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I just wanted to open up this topic to discuss a few matters. I won't have too much time to watch films so as always I'm in favor of extending the periods, but most people have already watched tons of films so I might again be in the minority; just thought I'd ask again for the '70s:
1. Stick to three weeks per year
2. Change to one month per year
Let me know!
I intend to start the next section of the game in 2012, January 1st, so we skip the Christmas/New Year period in which everyone is indubitably busy, and to avoid the presentation of the '80s results a little.
Also, feel free to make some early recommendations in this topic. I only have two to recommend that aren't completely obvious:
- The Red Circle (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1970) - My favorite French director's last film; not quite as good as the two masterpieces preceding it, but competes with Rififi for the greatest heist film)
- Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979) - I don't generally like Tarkovsky that much, but this film is phenomenal)
I'm fine with sticking to three weeks per year. But I wouldn't really mind of we change to a month per year, altough it's a bit long.
Some early, not too well-known recommendations:
- Don't Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, 1973) His best. Quite creepy and the editing is very interesting.
- Dersu Uzala (Akira Kurosawa, 1975) A somewhat smaller film by a great director, famous for some grand movies. And made in Russia, in stead of his native Japan. Different from the usual Kurosawa film.
And of course the usual suspects by the likes of Kubrick, Coppola, Tarkovsky, Scorsese, Bergman and Malick.
I have my lists ready from 1950. So three weeks is enough for me (Nevertheless I still have a LOT to watch from 70's because I've seen only about 200 movies from the decade.)
Some favorites that I think many haven't seen:
Maa on syntinen laulu [The Earth Is a Sinful Song] - Rauni Mollberg
Gritty countryside depiction. My friend said something like: the movie is part of conventional wisdom but there's no need to watch it ever again (and torture yourself). The best Finnish movie of the decade. Unfortunately I'm not sure is there version with English subtitles available.
SciFi in which ants conquers the world.
Movies at least some have seen but aren't still the most obvious ones.
En kärlekshistoria [A Swedish Love Story]
Ucho [The Ear]
Johnny Got His Gun
The Holy Mountain (very well known but I just remind - my #2 of 73 after Don't Look Now)
Picnic at Hanging Rock
And my two favorite movies of the decade are
Eraserhead and Aguirre. So if you haven't seen those. I strongly and highly recommend them.
I'll post my recommendations when I'm at home and I have time to go through the RYM lists and compile a list of stuff I've already seen.
I would also heavily recommend The Mirror, though that is a very difficult movie.
Three weeks should be fine. I should have more time to do watching this year because there will be no Director's Cup going on at Mubi.
(Final four of this year's DC: Mizoguchi, Lang, Vertov, Monteiro!)
3 weeks are enough for me but I really don't care.
I strongly recommend :
Ultimo tango a Parigi [Last Tango in Paris]
All That Jazz
Professione: reporter [The Passenger]
Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie [The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie]
Un homme qui dort [The Man Who Sleeps]
Il conformista [The Conformist]
A few french movies I recommend too :
Les Bronzés font du ski [French Fried Vacation 2]
Les choses de la vie [The Things of Life]
Vincent, François, Paul et les autres [Vincent, Francois, Paul and the Others]
Max et les ferrailleurs [Max and the Junkmen]
Le juge et l'assassin [The Judge and the Assassin]
L'homme qui aimait les femmes [The Man Who Loved Women]
Le boucher [The Butcher]
Buffet froid [Cold Cuts]
Les valseuses [Going Places]
Tout le monde il est beau, tout le monde il est gentil [Everybody He Is Nice, Everybody He Is Beautiful]
L'aveu [The Confession]
McCabe and Mrs Miller (The only Altman I like)
Days Of Heaven
A Woman Under The Influence
More obscure recommendations (Equally good as the obvious ones):
The Mirror (Tarkovsky)
The Traveling Players (Just happens to be coming out in a PAL Angelopolous set very soon)
Lacombe, Lucien (Malle)
The Enigma of Kaspar Hausar (Herzog)
F For Fake (Welles)
Tree Of Wooden Clogs (Olmi)
The French Connection
The Last Picture Show
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Dog Day Afternoon
All The President's Men
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Deer Hunter
Kramer vs Kramer