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    1939 is said to have been the best year in the...

    1939 is said to have been the best year in the history of film. I have been sharing my on-going, perrennially revised cannon for decades now, and I have organized it according to year of world...
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    One addition to my personal canon of achievements...

    One addition to my personal canon of achievements in the art of film is a 13 minute film directed by Alain Resnais: Guernica (1951)
    It uses Picasso's "Guernica" and earlier works by the greatest...
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    I think I would put three other movies ahead of...

    I think I would put three other movies ahead of CRASH among my faves:
    DEAD RINGERS (1988)
    NAKED LUNCH (1991)
    SPIDER (2002)
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    I have the Masterpiece collection with 10 Blurays...

    I have the Masterpiece collection with 10 Blurays made for the European Market.
    I added Cronnenberg's amazing EASTERN PROMISES (2007)which mixes the gangster genre with a murder mystery where the...
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    I have a Kubrick Bluray boxset. It has an...

    I have a Kubrick Bluray boxset.
    It has an inferior image quality when compared with the 4k transfer you have.
    Maybe I splurge and I buy it anyway, since now finally I will have a top-of-the-line...
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    Three recent films have proven over repeated...

    Three recent films have proven over repeated viewings to belong among the best of all time in my humble but passionate estimation:
    From 2018
    -----THE IMAGE BOOK (Godard/France-Switzerland) ...
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    That's great. I can't think of a better way to...

    That's great. I can't think of a better way to spend one's time. I cannot get enough of golden age Hollywood. I enjoy the average movie made in Hollywood then much more than today's output, that's...
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    More john ford

    Of course, my canon includes the John Ford western that exemplifies the rebirth of the genre (STAGECOACH in that fabled year of 1939), the genre at its most complex, philosophical and mature (THE...
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    "GONE WITH THE WIND" is not on the list but...

    I watch it a lot because some of it is great, not surprisingly, it turns out, a lot of these aches were the ones shot by George Cukor, who had a long history of collaboration with producer David O....
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    The most recent release that I have added to my...

    The most recent release that I have added to my canonical list of love objects is...the 4 hour, 2-part American film: A BREAD FACTORY (USA/2018)

    Here's a quote from Richard Brody about it:
    “A...
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    Thanks for the post Chris. I like reading White's...

    Thanks for the post Chris. I like reading White's criticism and I'm glad he elevates TREE OF LIFE as well as Jonze's HER which doesn't quite make my list but I admire. It elicits interesting thoughts...
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    THE 2010s It's the end of a decade; a time...

    THE 2010s

    It's the end of a decade; a time when different groups and publications poll people involved in film culture and production about the films they consider best or favorite of the decade...
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    THERE ARE NOW 7 FILMS DIRECTED BY KENJI MIZOGUCHI...

    THERE ARE NOW 7 FILMS DIRECTED BY KENJI MIZOGUCHI IN MY LIST OF FAVORITE FILMS OF ALL TIME. IT IS
    THE CRUCIFIED LOVERS (1954)
    which has been released by Criterion under the title A STORY FROM...
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    I want to state (or re-state) how important it is...

    I want to state (or re-state) how important it is the coverage of film festivals, new releases, and other events related to the culture of cinema that you provide in your reportage and film...
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    I think that every film school had unique...

    I think that every film school had unique tendencies depending on who was in charge and who he hired to teach. Some schools emphasized Hollywood directors more than the one you attended (I base this...
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    Thanks very much for this interesting post. There...

    Thanks very much for this interesting post. There are some TV interviews of the actors accessible on the Criterion BR that I own. I'm interested to dig further into the relationships between the...
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    Zama is an easy read; and fairly short. In...

    Zama is an easy read; and fairly short. In English (because the Spanish language version is hard to find/expensive).
    I prefer Ghibli films dubbed in English, by the way. Guess I'm not always a...
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    I'd love to attend a stage version of "3 penny". ...

    I'd love to attend a stage version of "3 penny".
    The version I watched in college was much shorter than the more complete, good-looking version available today. Cast and crew are top notch;
    the...
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    Two additions to my canon of great films: THE...

    Two additions to my canon of great films:

    THE 3 PENNY OPERA (1931/Germany)

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    THE BIG SICK (2017/USA)

    Best film of 2019 by far is SUNSET (Hungary)
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    The Academy is degrading cinema for the sake of...

    The Academy is degrading cinema for the sake of ratings. They know that, in this art form, a performance is to a great extent the result of how a camera captures it and which takes are included and...
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    Agnès Godard for Claire Denis are awesome; good...

    Agnès Godard for Claire Denis are awesome; good of you to bring them up. I posted on your 45 YEARS (2015) thread. It's been added to my list of 346 Favorite Films that opens this thread.
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    Fantastic! So many films worthy of attention. I...

    Fantastic! So many films worthy of attention. I catch most of the best but at my own pace. These titles will get priority. I have admired the work of these directors before, so they're not a hard...
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    Both SHOOTING STARS and UNDERGROUND have been...

    Both SHOOTING STARS and UNDERGROUND have been restored by the British Film Institute recently and released on Bluray and dvd with no coding for region. It can be viewed in all players.
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    No, like Chris says: it should be 1928. Thank you...

    No, like Chris says: it should be 1928. Thank you so much for being so observant and for making me feel good that you guys are reading these posts about movies that should be quite obscure to the...
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    A rare moment: a movie from my list of beloved,...

    A rare moment: a movie from my list of beloved, great films that has to be removed for its failure to sustain additional viewings with pleasure and edification. I was watching Fritz Lang's MABUSE,...
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