Forgive me my sins

This idea is stolen blatantly from Pat Graham on the Chicago Reader film blog who stole it from Andy Horbal (whose recent The Passion of Patrick Sparks entry rocked my world, especially leading into NCAA March Madness time).

It’s basically a confessional for missing films in the top 1000 as listed on They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They?

My list is capped at 50 films, since I won’t have to delve too deeply — I didn’t go to film school and a lot of this stuff can be damned hard to find. Or, it’s a lot easier to turn your brain off and watch The Number 23 instead of a classic.

So, here’s the list:

  • #2 Rules of the Game (Renoir, 1939)
  • #6 Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)
  • #8 Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
  • #9 The Searchers (Ford, 1956)
  • #11 Sunrise (Murnau, 1927)
  • #12 Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein, 1925)
  • #16 L’Atalante (Vigo, 1934)
  • #21 City Lights (Chaplin, 1931)
  • #23 La Dolce Vita (Fellini, 1960)
  • #24 Les Enfants du Paradis/Children of Paradise (Carne, 1945)
  • #26 Grand Illusion (Renoir, 1937)
  • #32 Some Like It Hot (Wilder, 1959) – This is unforgivable.
  • #34 Persona (Bergman, 1966)
  • #37 Gold Rush (Chaplin, 1925)
  • #38 Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky, 1966)
  • #41 Ordet (Dreyer, 1955)
  • #42 Pather Panchali (Ray, 1955)
  • #46 Intolerance (Griffith, 1916)
  • #47 Ugetsu (Mizoguchi, 1953)
  • #56 Modern Times (Chaplin, 1936)
  • #58 The Conformist (Bertolucci, 1969) – Watched the first hour and never got back to it.
  • #59 La Strada (Fellini, 1954) – It’s on the DVR now!
  • #60 The Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1976)
  • #62 Fanny and Alexander (Bergman, 1982)
  • #64 Greed (von Stroheim, 1924)
  • #67 Rio Bravo (Hawks, 1959)
  • #68 Earrings of Madame de… (Ophuls, 1953)
  • #69 Sherlock Jr. (Keaton, 1924)
  • #70 Pickpocket (Bresson, 1959)
  • #71 Playtime (Tati, 1967)
  • #73 Ikiru (Kurosawa, 1952)
  • #74 All about Eve (Mankiewicz, 1950)
  • #75 Viaggio in Italia (Rosselini, 1954)
  • #79 Barry Lyndon (Kubrick, 1975)
  • #81 Pierrot le fou (Godard, 1965)
  • #82 Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov, 1929)
  • #85 The Leopard (Visconti, 1963)
  • #87 Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone, 1968) – Own the DVD, just haven’t watched it yet.
  • #89 Sansho Dayu (Mizoguchi, 1954)
  • #91 Last Year at Marienbad (Resnais, 1961)
  • #92 My Darling Clementine (Ford, 1946)
  • #94 Decalogue (Kieslowski, 1988)
  • #95 Letter from an Unknown Woman (Ophuls, 1948)
  • #97 Amarcord (Fellini, 1973)
  • #99 Stagecoach (Ford, 1939)
  • #100 Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Ford, 1962)
  • #101 Gertrud (Dreyer, 1964)
  • #102 Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Huston, 1948) – Absolutely unforgivable.
  • #103 A Man Escaped (Bresson, 1956)
  • #105 Chimes at Midnight (Welles, 1965)

The Filmspotting guys just did a Top 5 list of the ones they’ve missed on their 150th podcast, and vowed to watch them by their 200 th. I guess I’d like to do the same, except nobody will know it unless they stumble upon it here. My top five that I will watch before June 30th are the ones that I’m most ashamed to say I’ve never seen:

  1. Rules of the Game
  2. Seven Samurai
  3. Some Like It Hot
  4. The Conformist
  5. Treasure of the Sierra Madre

(Edited on 4/22/07 to subtract some new viewings.)

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Posted on March 10, 2007, in Film log, Top 1000, Web. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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