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Thursday, April 27, 2006

I'VE SEEN EVERYTHING

Stolen from Han, a list by critic (?) Jim Emerson of the 102 movies everyone should have seen to call themselves a literate film nerd. I don't know who this Jim is, but I'm game to spread it around and put the list up with a * next to every one I've seen and see who I have a bigger celluloid dick than.

* "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) Stanley Kubrick
* "The 400 Blows" (1959) Francois Truffaut
* "8 1/2" (1963) Federico Fellini
"Aguirre, the Wrath of God" (1972) Werner Herzog
* "Alien" (1979) Ridley Scott
* "All About Eve" (1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
* "Annie Hall" (1977) Woody Allen
* "Apocalypse Now" (1979) Francis Ford Coppola*
* "Bambi" (1942) Disney
"The Battleship Potemkin" (1925) Sergei Eisenstein
* "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) William Wyler
* "The Big Red One" (1980) Samuel Fuller
* "The Bicycle Thief" (1949) Vittorio De Sica
* "The Big Sleep" (1946) Howard Hawks
* "Blade Runner" (1982) Ridley Scott
* "Blowup" (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni
* "Blue Velvet" (1986) David Lynch
* "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) Arthur Penn
* "Breathless" (1959 Jean-Luc Godard
* "Bringing Up Baby" (1938) Howard Hawks
* "Carrie" (1975) Brian DePalma
* "Casablanca" (1942) Michael Curtiz
"Un Chien Andalou" (1928) Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali
* "Children of Paradise" / "Les Enfants du Paradis" (1945) Marcel Carne
* "Chinatown" (1974) Roman Polanski
* "Citizen Kane" (1941) Orson Welles
* "A Clockwork Orange" (1971) Stanley Kubrick
* "The Crying Game" (1992) Neil Jordan
* "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951) Robert Wise
* "Days of Heaven" (1978) Terence Malick
* "Dirty Harry" (1971) Don Siegel
* "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (1972) Luis Bunuel
* "Do the Right Thing" (1989) Spike Lee
* "La Dolce Vita" (1960) Federico Fellini
* "Double Indemnity" (1944) Billy Wilder
* "Dr. Strangelove" (1964) Stanley Kubrick
* "Duck Soup" (1933) Leo McCarey
* "E.T. -- The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) Steven Spielberg
* "Easy Rider" (1969) Dennis Hopper
* "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) Irvin Kershner
* "The Exorcist" (1973) William Friedkin
* "Fargo" (1995) Joel & Ethan Coen
* "Fight Club" (1999) David Fincher
* "Frankenstein" (1931) James Whale
"The General" (1927) Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman
* "The Godfather," "The Godfather, Part II" (1972, 1974) Francis Ford Coppola
* "Gone With the Wind" (1939) Victor Fleming
* "GoodFellas" (1990) Martin Scorsese
* "The Graduate" (1967) Mike Nichols
* "Halloween" (1978) John Carpenter
* "A Hard Day's Night" (1964) Richard Lester
"Intolerance" (1916) D.W. Griffith
"It's a Gift" (1934) Norman Z. McLeod
* "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) Frank Capra
* "Jaws" (1975) Steven Spielberg
* "The Lady Eve" (1941) Preston Sturges
* "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) David Lean
* "M" (1931) Fritz Lang
* "Mad Max 2" / "The Road Warrior" (1981) George Miller
* "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) John Huston
* "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962) John Frankenheimer
"Metropolis" (1926) Fritz Lang
"Modern Times" (1936) Charles Chaplin
* "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975) Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam
"Nashville" (1975) Robert Altman
* "The Night of the Hunter" (1955) Charles Laughton
* "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) George Romero
* "North by Northwest" (1959) Alfred Hitchcock
"Nosferatu" (1922) F.W. Murnau
* "On the Waterfront" (1954) Elia Kazan
* "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968) Sergio Leone
* "Out of the Past" (1947) Jacques Tournier
* "Persona" (1966) Ingmar Bergman
* "Pink Flamingos" (1972) John Waters
* "Psycho" (1960) Alfred Hitchcock
* "Pulp Fiction" (1994) Quentin Tarantino
* "Rashomon" (1950) Akira Kurosawa
* "Rear Window" (1954) Alfred Hitchcock
* "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) Nicholas Ray
* "Red River" (1948) Howard Hawks
"Repulsion" (1965) Roman Polanski
* "The Rules of the Game" (1939) Jean Renoir
* "Scarface" (1932) Howard Hawks
* "The Scarlet Empress" (1934) Josef von Sternberg
* "Schindler's List" (1993) Steven Spielberg
* "The Searchers" (1956) John Ford
* "The Seven Samurai" (1954) Akira Kurosawa
"Singin' in the Rain" (1952) Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
* "Some Like It Hot" (1959) Billy Wilder
"A Star Is Born" (1954) George Cukor
* "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) Elia Kazan
* "Sunset Boulevard" (1950) Billy Wilder
* "Taxi Driver" (1976) Martin Scorsese
* "The Third Man" (1949) Carol Reed
"Tokyo Story" (1953) Yasujiro Ozu
* "Touch of Evil" (1958) Orson Welles
* "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948) John Huston
* "Trouble in Paradise" (1932) Ernst Lubitsch
* "Vertigo" (1958) Alfred Hitchcock
* "West Side Story" (1961) Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise
* "The Wild Bunch" (1969) Sam Peckinpah
* "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) Victor Fleming

That's 88 out of 102. I'm actually okay with the fact that I own the DVD of one of the movies I haven't seen (Tokyo Story). I can live with that; had it been more, that would have been embarassing. I almost count Un Chien Andalou because I have seen it in chunks here and there and feel like I've watched it straight through; same with Singing in the Rain. It's A Gift is the only one I haven't heard of.

EDIT: Oooops. I also own a copy of Metropolis, another one I feel like I've seen even if I've never sat and watched it straight through. By the by, anyone who wants to donate DVDs to fill in the gaps, if there are movies you are just absolutely shocked I have not seen, I always accept donations. They would be watched immediately. ;)

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow I can't believe how many of those you have seen, but you definitely have to watch Roman Polanski's "Repulsion".... it is one of my favorites....

-Sat-Chit-Amanda

Chynna said...

Watch The General, you ass!

I can't believe I even talk to you!

Jamie S. Rich said...

Amanda - That's definitely one I want to see. I love Catherine Deneuve.

Chynna - Let's see your response to this list, then we'll see who is worthy to talk to whom. ;)