). Harry Watt) .' which earns big points for being one of the most beautifully staged and photographed movies ever. After Office Hours (Robert Z. As it happened. Princess Tam Tam (Edmond T. Stranded (Frank Borzage). Socrates (William Dieterle). Remember Last Night? (James Whale). but only MGM was sufficiently capitalized to display the kind of moxy and risk to undertake two epics based on Dickens: 'David Copperfield' (runner up) and 'A Tale of Two Cities' (seen. Anna Karenina (Clarence Brown). Pension Mimosas (Jacques Feyder). the studio had Hollywood's most expensive production of the year. The Black Room (Roy William Neill). Krestyane (Peasants) (Fridrikh Ermler). Lansing Holden). beginning his greatest period) A Day in the Country (Jean Renoir) Night Mail (Basil Wright. Cigalon (Marcel Pagnol). Knud Rasmussen). Clive of India (Richard Boleslawski) In the queue: La Belle Equipe (Julien Duvivier). The Wedding Night (King Vidor). Wilderness! (Clarence Brown). Roberta (William A.

After the Thin Man (W. Dracula's Daughter (Lambert Hillyer). Les bas-fonds (Jean Renoir). Jan Nowina-Przybylski). The Princess Comes Across (William K. Howard).Rainbow Dance (Len Lye) Allegretto (Oskar Fischinger) Mayerling (Anatole Litvak) The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Jean Renoir) Modern Times (Charles Chaplin) Rembrandt (Alexander Korda) Sisters of the Gion (Kenji Mizoguchi) Page Miss Glory (Tex Avery) Libeled Lady (Jack Conway) Mr. The Milky Way (Leo McCarey). Secretary (Clarence Brown) I Love to Singa (Tex Avery) Show Boat (James Whale) Osaka Elegy (Kenji Mizoguchi) Our Relations (Harry Lachman) Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad (Dave Fleischer) The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (Henry Hathaway) The Story of a Cheat (Sacha Guitry) Winterset (Alfred Santell) Fury (Fritz Lang) As You Like It (Paul Czinner) The Devil-Doll (Tod Browning) Rose-Marie (W. San . Circus (Tsirk) (Grigori Alexandrov). The Secret Agent (Alfred Hitchcock).S. Seiter) Wife vs. Van Dyke) Love Before Breakfast (Walter Lang) Banjo on My Knee (John Cromwell) The White Angel (William Dieterle) Ceiling Zero (Howard Hawks) Follow the Fleet (Mark Sandrich) Sabotage (Alfred Hitchcock) The Gay Desperado (Rouben Mamoulian) For the record: We are From Kronstadt (Efim Dzigan). Yiddle with His Fiddle (Joseph Green.S. Rose Hobart (Joseph Cornell). Deeds Goes to Town (Frank Capra) Craig's Wife (Dorothy Arzner) Born to Dance (Roy del Ruth) RUNNERS UP: Der Kaiser von Kalifornian (Luis Trenker) Intermezzo (Gustaf Molander) Things to Come (William Cameron Menzies) The Green Pastures (William Keighley) Dodsworth (William Wyler) Swing Time (George Stevens) Bullets or Ballots (William Keighley) The Petrified Forest (Archie Mayo) My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava) Three Smart Girls (Henry Koster) The Prisoner of Shark Island (John Ford) Come and Get It (William Wyler. DeMille). Howard Hawks) The Moon’s Our Home (William A. The Plainsman (Cecile B. Van Dyke).

Lenochka i Vinograd (Antonina Kudryavtseva). Arigato-san (Mr. Redes (The Wave) (Emilio Gomez Muriel. William Powell. MGM's 'Libeled Lady' assembles a dream cast (Spencer Tracy.Francisco (W. Daro un milione (Mario Camerini). These Three (William Wyler). Sant Tukaram (Vishnupant Govind Damle. Woman of Osaka (Kenji Mizoguchi). Lloyds of London (Henry King). Club de femmes (Girls' Club) (Jacques Deval). The Only Son (Yasujiro Ozu). Allotria (Willi Forst) VINTAGE RATING (1936): 8**** Note: Tex Avery's charming and funny cartoons 'I Love to Singa' (a spoof of 'The Jazz Singer') and "Page Miss Glory" are the first really good Warner Brothers animated shorts. Komedie om Geld (Max Ophuls). Alexander Korda's London Film company makes Britain the behemoth of Euro production (his Denham studio marks the first. The Man Who Changed His Mind (aka. and last. 'Night Mail' is one of the masterworks of the British documentary school. Bradford (Stephen Roberts) To re-watch: These Three (William Wyler). The Garden of Allah (Richard Boleslawski). Three Godfathers (Richard Boleslawski). The Man Who Could Work Miracles (Lothar Mendes). the unfinished yet complete and perfect 'A Day in the Country' is the most lyrical and haunting. 1937 (114+) (Disney's Snow White--a massive hit--proves viability of feature animation) La Grande illusion (Jean Renoir) Pepe-le-Moko (Julien Duvivier) Humanity and Paper Balloons (Sadao Yamanaka) Nothing Sacred (William Wellman) The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey) Easy Living (Mitchell Leisen) Lost Horizon (Frank Capra) The River (Pare Lorentz) They Won't Forget (Mervyn LeRoy) The Old Mill (Wilfred Jackson) . Desire (Ernst Lubitsch). Anything Goes (Lewis Milestone). Seven Brave Ones (Sergei Gerasimov). Soigne ton gauche (Jacques Tati). La Tendre ennemie (Max Ophuls). The Road to Glory (Howard Hawks). Fred Zinnemann). Hortobagy (Georg Hollering). Theodora Goes Wild (Richard Boleslawski). The Man Who Lived Again) (Robert Stevenson). Myrna Loy. it somehow finds visual and aural excitement in the mundane subject of postal delivery. La Guerre des gosses (Generals Without Buttons) (Jacques Daroy). the exceptional biopic 'Rembrandt' with the great Charles Laughton and the fascinating sci-fi epic 'Things to Come' (runner up). Wellman). The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss (Alfred Zeisler).S. Anthony Adverse (Mervyn LeRoy). Of Renoir's four features this year. Thank You) (Hiroshi Shimizu). Jenny (Marcel Carne). The Ex-Mrs. Mary of Scotland (John Ford). It's Love Again (Victor Saville). The Man Who Could Work Miracles (Lothar Mendes). By the Bluest of Seas (Boris Barnet). Mary of Scotland (John Ford) To see: Die Ewige Maske (Werner Hochbaum). etc In the queue: Cesar (Marcel Pagnol). Small Town Girl (William A. La Belle Equipe (Julien Duvivier). time the UK had Europe's largest film production facility) with two excellent prestige pictures. Fahrmann Maria (Frank Wisbar). Sheikh Fattelal). For a brief time. Syn Mongolij (Son of Mongolia) (Ilya Trauberg). 'The Crime of Monsieur Lange' the most fun and vigorous. The Germans make an unexpectedly vivid and exciting Western biopic of John Sutter--'Der Kaiser von Kalifornien' (runner up)--about the man who unwittingly set off the California gold rush. Un grand amour de Beethoven (Abel Gance). Van Dyke). Lumpacivagabundus (Lumpaci the Vagabond) (Geza von Bolvary). and Jean Harlow) for a classic screwball comedy.

Lee) To see: Smart Blonde (Frank McDonald). To New Shores (Douglas Sirk). Black Legion (Archie Mayo). Mukti (P. Hollywood Hotel (Busby Berkeley). The Last of Mrs. Wee Willie Winkie (John Ford). The Hurricane (John Ford). Howard) Night Must Fall (Richard Thorpe) Dark Journey (Victor Saville) A Star is Born (William Wellman) A Day at the Races (Sam Wood) Marked Woman (Lloyd Bacon) Tovarich (Anatole Litvak) Young and Innocent (Alfred Hitchcock) Captains Courageous (Victor Fleming) The Prince and the Pauper (William Keighley) A Damsel in Distress (Astaire's dance scenes) (George Stevens) 100 Men and a Girl (Henry Koster) Stella Dallas (King Vidor) Peter the First (Vladimir Petrov) Broadway Melody of 1938 (Roy del Ruth) The Broken Jug (Der Zerbrochene Krug) Gustav Ucicky For the Record: The Baltic Deputy (Zharki and Heifetz). Topper (Norman Z. Barua). Cheney (Richard Boleslawski). Bizarre (Marcel Carné) To re-watch: The Toast of New York (Rowland V. The Dybbuk (Michal Waszynski).C. The Good Earth (Sidney Franklin). Victoria The Great (Herbert Wilcox). Sacha Guitry) Trade Tattoo (Len Lye) Clock Cleaners (Ben Sharpsteen) Fire Over England (William K. Horne) Make Way For Tomorrow (Leo McCarey) Stand-In (Tay Garnett) Shall We Dance? (Mark Sandrich) Un Carnet de bal (Julien Duvivier) Wise Girl (Leigh Jason) Doctor Syn (Roy William Neill) True Confession (Wesley Ruggles) Kid Galahad (Michael Curtiz) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand) You Only Live Once (Fritz Lang) The Pearls of the Crown (Christian-Jaque. Artists & Models (Raoul Walsh). Confession (Joe May). Mannequin (Frank Borzage).Stage Door (Gregory La Cava) Gueule d'amour (Julien Duvivier) Dead End (William Wyler) RUNNERS UP: The Life of Emile Zola (William Dieterle) Camille (George Cukor) History Is Made at Night (Frank Borzage) The Prisoner of Zenda (John Cromwell) Swing High. Conquest (Clarence Brown). Ali Baba Goes to Town (David Butler). Bizarre. Swing Low (Mitchell Leisen) Way Out West (James W. It's Love I'm After (Archie Mayo). McLeod). L'Etrange Monsieur Victor (The Strange Monsieur .

'They Won't Forget' is one of the more vigorous liberal social dramas to come in the wake of 1932's 'I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang' and 1936's 'Fury. Of the famous Warner biopics of the '30s. is a highly enjoyable Kipling adventure--mostly derives from the knowledge that Spencer Tracy won the best-actor AA for a pretty routine performance. to be fair. Boys (Marcel Varnel). Disney's AA-winning 'The Old Mill' is possibly the most beautiful short cartoon the studio ever made. 'The Life of Emile Zola' (runner up) is the most enjoyable. Lenin in October (Mikhail Romm). Josette (Christian-Jaque). it put the newly developed multi-plane camera to expert use to create a striking illusion of image depth. along with the great achievement this year of 'Snow White.Victor (Jean Gremillon). fame and public gullibility. Wm. Crossroads (Xiling Shen). Knight Without Armour (Jacques Feyder). and Claude Rains chews the scenery gloriously as a Dixie-loving prosecutor. What Did the Lady Forget? (Yasujiro Ozu). Double Wedding (Richard Thorpe).. This. he merely seems ridiculous as a Portuguese with a cobbled accent and Harpo Marx hair. Frank Capra's 'Lost Horizon' is yet another example of a classic that desperately needs a proper movie-theater screening for full visual and emotional impact. Kaze no naka no kodomo (Children in the Wind) (Hiroshi Shimizu). It also has an unbeatable screwball trio in Carole Lombard. Straits of Love and Hate (Aien Kyo) (Kenji Mizoguchi). My somewhat unfair aversion to 'Captains Courageous' (runner up)--which. Harvest (Marcel Pagnol). proved that there was no serious rival to Disney's animation hegemony. Good Morning. the ignorance of Southern lynch mobs was on trial. The Great Garrick (James Whale) In the queue: Angel (Ernst Lubitsch). 1938 (118+) The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock) The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz. Lone White Sail (Vladimir Legoshin).' Once again. Keighley) Pygmalion (Anthony Asquith) Three Comrades (Frank Borzage) Holiday (George Cukor) Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks) The Young in Heart (Richard Wallace) Block-Heads (John Blystone) La Bete humaine (Jean Renoir) Port of Shadows (Quai des Brumes) (Marcel Carne) Angels With Dirty Faces (Michael Curtiz) Alexander's Ragtime Band (Henry King) RUNNERS UP: The Dawn Patrol (Edmund Goulding) Olympia (Leni Riefenstahl) Alexander Nevsky (Sergei Eisenstein) The Shining Hour (Frank Borzage) Porky in Wackyland (Robert Clampett) You Can't Take It With You (Frank Capra) The Citadel (King Vidor) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Norman Taurog) The Mad Miss Manton (Leigh Jason) South Riding (Victor Saville) . Fredric March and Walter Connolly. Song at Midnight (Weibang Ma-Xu) VINTAGE RATING (1937): 9**** Note: 'The Awful Truth' is the year's best comedy.' (runner up). but I'm giving a slight edge to 'Nothing Sacred' for its subversive acerbic tone as it trashes journalism. Street Angel (Malu tianshi) (Mu-jih Yuan).

with forced comedy and hokum galore. La Maison du Maltais (Pierre Chenal). Martin's Lane (Tim Whelan) A Slight Case of Murder (Lloyd Bacon) A Christmas Carol (Edwin L. Varastettu kuolema (Stolen Death) (Nyrki Tapiovaara). Blockade (William Dieterle). this is probably better than I thought. Heimat (Carl Froelich). The Big Broadcast of 1938 (Mitchell Leisen). Professor Mamlock (Adolf Minkin. Swiss Miss (John G. Joy of Living (Tay Garnett). The Baker's Wife (Marcel Pagnol). Van Dyke).You and Me (Fritz Lang) Joy of Living (Tay Garnett) In Old Chicago (Henry King) St. Sotto la croce del sud (Under the Southern Cross) (Guido Brignone). Algiers (John Cromwell). Vessel of Wrath (The Beachcomber) (Erich Pommer). Too Hot to Handle (Jack Conway). The Buccaneer (Cecil B. a Technicolored train wreck of a movie. Agil (Boys School) (Christian-Jaque). A Yank at Oxford (Jack Conway) To re-watch: The Baker's Wife (Marcel Pagnol). Gerbert Rappaport). If I Were King (Frank Lloyd). The Vyborg Side (Maxim Trilogy part 3) (Kozintzev & Trauberg). Yellow Jack (George B. The Shopworn Angel (H. Aa kokyo (Kenji Mizoguchi).5**** Note: There's hardly a more lumpen musical-comedy than 'The Goldwyn Follies' (runner up). The Return of Maxim (Maxim Trilogy part 2) (Kozintzev & Trauberg). Les Disparus de St. Sweethearts (W. The Sisters (Anatole Litvak). The year's two great European art films. Heiratsschwindler (Herbert Selpin). Le Schpountz (Heartbeat) (Marcel Pagnol). Werther (Max Ophuls) In the queue: Hotel du Nord (Marcel Carne). but I like it. Mujeres que trabajan (Manuel Romero). Bank Holiday (Carol Reed). Four Daughters (Michael Curtiz). J'accuse! (Abel Gance). an outrageously expensive and fairly embarassing fiasco flop from producer Sam Goldwyn. Mad About Music (Norman Taurog). Marin) The Goldwyn Follies (George Marshall) White Banners (Edmund Goulding) Four Men and a Prayer (John Ford) Ask a Policeman (Marcel Varnel) Volga-Volga (Grigory Alexandrov) For the record: The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Mark Donskoi. Prison Train (Gordon Wiles). Remontons les Champs-Elysees (Sacha Guitry). Love Finds Andy Hardy (George B Seitz). 13 Stuhle (EW Emo). L'Affaire Lafarge (Pierre Chenal). Orage (Marc Allegret). Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (Ernst Lubitsch). Little Miss Broadway (Irving Cummings). I can't explain why. The Great Waltz (Julien Duvivier). Seiter). Hana chirinu (Flowers Have Fallen) (Tamizo Ishida). Blystone). Farinet (Max Haufler). Robo no ishi (A Pebble By the Wayside) (Tomotaka Tasaka). Boys Town (Norman Taurog). Carefree (Mark Sandrich) VINTAGE RATING (1938): 8. Men Are Such Fools (Busby Berkeley). Entree des artistes (Marc Allegret). The Great Citizen (Fridrikh Ermler). It's in the Air (Anthony Kimmins). . Ba bai zhuang shi (800 Heroes) (Yunwei Ying). Artists and Models Abroad (Mitchell Leisen). it's an endearing mess. Potter).C. La Marseillaise (Jean Renoir). The Drum (Drums) (Zoltan Korda). Seitz). DeMille). Room Service (William A. Jezebel (William Wyler) To see: King of Alcatraz (Robert Florey). Elephant Boy (Robert Flaherty. Komsomolsk (Sergei Gerasimov). Zoltan Korda). re-watch). Katia (Maurice Tourneur). En kvinnas ansikte (A Woman's Face) (Gustaf Molander). La Vuelta al nido (Return to the Nest) (Leopoldo Torres Rios). To me.S. Masseurs and the Woman (Hiroshi Shimizu).

humor. Fox's 'In Old Chicago' (runner up) tried to duplicate the formula of MGM's 1936 smash hit. 'San Francisco'. less staid. Lincoln (John Ford) Of Mice and Men (Lewis Milestone) Love Affair (Leo McCarey) Shchors (Alexander Dovzhenko) Gunga Din (George Stevens) Jitterbug Follies (Milt Gross) Goodbye. in that judgment I constitute a minority among fans of "the Boys. Chips (Sam Wood) The Saint Strikes Back (John Farrow) Midnight (Mitchell Leisen) The Man in the Iron Mask (James Whale) The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (Michael Curtiz) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (William Dieterle) .Leni Riefenstahl's 'Olympia' and Sergei Eisenstein's 'Alexander Nevsky' (both runners up) have to take a back seat to the best Hollywood fare on the enjoyment scale. yet almost wholly dependent on big-screen viewing for watchability and impact. David Niven. apex of Hollywood's 'golden age) La Regle du jeu (The Rules of the Game) (Jean Renoir) Mr." By all accounts. 'Holiday. Mr. and spectacular disaster finale. the Fox film nonetheless is the superior one. universalizes the tragedy emerging in Nazi Germany. 1939 (115) (Massive hit 'Gone with the Wind' released. Laurel and Hardy's 'Block-Heads' has always seemed to me their funniest and best-paced film. Both are visually stunning. 'Alexander's Ragtime Band' should be minor tin-pan alley fluff. Less popular and less famous. then shifts into a superb melodrama with a heartbreaking performance by Margaret Sullavan. and yet it is vigorously entertaining.' with a script by F. French fatalistic poetic realism emerges full force in Jean Renoir's 'La bete humaine' and Marcel Carne's brooding 'Quai des brumes' (runner up). 'Three Comrades. with impressive Chicago fire special effects and a much more palatable songstress in Alice Faye. better paced and far more watchable today. King Vidor's 'The Citadel' (runner up)--an UK/US MGM co-production--also needs the big screen to raise it from its humble dramatic mis-en-scene. 'Bringing Up Baby' and the drawing room semi-screwballer. and yet there's a certain earnestness and dark edge to it that makes it special of its type. Fox's musical drama. with a blend of historical costume drama. Aubrey Smith) so good that it's a mystery why the film didn't spawn a sequel. Scott Fitzgerald. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra) Stagecoach (John Ford) The Women (George Cukor) Drums Along the Mohawk (John Ford) Bachelor Mother (Garson Kanin) Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks) The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming) The Roaring Twenties (Raoul Walsh) The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (Kenji Mizoguchi) RUNNERS UP: The Four Feathers (Zoltan Korda) Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch) Young Mr. George Sanders. and the chemistry among the male leads (Richard Greene. musical interludes.' the latter a sort of run-through for Cukor's 'The Philadelphia Story'. C. John Ford's 'Four Men and a Prayer' (runners up) is pretty superficial among the director's films. romantic triangle. It joins the long list of old A-rank Hollywood classics that have undeservedly slipped into the obscure margins of auteuristdriven movie history. Hepburn and Grant score in two classic comedies.

Jesse James (Henry King) Beau Geste (William Wellman) The Spy in Black (U-Boat 29) (Michael Powell) Union Pacific (Cecil B. Pabst).W. McLeod). 5th Ave. Babes in Arms (Busby Berkeley). Ulmer). The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Richard Thorpe). At the Circus (Edward Buzzell). Jeunes filles en detresse (G. Tsuchi (Earth) (Tomu Uchida). Le jour se leve (Daybreak) (Marcel Carne) To see: My Apprenticeship (Gorky Trilogy II) (Mark Donskoi). La fin du jour (Julien Duvivier). Sans lendemain (Max Ophuls). Clitterhouse (Anatole Litvak). To re-watch: Each Dawn I Die (William Keighley). The Real Glory (Henry Hathaway). Howard). Potter). Uchitel (The Teacher) (Sergei Gerasimov). The Light Ahead (Di Klyatshe) (Edgar G. The Cat and the Canary (Elliot Nugent). Edward Sutherland). Back Door to Heaven (William K. The Mikado (Victor Schertzinger). Another Thin Man (WS Van Dyke). El Azima (Kamal Selim). Made for Each Other (John Cromwell). Lenin in 1918 (Mikhail Romm). You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (George Marshall). Zolotoy klyuchik (The Golden Key) (Aleksandr Ptushko) In the queue: It's a Wonderful World (W.C. The Great Man Votes (Garson Kanin). Der Florentiner Hut (The Florentine Hat) (Wolfgang Liebeneiner). Jamaica Inn (Alfred Hitchcock). etc. The Amazing Dr. Tevye (Maurice Schwartz). In Name Only (John Cromwell). Girl (Gregory La Cava). Van Dyke). Pukar (Sohrab Modi). The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Alfred L. The 400 Million (Joris Ivens). Wuthering Heights (William Wyler). Fric-Frac (Claude Autant-Lara). Tractor Drivers (Ivan Pyriev). The Flying Deuces (A. Werker). Blind Alley (Charles Vidor). Man with the Gun (Chelovek s ruzhyom) (Sergei Yutkevich). Eternally Yours (Tay Garnett). Q Planes (Tim Whelan) . Die Geliebte (Gerhard Lamprecht). Pieges (Robert Siodmak). Le dernier tournant (Pierre Chenal). Gu dao tian tang (Orphan Island Paradise) (Cai Chusheng). Stanley and Livingstone (Henry King). Confessions of a Nazi Spy (Anatole Litvak). Kristian (Martin Fric). The Three Musketeers (Allan Dwan).S. Die Unheimlichen Wunsche (The Unholy Wish) (Heinz Hilpert). Ket lany az utcan (Two Girls in the Street) (Andre de Toth). We Are Not Alone (Edmund Goulding). The Dark Eyes of London (Walter Summers). Skilsmissens born (Children of Divorce) (Benjamin Christensen). Ani to song imoto (A Brother and His Younger Sister) (Yasujiro Shimazu). Dark Victory (Edmund Goulding). The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (H. Juarez (William Dieterle). Frontier Marshal (Allan Dwan). Destry Rides Again (George Marshall). La charrette fantome (Julien Duvivier). DeMille) The Little Princess (Walter Lang) The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (Irving Cummings) Five Came Back (John Farrow) Son of Frankenstein (Rowland V. Remember? (Norman Z. Sixty Glorious Years (Herbert Wilcox). Raffles (Sam Wood). Vassilisa the Beautiful (Alexander Row). Kodomo no shiki (Four Seasons of Children) (Hiroshi Shimizu). Lee) Intermezzo (Gregory Ratoff) Rose of Washington Square (Gregory Ratoff) Idiot's Delight (Clarence Brown) The Oklahoma Kid (Lloyd Bacon) Dodge City (Michael Curtiz) The Rains Came (Clarence Brown) For the record: Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming). The Gorilla (Allan Dwan). Ils etaient neuf celibataires (They Were Nine Bachelors) (Sacha Guitry). The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sidney Lanfield). Prisioneros de la tierra (Mario Soffici).

VINTAGE RATING (1939): 10**** Note: 1939 is rightfully regarded as the preeminent Hollywood yearÑthe number of largescale. Ben Sharpsteen) Gaslight (Thorold Dickinson) The Long Voyage Home (John Ford) The Thief of Bagdad (Ludwig Berger.R. 1940 (137) His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks) The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor) The Letter (William Wyler) Fantasia (Ben Sharpsteen.) Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock) Angels Over Broadway (Ben Hecht) Contraband (Michael Powell) The Stars Look Down (Carol Reed) Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchcock) The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford) The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch) Northwest Passage (King Vidor) Waterloo Bridge (Mervyn LeRoy) RUNNERS UP: The Bank Dick (Eddie Cline) The Great McGinty (Preston Sturges) Strange Cargo (Frank Borzage) Pinocchio (Hamilton Luske. Director Milt Gross was only allowed to make this and one other subversive cartoon featuring Count Screwloose and J. but there's something intriguing about such a bloated movie hinging all its drama on almost no plot and rather on the petty intrigues of a small group of isolated colonials. I was on the fence about adding Fox's spit-and-polished disaster epic. Gross's lampooning of a "Citizen's Fair Play Committee" was probably seen by skittish studio honchos as a mockery of MGM's core white-bread patrons. but in its defense 'Gone With the Wind' is a rattling good flick. self-important prestige pictures would never again be equaled. are still the best ever. 'Stanley and Livingstone' and several other sporadically interesting but staid prestige classics also are missing here. Dance (Dorothy Arzner) The Blue Bird (Walter Lang) Kitty Foyle (Sam Wood) The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin) . Girl. MGM's 'Jitterbug Follies' (runner up) is probably the wildest and funniest short cartoon to date. al. No doubt Tex Avery and Bob Clampett learned a thing or two from it. It's not listed here. Having respectfully sat through its four hours a couple of times. Tim Whelan) The Sea Hawk (Michael Curtiz) The Mark of Zorro (Rouben Mamoulian) Night Train to Munich (Carol Reed) My Little Chickadee (Eddie Cline) Remember the Night (Mitchell Leisen) Christmas in July (Preston Sturges) Dance. 'Wuthering Heights'. though. the Wonder Dog before MGM pulled the plug. when they come. 'The Rains Came' (runners up) as it is on the whole unmemorable. And the effects. the replay factor for me is now nil. possibly the best realization of a middlebrow literary epic. The former dishonors a fine novel and the latter looks more disconcertingly artificial (too much back projection) than I once thought. et.

Dr. which I think would put it . Jud Suss (Veit Harlan). Pastor Hall (Roy Boulting). My Love (Mitchell Leisen). Svetlyj put (The Shining Path) (Grigori Aleksandrov). Ahi esta en detalle (Juan Bustillo Oro). 1: Themis (Dwinell Grant) Tarantella (Mary Ellen Bute. The Lady in Question (Charles Vidor).).They Drive By Night (Raoul Walsh) Abe Lincoln in Illinois (John Cromwell) Lillian Russell (Irving Cummings) City for Conquest (Anatole Litvak) Broadway Melody of 1940 (Eleanor Powell dance sequences) (Norman Taurog) Stranger on the Third Floor (Boris Ingster) The House of the Seven Gables (Joe May) Wild Oysters (Charles Bowers) London Can Take It (Humphrey Jennings) Santa Fe Trail (Michael Curtiz) The Son of Monte Cristo (Rowland V. La Fille du puisatier (The Well-Digger's Daughter) (Marcel Pagnol). June Night (Per Lindberg). Go West (Edward Buzzell). Paradiso terrestre (Luciano Emmer). Brother Orchid (Lloyd Bacon). Argila (Clay) (Humberto Mauro). re-watch). Member of the Government (Chlen pravitelstva) (Iosif Kheifits. Johnny Apollo (Henry Hathaway.. Leonard). The Westerner (William Wyler). to re-watch). Johnny Apollo (Henry Hathaway). Leonard. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (Wm. Arise. Ted Nemeth) Edison the Man (Clarence Brown) The Howards of Virginia (Frank Lloyd) Chad Hanna (Henry King) For the record: All This. Chad Hanna (Henry King. Primrose Path (Gregory La Cava). Torrid Zone (William Keighley). Lee) Composition No. Nishizumi senshacho-den (The Story of Tank Commander Nishizumi) (Kozaburo Yoshimura). Dr. Strike Up the Band (Busby Berkeley). All American (Lloyd Bacon). Aleksandr Zarkhi). to re-watch). so I had to stop. Der Postmeister (Gustav Ucicky). A Great Life (Leonid Lukov). In the queue: Seven Sinners (Tay Garnett). though these two years really should be considered as an organic whole) Note: The runners up list here could go on and on for this incredible year. Christmas in July (Preston Sturges. S. One Million B. Van Dyke). Hudson's Bay (Irving Pichel) To see: My Universities (Gorky Trilogy III) (Mark Donskoi). Power and the Land (Joris Ivens).. Knute Rockne. and Heaven Too (Anatole Litvak). to re-watch).C. Goulding). The Ghost Breakers (George Marshall). Hal Roach Jr. Cyclops (Ernest Schoedsack). Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (Barney Elliot). The Mortal Storm (Frank Borzage. rewatch) VINTAGE RATING (1940): 10***** (arguably better than the vaunted 1939. Escape (Mervyn LeRoy). Dieterle. Vigil in the Night (George Stevens). I recall seeing this Revolutionary War period flick in a third-grade history class. De Mayerling a Sarajevo (Max Ophuls). to re-watch): Pride and Prejudice (Robert Z. New Moon (Robert Z. Our Town (Sam Wood). Where's That Fire? (Marcel Varnel). Med livet som insats (They Staked Their Lives) (Alf Sjoberg). Der Ewige Jude (Fritz Hippler). A Dispatch from Reuters (William Dieterle). (Hal Roach. A Chump at Oxford (Alfred J. The Mortal Storm (Frank Borzage). La fille du puisatier (The Well-Digger's Daughter) (Marcel Pagnol). My Favorite Wife (Garson Kanin). more. Black Friday (Arthur Lubin). "The Howards of Virginia" on the "runners up" list is possibly the first feature-length drama (excluding Disney stuff) that I ever sat through in its entirety. The Return of Frank James (Fritz Lang). I Love You Again (W. They Knew What They Wanted (Garson Kanin). The Biscuit Eater (Stuart Heisler).

Tobacco Road (John Ford). Most critics don't. Signal Corps) Composition No. They're probably right.C. 2: Contrathemis (Dwinell Grant) Love Crazy (Jack Conway) Dr. thematic depth) Citizen Kane (Orson Welles) The Maltese Falcon (John Huston) The Little Foxes (William Wyler) Major Barbara (Gabriel Pascal) Here Comes Mr. Scrub me Mamma with a Boogie Beat (Walter Lantz). Jekyll and Mr. The 47 Ronin (Kenji Mizoguchi). I saw the movie a few years later and still thought it was OK. Jordan (Alexander Hall) The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges) The Devil and Daniel Webster (William Dieterle) How Green Was My Valley (John Ford) Hellzapoppin (H. 1941 (124) (Citizen Kane pushes and inventively plays with existing narrative techniques.S. Potter) High Sierra (Raoul Walsh) Dumbo (Ben Sharpsteen) RUNNERS UP: Pimpernel Smith (Leslie Howard) The Devil and Miss Jones (Sam Wood) The Sea Wolf (Michael Curtiz) Meet John Doe (Frank Capra) The Strawberry Blonde (Raoul Walsh) Ball of Fire (Howard Hawks) Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (Eddie Cline) Dangerous Moonlight (Brian Desmond Hurst) The Shanghai Gesture (Josef Von Sternberg) Ladies in Retirement (Charles Vidor) Tortoise Beats Hare (Tex Avery) The 49th Parallel (Michael Powell) That Hamilton Woman (Alexander Korda) Man Hunt (Fritz Lang) Blossoms in the Dust (Mervyn Leroy) Sun Valley Serenade (H. John Ford.around 1970 or 1971 (so long ago!). Hyde (Victor Fleming) Volpone (Maurice Tourneur) Footsteps in the Dark (Lloyd Bacon) All Through the Night (Vincent Sherman) The Ghost Train (Walter Forde) Dive Bomber (Michael Curtiz) Lady Be Good (Eleanor Powell dance sequences) (Norman McLeod) For the record: Sergeant York (Howard Hawks). for U. Bruce Humberstone) A Woman's Face (George Cukor) That Uncertain Feeling (Ernst Lubitsch) Sex Hygiene (Otto Brower. Suspicion . Bruce Humberstone) The Shepherd of the Hills (Henry Hathaway) Lydia (Julien Duvivier) The Great Lie (Edmund Goulding) I Wake Up Screaming (H.

Piccolo Mondo Antico (Mario Soldati). Leonard. A Yank in the R. 'Pimpernel Smith' (runner up) is a tour-de-force for English actor-director Leslie Howard. but one that leaves a sour taste: York's ignorance seems to be heralded as an ideal American trait. banal narratives. Hamilton Luske. Tom Dick and Harry (Garson Kanin/re-watch) VINTAGE RATING (1941): 9. one that always gets us into stupid wars. Love on the Dole (John Baxter). In this case. Ziegfeld Girl (Robert Z. Busby Berkeley) To re-watch: Hold Back the Dawn (Mitchell Leisen).F. and the incomparable Nicholas Brothers perform their eyepopping acrobatic dancing. Remorques (Stormy Waters) (Jean Gremillon). al). There are no similar compensations weighty enough to offset the idealized hokum of Howard Hawks' biopic flagwaver.A. 'Sergeant York' (not listed).(Alfred Hitchcock). not coincidentally.5***** Note: Guilty pleasure 'Sun Valley Serenade' (runner up) is a typical 20th-Century Fox entertainment of the wartime years. The Reluctant Dragon (Forde Beebe. Turned Out Nice Again (Marcel Varnel). but becomes deliciously witty and exciting. inconsequential plot and lots of musical numbers--all taking place in a Hollywood-conceived ski lodge to up the warm-and-cozy factor. updating his earlier 1934 'Scarlet Pimpernel' success by placing his unassuming English spy hero into Nazi Germany. Glenn Miller's orchestra plays. Swamp Water (Jean Renoir). 1942 (114) Listen to Britain (Humphrey Jennings) The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles) Casablanca (Michael Curtiz) The Man Who Came to Dinner (William Keighley) In Which We Serve (Noel Coward. Shadow of the Thin Man (W. The Flame of New Orleans (Rene Clair). Footsteps in the Dark (Lloyd Bacon). Smilin' Through (Frank Borzage). L'Assassinat du Pere Noel (Christian-Jaque). Out of the Fog (Anatole Litvak). Manpower (Raoul Walsh). The Iron Crown (Alessandro Blasseti). Kanzashi (Ornamental Hairpin) (Hiroshi Shimizu). O Pai Tirano (Antonio Lopes Ribeiro). Van Dyke). per se. It Started With Eve (Henry Koster). En sommarsaga (Arne Sucksdorff) In the queue: Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (Yasujiro Ozu). it's Eleanor Powell's fancy stepping through the glitzy 'Fascinatin' Rhythm" sequence. H. It gets off to a wobbly start. Pulham. Hold Back the Dawn (Mitchell Leisen). Uma (Horse) (Kajiro Yamamoto). Not a bad film. Leo Hurwitz) RUNNERS UP: The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges) . Princess Iron Fan (Wan Guchan). Back Street (Robert Stevenson). Esq. (Henry King). Tom Dick and Harry (Garson Kanin) To see: Venus aveugle (Abel Gance). just the right amount of light comedy. Swineherd and Shepherd (Ivan Pyriev). Blues in the Night (Anatole Litvak). capped by a mysterious. Dead Men Tell (Harry Lachman). David Lean) The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall (Chuck Jones) Noi Vivi (We the Living) (Goffredo Alessandrini) Woman of the Year (George Stevens) Sullivan's Travels (Preston Sturges) Roxie Hart (William Wellman) Random Harvest (Mervyn LeRoy) Native Land (Paul Strand. 'Lady Be Good' (runner up) is a prime example of the critical dilemma regarding most MGM musicals: great dance sequences stuck inside plodding. Kipps (Carol Reed). Ohm Kruger (Hans Steinhoff).M. (King Vidor). Skylark (Mark Sandrich). inspiring ending.S. et. Sonja Henie skates. Two-Faced Woman (George Cukor).

Darling (Mitchell Liesen). Malombra (Mario Soldati). The Falcon Takes Over (Irving Reis). The Adventures of Martin Eden (Sidney Salkow). Kid Glove Killer (Fred Zinnemann). The Lady is Willing (Mitchell Leisen). Emeric Pressburger) The Moon and Sixpence (Albert Lewin) Mrs. Road to Morocco (David Butler). Gentleman Jim (Raoul Walsh). Kenton). Please (Chuck Jones) Tarzan's New York Adventure (Richard Thorpe) I Married a Witch (Rene Clair) Charley's Aunt (Archie Mayo) The First of the Few (Spitfire) (Leslie Howard) Holiday Inn (Mark Sandrich) Horton Hatches the Egg (Robert Clampett) Joan of Paris (Robert Stevenson) For the record: The Male Animal (Elliot Nugent). My Gal Sal (Irving Cummings). King's Row (Sam Wood). Fari nella nebbia (Gianni Franciolini).To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch) The Talk of the Town (George Stevens) One of Our Aircraft is Missing (Michael Powell. O Patio das Cantigas (Francisco Ribeiro) In the queue: There was a Father (Chichi ariki) (Yasujiro Ozu). Les visiteurs du soir (Marcel Carne). The Land (Paul Strand. Orchestra Wives (Archie Mayo). Darling (Mitchell Leisen) To see: Thunder Rock (Roy Boulting). Wake Island (John Farrow). Tortilla Flat (Victor Fleming). Johnny Eager (Mervyn LeRoy). My Favorite Blonde (Sidney Lanfield). L'Assassin Habite au 21 (The Murderer Lives at Number 21) (Henri-Georges Clouzot). Ilya Kopalin) Journey Into Fear (Norman Foster) Aniki-Bobo (Manoel de Oliveira) The Glass Key (Stuart Heisler) The Black Swan (Henry King) Tales of Manhattan (Julien Duvivier) For Me and My Gal (Busby Berkeley) My Sister Eileen (Alexander Hall) Saboteur (Alfred Hitchcock) The Major and the Minor (Billy Wilder) Across the Pacific (John Huston) This Gun For Hire (Frank Tuttle) Hold the Lion. DeMille). Die Goldene Stadt (The Golden City (Veit Harlan). Went the Day Well? (Alberto Cavalcanti). The Night Has Eyes (Leslie Arliss). Un Colpo di pistola (A Pistol Shot) (Renato Castellani). (Lloyd Bacon). Once Upon a Honeymoon (Leo McCarey). Pardon My Sarong (Erle C. You Were Never Lovelier (William Seiter) To re-watch: Take a Letter. Keeper of the Flame (George Cukor). Son of Fury (John Cromwell). Miniver (William Wyler) Yankee Doodle Dandy (Michael Curtiz) Bambi (David Hand) Razgrom nemetskikh voysk pod Moskvoy (Defeat of the German Armies Near Moscow/Moscow Strikes Back) (Leonid Varlamov. Himlaspelet (Alf Sjoberg). The Pied Piper (Irving Pichel). Reunion in France (Jules Dassin). Now. Voyager (Irving Rapper). Reap the Wild Wind (Cecil B. The Foreman Went to France (Charles Frend). Take a Letter. La symphonie fantastique (Christian-Jaque) . Castle in the Desert (Harry Lachman). Larceny Inc. In This Our Life (John Huston). Leo Hurwitz). Mashenka (Yuli Raizman). The Next of Kin (Thorold Dickinson).

Pressburger) Day of Wrath (Carl Dreyer) The Gang's All Here (Busby Berkeley) The More the Merrier (George Stevens) The Ox-Bow Incident (William Wellman) Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock) Victory Through Air Power (H. Clouzot) Sahara (Zoltan Korda) Romanze in Moll (Romance in a Minor Key) (Helmut Kautner) RUNNERS UP: The Song of Bernadette (Henry King) Five Graves to Cairo (Billy Wilder) A Lady Takes A Chance (William Seiter) Desert Victory (Roy Boulting) Prelude to War (Frank Capra) Air Force (Howard Hawks) Destination Tokyo (Delmer Daves) Porky Pig's Feat (Frank Tashlin) An Itch in Time (Robert Clampett) Red Hot Riding Hood (Tex Avery) This Land is Mine (Jean Renoir) The Man in Grey (Leslie Arliss) No Greater Love (Fridrikh Ermler) Crazy House (Eddie Cline) The Cross of Lorraine (Tay Garnett) My Learned Friend (Basil Dearden. yet works better than expected. offering deft storytelling and great chemistry between its stars. independent film) Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren) The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Powell. 'Listen to Britain'--a non-narrated view of wartime England blending ambient sounds and masterfully selected images to evoke Brit pride without the usual pedantic bombast.G.) Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs (Robert Clampett) The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson) I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur) Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch) Le Corbeau (The Raven) (H. al. 1943 (121) (Meshes of the Afternoon advances art of avant-garde. Miniver' (runner up) is essentially Hollywood artifice and wartime propaganda. the Jennings film is a fully realized one. Will Hay) Private Snafu: Spies (Chuck Jones) Hangmen Also Die (Fritz Lang) L'éternel retour (The Eternal Return) (Jean Delannoy) The Hard Way (Vincent Sherman) The Constant Nymph (Edmund Goulding) . Potter. The Welles film is a mutilated masterwork.C. minorities and civil libertarians. That much of it sounds silly on paper but works so well in execution is to director William Wyler's credit. et. Leftist artists Paul Strand and Leo Hurwitz's 'Native Land' is brave domestic dissent to come from wartime America. The best picture winner 'Mrs. vividly depicting a right-wing conspiracy against labor. Orson Welles' 'The Magnificent Ambersons' topped this list until I saw Humphrey Jennings' overwhelming work of documentary art.VINTAGE RATING (1942): 9**** Note: Chuck Jones' innovative 'The Dover Boys' presages postwar mimimalist animation techniques and bids fair to be the funniest cartoon ever made.

as well as the first sequence.5**** Note: OK. . Cabin in the Sky (Vincente Minnelli). not to mention the unbridled enthusiasm and energy put into some horrific songs and choreography. and Fox's 'The Song of Bernadette. Busby Berkeley). Potter). The Bells Go Down (Basil Dearden) In the queue: La Main du Diable (Maurice Tourneur). Lucky (H. not saccharine in the way most '40s Hollywood religious pictures are. Holy Matrimony (John M. unrelated to the narrative or to moviemusical conventions. The Phantom of the Opera (Arthur Lubin). Stahl). It's possibly Hollywood's only moment of pure visual abstraction. Watch on the Rhine (Herman Shumlin). Fires Were Started (Humphrey Jennings). The Outlaw (Howard Hughes). 'Romanze in Moll. Edge of Darkness (Lewis Milestone). Best Foot Forward (Edward Buzzell). There are a million things I love in this whole kitschy fiasco. Behind the Rising Sun (Edward Dmytryk). Frank Launder). yet there's some indefinable moment when this routinely plotted. Above Suspicion (Richard Thorpe). Titanic (Herbert Selpin). Lassie Come Home (Fred M. Gente del Po (Michelangelo Antonioni). Girl Crazy (Norman Taurog. Kismet (Gyan Mukherjee). Wilcox). Lumiere d'ete (Jean Gremillon) VINTAGE RATING (1943): 8.no matter how looney it may be -. it might be when the film turns into a completely abstract kaleidoscope in the last minute with the orchestra going full blast.' which made Josef Goebbels bristle at its frank depiction of adultery (he had to knuckle under and let it pass to appease the popular taste and low morale of the battle-weary populace). Because Berkeley was able to get his artistic vision largely unencumbered onto the screen -. The Dream (Mechta) (Mikhail Romm). Gung Ho! (Ray Enright). Stormy Weather (Andrew L. Flor silvestre (Emilio Fernandez). Guadalcanal Diary (Lewis Seiler).this film is his masterpiece. The Human Comedy (Clarence Brown). which is probably the longest unbroken tracking crane shot in movies up to its time. Munchhausen (Josef von Baky). Secretary of the Communist Party (Ivan Pyriev).Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (opening scene) (Roy William Neill) Thank Your Lucky Stars (David Butler) Bataan (Tay Garnett) Old Acquaintance (Vincent Sherman) Crash Dive (Archie Mayo) Hitler's Children (Edward Dmytryk) The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur) Madame Curie (Mervyn LeRoy) Ossessione (Luchino Visconti) Action in the North Atlantic (Lloyd Bacon) We Dive at Dawn (Anthony Asquith) Hit the Ice (Charles Lamont) For the record: The Demi-Paradise (Anthony Asquith). Stone).' a surprisingly balanced and steely depiction of the miracle of Lourdes. Busby Berkeley's 'The Gang's All Here' is an embarassing guilty pleasure.C. Forever and a Day (Rene Clair. Background to Danger (Raoul Walsh). The Desperados (Charles Vidor). Sanshiro Sugata (Akira Kurosawa). Two surprises this year are the darkly resonant German romance. Les Anges du Peche (Robert Bresson). Nine Men (Harry Watt). The Ghost Ship (Mark Robson). Douce (Love Story) (Claude Autant-Lara). San Demetrio London (Charles Frend). Corvette K-225 (Richard Rosson). and many more). unwieldy wartime Technicolor musical goes from the silly to the sublime. Mr. Goupi mains rouges (It Happened at the Inn) (Jacques Becker). So Proudly We Hail! (Mark Sandrich). Stage Door Canteen (Frank Borzage). The North Star (Lewis Milestone) Lumpy Gravy Award for Worst Film of the Century (1943 edition): The North Star (Lewis Milestone) To see: Millions Like Us (Sidney Gilliat. The Canterville Ghost (Jules Dassin).

"Hey. Another long-unseen animated work. a long-unseen documentary that was completely vaulted until its DVD release in 2004. Where most people see malicious racism in it.. By comparison.'Victory Through Air Power' is the Disney studio's major contribution to the war effort and one of its best features ever. and the entertainment value high. but considerably weirder. Jean Renoir's 'This Land is Mine' (runner up) is a problemmatic film that never escapes its Hollywood artifice. 'Hitler's Children' (runner up). It uses extensive animation and expert presentations to propagandize very effectively for the expansion of an air-based offensive strategy. seething with earnest anger and a palpable sense of both hope and helplessness about occupied France that must have reflected its expatriate director's own feelings. I'm starting to like this!" A rare concession from the time to the joys of masturbatory friction. 'Coal Black. is the anti-Nazi propaganda drama. but something not forgotten once seen. 'An Itch in Time' (Robert Clampett) has a fleabitten male dog grinding his itchy ass across the ground and stopping suddenly to tell the audience. 1944 (105) ('Double Indemnity' on 'film noir' cusp) Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder) Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra) The Memphis Belle (William Wyler) To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks) Torment (Hets) (Alf Sjoberg) Laura (Otto Preminger) On Approval (Clive Brook) The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (Preston Sturges) Cover Girl (Charles Vidor) The Mask of Dimitrios (Jean Negulesco) The Woman in the Window (Fritz Lang) Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock) RUNNERS UP: Murder My Sweet (Edward Dmytryk) Brother Brat (Frank Tashlin) Meet Me in St. perhaps not good. the special-effects model work cool. Louis (Vincente Minnelli) This Happy Breed (David Lean) Henry V (Laurence Olivier) Hail the Conquering Hero (Preston Sturges) The Children Are Watching Us (Vittorio De Sica) It Happened Tomorrow (Rene Clair) The Seventh Cross (Fred Zinnemann) Tick Tock Tuckered (Robert Clampett) Desert Victory (Roy Boulting) Maria Candelaria (Emilio Fernandez) At Land (Maya Deren) The Sullivans (Lloyd Bacon) . Its tale suggesting the forced insemination of Aryan women was sensational stuff in its day. 'Crash Dive' (runner up) is a pretty standard submarine war actioner with lots of throwaway love stuff. No Freudian segue intended: Delmer Daves' 'Destination Tokyo' (runner up) is probably the best submarine warfare movie made during WWII. Another Clampett cartoon. Fritz Lang's compelling 'Hangmen Also Die' (runner up) does pretty much the same thing for occupied Czechoslovakia--and has virtually the same problems in overcoming its artifice and narrative holes.. I see a good deal of charm. making it one of the year's biggest hits. Also angry.' is likely to stay that wayÑwhich is too bad because it's the brassiest and most energetic cartoon to come out of Warner's 'Termite Terrace" at its wartime artistic peak. yet is very moving. but the Technicolor is great.

Jane Eyre (Robert Stevenson) The White Cliffs of Dover (Clarence Brown) The Pearl of Death (Roy William Neill) Phantom Lady (Robert Siodmak) Ministry of Fear (Fritz Lang) A Canterbury Tale (Michael Powell. The Thin Man Goes Home (Richard Thorpe). Die Feuerzangenbowle (Helmut Weiss). Stahl) To re-watch (all in the queue): The Curse of the Cat People (Gunther von Fritsch. Champagne Charlie (Alberto Cavalcanti). Between Two Worlds (Edward Blatt). Ulmer). Skeffington (Vincent Sherman). The Uninvited (Lewis Allen) To see: Le ciel est a vous (Jean Gremillon). Address Unknown (William Cameron Menzies). Gaslight (George Cukor). Las Abandonadas (Emilio Fernandez). Raduga (The Rainbow) (Mark Donskoi). In the middle of WWII. thanks to his penchant for faux cynicism and Irish good spirits and for Barry Fitzgerald's skills at balancing the irascible. McCarey makes the sugar go down easy though. et. Wilson (Henry King). it's easy to see how it wrapped war-weary audiences in psychological blankets of assurance and cultural validation. Bluebeard (Edgar G. The Keys of the Kingdom (John M. Block Busters (Wallace Fox). Die Frau meiner Traume (Georg Jacoby). slightly seedy and the charming. Frenchman's Creek (Mitchell Leisen). Passage to Marseilles (Michael Curtiz). The Lodger (John Brahm). Emeric Pressburger) Since You Went Away (John Cromwell) Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (Mervyn LeRoy) Going My Way (Leo McCarey) Booby Traps (Robert Clampett) Hell-Bent For Election (Chuck Jones) The Three Caballeros (Norman Ferguson) The Adventures of Mark Twain (Irving Rapper) Buffalo Bill (William Wellman) For the record: A Bell for Adano (Henry King). Mr. 7 (Helmut Kautner). An American Romance (King Vidor). The Negro Soldier (Frank Capra). Robert Wise). Garson Kanin) .) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Elia Kazan) The True Glory (Carol Reed. National Velvet (Clarence Brown). Dark Waters (Andre de Toth). (Ivan Pyriev). al. Mademoiselle Fifi (Robert Wise). though today it's hard to justify this langorously paced schmaltz that perpetrates popularly held myths as film art. When Strangers Marry (aka Betrayed) (William Castle) VINTAGE RATING (1944): 8**** Note: I can think of a lot worse ways to spend a couple of hours than watching Leo McCarey's warm and fuzzy best-picture winner. A Wing and a Prayer (Henry Hathaway). 2. Negro Soldier (Stuart Heisler). Grosse Freiheit Nr. 'Going My Way' (runner up) with Bing Crosby. The Great Moment (Preston Sturges). None Shall Escape (Andre de Toth). The Way Ahead (Carol Reed). Opfergang (The Great Sacrifice (Veit Harlan). The Purple Heart (Lewis Milestone). Tomorrow the World (Leslie Fenton). The Suspect (Robert Siodmak). The Scarlet Claw (Roy William Neill). 1945 (91) (Rossellini's Open City introduces neorealism and redefines films in rawer terms) Brief Encounter (David Lean) Dead of Night (Alberto Cavalcanti. Winged Victory (George Cukor).m.000 Women (Frank Launder). Western Approaches (Pat Jackson) In the queue: Six p. Youth Runs Wild (Mark Robson).

Velikij perelom (The Turning Point) (Fridrikh Ermler). Sortileges (Christian-Jaque). A Medal for Benny (Irving Pichel). The White Gorilla . Falbalas (Jacques Becker). The Bells of St. La Barraca (Roberto Gavaldon). L'espoir (André Malraux. The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (Robert Siodmak). Blood on the Sun (Frank Lloyd. Love Letters (William Dieterle). Stahl). Confidential Agent (Herman Shumlin) To see: Die Letzte Chance (Leopold Lindtberg). Seiter). L'espoir (Man's Hope) (Andre Malraux. 217 (Mikhail Romm). Son of Lassie (S. Saratoga Trunk (Sam Wood). They Were Expendable (John Ford). The Affairs of Susan (William A. Emeric Pressburger) The House on 92nd Street (Henry Hathaway) The Clock (Vincente Minnelli) Detour (Edgar G. Kolberg (Veit Harlan). Fallen Angel (Otto Preminger). Mary's (Leo McCarey). re-watch). The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (Akira Kurosawa). Lewis) The Corn is Green (Irving Rapper) Rhapsody in Blue (Irving Rapper) It's in the Bag (Richard Wallace) Ivan the Terrible. The Southerner (Jean Renoir). Sylvan Simon). Cornered (Edward Dmytryk). Ulmer) Fallen Angel (Otto Preminger) A Walk in the Sun (Lewis Milestone) Wonder Man (H. Yolanda and the Thief (Vincente Minnelli). Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (Robert Bresson). Burma! (Raoul Walsh). Leonard) In the queue: Unter den Bruecken (Helmut Kautner). Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (Roy Rowland). The Southerner (Jean Renoir). Nepokorennye (Mark Donskoi). Boris Peskine). to re-watch).Open City (Roberto Rossellini) Kitty (Mitchell Leisen) Isle of the Dead (Mark Robson) Blithe Spirit (David Lean) Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz) And Then There Were None (Rene Clair) The Body Snatcher (Robert Wise) The Battle of San Pietro (John Huston) The Story of G. Lau Lauritzen). Waterloo Road (Sidney Gilliat). Part One (Sergei Eisenstein) (for its visuals) The Way to the Stars (Anthony Asquith) Les Enfants du paradis (Children of Paradise) (Marcel Carne) Hockey Homicide (Jack Kinney) For the record: The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder). Chelovek No. Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Marin). Boris Peskine). The Enchanted Cottage (John Cromwell). Wonder Man (H. He Says (George Marshall) My Name is Julia Ross (Joseph H. De røde enge (Bodil Ipsen. Joe (William Wellman) Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang) The Picture of Dorian Gray (Albert Lewin) Herr Meets Hare (Friz Freleng) RUNNERS UP: I Know Where I'm Going (Michael Powell. Along Came Jones (Stuart Heisler). Bruce Humberstone. Mom and Dad (William Beaudine). Bruce Humberstone) The Valley of Decision (Tay Garnett) Murder.Week-End at the Waldorf (Robert Z. Johnny Angel (Edwin L.I. Le Vampire (Jean Painleve) To re-watch: Fallen Angel (Otto Preminger) (in the queue). Objective.

L." Still. Luvsanjamts). Emeric Pressburger) Glen Falls Sequence (experimental short) (Douglass Crockwell) My Darling Clementine (John Ford) Ivan the Terrible. D. most attendance ever) Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau) The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler) Great Expectations (David Lean) The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks) Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock) It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra) Green for Danger (Sidney Gilliat) A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell. Green) RUNNERS UP: Humoresque (Jean Negulesco) Caesar and Cleopatra (Gabriel Pascal) Margie (Henry King) The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (Robert Clampett) The Spiral Staircase (Robert Siodmak) To Each His Own (Mitchell Leisen) Shoeshine (Vittorio de Sica) The Killers (Robert Siodmak) The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (Lewis Milestone) The Time of their Lives (Charles Barton) Dragonwyck (Joseph Mankiewicz) Ziegfeld Follies (Vincente Minnelli) No Regrets For My Youth (Akira Kurosawa) Cluny Brown (Ernst Lubitsch) Let There Be Light (John Huston) I See a Dark Stranger (The Adventuress) (Frank Launder) La Symphonie Pastorale (Jean Delannoy) Paisan (Roberto Rossellini) The Dark Corner (Henry Hathaway) Holiday for Shoestrings (Friz Freleng) . and features one of the greatest child performances. Duty binds me to list it. M. Jigjid." an unmatched visual tour de force ruined by laughable eye-rolling acting that apologists refer to as "operatic.5*** NOTE: A relatively weak year (for its time) with no genuine consensus masterpieces except for Lean's 'Brief Encounter. Then there's Eisenstein's "Ivan the Terrible. Tsogt taij (Yuri Tarich. Fraser).' Rossellini's 'Open City' and part of the Brit omnibus thriller 'Dead of Night'--and 'Les Enfants du paradis' (runner up). which is one of the great cinematic classics that I can't seem to bring myself to like or appreciate. 1946 (95) (Hollywood's most profitable year. A Royal Scandal (Ernst Lubitsch) VINTAGE RATING (1945): 7. As much as I admire its bigscaled historical settings and pseudo-artistic pretensions. its epic visual palette is something ravishing to see.(H. Elia Kazan's 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' is Hollywood literary storytelling at its best. by Peggy Ann Garner. Part II (Sergei Eisenstein) (released 1958) The Seventh Veil (Compton Bennett) Gilda (Charles Vidor) The Postman Always Rings Twice (Tay Garnett) The Jolson Story (Alfred E. it seems to me like nothing more than a garish soaper.

Dr. It's a self important picture. it's the best year ever in terms of the number of great classics released.' After talking to people and reading various film journals on the internet. The Blue Dahlia (George Marshall). The Harvey Girls (George Sidney). Till the Clouds Roll by (Richard Whorf). Deception (Irving Rapper/re-watch) VINTAGE RATING (1946): 10***** NOTES: What a year! All those young GI couples had a voracious appetite for flicks. Jean Cocteau's 'Beauty and the Beast' fills the gaps of emotion. Blue Skies (Stuart Heisler). Osone-ke no ashita (Morning for the Osone Family (Keisuke Kinoshita). Sidney Peterson). She Wolf of London (Jean Yarbrough). Seeds of Destiny (David Miller). Wanted for Murder (Lawrence Huntington). The Verdict (Don Siegel). A Scandal in Paris (Douglas Sirk). psychological soapers with classical-music backdrops. bittersweet. La Bataille du Rail (Rene Clement). logging the highest film attendance ever: an incredible 100 million tickets sold a week. The Yearling (Clarence Brown). Bedlam (Mark Robson). Dharti Ke Lal (Children of the Earth) (Khwaja Ahmad Abbas). Crack Up (Irving Reis). but it's also one that really needs a movie theater screen (I saw it at the Vogue long ago). Dangerous Money (Terry O. Lewis). Till the End of Time (Edward Dmytryk). Sister Kenny (Dudley Nichols). Devotion (Curtis Bernhardt). The Potted Psalm (James Broughton. Tomorrow is Forever (Irving Pichel). Monsieur Beaucaire (George Marshall). Il Bandito (The Bandit) (Alberto Lattuada). Black Angel (Roy William Neill). Morse). Somewhere in Berlin (Irgendwo in Berlin) (Gerhard Lamprecht) In the queue: The Stone Flower (Alexander Ptushko). Utamaro and His Five Women (Kenji Mizoguchi). IMO.For the record: The Stranger (Orson Welles). The Captive Heart (Basil Dearden). it appears that 'The Best Years of Our Lives' remains one of the least-seen classics by younger film buffs. deep-focus camerawork contributes greatly to its epic feel. Song of the South (Harve Foster. Le Retour (The Return) (Henri-Cartier Bresson). but it's also earnest. make up for lost time. So Dark the Night (Joseph H. . Lady in the Lake (Robert Montgomery). The Razor's Edge (Edmund Goulding). Sylvia and the Phantom (Claude Autant-Lara). The Dark Mirror (Robert Siodmak). Decoy (Jack Bernhard). Morning for the Osone Family (Keisuke Kinoshita). Somewhere in the Night (Joseph L. La Naissance du cinema (Roger Leenhardt). both extremely well done to make for guilt-free pleasure. Child of Man (Ditte Menneskebarn) (Bjarne Jensen-Henning). Un Revenant (Christian-Jacque). That's too bad. Murderers are Among Us (Wolfgang Staudte).) As an example of a superior French art film. Three Strangers (Jean Negulesco). sincere and very much what postwar audiences needed to help them salve wounds. Dear Alibi (Phil Karlson). Diary of a Chambermaid (Jean Renoir). and move forward to build the industrial behemoth of the '50s. McLeod) To re-watch: Devotion (Curtis Bernhardt). mystery and profundity that I felt lacking in the previous year's French prestige art picture 'Les enfants du paradis. Duel in the Sun (King Vidor). Undercurrent (Vincente Minnelli). From This Day Forward (John Berry). The first year after the war is the most profitable in Hollywood history. The Kid from Brooklyn (Norman Z. because it's a great American film. Blue Skies (Stuart Heisler). Angel on My Shoulder (Archie Mayo). A Night in Casablanca (Archie Mayo). Gregg Toland's sharp. Enamorada (Emilio Fernandez). Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (The Journey of Dr Kotnis (Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram). Anna and the King of Siam (John Cromwell). Sotto il sole di Roma (Under the Sun of Rome) (Renato Castellani). The Diary of a Chambermaid (Jean Renoir). Les Portes de la nuit (Gates of the Night) (Marcel Carne). Deception (Irving Rapper) To see: Ditte. The Overlanders (Harry Watt). Mankiewicz). Neecha Nagar (Chetan Anand). 'The Seventh Veil' from England and 'Humoresque' from Hollywood are two dark. Wilfred Jackson).

The Long Night (Anatole Litvak). The Unsuspected (Michael Curtiz). The Paradine Case (Alfred Hitchcock). The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (Irving Reis). Potter) The Red House (Delmer Daves) Panique (Julien Duvivier) Brighton Rock (John Boulting) For the record: Antoine et Antionette (Jacques Becker). The Egg and I (Chester Erskine). Mankiewicz) Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding) Angel and the Badman (James Edward Grant) Life With Father (Michael Curtiz) RUNNERS UP: The Hucksters (Jack Conway) Kiss of Death (Henry Hathaway) Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton) Dark Passage (Delmer Daves) Odd Man Out (Carol Reed) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Norman Z. Les Maudits (Rene Clement). Anjo-ke no butokai (Kozaburo Yoshimura).C. Spalicek (Jiri Trnka). Joyu (Actress) (Teinosuke Kinugasa). Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (Stuart Heisler). Private Affairs of Bel Ami (Albert Lewin). Possessed (Curtis Bernhardt). The Cage (Sidney Peterson). McLeod) Body and Soul (Robert Rossen) Born to Kill (Robert Wise) T-Men (Anthony Mann) Boomerang! (Elia Kazan) Quai des Orfevres (Henri-Georges Clouzot) The Pearl (Emilio Fernandez) Brute Force (Jules Dassin) The Private Life of a Cat (Alexander Hammid) The Senator Was Indiscreet (George S. Vivere in pace (To Live in Peace) (Luigi Zampa). Railroaded! (Anthony Mann). To re-watch: They Made Me a Fugitive (Alberto Cavalcanti) To see: Farrebique (Georges Rouquier). Ride the Pink Horse (Robert Montgomery). Emeric Pressburger) Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur) Le Diable au corps (Devil in the Flesh) (Claude Autant-Lara) Monsieur Verdoux (Charles Chaplin) The Record of a Tenement Gentleman (Yasujiro Ozu) Crossfire (Edward Dmytryk) Dead Reckoning (John Cromwell) Monsieur Vincent (Maurice Cloche) The Ghost and Mrs. The Woman on the Beach (Jean Renoir). The Fugitive (John Ford). The Bishop's Wife (Henry Koster). Pursued (Raoul Walsh). A Double Life (George Cukor). They Made Me a Fugitive (Alberto Cavalcanti). The Macomber Affair (Zoltan Korda).1947 (92) Black Narcissus (Michael Powell. Gentleman's Agreement (Elia Kazan). Mad Wednesday . Muir (Joseph L. etc. A Double Life (George Cukor). The Voice of the Turtle (Irving Rapper). Caccia tragica (The Tragic Hunt (Giuseppe De Santis). Kaufman) Nicholas Nickleby (Cavalcanti) Captain from Castile (Henry King) The Farmer's Daughter (H. The Love of Sumako the Actress (Kenji Mizoguchi).

Among its A-/B+ ones. Hue and Cry (Charles Crichton). Republic Studios will always be thought of as the maker of serials and 'b'-westerns. though as a satire it suffers under the timid conventions of its studio. One Wonderful Sunday (Akira Kurosawa). The first is Chaplin's famous black comedy about a widow murderer. 'Monsieur Verdoux' and 'Monsieur Vincent' regrettably have titles so similar as to be confusing. Potter) Sitting Pretty (Walter Lang) I Remember Mama (George Stevens) Red River (Howard Hawks) Wake of the Red Witch (Edward Ludwig) Affaire Blum (The Blum Affair) (Erich Engel) The Adventures of Don Juan (Vincent Sherman) Pitfall (Andre de Toth) . The Bishop's Wife (Henry Koster. Daisy Kenyon (Otto Preminger). Nonetheless. the second is one of the best religious movies ever made. Valahol Europaban (Geza von Radvanyi). Lured (Douglas Sirk). Desperate (Anthony Mann).(Preston Sturges). MGM. Ba qian li lu yun he yue (Eight Thousand Li of Cloud and Moon) (Shi Dongshan) In the queue: The Spring River Flows East (Chusheng Cai). hastens end of studio era) The Red Shoes (Michael Powell. Vincent De Paul.5**** Note: Despite some A-class John Ford productions. 1948 (121) (Supreme Court's 'Paramount Decree' ends studio monopolies. yet both are exceptional and very different films. 'Angel and the Badman' with John Wayne and Gail Russell is undoubtedly the most intelligent and enjoyable. Mourning Becomes Elektra (Dudley Nichols). Vesna (Spring) (Grigori Aleksandrov). Claude Autant-Lara's 'Le Diable au corps' (Devil in the Flesh) reintroduces bedroom sex to the motion picture. Blandings Builds His Dream House (H. 'The Hucksters' (runner up) is a fun dig at the advertising game.C. to re-watch) VINTAGE RATING (1947): 8. it has Sydney Greenstreet at his most despicable. Emeric Pressburger) The Bicycle Thief (Vittorio De Sica) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston) Portrait of Jennie (William Dieterle) Key Largo (John Huston) Raw Deal (Anthony Mann) The Winslow Boy (Anthony Asquith) The Emperor's Nightingale (Jiri Trnka) Fort Apache (John Ford) Letter From an Unknown Woman (Max Ophuls) Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky) Yellow Sky (William Wellman) A Foreign Affair (Billy Wilder) Apartment for Peggy (George Seaton) Scott of the Antarctic (Charles Frend) RUNNERS UP: The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed) Oliver Twist (David Lean) The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles) Rope (Alfred Hitchcock) Mr. a serious but unsentimental French-made biopic about a few years in the life of St. hocking a loogie to the disgust of all present to prove an advertising point.

" 1949 (111) The Third Man (Carol Reed) The Set-Up (Robert Wise) . L'Armoire volante (Carlo Rim). I Walk Alone (Byron Haskin). Bill and Coo (Dean Riesner).' These are two great films. Dedee D'Anvers (Yves Allegret). Clochemerle (Pierre Chenal). London Belongs to Me (Sidney Gilliat) VINTAGE RATING (1948): 9. Senza pietà (Alberto Lattuada). L'Amore (Roberto Rossellini). My Girl Tisa (Elliott Nugent). but enjoyment plays a role in these rankings. Moonrise (Frank Borzage). The Big Clock (John Farrow). Kalpana (Uday Shanka). worthy of the top list. On an Island with You (Richard Thorpe). The Secret Beyond the Door (Fritz Lang). The Time of Your Life (H. Werker) Berlin Express (Jacques Tourneur) The Three Musketeers (George Sidney) Words and Music (Norman Taurog) Johnny Belinda (Jan Negulesco) La Chartreuse de Parme (Charterhouse of Parma) (Christian-Jaque) Act of Violence (Fred Zinnemann) The Quiet One (Sidney Meyers) For the record: Sleep. Strange Victory (Leo Hurwitz). John Legh Clowes). Port of Call (Ingmar Bergman). No Orchids for Miss Blandish (St. Der Apfel ist ab (Helmut Kautner).5***** Note: I've reluctantly stuck some cinematic masterpieces into the runners-up list: Luchino Visconti's 'La terra trema' and David Lean's 'Oliver Twist. My Love (Douglas Sirk). Molodaya gvardija (The Young Guard) (Sergei Gerasimov): The Village Teacher (Selskaya uchitelnitsa) (Mark Donskoi). Call Northside 777 (Henry Hathaway). To the Ends of the Earth (Robert Stevenson). Michurin (Aleksandr Dovzhenko). Against the Wind (Charles Crichton). The Street with No Name (William Keighley). Maclovia (Emilio Fernandez). The Woman in White (Peter Godfrey) In the queue: A Hen in the Wind (Yasujiro Ozu). It Always Rains on Sunday (Robert Hamer). Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges).C. and Visconti's film especially (a gritty neorealist docudrama about exploited Italian fisherman) could hardly be said to be "enjoyable. The Man From Colorado (Henry Levin). Mother's Day (James Broughton). Germany Year Zero (Roberto Rossellini). Hachi No Su No Kodomo (Children of the Beehive) (Hiroshi Shimizu). Drunken Angel (Akira Kurosawa). Spring in a Small Town (Mu Fei).La Terra Trema (Luchino Visconti) State of the Union (Frank Capra) They Live By Night (Nicholas Ray) Louisiana Story (Robert Flaherty) The Search (Fred Zinnemann) The Naked City (Jules Dassin) Hamlet (Laurence Olivier) The Pirate (Vincente Minnelli) He Walked By Night (Alfred L. A Woman's Vengeance (Zoltan Korda). Manniskor i stad (Arne Sucksdorff). Ostatni etap (The Last Stage) (Wanda Jakubowska). Rio escondido (Emilio Fernandez). Border Street (Aleksander Ford) To re-watch: Les Parents Terribles (Jean Cocteau) To see: The Boy With Green Hair (Joseph Losey). Women of the Night (Kenji Mizoguchi). Pueblerina (Emilio Fernandez).Potter). Le Diable boiteux (Sacha Guitry).

The Barkleys of Broadway (Charles Walters). Mankiewicz) Le Sang des betes (Blood of the Beasts) (Georges Franju) Prince of Foxes (Henry King) Pinky (Elia Kazan) The Stratton Story (Sam Wood) The Window (Ted Tetzlaff) For the record: Fabiola (Alessandro Blasetti). Bitter Rice (Riso Amaro) (Giuseppe de Santis). Crows and Sparrows (Junli Zheng).Beyond the Forest (King Vidor) Le Silence de la mer (Jean-Pierre Melville) Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer) Twelve O'Clock High (Henry King) Whisky Galore! (Alexander Mackendrick) White Heat (Raoul Walsh) Gun Crazy (Joseph H. The Walls of Malapaga (Rene Clement). Madame Bovary (Vincente Minnelli). . Christopher Columbus (David MacDonald). Lewis) She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (John Ford) Stray Dog (Akira Kurosawa) On the Town (Gene Kelly. Flamingo Road (Michael Curtiz). A Run for Your Money (Charles Frend). Stanley Donen) The Heiress (William Wyler) Song of the Prairie (Aire Prerie) (Jiri Trnka) RUNNERS UP: Champion (Mark Robson) Thieves' Highway (Jules Dassin) Under Capricorn (Alfred Hitchcock) Christ in Concrete (Give Us This Day) (Edward Dmytryk) The Big Steal (Don Siegel) 3 Godfathers (John Ford) The Queen of Spades (Thorold Dickinson) Manon (Henri-Georges Clouzot) Passport to Pimlico (Henry Cornelius) Une si jolie petite plage (Riptide) (Yves Allégret) Dough for the Do-Do (Friz Freleng) Jour de Fete (Jacques Tati) The Small Back Room (Michael Powell. I Was a Male War Bride (Howard Hawks). Emeric Pressburger) Intruder in the Dust (Clarence Brown) Home of the Brave (Mark Robson) Adam's Rib (George Cukor) Battleground (William Wellman) I Was a Male War Bride (Howard Hawks) The Inspector General (Henry Koster) Jolson Sings Again (Henry Levin) A Letter to Three Wives (Joseph Mankiewicz) Trapped (Richard Fleischer) Criss Cross (Robert Siodmak) All the King's Men (Robert Rossen) Pattes Blanches (Jean Gremillon) Caught (Max Ophuls) House of Strangers (Joseph L. Sands of Iwo Jima (Allan Dwan).

Baseball and Hollywood. in my opinion. al. Wilcox). Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu. Everybody Does It (Edmund Goulding). Pacific 231 (Jean Mitry). convincing brutality and colisseum atrocities. Barsaat (Raj Kapoor). The Threat (Felix E.' 'Intruder in the Dust' and 'Home of the Brave' (all runners up). 'A Letter to Three Wives. trudgingly slow plot intrigues are self defeating and wearying. Come to the Stable (Henry Koster).The Adventures of Don Juan (Vincent Sherman). Padeniye Berlina (The Fall of Berlin (Mikheil Chiaureli). Bara en mor (Only a Mother) (Alf Sjoberg). The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend (Preston Sturges). though not because of its impressive art direction. Joseph Mankiewicz's cleverly structured adultery tale. Rendez-vous de juillet (Jacques Becker).) was a long-time wish-list item that disappointed on recent viewing. but. Russell). Feist). understated film performance styles. The Great Madcap (Luis Buñuel). The Hasty Heart (Vincent Sherman). Reign of Terror (Anthony Mann). Maneges (Yves Allegret). (Billy Wilder) The Gunfighter (Henry King) Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa) In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray) The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston) Night and the City (Jules Dassin) . using puppet animation by the Czech master Jiri Trnka. You have to give Hollywood some credit as a force for good in 1949.. In nome della legge (In the Name of the Law) (Pietro Germi)./to re-watch).' is the least interesting. releasing at least three major studio films attacking racial prejudice in the USA: 'Pinky. The Green Promise (William D. The Quiet Duel (Akira Kurosawa). 1950 (97) (Kurosawa's Rashomon introduces Japanese cinema to West. are better than 1962's feted 'To Kill a Mockingbird. Portrait d'un assassin (BernardRoland). Il Mulino del Po (The Mill on the Po) (Alberto Lattuada). Andaz (Mehboob Khan). Akademik Ivan Pavlov (Grigori Roshal). et. It Happens Every Spring (Lloyd Bacon).. Follow Me Quietly (Richard Fleischer).' is strangely hard to engage--maybe too smart for its own good--yet fascinating with its overly intelligent dialogue that plays like practice for his upcoming 'All About Eve'. Juano Hernandez and James Edwards. Dom na pustkowiu (House of the Wastelands) (Jan Rybkowski) In the queue: The Reckless Moment (Max Ophuls). Obsession (The Hidden Room) (Edward Dmytryk). closer to a traditional soaper like 'Imitation of Life. but the latter two. America's favorite pastimes. Sons of Matthew (Charles Chauvel).' All three films feature possibly the first truly dignified. 'Fabiola' ('I saw it. Quartet (Ken Annakin. Werker). Mankiewicz) Sunset Blvd. The Lead Shoes (Sidney Peterson). were ahead of the rest of society. Alias Nick Beal (John Farrow) VINTAGE RATING (1949): 9**** Note: 'Song of the Prairie' is a hilarious short spoof of singing-cowbody westerns. La Balandra Isabel llego esta tarde (Carlos Hugo Christensen). to re-watch). Flame of My Love (Kenji Mizoguchi). Cossacks of the Kuban (Ivan Pyryev). Border Incident (Anthony Mann). threedimensional roles for African-Americans in Hollywood film: for Ethel Waters. La vie commence demain (Nicole Vedres). Whirlpool (Otto Preminger). IMO. Amants de Verone (Andre Cayatte). Colorado Territory (Raoul Walsh). Occupe-toi d'Amelie (Claude Autant-Lara). The Secret Garden (Fred M. Lost Boundaries (Alfred L. The film's labyrithine. The first. Eastmancolor introduced) All About Eve (Joseph L. marks the beginning of 'modern'. The Last Days of Dolwyn (Emlyn Williams). Olivia De Havilland's revelatory acting in the latter half of 'The Heiress'. Christmas USA (Gregory Markopoulos) To see: Le point du jour (Louis Daquin).

D. No Man of Her Own (Mitchell Leisen). Scandal (Akira Kurosawa). Clyde Geronimi). Bajaja (Prince Bayaya) (Jiri Trnka). Crisis (Richard Brooks). Hamilton Luske.O. The Lawless (Joseph Losey). Destination Moon (Irving Pichel). Mussorgsky (Musorgskiy) (Grigori Roshal). Dona Perfecta (Alejandro Galindo). Scandal (Akira Kurosawa). Non c'e pace tra gli ulivi (No Peace Among the Olives) (Giuseppe De Santis). Kim (Victor Saville). The Damned Don't Cry (Vincent Sherman). Darah dan Doa (The Long March) (Usmar Ismail). Try and Get Me! (The Sound and the Fury) (Cy Endfield). Morning Departure (Roy Ward Baker). Cinderella (Wilfred Jackson. Harvey (Henry Koster). Mankiewicz). Olle Nordemar). Domenica d'agosto (Luciano Emmer). Side Street (Anthony Mann). House by the River (Fritz Lang). Three Came Home (Jean Negulesco). Francis (Roberto Rossellini) Spiegel van Holland (Mirror of Holland) (Bert Haanstra) Broken Arrow (Delmer Daves) Born Yesterday (George Cukor) Aventurera (Alberto Gout) Les enfants terribles (Jean-Pierre Melville) The Rocking Horse Winner (Anthony Pelissier) Cyrano de Bergerac (Michael Gordon) The Breaking Point (Michael Curtiz) Union Station (Rudolph Mate) Champagne for Caesar (Richard Whorf) The Blue Lamp (Basil Dearden) Caged (John Cromwell) Young Man with a Horn (Michael Curtiz) Father of the Bride (Vincente Minnelli) The Wooden Horse (Jack Lee) Three Little Words (Richard Thorpe) The Men (Fred Zinnemann) Winchester '73 (Anthony Mann) Mister 880 (Edmund Goulding) Panic in the Streets (Elia Kazan) To Joy (Ingmar Bergman) La Ronde (Max Ophuls) Stars in My Crown (Jacques Tourneur) For the record: Le beaute du diable (Rene Clair). Por la puerta falsa (Fernando de Fuentes).A. Justice est faite (André Cayatte). Mata au hi made (Tadashi Imai). Prelude to Fame (Fergus McDonnell). Treasure Island (Byron Haskin) To re-watch: Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini). Annie Get Your Gun (George Sidney). Seven Days to Noon (John & Roy Boulting). El Rey del . Dieu a besoin des hommes (Jean Delannoy). Wagonmaster (John Ford). The Angel with the Trumpet (Anthony Bushell). (Rudolph Mate). Key to the City (George Sidney). Miquette (HenriGeorges Clouzot). Stage Fright (Alfred Hitchcock) To see: No Sad Songs for Me (Rudolph Maté). Chinnamul (The Uprooted) (Nemai Ghosh).Story of a Love Affair (Cronaca di un amore) (Michelangelo Antonioni) Los Olvidados (Luis Bunuel) Orpheus (Jean Cocteau) The Happiest Days of Your Life (Frank Launder) RUNNERS UP: Flowers of St. King Solomon’s Mines (Compton Bennett). The Magnet (Charles Frend). Summer Stock (Charles Walters). Flicka och hyacinter (Hasse Ekman). No Way Out (Joseph L. Outrage (Ida Lupino). Prima comunione (Alessandro Blasetti). Kon-Tiki (Thor Heyerdahl.

' each marking the beginning of world fame for two directorial greats (Kurosawa and Bunuel) and three of Hollywood's best ('All About Eve. The Last Holiday (Henry Cass). austere foreign dramas that everyone dreads.' and 'The Asphalt Jungle') as well as many strong cult favorites round out an eclectic and very strong year. Francis' (runner up) threatens to be one of those earthy. Alberto Lattuada). Harold French). Roberto Rossellini's 'Flowers of St.. Mystery Street (John Sturges). Wu Xun zhuan (The Life of Wu Xun (Sun Yu). Portrait of Madame Yuki (Kenji Mizoguchi). Distant Journey (Daleka cesta) (Alfred Radok). Madeleine (David Lean). The Woman in Question (Anthony Asquith). Trio (Ken Annakin. Flame and the Arrow (Jacques Tourneur). 1951 (96) Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock) The Lavender Hill Mob (Charles Crichton) Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (Billy Wilder) Death of a Salesman (Laslo Benedek) Miss Julie (Alf Sjoberg) The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise) The Red Badge of Courage (John Huston) Royal Wedding (Stanley Donen) Susana (Luis Bunuel) Bullfighter and the Lady (Budd Boetticher) RUNNERS UP: The Man in the White Suit (Alexander Mackendrick) A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan) An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli) The River (Jean Renoir) The Steel Helmet (Samuel Fuller) Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson) Fourteen Hours (Henry Hathaway) The African Queen (John Huston) Hakuchi (The Idiot) (Akira Kurosawa) Detective Story (William Wyler) The Enforcer (Bretaigne Windust. The Muneketa Sisters (Yasujiro Ozu). Terence Fisher). Variety Lights (Federico Fellini.' which is nonetheless also one of the greatest of all religious-themed movies. Wabash Avenue (Henry Koster). Daleka cesta (Distant Journey) (Alfred Radok). So Long at the Fair (Antony Darnborough. but eventually wins you over by rounding out its religious characters with humor and moments of slice-of-life honesty--leading to one of the most beautiful endings in all of cinema. Robert Flaherty). The Titan: Story of Michelangelo (Curt Oertel (original footage). Un Chant d'Armour (Jean Genet).' 'Sunset Blvd. The Mudlark (Jean Negulesco).barrio (Gilberto Martinez Solares). Raoul Walsh) Pandora and the Flying Duchman (Albert Lewin) A Place in the Sun (George Stevens) Symphony in Slang (Tex Avery) Vesely cirkus (A Merry Circus) (Jiri Trnka) . It's sure as hell a lot more fun than Robert Bresson's dispassionate and challenging 'Diary of a Country Priest. Where the Sidewalk Ends (Otto Preminger). Miasto nieujarzmione (Unvanquished City) (Jerzy Zarzycki) In the queue: The Furies (Anthony Mann). Odette (Herbert Wilcox) VINTAGE RATING (1950): 9.5***** Note: Two international landmarks: 'Rashomon' and 'Los Olivdados.

Surcos (Jose Antonio Nieves Conde). The Great Caruso (Richard Thorpe) To see: Edouard et Caroline (Jacques Becker).Early Summer (Yasujiro Ozu) Quo Vadis (Mervyn LeRoy) The Tall Target (Anthony Mann) The Desert Fox (Henry Hathaway) Der Untertan (Wolfgang Staudte) Fixed Bayonets! (Samuel Fuller) Summer Interlude (Ingmar Bergman) Awaara (Raj Kapoor) Cry Danger (Robert Parrish) Scrooge (Brian Desmond Hurst) When Worlds Collide (liftoff scene) (Rudolph Mate) For the record: The Browning Version (Anthony Asquith). Day of the Fight (Stanley Kubrick) VINTAGE RATING (1951): 8. Alice in Wonderland (Clyde Geronimi. Karumen kokyo ni kaeru (Carmen Comes Home) (Keisuke Kinoshita). Laughter in Paradise (Mario Zampi). Die Sunderin (Willi Forst) In the queue: The Red Inn (L'auberge rouge) (Claude Autant-Lara). The Tales of Hoffmann (Michael Powell. His Kind of Woman (John Farrow). El Suavecito (Fernando Mendez). Crimen y castigo (Fernando de Fuentes). the film subtly and mercilessly satirizes the nationalistic. Knock (Guy Lefranc). Meshi (Repast) (Mikio Naruse). Similarly. and one of . Five (Arch Oboler). The Well (Leo C. People Will Talk (Joseph L. Taras Shevchenko (Aleksandr Alov. Based on the Floyd Collins cave tragedy of the '20s. Mankiewicz). Victimas del pecado (Emilio Fernandez). Sensualidad (Alberto Gout). The Prowler (Joseph Losey). Vengeance Valley (Richard Thorpe). Russell Rouse). Genji monogatari (Kozaburo Yoshimura). The Brave Bulls (Robert Rossen). Patala Bhairavi (Kadri Venkata Reddy). 'Early Summer' (runner up). Elizabeth Montagu). Follow the Sun (Sidney Lanfield). Olivia (The Pit of Loneliness) (Jacqueline Audry). Distant Drums (Raoul Walsh). La Citte si difende (Pietro Germi). Der Verlorene (The Lost One) (Peter Lorre). Emeric Pressburger). Circle of Danger (Jacques Tourneur). Hon dansade en sommar (One Summer of Happiness) (Arne Mattsson).5**** Notes: I can't honestly say I enjoyed Wolfgang Staudte's astute postwar German satire 'Der Untertan' (runner up) as much as I greatly admired it. Dokkoi ikiteiru (And Yet We Live) (Tadashi Imai). Four in a Jeep (Die Vier im Jeep) Leopold Lindtberg. opportunistic and hypocritical German Right-wing mindset that led to the disasters of WWs I and II. Topaze (Marcel Pagnol). Show Boat (George Sidney). Baazi (Guru Dutt). Wilfred Jackson. it is one of the cinema's most acid-laced attacks on cynical journalism. al. The Thing From Another World (Christian Nyby). And it's very frank in the process about its protagonist's mercenary sexuality. Hamilton Luske). Miss Oyu (Kenji Mizoguchi). Guardie e ladri (Cops and Robbers) (Mario Monicelli). Decision Before Dawn (Anatole Litvak). On the Riviera (Walter Lang). Dr. 'The Big Carnival')--long inexplicably MIA (though I had seen it on late-night TV ages ago)--finally comes to home video (DVD). honesty forces me to admit fidgetyness while sitting through Yasujiro Ozu's meticulous family portrait. Popkin. La nuit est mon royaume (Night is my Kingdom) (Georges Lacombe). The White Sheik (Federico Fellini). The Lady of Musashino (Mushashino fujin) (Kenji Mizoguchi).). Father's Little Dividend (Vincente Minnelli). Fast and Beautiful (Ida Lupino). Billy Wilder's 'Ace in the Hole' (aka. et. Bellissima (Luchino Visconti). Il Cristo proibito (The Forbidden Christ (Curzio Malaparte). He Ran All the Way (John Berry). Tom Brown's Schooldays (Gordon Parry). Yet that admiration is substantial. even though it may be the year's most sublime film. Hard. The Mating Season (Mitchell Leisen). The Medium (Gian Carlo Menotti). Teresa (Fred Zinnemann). Miracle in Milan (Vittorio De Sica).

Belles on Their Toes (Henry Levin). Son of Paleface (Frank Tashlin). Moulin Rouge (John Huston). Androcles and the Lion (Chester Erskine). Bend of the River (Anthony Mann). 1952 (94) Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa) Umberto D (Vittorio De Sica) Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly. Overreliance on studio back projection swamps John Huston's 'The African Queen' (runner up). its desert setting mirrors the reporter's aimlessless moral compass and arid bankruptcy of the soul. A sea of allwhite folks board the spaceship ark to save the human race in the dodgy sci-fi entry 'When Worlds Collide. DeMille). Pat and Mike (George Cukor).' 'A Face in the Crowd. Plymouth Adventure (Clarence Brown). humor and chemistry between Bogie and K. etc. Hepburn help sustain its reputation as a classic. Lovely to Look At (Mervyn LeRoy). The Belle of New York (Charles Walters).) made during the capitalistic go-go '50s that questioned public tastes and the ethos of the almighty dollar. Fanfan la Tulipe (Christian-Jaque). My Lovely (Harry Horner) Viva Zapata! (Elia Kazan) Moulin Rouge (John Huston) For the record: Le Plaisir (Max Ophuls).the handful of Hollywood movies ('Patterns.' 'A King in New York'. The liftoff scene (where the baddie gets his) is great. The Thief (Russell Rouse).' which must make it a KKKer's dream film. The Greatest Show on Earth (Cecil B. Stanley Donen) The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (Yasujiro Ozu) 5 Fingers (Joseph Mankiewicz) The Marrying Kind (George Cukor) The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi) Carrie (William Wyler) The Tragedy of Othello (Orson Welles) Limelight (Charles Chaplin) The Importance of Being Earnest (Anthony Asquith) Feed the Kitty (Chuck Jones) RUNNERS UP: The Happy Time (Richard Fleischer) The Quiet Man (John Ford) The Big Sky (Howard Hawks) The Member of the Wedding (Fred Zinnemann) Outcast of the Islands (Carol Reed) Operation: Rabbit (Chuck Jones) Million Dollar Mermaid (Mervyn Leroy) Mother (Okasan) (Mikio Naruse) The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli) Neighbours (Norman McLaren) Children of Hiroshima (Children of the Atom Bomb) (Kaneto Shindo) Come Back. though. Europa '51 (Roberto Rossellini). Ivanhoe (Richard Thorpe). Appropriately. Bells of Atlantis (Ian Hugo) . Little Sheba (Daniel Mann) Angel Face (Otto Preminger) On Dangerous Ground (Nicholas Ray) High Noon (Fred Zinnemann) The Crimson Pirate (Robert Siodmak) Beware. the film's fine script. even so.

Nishijin no shimai (Sisters of Nishijin) (Kozaburo Yoshimura). but tremendously rewarding and certain to make a dent in anyone's Kleenex box. Mlodosc Chopina (Aleksander Ford). El Rebozo de Soledad (Roberto Gavaldon): Un Rincon cerca del cielo (Rogelio A. The Golden Coach (Le carrosse d'or) (Jean Renoir). and a lot more funny. O Canto da Saudade (The Longing Corner) (Humberto Mauro). Casque d'or (Jacques Becker). The Overcoat (Alberto Lattuada). Fanfan la tulipe (Christian-Jaque). Scandal Sheet (Phil Karlson). Aan (Savage Princess)(Mehboob Khan). to re-watch). Howard Hawks. Le Fruit defendu (Forbidden Fruit) (Henri Verneuil). Rome. Hotel des Invalides (Georges Franju). La verite sur Bebe Donge (The Truth of Our Marriage) (Henri Decoin). Forbidden Games (Rene Clement). The Shepherdess and the Chimneysweep (Paul Grimault). Don Camillo (Julien Duvivier). Nagarik (The Citizen) (Ritwik Ghatak). Hunted (Charles Crichton) VINTAGE RATING (1952): 8. Due soldi di speranza (Two Cents Worth of Hope) (Renato Castellani). Henry's Full House (Henry Hathaway. Rancho Notorious (Fritz Lang). Processo alla citta (The City Stands Trial) (Luigi Zampa). Where's Charley? (David Butler). Karumen junjo su (Carmen's Pure Love) (Keisuke Kinoshita). Il Cappotto (Alberto Lattuada). They are cinematic mountains to climb. The White Reindeer (Erik Blomberg). The Sound Barrier (David Lean). Yi ban zhi ge (The Dividing Wall) (Zhu Shilin). Sudden Fear (David Miller). in fact. Frauenschicksale (The Destinies of Women) (Slatan Dudow). Secrets of Women (Ingmar Bergman). La Macchina Ammazzacattivi (The Machine That Kills Bad People) (Roberto Rossellini). Park Row (Samuel Fuller). et. O Canto do Mar (Song of the Sea) (Alberto Cavalcanti) In the queue: The Lusty Men (Nicholas Ray). Liuhao men (Gate No. Glinka (Grigori Aleksandrov). The Return of Vasili Bortnikov (V. Scaramouche (George Sidney). Mexican Bus Ride (Luis Bunuel). Two Cents Worth of Hope (Renato Castellani). Forbidden Games (Rene Clement).' the Chuck Jones classic cartoon about Marc Antony the bulldog and his irresistibly adorable kitten. The skittish studio--too afraid to show anything critical of life in the USA during the height of McCarthyite hysteria--cut a scene in which Lawrence Olivier's downtrodden character flops for the night in a mission house. The Seven Deadly Sins (Yves Allegret. Gonzalez). Ruby Gentry (King Vidor). very heavy stuff. Carnaval Atlantida (Jose Carlos Burle). O. The scene since has been restored and the movie is a powerful corrective to all the "love conquers all" movie myths. love here is shown as self destructive when pitted against more powerful societal . 'Carrie'--William Wyler's overlooked adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's novel 'Sister Carrie'-is something of a revelation. Amei um bicheiro (Jorge Ileli. A Woman Without Love (Luis Bunuel). al. Amore rosso (Aldo Vergano). Almost as touching. Down Among the Z Men (Maclean Rogers). Ivanhoe (Richard Thorpe). The Sniper (Edward Dmytryk). The Magic Box (John Boulting). Jaal (The Net) (Guru Dutt). Meet Me Tonight (Tonight at 8:30) (Anthony Pelissier). The Pickwick Papers (Noel Langley). 6) (Liu Pan).I. Mandy (Alexander Mackendrick).To re-watch: The Outcast of the Islands (Carol Reed). Paulo Wanderley). The Card (Ronald Neame). Pudovkin). Rimsky-Korsakov (Grigori Roshal).). Las aguas bajan turbias (Dark River) (Hugo del Carril). Cry the Beloved Country (Zoltan Korda) To see: The Four-Poster (Irving Reis).). et.5**** Note: Akira Kurosawa's 'Ikiru' and Vittorio De Sica's 'Umberto D' are devastating humanist masterpieces about the loneliness and hardships of old age. Parasakthi (The Goddess) (Krishnan-Panju). Daibutsu Kaigen (Teinosuke Kinugasa). Snegurochka (The Snow Maiden) (Ivan Ivanov-Vano). The Narrow Margin (Richard Fleischer. Nous sommes tous des assassins (We Are All Murderers) (Andre Cayatte). Waiting Women (Ingmar Bergman). Monkey Business (Howard Hawks). Eleven O'Clock (Giuseppe De Santis). Without Warning! (Arnold Laven). al. With a Song in My Heart (Walter Lang). Diplomatic Courier (Henry Hathaway). is 'Feed the Kitty. Manon des sources (Marcel Pagnol). Clash By Night (Fritz Lang).

) Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller) Sadko (Alexander Ptushko) House of Wax (Andre de Toth) The 5. 1953 (105) (MGM musicals reach quality peak with The Band Wagon. 'Viva Zapata!'--a film I used to be crazy about--took a tumble in a recent viewing. Clouzot) Gan (The Mistress) (Shiro Toyoda) Det Stora Aventyret (The Great Adventure) (Arne Sucksdorff) The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli) El (Luis Bunuel) A Geisha (Gion bayashi) (Kenji Mizoguchi) The Cruel Sea (Charles Frend) Genevieve (Henry Cornelius) I Vitelloni (Federico Fellini) Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder) Martin Luther (Irving Pichel) The Big Heat (Fritz Lang) Roman Holiday (William Wyler) Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu) RUNNERS UP: The Titfield Thunderbolt (Charles Crichton) Sawdust and Tinsel (Ingmar Bergman) Ugetsu monogatari (Kenji Mizoguchi) Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century (Chuck Jones) Kiss Me Kate (George Sidney) Lili (Charles Walters) Beat the Devil (John Huston) Grisbi (Jacques Becker) Gate of Hell (Teinosuke Kinugasa) Hondo (John Farrow) O Dreamland (Lindsay Anderson) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks) The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann) The Moon is Blue (Otto Preminger) The Little Fugitive (Morris Engel) Inferno (Roy Ward Baker) Shane (George Stevens) Peter Pan (Hamilton Luske. and without a sense of hope.G.expectations. et. It ends perfectly--unresolved. al. T (Roy Rowland) Niagara (Henry Hathaway) Julius Caesar (Joseph Mankiewicz) . I suspect a full viewing today would be rewarding.000 Fingers of Dr. thinking his robust. Carol Reed's 'Outcast of the Islands' used to air all the time on Channel 15 and is now impossible to find. widescreen era begins) The Wages of Fear (Le Salaire de la peur) (H. the coyote's arrogant spoken boasts and Mel Blanc's exceptional vocal acting make this one of the funniest of Chuck Jones' Warner cartoons. The haunting ending is etched in my brain but the rest of the film was too sophisticated for me at the time. 'Operation: Rabbit' (runner up) brings Bugs Bunny and Wile E. ethnically flexible co-star Anthony Quinn would have been better as Zapata. Coyote together for one of the more formidable faceoffs in Warner cartoons. I find my tolerance lessened for Marlon Brando in the miscast central role.

Antonioni. Pane. The Wild One (Laslo Benedek). The Magnetic Monster (Curt Siodmak). The Robe (Henry Koster). the Jury (Harry Essex). The Pleasure Garden (James Broughton). Glen or Glenda (Ed Wood). etc). Sinha Moca (Tom Payne. Entotsu no mieru basho (Where Chimneys are Seen) (Heinosuke Gosho). L'amour d'une femme (The Love of a Woman) (Jean Gremillon). amore e fantasia (Bread. All I Desire (Douglas Sirk). La Provinciale (The Wayward Wife) (Mario Soldati).The Bigamist (Ida Lupino) It Came From Outer Space (Jack Arnold) The Sun Shines Bright (John Ford) The Beast From 20. 99 River Street (Phil Karlson). The Living Desert (James Algar). Older Brother. The Beggar's Opera (Peter Brook). Battle Circus (Richard Brooks). Robot Monster (Phil Tucker). Kanikosen (The Crab-Canning Ship) (So Yamamura). Therese Raquin (Marcel Carne). O Cangaceiro (The Bandit) (Lima Barreto). Lewat Djam Malam (After the Curfew) (Usmar Ismail). Call Me Madam (Walter Lang) To see: The Conquest of Everest (George Lowe). Battle Circus (Richard Brooks). Bienvenido Mister Marshall (Luis Garcia Berlanga).000 Fathoms (Eugene Lourie) For the record: Madame De (Max Ophuls). The Heart of the Matter (George More O'Ferrall). Himeyuri no to (The Tower of Lilies) (Tadashi Imai).5**** Note: There's hardly anything more enjoyable than a good British naval drama. Houdini (George Marshall). Kidnappers (The Little Kidnappers) (Philip Leacock). Sie fanden eine Heimat (Leopold Lindtberg). Basil Wright). Risi. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (Jacques Tati). All My Babies (George Stoney). Anatahan (Josef Von Sternberg). Crin-Blanc (White Mane) (Albert Lamorisse). La Red (Emilio Fernandez). How to Marry a Millionaire (Jean Negulesco). Onna hitori daichi o iku (A Woman Walks the Earth Alone) (Fumio Kamei). Le Rideau cramoisi (The Crimson Curtain) (Alexandre Astruc). Karlekens brod (The Bread of Love) (Arne Mattsson). Les Orgueilleux (The Proud Ones) (Yves Allegret). World Without End (Paul Rotha. Avvaiyyar (Kothamangalam Subbu). Summer With Monika (Ingmar Bergman). Yoake mae (Before Dawn) (Kozaburo Yoshimura). The Actress (George Cukor). Nigorie (Muddy Waters) (Tadashi Imai) In the queue: L'amore in citta (Fellini. Younger Sister (Ani Imoto) (Mikio Naruse). The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (Sidney Gilliat). I Confess (Alfred Hitchcock). The Captain's Paradise (Anthony Kimmins). I. Djajakusuma). and 'The Cruel Sea'--set in the Atlantic in WWII--is arguably the best (and certainly my favorite). Inferno (Roy Ward Baker). Calamity Jane (David Butler). Rue de l'estrapade (Francoise Steps Out) (Jacques Becker). From Here to Eternity (Fred Zinnemann). Agulha no Palheiro (Needle in the Haystack) (Alex Viany). Oswaldo Sampaio). The End (Christopher Maclaine). Titanic (Jean Negulesco). Weilou chunxiao (In the Face of Demolition) (Lee Tit). Mogambo (John Ford). Harimau Tjampa (The Tiger From Tjampa) (D. The Glass Web (Jack Arnold). The Long. Love and Dreams) (Luigi Comencini). Tsuma (Wife) (Mikio Naruse). El Bruto (Luis Bunuel). The Sword and the Rose (Ken Annakin). Salome (William Dieterle). In . Aah (Raja Nawathe). Lattuada. Espaldas mojadas (Alejandro Galindo). Invaders From Mars (William Cameron Menzies). The Man Between (Carol Reed). Murder Without Tears (William Beaudine). Pu-san (Kon Ichikawa). La signora senze camelie (The Lady Without Camelias) (Michelangelo Antonioni). The Tell-Tale Heart (Ted Parmelee) VINTAGE RATING (1953): 8. Take Me to Town (Douglas Sirk). Long Trailer (Vincente Minnelli) To re-watch: Voyage in Italy (Roberto Rossellini). Bo Bigha Zamin (Two Acres of Land) (Bimal Roy). The Blue Gardenia (Fritz Lang). The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino). Dos tipos de cuidado (Ismael Rodriguez). Nihon no higeki (A Japanese Tragedy) (Keisuke Kinoshita). Stare Povesti Ceske (Old Czech Legends) (Jiri Trnka). The War of the Worlds (Byron Haskin).

' a soaper that now seems to me to be unimpressively ordinary. the first of the '50s giant-monsters pics and a cherished memory from the days of TV's "Fright Night. It pains me to put something as great as Ingmar Bergman's dark. it's not the feelgood movie of the year. 1954 (113) The Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa) Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi) Hobson's Choice (David Lean) A Star is Born (George Cukor) Samurai I (Miyamoto Musashi) (Hiroshi Inagaki) Salt of the Earth (Herbert Biberman) Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock) Sabrina (Billy Wilder) Crime Wave (Andre de Toth) Executive Suite (Robert Wise) A Time Out of War (Denis Sanders) The Devil's General (Des Teufels General) (Helmut Kautner) RUNNERS UP: La Strada (Federico Fellini) Demetrius and the Gladiators (Delmer Daves) Chikamatsu monogatari (The Crucified Lovers) (Kenji Mizoguchi) On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan) Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk) An Inspector Calls (Guy Hamilton) Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray) Apache (Robert Aldrich) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Stanley Donen) Father Brown. breezy modern romantic comedy. Needless to say. I'll have to cogitate on it. Most criticism of Otto Preminger's notorious 'The Moon is Blue' (runner up) (first movie to joke (mildly) about virginity) seems to focus on people's disappointment when they find it's not really saucy at all. The glaring omission here is 'From Here to Eternity. lovely comedy that put the Rank Organisation in the same artistic league as the Ealing studios. a good noirish thriller that nonetheless creeps me out for its unabashed anti-commie paranoia (even an apolitical slimey street thug can be a good American as long as he parrots the McCarthyite line by the last reel). probably because it's less self important and because the kid in the Wayne film is less annoying than Brandon DeWilde.' into the runners-up listing. proved the lameness of simple color filter '3D' as an effect and the headache-inducing annoyance of the glasses themselves. The result is a whimsical. 'Hondo' with John Wayne is a virtual copycat of 'Shane' in several key ways. pessimistic circus-set character drama." 'House of Wax' and 'It Came From Outer Space. though both are much better on the big screen. Or maybe Fuller is making a darker statement about the American mentality. A cruel sea stirred by an atomic blast spit a thawed monster onto the streets of New York in 'The Beast From 20.another Brit classic.' which I saw at the Showcase Cinemas and Vogue Theatre respectively in the late '70s in revivals in the original 3-D process. 'Sawdust and Tinsel. it's a good. Detective (Robert Hamer) Twenty-Four Eyes (Keisuke Kinoshita) The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (Luis Bunuel) . Still.000 Fathoms' (runner up). The films work fairly well without the process. and the cutoff has to begin somewhere. 'Genevieve'. I still find myself trying to warm up to Samuel Fuller's 'Pickup on South Street' (runner up). marital spats punctuate a genteel cross-country road race. but we're dealing in miniscule delineations of preference here. Even so I prefer the Farrow film over the more famous Stevens classic.

Forever Female (Irving Rapper). John Halas) Beau Brummell (Curtis Bernhardt) Richard III (Laurence Olivier) The Caine Mutiny (Edward Dmytryk) The Maggie (Alexander Mackendrick) Susan Slept Here (Frank Tashlin) It Should Happen to You (George Cukor) Them! (Gordon Douglas) The Barefoot Contessa (Joseph L. The Bridges at Toko-Ri (Mark Robson). Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold). Le mouton a cinq pattes (The Sheep Has Five Legs) (Henri Verneuil). This Island Earth (Joseph M. Pod gwiazda frygijska (Under the Phrygian Star) (Jerzy Kawalerowicz). The Country Girl (George Seaton). L'oro di Napoli (Gold of Naples) (Vittorio De Sica). Kyriakatiko xypnima (Windfall in Athens) (Michael Cacoyannis). Carosello napoletano (Ettore Giannini). Thursday's Children (Lindsay Anderson). Liang Shanba yu Zhu Yingtai (Sang Hu. Pushover (Richard Quine). There's No Business Like Show Business (Walter Lang). Anna Na Shee (Anna Around the Neck) (Isidor Annensky). Melvin Frank) To re-watch: Golden Demon (Koji Shima). Dial M For Murder (Alfred Hitchcock). The Divided Heart (Charles Crichton). Son of Cochise (Douglas Sirk). Suddenly (Lewis Allen). Five Boys From Barska Street (Aleksander Ford). Qiao qian zhi xi (The House-warming) (Shilin Zhu). The Woman in the Rumor (Kenji Mizoguchi). Three Coins in the Fountain (Jean Negulesco). The Naked Jungle (Byron Haskin). The Raid (Hugo Fregonese). Das Lied der Strome (Song of the Rivers) (Joris Ivens). Avant le deluge (Before the Deluge) (Andre Cayatte). Hendes store aften (Annelise Reenberg). La mujer de las camelias (Ernesto Arancibia). Godzilla (Ishirô Honda). Knock On Wood (Norman Panama. Monsieur Ripois (Knave of Hearts) (Rene Clement). El wahsh (The Monster) (Salah Abouseif). White Christmas (Michael Curtiz). Vera Cruz (Robert Aldrich). Newman). Jagriti (The Awakening) (Satyen Bose). Les impures (Pierre Chevalier). Le defroque (Leo Joannon). Romeo and Juliet (Renato Castellani). Carmen Jones (Otto Preminger). Sleeping Tiger (Joseph Losey). Si Versailles m'etait conte (Affairs in Versailles) (Sacha Guitry). The Glenn Miller Story (Anthony Mann). Ulysses (Mario Camerini). Brigadoon (Vincente Minnelli). Mankiewicz) Track of the Cat (William Wellman) Doctor in the House (Ralph Thomas) For the record: Broken Lance (Edward Dymtryk). Celuloza (A Night of Remembrance) (Jerzy Kawalerowicz). Raices (Roots) (Benito Alazraki). Black Tuesday (Hugo Fregonese). Knock On Wood (Norman Panama. Die Letzte Brucke (The Last Bridge) (Helmut Kautner). Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Richard Fleischer). Siraa Fil-Wadi (Struggle in the Valley) (Youssef Chahine). Hu Sha). Melvin Frank) To see: Fear (La paura) (Roberto Rossellini). Starker als die Nacht (Stronger Than the Night) .The Miracle of Marcelino (Ladislao Vajda) A Generation (Andrzej Wajda) Animal Farm (Joy Batchelor. Riot in Cell Block 11 (Don Siegel). A Lesson in Love (Ingmar Bergman). Il Cardinale Lambertini (Giorgio Pastina). Desistfilm (Stan Brakhage). Eletjel (Fourteen Lives) (Zoltan Fabri). River of No Return (Otto Preminger). Matar ou Correr (To Kill or to Run) (Carlos Manga). Tiefland (Leni Riefenstahl). Osaka no yado (An Inn at Osaka) (Heinosuke Gosho). The Far Country (Anthony Mann). The Dam Busters (Michael Anderson). Letters from My Windmill (Marcel Pagnol). The High and the Mighty (William Wellman). Cronache di poveri amanti (Chronicle of Poor Lovers) (Carlo Lizzani). Illusion Travels by Streetcar (Luis Buñuel). Munna (The Lost Child) (Khwaja Ahmad Abbas). Taza. Rogue Cop (Roy Rowland). Amar (Mehboob Khan). Private Hell 36 (Don Siegel). Aar Paar (Guru Dutt).

Senso (The Wanton Countess). otherwise its sentimental. more detached and less manipulative works. 'Them!'. 1955 (101) (Hollywood's last 3-strip Technicolor film ('Foxfire') released. Silver Lode (Allan Dwan). is probably the classiest. Trinians (Frank Launder). Late Chrysanthemums (Mikio Naruse). 1) (Satyajit Ray) Picnic (Joshua Logan) Rififi (Du rififi chez les hommes) (Jules Dassin) I Am a Camera (Henry Cornelius) One Froggy Evening (Chuck Jones) Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijoji no ketto (Samurai II) (Hiroshi Inagaki) Shack Out on 101 (Edward Dein) RUNNERS UP: Artists and Models (Frank Tashlin) The Prisoner (Peter Glenville) Diabolique (Les diaboliques) (H. Sound of the Mountain (Yama no oto) (Mikio Naruse). et al). Taiyo no nai Machi (The Sunless Street) (Satsuo Yamamoto). Wuthering Heights (Abismos de pasion) (Luis Bunuel). The High and the Mighty (William Wellman/re-watch) VINTAGE RATING (1954): 9**** Note: Many great ones this year. Clouzot) The Night My Number Came Up (Leslie Norman) Les Grandes Manoeuvers (Rene Clair) Ordet (Carl Dreyer) Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman) The Trouble With Harry (Alfred Hitchcock) The Big Combo (Joseph H. in which giant ants threaten LA. I admire 'On the Waterfront' more than I like it. Because it at least moves. The Belles of St.G. The Red and the Black (Claude Autant-Lara). Human Desire (Fritz Lang). 'Demetrius and the Gladiators' (runner up) is this year's guilty pleasure. Frank Tashlin's outrageously beautiful color schemes don't hurt either. best-looking and least hysterical of the '50s giant monster flicks. Young at Heart (Gordon Douglas). but a not-so-great one. Jail Bait (Ed Wood). Three Cases of Murder (David Eady. It's probably best to see Federico Fellini's "La Strada" (runner up) before you see any of the director's other movies (which is how I saw it). 'Marty' shows TV's influence on Hollywood) Bob le Flambeur (Bob the Gambler) (Jean-Pierre Melville) Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich) All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk) Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un ciclista) (Juan Antonio Bardem) Summertime (David Lean) East of Eden (Elia Kazan) The Colditz Story (Guy Hamilton) Pather Panchali (Apu Trilogy.(Slatan Dudow). Lewis) The Big Knife (Robert Aldrich) . thus the runner-up placement. it's a superior sequel to 1953's boring 'The Robe'. mawkish elements could seem unbearable when stacked against Fellini's later. The Unconquered (Helen Keller in Her Story) (Nancy Hamilton) In the queue: The Big Family (Bolshaya semya) (Josif Kheifits). The notion of the priest as the locus of community morality--and the film's melodramatic notions--makes it seem to me like an old James Cagney/Pat O'Brien meller dressed up in new 'realistic' duds. Boot Polish (Prakash Arora). 'Susan Slept Here' (runner up) is a testament to how effevescent young Debbie Reynolds could transform a minor romantic comedy into something special. largely due to Jay Robinson's flamboyant turn as Caligula.

Devdas (Bimal Roy). The Indian Fighter (Andre de Toth). Chuzhaya rodnya (Other People's Relatives) (Mikhail Shvejtser). Dvenadtsataya noch (Twelfth Night) (Yan Frid). Mr. Giorgio Moser). Dementia (Daughter of Horror) (John Parker). Les Mauvaises rencontres (Alexandre Astruc). Mother. Budapesti tavasz (Spring in Budapest (Felix Mariassy). Tarantula (Jack Arnold). 8 X 8 (Hans Richter). Don Quixote (Orson Welles/unfinished). Wilfred Jackson) The Ladykillers (Alexander Mackendrick) For the record: Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (Henry King). Mutter und ein General (Children. A 9-es korterem (Ward no. The African Lion (James Algar). Continente perduto (The Lost Continent) (Enrico Gras. Egy pikolo vilagos (A Glass of Beer) (Felix Mariassy). Mister Roberts (John Ford. Stella (Michael Cacoyannis). Lourdes et ses miracles (Georges Rouquier). Lurdzha Magdany (Magda's Donkey) (Tengiz Abuladze. Shin heike monogatari (Taira Clan Saga) (Kenjo Mizoguchi). Trial (Mark Robson). The Blackboard Jungle (Richard Brooks). '55 (Guru Dutt). Wee Geordie (Frank Launder). The Man with the Golden Arm (Otto Preminger). Kinder. A Kid for Two Farthings (Carol Reed). I Live in Fear (Akira Kurosawa). Arkadin (Orson Welles) Cast a Dark Shadow (Lewis Gilbert) Man Without a Star (King Vidor) Bad Day at Black Rock (John Sturges) Guys and Dolls (Joseph Mankiewicz) French Cancan (Jean Renoir) Nuit et brouillard (Night and Fog) (Alain Resnais) To Catch a Thief (Alfred Hitchcock) Lola Montes (Max Ophuls) Lady and the Tramp (Hamilton Luske. It's Always Fair Weather (Stanley Donen. Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram). . Altid ballade (Gabriel Axel). The Cockleshell Heroes (Jose Ferrer).Momma Don't Allow (Karel Reisz) Love Me or Leave Me (Charles Vidor) The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton) Marty (Delbert Mann) The Seven Year Itch (Billy Wilder) The Phenix City Story (Phil Karlson) Mr. Despues de la tormenta (Roberto Gavaldon). Herr uber Leben und Tod (Victor Vicas). To Hell and Back (Jesse Hibbs). The Seven Little Foys (Melville Shavelson). Oklahoma! (Fred Zinnemann). I Died a Thousand Times (Stuart Heisler). Murder is My Beat (Edgar G. Ulmer). Daddy Long Legs (Jean Negulesco). The Rose Tattoo (Daniel Mann). Clyde Geronimi. The Tender Trap (Charles Walters) To see: Shree 420 (Raj Kapoor). Mervyn LeRoy). Captain Lightfoot (Douglas Sirk). Gene Kelly/to re-watch). The Long Gray Line (John Ford). Amici per la pelle (Friends for Life) (Franco Rossi). Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (Thorold Dickinson). & Mrs. Land of the Pharaohs (Howard Hawks). Heroes of Shipka (Sergei Vasilyev). Floating Clouds (Ukigumo) (Mikio Naruse). The Man From Laramie (Anthony Mann). Kokoro (The Heart) (Kon Ichikawa). Run for Cover (Nicholas Ray). It Came from Beneath the Sea (Robert Gordon). Istoria mias kalpikis liras (The False Coin) (Giorgos Javellas). Revaz Chkeidze). The Cobweb (Vincente Minelli). Ciske de Rat (Wolfgang Staudte). The Quatermass Xperiment (Val Guest) To re-watch (in the queue): Man Without a Star (King Vidor). Delo Rumyantseva (The Rumyantsev Case) (Iosif Khejfits). Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray). Conquest of Space (Byron Haskin). Shin heike monogatari (Taira Clan Saga) (Kenjo Mizoguchi). Es geschah am 20. House of Bamboo (Samuel Fuller). Juli (The Jackboot Mutiny) (Georg Wilhelm Pabst). I'll Cry Tomorrow (Daniel Mann). and the General) (Laszlo Benedek). 9) (Karoly Makk.

Il Bidone (Federico Fellini). Razzia sur la chnouf (Henri Decoin). Moonfleet (Fritz Lang): Le Amiche (The Girl Friends) (Michelangelo Antonioni). I almost omitted Alain Resnais' famed Holocaust documentary "Night and Fog' (runner up) simply because so many more interesting films have been made on the subject since. Les Maitre Fous (The Mad Masters) (Jean Rouch). The Ealing Studios' classic 'The Ladykillers' I find not terribly funny and full of squandered opportunities. Dreams (Ingmar Bergman). but it should be seen for its clever premise. Strijd zonder einde (The Rival World) (Bert Haanstra). Die Ratten (The Rats) (Robert Siodmak).Meoto zenzai (Marital Relations) (Shiro Toyoda). Nicht mehr fliehen (No More Fleeing) (Herbert Vesely). Tamu Agung (Exalted Guest) (Usmar Ismail). La Sospechosa (Alberto Gout). The Private Life of Major Benson (Jerry Hopper). 1956 (89+) A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson) The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel) Street of Shame (Kenji Mizoguchi) La Pointe-Courte (Agnes Varda) Miyamoto Musashi: Ketto Ganryu-jima (Samurai III) (Hiroshi Inagaki) Patterns (Fielder Cook) The Railroad Man (Il Ferroviere) (Pietro Germi) The Harder They Fall (Mark Robson) The Ten Commandments (Cecil B. We're No Angels (Michael Curtiz). Toto e Carolina (Mario Monicelli). Nem Sansao Nem Dalila (Neither Samson Nor Delilah) (Carlos Manga). charm and vivid view of London in the '50s. Tuntematon sotilas (The Unknown Soldier) (Edvin Laine) In the queue: Princess Yang Kwei Fei (Kenji Mizoguchi). Takekurabe (Adolescence) (Heinosuke Gosho). Romeo i Dzhulyetta (Romeo and Juliet) (Lev Arnshtam. Tight Spot (Phil Karlson). My Sister Eileen (Richard Quine). Rio 40 Graus (Rio 40 Degrees) (Nelson Pereira dos Santos). and it is splendid. Korhinta (Merry Go Round) (Zoltan Fabri). It's easy to see why the widescreen. Juan Antonio Bardem's Spanish masterpiece. DeMille) Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk) The Killing (Stanley Kubrick) RUNNERS UP: Crazed Fruit (Ko Nakahira) . yet it's still mystifying why leading auteurist critic Andrew Sarris once called it the greatest movie ever made. The Tender Trap (Charles Walters) VINTAGE RATING (1955): 8. 'Shack Out on 101' is the best of all commie paranoia movies of the '50s--mainly for its shaggy dog plot and characters and the credible atmosphere it evokes of a remote Pacific Coast highway diner. on DVD). which from my viewpoint traffics in teen angst in fairly hokey fashion. Nogiku no gotoki kimi nariki (She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum) (Keisuke Kinoshita). In addition to having the coolest title of all time. The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Luis Bunuel). Neokonchennaya povest (An Unfinished Story) (Fridrikh Ermler). It's also the only Joshua Logan film that's any good. it has the advantage of being closer to the horrific events. Leonid Lavrovsky).5**** NOTES: 'Picnic'--with William Holden at his best--is one of the better examples of the many "handsome-drifters-cause-upheaval-in-small-town" movies of the 1950s." was finally released after decades of hiding (by good ole Criterion. Missing here is 'Rebel Without a Cause'. Killer's Kiss (Stanley Kubrick). Ovod (The Gadfly) (Aleksandr Faintsimmer). "Death of a Cyclist. Paris la nuit (Jacques Baratier). Otello (Sergei Yutkevich). Simba (Brian Desmond Hurst). The Grasshopper (Poprygunya) (Samson Samsonov). color Euro-art movie 'Lola Montes' is so admired.

Mi tio Jacinto (Ladislao Vajda). Wilcox) The Searchers (John Ford) The Man Who Never Was (Ronald Neame) Friendly Persuasion (William Wyler) High Society (Charles Walters) Aparajito (Apu Trilogy II) (Satyajit Ray) The Great Man (Jose Ferrer) The Court Jester (Norman Panama) Jagte Raho (Shanbhu Mitra. Bride of the Monster (Ed Wood). Carousel (Henry King). (mambo scene) (Roger Vadim) The Captain from Kopenick (Helmut Kautner) For the record: Anastasia (Anatole Litvak). The Conquerer (Dick Powell). Bus Stop (Joshua Logan). Bessmertnyy garnizon (The Immortal Garrison) (Zakhar Agranenko. Moby Dick (John Huston). Voici le temps des assassins (Julien Duvivier). Tea and Sympathy (Vincente Minnelli). The Rainmaker (Joseph Anthony). Ilya Muromets (The Sword and the Dragon) (Aleksandr Ptushko). Early Spring (Yasujiro Ozu). Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray). The Mystery of Picasso (Henri-Georges Clouzot). A Town Like Alice (Jack Lee). Hollywood or Bust (Frank Tashlin). The Silent World (Louis Malle. Rock Around the Clock (Fred F. There's Always Tomorrow (Douglas Sirk).. Cela s'appelle l'aurore (Luis Bunuel). Mahiru no ankoku (Darkness at Noon) (Tadashi Imai). Hannibal tanar ur (Professor Hannibal) (Zoltan Fabri). Lust for Life (Vincente Minnelli). En Dag i Staden (A Day in Town) (Pontus Hulten. Kein Platz fur wilde Tiere (Bernhard Grzimek. Death in the Garden (Luis Bunuel).Baby Doll (Elia Kazan) Attack (Robert Aldrich) 7 Men From Now (Budd Boetticher) Forbidden Planet (Fred M. Calabuch (Luis Garcia Berlanga). The Killer Is Loose (Budd Boetticher). Jacques-Yves Cousteau). Chori Chori (Anant Thakur). Eduard Tisse). The Bad Seed (Mervyn LeRoy). To re-watch: The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (Nunnally Johnson). Gervaise (Rene Clement). The King & I (Walter Lang). Bhowani Junction (George Cukor). Malva (Vladimir Braun). Autumn Leaves (Robert Aldrich). War and Peace (King Vidor). Neko to shozo to futari no onna . Mas alla del olvido (Beyond Oblivion) (Hugo del Carril). Webb). Amit Maitra) The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock) To Koritsi me ta mavra (A Girl in Black) (Michael Cacoyannis) The Desperate Hours (William Wyler) Design for Dreaming (Unknown. Dolina miru (The Valley of Peace) (France Stiglic). The Last Hunt (Richard Brooks). Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Fritz Lang). Intimate Stranger (Joseph Losey).. Somebody Up There Likes Me (Robert Wise) To see: Between Time and Eternity (Zwischen Zeit und Ewigkeit) (Arthur Maria Rabenalt). O Drakos (The Ogre of Athens) (Nikos Koundouros). Starik Khottabych (Old Khottabych) (Gennadi Kazansky). Private's Progress (John Boulting). The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa). for General Motors) And God Created Woman. La escondida (Roberto Gavaldon). Love Me Tender (Robert D. Sears). The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock). The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (Nunnally Johnson). etc. Alexander the Great (Robert Rossen). Chelovek rodilsya (A Man is Born) (Vasili Ordynsky). Michael Grzimek). Giant (George Stevens). A Kiss Before Dying (Gerd Oswald). Hans Nordenstrom). Four Bags Full (Claude Autant-Lara). Slightly Scarlet (Allan Dwan). Teahouse of the August Moon (Daniel Mann). Crime et chatiment (Crime and Punishment) (Georges Lampin). The Girl Can't Help It (Frank Tashlin). Eine Berliner Romanze (A Berlin Romance) (Gerhard Klein). Die Halbstarken (Georg Tressler). Around the World in 80 Days (Michael Anderson). Modesta (Benjamin Doniger).

Vesna na Zarechnoj ulitse (Spring on Zarechnaya Street) (Marlen Khutsiyev. Carnival Night (Karnavalnaya Noch) (Eldar Ryazanov). the pleasures of the movies' new sexual freedom were all men's. An ode to more transcendent things. sexual 'freedom' meant the loss of empowered women roles with the acceptance of the ogled Bimbo. Private's Progress (John Boulting).' (runner up) highlighting GM's cars. examines the human will to freedom perhaps more movingly than any other film--and does it within the watchable framework of a prison escape plot. Probably no film says more about 1956. Shozo. The Forty First (Grigori Chukrai). Roger Vadim's cinematic gaze on not-quite-nude Brigitte Bardot in 'And God Created Woman' (runner up) opened the floodgates on cinematic sex. Peppino e la malafemmina (Camillo Mastrocinque). Taiyo to bara (The Rose on His Arm) (Keisuke Kinoshita). 'Design for Dreaming. and low-budget cult classics with attitude from Stanley Kubrick and Don Siegel showed that subversion and imagination were still around. and it's nearly as iconic as Marilyn Monroe's blown upskirt scene in the previous year's 'The Seven Year Itch. Elena and Her Men (Jean Renoir). etc. The film itself is a bore. 1957 (106) (Claude Chabrol's 'Le Beau Serge' first film of French New Wave. Torero (Carlos Velo). Rekava (The Line of Destiny) (Lester James Peiris). Pursuit of the Graf Spee) (Michael Powell. continued to come from Japan. Great Day in the Morning (Jacques Tourneur). Together (Lorenza Mazzetti). Yield To The Night (J. Zhu Fu (New Year's Sacrifice) (Sang Hu). though. Vor Sonnenuntergang (Before Sundown) (Gottfried Reinhardt). homes of the future. Emeric Pressburger). Revered and protected as Mother by patriarchal censorship.' Ironically. The Twisted Cross (Henry Solomon). than a 10-minute industrial advertising film. Wushi Guan (Fifteen Strings of Cash) (Tao Chin). Secrets of Life (James Algar). Flowing (Mikio Naruse). Prolog (Efim Dzigan). The Roof (Il Tetto) (Vittorio de Sica). and most foreign films weren't faring much better--largely being commercially oriented. the cinematic Woman was about to be ravished by emerging patriarchal prurience. 'A Man Escaped' by Robert Bresson. Viva Revolution (Roberto Gavaldon). I find most of them full of hot air (see: 'For the Record'). Toto. The Green Man (Robert Day) VINTAGE RATING (1956): 7*** Note: Although a lot of famous movies were released in 1956. Frigidaire appliances. Pervyj eshelon/Pervyy eshelon (The First Echelon) (Mikheil Kalatozishvili / Kalatazov). War and Peace (King Vidor). Calle Mayor (Juan Antonio Bardem). Nightfall (Jacques Tourneur). Signs of life. There's Always Tomorrow (Douglas Sirk). The only scene that approaches greatness is Bardot's mad mambo near the end. and Two Women) (Shiro Toyoda). Lee Thompson) In the queue: While the City Sleeps (Fritz Lang). Ingmar Bergman emerges) Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman) Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa) Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini) Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick) Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick) La Casa del angel (The House of the Angel) (Leopoldo Torre-Nilsson) . slick international co-productions. Shokei no heya (Punishment Room) (Kon Ichikawa). watchable only for its Eastmancolor widescreen Mediterranean scenery and for Bardot -whose girl-woman look was entirely new to the cinema and has pretty much defined the filmbeauty aesthetic since. For now. The Battle of the River Plate (aka. its products were more formulaic and artificial than ever. Feliks Mironer).(A Cat. 1984 (Michael Anderson). Fernandel the Dressmaker (Jean Boyer). It's probably the strangest and most memorable filmic paean to materialism ever made. though. 1956 is a sort of nadir for old Hollywood. Invitation to the Dance (Gene Kelly).

Miner) Heaven Knows Mr. Old Yeller (Robert Stevenson). Allison (John Huston) Le Beau Serge (Claude Chabrol) All the Boys are Called Patrick (Jean-Luc Godard) Fear Strikes Out (Robert Mulligan) Les Mistons (Francois Truffaut) For the record: The Tall T (Budd Boetticher). Colin Low) To see: The Man in the Raincoat (Julien Duvivier).K. Gunfight at the O. Stanley Donen). Sayonara (Joshua Logan). The Golden Age of Comedy (Robert Youngson). The Strange One (Jack Garfein). Corral (John Sturges). Something of Value (Richard Brooks). Il Grido (Michelangelo Antonioni). Bitter Victory (Nicholas Ray). The Three Faces of Eve (Nunnally Johnson). Time Without Pity (Joseph Losey). Le cas du Dr Laurent (The Case of Dr. and LOTS of really bad sci-fi monster movies To re-watch: Curse of the Demon (Night of the Demon) (Jacques Tourneur). The River's Edge (Allan . Louis (Billy Wilder) Peyton Place (Mark Robson) Kanal (Andrzej Wajda) The Lower Depths (Akira Kurosawa) The Cranes Are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov) 3:10 to Yuma (Delmer Daves) Forty Guns (Samuel Fuller) A King in New York (Charles Chaplin) Seven Waves Away (Abandon Ship!) (Richard Sale) The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold) A Hatful of Rain (Fred Zinnemann) The Tin Star (Anthony Mann) The Ride Back (Allen H.12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet) A Face in the Crowd (Elia Kazan) A Matter of Dignity (To Telefteo psemma) (Michael Cacoyannis) The Bachelor Party (Delbert Mann) On the Bowery (Lionel Rogosin) Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Frank Tashlin) The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean) RUNNERS UP: The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman) Witness For the Prosecution (Billy Wilder) What's Opera. Desk Set (Walter Lang). Silk Stockings (Rouben Mamoulian). Laurent) (Jean-Paul Le Chanois). Buye Cheng (City Without Night) (Tang Ziaodan). Corral (John Sturges). Man of a Thousand Faces (Joseph Pevney). Lettre de Siberie (Chris Marker). Les Sorcieres de Salem (The Crucible) (Raymond Rouleau). Wolf Trap (Vlci jama) (Jiri Weiss). Gunfight at the O. Doc? (Chuck Jones) Yantra (James Whitney) Man on the Tracks (Czlowiek na torze) (Andrzej Munk) Love in the Afternoon (Billy Wilder) Funny Face (Stanley Donen) Les Girls (George Cukor) The Spirit of St. Stage Struck (Sidney Lumet). The Pajama Game (George Abbott. Jailhouse Rock (Richard Thorpe). City of Gold (Wolf Koenig.K. Operation Mad Ball (Richard Quine). Woman in a Dressing Gown (J. The Wide Blue Road (Gillo Pontecorvo). Night Passage (James Neilson). Lee Thompson).

It turns out to be a pretty essential '50s western. Ila ayn (Whither?) (George Nasr). Allsion' . the film is near perfection. He Who Must Die (Jules Dassin). and sharp satires--of the highest order. a lot of pent-up creativity explodes in 1957. Run of the Arrow (Samuel Fuller). Do Ankhen Barah Haath (Two Eyes. Hristo Piskov. And a little thing called the "Nouvelle vague" had just been born in France. Urok istorii (A Lesson in History) (Lev Arnshtam. Le Seine a rencontre Paris (The Seine Meets Paris) (Joris Ivens). The most egregious MIA film never released on video in the US is Leopoldo Torre-Nilsson's exquisite 'La casa del angel. Brothers In Law (Roy Boulting). Porte des Lilas (The Gates of Paris) (Rene Clair). Les aventures d'Arsene Lupin (Jacques Becker). El Vampiro (Fernando Mendez). brooding coming-of-age film set in a sexually repressed bourgeoise home in Argentina in the 1920s (I located a bootleg DVD online). Dom v kotoromu ya zhivu (The House I Live In) (Lev Kulidzhanov. An Affair to Remember (Leo McCarey). offered up darker and edgy entertainment--noirs. Pot-Bouille (Julien Duvivier). Ralph Wright). Nachts. too. a Miracle) (Luis Garcia Berlanga). Bakaruhaban (A Sunday Romance) (Imre Feher). An incredible year internationally. Decision at Sundown (Budd Boetticher).Dwan). Still.' a dark. Jun'ai monogatari (A Story of Pure Love) (Tadashi Imai). Los Jueves. less pretentious '3:10 to Yuma. with arthouse masterpieces in amazing abundance. Teacher's Pet (George Seaton). Pavel Korchagin (Aleksandr Alov. Vladimir Naumov). Tiger In The Smoke (Roy Baker). shot with great elan in widescreen by Joseph Biroc and full of outrageous phallic innuendo involving the hero's gun (Barbara Stanwyck frequently expresses a desire to the hero to 'touch it. Jeanne Eagels (George Sidney). I prefer Delmer Daves' simpler. Band of Angels (Raoul Walsh). Pyaasa (Guru Dutt). Mother India (Mehboob Khan).Schoenhauser Corner) (Gerhard Klein). The Naked Truth (Mario Zampi). Every Day Except Christmas (Linday Anderson). Tizoc (Ismael Rodriguez). Hollywood. Si qian jin (Our Sister Hedy) (Tao Qin). The Story of Esther Costello (David Miller). Perri (Paul Kenworthy Jr. Night Passage (James Neilson). Operation Mad Ball (Richard Quine) VINTAGE RATING (1957): 10***** Note: After the dullness of 1956. Les espions (Henri-Georges Clouzot). Don Quixote (Grigori Kozintsev). The Enemy Below (Dick Powell). Barnacle Bill (Charles Frend). Snezhnaya koroleva (The Snow Queen)(Lev Atamanov). 'Heaven Knows Mr. Ni liv (Nine Lives) (Arne Skouen). Lucky Jim (John and Roy Boulting). The Passionate Stranger (Muriel Box). Wenn der Teufel kam (The Devil Strikes at Night) (Robert Siodmak). Die Zurcher Verlobung (The Affairs of Julie) (Helmut Kautner) In the queue: And Quiet Flows the Don (Sergei Gerasimov). Yakov Segel). Mikhail Romm). crime films. Four Bags Full (Traversee de Paris) (Claude Autant-Lara). Tokyo boshoku (Tokyo Twilight) (Yasujiro Ozu).' probably the slickest A-calibre studio film he ever made. Berlin . milagro (Every Thursday. Snow Country (Shiro Toyoda).Ecke Schoenhauser (Berlin . Bakumatsu taiyoden (The Sun's Legend) (Yuzo Kawashima). Sait-on Jamais (Roger Vadim). Devushka bez adresa (Girl Without an Address) (Eldar Ryazanov). Twelve Hands) (Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram). Kiiroi karasu (Yellow Crow) (Heinosuke Gosho). Time Without Pity (Joseph Losey). The One That Got Away (Roy Ward Baker). Nine Lives (Arne Skouen). Absolutamente Certo (Absolutely Right) (Anselmo Duarte). its brevity and its young heroine's weary resignation in the unresolved finale only strengthen its quiet power. Pyaasa (Guru Dutt). Tohoku no zunmu-tachi (Men of Tohoku) (Kon Ichikawa). Edge of the City (Martin Ritt). At 70 minutes. Musafir (Traveller) (Hrishikesh Mukherjee). Le notti bianche (White Nights) (Luchino Visconti). El Ultimo cuple (The Last Song) (Juan de Orduna).').' one of the better westerns with the old plot involving a lawman transporting a dangerous criminal across harsh terrain. Time Limit (Karl Malden). Assassins et voleurs (Murderers and Thieves) (Sacha Guitry). The Devil Strikes at Night (Richard Siodmak). Finally available on video is Sam Fuller's baroque western 'Forty Guns.

The Big Country (William Wyler). Desire Under the Elms (Delbert Mann). The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (Nathan Juran).(runner up) is John Huston essentially copycatting his own 'The African Queen. Thunder Road (Arthur Ripley). Hot Summer (Martin Ritt). No Time for Sergeants (Mervyn LeRoy). Naked and the Dead (Raoul Walsh). Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati). Bell. The Blob (Irvin S. Too Many Crooks (Mario Zampi). The Old Man and the Sea (John Sturges). 1958 (97) ('Look Back in Anger' signals birth of English 'kitchen-sink' new wave) Touch of Evil (Orson Welles) The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa) Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock) Jalsaghar (The Music Room) (Satyajit Ray) Ashes and Diamonds (Andrzej Wajda) Giants & Toys (Yasuzo Masumura) Some Came Running (Vincente Minnelli) A Night to Remember (Roy Baker) A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Douglas Sirk) The Left Handed Gun (Arthur Penn) Murder by Contract (Irving Lerner) The Vikings (Richard Fleischer) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Brooks) RUNNERS UP: I Was Monty's Double (John Guillerman) I Soliti ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) (Mario Monicelli) Ansiktet (The Magician) (Ingmar Bergman) Ascenseur pour l'echafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (Louis Malle) The Tarnished Angels (Douglas Sirk) Nazarin (Luis Bunuel) The Horse's Mouth (Ronald Neame) Danger Within (Breakout) (Don Chaffey) The Last Hurrah (John Ford) The Goddess (John Cromwell) Eroica (Andrzej Munk) A Movie (Bruce Conner) The Rickshaw Man (Hiroshi Inagaki) The Defiant Ones (Stanley Kramer) Run Silent Run Deep (Robert Wise) Bonjour Tristesse (Otto Preminger) Damn Yankees! (George Abbott. Winter Carousel (Ladislaw Starewicz) . The Young Lions (Edward Dmytryk). God's Little Acre (Anthony Mann). I Want to Live! (Robert Wise). The Naked and the Dead (Raoul Walsh). Man of the West (Anthony Mann). Gigi (Vincente Minnelli). Yeaworth). The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (Karel Zeman). Enjo (Kon Ichikawa). Wind Across the Everglades (Nicholas Ray). The Long. The Fly (Kurt Neumann). Terao). Carve Her Name With Pride (Lewis Gilbert). Le Beau Serge (Claude Chabrol).' except that I like this later picture better. Les Amants (Louis Malle). Chibideka monogatari (Skinny and Fatty) (N. Separate Tables (Delbert Mann). Marjorie Morningstar (Irving Rapper). Houseboat (Melville Shavelson). South Pacific (Joshua Logan). The Light in the Forest (Herschel Daugherty). The Buccaneer (Anthony Quinn). Indiscreet (Stanley Donen). Book and Candle (Richard Quine). The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (Mark Robson). Stanley Donen) Dracula (Horror of Dracula) (Terence Fisher) Auntie Mame (Morton DaCosta) For the record: Ballad of Narayama (Keisuke Kinoshita).

The Idiot (Ivan Pyryev). Tjambuk Api (Whipfire) (D. made me think it was made around 1966. Orders to Kill (Anthony Asquith). Dorp aan de rivier (Village on the River) (Fons Rademakers). Ostatni dzien lata (The Last Day of Summer) (Tadeusz Konwicki). Mirror Has Two Faces (Andre Cayatte). pioneering indie 'Shadows' challenges slick commercial cinema) Hiroshima mon amour (Alain Resnais) . La vida por delante (Your Life Before You) (Fernando Fernan Gomez). Lewis). The Hunters (Robert Gardner. Underworld Beauty (Seijun Suzuki). Machine-Gun Kelly (Roger Corman). L'uomo di paglia (Man of Straw) (Pietro Germi). Amore e chiacchiere (Alessandro Blasetti). La Sfida (Francesco Rosi). The kindred-spirit productions 'Some Came Running' and 'The Tarnished Angels' (runner up) are sweeping character dramas with downbeat sensibilities in depicting Americana.. both made by two of Hollywood's greatest masters of melodrama. Louis De Rochemont). No other 1950s film attacks the pathology of capitalism with as much gusto or acid vigor. Shiroka Strana Moya Rodnaya (Great is My Country) (Roman Karmen). De Dodes tjern (Kare Bergstrom). Wajda. La tete contre les murs (The Keepers) (Georges Franju). Shirasagi (The White Heron) (Teinosuke Kinugasa). Motyli Tady Neziji (Butterflies Do Not Live Here) (Miro Bernat). Wir Wunderkinder (Aren't We Wonderful?) (Kurt Hoffmann). 1959 (99) (Cassavetes' raw. O Grande Momento (The Great Moment) (Roberto Pires. Cairo Station (Youssef Chahine). Tom Thumb (George Pal). En cas de malheur (Love is My Profession) (Claude Autant-Lara). El Jefe (The Boss) (Fernando Ayala). Yasuzo Masumura's 'Giants & Toys" is a supercynical take on malicious corporate culture. The Lineup (Don Siegel). L'eau vive (Girl and the River) (Francois Villiers). I wasn't in the mood when I saw it at a screening in college. La Venganza (Vengeance) (Juan Antonio Bardem).. Rally 'Round the Flag. etc. Equinox Flower (Yaujiro Ozu). Ciulinii Baraganului (Baragan Thistles) (Louis Daquin. Sonnensucher (Sun Seekers) (Konrad Wolf). I was downright shocked to find it was made in 1958. Das Madchen Rosemarie (The Girl Rosemarie) (Rolf Thiele). Party Girl (Nicholas Ray). Rosaura a las 10 (Rosaura at 10 O'Clock) (Mario Soffici). Cowboy (Delmer Daves) VINTAGE RATING (1958): 8. and its ultracool style. Helden (Arms and the Man) (Franz Peter Wirth). Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich (Bill Colleran. La Cesta Duga Godinu. Welles. Montparnasse 19 (Jacques Becker). Djajakusuma).5**** Note: Filmmakers coast a bit after the explosion of 1957. Goha (Jacques Baratier). John Marshall) In the queue: Maigret Sets a Trap (Maigret tend un piege) (Jean Delannoy). Desire Under the Elms (Delbert Mann). Luis Bunuel's 'Nazarin' (runner up) is undoubtedly a masterwork. Manbo guniang (Mambo Girl) (Yi Wen). It Happened in Broad Daylight (Ladislao Vajda). Haz a sziklak alatt (The House Under the Rocks) (Karoly Makk). Roberto Santos). Les tricheurs (Marcel Carne). so another viewing's due. Hakuja den (Panda and the Magic Serpent) (Kazuhiko Okabe. Ah Q (The True Story of Ah Q)(Yuen Yang-an).To see: Ajantrik (Pathetic Fallacy) (Ritwik Ghatak).)--before the building magma dome explodes again in 1959 and 1960. The Square Peg (John Paddy Carstairs). The Silent Enemy (William Fairchild). Madhumati (Bimal Roy). China Doll (Frank Borzage). Taiji Yabushita). Yoru no tsuzumi (The Adulteress) (Tadashi Imai). Ewa chce spac (Eve Wants to Sleep) (Tadeusz Chmielewski). The Gentleman and the Gypsy (Joseph Losey). Terror in a Texas Town (Joseph H. Kurosawa. Weddings and Babies (Morris Engel). Osmy dzien tygodnia (The Eighth Day of the Week) (Aleksander Ford). Buchanan Rides Alone (Budd Boetticher). (The Road a Year Long) (Giuseppe De Santis). Moi un noir Treichville (Jean Rouch). it's a nice interlude with several high points (Hitchcock. Gheorghe Vitanidis). The Philosopher's Stone (Satyajit Ray). Saddle the Wind (Robert Parrish). Une vie End of Desire (One Life) (Alexandre Astruc). Brink of Life (Nara Livet) (Ingmar Bergman). Fiend Without a Face (Arthur Crabtree). Boys! (Leo McCarey).

Lee Thompson). the Flesh and the Devil (Ranald MacDougall). The Tingler (William Castle). (Roy Boulting).O. The Savage Innocents (Nicholas Ray). Journey to the Center of the Earth (Henry Levin). Ride Lonesome (Budd Boetticher). Sleeping Beauty (Clyde Geronimi). Alfred Leslie). Compulsion (Richard Fleischer). Verboten! (Samuel Fuller). Tiger Bay (J. The Mummy (Terence Fisher). Warlock (Edward Dmytryk). Suddenly Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz). Carlton-Browne of the F. Pillow Talk (Michael Gordon). Nazarín (Luis Bunuel). On the Beach (Stanley Krammer). Pickpocket (Robert Bresson). Blue Denim (Philip Dunne). Eyes Without a Face (Georges Franju). The Mouse That Roared (Jack Arnold).The Human Condition (parts I and II) (Masaki Kobayashi) I'm All Right. Jack (John Boulting) Nobi (Fires on the Plain) (Kon Ichikawa) North By Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock) Destiny of a Man (Sergei Bondarchuk) Les Cousins (Claude Chabrol) Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk) Room at the Top (Jack Clayton) Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger) The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut) Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks) Ballad of a Soldier (Grigori Chukrai) The Nun's Story (Fred Zinnemann) Window Water Baby Moving (Stan Brakhage) The World of Apu (Apur Sansar) (Satyajit Ray) RUNNERS UP: Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder) Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) (Marcel Camus) La Grande Guerra (The Great War) (Mario Monicelli) Shinel (The Overcoat) (Aleksei Batalov) Science Friction (Stan VanDerBeek) The Bridge (Die Brucke) (Bernhard Wicki) Look Back in Anger (Tony Richardson) Kapo (Gillo Pontecorvo) The Horse Soldiers (John Ford) Pociag (Night Train) (Jerzy Kawalerowicz) Darby O'Gill and the Little People (Robert Stevenson) Middle of the Night (Delbert Mann) The Diary of Anne Frank (George Stevens) Shadows (John Cassavetes) Come Back Africa (Lionel Rogosin) El Lazarillo de Tormes (Cesar Fernandez Ardavin) Shake Hands With the Devil (Michael Anderson) Odd Obsession (Kon Ichikawa) Sapphire (Basil Dearden) Samurai Saga (Hiroshi Inagaki) The Devil's Disciple (Guy Hamilton) Ohayo (Good Morning) (Yasujiro Ozu) The Crimson Kimono (Samuel Fuller) Porgy and Bess (Otto Preminger) Plan 9 From Outer Space (Ed Wood) For the record: Ben-Hur (William Wyler). Man . Operation Petticoat (Blake Edwards). Odds Against Tomorrow (Robert Wise). Pull My Daisy (Robert Frank. The World.

on a String (Andre De Toth); A Hole in the Head (Frank Capra); Moonbird (John & Faith Hubley); The Testament of Doctor Cordelier (Jean Renoir) To re-watch: Floating Weeds (Ukigusa) (Yasujiro Ozu); The Lovers (Les amants) (Louis Malle); Nazarin (Luis Bunuel); Middle of the Night (Delbert Mann) To see: Araya (Margot Benacerraf); Picnic on the Grass (Jean Renoir); La Caida (The Fall) (Leopoldo Torre Nilsson); Kaagaz Ke Phool (Guru Dutt); La Legge (The Law) (Jules Dassin); Lin jia pu zi (The Lin Family Shop) (Choui Khoua, aka Shui Hua); The Scapegoat (Robert Hamer); Our Man in Havana (Carol Reed); The Cow and I (Henri Verneuil); Day of the Outlaw (Andre de Toth); Face of a Fugitive (Paul Wendkos); Al Capone (Richard Wilson); Ai To Kibo No Machi (A Town of Love and Hope) (Nagisa Oshima); Baza ludzi umarlych (Damned Roads) (Czeslaw Petelski); Le Bel age (Love Is When You Make It) (Pierre Kast); Belye nochi (White Nights) (Ivan Pyriev); Blind Date (Chance Meeting) (Joseph Losey); The Bridal Path (Frank Launder); Deux hommes dans Manhattan (JeanPierre Melville); Les Dragueurs (The Chasers) (Jean-Pierre Mocky); Feng-bao (Storm) (Jin Shan); En Fremmed banker pa (A Stranger Knocks) (Johan Jacobsen); Kazabana (Snow Flurry) (Keisuke Kinoshita); Kiku to Isamu (Tadashi Imai); Lin Zexu (The Opium Wars) (Zheng Junli, Qin Fan); Lotna (Andrzej Wajda); Un Maledetto imbroglio (The Facts of Murder) (Pietro Germi); Nianchan (My Second Brother) (Shohei Imamura); North West Frontier (Flame Over India) (J. Lee Thompson); Paw (Boy of Two Worlds) (Astrid HenningJensen); El Pisito (The Little Flat) (Marco Ferreri, Isidoro M. Ferry); Poema o more (Poem of the Sea) (Yuliya Solntseva, Alexander Dovzhenko); Rosen fur den Staatsanwalt (Roses for the Prosecutor) (Wolfgang Staudte); Sen noci svatojanske (A Midsummer Night's Dream) (Jiri Trnka); Serengeti Shall Not Die (Bernhard Grzimek); Shonen sarutobi sasuke (The Adventures of Little Samurai) (Taiji Yabushita, Akira Daikuhara); Sterne (Stars) (Rangel Vulchanov, Konrad Wolf); Sujata (Bimal Roy); Il Tempo si e fermato (Time Stood Still) (Ermanno Olmi); Waga ai (When a Woman Loves (Heinosuke Gosho); Hao men ye yan (Feast of a Rich Family) (Lee Tit, et. al.); Jago Hua Savera (Day Shall Dawn) (A.J. Kardar); Zamach (Answer to Violence) (Jerzy Passendorfer); n the queue: The Sign of Leo (Signe du Lion) (Eric Rohmer); La Grande Guerra (Mario Monicelli); We are the Lambeth Boys (Karel Reisz); The Tiger of Eschnapur (and) The Indian Tomb (Fritz Lang); The Letter that Was Never Sent (Mikhail Kalatazov); Street of Love and Hope (Nagisa Oshima); Leda (A Double Tour/Web of Passion) (Claude Chabrol); Marie-Octobre (Julien Duvivier); Les liaisons dangereuses (Roger Vadim); Beloved Infidel (Henry King); Libel (Anthony Asquith); The Hanging Tree (Delmer Daves) VINTAGE RATING (1959): 10***** Notes: 'Window Water Baby Moving,' a poetic home movie about childbirth, is probably the only film of true worth from Stan Brakhage, who made hundreds of acclaimed but obscure avant-garde shorts from the 1950s to the 1990s, some of them skillful but most of them forgettable and undone by their home-movie amateurishness. Ed Wood's 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' (runner up) is inept in a different way, but not entirely from a production standpoint; the film actually has a professional Hollywood photographic sheen (Ed Wood's cameraman is probably the only person on the set who actually knows what he's doing). Although just a typical grade Z drive-in product of its era, its capturing of the zeitgeist and sheer fun-inducing hilarity make it irresistible. 1959, is one of the movies' greatest years, brimming with accomplished works--yet 'Plan 9...', one of its least accomplished, has captured our hearts (or maybe a smug need to mock and feel superior to the past). 'I'm All Right, Jack' is probably the first truly modern movie comedy, the first to brazenly skewer sacred cows of English society with an irreverence that would influence 'Dr. Strangelove,' 'MASH,' 'The Ruling Class' and more. The Japanese anti-war films 'The Human Condition' (a 3-part, 9-hour marathon) and 'Nobi' ('Fires on the Plain') are unrelentingly grim WWII epics in which the

Japanese turn a severely critical eye on themselves. These monumental films are rewarding and unforgettable, once endured. David Shipman, author of The Story of Cinema, makes a good case for 'The Human Condition' being the greatest film ever made. The memories of WWII in Alain Renais' groundbreaking French New Wave masterwork 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' show that the war's pains were still very much alive in 1959; there were a slew of superior films about the epochal conflict during the year, including the two Japanese films already mentioned as well as Sergei Beondarchuk's immensely moving Soviet epic 'Destiny of a Man' and his compatriot's international hit 'Ballad of a Soldier.' The war also intercedes (offscreen) in Fred Zinnemann's remarkable study of a young nun, 'The Nun's Story,' which is probably Audrey Hepburn's finest work. Berhnard Wicki's 'The Bridge' (runner up) shows the final desperation of Nazi Germany in throwing its male children into the breech; 'Kapo' (runner up) is a dramatically interesting look at the concentration camps; and 'The Diary of Anne Frank' (runner up) is a good if obvious Hollywood treatment of the famous wartime diary. Claude Chabrol's 'Les Cousins' has a silly moralistic/ironic ending, but up to that point it's the most purely fun film of the French New Wave. But the really essential films of that movement this year are the Resnais film and Francois Truffaut's 'The 400 Blows.' I list Otto Preminger's "Porgy and Bess" (runner up) not because it's a great film, but because it's nearly impossible to see, and if my having seen it tortures someone else then that's enough.

1960 (106) (Cinema verite born in 'Primary'; Euro art cinema reaches pinnacle)
Rocco and His Brothers (Luchino Visconti) When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Mikio Naruse) La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini) The Lady With the Dog (Joseph Heifetz) Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Karel Reisz) Breathless (A bout de souffle) (Jean-Luc Godard) L'avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni) Le Trou (Jacques Becker) The Apartment (Billy Wilder) The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman) Primary (Robert Drew) Tunes of Glory (Ronald Neame) The Cloud-Capped Star (Ritwik Ghatak) General Della Rovere (Roberto Rossellini) The League of Gentlemen (Basil Dearden) The Entertainer (Tony Richardson) Inherit the Wind (Stanley Kramer) RUNNERS UP: Two Women (Vittorio De Sica) Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock) Sons and Lovers (Jack Cardiff) Les Bonnes Femmes (Claude Chabrol) Jazz on a Summer's Day (Bert Stern) Elmer Gantry (Richard Brooks) The Bad Sleep Well (Akira Kurosawa) The Island (Hadaka no shima) (Kaneto Shindo) The Trials of Oscar Wilde (Ken Hughes) The Angry Silence (Guy Green) Afraid to Die (Yasuzo Masumura) The Sky Above, the Mud Below (Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau) Jigoku (Hell) (Nobuo Nakagawa)

Shoot the Piano Player (Tirez sur le pianiste) (Francois Truffaut) Never On Sunday (Jules Dassin) The Criminal (The Concrete Jungle) (Joseph Losey) Zazie dans le metro (Louis Malle) Devi (Satyajit Ray) The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Delbert Mann) The Bellboy (Jerry Lewis) Romeo, Juliet and Darkness (aka, Sweet Light in a Dark Room) (Jiri Weiss) A Summer to Remember (Georgi Daneliya, Igor Talankin) The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges) Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick) Expresso Bongo (Val Guest) Macario (Roberto Gavaldon) For the record: Sergeant Rutledge (John Ford); El Cochecito (Marco Ferreri); Peeping Tom (Michael Powell); Sink the Bismarck (Lewis Gilbert); The Young One (Luis Buñuel); Little Shop of Horrors (Roger Corman); Paris is Ours (Jacques Rivette); The Sundowners (Fred Zinnemann) To re-watch: Cruel Story of Youth (Nagisa Oshima); The Testament of Orpheus (Jean Cocteau); The Savage Innocents (Nicholas Ray) To see: Hand in Hand (Philip Leacock); Purple Noon (Rene Clement); Steamroller and the Violin (Andrei Tarkovsky); The Approach of Autumn (Mikio Naruse); The Housemaid (Kim Ki-young); Pollyanna (David Swift); The Savage Innocents (Nicholas Ray); The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang); Mysterious Case of the Rygseck Murders (Matti Kassila); The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (Budd Boetticher); Los Golfos (Hooligans) (Carlos Saura); Classe tous risques (Claude Sautet); El Esqueleto de la senora Morales (Rogelio A. Gonzalez); L'Amerique insolite (America Through the Keyhole) (Francois Reichenbach); Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti (Herr Puntila and His Servant Matti) (Alberto Cavalcanti) In the queue: Knights of the Teutonic Order (Aleksander Ford); La Verite (Henri-Georges Clouzot); Bad Luck (Zezowate szczescie) (Andrzej Munk); A Simple Story (Prostaja Istorija) (Yuri Yegorov); Love and the Frenchwoman (Jean Delannoy); Bandits of Orgosolo (Vittorio de Seta); Ocean’s 11 (Lewis Milestone); Black Sunday (Mario Bava; to re-watch) VINTAGE RATING (1960): 10**** Notes: 'La Dolce Vita,' 'Breathless,' 'L'avventura,' 'Primary'--this is the birth of a new cinema on all fronts. And the other films rounding out the list are of equal calibre. A year with an impact that can never again be duplicated... Luchino Visconti's 'Rocco and His Brothers' is the kind of Italian family saga that Martin Scorsese has tried to make through the years, but hasn't quite surpassed. 'Le Trou' is one the greatest of all prison-breakout movies. 'Tunes of Glory' is a personal fave, a tour de force by Alec Guinness as a bastard Scotsman. The Soviet romance, 'The Lady With the Dog,' is one of the cinema's great love stories, on par with Lean's "Brief Encounter,' and far more frankly erotic. It's fashionable to bash the preachiness of old liberal Hollywood, but Tinseltown certainly had more guts than it does now when it came to deflating podunk yahoos and religious pigheadedness in films like 'Inherit the Wind,' a conventional but thrilling dramatic reenactment of the Scopes 'Monkey Trial.' Spencer Tracy as Clarence Darrow for the defense... Grab a beer and enjoy.

1961 (79+)
Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa) Viridiana (Luis Bunuel) Mother Joan of the Angels (Jerzy Kawalerowicz)

Les Godelureaux (Claude Chabrol). Underworld U.Lola (Jacques Demy) Through a Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman) Divorzio all'italiana (Divorce--Italian Style) (Pietro Germi) Chronique d'un ete (Chronicle of a Summer) (Jean Rouch) The Hustler (Robert Rossen) The Human Condition Part III (Masaki Kobayashi) Victim (Basil Dearden) A Taste of Honey (Tony Richardson) Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnes Varda) Judgment at Nuremburg (Stanley Kramer) The Ladies' Man (Jerry Lewis) Skullduggery Part II (Stan VanDerBeek) Summer and Smoke (Peter Glenville) RUNNERS UP: La notte (Michelangelo Antonioni) One. Vladimir Naumov). Two Daughters (Satyajit Ray/to re-watch). Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards). Too Late Blues (John Cassavetes). Clear Sky (Chistoe Nebo) (Grigori Chukrai). Whistle Down the Wind (Bryan Forbes). Paris Blues (Martin Ritt). Priest (Jean-Pierre Melville). My Mother and Her Guest (Shin Sang-ok). The Hand in the Trap (La mano en la trampa) (Leopoldo Torre Nilsson). Leon Morin. The Guns of Navarone (J. Blast of Silence (Allen Baron) In the queue: The Life of Adolph Hitler (Paul Rotha). King of Kings (Nicholas Ray). The Greengage Summer (Loss of Innocence) (Lewis Gilbert) VINTAGE RATING (1961): 8*** . Peace to Him Who Enters (Aleksandr Alov. No Love for Johnnie (Ralph Thomas). El Cid (Anthony Mann) To see: La mano en la trampa (Leopoldo Torre Nilsson).S. The Misfits (John Huston). Vanina Vanini (Roberto Rossellini). Placido (Luis García Berlanga).A. A Siberian Lady Macbeth (Andrzej Wajda). Very Nice (Arthur Lipsett) Pit and the Pendulum (Roger Corman) For the record: Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais). A Woman Is a Woman (Jean-Luc Godard). Alyonka (Boris Barnet). Two. Lee Thompson). Three (Billy Wilder) The Mark (Guy Green) Catalog (James Whitney) The Innocents (Jack Clayton) The Connection (Shirley Clarke) A Raisin in the Sun (Daniel Petrie) West Side Story (Robert Wise) A View From the Bridge (Sidney Lumet) Splendor in the Grass (Elia Kazan) The Girl with a Suitcase (La ragazza con la vaglia) Valerio Zurlini Accatone (Pier Paolo Pasolini) The Errand Boy (Jerry Lewis) Il Posto (Ermanno Olmi) Surogat (Dusan Vukotic) Very Nice. Pigs and Battleships (Shohei Imamura). Two Daughters (Satyajit Ray). (Samuel Fuller). The Exiles (Kent Mackenzie).

several memorable moments. The Polish film 'Mother Joan of the Angels' is one of the cinema's most realistic evocations of the remote past and is probably the best film ever made about demonic possession. I'm not sure if I liked it.) La Jetee (Chris Marker) Le Joli mai (Chris Marker) Nine Days of One Year (Mikhail Romm) .' and somehow the sums of these films' parts are greater than their wholes. I include it on the 'runners up' list because of its general skillfulness. 'Jules and Jim' (runner up). Revamping neorealism too was Pier Paolo Pasolini in his brutish and sometimes melodramatic study of a street thug. Ermanno Olmi's 'Il Posto' (runner up) retooled Italian neorealism in the wake of the French New Wave and looks forward to the Polish New Wave. albeit with a dark edge. I found its companion piece 'I Fidanzati' (not listed) nearly unwatchable. Every once in awhile there's some geniunely hilarious stuff. yet it never resorts to Hollywood horror pyrotechnics.' (runner up) which at least shows a little more flair than Olmi's flick and makes you almost taste the blowing road dust in your nostrils. leaving it to the viewer to decide if the cause is madness due to isolation. sexual frustration. Jacques Demy's beautifully shot 'Lola' seems to me a better French souffle meditating on modern woman. mass hysteria. As for French whimsy. or all of these. actual supernatural forces. "Gloriosky. 'Accatone. Lee Thompson) Advise and Consent (Otto Preminger) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford) Le Doulos (Jean-Pierre Melville) The Longest Day (Ken Annakin. wax dummy leads (Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer). or for gang members who say. especially the Buddy Lester hat scene in the former. there's Francois Truffaut's New Wave romantic triangle. et. and Lewis' sense of the absurd elevates the films somewhat unexpectedly above standard slapstick fare. not for plot." 1962 (91) The Exterminating Angel (Luis Bunuel) Harakiri (Seppuku) (Masaki Kobayashi) Chushingura (Hiroshi Inagaki) Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean) Knife in the Water (Roman Polanski) An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (Robert Enrico) L'Eclisse (Eclipse) (Michelangelo Antonioni) Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life) (Dino Risi) The Trial (Le Proces) (Orson Welles) Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey) Sanjuro (Akira Kurosawa) Sundays and Cybele (Serge Bourguignon) Only Two Can Play (Sidney Gilliat) Lonely Are the Brave (David Miller) Billy Budd (Peter Ustinov) Damn the Defiant! (H. al. "West Side Story' (runner up) makes the cut for music and dance.S. a film I've always felt to be artificially whimsical and calculated in its tragic arc. Defiant) (Lewis Gilbert) Long Day's Journey into Night (Sidney Lumet) A Kind of Loving (John Schlesinger) RUNNERS UP: Lolita (Stanley Kubrick) Cape Fear (J. but list it anyway for reconsideration.M.Note: The French were right all along?! Jerry Lewis's famous handyman halfwit stumbles and bumbles through 'The Ladies Man' and 'The Errand Boy.

The latter in particular always felt to me like a mechanical thriller. bold dramas. An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu).. Heaven and Earth Magic (Harry Smith) VINTAGE RATING (1962): 8. '. Confessions of an Opium Eater (Albert Zugsmith). La Guerre des boutons (Yves Robert). Phaedra (Jules Dassin).Mockingbird' is a nice little movie that's unfortunately been overhyped as the emblemmatic great American anti-racist statement. Requiem for a Heavyweight (Ralph Nelson). homosexuality). The L-Shaped Room (Bryan Forbes) To see: Tonight for Sure (Francis Ford Coppola). Dimka (Ilya Frez). The film is a subtle. Mamma Roma (Pier Paolo Pasolini).' in which he gives his finest. The L-Shaped Room (Bryan Forbes). . but I'm not a big fan of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' or 'The Manchurian Candidate. A Monkey in Winter (Henri Verneuil). My Life to Live (Jean-Luc Godard). The Intruder (Roger Corman). The first three runners up here show Hollywood's new boldness in sexual themes (pedophilia. Abhijaan (Satyajit Ray). Barravento (The Turning Wind) (Glauber Rocha). most understated dramatic performance. Proces de Jean d’Arc (Robert Bresson). Le Soupirant (Pierre Etaix). as robotic as its central character. The British Academy rightly nominated Sellers for best actor. The Amphibian Man (Gennadi Kazansky). Adieu Philippine (Jacques Rozier).' I'm listing them as runners up for their various strengths. The two Blake Edwards films (runner up) are dark. No (Terence Young) La commare secca (Bernardo Bertolucci) Transport from Paradise (Zbynek Brynych) The Music Man (Morton Dacosta) For the record: Mondo Cane (Gualtiero Jacopetti). Freud (John Huston).. casual sex. Night of the Eagle (Sidney Hayers). Gypsy (Mervyn LeRoy). The Elusive Corporal (Jean Renoir). The Twelve Chairs (Tomas Gutierrez Alea). rape.David and Lisa (Frank Perry) Ride the High Country (Sam Peckinpah) The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson) The Wall (Walter de Hoog) Being Two Isn't Easy (Watashi wa Nisai) (Kon Ichikawa) The Counterfeit Traitor (George Seaton) Playboy of the Western World (Brian Desmond Hurst) The Miracle Worker (Arthur Penn) Days of Wine and Roses (Blake Edwards) Black Fox: The True Story of Adolf Hitler (Louis Clyde Stoumen) Experiment in Terror (Blake Edwards) The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer) To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan) Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (Robert Aldrich) The War Lover (Philip Leacock) The Quare Fellow (Arthur Dreifuss) Jules et Jim (Francois Truffaut) Dr. wry comedy with serious tones about a shy middle-aged librarian who imagines himself a lothario. Salvatore Giuliano (Francesco Rosi). Os Cafajestes (The Unscrupulous Ones) (Ruy Guerra). Cartouche (Philippe de Broca). Jigsaw (Val Guest) In the queue: O Pagador de Promessas (Anselmo Duarte). Hell Is for Heroes (Don Siegel). Two Weeks in Another Town (Vincente Minnelli). The Four Days of Naples (Le quattro giornate di Napoli (Nanni Loy). Discussions of Peter Sellers' career invariably overlook 'Only Two Can Play. Birdman of Alcatraz (John Frankenheimer) To re-watch: My Name is Ivan (Andrei Tarkovsky).5**** NOTES: It's heresy.

al. Walter de Hoog's powerful 'The Wall' (runner up).S. a short documentary about Berlin Wall atrocities. Robert Aldrich's campy.interesting if not wholly successful. grotesque. in any case.' Indeed. Any serious cinematic snob would rake me over the coals for preferring the all-star war epic 'The Longest Day' over Chris Marker's arthouse masterpieces 'La Jolie Mai' and 'La Jetee. Mankiewicz) Death is Called Engelchen (Jan Kadar. et. government. Elmar Klos) High and Low (Akira Kurosawa) 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini) Hud (Martin Ritt) The Great Escape (John Sturges) Les Carabiniers (Jean-Luc Godard) RUNNERS UP: An Actor's Revenge (Kon Ichikawa) The Leopard (Luchino Visconti) Vidas Secas (Nelson Pereira dos Santos) Irma la Douce (Billy Wilder) Alone on the Pacific (Kon Ichikawa) Mothlight (Stan Brakhage) Billy Liar (John Schlesinger) The Critic (Ernest Pintoff) Eva (Joseph Losey) Crisis: Behind A Presidential Commitment (D. 1963 (90) The Silence (Ingmar Bergman) Passenger (Pasazerka) (Andrzej Munk) Le Feu Follet (The Fire Within) (Louis Malle) This Sporting Life (Lindsay Anderson) Hands Over the City (Francesco Rosi) Youth of the Beast (Seijun Suzuki) The Servant (Joseph Losey) Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman) Mahanagar (The Big City) (Satyajit Ray) Cleopatra (Joseph L. it must be seen to be believed. is possibly the most effective propaganda movie ever produced by the U. Pennebaker.) A Child is Waiting (John Cassavetes) These are the Damned (The Damned) (Joseph Losey) Any Number Can Win (Henri Verneuil) The Haunting (Robert Wise) The Balcony (Joseph Strick) Lord of the Flies (Peter Brook) Contempt (Le mepris) (Jean-Luc Godard) Tom Jones (Tony Richardson) Young Aphrodites (Nikos Koundouros) Towers Open Fire (Antony Balch. it's so indefensible that I won't even bother. William S. but it is entertaining and recommendable. Burroughs) From Russia With Love (Terence Young) The Raven (Roger Corman) The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis) Jason and the Argonauts (Don Chaffey) .A. distasteful 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?' is not exactly a favorite.

L'Immortelle (Alain Robbe-Grillet). 'The Nutty Professor' may be Jerry Lewis' most admired film. Yesterday. Suzanne's Career (Eric Rohmer). Donovan's Reef (John Ford). this blog list is about my favorites -. places highly. morose study of moviemaking and marriage. America (Elia Kazan). Muriel (Alain Resnais).5**** Note: If the labyrinthine plot of Kon Ichikawa's "An Actor's Revenge" (runner up) were more accessible it would make the top list. 'Contempt' ('Les mepris') (runner up). The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock). Judex (Georges Franju). Counter to critical opinion I prefer the rough. It's a Mad. Who's Minding the Store? (Frank Tashlin). I'm less interested in the James Bond movies lately. The Great Chase (no director credit). The Organizer (Mario Monicelli). Charade (Stanley Donen). The Boxer and Death (Peter Solan). The Insect Woman (Shohei Imamura). The Victors (Carl Foreman).. The V. 55 Days at Peking (Nicholas Ray). I Step Through Moscow (Georgi Daneliya). Raven's End (Bo Widerberg). but you gotta remember. Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller). The Whip and the Body (Mario Bava). tossed-off impertinence of Jean-Luc Godard's 'Les Caribiniers' to his slick. (Stanley Kubrick) Point of Order (Emile de Antonio) The Fifth Horseman Is Fear (Zbynek Brynych) Becket (Peter Glenville) Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni) Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock) 6/64: Mama und Papa (Materialaktion Otto Mühl) (Kurt Kren) Lilith (Robert Rossen) Onibaba (Kaneto Shindo) The Night of the Iguana (John Huston) The Caretaker (Clive Donner) The Pumpkin Eater (Jack Clayton) King and Country (Joseph Losey) I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba) (Mikhail Kalatozov) . but it's also his least funny. Strangelove. Blonde Cobra (Ken Jacobs) VINTAGE RATING (1963): 8. Mad. The List of Adrian Messenger (John Huston/to rewatch). Still. The Virgin of Nuremberg (Antonio Margheritti). too bad the rest weren't like it. Lewis's self-reflexive incarnation as the arrogant Buddy Love and his downright-edible co-star Stella Stevens. I like the color.and it ain't one.P. Under the Yum Yum Tree (David Swift). but it must be acknowledged that 'From Russia With Love' is the least outlandish of them. 4 for Texas (Robert Aldrich). it's one of the most beautiful examples of the Japanese mastery of the art of widescreen composition. Scotch Tape (Jack Smith) To see: La baie des anges (Bay of Angels) (Jacques Demy). Monsieur Gangster (Georges Lautner). El Verdugo (Luis Garcia Berlanga). America. Le Petit Soldat (Jean-Luc Godard). As it is. Mad World (Stanley Kramer). 1964 (106) Charulata (Satyajit Ray) Hamlet (Gamlet) (Grigori Kozintsev) Dr..I. I Fidanzati (The Fiances) (Ermanno Olmi). Kiss of the Vampire (Don Sharp). Josef Kilian (Pavel Juracek).For the record: Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith). Today and Tomorrow (Vittorio De Sica).s (Anthony Asquith). 15 From Rome (Dino Rosi) In the queue: Landru (Claude Chabrol). Heavens Above! (John and Roy Boulting). I'm pretty sure that in my more clinical "official" list of cinema greats (not listed here) Alain Resnais' "Muriel" (For the record). Gun Hawk (Edward Ludwig). Mad. The Ugly American (George Englund).

Dog Star Man (Stan Brakhage). Tonio Kroger (Rolf Thiele). Intentions of Murder (Shohei Imamura). Band of Outsiders (Jean-Luc Godard). Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini) Gertrud (Carl Dreyer) The Brig (Jonas Mekas) The Train (John Frankenheimer) The Disorderly Orderly (Frank Tashlin) A Shot in the Dark (Blake Edwards) For the record: Lady in a Cage (Walter Grauman).The Leather Boys (Sidney J. Yearning (Mikio Naruse). Furie) The Masque of the Red Death (Roger Corman) RUNNERS UP: Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi) A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester) The Cool World (Shirley Clarke) Topkapi (Jules Dassin) The System (The Girl-Getters) (Michael Winner) The Best Man (Franklin Schaffner) Father of a Soldier (Rezo Chkheidze) Seance on a Wet Afternoon (Bryan Forbes) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy) Dairy of a Chambermaid (Luis Bunuel) Fail-Safe (Sidney Lumet) The Killers (Don Siegel) The Naked Kiss (Samuel Fuller) The Americanization of Emily (Arthur Hiller) Seven Days in May (John Frankenheimer) My Fair Lady (George Cukor) Zorba the Greek (Michael Cacoyannis) The Chalk Garden (Ronald Neame) Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara) The Luck of Ginger Coffey (Irvin Kershner) Nothing But a Man (Michael Roemer) That Man from Rio (Philippe de Broca) Manji (Yasuzo Masumura) The Girl With Green Eyes (Desmond Davis) Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson) Zulu (Cy Endfield) The Gospel According to St. Blood and Black Lace (Mario Bava). Diamonds of the Night (Jan Nemec). Italian Style (Vittorio De Sica). Life Upside Down (Alain Jessua). Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Paradjanov). The World of Henry Orient (George Roy Hill). The Enchanted Desna (Yuliya Solntseva). Black Peter (Cerny Petr) (Milos Forman). Blow Job (Andy Warhol). Three Sisters (Tri sestry) (Samson Samsonov) . Seduced and Abandoned (Pietro Germi). Before the Revolution (Bernardo Bertolucci). Pale Flower (Masahiro Shinoda). Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara) To see: Nothing But the Best (Clive Donner). Marriage. A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone). The Last Man on Earth (Sidney Salkow). Seven Up! (Paul Almond). The Strangler (Burt Topper) To re-watch: Scorpio Rising (Kenneth Anger). Man's Favorite Sport? (Howard Hawks).

' to drop off the list. and you can almost smell the donkey manure. Upon great reflection. Historically important for being the first. but fear of grade inflation prevents it. Grigori Kozintsev's moody.In the queue: Games of Angels (Walerian Borowczyk). Culloden (Peter Watkin). Black God. The film has a certain integrity and seems greater in throughtful retrospect than while you're watching it. Strangelove'--can truly be said to be well known. A Married Woman (Une femme mariee) (Jean-Luc Godard/to re-watch). Dry Summer (Susuz yaz) (Metin Erksan). Les jeux des anges (Walerian Borowczyk). visually stunning version of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet. The whole movie is a handful of static scenes of a woman basically explaining to several male suitors why she won't compromise her principles and wed or date any of them. Elmar Klos) Darling (John Schlesinger) Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles) Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (Russ Meyer) Help! (Richard Lester) The Pawnbroker (Sidney Lumet) The Epic That Never Was (Bill Duncalf/BBC) . Send Me No Flowers (Norman Jewison). brainless and cheesy to me now. I Am Twenty (Marlen Khutsiyev). and maybe still the only. 'The Gospel According to St. 'Goldfinger.5***** Note: By almost any standard. this is a '10' year. Robin and the Seven Hoods (Gordon Douglas). is one of the most perfect movies ever made and arguably the artistic superior of anything in this incredible year. though. perhaps. White Devil (Glauber Rocha). Bresson-like view of Christ's life. because only one of the masterworks in this formidable bunch--'Dr.) I'm wrestling with the notion of Carl Dreyer's 'Gertrud' being a great film--it's as uncompromising as its central heroine. Jesus movie to shed itself of all histrionics and biased phony piety (maybe because Pasolini was a Marxist.. 1965 (100) Simon of the Desert (Luis Bunuel) Chronicle of a Boy Alone (Leonardo Favio) The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo) The Hill (Sidney Lumet) Loves of a Blonde (Milos Forman) Fists in the Pocket (Marco Bellocchio) A Thousand Clowns (Fred Coe) Now (Santiago Alvarez) The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (Martin Ritt) The Shop on Main Street (Jan Kadar. I saw it once on the big screen in college. My changing sensibilities have caused an old favorite. downto-earth. and am grateful to have seen it that way because I can't imagine having to sit through it again on a living room TV. The Cage (Shuji Terayama) VINTAGE RATING (1964): 9. it now seems to me that Satyajit Ray's 'Charulata. Ordinary Fascism (Mikhail Romm). It's a very minimalist. Kiss Me Stupid (Billy Wilder). Robert Shaw gives superb performances in two small-scaled kitchen-sink dramas: 'The Caretaker' and 'The Luck of Ginger Coffey' (runner up).' the study of a lonely upper-middle-class Indian wife. It is thus. with Vincent Price perfect as the satanic Prince Propero. Sangam (Raj Kapoor). Lots of famous ones listed in the runners up. Matthew' (runner up) is undoubtedly a great film.. It all seems so superficial. That means I had to drop down the list one spot my former favorite.' maybe the best of all Bard film adaptations despite being in Russian! 'The Masque of the Red Death ' is rightly by wide consensus the best of Roger Corman's cheapie adaptations of Poe.

All I can . A Patch of Blue (Guy Green). Pussycat? (Clive Donner). The Great Race (Black Edwards). What's New.5*** Note: Arthur Penn's 'Mickey One' is an semi-surreal feature that used to show up on TV and now has fallen into that vast. Gumnaam (Raja Nawathe). The Saragossa Manuscript (Wojciech Has). Oh Dem Watermelons (Robert Nelson) Need to re-watch: Viva Maria! (Louis Malle). Young Cassidy (Jack Cardiff). Thunderball (Terence Young) To see: Rapture (John Guillermin). 36 Hours (George Seaton). Shakespeare-Wallah (James Ivory). For a Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone). worthy movies unavailable on video.en kvinna) (Mac Ahlberg). The Tenth Victim (Elio Petri). The Shameless Old Lady (La vieille dame indigne) (Rene Allio). Battle of the Bulge (Ken Annakin). Samurai Spy (Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke) (Masahiro Shinoda). The Adventures of Werner Holt (Joachim Kuner). Subarnarekha (Ritwik Ghatak). The Family Jewels (Jerry Lewis). Harris). There Was an Old Couple (Grigori Chukhrai). The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short (Andre Delvaux). Furie) The Flight of the Phoenix (Robert Aldrich) Two Stage Sisters (Wutai jiemei) (Jin Xie) The Agony and the Ecstasy (Carol Reed) For the record: Pierrot le fou (Jean-Luc Godard). The Bedford Incident (James B. My Hustler (Andy Warhol). Sandra of a Thousand Delights (Luchino Visconti). The Nanny (Seth Holt). Cat Ballou (Elliot Silverstein). Vinyl (Andy Warhol).RUNNERS UP: Red Beard (Akira Kurosawa) Tokyo Olympiad (Kon Ichikawa) Repulsion (Roman Polanski) Juliet of the Spirits (Federico Fellini) The 317th Platoon (Pierre Schoendoerffer) Dead Birds (Robert Gardner) Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard) Morituri (Bernhard Wicki) Bunny Lake is Missing (Otto Preminger) Mickey One (Arthur Penn) The Sound of Music (Robert Wise) King Rat (Bryan Forbes) A High Wind in Jamaica (Alexander Mackendrick) Von Ryan's Express (Mark Robson) Le Bonheur (Agnes Varda) The Tomb of Ligeia (Roger Corman) The Collector (William Wyler) The Cincinnati Kid (Norman Jewison) It Happened Here (Kevin Brownlow. The Sandpiper (Vincente Minnelli). deep pit of lost. A Woman (Jag . I. Doctor Zhivago (David Lean). My Way Home (Miklos Jancso). Andrew Mollo) Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman & the Chess Expert (Kenji Misumi) The Loved One (Tony Richardson) The Sand Pebbles (Robert Wise) The War Game (Peter Watkins) The Ipcress File (Sidney J. Le Mystere Koumiko (Chris Marker). The Knack and How to Get It (Richard Lester). Yoyo (Pierre Etaix). Incubus (Leslie Stevens). Story Of A Prostitute (Seijun Suzuki) VINTAGE RATING (1965): 7. Ride in the Whirlwind (Monte Hellman). Tri (Three) (Aleksandar Petrovic) In the queue: Come Drink with Me (King Hu). Samurai (Kihachi Okamoto).

May have to give it another view someday. Its impact was abetted by the then-palpable Cold-War angst. then being subjected to some sort of claustrophic cross examination. I saw it around 1970 on TV at my grandma's house and the film has remained in my memory. 1966 (100) Daisies (Vera Chytilova) Rise of Louis XIV (Roberto Rossellini) Lapis (James Whitney) La Caza (The Hunt) (Carlos Saura) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Mike Nichols) Seconds (John Frankenheimer) Dutchman (Anthony Harvey) Persona (Ingmar Bergman) Closely Watched Trains (Jiri Menzel) Lord Love a Duck (George Axelrod) Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (Karel Reisz) A Man for All Seasons (Fred Zinnemann) The Endless Summer (Bruce Brown) Masculin-Feminin (Jean-Luc Godard) Sword of Doom (Kihachi Okamoto) Black Girl (La noire de.. from an unseen menace. Because it had to do with kids kidnapped by pirates and facing tough life-anddeath decisions it disturbed my 9-year-old psyche. Now it seems merely like a series of flamboyant star cameos (some of them quite funny). During the formative years when I was developing a 'cinematic eye.remember about it now are images of Warren Beatty running and running. It took me two tries before I "got" Marco Bellochio's unique twisted Italian family psychodrama 'Fists in the Pocket. Another shipboard yarn that once seemed better but now strikes me as less accomplished is 'The Sand Pebbles' (runner up) with Steve McQueen. I'm pretty sure too I had a prepubescent crush on same-aged actress Deborah Baxter at the time. Hard to know how it would play today.. I remember being very impressed in college film class with Peter Watkins' nuclear-war-scare pseudo-documentary. a post-Dr.' the film's flashy style bowled me over.) (Ousmane Sembene) RUNNERS UP: Khartoum (Basil Dearden) The Trap (Sidney Hayers) The Professionals (Richard Brooks) The Family Way (Roy Boulting) Charlie is My Darling (Peter Whitehead) Georgy Girl (Silvio Narizzano) The Good. but a recent re-viewing disappointed. 'The War Game' (runner up). but Robert Wise's epic images still please. and running some more.' Now I can't wait to see it again. 'A High Wind in Jamaica' (runner up)-never available on video until its DVD reissue this past year--will be worthy of a rescreening. the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone) Hunger (Henning Carlsen) A Big Hand for the Little Lady (Fielder Cook) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Richard Lester) Alfie (Lewis Gilbert) Young Torless (Volker Schlondorff) La Guerre est finie (Alain Resnais) . I used to swear by 'The Loved One' (runner up). who by all corroborating accounts gives an incredible performance as the little English gal who charms everything but the pants off the pirates. Strangelove bit of satirical irreverence poking fun at the funeral industry.

Cul-de-sac (Roman Polanski) Blow Up (Michelangelo Antonioni) Harper (Jack Smight) King of Hearts (Philippe de Broca) The Fortune Cookie (Billy Wilder) Castro Street (Bruce Baillie) The Group (Sidney Lumet) Au Hasard Balthazar (final scene/Robert Bresson) Hare Krishna (Jonas Mekas) The Naked Prey (Cornel Wilde) The Silencers (Phil Karlson) For the record: A Report on the Party and the Guests (Jan Nemec); A Man and a Woman (Claude Lelouch); The Pornographers (Shohei Imamura); Africa Addio (Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi); Tokyo Drifter (Seijun Suzuki); The Face of Another (Hiroshi Teshigahara); The Chelsea Girls (Andy Warhol); The Nun (Jacques Rivette); El Dorado (Howard Hawks) To re-watch: The Round-Up (Miklos Jancso); The Wrong Box (Bryan Forbes) To see: Violence at Noon (Nagisa Oshima); The Crazy-Quilt (John Korty); Black Tight Killers (Yasuharu Hasebe); Pearls of the Deep (Perlicky na dne) (Vera Chytilova, et. al.); Kill, Baby...Kill! (Mario Bava); Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes (Jean Eustache); Made in U.S.A. (Jean-Luc Godard); The Glass Bottom Boat (Frank Tashlin); Watch Out for the Automobile (aka, Uncommon Thief) (Eldar Ryazanov) In the queue: Artists at the Top of the Big Top (Alexander Kluge): Long Happy Life (Dolgaya schastlivaya..) (Gennadi Shpalikov); Yesterday Girl (Alexander Kluge); Pharoah (Faraon) (Jerzy Kawalerowicz); Second Breath (Le deuxieme souffle) (Jean-Pierre Melville); Dragon Gate Inn (King Hu); Asya's Happiness (Andrei Konchalovsky); The First Teacher (Andrei Konchalovsky); Who are You Polly Maggoo? (William Klein); Trans-Europ-Express (Alain Robbe-Grillet); Syskonbadd 1782 (My Sister, My Love) (Vilgot Sjoman); Father (Diary of One Week) (Istvan Szabo); Funeral in Berlin (Guy Hamilton); Hawks and Sparrows (Pier Paolo Pasolini); John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums (Bruce Herschensohn); The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling); Man is Not a Bird (Dusan Makavejev); 7 Women (John Ford); One Million Years B.C. (Don Chaffey); The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery (Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat); The Wrong Box (Bryan Forbes); Hold Me While I'm Naked (George Kuchar) VINTAGE RATING (1966): 7*** Note: Roy Boulting's 'The Family Way' (runner up) stars ex-Disney starlet Hayley Mills, but beyond that fact and the innocuous title the film is as far away from Disney as a mainstream movie from 1966 could get. It is a surprisingly frank kitchen-sink drama of middle-class British tensions surrounding premarital sex and pregnancy. 'The Silencers' (runner up)--a Bond spoof with Dean Martin's loungy superspy Matt Helm--would not be included if not for Stella Stevens' inspired comic performance as a klutzy eye-candy bimbo. In 'Blow Up' Michelangelo Antonioni wants to explore the ambiguities of perception and reality, but by setting his study in swinging London and making his protagonist an interesting freewheeling photographer he makes me more interested in these latter aspects than in his overarching philosophical pretenses; and the film gets weaker as it goes because of it. As for swinging London films, I prefer the quirky comedy 'Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment' and the bittersweet 'Georgy Girl' (runner up).

1967 (90)
Accident (Joseph Losey)

The Young Girls of Rochefort (Jacques Demy) Titicut Follies (Frederick Wiseman) Two or Three Things I Know About Her (Jean-Luc Godard) Week End (Jean-Luc Godard) Playtime (Jacques Tati) Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel) Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn) Don't Look Back (D.A. Pennebaker) The Graduate (Mike Nichols) Ulysses (Joseph Strick) RUNNERS UP: Dita Saxova (Antonin Moskalyk) The Two of Us (Claude Berri) David Holzman's Diary (Jim McBride) Report (Bruce Conner) The Comedians (Peter Glenville) Far From the Madding Crowd (John Schlesinger) The Anderson Platoon (Pierre Schoendoerffer) I'll Never Forget What's 'Isname (Michael Winner) Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke) Two for the Road (Stanley Donen) Samurai Rebellion (Masaki Kobayashi) Komissar (Aleksandr Askoldov) The Jokers (Michael Winner) Robbery (Peter Yates) Le Samourai (Jean-Pierre Melville) I Am Curious (Yellow) (Vilgot Sjoman) Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg) The Dirty Dozen (Robert Aldrich) War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk) The Taming of the Shrew (Franco Zeffirelli) Point Blank (John Boorman) Marat/Sade (Peter Brook) The Incident (Larry Peerce) Viy (Vij) (Georgi Kropachyov, Konstantin Yershov) Elvira Madigan (Bo Widerberg) A Guide For the Married Man (Gene Kelly) How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (David Swift) The Flim-Flam Man (Irvin Kershner) Wait Until Dark (Terence Young) For the record: The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Roger Corman); Mouchette (Robert Bresson); The Red and the White (Miklos Jancso); To Sir With Love (James Clavell); Wavelength (Michael Snow); Smashing Time (Desmond Davis); The Fireman’s Ball (Milos Forman); The Night of the Generals (Anatole Litvak) To re-watch: The Fearless Vampire Killers (Roman Polanski); Hombre (Martin Ritt); Love Affair: or, The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator (Dusan Makavejev) To see: Kojiro (Hiroshi Inagaki); Violated Angels (Koji Wakamatsu); Scattered Clouds (Mikio Naruse); La Collectionneuse (Eric Rohmer); Peppermint Frappe (Carlos Saura); Bedazzled (Stanley Donen)The Thief of Paris (Louis Malle); Oedipus Rex (Pier Paolo

Pasolini); Bedazzled (Stanley Donen); One-Armed Swordsman (Cheh Chang); The Stranger (Luchino Visconti); Funnyman (John Korty) In the queue: Marketa Lazarova (Frantisek Vlasil); Happy Gypsies (Aleksandar Petrovic); Silence and Cry (Miklos Jancso); La Chinoise (Jean-Luc Godard); The Plea (Tengiz Abuladze); The Boys of Paul Street (Zoltan Fabri); Loin du Vietnam (Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, et. al.); A Countess from Hong Kong (Charles Chaplin); Hombre (Martin Ritt); The Shooting (Monte Hellman); The President's Analyst (Theodore J. Flicker/to re-watch); Charlie Bubbles (Albert Finney); Terra em transe (Glauber Rocha) VINTAGE RATING (1967): 7.5*** Note: There are a handful of very strong films at the top, but then the quality drops and the pickings become sparse, thus the relatively low ranking. Joseph Losey's time-shifting, middle-age crisis chamber drama 'Accident' is a penetrating work, probably the best thing this fine director ever did. Jacques Demy's 'The Young Girls of Rochefort' has surpassed 'Singin' in the Rain' as my favorite film musical, not because the French movie is technically better (it isn't; see the choreography), but because it pushes the musical to its purest fantasy plane, choreographs color brilliantly and has one of the loveliest scores in film history, via Michel Legrand. Also using the widescreen ingeniously is Jacques Tati's pantomimic comedy, 'Playtime', a sort of musical in a different sense, choreographing complex movement and form to subtle comic effect. My two favorite Jean-Luc Godard epics 'Two or Three Things...' and 'Week End' use widescreen to great effect also. Perhaps the year's most formidable masterwork is Frederick Wiseman's 'Titicut Follies,' an unflinching cinema verite documentary shot inside a hellish mental hospital. 'The Flim-Flam Man' (runner up) probably shouldn't be on this list, yet I can't think of a more fondly remembered late-night TV memory than watching and enjoying the hell out of it back in the '70s. George C. Scott is memorable as a fast-talking con man, and my adolescent stirrings for cute Sue Lyon probably had a lot to do with my interest.

1968 (104)
Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomas Gutierrez Alea) The Hour of the Furnaces (Octavio Getino, Fernando Solanas) Faces (John Cassavetes) Petulia (Richard Lester) Shame (Skammen) (Ingmar Bergman) High School (Frederick Wiseman) 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick) If... ( Lindsay Anderson) A Face of War (Eugene S. Jones) The Lion In Winter (Anthony Harvey) Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen) (Ingmar Bergman) Night of the Living Dead (George Romero) Pretty Poison (Noel Black) Targets (Peter Bogdanovich) Once Upon A Time in the West (Sergio Leone) Sympathy for the Devil (Jean-Luc Godard) RUNNERS UP: The Killing of Sister George (Robert Aldrich) The Story of a Three-Day Pass (La permission) (Melvin Van Peebles) The Party (Blake Edwards) The Producers (Mel Brooks) Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski) Oliver! (Carol Reed)

The Thomas Crown Affair (Norman Jewison). Rachel (Paul Newman) Who's That Knocking At My Door? (Martin Scorsese) Isadora (Karel Reisz) The Immortal Story (Orson Welles) Stolen Kisses (Baisers voles) (Francois Truffaut) Les Biches (Claude Chabrol) Kuroneko (Kaneto Shindo) Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (Nagisa Oshma) Bullitt (Peter Yates) I Love You. Me (Maurice Pialat). Toklas! (Hy Averback) Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Greetings (Brian De Palma) To see: Inadmissible Evidence (Anthony Page). Anzio (Edward Dmytryk. Flesh (Paul Morrissey). Hell in the Pacific (John Boorman). Profound Desire of the Gods (Shohei Imamura) In the queue: Death by Hanging (Koshikei) (Nagisa Oshima). Duilio Coletti). Black Lizard (Kuro tokage) (Kinji Fukasaku).Monterey Pop (D. Daniele Huillet). Je t'aime Je t'aime (Alain Resnais). The Girl (Marta Meszaros). Nanami: The Inferno of Lost Love (Sasumu Hani).A. Capricious Summer (Jiri Menzel). The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Robert Ellis Miller). Interlude (Kevin Billington). Candy (Christian Marquand). Funny Girl (William Wyler). Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (William Greaves).is one of the triumphs of cinematic art.perhaps the finest Latin American film -. Pennebaker) Therese and Isabelle (Radley Metzger) I Was Nineteen (Ich war neunzehn) (Konrad Wolf) The Swimmer (Frank Perry) The Night They Raided Minsky's (William Friedkin) The Birthday Party (William Friedkin) Madigan (Don Siegel) The Dove (De Duva: The Dove) (George Coe. The Bed (James Broughton) VINTAGE RATING (1968): 9**** Note: "Memories of Underdevelopment' -. especially one with an ambiguous political POV -. The Devil Rides Out (Terence Fisher) To re-watch: Head (Bob Rafelson). Play Dirty (Andre de Toth). Alice B. Anthony Lover) The Charge of the Light Brigade (Tony Richardson) Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli) Rachel. The Legend of Lylah Clare (Robert Aldrich). Lucia (Humberto Solas).in addition to being an engrossing verite-style view of post-revolutionary Cuba. Schaffner) Where Eagles Dare (Brian Hutton) For the record: Kill! (Kiru) (Kihachi Okamoto). Psych-Out (Richard Rush). one of the few movies that truly understands the longings and loneliness of being a man. Innocence Unprotected (Dusan Makavejev). The Fox (Mark Rydell). to re-watch). The Ramparts of Clay (Jean-Louis Bertucelli). The Color of Pomegranates (Sergei Parajanov). Mandabi (Ousmane Sembene). Diabolik (Mario Bava). The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Jean-Marie Straub. The Brotherhood (Martin Ritt). Countdown (Robert Altman). Partner (Bernardo Bertolucci). Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves). j'taime (Alain Resnais). Teorema (Pier Paolo Pasolini). Secret Ceremony (Joseph Losey). The Bride Wore Black (Francois Truffaut. Robert Aldrich's 'The Killing of Sister George' brusquely examines the differences between public and private . Le Révélateur (Philippe Garrel). J'taime. Fando and Lis (Alejandro Jodorowsky).

The Plot Against Harry (Michael Roemer. Visual Training (Franz Zwartjes) To re-watch: The Oblong Box (Gordon Hessler) To see: Antonio das Mortes (Glauber Rocha). Go Second Time Virgin (Koji Wakamatsu) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill) Z (Costa-Gavras) Fellini Satyricon (Federico Fellini) Goodbye. The Reivers (Mark Rydell). It also has the screen's first nude (bare-breasted) lesbian sex scene.' 1969 (79) Salesman (Albert and David Maysles) The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah) The Milky Way (La Voie lactee) (Luis Bunuel) Double Suicide (Masahiro Shinoda) In the Year of the Pig (Emile De Antonio) Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper) Medium Cool (Haskell Wexler) They Shoot Horses. Notebooks and Sketches (Jonas Mekas). On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Peter R. Topaz (Alfred Hitchcock). Diaries. The Cow (Gaav) (Dariush Mehrjui). Sweet Charity (Bob Fosse). King Lear (Grigori Kozintsev and Iosif Shapiro).) Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky) RUNNERS UP: Go. The Honeymoon Killers (Leonard Kastle). Paint Your Wagon (Joshua Logan). Support Your Local Sheriff! (Burt Kennedy). Tchaikovsky (Igor Talankin). The film is kindred in spirit to Fassbinder's 1975 film 'Fox and His Friends. Alice's Restaurant (Arthur Penn). A Touch of Zen (King Hu). Phantom India (L'inde fantome) (Louis Malle). Don't They? (Sydney Pollack) The Damned (Luchino Visconti) Women in Love (Ken Russell) Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger) Putney Swope (Robert Downey Sr. The Secret of Santa Vittoria (Stanley Kramer). The Rain People (Francis Ford Coppola). Burn! (Gillo Pontecorvo). The Italian Job (Peter Collinson). Medea (Pier Paolo Pasolini). The Gypsy Moths (John Frankenheimer). . released 1989). The Sicilian Clan (Henri Verneuil). True Grit (Henry Hathaway). Hunt). The Witness (Peter Bacsó). Mississippi Mermaid (Francois Truffaut). Blind Beast (Yasuzo Masumura). La femme infidèle (Claude Chabrol). Cactus Flower (Gene Saks).image as it follows the downfall of a snarling lesbian actress about to be killed off in her pastoral English TV soap opera. Mondo Trasho (John Waters). Katzelmacher (Rainer Werner Fassbinder). Hello Dolly! (Gene Kelly). Une femme douce (Robert Bresson). Calcutta (Louis Malle). Columbus (Larry Peerce) My Night at Maud's (Eric Rohmer) The Passion of Anna (Ingmar Bergman) Downhill Racer (Michael Ritchie) This Man Must Die (Claude Chabrol) A Married Couple (Allan King) Last Summer (Frank Perry) The Battle of Britain (Guy Hamilton) Age of Consent (Michael Powell) The Learning Tree (Gordon Parks) Zert (The Joke) (Jaromil Jires) Take the Money and Run (Woody Allen) For the record: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Ronald Neame).

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Paul Mazursky). Army of Shadows (JeanPierre Melville). though. Quite a number of critics put Tarkovsky's black-and-white medievel epic 'Andrei Rublev' among the greatest of all films. The Bed Sitting Room (Richard Lester). Charlotte Zwerin) Claire's Knee (Eric Rohmer) The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci) The Spider's Strategem (Bernardo Bertolucci) Diary of a Mad Housewife (Frank Perry) RUNNERS UP: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Jaromil Jires) Little Big Man (Arthur Penn) The Twelve Chairs (Mel Brooks) Loving (Irvin Kershner) Elvis: That's the Way It Is (Denis Sanders) (original version. so a second viewing is due. That Cold Day in the Park (Robert Altman). All My Good Countrymen (Vojtech Jasny). though I have to admit mostly puzzlement and boredom--except for the exquisite finale of art works shown in color.5**** NOTE: Haskell Wexler's 'Medium Cool' is alternately inept and brilliant. Goodbye. It's too substantial to ignore. Chips (Herbert Ross). Mr. not re-edit) Quiet Days in Clichy (Jens-Jorgen Thorsen) Patton (Franklin Schaffner) Le Cercle Rouge (Jean-Pierre Melville) Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (Waris Hussein) The Out of Towners (Arthur Hiller) Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Russ Meyer) Let It Be (Michael Lindsay-Hogg) A Man Called Horse (Elliot Silverstein) Husbands (John Cassavetes) I Never Sang For My Father (Gilbert Cates) . Ådalen '31 (Bo Widerberg). Dillinger is Dead (Marco Ferreri). The Cremator (Juraj Herz). La choses de la vie (Claude Sautet). David Maysles. The Rite (Riten) (Ingmar Bergman). Many of its images have stuck with me.The Boys of Paul Street (Zoltan Fabri). Hamlet (Tony Richardson) VINTAGE RATING (1969): 8. A Walk With Love and Death (John Huston). The Structure of Crystals (Krzysztof Zanussi). Avildsen) The Wild Child (Francois Truffaut) M*A*S*H (Robert Altman) Gimme Shelter (Albert Maysles. Law and Order (Frederick Wiseman). 1970 (86+) Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson) Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh) Days and Nights in the Forest (Satyajit Ray) Tristana (Luis Bunuel) The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Vittorio De Sica) Trash (Paul Morrissey) Joe (John G. Macunaíma (Joaquim Pedro de Andrade). Dong fu ren (The Arch) (Shu Shuen Tong) In the queue: Boy (Nagisa Oshima). an invaluable timecapsule with a vivid. viseceral documentary feel that captures both the confusions of the age and the general uneasiness of filmmakers with the new modes of narrative filmmaking.

Darling Lili (Blake Edwards). Hatchet for a Honeymoon (Mario Bava). Hi Mom! (Brian de Palma). The Boys in the Band (William Friedkin). Something For Everyone (Harold Prince). Four Moods (Hsi nou ai lueh) (King Hu). Multiple Maniacs (John Waters). Once Upon a Time There was a Singing Blackbird (Otar Iosseliani). The film's sexism. Umut (Hope) (Yilmaz Guney). Kes (Ken Loach). Eros Plus Massacre (Yoshishige Yoshida). A year that produced 'Five Easy Pieces. is a little dicey. The Molly Macguires (Martin Ritt).5*** NOTE: Some clueless slacker on the internet claims that 1970 is one of the worst years in cinema history--which might be true if money was the only factor. Start the Revolution Without Me (Bud Yorkin). Zorn's Lemma (Hollis Frampton). Where's Poppa? (Carl Reiner). Hospital (Frederick Wiseman). to be sure.The Lickerish Quartet (Radley Metzger) Scrooge (Ronald Neame) Viva la muerte (Fernando Arrabal) La Rupture (Claude Chabrol) Four Clowns (Robert Youngson) Performance (Nicolas Roeg. The Watermelon Man (Melvin Van Peebles). Cromwell (Ken Hughes). Zabriskie Point (Michelangelo Antonioni). Cotton Comes to Harlem (Ossie Davis). It remains one of the more interesting underground. Kelly's Heroes (Brian G. The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (Dario Argento). though. I've made my peace with the anachronisms of 'M*A*S*H'. Ucho (The Ear) (Karel Kachyna). Five Dolls for an August Moon (Mario Bava). Howard Ziehm). Donald Cammell) For the record: Even Dwarfs Started Small (Werner Herzog). 14 Up (7 Plus Seven) (Michael Apted). Ice (Robert Kramer). Landcape After Battle (Andrzej Wajda). Red Detachment of Women (uncredited). 'Woodstock' and 'Patton'--not to mention several exceptional foreign and indie works--could hardly be considered lower echelon. Hollywood was in a commercial dumpster in 1970. Cotton Comes to Harlem (Ossie Davis). Brewster McCloud (Robert Altman). Three Sisters (Laurence Olivier). Why Does Herr R. but the year's arthouse and commercial fare is pretty impressive. The Niklashausen Journey (RW Fassbinder). The Ballad of Cable Hogue (Sam Peckinpah). cult. Dodes'ka-den (Akira Kurosawa). The Green Wall (Armando Robles Godoy). taboo films of its time. Last Known Address (José Giovanni). All the females seem to be regarded no more highly than the toilet-paper supply requisitions hustled up by Radar O'Reilly. Eden and After (L'éden et après) (Alain Robbe-Grillet) In the queue: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Elio Petri). Mona the Virgin Nymph (Michael Benveniste. The Garden of Delights (Carlos Saura). The Confession (Costa-Gavras). Fast Company (David Cronenberg). The Vampire Lovers (Roy Ward Baker). Chisum (Andrew McLaglen) VINTAGE RATING (1970): 8. 1971 (88+) Love (Szerelem) (Karoly Makk) .' 'MASH'. Run Amok? (Rainer Werner Fassbinder). Goin' Down the Road (Donald Shebib). Love Film (Szerelmesfilm) (István Szabó). The rollicking arthouse Europorn 'Quiet Days in Clichy' (runner up) suffers from excessive repetition of Country Joe's title theme on the soundtrack but visually and in raucous spirit comes closest to the raw misogyny of Henry Miller's source prose. I fully realize the necessity at the time of ramrodding a Vietnam satire through channels by pretending it takes place in Korea. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Caspar Wrede). Le Boucher (Claude Chabrol). Hutton). Sodoma (Otto Muhl) To re-watch: The Landlord (Hal Ashby) To see: End of the Road (Aram Avakian).

The Hired Hand (Peter Fonda). Fassbinder).W. Beware of a Holy Whore (R. Sarafian) Taking Off (Milos Forman) The Go-Between (Joseph Losey) Dirty Harry (Don Siegel) Silent Running (Douglas Trumbull) The Omega Man (Boris Sagal) The Beguiled (Don Siegel) El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky) Get Carter (Mike Hodges) Wanda (Barbara Loden) Bananas (Woody Allen) Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison) Minnie and Moskowitz (John Cassavetes) Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg) Sunday Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger) Daughters of Darkness (Harry Kumel) Summer of '42 (Robert Mulligan) The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) (Jan Troell) Mon oncle Antoine (Claude Jutra) Nostalgia (Hollis Frampton) The Abominable Dr. Fata Morgana (Werner Herzog). Pink Narcissus (James Bidgood). Pakula) WR: Mysteries of the Organism (Dusan Makavejev) McCabe and Mrs. The Hospital (Arthur Hiller). Gilroy) . TwoLane Blacktop (Monte Hellman). Phibes (Robert Fuest) Shaft (opening credits w/Isaac Hayes' theme music) (Gordon Parks) For the record: Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (Melvin Van Peebles). The Clowns (Federico Fellini).The Sorrow and the Pity (Marcel Ophuls) The Devils (Ken Russell) The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich) Two English Girls (Francois Truffaut) Carnal Knowledge (Mike Nichols) La Salamandre (Alain Tanner) Death in Venice (Luchino Visconti) A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick) Duel (Steven Spielberg) Wintersoldier (Winterfilm Collective) The French Connection (William Friedkin) Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo) Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby) Klute (Alan J. Desperate Characters (Frank D. Macbeth (Roman Polanski) To re-watch: The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (Wim Wenders). Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart). Miller (Robert Altman) The Music Lovers (Ken Russell) RUNNERS UP: Millhouse: A White Comedy (Emile De Antonio) Murmur of the Heart (Louis Malle) Little Murders (Alan Arkin) The Boy Friend (Ken Russell) Vanishing Point (Richard C. They Might Be Giants (Anthony Harvey).

Blanche (Walerian Borowczyk). A Safe Place (Henry Jaglom) VINTAGE RATING (1971): 8. The Projectionist (Harry Hurwitz). Such Good Friends (Otto Preminger). It's an ordeal to be sure. 1972 (93+) Aguirre. Man in the Wilderness (Richard Sarafian). Carriage Trade (Warren Sonbert). Big Jake (George Sherman). Who is Harry Kellerman. with tepid results apart from memorable imagery (though it seems to resonate with a lot of aesthetes). memorable partly for including most of his masterstroke "Checkers" speech. 'Love' by Karoly Makk and 'La Salamandre' by Alain Tanner are two beautiful. A similar disillusionment followed a recent viewing of an old childhood favorite. Family Life (Ken Loach).To see: See No Evil (Blind Terror) (Richard Fleischer).. La Région Centrale (Michael Snow). Despite this fine opening. Bleak Moments (Mike Leigh).despite the title and the filmmaker's leftist bent -.. How Tasty was My Little Frenchman (Nelson Pereira dos Santos). One Armed Boxer (Chinese Professionals) (Yu Wang). probing. 'The Sorrow and the Pity' is a pitiless. part II) (Kenji Misumi) Deliverance (John Boorman) Junior Bonner (Sam Peckinpah) . circa 1970) captures the mood of the time of its making as well as any film ever made. Nostalgia (Hollis Frampton) In the queue: Le Chat (Pierre Granier-Deferre). The Makk film in particular strikes me as one of the few truly perfect films ever made.5*** Note: Of the year's two famous existentialist gearhead movies. the Wrath of God (Werner Herzog) The Ruling Class (Peter Medak) Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman) Payday (Daryl Duke) Fat City (John Huston) The Godfather (Francis Coppola) Baby Cart at the River Styx (Sword of Vengeance.? (Ulu Grosbard). Don't Deliver Us From Evil (Joel Seria). Deep End (Jerzy Skolimowski). New One Armed Swordsman (Chang Cheh). Women in Revolt (Paul Morrissey). So does the wonderful opening of 'Shaft'. funky earworm theme-music. but something worth seeing at least once. 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' (not listed). Bay of Blood (Mario Bava). Emile de Antonio's 'Millhouse: A White Comedy' (runner up) -. I have to admit a critically incorrect preference for 'Vanishing Point' (runner up) over the more vaunted 'Two-Lane Blacktop' (not listed) In the latter case. its vision of the apocalypse (the deserted streets of LA. Somehow. Basic Training (Frederick Wiseman). epic talking-heads documentary burrowing into the core of the shame of French collaboration during WWII. The Ceremony (Nagisha Oshima). Play Misty for Me (Clint Eastwood). 'The Devils' being the best of these. The Cat o' Nine Tails (Dario Argento). Just Before Nightfall (Juste avant la nuit) (Claude Chabrol). Monte Hellman evidently filtered the car-chase movie through an Andrei Tarkovsky sensibility. who released three of his best films. Four Nights of a Dreamer (Robert Bresson). The Working Class Goes to Paradise (Elio Petri). and fairly undistinguished policier. The Touch (Ingmar Bergman). Raid on Rommel (Henry Hathaway).is a surprisingly unbiased examination of Nixon's political rise. not the film's. It's a good year for Ken Russell. Vampyros Lesbos (Jesus Franco). Wild Rovers (Blake Edwards). the magic was gone--which is my fault. 'The Omega Man' (runner up) is strictly a guilty pleasure: Gun-toting Chuck Heston practicing what he preaches on Afropated zombies. Kidding aside. set to Isaac Hayes' famous ultracool. Land of Silence and Darkness (Werner Herzog). which begins promisingly with telephoto shots of Richard Roundtree walking around the city. little-known foreign gems. Whity (Rainer Werner Fassbiner). Le Mans (Lee H. the rest of the movie is a standard. Katzin). and arguably his masterpiece.

The King of Marvin Gardens (Bob Rafelson). We Will Not Grow Old Together (Maurice Pialat). Mankiewicz) The Merchant of Four Seasons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) Cabaret (Bob Fosse) The Candidate (Michael Ritchie) Chloe in the Afternoon (Eric Rohmer) Sword of Vengeance (Lone Wolf and Cub. Last House on the Left (Wes Craven). Bad Company (Robert Benton). The Valley Obscured by Clouds (La vallee) (Barbet Schroeder). Sam (Herbert Ross) To see: The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (Bruce Beresford). Howard Smith). The Glass House (Tom Gries). Ciao Manhattan (John Palmer. Ulzana's Raid (Robert Aldrich): Il Caso Mattei (Francesco Rosi). Heat (Paul Morrissey). Lucifer Rising (Kenneth Anger).The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Bunuel) Superfly (Gordon Parks Jr. Tales from the Crypt (Freddie Francis). The Carey Treatment (Blake Edwards). David Weisman). A Sense of Loss (Marcel Ophuls). Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (Jonas Mekas).W. part 4) (Buichi Saito) Avanti! (Billy Wilder) JW Coop (Cliff Robertson) Savage Messiah (Ken Russell) Slaughterhouse-Five (George Roy Hill) Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci) The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (Philip Kaufman) A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Peter Medak) Across 110th Street (Barry Shear) The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (John Huston) Fellini's Roma (Federico Fellini) And Now For Something Completely Different (Ian McNaughton) Tout va bien (Jean-Luc Godard) The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May) Tomorrow (Joseph Anthony) Jeremiah Johnson (Sidney Pollack) The Hot Rock (Peter Yates) What's Up Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich) The Cowboys (Mark Rydell) Prime Cut (Michael Ritchie) For the record: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (R. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Paul Newman) In the queue: The Goat Horn (Metodi Andonov). The Assassination of Trotsky (Joseph Losey). Letter to Jane (JeanLuc Godard). Female Convict Scorpion Jailhouse 41 (Shunya Ito). Butterflies are Free (Milton Katselas). part 1) (Kenji Misumi) Baby Cart in Hades (Lone Wolf and Cub. Bone (Larry Cohen). The Other . Pink Flamingos (John Waters) To re-watch: Cat's Play (Karoly Makk). Sounder (Martin Ritt). The Score (Radley Metzger). Bad Company (Robert Benton). Fassbinder).) Images (Robert Altman) The Getaway (Sam Peckinpah) Frenzy (Alfred Hitchcock) RUNNERS UP: Sleuth (Joseph L. Play it Again. Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky). Fritz the Cat (Ralph Bakshi). Marjoe (Sarah Kernochan. part 3) (Kenji Misumi) Baby Cart in Peril (Lone Wolf and Cub.

Ecstasy Of The Angels (Koji Wakamatsu) VINTAGE RATING (1972): 9**** NOTE: In Rip Torn's career of mostly cult-film tours de force. Man of La Mancha (Arthur Hiller). Ingmar Bergman's cancer-deathwatch family study 'Cries and Whispers' is the most profound film of the year and possibly the greatest. The Seduction of Mimi (Lina Wertmuller). but. 1973 (97+) The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache) Frank Film (Caroline & Frank Mouris) A Brief Vacation (Vittorio De Sica) Heavy Traffic (Ralph Bakshi) Badlands (Terrence Malick) The Last Detail (Hal Ashby) The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman) Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese) The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Peter Yates) Scenes from a Marriage (Ingmar Bergman) O Lucky Man! (Lindsay Anderson) American Graffiti (George Lucas) Catholics (Jack Gold) Day of the Jackal (Fred Zinnemann) Scarecrow (Jerry Schatzberg) Bobby (Raj Kapoor) Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice) RUNNERS UP: Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich) Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah) Don't Look Now (Nicolas Roeg) The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell) Charley Varrick (Don Siegel) Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (Sword of Vengeance. Behind the Green Door (Artie and Jim Mitchell).(Robert Mulligan). a rivalry that seems to be going somewhere but peters out in conventional gunplay. Not disimilar to one another are 'Aguirre. memorable scenes.." (runner up) with Lee Marvin as the cold mob hit man with a soft spot and Gene Hackman as the ultimate chauvinist pig agri-capitalist (who likes raw entrails)." and 'Deliverance.' two tales of descent into the leafygreen heart of darkness. Red Psalm (Miklos Jancso). man. it's a difficult and disturbing watch.. 'The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean' (runner up) is a bit of a mess. but is full of funny. Travels with My Aunt (George Cukor). Come Together (Tony Anthony). Essene (Frederick Wiseman). The Nightcomers (Michael Winner). Evil Roy Slade (Jerry Paris). Avildsen) Emperor of the North (Robert Aldrich) The Three Musketeers (Richard Lester) Jesus Christ Superstar (Norman Jewison) Westworld (Michael Crichton) The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy) . misogyny and murderous revenge make up the deliciously weird cult item. part 5) (Kenji Misumi) La Nuit Americaine (Day for Night) (Francois Truffaut) The Iceman Cometh (John Frankenheimer) Save the Tiger (John G. My Childhood (Bill Douglas). Meat. "Prime Cut. 'Payday' could be the actor's ultimate explosion of 'fuck-everybody' rebellious energy as a road-calloused country singer.

Flesh for Frankenstein (Paul Morrissey). Themroc (Claude Faraldo). The Last of Sheila (Herbert Ross) To re-watch: Sisters (Brian de Palma). the achievements of the 1970s are still underestimated. The Spook Who Sat by the Door (Ivan Dixon). The Hour-Glass Sanatorium (Wojciech Has). Distant Thunder (Satyajit Ray). in many ways. Detroit 9000 (Arthur Marks). Blood Brothers (Cheh Chang). now that the decade looks like such a classical period for auteur filmmaking. The Invitation (Claude Goretta). Lisa and the Devil (Mario Bava). Chronicle of the Burning Years (Mohammed Lakhdar Hamina). with plenty of cheese. Casual Relations (Mark Rappaport). The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu) In the queue: Il n'y pas de fumee san feu (Where There's Smoke) (Andre Cayatte). Reed: Insurgent Mexico (Paul Leduc). it has everything that makes Indian commercial films frivolous fun. Juvenile Court (Frederick Wiseman). TV movie) Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox) Harry in Your Pocket (Bruce Geller) The Legend of Paul and Paula (Heiner Carow) Papillon (Franklin Schaffner) Black Caesar (Larry Cohen) Soylent Green (Richard Fleischer) Sleeper (Woody Allen) Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse) Cinderella Liberty (Mark Rydell) For the record: The Exorcist (William Friedkin). The Asphyx (Peter Newbrook). Can Dialectics Break Bricks? (Rene Vienet). Romero). cuter .' and 'The Friends of Eddie Coyle' bespeaks the untold richness of the early half of the decade and is doubly impressive considering how slick and dumbeddown much of the current cinema (including the so-called 'indie' sector that was so promising in the '90s) has become. Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (Samuel Fuller). Battles Without Honor & Humanity (Kinji Fukasaku). Cops and Robbers (Aram Avakian). Society of the Spectacle (Guy Debord). The Fantastic Planet (Rene Laloux). Summer Wishes. Wedding in Blood (Les Noces Rouges) (Claude Chabrol). Coffy (Jack Hill) To see: Love and Anarchy (Lina Wertmuller). Turkish Delight (Turks Fruit) (Paul Verhoeven). Winter Dreams (Gilbert Cates). Some Call it Loving (James B.' 'Mean Streets. looks like a younger. Three Wishes for Cinderella (Tri orísky pro Popelku) (Vaclav Vorlícek). energetic musical numbers and a useless plot stolen from Love Story. Looking at gritty indies and low-budget studio-backed fare such as 'Scarecrow. Snow of Blood (Toshiya Fujita).. Season of the Witch (George A. L'emmerdeur (A Pain in the A) (Eduardo Molinaro). Malizia (Salvatore Samperi). The Mackintosh Man (John Huston). Kid Blue (James Frawley). The Scarlet Letter (Wim Wenders).Serpico (Sidney Lumet) Siddhartha (Conrad Rooks) The Laughing Policeman (Stuart Rosenberg) Dillinger (John Milius) The Girl Most Likely to.5**** NOTE: There's a great tendency among many critics now to overrate the 1970s. Harris). (Lee Philips. That tendency is understandable because. Dimple Kapadia. Le Magnifique (Phillipe de Broca). in her debut. Riddance (Marta Meszaros). 'Bobby' is one of my favorite Bollywood movies.. Allonsanfan (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani). The Mack (Michael Campus). The Homecoming (Peter Hall). State of Siege (Costa-Gravas). My Name is Nobody (Tonino Valerii). Wattstax (Mel Stuart). Blume in Love (Paul Mazursky). The Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowsky) VINTAGE RATING (1973): 8.

four hours of Parisian pseudo-Bohemian ennui. 'A Brief Vacation'--about a downtrodden. later Vittorio de Sica film. Toute une vie (And Now My Love) . 'Frank Film' is a 9-minute experimental film. even though it's one of his most mature. her performance is uncommonly moving and brilliant. Murder on the Orient Express (Sidney Lumet). Terry Jones) RUNNERS UP: The Sugarland Express (Steven Spielberg) Lacombe Lucien (Louis Malle) The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Ted Kotcheff) The Conversation (Francis Coppola) Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Michael Cimino) The Parallax View (Alan Pakula) Italianamerican (Martin Scorsese) That's Entertainment! (Jack Haley Jr. It's pretty amazing stuff.) Effi Briest (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes) Butley (Harold Pinter) Zardoz (John Boorman) Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks) The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent) Dark Star (John Carpenter) For the Record: Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette).Indian version of Sandra Bullock. probably the most impressive ever made. The epic chamber piece 'Mother and the Whore' is the non plus ultra of French jabbermouth marathons. It's a highly rewarding journey. Daigoro!) (Yoshiyuki Kuroda) Edvard Munch (Peter Watkins) Xala (Ousmane Sembene) Chinatown (Roman Polanski) Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah) Martha (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) The Godfather Part II (Francis Coppola) Hearts and Minds (Peter Davis) The Phantom of Liberty (Luis Bunuel) California Split (Robert Altman) Sandakan 8 (Kei Kumai) Thieves Like Us (Robert Altman) Amarcord (Federico Fellini) Mahler (Ken Russell) Dersu Uzala (Akira Kurosawa) Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam. Earthy beauty Florinda Bolkan is one of De Sica's great feminist heroines. using thousands of elaborately animated magazine cutouts and two soundtracks with different information to tell a guy's life story. 1974 (94+) The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser (Werner Herzog) Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) White Heaven in Hell (Baby Cart 6: Go to Hell. And it won an Oscar. tubucular Milanese wife who literally blooms after being sent to a sanitarium--has typically been written off unfairly as a lesser. In retrospect. exquisite works. if you can hang on. Arabian Nights (Pier Paolo Pasolini). one of the few times the Academy actually honored an artistically deserving film. the film is near perfection.

Conversation Piece (Luchino Visconti).) Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir) . Harry and Tonto (Paul Mazursky). Sweet Movie (Dusan Makavejev).' a sharp satire on machismo and modernization from Senegal. Harry and Tonto (Paul Mazursky). Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorsese). al. Immoral Tales (Walerian Borowczyk). Truck Turner (Jonathan Kaplan). Peter Wollen). The Street Fighter (Shigehiro Ozawa). The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper).(Claude Lelouch). Mes Petites Amoureuses (Jean Eustache).. Elektra. Orderers (Michel Brault). Black Christmas (Bob Clark). Gone in 60 Seconds (HB Halicki). The Fierce One (Tolomush Okeyev). The Tamarind Seed (Blake Edwards). et.. Scent of a Woman (Dino Risi). The Missiles of October (Anthony Page/TV) To re-watch: Going Places (Les valseuses) (Bertrand Blier). Cat’s Play (Karoly Makk/to re-watch). (Lina Wertmuller) RUNNERS UP: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (Volker Schlondorff) The Man Who Would Be King (John Huston) Grey Gardens (Albert Maysles. Jacob the Liar (Frank Beyer). Elektra) (Miklos Jancso). Place de la République (Louis Malle). We All Loved Each Other So Much (Ettore Scola). Francois. (Francois Truffaut) Love and Death (Woody Allen) Swept Away. Nada (Claude Chabrol). (Alain Resnais).. Penthesilea (Laura Mulvey. Female Trouble (John Waters/to re-watch) In the queue: Lancelot du Lac (Robert Bresson). Juggernaut (Richard Lester). It's Alive (Larry Cohen).W. At Home Among Strangers (Nikita Mikhalkov). The Clockmaker (Bertrand Tavernier).. 1975 (75+) The Battle of Chile. Death Dream (Dead of Night) (Bob Clark). Paul and the Others (Claude Sautet). Double Agent 73 (Doris Wishman) (1974) VINTAGE RATING (1974): 9 NOTE: 'Xala. is the best African film I've seen--and the only one that has kept my full attention from beginning to end. The Deluge (Potop) (Jerzy Hoffman). My Love (Szerelmem. Ankur (Shyam Benegal). Nightmare Circus (Alan Rudolph). Part I (Patricio Guzman) Farewell. My Lovely (Dick Richards) Fox and His Friends (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet) Rancho Deluxe (Frank Perry) F for Fake (Orson Welles) The Day of the Locust (John Schlesinger) Nashville (Robert Altman) Winstanley (Kevin Brownlow) Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven (R. Rabid Dogs (Mario Bava). Blood for Dracula (Paul Morrissey). Death Wish (Michael Winner) To see: 11 Harrowhouse (Aram Avakian). Fassbinder) Mirror (Zerkalo) (Andrei Tarkovsky) Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick) Jaws (Steven Spielberg) Sholay (Ramesh Sippy) The Story of Adele H. Vincent. Stavisky. The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (Werner Herzog).

Promised Land (Andrzej Wajda). Thundercrack! (Curt McDowell). The Wind and the Lion (John Milius). Crazy Mama (Jonathan Demme). in the Claws of Neon (Lino Brocka).. Slade in Flame (Richard Loncraine). Cousine (Jean-Charles Tachella). capturing the elusive but universal qualities of a million lost summers. voyeuristic and truly disturbed about violence and the idea of violence as entertainment. Seven Beauties (Lina Wertmüller). A Woman Called Sada Abe (Noboru Tanaka) VINTAGE RATING (1975): 8. Fear of Fear (Rainer Werner Fassbinder). Fear Over the City (Henri Verneuil). Let Joy Reign Supreme (Bertrand Tavernier). Wrong Move (Wim Wenders). Jones) The Stepford Wives (Bryan Forbes) Innocents with Dirty Hands (Claude Chabrol) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman) The Switchblade Sisters (Jack Hill) The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Melvin Frank) Salo. Cousin. 'Salo' (runner up) is a Pandora's Box. It may not even be a good film to begin with. Whether art or exploitative trash. Deewar (Yash Chopra). The Magic Flute (Trollflojten) (Ingmar Bergman) In the queue: Manila. Keetje Tippel (Paul Verhoeven). The Valiant Ones (King Hu). Une Partie de Plaisir (Claude Chabrol). Friday Foster (Arthur Marks). Numero deux (Jean-Luc Godard). The Most Important Thing is to Love (Andrzej Zulawski).5**** NOTES: Andrei Tarkovsky's 'Mirror' is the Soviet director's most personal and possibly least accessible film. Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (Ivo Caprino). Shivers (David Cronenberg). or 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini) Bucktown (Arthur Marks) Smile (Michael Ritchie) For the record: The Killer Elite (Sam Peckinpah): El Muerto (Hector Olivera). nobody should open it.Q. uneasy. (Chantal Akerman). A Woman's Decision (Bilans kwartalny) (Krzysztof Zanussi). Breaking with Old Ideas (Wenhua Li). Jeanne Dielman. The Rape of Cyprus (Michael Cacoyannis).Overlord (Stuart Cooper) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman) The Naked Civil Servant (Jack Gold) Shampoo (Hal Ashby) Hester Street (Joan Micklin Silver) Three Days of the Condor (Sydney Pollack) Hearts of the West (Howard Zieff) Rollerball (Norman Jewison) A Boy and His Dog (L. Story of a Sin (Walerian Borowczyk). Deep Red (Dario Argento). Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Denis Heroux) To re-watch: The Passenger (Professione: reporter) (Michelangelo Antonioni) To see: Los ninos abandonados (Danny Lyon). a massive coverage of the events before and after the Nixon-assisted coup of Chile's popularly elected . But curiosity got the best of me and what I encountered was a uncompromising depiction of evil's banal face that made me feel nauseous. Hustle (Robert Aldrich). Chac: The Rain God (Rolando Klein). Milestones (Robert Kramer). La Bete (The Beast) (Walerian Borowczyk). French Connection II (John Frankenheimer). a film that elicits such feelings and reflection just might be important. The multi-part 'The Battle of Chile' is possibly the greatest piece of documentary reportage ever assembled. Mandingo (Richard Fleischer). and the finale is arguably the most poetic ever filmed--recognizable to anyone who dimly remembers a childhood picnic. Welfare (Frederick Wiseman). Lisztomania (Ken Russell). Cat and Mouse (Claude Lelouch). India Song (Marguerite Duras). Atilla 74. it's a beautiful puzzle of familial memory. Even so.. The Old Gun (Robert Enrico).

U. It's not good.' revived for video thanks to Quentin Tarantino. Like most Latin American verites. even with its no-longersurprising shocks. National Film Board of Canada short) In the Realm of the Senses (Nagisa Oshima) RUNNERS UP: Bound for Glory (Hal Ashby) Jana Aranya (The Middleman) (Satyajit Ray) All the President's Men (Alan Pakula) Stay Hungry (Bob Rafelson) A Sunday in Hell (Jorgen Leth) Cadaveri Eccellenti (Illustrious Corpses) (Francesco Rosi) Small Change (L'argent de poche) (Francois Truffaut) Mr.) That's Entertainment Part II (Gene Kelly) The Last Tycoon (Elia Kazan) Robin and Marian (Richard Lester) Obsession (Brian De Palma) Silent Movie (Mel Brooks) Cannonball (Paul Bartel) Meat (Frederick Wiseman) The Ascent (Larisa Shepitko) The Front (Martin Ritt) The Eagle Has Landed (John Sturges) . 'Sholay" is the quintessential Bollywood epic. Its crew shows an uncanny knack for being at the right places at the right times in capturing living history. et. but the "train wreck" factor is high and main starlet Robbie Lee carries it without ever showing signs of acting talent. Far less dated-indeed. and therefore garnering far more attention the second-time around than it did on initial release.socialist government. not dated at all--is Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws. al. 1976 (76+) Harlan County. still holds up nicely.A." tagged thusly for combining Sergio Leone's spaghetti western style with comedy. its POV is angry and pointedly left wing. and its cast of eyewitnesses is vast. (Barbara Kopple) Satan's Brew (Satansbratan) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) Network (Sidney Lumet) Don's Party (Bruce Beresford) The Tenant (Le Locataire) (Roman Polanski) Mikey and Nicky (Elaine May) The Last Supper (La ultima cena) (Tomas Gutierrez Alea) The Shootist (Don Siegel) The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes) Eraserhead (David Lynch) The Street (Caroline Leaf.S. Roy Scheider's harried cop/family man and his motley band of shark hunters (Shaw and Dreyfuss) seem more more fun and fascinating now as refreshing correctives to the cardboard heroes of our present age. Klein (Joseph Losey) Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese) Max Havelaar (Fons Rademakers) Underground (Emile de Antonio. a so-called "curry western. Its 1977 and 1979 sequels (parts II and III) are not not listed under those years as I've decided to treat the three films as an organic whole (they should be viewed that way).' which. melodrama and musical numbers! Even more of a guilty pleasure is 'The Switchblade Sisters. It's girlgang exploitation trash with pretensions to Shakespeare--of its time but also foreshadowing Troma and other '80s cheese.

The religious symbolism brings to mind better films also. So. I just felt I'd seen all this before in more dramatically interesting movies. I'm a heretic. 1900 (Bernardo Bertolucci). to re-watch). A Real Young Girl (Catherine Breillat). Man on the Roof (Mannen pa taket) (Bo Widerberg). Barocco (Andre Techine). The Last Woman (Marco Ferreri). written and directed by cult fave actor-director Paul Bartel (and not to be confused with Burt Reynolds' 'The Cannonball Run'). Assault on Precinct 13 (John Carpenter).5 NOTE: The critical side of me insists that David Lynch's relentlessly grim 'Eraserhead' is the year's most formidable work of art.Silver Streak (Arthur Hiller) The Opening of Misty Beethoven (Radley Metzger) For the record: Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (Alain Tanner). I Only Want You To Love Me (Rainer Werner Fassbinder).' the director's most outre bit of grotesque camp--impossible to forget once seen. Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (Bruno Barreto). The Missouri Breaks (Arthur Penn). The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood). such as Carl Dreyer's 'Ordet' (1955). Alice. Joe Dante). God Told Me To (Larry Cohen). Face to Face (Ingmar Bergman). Shaolin Temple (Death Chamber) (Chang Cheh). Heart of Glass (Werner Herzog). thus making all debate the province of a privileged few vocal admirers. Insiang (Lino Brocka). I list it as a runner up to ponder. Duelle (une quarantaine) (Jacques Rivette). Bugsy Malone (Alan Parker) VINTAGE RATING (1976): 7. I'm not sure how Francois Truffaut's 'Small Change' (runner up) would play for me today. realistic depiction of wartime strife. Down and Dirty (Ugly. 'Taxi Driver' is only on the runners up list. Buffalo Bill and the Indians (Robert Altman). Xica (Carlo Diegues). Cria Cuervos (Carlos Saura). Personel (Krzysztof Kieslowski). Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders. Chinese Roulette (Rainer Werner Fassbinder). Breakfast (Table Top Dolly) (Michael Snow) To re-watch: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (Herbert Ross) To see: Leadbelly (Gordon Parks). Coup de Grace (Volker Schlondorff). I would have preferred it remain enigmatic. A Slave of Love (Nikita Mikhalkov). Private Eyes (Ban jin ba liang) (Michael Hui) In the queue: Je t'aime moi no plus (Serge Gainsbourg). I suspect it might be more cloying than I remember. The Innocent (Luchino Visconti). engage at your own risk. 'Cannonball' (runner up). OK. I just obtained a copy and found it curiously uninvolving and unmoving despite its admirably vivid. I just know that it was a delightful view back around 1979 when I saw it at the old Vogue. Dirty and Bad) (Ettore Scola). Monkey Hustle (Arthur Marks). Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (Bruno Barreto). The Message (Moustapha Akkad). The Marquise of O (Eric Rohmer). This year's guilty pleasure is the cheese-laden but wry RogerCorman-produced cross-country car-race comedy. Also weird but a lot more fun is Fassbinder's outlandish 'Satan's Brew. Seven Beauties (Lina Wertmuller). For most of the way Francesco Rosi's touted but obscure "Illustrious Corpses" (runner up) is a delicious enigma but then gets too literal and tidy near the end with an Evil One behind the conspiracy. Carrie (Brian De Palma). Larisa Sheptiko's grim Soviet war film 'The Ascent' (runner up) has attained the sort of patina of legend that clings to major prize-winning (Berlin Golden Bear) films that subsequently become hard to find. Hollywood Boulevard (Allan Arkush. As with many such things. including Soviet ones such as 'Come and See' (1985) and 'Komissar' (1967). Sweet Alice (Alfred Sole). 1977 (64+) Annie Hall (Woody Allen) 3 Women (Robert Altman) . A Matter of Time (Vincente Minnelli). Voyage of the Damned (Stuart Rosenberg). The Context (Francesco Rosi).

Last Chants for a Slow Dance (Jon Jost) VINTAGE RATING (1977): 8*** . The Duellists (Ridley Scott). Samsa (Caroline Leaf. Edgar Hoover (Larry Cohen). New York (Martin Scorsese). New York. NFB short) High Anxiety (Mel Brooks) Saturday Night Fever (John Badham) Exorcist II: The Heretic (John Boorman) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg) Perfumed Nightmare (Kidlat Tahimik) Stroszek (Werner Herzog) Opening Night (John Cassavetes) The Turning Point (Herbert Ross) Star Wars (George Lucas) Amar Akbar Anthony (Manmohan Desai) The Lacemaker (Claude Goretta) The Late Show (Robert Benton) Hardware Wars (Ernie Fossellius) Sorcerer (William Friedkin) For the record: The Devil. Young). Probably (Robert Bresson). Alambrista! (Robert M. Le Crabe Tambour (Pierre Schoendoerffer). Martin (George A. Young) Suspiria (Dario Argento) RUNNERS UP: Julia (Fred Zinnemann) Pumping Iron (George Butler. Outrageous! (Richard Benner) To re-watch: Looking for Mr. Twilight's Last Gleaming (Robert Aldrich). Peppermint Soda (Diane Kurys). Robert Fiore) The Metamorphosis of Mr. Allegro Non Troppo (Bruno Bozzetto). News from Home (Chantal Akerman). Local Color (Mark Rappaport). Padre Padrone (Paola & Vittorio Taviani). Romero). A Grin Without a Cat (Chris Marker). The Man Who Loved Women (Francois Truffaut). Rabid (David Cronenberg). The Stationmaster's Wife (Rainer Werner Fassbinder). The Private Files of J. An Unfinished Piece for Player Piano (Nikita Mikhalkov). Goodbar (Richard Brooks) (in the queue). The American Friend (Wim Wenders). The Choirboys (Robert Aldrich). Soldier of Orange (Paul Verhoeven) To see: Why Shoot the Teacher? (Silvio Narizzano). Rolling Thunder (John Flynn) In the queue: Camouflage (Krzysztof Zanussi). 21 Up (Michael Apted). Desperate Living (John Waters/to re-watch). Citizen's Band (Jonathan Demme). Tracks (Henry Jaglom). Invisible Adversaries (Valie Export).Providence (Alain Resnais) Abigail's Party (Mike Leigh) That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Bunuel) Cross of Iron (Sam Peckinpah) The Sand Castle (Le Chateau de sable) (Co Hoedeman) Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett) The Last Wave (Peter Weir) Man of Marble (Andrzej Wajda) The Chess Players (Satyajit Ray) The Getting of Wisdom (Bruce Beresford) Short Eyes (Robert M.

The Italian slasher film 'Suspiria' is an embarassment in the story and acting departments. it was the last film in the entire Western World made with an old three-strip Technicolor camera---and to its credit. 'That Obscure Object of Desire.' (the story of a luscious. enough to make the film a must-see for that alone. yet visually it's one of the most strikingly stylish films of the '70s.NOTE: Bunuel's last film. Interestingly Robert Altman's '3 Women' and Mike Leigh's 'Abigail's Party' share the common thread of fantasist central characters who want glamor and order in their worlds despite the fact that everyone else won't cooperate. 1978 (67+) Dawn of the Dead (George Romero) Days of Heaven (Terence Malick) Gates of Heaven (Errol Morris) The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi) Hitler . Thanks to interlibrary loan I was able to snare Charles Burnett's 'Killer of Sheep. I'm not forgetting 'Midnight Express. an entertaining guilty pleasure. and Bunuel's version is the most explicit and wickedly ironic. Rob Nilsson) The Silent Partner (Daryl Duke) American Hot Wax (Floyd Mutrux) RUNNERS UP: Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Bertrand Blier) The Shout (Jerzy Skolimowski) Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman) A Dream of Passion (Jules Dassin) Who'll Stop the Rain (Karel Reisz) Pretty Baby (Louis Malle) Stevie (Robert Enders) The Cheap Detective (Robert Moore) An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky) Coma (Michael Crichton) . 'The Sand Castle' is a beautiful clay-animation short from the National Film Board of Canada that won an AA. (As it happens. The opportunity for comparison made the story more interesting.) Far less colorful and more realistically violent is 'Short Eyes' (runner up) which. My inner 15year-old is just about dead. is probably the most shattering and grim prison film ever made (and no. but the bridge-crossing scene is harrowing and masterfully shot. 'The Wages of Fear. 'Sorcerer' (runner up) is a travesty as a remake of the 1953 French classic. But then I recently saw two earlier film versions of the story ("The Woman and the Puppet") on which it was based. looks it. merciless man-tease) did not quite register on first view. so it's hard to work up my old enthusiasm for 'Star Wars. 'The Turning Point' (runner up) is silly women's tosh.' 'Papillon' or Yilmaz Guney's 'The Wall').' a landmark of the African-American indie cinema and one of the most quietly devastating studies of a family man's desperation that I've ever seen.' It's listed among the runners up in honor of those pre-jaded days of innocence.' lots of money thrown into it to mostly murky effect. while not quite overcoming some of its theatrical origins.A Film from Germany (Our Hitler) (Hans-Jurgen Syberberg) The Driver (Walter Hill) Go Tell the Spartans (Ted Post) The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese) A Wedding (Robert Altman) Despair (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) Interiors (Woody Allen) Blue Collar (Paul Schrader) Fingers (James Toback) Northern Lights (John Hanson.

Getting through it earns a completists' badge of honor. California Suite (Herbert Ross). It's a grueling 8 hours long.' Voigt and Dern good. the best movies are willfully dark and gloomy. Can que (Crippled Avengers/Return of the 5 Deady Venoms) (Cheh Chang). The Master Killer (The 36th Chamber of Shaolin) (ChiaLiang Liu) In the queue: Suru (The Herd) (Zeki Okten. Why? (Youssef Chahine).). Le Dossier 51 (Michel Deville). Meetings with Anna (Chantal Akerman). but full of rewarding insights. an exercise in non-narrative biography and broad visual essay that attempts to link Hitler's spirit to ongoing evils. 'Northern Lights' is a fine indie film. in a theater in 1979. about the struggles of Scandinavian farm immigrants in North Dakota. China 9. Girlfriends (Claudia Weill). L'immoralita (Massimo Pirri). 'The Deer Hunter' is not here. et. Grease (Randal Kleiser). Orchestra Rehearsal (Federico Fellini). 1979 (79+) Apocalypse Now (Francis Coppola) . If pure art were the measure. It used to show up on PBS all the time back in the '80's and hasn't been seen since. All the way down the list. Straight Time (Ulu Grosbard). Knife in the Head (Reinhard Hauff). never liked it apart from Walken and the opening wedding sequence. Newsfront (Phillip Noyce) VINTAGE RATING (1978): 7*** NOTES: 1978 was a fairly dreary year for the movies. Scared Straight! (Arnold Shapiro) To re-watch: In the Realm of Passion (Nagisa Oshima). I only saw it once. The Green Room (Francois Truffaut). Buck Henry) Convoy (Sam Peckinpah) Halloween (John Carpenter) Superman (Richard Donner) Drunken Master (Yuen Woo-ping) Movie Movie (Stanley Donen) House Calls (Howard Zieff) For the record: The Place Without Limits (Arturo Ripstein). Yilmaz Guney). Deutschland im Herbst (Germany in Autumn) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder. though. 1977's 'Star Wars' seemed to signal a new shift toward comic-book blockbusters. In a Year of 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder). On the fun side. Remember My Name (Alan Rudolph). al. 'The Tree of Wooden Clogs' is a documentary-like depiction of Italian peasant life. Revenge of the Pink Panther (Blake Edwards). In addition. Divided Loyalties (Warren Sonbert). The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Fred Schepisi). and found it an enriching experience. In the Realm of Passion (Empire of Passion) (Empire of Passion) (Nagisa Oshima/to re-watch). 'The Silent Partner' is a grimy '70s thriller with Christopher Plummer as one of the scariest villains in movie history. Same for the melodramatic 'Coming Home. I'm afraid if I tried to watch it today on a little TV screen it would bore me. Alexandria. Violette Noziere (Claude Chabrol). The Medusa Touch (Jack Gold). Coming Home (Hal Ashby): The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino). the mood seemed aimless and a sense of decline is evident. Backyard (Ross McElwee). The Scenic Route (Mark Rappaport). then it easily could be considered the year's greatest film. The Buddy Holly Story (Steve Rash). Liberty 37 (Monte Hellman). The Fury (Brian De Palma). The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (Margarethe von Trotta). including multinational capitalism. Five Deadly Venoms (Cheh Chang). 'Our Hitler' is one of the most ambitious performance-art films ever made. You Are Not Alone (Ernst Johansen and Lasse Nielsen). Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman) To see: Top Dog (Wodzirej) (Feliks Falk).Heaven Can Wait (Warren Beatty. shot stunningly in black and white. One Night Stand (Allan King).

Scum (Alan Clarke/BBC version 77/theatrical: 79). . The Brood (David Cronenberg). Bloody Kiss (Stephen Frears). The Perfect Couple (Robert Altman). Fassbinder). Best Boy (Ira Wohl). The Third Generation (Rainer Werner Fassbinder). The Butterfly Murders (Tsui Hark). Sunstone (Ed Emshwiller). Without Anesthesia (Andrzej Wajda). Rock 'n' Roll High School (Allan Arkush).. The Jerk (Carl Reiner). Amor de Perdicao (Doomed Love) (Manoel de Oliveira) In the queue: Mad Monkey Kung Fu (Chia-Liang Liu). Vengeance is Mine (Shohei Imamura). Angi Vera (Pal Gabor). Phantasm (Don Coscarelli). Fung gip (The Secret) (Ann Hui). Quadrophenia (Franc Roddam). We Were One Man (Nous etions un seul homme) (Philippe Vallois). Perceval (Eric Rohmer). The Europeans (James Ivory). The Driller Killer (Abel Ferrara). Laura (David Hamilton) To re-watch: Buffet Froid (Bertrand Blier). Plae kao (The Scar) (Cherd Songsri). Gal Young 'Un (Victor Nunez) To see: Young Girls of Wilko (Andrzej Wajda). When a Stranger Calls (Fred Walton).W. Siberiade (Andrei Konchalovsky). Sympathy for a Sinner (George Kuchar). Mary My Dearest (María de mi corazón) (Jaime Humberto Hermosillo).. Real Life (Albert Brooks). The Marriage of Maria Braun (R.And Justice for All (Norman Jewison) Hair (Milos Forman) The Warriors (Walter Hill) Head Over Heels (Chilly Scenes of Winter) (Joan Micklin Silver) The Lady Vanishes (Anthony Page) Faro Dokument 1979 (Ingmar Bergman) Hardcore (Paul Schrader) For the record: Woyzeck (Werner Herzog).Wise Blood (John Huston) Christ Stopped at Eboli (Francesco Rosi) Being There (Hal Ashby) Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky) The Black Stallion (Carroll Ballard) Manhattan (Woody Allen) Nosferatu the Vampyre (Werner Herzog) The In-Laws (Arthur Hiller) My Brilliant Career (Gillian Armstrong) A Little Romance (George Roy Hill) Escape From Alcatraz (Don Siegel) Saint Jack (Peter Bogdanovich) Alien (Ridley Scott) Quintet (Robert Altman) RUNNERS UP: Tess (Roman Polanski) The China Syndrome (James Bridges) Norma Rae (Martin Ritt) Monty Python's Life of Brian (Terry Jones) The Tin Drum (Volker Schlondorff) Bye Bye Brasil (Carlos Diegues) All That Jazz (Bob Fosse) Breaking Away (Peter Yates) Winter Kills (William Richert) The Great Train Robbery (Michael Crichton) Time After Time (Nicholas Meyer) .

Dracula (John Badham). Jerry Zucker) The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller) Used Cars (Robert Zemeckis) The Ninth Configuration (William Peter Blatty) Stardust Memories (Woody Allen) Inside Moves (Richard Donner) Bronco Billy (Clint Eastwood) RUNNERS UP: The Long Riders (Walter Hill) Coal Miner's Daughter (Michael Apted) From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (Murray Lerner) Dressed to Kill (Brian DePalma) Hopscotch (Ronald Neame) The Return of the Secaucus Seven (John Sayles) On Company Business (Inside the CIA: On Company Business) (Allan Francovich) Atlantic City (Louis Malle) Lightning Over Water (Wim Wenders.5*** NOTE: This was the year I got serious enough about flicks that I started writing reviews for the high school paper. David Zucker. 1980 (78+) Mon Oncle d'Amerique (Alain Resnais) Breaker Morant (Bruce Beresford) Deathwatch (La mort en direct) (Bertrand Tavernier) Heartland (Richard Pearce) The Stunt Man (Richard Rush) The Long Good Friday (John Mackenzie) Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese) The Elephant Man (David Lynch) Airplane! (Jim Abrahams. Several of these made my 'published' top 10 list in early 1980. Nicholas Ray) Altered States (Ken Russell) The Last Metro (Le dernier metro) (Francois Truffaut) Bad Timing (Nicolas Roeg) Loulou (Maurice Pialat) The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (Connie Field) The Lathe of Heaven (Fred Barzyk. To Forget Venice (Franco Brusati). David R.Messidor (Alain Tanner). Amor Bandido (Bruno Barreto). I'm kind of surprised by the low list count for this year because I went to the movies a lot in 1979. El Super (Leon Ichaso. City of Women (Federico Fellini). Orlando Jimenez Leal). I was getting much more selective about what I went to see (and was seeing a lot of older classics). Camera Buff (Krzysztof Kieslowski). Then again. Buffet Froid (Bertrand Blier) VINTAGE RATING (1979): 8. The Crippled Masters (Joe Law). La Luna (Bernardo Bertolucci). McLaglen) The Competition (Joel Oliansky) . Loxton/TV) The Blues Brothers (John Landis) The Shining (Stanley Kubrick) The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner) Caddyshack (Harold Ramis) My Bodyguard (Tony Bill) The Sea Wolves (Andrew V. The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (Raoul Ruiz).

McVicar (Tom Clegg). Carny (Robert Kaylor). The Gods Must Be Crazy (Jamie Uys). The Changeling (Peter Medak). Guns (Robert Kramer). Every Man for Himself (Jean-Luc Godard). Pepi. Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme). The Fog (John Carpenter).HONORABLE MENTION: Hollywood (UK miniseries on silent cinema) (Kevin Brownlow. (Uli Edel) The French Lieutenant's Woman (Karel Reisz) Excalibur (John Boorman Mephisto (Istvan Szabo) Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg) Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) Reds (Warren Beatty) My Dinner With Andre (Louis Malle) Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography (Bonnie Sherr Klein) RUNNERS UP: Ragtime (Milos Forman) Four Friends (Arthur Penn) Escape from New York (John Carpenter) Pennies From Heaven (Herbert Ross) Prince of the City (Sidney Lumet) . Voyage en Douce (Michel Deville). Stir (Stephen Wallace). David Gill) For the record: From the Life of the Marionettes (Ingmar Bergman). It's been 20 years since I've seen it.5*** Note: I vacillated on William Peter Blatty's cult movie. The Great Rock 'n Roll Swindle (Julien Temple). Shogun Assassin (Robert Houston). The Fog (John Carpenter). Hardly Working (Jerry Lewis). and back up again. Young Master (Jackie Chan) To see: Contract (Krzysztof Zanussi). I remember it being unconventional and intriguing. Bom (Pedro Almodóvar). God's Angry Man (Werner Herzog). Jupiter's Thigh (Philippe de Broca). Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder). Maybe another view would make me better understand the revelations about Stacey Keach's enigmatic army psychiatrist character. La cicala (The Cricket) (Alberto Lattuada) In the queue: Cruising (William Friedkin). Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (Vladimir Menshov). Popeye (Robert Altman). down into the runners up. Out of the Blue (Dennis Hopper). 1981 (114) Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior) (George Miller) Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen) Cutter's Way (Ivan Passer) Marianne and Juliane (Die Bleierne Zeit) (Margarethe von Trotta) Man of Iron (Andrzej Wajda) Gallipoli (Peter Weir) Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix) Montenegro (Dusan Makavejev) Thief (Michael Mann) Tre Fratelli (Three Brothers) (Francesco Rosi) Christiane F. but also remember being confounded by it all at the end. Inferno (Dario Argento). American Gigolo (Paul Schrader) VINTAGE RATING (1980): 7. Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa). Maniac (William Lustig). Health (Robert Altman). Model (Frederick Wiseman). 'The Ninth Configuration'--moving it back and forth into the top list. Solo Sunny (Konrad Wolf). Luci. Tanya's Island (Alfred Sole). The Hunter (Buzz Kulik).

Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (Emir Kusturica). Yes. The Aviator's Wife (Eric Rohmer). Rich and Famous (George Cukor). Florida (Errol Morris).5*** Note: I was stuck in the post of 'second-string' movie critic for "The Marquette Tribune" in 1980-1982. Mommie Dearest (Frank Perry). Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan).Fort Apache.' If it wasn't so handsome looking I might be tempted to throw into the disappointment category 'Chariots of Fire' (runner up). in which 'Rocky' and MTV meet 'Masterpiece Theatre. Le pont du nord (Jacques Rivette). Beau Pere (Bertrand Blier) VINTAGE RATING (1981): 7. the Bronx (Daniel Petrie) Whose Life Is It Anyway? (John Badham) The Boat is Full (Markus Imhoof) Gregory's Girl (Bill Forsythe) Smash Palace (Roger Donaldson) Coup de Torchon (Bertrand Tavernier) Blow Out (Brian De Palma) Eye of the Needle (Richard Marquand) True Confessions (Ulu Grosbard) Passione d'amore (Ettore Scola) Possession (Andrzej Zulawski) (mainly for Adjani's mad miscarriage) Clash of the Titans (Desmond Davis) Chariots of Fire (Hugh Hudson) Tattoo (Bob Brooks) Polyester (John Waters) Circle of Deceit (Volker Schlondorff) Roadgames (Richard Franklin) For the record: Ms. The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi). Bian yuen ren (Man on the Brink) (Gwok-Ming Cheung). 1982 (to count) Yol (Serif Goren. it's at least not the suckiest. Vladimir Naumov). Eijanaika (Shohei Imamura). a Michael Crichton 'Coma'-rehash thriller called 'Looker. which is inherently fun. Yilmaz Guney) Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman) Sophie's Choice (Alan J. Foo ji ching (Father and Son) (Allen Fong). Vernon. Pixote (Hector Babenco).' 'Parsifal. "Clash of the Titans' (runner up) has a fairly high cheese quotient but I give it a lot of credit for charm and sincerity. Bob Brooks' "Tattoo" is trash and not fair to the tattoo industry. All the Marbles (Robert Aldrich). and Maud Adams in a red. being true to the wonder of Greek legends. They All Laughed (Peter Bogdanovich). Scanners (David Cronenberg). Assassination Attempt (Aleksandr Alov. An American Werewolf in London (Landis) To see: Birgit Haas Must Be Killed (Laurent Heynemann). 45 (Abel Ferrara). which meant that editor Chris Foran got first dibs on the good stuff while I saw a lot of bad flicks--some of them among the worst ever made. Tree of Knowledge (Nils Malmros).' 'Q--the Winged Serpent.' 'Monsignor. The Day After Trinity (Jon Else) In the queue: Garde a vue (Claude Miller). and that's something I cannot forget. white and blue bikini. As best picture winners go. Southern Comfort (Walter Hill). Full Moon High (Larry Cohen). but it has Bruce Dern as yet another nutcase. Agony (Elem Klimov). including 'Inchon. Pakula) Victor/Victoria (Blake Edwards) Blade Runner (Ridley Scott) .' and one I actually liked at the time. Taxi Zum Klo (Frank Ripploh). Modern Romance (Albert Brooks). The Professional (Georges Lautner). Stripes (Ivan Reitman).

Frank Oz) Gandhi (Richard Attenborough) Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog) White Dog (Samuel Fuller) A Question of Silence (Marleen Gorris) The Secret of NIMH (Don Bluth) Tootsie (Sydney Pollack) Pink Floyd The Wall (Alan Parker) Conan the Barbarian (John Milius) For the record: E. Legendary Weapons of China (Shi ba ban wu yi) (Chia-Liang Liu). Jayne Loader. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Amy Heckerling). Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper). Passion (Jean-Luc Godard). Cecilia (Humberto Solas). One From the Heart (Francis Ford Coppola) To see: Invitation au voyage (Peter Del Monte). Barbarosa (Fred Schepisi). Liquid Sky (Slava Tsuckerman).T. So Is This (Michael Snow). Shaolin si (The Shaolin Temple. Time Stands Still (Megall az ido) (Peter Gothar). On Top of the Whale (Raoul Ruiz). Jimmy Dean. Chinese Super Ninjas (Ren zhe wu di) (Cheh Chang) . Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper). Labyrinth of Passion (Pedro Almodóvar). Jimmy Dean (Robert Altman). not to be confused with 1976 same titled. Identification of a Woman (Michelangelo Antonioni). Pierce Rafferty) Burden of Dreams (Les Blank) Heatwave (Phillip Noyce) The Return of Martin Guerre (Daniel Vigne) The Verdict (Sidney Lumet) Angel (Neil Jordan) Dimensions of Dialogue (Jan Svankmajer) Diner (Barry Levinson) My Favorite Year (Richard Benjamin) Missing (Costa-Gavras) Eating Raoul (Paul Bartel) The Grey Fox (Phillip Borsos) La Balance (Bob Swaim) Vice Squad (Gary Sherman) RUNNERS UP: The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir) Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (Carl Reiner) Moonlighting (Jerzy Skolimowski) The Draughtsman's Contract (Peter Greenaway) The World According to Garp (George Roy Hill) The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time (Jim Brown) Veronika Voss (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) The Thing (John Carpenter) Lonely Hearts (Paul Cox) The Plague Dogs (Martin Rosen) Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (Joe Layton) Cat People (Paul Schrader) The Dark Crystal (Jim Henson. the Extraterrestrial (Steven Spielberg). Frances (Graeme Clifford). Le beau mariage (Eric Rohmer). Boat People (Tau ban no hoi) (Ann Hui). Shoot the Moon (Alan Parker).The Atomic Cafe (Kevin Rafferty.. Night of the Shooting Stars (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani). see) (Xinyan Zhang). Come Back to the Five and Dime.

a guilty pleasure enhanced greatly by topnotch gritty cinematography by Stanley Kubick's cameraman. Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die (Laurence Jarvik). trop tard) (Danièle Huillet.5*** Note: Despite my bias against the '80s.. compellingly earnest stuff.T.' but I did like its mockery of daytime television and of gender double standards. Querelle (R. Jean-Marie Straub). The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Colin Higgins). heavy-handed mixed messages and exploitative subject matter.' seemed to me to be a triumph of product placement. Sam Fuller's 'White Dog' (runner up) shows the director again as perhaps the foremost American primitive. 'Vice Squad. 1982 is a pretty eclectic year by the look of this list. making a perplexingly disturbing movie about a rascist dog(!)out of a cheesy misen scene. Alsino and the Condor (Miguel Littin). despite an ever-lingering cheese odor. even if the message was pounded home with a sledgehammer bigger than Tootsie's fake boobs. Made in Britain (Alan Clarke). So call me Scrooge. Spielberg's supremely manipulative kidshow 'E. I'm not a big fan of 'Tootsie. Fassbinder). Hammet (Wim Wenders).W. Wend Kuuni (Gaston Kabore). La Truite (Joseph Losey) VINTAGE RATING (1982): 7. Another Place (Michael Radford) Lianna (John Sayles) Under Fire (Roger Spottiswoode) The Fourth Man (Paul Verhoeven) One Deadly Summer (Jean Becker) . John Alcott. Too Late (Trop tot. Too Early.In the queue: Tenebre (Dario Argento). Lookin' to Get Out (Hal Ashby). It ain't here. Junya Sato). The ringer here is Gary Sherman's trash exploitation 'b'-crime picture. It's pretty nasty.. The Go Masters (Ji-shun Duan. The Fabulous Stains (Lou Adler). Ladies and Gentlemen. The State of Things (Wim Wenders). and little else. Chan is Missing (Wayne Wang). The Entity (Sidney Furie). 1983 (to count) Sans Soleil (Chris Marker) The Dresser (Peter Yates) Scarface (Brian De Palma) Videodrome (David Cronenberg) Betrayal (David Hugh Jones) Local Hero (Bill Forsythe) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese) Pauline at the Beach (Eric Rohmer) Never Cry Wolf (Carroll Ballard) Educating Rita (Lewis Gilbert) Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio) Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (Tsui Hark) Duvar (The Wall) (Yilmaz Guney) RUNNERS UP: The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg) A nos amours (Maurice Pialat) Zelig (Woody Allen) The Big Chill (Lawrence Kasdan) Tender Mercies (Bruce Beresford) The Store (Frederick Wiseman) A Christmas Story (Bob Clark) In the White City (Alain Tanner) Another Time.' kind of an amalgamation of all the sleazy R-rated grindhouse fare of the late '70s and early '80s (police recruit a hooker with a heart of gold to catch a psycho killer pimp).

Sugar Cane Alley (Euzhan Palcy). Exposed (James Toback). memory. Threshold (Richard Pearce). The Outsiders (Francis Ford Coppola). Merry Christmas. La Traviata (Franco Zeffirelli). Le dernier combat (The Last Battle) (Luc Besson). Carmen (Carlos Saura). Basileus Quartet (Fabio Carpi). sparked by two deliciously flamboyant performances by Albert Finney. El Sur (Victor Erice). First Name: Carmen (Jean-Luc Godard). The Store (Frederick Wiseman. Tchao Pantin (Claude Berri). and one of the weakest ever. the weakest year in modern film history (at least up to the 2000s). 1984 (to count) Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone) The Wannsee Conference (Heinz Schirk) Antonio Gaudi (Hiroshi Teshigahara) The Terminator (James Cameron) Amadeus (Milos Forman) Marlene (Maximillian Schell) The Hit (Stephen Frears) Blood Simple (Joel Coen) A Soldier's Story (Norman Jewison) . Peter Yates' British backstage comedy-drama 'The Dresser' was my favorite picture of the year. Faux-Fuyants (Alain Bergala and Jean-Pierre Limosin). geographic place and culture. and Tom Courtenay as his prissy manservant and protector-who defines his role in life in relation to an actor who defines his role in sheer fantasy. Mr. (Watch virtually any Hollywood hit from this year and notice the cheese smell). Three Crowns of the Sailor (Raoul Ruiz). Danton (Andrzej Wajda). Dark Habits (Pedro Almodovar). Sudden Impact (Clint Eastwood). But it doesn't become that until you make it past the first 20 minutes and get your bearings. El Norte (Gregory Nava). Valley Girl (Martha Coolidge). Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? (Henry Jaglom).' is one of the most enriching and profound movies ever made. Terry Gilliam) To see: Spring Symphony (Frühlingssinfonie) (Peter Schamoni). Cracking Up (Jerry Lewis) To re-watch: Personal Best (Robert Towne). On the other hand.Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky) Heart Like a Wheel (Jonathan Kaplan) Trading Places (John Landis) And the Ship Sails On (Federico Fellini) Star 80 (Bob Fosse) Strange Brew (Dave Thomas. The Hunger (Tony Scott) In the queue: Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (Gordon Liu). The Meaning of Life (Terry Jones. Entre Nous (Diane Kurys). to re-watch). Boon bin yen (Ah Ying) (Allen Fong). A Funny Dirty Little War (Hector Olivera). A Woman in Flames (Die flambierte Frau) (Robert van Ackeren). Streamers (Robert Altman). Confidentially Yours (Francois Truffaut) VINTAGE RATING (1983): 5* Note: 1983 is. Testament (Lynne Littman). 'Sans Soleil. Among the flicks I actually screened at the time. Bressan Jr.). Le Bal (Ettore Scola). though. Abuse (Arthur J. Life Is a Bed of Roses (Alain Resnais). Lawrence (Nagisa Oshima). Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura). Rick Moranis) Project A (Jackie Chan) Risky Business (Paul Brickman) Terms of Endearment (James Brooks) For the record: L'Argent (Robert Bresson). Utu (Geoff Murphy). in my opinion. as a provincial Shakespearean ham. Christine (John Carpenter). A Brutal Game (Jean-Claude Brisseau). Chris Marker's multi-leveled essay film on the nature of time.

Micki & Maude (Blake Edwards). Class Relations (Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub). The Brother from Another Planet (John Sayles). Boy Meets Girl (Leos Carax). In the Company of Wolves (Neil Jordan). Shanghai Blues (Tsui Hark). Secret Honor (Robert Altman). Eureka (Nicolas Roeg). Der Riese (Michael Klier). Cal (Pat O'Connor). The Legend of the Suram Fortress (Sergei Parajanov). Before Stonewall (Greta Schiller. Savage Streets (Danny Steinman). Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli). Diary for My Children (Márta Mészáros). Gremlins (Joe Dante). Iceman (Fred Schepisi) To see: Next of Kin (Atom Egoyan). Starman (John Carpenter). A Private Function (Malcolm Mowbray). Quilombo (Carlos Diegues). Secret Places (Zelda Barron). Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman) To re-watch: Choose Me (Alan Rudolph). The Funeral (Juzo Itami). Kaos (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani). 'The Wannsee Conference' was a German TV movie that received limited arthouse release in . Yellow Earth (Chen Kaige). What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Pedro Almodóvar). My Summer at Grandpa's (Hou Hsiao-hsien). Texas (Wim Wenders) Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme) A Sunday in the Country (Bertrand Tavernier) Wheels on Meals (Sammo Hung Kam-bo) The Bounty (Roger Donaldson) Crimes of Passion (Ken Russell) Lulu in Berlin (Richard Leacock) The Natural (Barry Levinson) The Killing Fields (Roland Joffe) For the record: Love Streams (John Cassavetes). The Home and the World (Satyajit Ray) VINTAGE RATING (1984): 6. The Goodbye People (Herb Gardner). Rendez-vous (Andre Techine): Repentence (Tengiz Abuladze). Full Moon in Paris. Carmen (Francesco Rosi). The Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak). The Family Game (Yoshimitsu Morita).5** NOTE: This year is a considerable improvement over 1983. After the Rehearsal (Ingmar Bergman). and much more eclectic--yet virtually none of the movies could fairly be called a breathless masterpiece (except Leone's). Ballad of the Little Soldier (Werner Herzog). Robert Rosenberg). Threads (Mick Jackson). Fear City (Abel Ferrara). Homecoming (Si shui liu nian) (Ho Yim) In the queue: My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Alexei Germain). Streetwise (Martin Bell). All of Me (Carl Reiner).Tightrope (Richard Tuggle) The Times of Harvey Milk (Robert Epstein) This is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner) Under the Volcano (John Huston) RUNNERS UP: The Element of Crime (Lars von Trier) Cal (Pat O'Connor) Body Double (Brian De Palma) Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch) Dangerous Moves (Richard Dembo) Places in the Heart (Robert Benton) The NeverEnding Story (Wolfgang Petersen) The Cotton Club (Francis Ford Coppola) Dune (David Lynch) Broadway Danny Rose (Woody Allen) Paris. Improper Conduct (Néstor Almendros and Orlando Jiménez Leal). Dance with a Stranger (Mike Newell). Repo Man (Alex Cox).

To call him merely corrupt or evil would be too simplistic. around. et al. but also guilty pleasures. the film--among other things--ponders the law's relation to human desires. a few years later. (William Friedkin) Fool for Love (Robert Altman) Lost in America (Albert Brooks) The Time to Live and the Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-hsien) Dreamchild (Gavin Millar) Spices (Mirch Masala) (Ketan Mehta) Dust (Marion Hansel) Smooth Talk (Joyce Chopra) . and through the stunningly conceived architecture of the Spanish master Gaudi.the U.A. 'Tightrope' is an under-the-radar Clint Eastwood vehicle that was perhaps too dark for the mainstream. 'Antonio Gaudi' is a hypnotic documentary using brilliantly fluid camerawork to track in. Both 'Dune' and 'The Cotton Club' (both runners up) are lavish messes. venomous tirades and Schell's clever visual strategies offers a more revealing and ironic character study than the film's original conception would have allowed.S. a banal meeting over coffee and krullers in which the fates of 6-million+ doomed humans were sealed. 1985 (to count) Ran (Akira Kurosawa) Memory of the Camps (Sidney Bernstein. 'Marlene' is Maximillian Schell's ingenious attempt to make lemonade out of lemons after the subject of his documentary--Marlene Dietrich--backed out of her agreement to talk on camera. probing the idea of a cop getting off on the dark side of his nature while on the beat in the city's underbelly. Vampire (Ricky Lau) The Official Story (Luis Puenzo) Come and See (Elem Klimov) Police (Maurice Pialat) Mishima (Paul Schrader) Kiss of the Spider Woman (Hector Babenco) Pee-wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton) L'effrontee (Claude Miller) HONORABLE MENTION: The Emerald Forest (John Boorman) The Shooting Party (Alan Bridges) The Falcon and the Snowman (John Schlesinger) Defence of the Realm (David Drury) My Beautiful Laundrette (Stephen Frears) Day of the Dead (George Romero) Year of the Dragon (Michael Cimino) To Live and Die in L. The intriguing opening sequences of 'Dune' promise a better film than the one that actually happens. It's a real-time look at petty Nazi politics. footage from Hitchcock.) Plenty (Fred Schepisi) Vagabond (San toit ni loi) (Agnes Varda) Shoah (Claude Lanzmann) Runaway Train (Andrei Konchalovsky) Tokyo-Ga (Wim Wenders) Brazil (Terry Gilliam) A Zed and Two Noughts (Peter Greenaway) Prizzi's Honor (John Huston) Police Story (Ging chaat goo si) (Jackie Chan) Mr. The resulting blend of her audiotaped bitter.

Mala Noche (Gus Van Sant). What was closed and inaccessible to me on first viewing blossomed out on the second go-round.A View to a Kill (John Glen) The Breakfast Club (John Hughes) The Bride (Franc Roddam) For the record: St. Saagar (Ramesh Sippy). the more stylistically conventional documentary 'Memory of the Camps' takes a pithier. The Shooting Party (Alan Bridges/re-watch) VINTAGE RATING (1985): 5. Blunt: The Fourth Man (John Glenister) To see: 1919 (Hugh Brody). The austere film allows the audience its own conclusions: one of which must be that unpleasant compromises and hardships mark human existence. Fred Schepisi's "Plenty. Jagged Edge (Richard Marquand). The Angelic Conversation (Derek Jarman). kungfu fighting vampires. Mask (Peter Bogdanovich). Real Genius (Martha Coolidge).. Letter to Brezhnev (Chris Bernard).' his visually overwhelming rendering of "King Lear. It's the sure creation of a mature master in deep sync with the thematic meaning of the source text and an understanding of effectively placed spectacle. Insignificance (Nicolas Roeg). Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon). Wuthering Heights (Jacques Rivette). Wetherby (David Hare). Repo Man (Alex Cox/re-watch). Always (Henry Jaglom).. at least in conventional terms. Silverado (Lawrence Kasdan)." is possibly the only true cinematic masterpiece of the decade. Elmo's Fire (Joel Schumacher). Hail Mary (Jean-Luc Godard). No Surrender (Pater Smith). Himatsuri (Mitsuo Yanagimachi). Hour of the Star (Suzana Amaral). impersonal and even more detached approach--exemplified in Trevor Howard's humorously ironic narration of newsreel footage. but not great. Flesh & Blood (Paul Verhoeven). 'Vagabond. At 9 hours. yet it produced two of the best films ever about the Holocaust. The Color Purple (Steven Spielberg). Taipei Story (Edward Yang). Sweet Dreams (Karel Reisz). And what would cable TV in the 80's have been without ad infinitum repeats of 'The Breakfast Club' (runner up)?' A Brat Pack guilty pleasure. Overlooked initially by me was Agnes Varda's uncompromising study of a homeless young woman." starring Meryl Streep as an Englishwoman whose life peaks too early. even if (like the young woman) we achieve seemingly complete freedom. and pretty darn scary at times--it's a perfect example of the energetic multi-genre hodepodge entertainments of HK's '80s golden age. Boycott (Mohsen Makhmalbaf). honed work. It is also the better film of the two. Vampire Hunter D (Toyoo Ashida). one that would do greater honor to the victims of the Holocaust than one that forces the audience to walk out and miss their testimonials. Inside the footage is a great movie wanting to get out.' but a second viewing put that right. One man's poetry is another man's sleeping pill. Into the Night (John Landis). Hard Choices (Rick King) In the queue: When Father Was Away on Business (Emir Kusturica). Angel's Egg (Mamoru Oshii). 28 Up (Michael Apted). In contrast. Colonel Redl (Istvan Szabo). Akira Kurosawa's 'Ran. The Cimino and Friedkin policiers I thought were good at the time. Dona Herlinda and Her Son (Jaime Humberto Hermosillo). Fun from first to last. . Chain Letters (Mark Rappaport). Vampire' is a guilty pleasure. Claude Lanzmann's 'Shoah' seems more like a workprint for a great documentary than a disciplined. Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman). yet it's too important a movie to dismiss. After Hours (Martin Scorsese). "Mr. The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Jiri Barta). it's unreasonably long and padded.5** Note: 1985 is another weak movie year. Phenomena (Dario Argento). I think now they'd probably hold up nicely if given another viewing (partly because I've never forgotten them). is one of the finest overlooked films of the decade. The Runner (Amir Naderi). Joshua Then and Now (Ted Kotcheff). a kooky Hong Kong horror comedy with bouncing. The Coca Cola Kid (Dusan Makavejev).

Rita. Two Friends (Jane Campion). The Mosquito Coast (Peter Weir). Angry Harvest (Agnieszka Holland). Mona Lisa (Neil Jordan). Dei ha ching (Love Unto Waste) (Stanley Kwan) In the queue: Charlotte For Ever (Serge Gainsbourg). A Girl from Hunan (U Lan. The Terrorizer (Edward Yang).2 le matin) (Jean-Jacques Beineix) Menage (Tenue de soiree) (Bertrand Blier) Blue Velvet (David Lynch) The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky) Desert Bloom (Eugene Corr) The Color of Money (Martin Scorsese) Working Girls (Lizzie Borden) RUNNERS UP: A Room with a View (James Ivory) Le rayon vert (Summer) (Eric Rohmer) A Little Princess (Carol Wiseman) A Better Tomorrow (John Woo) Absolute Beginners (Julien Temple) Manhunter (Michael Mann) 84 Charing Cross Road (David Hugh Jones) Salvador (Oliver Stone) The Decline of the American Empire (Denys Arcand) The Fly (David Cronenberg) Ruthless People (Jim Abrahams. God's Country (Louis Malle). Sue and Bob Too (Alan Clarke). Children of a Lesser God (Randa Haines). Comrades (Bill Douglas).1986 (to count) Jean de Florette (Claude Berri) Manon of the Spring (Claude Berri) 'Round Midnight (Bertrand Tavernier) Sid and Nancy (Alex Cox) Down By Law (Jim Jarmusch) Sherman's March (Ross McElwee) Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen) Peking Opera Blues (Tsui Hark) Tampopo (Juzo Itami) She's Gotta Have It (Spike Lee) Betty Blue (37. Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki). Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter). The Wolf at the Door (Henning Carlsen). Castaway (Nicolas Roeg). Platoon (Oliver Stone). David Zucker. The Hitcher (Robert Harmon). Mauvais Sang (Leos Carax). Landscape Suicide (James Benning). The Horse Thief (Tian Zhuangzhuang). Hey . Jerry Zucker) Ferris Bueller's Day Off (John Hughes) Something Wild (Jonathan Demme) Aliens (James Cameron) For the record: Melo (Alain Resnais). Bliss (Ray Lawrence) To see: Golden Eighties (aka. Lucas (David Seltzer). Scene of the Crime (Andre Techine). The Lightship (Jerzy Skolimowski). Therese (Alain Cavalier). Two Friends (Jane Campion). Rosa Luxemburg (Margarethe von Trotta). Shadows in Paradise (Aki Kaurismaki). Devil in the Flesh (Marco Bellocchio). Trouble in Mind (Alan Rudolph). Caravaggio (Derek Jarman). Window Shopping) (Chantal Akerman). Fei Xie). The Mission (Roland Joffe) To re-watch: Mona Lisa (Neil Jordan). Matador (Pedro Almodovar).

Babu Riba (Jovan Acin); The Clan of the Cave Bear (Michael Chapman); Gonza the Spearman (Masahiro Shinoda); Crimes of the Heart (Bruce Beresford); Bandits (Claude Lelouch); The Dead Father (Guy Maddin) VINTAGE RATING (1986): 7** NOTE: There's some life in this year's fulsome offerings; quite a bit of enjoyment, in fact. Claude Berri's two-part epic ("Jean de Florette" and "Manon of the Spring') reinvigorated the French commercial cinema internationally and made the dubiously charming Provence tales of Marcel Pagnol actually watchable. Lots of good indies from the likes of Alex Cox, Jim Jarmusch and others put the kick into this year, as do some spirited films from Japan and Hong Kong. Only the Hollywood '80s high-cheese quotient dragged this year down. Otherwise there's much to admire. Andrei Tarkovsky's 'The Sacrifice' is filled with unforgettable images, but the "sacrifice" alluded to in the title turns out to be a pretty silly one. I'm still struggling with this film. Similarly, I'm not sure what I think about Lynch's 'Blue Velvet' anymore. I'm leaving it on the list until I can reconcile my conflicted thoughts. Lizzie Borden's 'Working Girls'--an ultra low-budget indie study of a New York prostitution loft--manages to leave in the dust most other films about hookers and their johns (despite some iffy acting and dialogue). It is not to be confused with the almost same-titled Mike Nichols film of 1988. 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' is the John Hughes guilty pleasure for this year, pandering and preachy it becomes, but breezy and funny along the way.

1987 (to count)
The Dead (John Huston) Rouge (Stanley Kwan) The Cyclist (Mohsen Makhmalbaf) Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson) Broadcast News (James L. Brooks) Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (Todd Haynes) Gardens of Stone (Francis Ford Coppola) Raising Arizona (Joel Coen) Matewan (John Sayles) Radio Bikini (Robert Stone) The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (Jack Clayton) Drowning By Numbers (Peter Greenaway) A Chinese Ghost Story (Ching Siu-tung) Wings of Desire (Der Himmel uber Berlin) (Wim Wenders) RUNNERS UP: Prick Up Your Ears (Stephen Frears) House of Games (David Mamet) Moonstruck (Norman Jewison) Babette's Feast (Gabriel Axel) Barfly (Barbet Schroeder) Boyfriends and Girlfriends (L'ami de mon amie) (Eric Rohmer) Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick) Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (Jeremy Kagan/TV) An Autumn's Tale (Chou tin dik tong wah) (Mabel Cheung) The Big Easy (Jim McBride) Swimming to Cambodia (Jonathan Demme) La Vie est belle (Benoit Lamy, Mweze Ngangura) Kangaroo (Tim Burstall) The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci)

The Untouchables (Brian De Palma) Eastern Condors (Sammo Hung Kam-Bo) Project A, Part II (Jackie Chan) Anna (Yurek Bogayevicz) The Peddler (Dasforoush) (Mohsen Makhmalbaf) Wall Street (Oliver Stone) Border Radio (Allison Anders, et. al.) For the record: Yeelen (Souleyman Cisse); The Running Man (Paul Michael Glaser); Cry Freedom (Richard Attenborough); Gaby: A True Story (Luis Mandoki); Intervista (Federico Fellini); Empire of the Sun (Steven Spielberg); Hope and Glory (John Boorman); RoboCop (Paul Verhoeven); Radio Days (Woody Allen); Under Satan's Sun (Maurice Pialat); A Taxing Woman (Juzo Itami); Lethal Weapon (Richard Donner) To re-watch: Housekeeping (Bill Forsythe); Wish You Were Here (David Leland); Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou) To see: Good Morning, Babylon (Taviani brothers); Opera (Dario Argento); Law of Desire (Pedro Almodóvar); Where Is the Friend's House? (Abbas Kiarostami); Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow); Someone to Love (Henry Jaglom); The Kitchen Toto (Harry Hook); The Stepfather (Joseph Ruben); O.C. & Stiggs (Robert Altman); Dark Eyes (Nikita Mikhalkov); Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (Eric Rohmer); The Cry of the Owl (Claude Chabrol); The Camp at Thiaroye (Ousmane Sembene, Thierno Faty Sow); The Belly of an Architect (Peter Greenaway); Made in Heaven (Alan Rudolph); Winter Ade (Helke Misselwitz); Shy People (Andrei Konchalovsky); The Sicilian (Michael Cimino) In the queue: The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (Kazuo Hara); Blind Chance (Krzysztof Kieslowski); Au revoir les enfants (Louis Malle); Maurice (James Ivory); Missile (Frederick Wiseman); High Tide (Gilliam Armstrong); The Ten-Year Lunch (Aviva Slesin); Planes, Trains and Automobiles (John Hughes); Dead of Winter (Arthur Penn); Black Widow (Bob Rafelson) VINTAGE RATING (1987): 6.5** NOTES: Wim Wenders' 'Wings of Desire' is every hipster's favorite art film of the year--sort of like Capra filtered through German angst and Rainer Maria Rilke's poetry. It's a grand folly, a mess, but full of memorable images and moments. I'm still wrestling with it. Similarly, I've had mixed feelings about John Huston's adaptation of James Joyce's 'The Dead,' which seemed a bit tedious at first until the devastatingly haunting final scenes. The final scenes of the ghostly Hong Kong art film 'Rouge' leave nearly as deep a resonance. 'Gardens of Stone,' Francis Coppola's flipside to 'Apocalypse Now,' is perhaps the director's quietest, most delicate film. 'Radio Bikini' is an engrossing, powerful documentary about the tragic costs of America's nuke bomb tests in the Pacific in the '40s and '50s. Part-docudrama and essay, Todd Haynes' brilliantly multilayered 'Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story' wryly comments on consumerism, public and self image, pop culture and even film form and biopic conventions--with a cast of Barbie dolls. It proves that a few dollars and imagination can beat a $100-million Hollywood piece of tripe any day.

1988 (to count)
The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (George Sluizer) The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris) The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese) Salaam, Bombay! (Mira Nair) Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata) Tetsuo: The Iron Man (Shinya Tsukamoto)

Bird (Clint Eastwood) Story of Women (Claude Chabrol) A World Apart (Chris Menges) A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton) Talk Radio (Oliver Stone) Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg) Haunted Summer (Ivan Passer) The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Philip Kaufman) RUNNERS UP: The Accidental Tourist (Lawrence Kasdan) Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo) Dangerous Liaisons (Stephen Frears) Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (Marcel Ophuls) Eight Men Out (John Sayles) My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki) The Naked Gun (David Zucker) Another Woman (Woody Allen) Ariel (Aki Kaurismaki) Distant Voices, Still Lives (Terence Davies) A Handful of Dust (Charles Sturridge) Bull Durham (Ron Shelton) Running on Empty (Sidney Lumet) A Cry in the Dark (Fred Schepisi) Hairspray (John Waters) Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (Mark Lewis) Tucker: The Man and His Dream (Francis Ford Coppola) Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Robert Zemeckis) Gorillas in the Mist (Michael Apted) Torch Song Trilogy (Paul Bogart) Frantic (Roman Polanski) The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (Vincent Ward) For the record: Alice (Jan Svankmajer); 36 Fillette (Catherine Breillat); School Daze (Spike Lee); Mississippi Burning (Alan Parker); The Legend of the Holy Drinker (Ermanno Olmi); Miracle Mile (Steve De Jarnatt); Working Girl (Mike Nichols); Alice (Jan Svankmajer); Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodóvar) To re-watch: Time of the Gypsies (Emir Kusturica); Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodóvar); A Short Film About Killing (Krzysztof Kieslowski); A Short Film About Love (Krzysztof Kieslowski); As Tears Go By (Wong kar-wai) To see: Medea (Lars Von Trier); Landscape in the Mist (Theo Angelopoulos); Days of Eclipse (Aleksandr Sokurov); Hanussen (István Szabó); Candy Mountain (Robert Frank and Rudy Wurlitzer); Cannibal Tours (Dennis O'Rourke); Ashik Kerib (Sergei Parajanov); Little Dorrit (Christine Edzard); Dragons Forever (Sammo Hung Kam-bo); Painted Faces (Alex Law); The Big Heat (Johnny To) In the queue: Bagdad Cafe (Percy Adlon); Little Vera (Vasili Pichul); Chocolat (Claire Denis); The Moderns (Alan Rudolph); Pascali's Island (James Dearden); Pelle the Conquerer (Bille August); The Last of England (Derek Jarman); The Wizard of Loneliness (Jenny Bowen); Lady in White (Frank LaLoggia); Hawks (Robert Ellis Miller); Emma's Shadow (Soeren Kragh-Jacobsen); Blood Relations (Graeme Campbell); Beaches (Garry Marshall); Without a Clue (Thom Eberhardt); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Frank Oz); The Big Blue (Luc Besson); The Lair Of The White Worm (Ken Russell)

disturbing and masterful European thriller 'The Vanishing. a Love Story (Paul Mazursky) Leningrad Cowboys Go America (Aki Kaurismaki) Mystery Train (Jim Jarmusch) The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Terry Gilliam) Santa sangre (Alejandro Jodorowski) sex. The Music Teacher (Gerard Corbiau). The South African apartheid period drama 'A World Apart' has electrifying performances by Barbara Hershey and Jodhi May. Monsieur Hire (Patrice Leconte). 1989 (to count) Roger and Me (Michael Moore) Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant) Dekalog (Krzysztof Kieslowski) Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen) Enemies. the remake apparently ties up all the knots for the happy ending.' The original is an uncompromising and bleak examination of a killer's slow preparation for a gruesome crime and the subsequent mindgames he plays with the victim's lover. The War of the Roses (Danny DeVito). Die. A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon (Tsui Hark). Batman (Tim Burton). Sluizer's sell-out evidently didn't help his subsequent career. Steel Magnolias (Herbert Ross). but 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' has a certain ersatz poetic pizzaz that balances the self importance. Come To Life (Vitali Kanevsky) My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan) God of Gamblers (Shen nu) (Jing Wong) Born on the 4th of July (Oliver Stone) Licence to Kill (John Glen) Driving Miss Daisy (Bruce Beresford Last Exit to Brooklyn (Ulrich Edel) For the record: Rain Man (Barry Levinson). Where the first ends darkly. mechanical and emotionally hollow about Philip Kaufman's movies. Fat Man and Little Boy (Roland Joffe) . I find something slightly shallow. respectively.5** Note: I've only read about the travesty that apparently is George Sluizer's Hollywood remake of his eerie. Sex and Buttered Popcorn (Sam Harrison). as mother and daughter. Counterintuitively. and videotape (Steven Soderbergh) The Architecture of Doom (Peter Cohen) Central Park (Frederick Wiseman) RUNNERS UP: Glory (Edward Zwick) The Killer (John Woo) Kiki's Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki) Jesus of Montreal (Denys Arcand) Henry V (Kenneth Branagh) Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton) Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee) Thelonious Monk: Straight. Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (Rob Epstein. Jeffrey Friedman). No Chaser (Charlotte Zwerin) The Icicle Thief (Ladri di Saponette) (Maurizio Nichetti) Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore) Riki-Oh (The Story of Ricky) (Ngai Kai Lam) Freeze.VINTAGE RATING (1988): 6. lies. Sea of Love (Harold Becker). his painterly distance seems more suited to commercials.

Most people will bail on any Wiseman film after a few minutes. but have never shaken it from my head. Pedicab Driver (Sammo Hung Kam-bo) In the queue: The Asthenic Syndrome (Kira Muratova). It's also a beautiful record that will probably be cherished 100 years from now. uncompromising and depressing. Cat Chaser (Abel Ferrara). 1990 (88) American Dream (Barbara Kopple) The Nasty Girl (Michael Verhoeven) An Angel at My Table (Jane Campion) Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston) La Discrete (Christian Vincent) Reversal of Fortune (Barbet Schroeder) Metropolitan (Whit Stillman) The Match Factory Girl (Aki Kaurismaki) The Russia House (Fred Schepisi) Miller's Crossing (Joel Coen) White Hunter. Casualties of War (Brian De Palma). She-Devil (Susan Seidelman). La Chiesa (Michele Soavi). though Edel reminds me a little too much of another filmmaker I find hard to stomach: Abel Ferrara. My Twentieth Century (Ildiko Enyedi). Heavy Petting (Obie Benz. The Fabulous Baker Boys (Steve Kloves). The Reincarnation of Golden Lotus (Clara Law). Black Rain (Shohei Imamura). Jerry Stoeffhaas). detached cinema verite' of unnarrated sights and sounds of New York City. The Fabulous Baker Boys (Steve Kloves). That's Adequate (Harry Hurwitz). Sweetie (Jane Campion) To see: Route One USA (Robert Kramer). Joshua Waletzky). Valmont (Milos Forman). Speaking Parts (Atom Egoyan). Another eye on America was offered by Frederick Wiseman. Eat a Bowl of Tea (Wayne Wang). and this one may be his slowest ever. New Year's Day (Henry Jaglom). and still holds much critical cred. Dead Calm (Phillip Noyce) VINTAGE RATING (1989): 7** Note: 'Last Exit to Brooklyn' (runner up) is one of the grimiest and grimmest films I've ever seen--relentless.To re-watch: The Cook. I'm pretty sure I hated it. The Mighty Quinn (Carl Schenkel). the Thief. A second viewing could be the breakthrough. painterly. so not surprisingly each made funny and haunting homages to the spirit of rock n' roll: 'Mystery Train' and 'Leningrad Cowboys Go America. Black Heart (Clint Eastwood) RUNNERS UP (alphabetical order): Agneepath (Mukul Anand) . continuing his prolific fourdecade career effort to document the nation in 'Central Park. Scandal (Michael Caton-Jones). Kindred spirits Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismaki share an uncannily mutual artistic aesthetic. The success of it and of similar spawn more or less killed the chances for American distribution of challenging or innovative foreign fare thereafter. so I haven't given up on it yet. Look Back in Anger (Judi Dench/TV). Heathers (Michael Lehmann). cute and wistful without being too cerebral. as they would with the similarly beloved 'Life is Beautiful' nearly 10 years later. My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days (Andrzej Zulawski). The Seventh Continent (Michael Haneke). Violent Cop (Takeshi Kitano). Young). Many confused it for a cinematic masterpiece. Sweetie (Jane Campion) 1989. Giuseppe Tornatore's easy-to-take bit of nostalgia and movie worship 'Cinema Paradiso' became the template for the ideal Miramax foreign import of the '90s--intelligent. Triumph of the Spirit (Robert M. It made many top ten lists including Ebert's. His Wife and Her Lover (Peter Greenaway). Cheap Shots (Jeff Ureles. How to Get Ahead in Advertising (Bruce Robinson).' each presenting a skewed and vivid eye on the American scene.' a three-hour.

Dark Man (Sam Raimi) . My Sweet (James Foley).Avalon (Barry Levinson) Awakenings Penny Marshall) Ay. The Disenchanted (Benoît Jacquot). Queen of Temple Street (Lawrence Ah Mon). Joe vs. To Sleep With Anger (Charles Burnett). Farewell China (Clara Law). Tongues Untied (Marlon Riggs). Toto le heros (Jaco van Dormeal). Without You I'm Nothing (John Boskovich). Daddy Nostalgia (Bertrand Tavernier). Journey of Hope (Xavier Koller) In the queue: The Ages of Lulu (Bigas Luna). Or The Vain Glory Of Command (Manoel de Oliveira). Jacob's Ladder (Adrian Lyne). A Shock to the System (Jan Egleson). Everybody's Fine (Giuseppe Tornatore). Berkeley in the Sixties (Mark Kitchell). La Femme Nikita (Luc Besson). Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton). All the Vermeers in New York (Jon Jost). Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven). Elias Merhige) Bullet in the Head (Die xue jie tou) (John Woo) The Comfort of Strangers (Paul Schrader) Cyrano de Bergerac (Jean-Paul Rappeneau) The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (Jan Svankmajer) Europa. After Dark. Carmela! (Carlos Saura) Begotten (E. Nouvelle Vague (Jean Luc Godard). Sink or Swim (Su Friedrich). Close Up (Abbas Kiarostami). the Volcano (John Patrick Shanley). Pretty Woman (Garry Marshall). Part III (Francis Coppola) Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese) The Grifters (Stephen Frears) The Handmaid's Tale (Volker Schlondorff) Henry and June (Philip Kaufman) Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou. May Fools (Louis Malle). Bonfire of the Vanities (Brian De Palma). Miami Blues (George Armitage). Yang Fengliang) The Last Butterfly (Karel Kachyna) Life is Sweet (Mike Leigh) Mr. Eating (Henry Jaglom). and Mrs. Europa (Agnieszka Holland) Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty) The Garden (Derek Jarman) Ghayal (Rajkumar Santoshi) The Godfather. The Hot Spot (Dennis Hopper). The Little Gangster (Jacques Doillon). Trust (Hal Hartley). Dreams (Akira Kurosawa). The Reflecting Skin (Philip Ridley). No. Texasville (Peter Bogdanovich). My Father's Glory (Yves Robert). Postcards From the Edge (Mike Nichols). Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Pedro Almodovar). Bridge (Paul Newman) My Mother's Castle (Yves Robert) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Tom Stoppard) Sure Fire (Jon Jost) A Tale of Springtime (Conte de printemps) (Eric Rohmer) Vincent and Theo (Robert Altman) Wild at Heart (David Lynch) Honorable Mention: The Civil War (Ken Burns) (TV) For the record: Dances with Wolves (Kevin Costner). The Second Circle (Krug vtoroy) (Aleksandr Sokurov). (many more) To re-watch: King of New York (Abel Ferrara) To see: Strangers in Good Company (Cynthia Scott).

but which gets points for making an indelible mark. which I can't describe. thanks to the Disney company's renewed vigor as well as the powerful emergence of Sundance and the indie scene and strong prestige productions from Hollywood.' I didn't care for it (contemporary attitudes overlaid on the past often bothers me).VINTAGE RATING (1990): 8. Harris Jr. Eleanor Coppola. Begotten. George Hickenlooper) Delicatessen (Marc Caro.5*** Note: Overall film quality seemed already on the upswing in 1989. but may have to give it another viewing just to be fair. we have E. Mark Aldo Miceli) Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (Ken Burns) All the Mornings of the World (Alain Corneau) Barton Fink (Joel Cohen) Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale. On the other end. Kirk Wise) The Fisher King (Terry Gilliam) Deadly Currents (Simcha Jacobovici) The Prince of Tides (Barbra Streisand) Europa (Zentropa) (Lars Von Trier) Dogfight (Nancy Savoca) Night on Earth (Jim Jarmusch) Once a Thief (John Woo) Kafka (Steven Soderbergh) Edward II (Derek Jarman) Highway Patrolman (Alex Cox) Whore (Ken Russell) Once Around (Lasse Hallstrom) Flirting (John Duigan) A Little Stiff (Caveh Zahedi) Prospero's Books (Peter Greenaway) A Midnight Clear (Stuart Gordon) Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Jean-Pierre Jeunet) JFK (Oliver Stone) Jacquot (Jacquot de Nantes) (Agnes Varda) The Man in the Moon (Robert Mulligan) Impromptu (James Lapine) Rambling Rose (Martha Coolidge) The Indian Runner (Sean Penn) RUNNERS UP: City of Hope (John Sayles) Agantuk (The Stranger) (Satyajit Ray) Madonna: Truth or Dare (Alek Keshishian. The big omission here is 'Dances With Wolves. and 1990 followed the trend. 1991 (83) Black Robe (Bruce Beresford) A Woman's Tale (Paul Cox) Slacker (Richard Linklater) Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (Fax Bahr. An eclectic and strong body of international work also bode well for the coming decade.) Niaz (The Need) (Alireza Davoudnejad) The Doors (Oliver Stone) . Elias Merhige's uber-weird art movie.

Johnny Stecchino (Roberto Benigni) VINTAGE RATING (1991): 7. High Heels (Pedro Almodóvar). Sango Malo (Bassek Ba Kobhio). Night and Day (Chantal Ackerman). Kasba (Kumar Shahani). Paul Cox's profoundly moving examination of a dying woman. Rhapsody in August (Akira Kurosawa). Homo Faber (Volker Schlondorff).. The Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants du Pont-Neuf) (Leos Carax). Peter Wintonick) Husbands and Wives (Woody Allen) Centre Stage (The Actress) (Stanley Kwan) The Lover (Jean-Jacques Annaud) Brother's Keeper (Joe Berlinger. A Scene at the Sea (Takeshi Kitano). Terminator 2: Judgement Day (James Cameron). Switch (Blake Edwards). Antonia and Jane (Beeban Kidron). L.. My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant). Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash). Hear My Song (Peter Chelsom). Bugsy (Barry Levison). Idiot (Mani Kaul). The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski). Fuck Jacques Rivette for making me sit through a four-hour movie ("La Belle Noiseuse"/For the record) about the creation of a painting and not letting me see it. La Mujer del puerto (Woman of the Port) (Arturo Ripstein). Defending Your Life (Albert Brooks). London Kills Me (Hanif Kureishi). Lyrical Nitrate (Peter Delpeut). The Other (Bernard Giraudeau). Guido Manuli). (I know I miss the point.A. The Rapture (Michael Tolkin). The Commitments (Alan Parker). 'A Woman's Tale. Regarding Henry (Mike Nichols).) 1992 (92) The Crying Game (Neil Jordan) Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (Mark Achbar. coincidentally. Billy Bathgate (Robert Benton). Volere Volare (Maurizio Nichetti. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar Wai). Swordsman II (Siu-Tung Ching and Stanley Tong). Urga (Close to Eden) (Nikita Mikhalkov). Poison (Todd Haynes). Vasquez). Mississippi Masala (Mira Nair). To re-watch: Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou) To see: Life on a String (Chen Kaige). Vacas (Cows) (Julio Medem). 35 Up (Michael Apted). Oscar (John Landis). etc. Boyz N the Hood (John Singleton). J' entends plus la guitare (Philippe Garrel). It's really a toss-up between them for my top spot. Merci la vie (Bertrand Blier). Van Gogh (Maurice Pialat). Alias 'La Gringa' (Alberto Durant) In the queue: A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang). Liebestraum (Mike Figgis). New Jack City (Mario Van Peebles). The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme). Shattered (Wolfgang Petersen). Once Upon a Time in China (Tsui Hark). What About Bob? (Frank Oz).' is one of the bravest films I've ever seen. Surviving Desire (Hal Hartley). Toto le heros (Jaco van Dormael). are made by two of Australia's best directors. Homicide (David Mamet). Bruce Sinofsky) . A Kiss Before Dying (James Dearden). Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow). Proof (Jocelyn Moorhouse). The Conviction (Marco Bellocchio). Lamhe (Yash Chopra). The Fall of Otar (Ardak Amirkulov). Until the End of the World (Wim Wenders). Dead Again (Kenneth Branagh).For the record: La Belle Noiseuse (Jacques Rivette). Mediterraneo (Gabriele Salvatores). Story (Mick Jackson). Thelma and Louise (Ridley Scott). Rush (Lili Fini Zanuck).5 Note: 'Black Robe' is one of the finest movies of the last quarter century. Hangin' With the Homeboys (Joseph P. Flight of the Intruder (John Milius). Perhaps someday the critics and scholars who set the cinema canon will come to realize it. North on Evers (James Benning). Both of these films. so what? It's still four hours of my life. (Abbas Kiarostami). And Life Goes On. certainly the best I've ever seen about the colonizing of the continent and the sense of mystery and danger of the first contacts between whites and Indians. Paris s'eveille (Olivier Assayas). Cape Fear (Martin Scorsese).

Guelwaar . A Heart in Winter (Claude Sautet). Romper Stomper (Geoffrey Wright) To see: Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (Craig Baldwin). The Last Bolshevik (Chris Marker). El sol del membrillo (The Dream of Light/The Quince Tree Sun) (Victor Erice). Michael Steinberg). Baraka (Ron Fricke). Little Noises (Jane Spencer). The Last Days of Chez Nous (Gillian Armstrong). Jamon (Bigas Luna) Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (Arnold Glassman. Todd McCarthy) The Hours and Times (Christopher Munch) Hard Boiled (John Woo) Tito and Me (Goran Markovic) Enchanted April (Mike Newell) Passion Fish (John Sayles) Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood) Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino) The Player (Robert Altman) Man Bites Dog (Remy Belvaux.A Brief History of Time (Errol Morris) These Hands (Flora M'mbugu-Schelling) Howards End (James Ivory) Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley) Naked Killer (Clarence Fok Yiu-leung) Red Rock West (John Dahl) RUNNERS UP: Bitter Moon (Roman Polanski) Jamon. Another Girl Another Planet (Michael Almereyda). Gas. Luna Park (Pavel Lungin). Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch). The Stolen Children (Gianni Amelio). The Oak (Lucian Pintilie). Kairat (Darezhan Omirbayev). Rebels of the Neon God (Ming-liang Tsai). The Living End (Gregg Araki). The Best Intentions (Bille August). The Waterdance (Neal Jimenez. Dead Alive (Peter Jackson). Raising Cain (Brian De Palma). Benoit Poelvoorde) Singles (Cameron Crowe) Rock Hudson's Home Movies (Mark Rappaport) The Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann) Conte d'hiver (A Tale of Winter) (Eric Rohmer) A Few Good Men (Rob Reiner) Careful (Guy Maddin) The Panama Deception (Barbara Trent) Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann) The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies) Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (Nick Broomfield) Daens (Stijn Coninx) Police Story 3 (aka. In the Land of the Deaf (Nicolas Philibert). Supercop) (Stanley Tong) One False Move (Carl Franklin) Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara) Indochine (Regis Wargnier) For the record: Lessons of Darkness (Werner Herzog). Andre Bonzel. The Second Heimat (Edgar Reitz). Under Siege (Andrew Davis). Wayne's World (Penelope Spheeris). Venice/Venice (Henry Jaglom). Savage Nights (Cyril Collard). Like Water for Chocolate (Alfonso Arau). A River Runs Through It (Robert Redford). Food Lodging (Allison Anders) To re-watch: Damage (Louis Malle). The Hairdresser's Husband (Patrice Leconte).

I've seen it. Swoon (Tom Kalin). I'm not sure who Regis Wargnier is. Martin) The Blue Kite (Zhuangzhuang Tian) . A Place in the World (Un lugar en el mundo) (Adolfo Aristarain). but it's good enough as such things go and won a lot of awards. Benny's Video (Michael Haneke).(Ousmane Sembene). The Public Eye (Howard Franklin). Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (Shinya Tsukamoto). but so far I haven't been too impressed by his lovely but conventional trans-hemispheric epics.5 Notes: 'These Hands' is an African documentary about the worst kind of Third World drudgery. or why he gets such big budgets. Myron Meisel w/Orson Welles' footage) Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (Steven M. Marisa Tomei was cute.A. D. Yes. including an AA. Thomas Kufus) Eye of Vichy (Claude Chabrol) Fong Sai-Yuk (Corey Yuen) What's Eating Gilbert Grape (Lasse Hallstrom) The War Room (Chris Hegedus. Betty (Claude Chabrol). The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies. Simple. to re-watch). Yes. Laws of Gravity (Nick Gomez). Pennebaker) Short Cuts (Robert Altman) Manhattan Murder Mystery (Woody Allen) A Perfect World (Clint Eastwood) It's All True (Bill Krohn. Deep Cover (Bill Duke). but poetic and powerful. Quartier Mozart (Jean-Pierre Bekolo). Olivier Olivier (Agnieszka Holland). No. including "Indochine" (runner up). Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (Ray Muller) Backbeat (Iain Softley) In the Name of the Father (Jim Sheridan) Blue (Derek Jarman) The Cement Garden (Andrew Birkin) Ruby In Paradise (Victor Nunez) Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis) Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige) My Favorite Season (Andre Techine) Shadowlands (Richard Attenborough) Mein Krieg (Harriet Eder. 1993 (89) Time Indefinite (Ross McElwee) Naked (Mike Leigh) Calendar (Atom Egoyan) The Remains of the Day (James Ivory) Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater) 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (Francois Girard) Menace II Society (Allen and Albert Hughes) Blue (Three Colors: Blue) (Krzysztof Kieslowski) King of the Hill (Steven Soderbergh) Carlito's Way (Brian De Palma) Six Degrees of Separation (Fred Schepisi) Iron Monkey (Yuen Woo-ping) The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese) RUNNERS UP: The Wonderful. Tokyo Decadence (Ryu Murakami). done with slow pans a la Andrei Tarkovsky. "My Cousin Vinny" is not on here. 89 mm od Europy (89mm from Europe) (Marcel Lozinski) In the queue: Lorenzo's Oil (George Miller). La Vie de Boheme (Aki Kaurismaki) VINTAGE RATING (1992): 7.

Sliver (Phillip Noyce). Sommersby (Jon Amiel). 1994 (98) Crumb (Terry Zwigoff) Hoop Dreams (Steve James) The Mao Years (1949-1976) (Sue Williams) Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai) Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino) The Kingdom (Riget) (Lars Von Trier) Wild Reeds (Les roseaux sauvage) (Andre Techine) Red (Trois coleurs: Rouge) (Krzysztof Kieslowski) Ed Wood (Tim Burton) Bullets Over Broadway (Woody Allen) The Last Seduction (John Dahl) . Cafe au lait (Matthieu Kassovitz).The Piano (Jane Campion) Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg) Rocking Poponguine (Twist a Popenguine) (Moussa Sene Absa) Kalifornia (Dominic Sena) Helas pour moi (Jean-Luc Godard) In the Line of Fire (Wolfgang Petersen) The Bride with White Hair (Ronny Yu) True Romance (Tony Scott) Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trousers (Nick Park) Gettysburg (Ronald F. Mi Vida Loca (Allison Anders). Alive (Frank Marshall). Stalingrad (Joseph Vilsmaier). I'd say there at least 20 movies ahead of it. Cronos (Guillermo del Toro). Sonatine (Takeshi Kitano). Raining Stones (Ken Loach). Bad Behaviour (Les Blair). Dottie Gets Spanked (Todd Haynes). And Eastern European filmmakers covered this ground. Love & Human Remains (Denys Arcand) To see: The Bed You Sleep In (Jon Jost). Caro Diario (Nanni Moretti). Once a Cop (Stanley Tong). Mercedes (Yousry Nasrallah). Johnny To). 'Farewell My Concubine' is probably the most accessible of the acclaimed '90s dramas to come from China.5*** Note: There are two films named 'Blue' this year. Little Buddha (Bernardo Bertolucci) VINTAGE RATING (1993): 8. Chen Kaige's robust period epic of the Chinese opera. What's Love Got to Do With It (Brian Gibson). Body of Evidence (Uli Edel) In the queue: D'Est (Chantal Akerman). Anna (Nikita Mikhalkov). Matinee (Joe Dante).are not for all tastes. Le Journal de Lady M (Alain Tanner). Executioners (Ching Siu-Tung. Dangerous Game (Abel Ferrara). Totally F***ed Up (Gregg Araki). Maxwell) For the record: Boxing Helena (Jennifer Chambers Lynch). The Joy Luck Club (Wayne Wang). The Red Squirrel (Julio Medem). Ethan Frome (John Madden). Spielberg's "Schindler's List" is not by any stretch the best film of the year. The Untold Story: Human Meat Roast Pork Buns (Danny Lee. The Snapper (Stephen Frears).to say the least -. and both -. Being Human (Bill Forsyth). Kika (Pedro Almodovar). Bhaji on the Beach (Gurinder Chadha). in the 1960s. Herman Yau) To re-watch: The Scent of Green Papaya (Tran Anh Hung). Latcho Drom (Tony Gatlif). Map of the Human Heart (Vincent Ward). Remains of a Woman (Clarence Ford (Fok Yiu-Leung). My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud (Gerard Mordillat). Germinal (Claude Berri). better. Madadayo (Akira Kurosawa).

Michael J. Oleanna (David Mamet). Sheridan) Nadja (Michael Almereyda) Once Were Warriors (Lee Tamahori) Fresh (Boaz Yakin) Ladybird Ladybird (Ken Loach) Exotica (Atom Egoyan) Vive L'Amour (Tsai Ming-Liang) High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music (Rachel Liebling) Little Women (Gillian Armstrong) Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson) Nobody's Fool (Robert Benton) Barcelona (Whit Stillman) Mrs. The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont). Casa de Lava (Pedro Costa). mon cherie (Tung-Shing Yee) Speed (Jan de Bont) Cobb (Ron Shelton) For the record: Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami). Parker and the Vicious Circle (Alan Rudolph) VuKovar (Boro Draskovic) Clerks (Kevin Smith) Lamerica (Gianni Amelio) Three Colors: White (Krzysztof Kieslowski) Vanya on 42nd St.RUNNERS UP: Death and the Maiden (Roman Polanski) That's Entertainment III (Bud Friedgen. L'Enfer (Claude Chabrol). Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis). Blue Sky (Tony Richardson). Natural Born Killers (Oliver Stone). Nell (Michael Apted). (Louis Malle) Before the Rain (Milcho Manchevski) The New Age (Michael Tolkin) Priest (Antonia Bird) Quiz Show (Robert Redford) The Secret of Roan Inish (John Sayles) Mina Tannenbaum (Martine Dugowson) The Hudsucker Proxy (Joel Coen) Queen Margot (Patrice Chereau) Cold Fever (Fridrik Thor Fridriksson) Interview With the Vampire (Neil Jordan) Dolores Clairborne (Taylor Hackford) The Legend of Drunken Master (Drunken Master II) (Liu Chia-Liang) Fun (Rafal Zielinski) Floundering (Peter McCarthy) Immortal Beloved (Bernard Rose) A Man of No Importance (Suri Krishnamma) La Separation (Christian Vincent) Two Deaths (Nicolas Roeg) Ermo (Zhou Xiaowen) To Live (Zhang Yimou) Ashes of Time (Wong Kar-wai) C’est la vie. I Can't Sleep (Claire Denis). Amateur (Hal Hartley) To see: Starting Place/Point de départ (Robert Kramer). Serial Mom (John Waters). Farinelli (Gerard Corbiau). Wing Chun (Yuen . Blue Sky (Tony Richardson). Boy Meets Girl (Ray Brady). Crooklyn (Spike Lee).

Disclosure (Barry Levinson). Carma Hinton) Spin (Brian Springer) Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch) Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater) Hate (La Haine) (Mathieu Kassovitz) Kicking and Screaming (Noah Baumbach) Fallen Angels (Duoluo tianshi) (Wong Kar-wai) Se7en (David Fincher) A Single Girl (La Fille seule) (Benoit Jacquot) Welcome to the Dollhouse (Todd Solondz) Dead Man Walking (Tim Robbins) RUNNERS UP: Persuasion (Roger Michell) The Bridges of Madison County (Clint Eastwood) Nixon (Oliver Stone) A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (Martin Scorsese) Casino (Martin Scorsese) Murder of the Century (Carl Charlson/TV) From the Journals of Jean Seberg (Mark Rappaport) Living in Oblivion (Tom DeCillo) Rendezvous in Paris (Eric Rohmer) To Die For (Gus Van Sant) The Underneath (Steven Soderbergh) Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (Claude Sautet) Smoke (Wayne Wang) Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam (Nick Broomfield) Get Shorty (Barry Sonnenfeld) 12 Monkeys (Terry Gilliam) Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii) . Drink. Clear and Present Danger (Phillip Noyce). Faust (Jan Svankmajer). The Day the Sun Turned Cold (Yim Ho). and one of the best in a generation. Three Tales from Senegal (compilation of shorts: Le Franc. The Cow (Krava) (Karel Kachyna). Red Firecracker. Keita! Voice of the Griot (Keita! L'héritage du griot) (Dani Kouyate). Clara Law). Cold Water (Olivier Assayas). Lisbon Story (Wim Wenders). though. Picc Mi.Woo-Ping).Tarantino's especially -. Wonderful indies all up and down the board -. China Moon (John Bailey) VINTAGE RATING (1994): 9 Note: 1994 is the best film year of the decade. Burnt By the Sun (Nikita Mikhalkov). He's a Woman. The Great Conqueror's Concubine (Stephen Shin. bottom) is hopelessly confusing. Man. backing all kinds of young directors offering pseudo-edgy violent fare in an attempt to regenerate the Tarantino electricity. 1995 (100) The Gate of Heavenly Peace (Richard Gordon. Eat. Mansour Sora Wade) In the queue: Satantango (Bela Tarr). Kazuyoshi Okuyama). Joan the Maid (parts 1 & 2) (Jacques Rivette). but is arguably the decade's most beautifully photographed film. Wong kar-wai's "Ashes of Time' (runner up.give Hollywood a needed kick in the pants. The Mystery of Rampo (Rintaro Mayuzumi. Chi Lee). The Low Life (George Hickenlooper). She's a Man (Peter Chan. Il Postino (Michael Radford). Woman (Ang Lee). Color of Night (Richard Rush). Fary l'Anesse) (Djibril Diop Mambety. Tinseltown would overreact. In the Mouth of Madness (John Carpenter). The Tit and the Moon (Bigas Luna). As per the usual cycle. Green Firecracker (Ping He). An Unforgettable Summer (Lucian Pintilie).

Antonia's Line (Marleen Gorris). Les Miserables (Claude Lelouch).`Species (Roger Donaldson). My Family (Gregory Nava). The Flor Contemplacion Story (Joel Lamangan) In the queue: The Neon Bible (Terence Davies). The Doom Generation (Gregg Araki) VINTAGE RATING (1995): 7. Jefferson in Paris (James Ivory). The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer). Jupiter's Wife (Michel Negroponte). A Walk in the Clouds (Alfonso Arau). (Quay Brothers). Carrington (Christopher Hampton). Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis). Waati (Souleymane Cissé). Institute Benjamenta. Empire Records (Allan Moyle). Like Grains of Sand (Ryosuke Hashiguchi). etc. Antonia's Line (Marleen Gorris). Campbell Scott) . Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam (Nick Broomfield). The Addiction (Abel Ferrara). Indictment: The McMartin Trial (Mick Jackson).. Outbreak (Wolfgang Peterson). Open Season (Robert Wuhl). Restoration (Michael Hoffman). Flirt (Hal Hartley). Safe (Todd Haynes). Wild Bill (Walter Hill). La Ceremonie (Claude Chabrol). Heavy (James Mangold). Devil in a Blue Dress (Carl Franklin). Whisper of the Heart (Yoshifumi Kondo). Le Garcu (Maurice Pialat). Love Letter (Shunji Iwai). The Addiction (Abel Ferrara) Lumpy Gravy Award for Worst Movie of the Century (1995 edition): The Convent (Manoel de Oliveira) To see: Good Men. Picture Bride (Kayo Hatta).Angels and Insects (Philip Haas) Notes from Underground (Gary Walkow) Toy Story (John Lasseter) Clockers (Spike Lee) Sense and Sensibility (Ang Lee) Mighty Aphrodite (Woody Allen) I Just Wasn't Made For These Times (Don Was) A Little Princess (Alfonso Cuaron) Land and Freedom (Kenneth Loach) Heat (Michael Mann) Kids (Larry Clark) The White Balloon (Jafar Panahi) Babe (Chris Noonan) Georgia (Ulu Grosbard) Dolores Claiborne (Taylor Hackford) Rumble in the Bronx (Hong faan kui) (Stanley Tong) Beyond Rangoon (John Boorman) Apollo 13 (Ron Howard) Deseret (James Benning) For the record: An Awfully Big Adventure (Mike Newell). Good Women (Hou Hsiao-hsien). The Brothers McMullen (Edward Burns). To Wong Foo. Salaam Cinema (Mohsen Makhmalbaf). The Prophecy (Gregory Widen). The Convent (Manoel de Oliveira). To re-watch: Safe (Todd Haynes). Up Down Fragile (Jacques Rivette). TenBenny (Nothing to Lose) (Eric Bross). Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar (Beeban Kidron). Funny Bones (Peter Chelsom). Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe (Shusuke Kaneko). Spiritual Voices (Aleksandr Sokurov). Dead Presidents (Albert and Allen Hughes). Underground (Emir Kusturica). Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven). Bombay (Mani Ratnam).. Getting Any? (Takeshi Kitano). JLG/JLG (Jean-Luc Godard). L'Appat (Bertrand Tavernier). The Young Poisoner's Handbook (Benjamin Ross).5**** 1996 (113) Big Night (Stanley Tucci. Rangeela (Ram Gopal Varma). American Job (Chris Smith). Braveheart (Mel Gibson).

. Larry Flynt (Milos Forman) The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (Susan Warms Dryfoos) The Crucible (Nicholas Hytner) Kingpin (Peter Farrelly. Lyn Goldfarb. Russell) Hard Eight (Paul Thomas Anderson) A Time to Kill (Joel Schumacher) The English Patient (Anthony Minghella) Looking for Richard (Al Pacino) Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier) Beaumarchais the Scoundrel (Edouard Molinaro) Gray's Anatomy (Steven Soderbergh) The Ogre (Volker Schlondorff) City Hall (Harold Becker . Luc Dardenne) Hamsun (Jan Troell) Prisoner of the Mountains (Sergei Bodrov) Capitaine Conan (Bertrand Tavernier) Microcosmos (Claude Nuridsany. TV) Les Voleurs (Thieves) (Andre Techine) Bound (Andy & Larry Wachowski) Everyone Says I Love You (Woody Allen) I Shot Andy Warhol (Mary Harron) Secrets and Lies (Mike Leigh) Citizen Ruth (Alexander Payne) RUNNERS UP: Waiting For Guffman (Christopher Guest) The West (Stephen Ives/TV) Box of Moonlight (Tom DeCillo) Shall We Dansu? (Shall We Dance?) (Masayuki Suo) Female Perversions (Susan Strietfield) The Cable Guy (Ben Stiller) The Daytrippers (Greg Mottola) Freeway (Matthew Bright) Chronicle of a Disappearance (Elia Suleiman) Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson) The Portrait of a Lady (Jane Campion) Swingers (Doug Liman) Fear and Favor in the Newsroom (Beth Sanders) Trainspotting (Danny Boyle) When the Cat's Away (Cedric Klapisch) Trees Lounge (Steve Buscemi The Frighteners (Peter Jackson) Conspirators of Pleasure (Jan Svankmajer) The People vs..or How I Got Into An Argument (Arnaud Desplechin) When We Were Kings (Leon Gast) Lone Star (John Sayles) The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century (Carl Byker. Marie Perennou) Jude (Michael Winterbottom) Mother (Albert Brooks) Jazz '34 (Robert Altman's Jazz '34) (Robert Altman) Flirting With Disaster (David O..My Sex Life. et. al. Bobby Farrelly) La Promesse (Jean-Pierre Dardenne.

'Bottle Rocket.' 'Swingers' and 'Flirting With Disaster. there's plenty to enjoy. Crash (David Cronenberg). Mission: Impossible (Brian De Palma). It was at the top of my list until I fessed up and admitted that 'Big Night' is vastly more fun. Gabbeh (Mohsen Makhmalbaf). Black Mask (Daniel Lee). Kolya (Jan Sverak). Bad Moon (Eric Red) VINTAGE RATING (1996): 6. Supermasochist (Kirby Dick) Career Girls (Mike Leigh) . My Fellow Americans (Peter Segal). Non-Stop (Hiroyuki Tanaka).. et. Harper). Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (Joe Berlinger. A Summer’s Tale (Eric Rohmer).R. Mahjong (Edward Yang). The Funeral (Abel Ferrara). Eastern Elegy (Aleksandr Sokurov). Think 'Mother and the Whore' meets 'Metropolitan' and you get some idea of what to expect. Ransom (Ron Howard). Drifting Clouds (Aki Kaurismäki). Carla's Song (Ken Loach). The Pillow Book (Peter Greenaway) To re-watch: Mon homme (My Man) (Bertrand Blier). Get on the Bus (Spike Lee). Ponette (Jacques Doillon) To see: Beyond Silence (Jenseits der Stille) (Caroline Link). A Moment of Innocence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf). Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (Christopher Munch). Fargo (Joel Coen). Moll Flanders (Pen Densham). Broken Arrow (John Woo). Mahjong (Edward Yang). Lilies (John Grayson). God of Cookery (Stephen Chow and Lik-Chi Lee). Schizopolis (Steven Soderbergh). Forgotten Silver (Peter Jackson). Kansas City (Robert Altman). Tierra (Julio Medem). Bruce Sinofsky). Perfect Love (Catherine Breillat). Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas). The Delicate Art of the Rifle (D. 1997 (129) Hands on a Hardbody.. The Delta (Ira Sachs). Ray Telles) Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan. and is one of the weakest years of the decade. Still. the Documentary (S. A Girl Called Rosemarie (Das Mädchen Rosemarie) (Bernd Eichinger). Killer Condom (Martin Walz). as evinced by audacious films like Alexander Payne's 'Citizen Ruth' and a slew of similarly quirky low-budget comedies such as 'Waiting for Guffman. al).' 'My Sex Life. Bitter Sugar (Leon Ichaso).W.' 'Box of Moonlight. Bastard Out of Carolina (Anjelica Huston). Sling Blade (Billy Bob Thornton).' 'The Daytrippers. Bindler) Public Housing (Frederick Wiseman). Three Lives & Only One Death (Raul Ruiz) In the queue: That Thing You Do! (Tom Hanks). but the flavorful moments are tasty and numerous enough to add up a memorable evening's viewing.Children of the Revolution (Peter Duncan) Small Faces (Gilles McKinnon) Basquiat (Julian Schnabel) Hype! (Doug Pray) For the record: Will it Snow for Christmas? (Sandrine Veysset). The Long Kiss Goodnight (Renny Harlin). Night Falls on Manhattan (Sidney Lumet). Nenette et Boni (Claire Denis). Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant).5**** Note: 1996 continues the decline in overall quality that began in 1995. Kissed (Lynne Stopkewich). Lumiere and Company (David Lynch. The Funeral (Abel Ferrara). Love and Death on Long Island (Richard Kwietniowski) Affliction (Paul Schrader) Little Dieter Needs to Fly (Werner Herzog) The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle (Rick Tejada-Flores. Evita (Alan Parker). Michael Collins (Neil Jordan). and the American indie scene is still vibrant. Crash (David Cronenberg). Encore (Pascal Bonitzer).' is a bit of a train wreck as far as three-hour epic French talkfests go.

Brown (John Madden) The River (Tsai Ming-liang) Henry Fool (Hal Hartley) Mother and Son (Aleksandr Sokurov) George Wallace (John Frankenheimer/TV) Welcome to Sarajevo (Michael Winterbottom) The Wings of the Dove (Iain Softley) Four Days in September (Bruno Barreto) Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson) Conspiracy Theory (Richard Donner) Insomnia (Erik Skjoldbjaerg) . Cheap and Out of Control (Errol Morris) Who the Hell Is Juliette? (Carlos Marcovich) The Boxer (Jim Sheridan) Cadillac Desert (Jon Else.The Butcher Boy (Neil Jordan) Happy Together (Wong Kar-wai) Fireworks (Hana-bi) (Takeshi Kitano) Donnie Brasco (Mike Newell) Deconstructing Harry (Woody Allen) Gummo (Harmony Korine) The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan) RUNNERS UP: Lost Highway (David Lynch) Lolita (Adrian Lyne) Face/Off (John Woo) Destiny (Youssef Chahine) The Apostle (Robert Duvall) Fast. Linda Harrar/TV) Clockwatchers (Jill Sprecher) The Tango Lesson (Sally Potter) Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival (Murray Lerner) Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino) Waco: The Rules of Engagement (William Gazecki) Unmade Beds (Nicholas Barker) I Went Down (Paddy Breathnach) The Crazy Stranger (Tony Gatlif) The Big One (Michael Moore) In the Company of Men (Neil LaBute) Chasing Amy (Kevin Smith) Blood and Wine (Bob Rafelson) Fairytale: A True Story (Charles Sturridge) 4 Little Girls (Spike Lee) Bad Manners (Jonathan Kaufer) Soul in the Hole (Danielle Gardner) Eye of God (Tim Blake Nelson) The Ad and the Ego (Harold Boihem) Contact (Robert Zemeckis) Afterglow (Alan Rudolph) East Side Story (Dana Ranga) U-Turn (Oliver Stone) Amistad (Steven Spielberg) Ma vie en rose (Alain Berliner) Mrs.

Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons). Regeneration (Gillies MacKinnon). Mrs. but have listed it while I work through the issues in my head. Face/Off (John Woo). Seven Years in Tibet (Jean-Jacques Annaud). "I Know What You Did Last Summer" was my guilty pleasure of the year. The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (Mark Rappaport). Oscar and Lucinda (Gillian Armstrong). The Winter Guest (Alan Rickman). Wag the Dog (Barry Levinson). Life of Jesus (Bruno Dumont). and Harmony Korine's 'Gummo' are just about the only movies of recent vintage that provide disturbingly accurate views of Bible Belt mindsets. Sudden Manhattan (Adrienne Shelly). Nowhere (Gregg Araki). Confidential (Curtis Hanson). Fragments: Jerusalem (Ron Havilio). Live Flesh (Pedro Almodovar). Bandits (Katja von Garnier) Note: 1997 is a fantastic year for indies. There's no clearly superior film this year. I was actually moved by the kids' feelings of guilt. Men with Guns (John Sayles). Washington Square (Agnieszka Holland). Ulee's Gold (Victor Nunez). A Life Less Ordinary (Danny Boyle). Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt? (John Edginton).The Eel (Shohei Imamura) Bent (Sean Mathias) Private Parts (Betty Thomas) Smilla's Sense of Snow (Bille August) Gattaca (Andrew Niccol) I Know What You Did Last Summer (Jim Gillespie) For the record: She's So Lovely (Nick Cassavetes). Deja Vu (Henry Jaglom). Same Old Song (Alain Resnais). 'Gattaca' (runner up) was on pace to be a great sci-fi film. Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami). The Relic (Peter Hyams). Winter Sleepers (Tom Tykwer). Absolute Power (Clint Eastwood). Histoire(s) du cinéma (Jean-Luc Godard). 'The Sweet Hereafter' is an emotionally ambitious townie epic about a community seemingly frozen in grief. The Spanish Prisoner (David Mamet). Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven). especially documentaries. Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch (Toby Keeler). As Good as it Gets (James L. Dalloway (Marleen Gorris). It. I'm not sure where I stand on it. Brooks). L. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki). VINTAGE RATING (1997): 8**** 1998 (90) Human Remains (Jay Rosenblatt) Richter the Enigma (Bruno Monsaingeon) The Celebration (Festen) (Thomas Vinterberg) The Hole (Dong) (Tsai Ming-liang) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam) A Simple Plan (Sam Raimi) The General (John Boorman) Your Friends & Neighbors (Neil LaBute) Bulworth (Warren Beatty) Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (Patrice Chereau) The Cruise (Bennett Miller) . Love Walked In (Juan Jose Campanella) In the queue: Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (Alejandro Amenabar). more To see: Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa). but blew it by trying to peddle off as poetic an audience-pandering ending.A. The End of Violence (Wim Wenders). The Fruit is Swelling (Chin Man Kei). The Mirror (Jafar Panahi). The Devil's Advocate (Taylor Hackford). but the video-film home-movie documentary 'Hands on a Hardbody' provided me the most intensely memorable experience in this bunch--though its impact now may be blunted by the glut of competitive-style reality TV shows. The Full Monty (Peter Cattaneo).

The Idiots (Idioterne) (Lars von Trier). The . Lock. Rushmore (Wes Anderson). Happiness (Tod Solondz). Dr. Hideous Kinky (Gilles MacKinnon). Peter Farrelly) The Apple (Samira Makmalbaf) After Life (Kirokazu Kore-eda) I Stand Alone (Gaspar Noe) Gia (Michael Cristofer) Wild Things (John McNaughton) Ringu (Hideo Nakata) Windhorse (Tony Wagner) For the record: Besieged (Bernardo Bertolucci). etc. Another Day in Paradise (Larry Clark). The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick). The Gingerbread Man (Robert Altman). Elizabeth (Shekhar Kepur). Gods And Monsters (Bill Condon). The Horse Whisperer (Robert Redford). Blade (Stephen Norrington). Provocateur (Jim Donovan). All the Little Animals (Jeremy Thomas). Flowers Of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-hsien). Late August. The Truman Show (Peter Weir). Central Do Brasil (Walter Salles). Babe: Pig in the City (George Miller). A Bug's Life (John Lasseter). The Dreamlife of Angels (Erick Zonca). Antz (Eric Darnell). Buffalo '66 (Vincent Gallo). Akagi (Shohei Imamura). Star Trek Insurrection (Jonathan Frakes). Pleasantville (Gary Ross). Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Guy Ritchie). Early September (Olivier Assayas). To re-watch: The Book of Life (Hal Hartley) To see: 42 Up (Michael Apted).RUNNERS UP: The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (Aviva Kempner) Surviving the Dust Bowl (Chana Ghazit/TV) Conte d'automne (Autumn Tale) (Eric Rohmer) Show Me Love (Fucking Amal) (Lukas Moodysson) My Name is Joe (Ken Loach) The Opposite of Sex (Don Roos) A Place Called Chiapas (Nettie Wild) A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (James Ivory) Trance (The Eternal) (Michael Almereyda) Primary Colors (Mike Nichols) Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg) Croupier (Mike Hodges) Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu (Hugh Munro Neely) Celebrity (Woody Allen) Shakespeare in Love (John Madden) Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer) Last Night (Don McKellar) Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes) The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen) pi (Darren Aronofsky) Dark City (Alex Proyas) The Last Days of Disco (Whit Stillman) The Mask of Zorro (Martin Campbell) Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh) Living Out Loud (Richard LaGravenese) The Impostors (Stanley Tucci) High Art (Lisa Cholodenko) Illuminata (John Turturro) American History X (Tony Kaye) There's Something About Mary (Bobby Farrelly.

(Errol Morris) The Thomas Crown Affair (John McTiernan) Jesus' Son (Alison Maclean) Felicia's Journey (Atom Egoyan) The Iron Giant (Brad Bird) The Limey (Steven Soderbergh) Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle (Jon Else) The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola) Tumbleweeds (Gavin O'Connor . Inquietude (Manoel de Oliveira). Sitcom (Francois Ozon). Stephen Soderbergh's 'Out of Sight' (runner up) might be the smartest and best-made commercial film of the year.. I feel cheated too when it turns out all that hardship was endured to rescue smarmy Matt Damon. for me.Inheritors (Stefan Ruzowitzky). Stalin and other dictators from a wholly original perspective--humanizing them via their own bodily failings (constipation. Leuchter. The Third Reich in Color (Michael Kloft).). Black Cat. 'Human Remains' is novel. Life on Earth (La vie sur terre) (Abderrahmane Sissako). The Newton Boys (Richard Linklater). Night Shyamalan) Sound and Fury (Josh Aronson) RUNNERS UP: The Winslow Boy (David Mamet) My Voyage to Italy (Martin Scorsese) My Best Fiend (Werner Herzog) Mr. and it probably ought to be ranked higher. except that this one is helped by its wryly humorous visual ideas. This year's quirky treasure is the Taiwanese film. Palmetto (Volker Schlondorff). 'The Cruise' is an indie gem documentary about an eccentric New York bus-tour guide. lasting merit (again. all the films listed above it turned out to have special. anyway). too. Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. The Last Days (James Moll). 1999 (102) Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick) American Movie (Chris Smith) Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh) New York: A Documentary Film (Ric Burns) Fight Club (David Fincher) The Straight Story (David Lynch) eXistenZ (David Cronenberg) American Beauty (Sam Mendes) Go (Doug Liman) The Sixth Sense (M. White Cat (Emir Kusturica).. 'The Hole. Holmes (Wesley Emerson. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. My Car! (Alexei Germain). looking at the lives of Hitler. Conversely.' yet another bleak Tsai Ming-liang urban alienation study. charming daydream musical scenes and its vivid sense of place and mood. Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Julio Medem). anyway--once over. Alan Smithee) VINTAGE RATING (1998): 8**** Note: Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan' proves again the director's mastery of emotional manipulation. Jr. thus very powerful while it's on but not very resonant--for me. The Power of Kangwon Province (Hong Sang-soo). Such a Long Journey (Sturla Gunnarsson). Jay Rosenblatt's indie avant-garde documentary essay. The Silence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf) In the queue: Khrustalyov. etc. with an eerie premonition in the finale about the fate of the World Trade Center. insomnia. but the replay factor is less to me than with the other titles listed. A Bright Shining Lie (Terry George). My Name is Joe (Ken Loach). The Legend of 1900 (Giuseppe Tornatore). Personal preference.

Snow Falling on Cedars (Scott Hicks). Lies (Sun-Woo Jang). Titus (Julie Taymor). Adrenaline Drive (Shinobu Yaguchi).' Yes. American Pie (Paul Weitz). Interrupted (James Mangold) Chaos (Hideo Nakata) Limbo (John Sayles) Dogma (Kevin Smith) Sweet and Lowdown (Woody Allen) Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano) Ravenous (Antonia Bird) Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter) Audition (Takashi Miike) Any Given Sunday (Oliver Stone) Election (Alexander Payne) Three Kings (David O. Jealousy (Celos) (Vicente Aranda). The Girl Next Door (Christine Fugate). All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar). El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (No One Writes to the Colonel (Arturo Ripstein). Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze). The Cider House Rules (Lasse Hallstrom). Shiri (Je-gyu Kang). My Neighbors the Yamadas (Isao Takahata). Me Myself I (Pip Karmel). The Book of Stars (Michael Miner).The Insider (Michael Mann) The End of the Affair (Neil Jordan) Human Resources (Laurent Cantet) Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl (Hugh Munro Neely) Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders) Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Jim Jarmusch) Girl. Aimee and Jaguar (Max Farberbock). Une liaison pornographique (An Affair of Love) Frederic Fonteyne). The Haunting (Jan de Bont). To see: Black and White (James Toback). Rated X . The 2000s . Mansfield Park (Patricia Rozema). Time Regained (Raoul Ruiz). etc. Ringu 2 (Hideo Nakata). Not One Less (Zhang Yimou). Bringing Out the Dead (Martin Scorsese). Sex: The Annabel Chong Story (Gough Lewis). Music of the Heart (Wes Craven). Pola X (Leos Carax). Holy Smoke (Jane Campion). Tuvalu (Veit Helmer). Galaxy Quest (Dean Parisot). Mystery Men (Kinka Usher). Tell Me Something (Yoon-Hyun Chang). The Loss of Sexual Innocence (Mike Figgis). L'Humanite (Bruno Dumont). I saw Claire Denis' "Beau Travail. East-West (Regis Wargnier). Judy Berlin (Eric Mendelsohn). Boys Don't Cry (Kimberly Peirce). The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami) In the queue: Mifune (Soren Kragh-Jacobsen). New Waterford Girl (Allan Moyle). Mansfield Park (Patricia Rozema). helped by increasingly corporate (but still good) 'indies. Peppermint Candy (Lee Chang-dong)." No. Attack the Gas Station! (Sang-Jin Kim) VINTAGE RATING (1999): 8. Russell) Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (George Lucas) Honorable mention: The four-hour restoration of Erich von Stroheim's "Greed" (1925) For the record: Beau Travail (Claire Denis). Taboo (Nagisa Oshima). Treasure Island (Scott King).5**** Note: A good movie decade closes out strongly. The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (Djibril Diop Mambety). Office Space (Mike Judge). I didn't get it. Twenty Four Hour Woman (Nancy Savoca).A Journey Through Porn (Dag Yngvesson). Rosetta (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne). One Day in September (Kevin Macdonald).

. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky). Dancer in the Dark (Lars Von Trier). Traffic (Steven Soderbergh). knowing where things came from and how the art and craft has developed. For now I remain committed to continuing my pursuit of the films of the 20th century. maybe. It just makes more sense that way. Randy Barbato) La Veuve de Saint-Pierre (The Widow of Saint-Pierre) (Patrice Leconte) Gladiator (Ridley Scott) The Filth and the Fury (Julien Temple) Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe) You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan) Innocence (Paul Cox) Memento (Christopher Nolan) Bread and Roses (Ken Loach) Lumumba (Raoul Peck) Crouching Tiger. Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee) Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson) Urbania (Jon Matthews. so what's the hurry? Too many socalled cineastes waste time on newer stuff when they don't have sufficient grounding in the classics. too much comic book puff on the one end and unpromising esoterica on the other. Erin Brockovich (Steven Soderbergh). I start to wonder if people know how to make good movies anymore. George Washington (David Gordon Green).(I'm very far behind on the current decade. Platform (Zhang-Ke Jia). after 2001 I haven't seen enough to make valid top 10 lists. Quills (Philip Kaufman). Newer films aren't going anywhere. there are still too many of those I've missed. and after 2003 I've seen little at all as of this writing. Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson).) Favorite film of the decade so far: The New World (Terrence Malick/2005) 2000 (to count) The Circle (Dayereh) (Jafar Panahi) The Greeks (The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization) (Cassian Harrison) (TV) Yi Yi (Yi yi: A One and a Two) (Edward Yang) State and Main (David Mamet) Amores Perros (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) The House of Mirth (Terence Davies) The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin) Joe Gould's Secret (Stanley Tucci) Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett) In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai) RUNNERS UP: Maelstrom (Denis Villeneuve) The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Fenton Bailey. a high percentage of the "art" films (and commercial ones) of this decade I've found insufferable. so occasionally I'll sprinkle in some newer fare. In any case. My idea is to go back then move forward. Faithless (Liv Ullmann). O Brother Where Art Thou? (Joel Coen). aka Jon Shear) Calle 54 (Fernando Trueba) The Beach (Danny Boyle) Sexy Beast (Jonathan Glazer) Aberdeen (Hans Petter Moland) The Claim (Michael Winterbottom) Pollock (Ed Harris) Meet the Parents (Jay Roach) For the record: Code Unknown (Michael Haneke). I haven't liked much of what is being offered out there. Battle Royale (Kenji Fukasaku).

The Perfect Storm (Wolfgang Petersen). The City of Lost Souls (Takashi Miike). Daphne Pinkerson). Freeze Me (Takashi Ishii). Loser (Amy Heckerling). Night Shyamalan). Vertical Ray of the Sun (Tran anh Hung). Eureka (Shinji Aoyama). To see: Anatomie (Stefan Ruzowitzky). Elias Merhige). Charlie's Angels (McG). Devils on the Doorstep (Jiang Wen). The Smell of Camphor. Coyote Ugly (David McNally). Pitch Black (David Twohy). Cast Away (Robert Zemeckis). Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (Joe Berlinger). Vengo (Tony Gatlif) In the queue: Billy Elliot (Stephen Daldry). (Don Bluth). Best in Show (Christopher Guest). 2001 (62+) Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff) All About Lily Chou-Chou (Shunji Iwai) Waking Life (Richard Linklater) A. But it's the movie equivalent of an earworm -. J. (Joint Security Area) (Chan-Wook Park). Common Wealth (Alex de la Iglesia). The Big Animal (Jerzy Stuhr). Le Gout des Autres (Agnès Jaoui). Nick Park). Coralie Trinh Thi). ). so maybe I cheat a little putting a PBS documentary mini-series (The Greeks) on the list. etc. 101 Reykjavík (Baltasar Kormakur). Titan A. Werckmeister Harmonies (Bela Tarr). O Fantasma (Joao Pedro Rodrigues). Pauline and Paulette (Lieven Debrauwer). Soldiers in the Army of God (Marc Levin. Esther Kahn (Arnaud Desplechin). U-571 (Jonathan Mostow). Chicken Run (Peter Lord. A Time for Drunken Horses (Bahman Ghobadi). Blackboards (Iran/Samira Makhmalbaf). Tears of the Black Tiger (Thailand/Wisit Sasanatieng). Baise Moi! (Virginie Despentes. The Golden Bowl (James Ivory). The Captive (Chantal Akerman). 1871 (Peter Watkins). Paris Commune.Shadow of the Vampire (E. weird Canadian indie that bears some resemblence to Herk Harvey's 1962 cult classic 'Carnival of Souls. Yes.: Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg) . Dinner Rush (Bob Giraldi). Fighter (Amir Bar-Lev). High Fidelity (Stephen Frears). Malèna (Italy/Giuseppe Tornatore). Hollow Man (Paul Verhoeven).I can't quite get it outta my head.E. The Day I Became a Woman (Marzieh Makhmalbaf). Happy Accidents (Brad Anderson). Land of the Wandering Souls (Rithy Panh). Gulag (Angus MacQueen). At the Height of Summer (Tran Anh-Hung). Unbreakable (M. The Ruination of Men (Arturo Ripstein). Boesman and Lena (John Berry). Gormenghast (Andy Wilson). Paragraph 175 (Rob Epstein. Happenstance (Le battement d'ailes du papillon) (Laurent Firode). Pandaemonium (Julien Temple). The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda). Merci Pour Le Chocolat (Claude Chabrol). Litte Otik (Jan Svankmajer). Girls Can't Swim (Anne-Sophie Birot).A. Suzhou River (Lou Ye).I. Chunhyang (Im Kwon-Taek). I saw "Requiem for a Dream" and "Dancer in the Dark" and a lot of other nose-in-shitters I don't care to revisit. The Child and the Soldier (Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi). Together (Lukas Moodysson). Vampire Hunter D (Yoshiaki Kawajiri). Chuck & Buck (Miguel Arteta). It proved that ancient Greek history could be presented in a fascinating and sensible way. Jeffrey Friedman).S. but there was nothing better I saw all year. or whether the Cronenberg-like bloody talking fish really works as a linking device. Divided We Fall (Jan Hrebejk) VINTAGE RATING (2000): 7**** Note: OK. the Scent of Jasmine (Bahman Farmanara).' I'm not sure what I think about it. I'm The One That I Want (Lionel Coleman). Mysterious Object at Noon (Thailand/Apichatpong Weerasethakul). X-Men (Bryan Singer). La Commune (Paris 1871) (Peter Watkins). 'Maelstrom' (runner up) is a creepy. Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (Sangsoo Hong). Songcatcher (Maggie Greenwald). or even if I understood it. An Everlasting Piece (Barry Levinson). Mission To Mars (Brian De Palma). Before Night Falls (Julian Schnabel). The Cell (Tarsem Singh). Our Lady of the Assassins (Barbet Schroeder). Waking the Dead (Keith Gordon).

My First Mister (Christine Lahti). Shallow Hal (Bobby & Peter Farrelly). Queen of the Damned (Michael Rymer). The Pledge (Sean Penn). Jennifer Jason Leigh) The Son's Room (La stanza del figlio) (Nanni Moretti) Godzilla. Under the Sand (Francois Ozon). A Beautiful Mind (Ron Howard).com (Chris Hegedus. Band of Brothers (various).Mulholland Dr. Children Underground (Edel Belzberg). Hell House (George Ratliff). ABC Africa (Abbas Kiarostami). Vicky Jenson). The Deep End (Scott McGehee. CQ (Roman Coppola). Hattie .I. Fat Girl (Catherine Breillat): Fast and the Furious (Rob Cohen). Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson). My Wife is an Actress (Yvan Attal). Bandits (Barry Levinson). (Michael Cuesta) Heartbreakers (David Mirkin) No Such Thing (Hal Hartley) Not sure what the fuss was about: Y tu mama tambien (Alfonso Cuaron). The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson): Training Day (Antoine Fuqua): The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke): Gosford Park (Robert Altman): In the Bedroom (Todd Field). From Hell (Albert & Allen Hughes). Jehane Noujaim) The Lady and the Duke (Eric Rohmer) Storytelling (Todd Solondz) Lovely and Amazing (Nicole Holofcener) The Tailor of Panama (John Boorman) L. Le cas Pinochet (The Pinochet Case) (Patricio Guzman). The Accountant (Ray McKinnon). David Siegel). The Cat's Meow (Peter Bogdanovich) To see: Pulse (Kairo) (Kiyoshi Kurosawa). Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (Shusuke Kaneko) Ocean's 11 (Steven Soderbergh) Startup. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann). Bully (Larry Clark). The Devil's Backbone (Guillermo Del Toro). I am Sam (Jessie Nelson). Ali (Michael Mann). (David Lynch) The Man Who Wasn't There (Joel Coen) Amélie (Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain) (Jean-Pierre Jeunet) Last Orders (Fred Schepisi) Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly) Dogtown and Z-Boys (Stacy Peralta) The Others (Alejandro Amenabar) Series 7: The Contenders (Daniel Minahan) Tape (Richard Linklater) Black Hawk Down (Ridley Scott) Late Marriage (Dover Koshashvili) Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell) I'm Going Home (Manoel de Oliveira) RUNNERS UP: No Man's Land (Danis Tanovic) What Time Is It There? (Tsai Ming-liang) Time Out (L'emploi du temps) (Laurent Cantet) Kandahar (Mohsen Makhmalbaf) The Anniversary Party (Alan Cumming. The Believer (Henry Bean). Monster's Ball (Marc Foster) For the record: Shrek (Andrew Adamson. In a Land of Plenty (David Moore. The Score (Frank Oz). Enemy at the Gates (Jean-Jacques Annaud). Home Movie (Chris Smith). Vanilla Sky (Cameron Crowe). Éloge de l’Amour (Jean-Luc Godard). Brief Crossing (Catherine Breillat). Domestic Violence (Frederick Wiseman). The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (Woody Allen). Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Zacharias Kunuk).E.

4 p. Dil Chata Hai (Farhan Akhtar). Ou git votre sourire enfoui? (Where Lies Your Hidden Smile?) (Pedro Costa). The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein (John Gianvito). Invincible (Werner Herzog). Intimacy (Patrice Chereau). mais (Yves Lavandier). Pinero (Leon Ichaso). Angel Eyes (Luis Mandoki). Sigh. The Lawless Heart (Neil Hunter. Alias Betty (Claude Miller). Pornstar: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (Scott J. Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis). 'R Xmas (Abel Ferrara). Visitor Q (Takeshi Miike). Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki). 1943. Life and Debt (Stephanie Black) Note: For more than half the way I'm loving Gosford Park as a rich class study and then it degenerates into a Hercule Poirot mystery. (Claude Lanzmann). Oct. Lost and Delirious (Léa Pool). Perfect Strangers (Stephen Poliakoff). Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (Shohei Imamura) In the queue: Sex and Lucia (Julio Medem).m. Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link). Gill). 2002 (to count) Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes) Bowling for Columbine (Michael Moore) The Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismaki) Solaris (Steven Soderbergh) City of God (Fernando Meirelles) 25th Hour (Spike Lee) Irréversible (Gaspar Noe) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson) Bloody Sunday (Paul Greengrass) The Quiet American (Phillip Noyce) 24 Hour Party People (Michael Winterbottom) About Schmidt (Alexander Payne) Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce) Talk to Her (Hable con ella) (Pedro Almodovar) Insomnia (Christopher Nolan) Minority Report (Steven Spielberg) Road to Perdition (Sam Mendes) The Rules of Attraction (Roger Avary) The Kid Stays in the Picture (Nanette Burstein. 13 Conversations About One Thing (Jill Sprecher). Lantana (Ray Lawrence). Festival in Cannes (Henry Jaglom). Spy Kids (Robert Rodriguez). Quo Vadis? (Jerzy Kawalerowicz). 14. Get Over It! (Tommy O‘Haver). Pinero (Leon Ichaso). Sobibor. Tom Hunsinger). Millennium Actress (Satoshi Kon).MacDonald). Pistol Opera (Seijun Suzuki). Josie and the Pussycats (Harry Elfont). Lagaan (Ashutosh Gowariker). Silence…on tourne (Youssef Chahine). Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (Ray Greene). Oui. Read My Lips (Sur Mes Levres) (Jacques Audiard). Baran (Majid Majidi). Brett Morgen) The Weather Underground (Sam Green. Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa). Session 9 (Brad Anderson). La Cienaga (Lucrecia Martel). Millenium Mambo (Hsiao-hsien Hou). Intacto (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo). Roberto Succo (Cédric Kahn). Bill Siegel) RUNNERS UP: The Pianist (Roman Polanski) Russian Ark (Alexander Sokurov) Gerry (Gus Van Sant) Amen (Costa-Gavras) Roger Dodger (Dylan Kidd) The Secret Lives of Dentists (Alan Rudolph) Adaptation (Spike Jonze) .

Le Fils (Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese). etc. In America (Jim Sheridan). Vicente Franco). Etre et avoir (To Be and To Have) (Nicolas Philibert). All or Nothing (Mike Leigh). Cremaster 2 (Matthew Barney).Attack of the Clones (George Lucas). Star Wars Episode II . Lilya 4-Ever (Lukas Moodysson). Panic Room (David Fincher). Chihwaseon (Im Kwontaek). Ed Lachman). Daniel Deronda (Tom Hooper). Trilogy: On the Run. Choses secretes (Secret Things) (Jean-Claude Brisseau). Luc Dardenne). Out of Control (Dominic Savage). After Life (Lucas Belvaux). The Uncertainty Principle (Manoel de Oliveira). House Of Fools (Andrei Konchalovsky). Vendredi Soir (Claire Denis). Divine Intervention (Elia Suleiman). Frida (Julie Taymor). Derrida (Kirby Dick). The Good Girl (Miguel Arteta).Sunshine State (John Sayles) The Trials of Henry Kissinger (Eugene Jarecki) Blind Spot. Hukkle (Gyorgy Palfi). Jackass the Movie (Jeff Tremaine). Maid in Manhattan (Wayne Wang). Marooned in Iraq (Bahman Ghobadi). Daughter From Danang (Gail Dolgin. The Century Of The Self (Adam Curtis). The Hours (Stephen Daldry). Night Shyamalan). Tipping the Velvet (Geoffrey Sax). An Amazing Couple. Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (Guy Maddin). Blissfully Yours (Apichatpong Weerasethakul). My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Joel Zwick) To see: Abouna (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun). . Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson). Bus 174 (Jose Padilha). 8 Mile (Curtis Hanson). Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman). . (Danny Boyle) Secretary (Steven Shainberg) Dirty Pretty Things (Stephen Frears) Ju-on (Takashi Shimizu) For the record: Ten (Abbas Kiarostami). Process (C. The Ring (Gore Verbinski). Auto Focus (Paul Schrader). Chicago (Bill Condon). Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (Park Chan-wook). Blue Car (Karen Moncrieff). Massimo Iannetta). In the Mirror of Maya Deren (Martina Kudlacek).S. Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsay). Together (Chen Kaige). Bend It Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha). Balseros (Carlos Bosch and José María Doménech). The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullan). Open Hearts (Susanne Bier). Assassination Tango (Robert Duvall). Raising Victor Vargas (Peter Sollett). Femme Fatale (Brian De Palma). Love and Diane (Jennifer Dworkin). Love and Diane (Jennifer Dworkin).Leigh). Unknown Pleasures (Zhang-Ke Jia). Springtime in a Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun). Better Luck Tomorrow (Justin Lin). Heaven (Tom Tykwer). We Were Soldiers (Randall Wallace). Distant (Turkey/Nuri Bilge Ceylan). Lumpy Gravy Award for Worst Movie of All Time (2002 edition): Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese) In the queue: The Sea (Baltasar Kormakur). Othmar Schmiderer) Dark Water (Hideo Nakata) demonlover (Olivier Assayas) The Mothman Prophecies (Mark Pellington) 28 Days Later. Empire (Franc Reyes). Hero (Zhang Yimou). The Decomposition of the Soul (Nina Toussaint. Whale Rider (Niki Caro) . Hitler's Secretary (Andre Heller. Queen of the Damned (Michael Rymer). Cabin Fever (Eli Roth). Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (George Clooney). Spider (David Cronenberg). ). Heremakono (Waiting for Happiness) (Abderrahmane Sissako). Searching for Debra Winger (Rosanna Arquette). Signs (M. The Truth About Charlie (Jonathan Demme). Cremaster 3 (Matthew Barney). Sweet Sixteen (Ken Loach). Unfaithful (Adrian Lyne). The Decay of Fiction (Pat O'Neill). In This World (Michael Winterbottom). Ken Park (Larry Clark. Kannathil Muthamittal (Mani Ratnam).

Joan Churchill). Goodbye. Son Frere (Patrice Chereau). L’Esquive (Abdel Kechiche). Seabiscuit (Gary Ross). Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Gore Verbinski). Owning Mahowny (Richard Kwietniowski). The Cooler (Wayne Kramer) I really tried. Girl With a Pearl Earring (Peter Webber). Goodbye Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang). Vol. Cowards Bend the Knee (Guy Maddin). BAADASSSSS! (Mario Van Peebles). Matchstick Men (Ridley Scott). My Architect: A Son's Journey (Nathaniel Kahn). Ana and the Others (Celina Murga). Zero Day (Ben Coccio) . The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordano). Identity (James Mangold). The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (Takeshi Kitano).: The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin) To see: Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (Nick Broomfield. Summer. Bright Leaves (Ross McElwee).. The Same River Twice (Robb Moss). Big Fish (Tim Burton). Maxwell) Tarnation (Jonathan Caouette) Monster (Patty Jenkins) In the Cut (Jane Campion) For the record: Mystic River (Clint Eastwood). Zatoichi (Takeshi Kitano). A Talking Picture (Manoel de Oliveira). Goodbye. 1 (Quentin Tarantino) Intolerable Cruelty (Joel Coen) Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir) RUNNERS UP: Thirteen (Catherine Hardwicke) The Barbarian Invasions (Denys Arcand) Spring. Since Otar Left (Julie Bertucelli). Robert Pulcini) The Company (Robert Altman) Down With Love (Peyton Reed) The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Chavez: Inside the Coup) (Kim Bartley. Young Adam (David Mackenzie). Saraband (Ingmar Bergman). Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen). Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton. Coffee and Cigarettes (Jim Jarmusch). Autumn. Swimming Pool (François Ozon). Café Lumière (Hou Hsiao-Hsien). All the Real Girls (David Gordon Green). Bad Santa (Terry Zwigoff). At Five in the Afternoon (Samira Makhmalbaf). Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-Liang). The Shape of Things (Neil LaBute). Touching the Void (Kevin MacDonald). Veronica Guerin (Joel Schumacher). The Fog of War (Errol Morris). The Last Letter (Frederick Wiseman). but. State of Play (David Yates). The Brown Bunny (Vincent Gallo). The Dreamers (Bernardo Bertolucci).2003 (to count) Dogville (Lars Von Trier) Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola) Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki) American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman. Twentynine Palms (Bruno Dumont). Doppelganger (Kiyoshi Kurosawa). Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-Duk) Gods and Generals (Ronald F. The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet). Festival Express (Bob Smeaton). The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy). Donnacha O'Briain) Kill Bill. Histoire de Marie et Julien (Jacques Rivette). Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker). The Story of Marie and Julien (Jacques Rivette). Schultze Gets the Blues (Michael Schorr). Open Range (Kevin Costner). My Architect (Nathaniel Kahn). Lee Unkrich). Tokyo Godfathers (Satoshi Kon). The School of Rock (Richard Linklater). Out of Time (Carl Franklin). Oldboy (Park Chan-wook). The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai (Mitsuru Meike). Elephant (Gus van Sant). Osama (Siddiq Barmak). Pieces of April (Peter Hedges). The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson). Memories of Murder (Joon-ho Bong). Masked and Anonymous (Larry Charles).

Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-Eda). Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood). Crimson Gold (Jafar Panahi). Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembene). Hero (Zhang Yimou). A Hole in My Heart (Lukas Moodysson). The Keys to the House (Gianni Amelio). Control Room (Jehane Noujaim). Russell) Before Sunset (Richard Linklater) The Passion of the Christ (Mel Gibson) Kinsey (Bill Condon) RUNNERS UP: Super Size Me (Morgan Spurlock) Ray (Taylor Hackford) Vanity Fair (Mira Nair) Sideways (Alexander Payne) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michael Gondry) Hidalgo (Joe Johnston) Dawn of the Dead (Zack Snyder) 2046 (Wong Kar Wai) Troy (Wolfgang Petersen) Hotel Rwanda (Terry George) Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (Alexandra Cassavetes) Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Kerry Conran) Eh. Mila from Mars (Bulgaria/Sophia Zornitsa). The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Marcus Nispel) 2004 Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel) Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore) I Heart Huckabees (David O. The Libertine (Lawrence Dunmore). Daniel Ross). Spider Man 2 (Sam Raimi). Crash (Paul Haggis). Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow). Ellis). Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston). Kekexili: Mountain Patrol (Lu Chuan). Cellular (David R. The Consequences of Love (Paolo Sorrentino). Kontroll (Hungary/Nimrod Antal). 21 Grams (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu). Head-On (Fatih Akin). Layer Cake (Matthew Vaughn). Darwin's Nightmare (Hupert Sauper). North & South (Brian Percival). My Summer of Love (Pawel Pawlikowski). Brothers (Denmark/Susanne Bier). Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (Robert . Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki). Kill Bill Vol 2 (Quentin Tarantino). Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque (Jacques Richard). Millions (Danny Boyle). Machuca (Andrés Wood). whatever (for the record): The Aviator (Martin Scorsese). Kinsey (Bill Condon). Confidence (James Foley). Anatomy of Hell (Catherine Breillat). Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Mamoru Oshii).In the queue: Cold Mountain (Anthony Minghella). Finding Neverland (Marc Forster). The Incredibles (Brad Bird). La Nina Santa (Argentina/Lucrecia Martel). The Bourne Supremacy (Paul Greengrass). Man on Fire (Tony Scott) To see: Aftermath (Denmark/Paprika Steen). Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Alfonso Cuaron). Heimat 3 (Edgar Reitz). Spartan (David Mamet). Bad Education (Pedro Almodóvar). Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki). HellBent (Paul Etheredge). Intimate Strangers (Patrice Leconte). Look at Me (Agnès Jaoui). The Manchurian Candidate (Jonathan Demme). The House of Flying Daggers (China/Zhang Yimou). The Assassination Of Richard Nixon (Niels Mueller). Notre Musique (Jean-Luc Godard). Los Muertos (Lisandro Alonso). Michelangelo Eye to Eye (Michelangelo Antonioni). Head-On (Fatih Akin). The Ister (Australia/David Barison. Crimen Ferpecto (Álex de la Iglesia). Le Porte du Soleil (Yousry Nasrallah). Brotherhood (South Korea/Kang Ge-Gyu). The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (Gregory Greene). Closer (Mike Nichols). The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles). The Last Samurai (Edward Zwick).

) Eh. Turtles Can Fly (Iran/Bahman Ghobadi). The Aristocrats (Paul Provenza) To see: Adam's Apple (Anders Thomas Jensen).. Murderball (Henry Alex Rubin). 13 Lakes (James Benning). L'intrus (The Intruder) (Claire Denis) 2005 The New World (Terrence Malick) Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog) Land of the Dead (George Romero) Good Night and Good Luck (George Clooney) No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (Martin Scorsese) The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach) Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005/Alex Gibney) RUNNERS UP: Walk the Line (James Mangold) March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet) The Producers (Susan Stroman) Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch) The World of Tomorrow (Kerry Conran's original 6-minute short. Odete (Two Drifters) (João Pedro Rodrigues). A Very Long Engagement (Jean-Pierre Jeunet). Dayna Goldfine). Vera Drake (Mike Leigh). Into Great Silence (Die grosse Stille) (Philip Groning). Rois et Reine (Arnaud Despletchen). Three Rooms of Melancholia (Pirko Honkasalo). Private (Saverio Costanzo). see 2004's Sky Captain. Duma (Carroll Ballard). Rois et reine (Kings and Queen) (Arnaud Desplechin). Brian Kirk). When Will I Be Loved (James Toback). Battle in Heaven (Carlos Reygadas). Mongolian Ping Pong (Ning Hao). Munich (Steven Spielberg). Whatever (for the record): Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee). I for India (Sandhya Suri). Linda Linda Linda (Nobuhiro Yamashita). Jarhead (Sam Mendes). Susan Tully. The Sea Inside (Alejandro Aménabar). Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan). De-Lovely (Irwin Winkler). The Interpreter (Sydney Pollack). Funland (Dearbhla Walsh. The White Diamond (Werner Herzog). Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mike Newell). The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (Adam Curtis). 9 Songs (M Winterbottom). Joyeux Noel (Christian Carion). Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July) In the queue: Syriana (Stephen Gaghan). Match Point (Woody Allen). The World (South Korea/Zhang Ke-Jia). The Constant Gardener (Fernando Meirelles). Undertow (David Gordon Green). Raja (Jacques Doillon). Capote (Bennett Miller). Days of Glory (Rachid Bouchareb). Fever Pitch (Bobby and Peter Farrelly)..Greenwald). Longing (Valeska Grisebach). WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception (Danny Schechter). Man Push Cart (Ramin Bahrani). Caché (Michael Haneke). 51 Birch Street (Doug Block). Pierre Dardenne). Our . Bleak House (Justin Chadwick. The Girl from Monday (Hal Hartley). L’Enfant (Jean-Luc Dardenne. Tropical Malady (Thailand/Apichatpong Weerasethakul). Sex Traffic (David Yates). The Midnight Pilgrims (Kankuro Kudo). The Terminal (Steven Spielberg). The King (James Marsh). Susanna White). Collateral (Michael Mann). The Sisters (Tiwa Moeithaisong). Hustle & Flow (Craig Brewer). Manderlay (Lars Von Trier). Ballets Russes (Daniel Keller. Gabrielle (Patrice Chéreau). Last Days (Gus Van Sant). Au dela de la haine (Beyond Hatred) (Olivier Meyrou). A History of Violence (David Cronenberg). Joy of Madness (Hana Makhmalbaf). Fratricide (Yilmaz Arslan). The Death of Mr Lazarescu (Romania/Cristi Puiu). Junebug (Phil Morrison). Corpse Bride (Tim Burton). Yes (Sally Potter) In the queue: Innocence (Lucile Hadzilhalilovic). Nine Lives (Rodrigo García). King Kong (Peter Jackson). Kingdom of Heaven (Ridley Scott). Star Spangled To Death (Ken Jacobs). Fateless (Hungary/Lajos Koltai).

Bobby (Emilio Estevez). Deliver Us from Evil (Amy Berg). Bug (William Friedkin). Hollywoodland (Allen Coulter). Frank Anderson). The Page Turner (Denis Dercourt). Monster House (Gil Kenan). The Secret Life of Words (Isabel Coixet). Lady Chatterley (Pascale Ferran). Pulse (Jim Sonzero). Notes on a Scandal (Richard Eyre). The Dead Girl (Karen Moncrieff). Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Nick Park). Find Me Guilty (Sidney Lumet) To see: Absolute Wilson (Katharina Otto-Bernstein). The Life of Reilly (Barry Poltermann. 13 Tzameti (Gela Babluani). Blood Diamond (Edward Zwick). The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky). Inside Man (Spike Lee). The Painted Veil (John Curran). Romantico (Mark Becker). Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton. Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film (Ric Burns). Yaji and Kita: Don't Come Knocking (Wim Wenders) 2006 Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola) Factory Girl (George Hickenlooper) Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Larry Charles) Miami Vice (Michael Mann) United 93 (Paul Greengrass) Dreamgirls (Bill Condon) RUNNERS UP: An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim) Fast Food Nation (Richard Linklater) Eh. Sin City (Robert Rodriguez. Three Times (Hou Hsiao-Hsien). Sir! No Sir! (David Zeiger). Jane Eyre (Susanna White). The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck). Quentin Tarantino). Longford (Tom Hooper). The Sun (Aleksandr Sokurov). The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Tommy Lee Jones). The Illusionist (Neil Burger). Frank Miller. Rachel Grady). Kodak (Tacita Dean). Jindabyne (Australia/Ray Lawrence). Sophie Scholl: The Last Days (Marc Rothemund). Climates (Nuri Bilge Ceylan). Syriana (Stephen Gaghan). Little Children (Todd Field). Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood). Away from Her (Sarah Polley). Knocked Up (Judd Apatow).Daily Bread (Nikolaus Geyrhalter). Babel (Mexico/Alejandro González Iñárritu). Black Book (Netherlands/Paul Verhoeven). Happy Feet (George Miller). Deja Vu (Tony Scott). Bamako (Abderrahmane Sissako). V for Vendetta (James McTeague). The Black Dahlia (Brian de Palma). The Golden Door (Italy/Emanuele Crialese). Once (John Carney). La Morte Rouge (Victor Erice). Opera Jawa (Garin Nugroho). I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (Malaysia/Taiwan/Tsai MingLiang). The Last King of Scotland (Kevin MacDonald). The Banquet (China/Feng Xiaogang). Ask the Dust (Robert Towne). The Bubble (Eytan Fox). Valerie Faris). Forever (Heddy Honigmann). Tale of Cinema (Hong Sang-soo). The Bridge (Eric Steel). Casino Royale (Martin Campbell). Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith (George Lucas). whatever (for the record): The Departed (Martin Scorsese). Regular Lovers (Philippe Garrel). The Fall (Tarsem Singh). Mukhsin (Yasmin Ahmed). Children of Men (UK/Alfonso Cuarón). Fong juk (Exiled) (Johnnie To). Citadel (Atom Egoyan). Neil Young: Heart of Gold (Jonathan Demme). I Served the King of England (Czech Republic/Jiri Menzel). Inland Empire (David Lynch). Scoop (Woody Allen) In the queue: Black Snake Moan (Craig Brewer). Iraq in Fragments (James Longley). Idiocracy (Mike Judge). High School Musical (Kenny Ortega). Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck). Twenty-Thousand Streets Under the Sky (Simon Curtis). Wolf Creek (Greg McLean). Ghosts (Nick Broomfield). Pan’s Labyrinth . Jesus Camp (Heidi Ewing. Flags of our Fathers (Clint Eastwood). Offside (Iran/Jafar Penahi). Pride & Prejudice (Joe Wright). Street Fight (Marshall Curry). The Host (South Korea/Bong Joon-ho). Red Eye (Wes Craven). Once (Ireland/John Carney).

California Dreamin' (Cristian Nemescu). Munyurangabo (Lee Isaac Chung). The Trials of Daryl Hunt (Ricki Stern. I’m Not There (Todd Haynes). 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Romania/Cristian Mungiu). Don’t Touch the Axe (Jacques Rivette). A Secret (Claude Miller). La Vie en Rose (Olivier Dahan). Hallam Foe (David McKenzie). Red Road (Andrea Arnold). The Prestige (Christopher Nolan). Jan Pinkava) For the record: Zodiac (David Fincher). The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry). In the Shadow of the Moon (David Sington). Control (Anton Corbijn). Mongol (Sergei Bodrov). My Father My Lord (David Volach). Love in the Time of Cholera (Mike Newell). Who Killed the Electric Car? (Chris Paine). The Lookout (Scott Frank). Broken English (Zoe Cassavetes). The Duchess of Langeais (Jacques Rivette). The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson). Summer '04 (Stefan Krohmer). Triad Election (Johnnie To). Anne Sundberg). Grindhouse (Robert Rodriguez. No . Taxidermia (Gyorgy Palfi). The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel). The Great Debaters (Denzel Washington). The Counterfeitors (Stefan Ruzawitsky). Lost in Beijing (Li Yu). Boy A (John Crowley). The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach) 2007 Viewed (list placement to be determined): American Gangster (Ridley Scott) Into the Wild (Sean Penn) No Country for Old Men (Joel Coen. Lust. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (Spike Lee). Chouga (Darezhan Omirbaev). The Queen (Stephen Frears). Wash Westmoreland). Where the Truth Lies (Atom Egoyan). Razone (Denmark/Christian Christiansen). Breach (Billy Ray). Honeydripper (John Sayles). Reprise (Norway/Joachim Trier). Atonement (Joe Wright). Requiem (Hans-Christian Schmid). Tell No One (Guillaume Canet). This is England (Shane Meadows). The War Tapes (Deborah Scranton). Caution (Ang Lee). Stranger Than Fiction (Marc Forster). Chris & Don: A Love Story (Tina Mascara. The Singer (Xavier Giannoli). Across the Universe (Julie Taymor). Fados (Carlos Saura). Still Life (Hong Kong/China/Zhang-Ke Jia). Quentin Tarantino). En la ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia) (José Luis Guerín). Volver (Pedro Almodóvar). Descent (Talia Lugacy). Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell). Cargo 200 (Aleksey Balabanov). My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin). A Girl Cut in Two (Claude Chabrol). 12:08 East of Bucharest (Corneliu Porumboiu). The Last Mistress (Catherine Breillat). Encounters at the End of the World (Werner Herzog). Alexandra (Russia/Aleksandr Sokurov). A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater). Import/Export (Ulrich Seidl). Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg). Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Tom Tykwer). Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (Jonathan Demme). Paprika (Satoshi Kon). Chop Shop (Ramin Bahrani). The Flight of the Red Balloon (Hou Hsiao-Hsien). Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul). Beowulf (Robert Zemeckis). Gone Baby Gone (Ben Affleck). Guido Santi).(Mexico/Guillermo del Toro). The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass). In the Valley of Elah (Paul Haggis). Forbidden Lie$ (Anna Broinowski). Quinceanera (Richard Glatzer. Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog). Juventude Em Marcha (Colossal Youth) (Pedro Costa). Albert Fish:In Sin He Found Salvation (John Borowski) In the queue: There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson) To see: 4 Months. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (Kirby Dick). Paris Je T'Aime (Olivier Assayas). Juno (Jason Reitman). Summer Palace (Ye Lou). Ghosts of the Cité Soleil (Asger Leth). Michael Clayton (Tony Gilroy). Katyn (Andrzej Wajda). Ethan Coen) Ratatouille (Brad Bird. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik). A Prairie Home Companion (Robert Altman). Nightwatching (Peter Greenaway). Private Fears in Public Places (Alain Resnais). Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (Sidney Lumet). Southland Tales (Richard Kelly). Fengming: A Chinese Memoir (Wang Bing). The Edge of Heaven (Fatih Akin).

Frozen River (Courtney Hunt). Tony Manero (Pablo Larrain). Il Divo (Paolo Sorrentino). Liverpool (Lisandro Alonso). Fuel (Joshua Tickell).End in Sight (Charles Ferguson). Up the Yangtze (Yung Chang). Treeless Mountain (So Yong Kim). Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson). Shine a Light (Martin Scorsese). Two Lovers (James Gray). Kisses (Ireland/Lance Daly). Flame and Citron (Denmark/Ole Christian Madsen). The Silence of Lorna (Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Ryan Fleck). Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About his Father (Kurt Kuenne). Persepolis (Vincent Paronnaud. Ballast (Lance Hammer). Young@Heart (Stephen Walker) 2008 Religulous (Larry Charles) Viewed: Valkyrie (Bryan Singer). The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher). The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (Eric Rohmer). Shirin (Abbas Kiarostami). Still Walking (Hirokazu Kore-Eda). Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt). Iron Man (Jon Favreau). Una vida mejor (Andrew James). Of Time and the City (Terence Davies). The Witnesses (André Téchine). The Strangers (Bryan Bertino). The Wrestler (Darren Aronofsky) . Wall-E (Andrew Stanton). Up the Yangtse (Yung Chang). Serbis (Brillante Mendoza). The End of Poverty? (Philippe Diaz). Rendition (Gavin Hood). Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone). The Simpsons Movie (David Silverman). Roman de Gare (Claude Lelouch). You. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen). The Savages (Tamara Jenkins). Momma's Man (Azazel Jacobs). Jerichow (Christian Petzold). Sicko (Michael Moore). Bathory (Juraj Jakubisko). Dearbhla Walsh. Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR (Jonas Mekas). Trouble the Water (Tia Lessin and Carl Deal). Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas). Milk (Gus Van Sant). (Oliver Stone). Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (Patricia Rozema). Seraphine (Martin Provost). Great Speeches from a Dying World (Linas Phillips). Waitress (Adrienne Shelly). Bronson (Nicolas Winding Refn). Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas). W. Daniela Thomas). Be Kind Rewind (Michel Gondry). Diarmuid Lawrence). The Silence Before Bach (Pere Portabella). Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tim Burton). The Beaches of Agnes (Agnès Varda). Che: Parts I & II (Steven Soderbergh). Tulpan (Sergei Dvortsevoy). 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis). Yasukuni (Ying Li). Defiance (Edward Zwick). Superbad (Greg Mottola). The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow). Stop-Loss (Kimberly Pierce). Mesrine: Parts I & II (Jean-François Richet). Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle). Goodbye Solo (Iran/Rahmin Bahrani). 24 City (Zhang Ke Jia). Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki). Standard Operating Procedure (Errol Morris). Frost Nixon (Ron Howard). Terror's Advocate (Barbet Schroeder). The Devil’s Whore (Marc Munden). Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood). The Window (La ventana) (Carlos Sorin). Luc Dardenne). Sugar (Anna Boden. The Headless Woman (Argentina/Lucrecia Martel). RR (James Benning). Revolutionary Road (Sam Mendes). Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh). The Secret of the Grain (Abdellatif Kechiche). New York (Charlie Kaufman). Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-dong). Lorna's Silence (Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Marjane Strapi). Three Monkeys (Turkey/Nuri Bilge Ceylan). Luc Dardenne). United Red Army (Koji Wakamatsu). Little Dorrit (Adam Smith. The Class (Laurent Cantet). Tyson (James Toback). Changeling (Clint Eastwood). Hunger (Steve McQueen). Linha de Passe (Walter Salles. the Living (Roy Andersson). Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme). The Reader (Stephen Daldry). Tulpan (Sergei Dvortsevoy). Let’s Talk About the Rain (Agnès Jaoui). Synecdoche. Man on Wire (James Marsh). Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant). Tokyo Sonata (Kiyoshi Kurosawa). Sex Positive (Daryl Wein). There Will be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson). Revanche (Gotz Spielmann). The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan). In Bruges (Martin McDonagh). Taken (Pierre Morel) To see: The Baader Meinhof Complex (Uli Edel). Julia (Erick Zonca). Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman). Taxi to the Dark Side (Alex Gibney). Night and Day (Bam gua nat) (Sang-soo Hong). The Visitor (Thomas McCarthy). A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin).

Johnson/Behold. Bright Star (Jane Campion). Johnson's site. And some lists of critics not found at Eric C. Avatar (James Cameron). Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper). Thirst (Park Chan-wook). Capitalism: A Love Story (Michael Moore). Loren Cass (Chris Fuller). The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch). Theo's Century of Movies -.J. Tetro (Francis Ford Coppola). 1980 & 1983 (Julian Jerrold. The Girlfriend Experience (Steven Soderbergh). including top 10s. Drag Me to Hell (Sam Raimi). Bob Peterson). not a lot of joy in Mudville here.Abrams). more or less in the vein of what I'm trying to do with mine. An Education (Lone Scherfig). he touts a number of directors whose films I cannot stand (Rivette. Five Minutes of Heaven (Oliver Hirschbiegel). Kiarostami.2009 Viewed: Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino) Watchmen (Zack Snyder) In the queue: Antichrist (Lars Von Trier).Another widely bookmarked vet of the cybercinema scene. Fox (Wes Anderson). In the Beginning (Xavier Giannoli). I've only seen about 30 of the films on this guy's list. This sounds all too familiar. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard). Looking for Eric (Ken Loach). Highly esoteric lists. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese). The Life Cinematic -. etc. Les Herbes Folles (Alain Resnais). Knowing (Alex Proyas) To see: Agora (Alejandro Aménabar). An eclectic selection. Oliveira. Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodóvar).Johnson's own extensive viewing lists plus the top 10s of a lot of major critics. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (Werner Herzog). A Serious Man (Ethan Coen). Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold). This has been one of the best on the 'net for a long time. American Casino (Leslie Cockburn).Lauren catalogs an obsession. Ten Best Films (Tativille's All Film List Resource): I'm directing you to his link of 10 best lists of 1930 to the present because his entire blog takes too long to load. The Unloved (Samantha Morton). Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze). Min Ye (Souleymane Cissé). Sherlock Holmes (Guy Ritchie). The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke) -------Further Reading: Other REALLY GOOD film lists: Ed Gonzalez Top 10s/Slant Magazine -. Tons of viewing lists of recent and old stuff. Home (Yann Arthus-Bertrand). Carmelo's Top 25 + 100 (at The Life Cinematic): For perspective. The Messenger (Oren Moverman). Big Fan (Robert D. I can learn from this one. Adjective (Corneliu Porumboiu). Mike D'Angelo/The Man Who Viewed Too Much -. . Red Riding: 1974. 1939 (Stephen Poliakoff). Eric C. Halloween II (Rob Zombie). A Call to Arms (Scott Miller). La Danse (Frederick Wiseman). The Box (Richard Kelly). Up (Pete Docter. Good pithy viewing notes and ratings of newer and older fare. Drag Me to Hell (Sam Raimi). Fantastic Mr. Siegel). A Perfect Getaway (David Twohy). Anand Tucker). Public Enemies (Michael Mann).). The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson). an interesting list from an ardent avant-gardist. the Mutants Shall Wither -. Moon (Duncan Jones). James Marsh. Passing Strange (Spike Lee). Up in the Air (Jason Reitman). The House of the Devil (Ti Wes). Tree of Life (Terrence Malick).On the auteurist side. Star Trek (J.Another stalwart of the web. Police. obsessively. Face (Tsai Ming-Liang). Coraline (Henry Selick). That Evening Sun (Scott Teems). In the Loop (Armando Iannucci). But it's fun to compare.

In fact. Mark Pittillo (Fireman Save My Child) -.just plain fun.Movie Timelines (at Wonders in the Dark): A good series of chronological year-by-year checklists here. with year-by-year rankings. I realize Bergman's Wild Strawberries. a lot of the films on my top 10/100 of all time do not mirror what is on this list. All of the timelines can be accessed about three-quarters down the page on the blogroll at right. Good lists.This one's slick and not too adventurous. Not too much heavy lifting on most of these -. Please realize this is not a best films listing. without hesitation. (LINK DOWN. for instance.) For the Record: My 50+ Favorite Movies These are the ones I could watch at a moment's notice. but should serve as a good checklist. Thousands of films in total. Since the late '90s I've used his list as my primary checklist for recent films. Listing is chronological. but one wishes that at the end of each timeline the structurally more sensible and easier option of being able to go forward or backward to the next or previous decade was offered. is a greater film than The Gang's All Here.(LINK DOWN CURRENTLY) Impeccable taste. though. will post update when available. * The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) * All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) * The Fatal Glass of Beer (1932) * Duck Soup (1933) * King Kong (1933) * She Done Him Wrong (1933) * Bombshell (1933) * Design for Living (1933) * It's a Gift (1934) * The Old-Fashioned Way (1934) * Twentieth Century (1934) * The 39 Steps (1935) * Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) * Pygmalion (1938) * Rules of the Game (1939) * Mr. Metacritic -. This is purely my pleasure list. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) * His Girl Friday (1940) * The Maltese Falcon (1941) * Citizen Kane (1941) * Casablanca (1942) * The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) * The Gang's All Here (1943) * The More the Merrier (1943) * Isle of the Dead (1945) * The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) * The Red Shoes (1948) * Key Largo (1948) * Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) * The Third Man (1949) * On the Town (1949) * The Set Up (1949) .

* Beyond the Forest (1949) * The Gunfighter (1950) * Royal Wedding (1951) * The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) * Singin' in the Rain (1952) * The Seven Samurai (1954) * Samurai 1 (Miyamoto Musashi) (1954) * Kiss Me Deadly (1955) * Bob le flambeur (1955) * Sweet Smell of Success (1957) * Touch of Evil (1958) * The Hidden Fortress (1958) * Giants and Toys (1958) * The Ladies Man (1961) * The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) * Accident (1967) * Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) * The Wild Bunch (1969) * The Driver (1978) * Apocalypse Now (1979) * Dawn of the Dead (1979) * Victor Victoria (1982) * 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993) * Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Posted by Gravy Bread at 12:48 AM 3 comments Labels: favorite top 10 film list cinema movies. gravybread Older Posts Home Subscribe to: Posts (Atom) .

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