Monday, 30 July 2018

My new 10 (+1) favourite films; 30/7/2018

Persona by Ingmar Bergman 
Citizen Kane by Orson Welles 
Nights of Cabiria by Federico Fellini 
Yojimbo & Sanjuro by Akira Kurosawa 
Sunset Boulevard by Billy Wilder
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie by Luis Buñuel
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring by Kim Ki-duk 
Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese
The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola
Casablanca by Michael Curtis 


Once in a while I make a new list of favourites to see what has changed and to keep notes over time. 
Now there have been only a few changes since last year:
Ran is replaced with Yojimbo and Sanjuro. Choosing a favourite Kurosawa is difficult. I love Ran. I love The Bad Sleep Well. I love High and Low. The Bad Sleep Well is a perfect film, and a great example to learn from about the geometry of the scene—about staging and creating a shape in the frame. But finally I chose Yojimbo and Sanjuro (for how do you separate them?) for their dynamic quality and humour, and Toshiro Mifune’s charismatic hero, over the tragic The Bad Sleep Well.  
Persona and Citizen Kane, I love to the point of obsession. They are masterpieces, and I keep coming back to them for inspiration. Citizen Kane has everything you need to learn about cinema, especially in terms of blocking, cinematography, and editing; whilst Persona in particular and European art films in the 1950s-60s in general have changed my view of the possibilities of cinema and had a huge influence on me, especially with the idea of film as dream.


On this date in 2007, Ingmar Bergman passed away. 
Today is also Emily Bronte's 200th birthday. 


  1. There's only one here I haven't seen. The rest are all superb choices, well worthy of any Top Ten.

    My own tastes lean heavily towards classic Hollywood, and would probably be something like this:

    The Maltese Falcon
    Pather Panchali / Aparajito / Apur Sansar
    (If Yojimbo/Sanjoru can count as one, so can these.)
    Singin' in the Rain
    Modern Times
    La Dolce Vita
    The Innocents
    Sons of the Desert
    Duck Soup
    The Lost Weekend

  2. You can trust me that Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring is worth watching then :p