Thursday, September 20, 2007

re: Your To-Do list

Head over to Edward Copeland on Film and check out The Satyajit Ray Memorial Anything-But-Definitive List of Non-English Language Films for the ranking of 122 wonderful things you must see and/or see again asap.

The next time anybody tells you that Star Wars or Lord of the Rings or The Shawshank Redemption is the greatest film ever made, give them a slap and the above link.

Of the original 25 films I submitted at nominations stage, 22 made it to second round (the 3 that didn't - 'Tristana' (1970), 'Weekend' (1967), 'Man Is Not a Bird' (1965) - are also well worth seeking out). And of the 122 nominees, my votes went to:

1. L'Atalante (ranked 37)
2. 8 1/2 (ranked 4)
3. La Strada (ranked 47)
4. Forbidden Games (ranked 91)
5. The Seventh Seal (ranked 15)
6. The Conformist (ranked 18)
7. Grand Illusion (ranked 7)
8. Throne of Blood (ranked 64)
9. Nights of Cabiria (ranked 38)
10. Cries and Whispers (ranked 42)
11. The Cranes Are Flying (100)
12. Ran (16)
13. The Wages of Fear (40)
14. Viridiana (85)
15. La Régle du jeu (1)
16. My Night at Maud's (75)
17. The Gospel According to Matthew (98)
18. Three Colours: Red (49)
19. The Leopard (28)
20. Talk to Her (58)
21. Amélie (92)
22. All About My Mother (76)
23. Jules et Jim (17)
24. Ikiru (14)
25. The 400 Blows (10)

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