Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sight And Sound Films Revisited

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It's taken me a while, but here is the rest of the film list, from the 53rd film down to the last one at number 253. You will notice an awful lot of ties, since none of these films got too many votes in the big scheme of things. Those who were wondering where Star Wars or North by Northwest had got to can now rest easy. But I find this list opens up more questions than it answers.

For example, I took it for granted that this was a list of fictional films. So why is Marker's Sans Soleil here? It's a documentary, even though it's a pretty genre-busting documentary. If that's included then I don't see how Koyaaniskatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982) can be far behind. Or Soy Cuba [aka I Am Cuba] (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964) for that matter. (All three are in my own top 200, by the way.)

Secondly, I assumed that this was a list of feature films. How the heck does Un chien andalou (at 16 minutes) or Meshes of the Afternoon (14 minutes) fit in? Not to mention Wavelength. If this list is going to include experimental work, then it needs to hold a place for Dog Star Man (Stan Brakhage, 1962), Scorpio Rising (Kenneth Anger, 1964), The Hart of London (Jack Chambers, 1970), and so on.

And finally, Berlin Alexanderplatz was a television programme. Include that, and one absolutely must have Dekalog (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1989), The Kingdom (Lars Von Trier, 1994), and even The Prisoner (Patrick McGoohan et al, 1967-8). Where does it end?

In any case, here is the remainder of the list. Buy a copy of the always wonderful Sight and Sound to find out more!

53= North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
53= Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
53= Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
56. M (Fritz Lang, 1931)
57= The Leopard (Luchino Visconti, 1963)
57= Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
59= Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924)
59= Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick,1975)
59= La Maman et la putain (Jean Eustache, 1973)
59= Sansho Dayu (Mizoguchi Kenji, 1954)
63= Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman,1957)
63= Modern Times (Charles Chaplin, 1936)
63= Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder, 1950)
63= The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
63= Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959)
63= Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1958)
69= Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
69= Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
69= Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1982)
69= A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)
73= The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
73= L'eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962)
73= Les enfants du paradis (Marcel Carné, 1945)
73= La grande illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)
73= Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)
78= Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
78= Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1998)
78= Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
81= The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942)
81= Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)
81= The Spirit of the Beehive (Víctor Erice, 1973)
84= Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman, 1984)
84= Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
84= The Colour of Pomegranates (Sergei Parajanov, 1968)
84= Greed (Erich von Stroheim, 1925)
84= A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang, 1991)
84= The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)
90= Partie de campagne (Jean Renoir, 1936)
90= Aguirre, Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972)
90= A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1946)
93= The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
93= Un chien andalou (Luis Buñuel, 1928)
93= Intolerance (D.W. Griffith, 1916)
93= A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 1999)
93= The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1943)
93= Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1973)
93= Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974)
93= Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk, 1959)
93= Madame de... (Max Ophüls, 1953)
102= Wavelength (Michael Snow, 1967)
102= The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970)
102= The Travelling Players (Theodoros Angelopoulos, 1975)
102= Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren/Alexander Hammid, 1943)
102= Two or Three Things I Know About Her... (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967)
102= The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2010)
102= Ivan the Terrible (Sergei M Eisenstein, 1945)
102= Last Year At Marienbad (Alain Resnais, 1961)
110= The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)
110= Los olvidados (Luis Buñuel, 1995)
110= Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
110= Performance (Donald Cammell/Nicolas Roeg, 1970)
110= The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1974)
110= Viridiana (Luis Buñuel, 1961)
110= L'Age d'Or (Luis Buñuel, 1930)
117= A Canterbury Tale (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1944)
117= Mouchette (Robert Bresson, 1966)
117= Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1963)
117= Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau, 1922)
117= The Red Shoes (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1948)
117= Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932)
117= A City of Sadness (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 1989)
117= Amarcord (Federico Fellini, 1972)
117= The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)
117= Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978)
127= Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu, 1948)
127= Do The Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
127= Out 1 (Jacques Rivette, 1990)
127= Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
127= The River (Jean Renoir, 1951)
127= Jules et Jim (François Truffaut, 1962)
127= Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
127= Meet Me In St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)
127= L'argent (Robert Bresson, 1983)
127= Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)
127= Three Colours: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993)
127= Don't Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
127= Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette, 1974)
127= Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
127= The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
127= The Last Laugh (F. W. Murnau, 1924)
127= Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)
144= Blow Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966)
144= The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin, 1940)
144= Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1968)
144= Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson, 1951)
144= Chungking Express (Wong Kar Wai, 1994)
144= To Be or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942)
144= A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)
144= Napoleon (Abel Gance, 1927)
144= Vivre Sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962)
144= The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
154= Marketa Lazarová (Frantisek Vlácil, 1967)
154= Hidden (Michael Haneke, 2004)
154= The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
154= Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972)
154= Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, 1966)
154= The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin, 1925)
154= Letter From an Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls, 1948)
154= Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945)
154= In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950)
154= Black Narcissus (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1947)
154= My Neighbour Totoro (Miyazaki Hayao, 1988)
154= Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks, 1939)
154= Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932)
154= Come And See (Elem Klimov, 1985)
154= Distant Voices, Still Lives (Terence Davies, 1988)
154= Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone, 1983)
154= Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
171= King Kong (Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
171= The Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, 2000)
171= Star Wars (George Lucas, 1997)
171= Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)
171= His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1939)
171= Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
171= The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964)
171= A Trip to the Moon (Georges Méliès, 1902)
171= Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957)
171= Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949)
171= Tabu (F. W. Murnau, 1931)
171= Earth (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1930)
183= Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier, 1996)
183= The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford, 1940)
183= Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984)
183= E.T. (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
183= Rome Open City (Roberto Rossellini, 1945)
183= Faces (John Cassavetes, 1968)
183= The Music Room (Satyajit Ray, 1958)
183= The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (Mizoguchi Kenji, 1939)
183= A Touch of Zen (King Hu, 1969)
183= Listen to Britain (Humphrey Jennings/Stewart McAllister, 1942)
183= Day of Wrath (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1943)
183= The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)
183= Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1976)
183= The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
183= The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel, 1972)
183= The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
183= Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947)
183= I Was Born, But... (Ozu Yasujirô, 1932)
183= "I Know Where I'm Going!" (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1945)
202= The Death of Mr Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, 2005)
202= Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964)
202= Chelsea Girls (Andy Warhol/Paul Morrissey, 1966)
202= Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973)
202= Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders, 1976)
202= There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
202= WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
202= Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980)
202= Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983)
202= Daisies (Vera Chytilová, 1966)
202= Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
202= Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979)
202= Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962)
202= West of the Tracks (Wang Bing, 2002)
202= Russian Ark (Aleksandr Sokurov, 2002)
202= A Tale of Tales (Yuri Norstein, 1979)
202= Spirited Away (Miyazaki Hayao, 2001)
202= La strada (Federico Fellini, 1954)
202= Paisà (Roberto Rossellini, 1946)
202= The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940)
202= The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)
202= Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett, 1977)
202= Wanda (Barbara Loden, 1970)
202= Germany Year Zero (Roberto Rossellini, 1948)
202= The Life of Oharu (Mizoguchi Kenji, 1952)
202= Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969)
202= Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975)
202= Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
202= The Devil Probably (Robert Bresson, 1977)
202= The Turin Horse (2Béla Tarr, 011)
202= Love Streams (John Cassavetes, 1984)
202= The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buñuel, 1962)
202= Floating Clouds (Naruse Mikio, 1955)
235= The Piano (Jane Campion, 1992)
235= Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)
235= Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)
235= The House is Black (Forough Farrokhzad, 1962)
235= The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1919)
235= Red River (Howard Hawks/Arthur Rosson, 1947)
235= A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
235= Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman, 1971)
235= An Autumn Afternoon (Ozu Yasujirô, 1962)
235= The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1989)
235= The World of Apu (Satyajit Ray, 1958)
235= The Testament of Dr Mabuse (Fritz Lang, 1933)
235= My Darling Clementine (John Ford, 1946)
235= The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1991)
235= Kes (Ken Loach, 1969)
235= Three Colours: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994)

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