Forgive me my sins 2

[The new header is from the climax of The Conformist, in case you’re wondering. Definitely the most Hitchcockian it gets.]

I’m enjoying filling in the holes of classic films that I’ve missed. Which isn’t easy when you’re watching movies in stages – 3 hours and 30 minutes of Seven Samurai was accomplished with really, really fragmented viewings. Right now, I’ve succeeded in watching 4 of the 5 that I was most ashamed to admit not having seen, and I’d like to take it to the next level by adding 5 more. You may recall the list I’m pulling from is from the top 1000 as listed on They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They?

My updated list of top 50 or so is below.

  • #2 Rules of the Game (Renoir, 1939)
  • #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)
  • #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)
  • #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) – 10 hours! Where will I find the time to do this?
  • #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)
  • #103 A Man Escaped (Bresson, 1956)
  • #105 Chimes at Midnight (Welles, 1966)
  • #110 Earth (Dovzhenko, 1930)
  • #111 Birth of a Nation (Griffith, 1915) – Just don’t know if I’ll ever watch this.
  • #114 The Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler, 1946)
  • #115 My Life to Live (Godard, 1963)
  • #116 Napoleon (Gance, 1927)
  • #117 Shoah (Lanzmann, 1985)
  • #119 Stalker (Tarkovsky, 1979)
  • #121 Ashes and Diamonds (Wajda, 1958)
  • #123 Black Narcissus (Powell/Pressburger, 1946)
  • #124 McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Altman, 1971)
  • #126 Broken Blossoms (Griffith, 1919)

So, by August 15th, I will attempt to watch the following.

  1. Rules of the Game 7/10/07
  2. Tokyo Story
  3. The Searchers – rounding out the top 10
  4. Battleship Potemkin – Odessa Steps, here I come. 5/8/07
  5. Persona – Liv Ullman, here I come. 6/24/07
  6. Barry Lyndon – Have been putting this off for a long time.

In most cases, I’m not including reviews, but rather just adding them to the Films seen: In 2007 list on Listology. Maybe you’ll get the occasional pithy comment, but there have been volumes written about the flicks I’m finally getting off my duff to see; I can’t add anything that hasn’t already been said many times over.

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Posted on May 2, 2007, in Film log, Top 1000. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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