Monday, August 4, 2008

Jeremi Szaniawski's Top Films by Decade

1. Import/Export (Ulrich Seidl, Austria)
2. Dogville (Lars von Trier, Denmark, et al)
3. The World (Jia Zhangke, China)
4. Speed Racer (Larry and Andy Wachowski, USA)
5. The Sun (Aleksandr Sokurov, Russia)
6. The Son (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Belgium)
7. Irréversible (Gaspar Noé, France)
8. I'm Going Home (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, et al)
9. The Brown Bunny (Vincent Gallo, USA)
10. Twentynine Palms (Bruno Dumont, France)

Honorable Mention: The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, Austria), Syndromes and a Century (Achipatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand), Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant, USA), Eureka (Aoyama Shinji, Japan), A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, USA), The Fall (Tarsem Singh, USA), Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico), Histoire(s) du Cinema (JLG, France), Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, Australia/ USA), Dracula, Pages from a Virgin's Diary (Guy Maddin, Canada)

Mother and Son
1. Sátántangó (Béla Tarr, Hungary)
2. Man Bites Dog (Remy Belvaux, Belgium)
3. Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven, USA)
4. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, USA)
5. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, USA)
6. Mother and Son (Aleksandr Sokurov, RUS)
7. Ed Wood (Tim Burton, USA)
8. eXistenZ (David Cronenberg, Canada)
9. Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran)
10. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, USA)

Honorable mentions: The Outskirts (Pyotr Lutsik, Russia), Lone Star (John Sayles, USA), Lost Highway (David Lynch, USA), Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, USA), Beau Travail (Claire Denis, France), Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier, Denmark), The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan), Krustalyov, My Car! (Aleksei German, Russia), Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh, UK), La Belle noiseuse (Jacques Rivette, France), Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran)

The Shining
1980s1. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, USA)
2. The Green Ray/Summer (Eric Rohmer, France)
3. Mournful Insensitivity (Aleksandr Sokurov, USSR)
4. Robocop (Paul Verhoeven, USA)
5. Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma, USA)
6. A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan)
7. Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, Canada)
8. My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Aleksei German, USSR)
9. Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden)
10. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Robert Zemeckis, USA)

Honorable Mentions: Body Double (Brian De Palma, USA), Back to the Future trilogy (Robert Zemeckis, USA), Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, West Germany), Freeze-Die-Come to Life (Vasily Kanevsky, USSR), Ran (Akira Kurosawa, Japan), Gloria (John Cassavetes, USA), The Thing (John Carpenter, USA), Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, France), Blue Velvet (David Lynch, USA), And the Ship Sails On (Federico Fellini, Italy), The Beyond (Lucio Fulci, Italy)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
1970s1. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, USA)
2. India Song (Marguerite Duras, France)
3. Vase de Noces (Thierry Zeno, Belgium)
4. The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR)
5. The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache, France)
6. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, Belgium)
7. The Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma, USA)
8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel, USA)
9. Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, UK)
10. Edvard Munch (Peter Watkins, UK)

Honorable Mentions: The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy), A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, USA), Claire's Knee (Eric Rohmer, France), Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, West Germany), The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, Spain), Death in Venice (Luchino Visconti, Italy), Without Anesthesia (Andrzej Wajda, Poland), Landscape after the Battle (Andrzej Wajda, Poland), Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero, USA), Night Porter (Liliana Cavani, Italy), Suspiria (Dario Argento, Italy), Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden)

8 1/2
1. 2001: a Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, USA)
2. Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, France)
3. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, Italy)
4. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, USA)
5. Everything for Sale (Andrzej Wajda, Poland)
6. Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, France)
7. An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan)
8. L'Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy)
9. Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard [JLG], France)
10. Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden)

Honorable Mentions: La Jetee (Chris Marker, France), Playtime (Jacques Tati, France), Les Carabiniers (JLG, France), My Life to Live (JLG, France), Band of Outsiders (JLG, France), Breathless (JLG, France), The Trial of Joan of Arc (Robert Bresson, France), Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark), Le Bonheur (Agnes Varda, France), Hatari! (Howard Hawks, USA), Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR), Man is not a Bird (Dusan Makavejev, Yougoslavia)

Ashes and Diamonds
1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, USA)
2. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, France)
3. Ugetsu Monogatari (Kenji Mizoguchi , Japan)
4. Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden)
5. Voyage to Italy (Roberto Rossellini, Italy et al)
6. Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini, Italy)
7. Los Olvidados (Luis Bunuel, Mexico)
8. Ordet (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark)
9. Ashes and Diamonds (Andrzej Wajda, Poland)
10. The Band Wagon (Vincente Minelli, USA)

Honorable Mentions: Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, USA), La Ronde (Max Ophüls, France), Sansho Dayu (Mizoguchi Kenji, Japan), Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa, Japan), Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, USA), Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, USA), Hiroshima mon amour (Alain Resnais, France), Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, USA), Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, India), The Sign of the Leo (Eric Rohmer, France)

Jeremi is a PhD candidate in Film Studies and Slavic Languages and Literature at Yale University.

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