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  1. If you're interested in using Flickchart, here is the (almost complete*) list of the 2010 A&F List. Chances are you'll need to manually add these. This is a great start before members modify and build their own lists. Ordet 1955 Carl Theodor Dreyer NR 1 The Decalogue 1989 Krzysztof Kieslowski NR 2 Babette's Feast 1988 Gabriel Axel NR 3 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer NR 4 The Son 2002 Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne NR 5 Au Hasard Balthazar 1966 Robert Bresson PG 6 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 1927 F.W. Murnau NR 7 Andrei Rublev 1966 Andrei Tarkovsky NR 8 Early Summer 1951 Yasujirô Ozu NR 9 The Gospel According to St. Matthew 1964 Pier Paolo Pasolini NR 10 Diary of a Country Priest 1951 Robert Bresson NR 11 Wings of Desire 1988 Wim Wenders PG13 12 The Seventh Seal 1957 Ingmar Bergman NR 13 Ikiru 1952 Akira Kurosawa NR 14 Blue 1993 Krzysztof Kieslowski R 15 White 1994 Krzysztof Kieslowski R 16 Red 1994 Krzysztof Kieslowski R 17 The Mirror 1975 Andrei Tarkovsky NR 18 Song of the Little Road 1955 Satyajit Ray NR 19 Aparajito 1956 Satyajit Ray NR 20 Apur Sansar 1959 Satyajit Ray NR 21 Floating Weeds 1959 Yasujiro Ozu NR 22 Munyurangabo 2007 Lee Isaac Chung NR 23 The Burmese Harp 1956 Kon Ichikawa NR 24 Tokyo Story 1953 Yasujiro Ozu NR 25 A Serious Man 2009 Ethan & Joel Coen R 26 My Night at Maud's 1969 Eric Rohmer PG 27 Nostalghia 1983 Andrei Tarkovsky NR 28 Into Great Silence 2005 Philip Gröning NR 29 Still Life 2006 Zhang Ke Jia NR 30 The Child 2005 Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne R 31 Silent Light 2007 Carlos Reygadas NR 32 The Bicycle Thief 1948 Vittorio De Sica NR 33 A Man Escaped 1956 Robert Bresson NR 34 Stalker 1979 Andrei Tarkovsky NR 35 A Man for All Seasons 1966 Fred Zinnemann G 36 The Apostle 1998 Robert Duvall PG13 37 The Island 2006 Pavel Lungin NR 38 Days of Heaven 1978 Terrence Malick PG 39 Close-Up 1990 Abbas Kiarostami NR 40 Wild Strawberries 1957 Ingmar Bergman NR 41 Playtime 1967 Jacques Tati NR 42 Winter Light 1963 Ingmar Bergman NR 43 Through a Glass Darkly 1961 Ingmar Bergman PG 44 The House is Black 1963 Forugh Farrokhzad NR 45 Le Rayon Vert 1986 Eric Rohmer R 46 Day of Wrath 1943 Carl Theodor Dreyer NR 47 The Promise 1996 Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne NR 48 It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Frank Capra NR 49 Killer of Sheep 1977 Charles Burnett NR 50 M 1931 Fritz Lang NR 51 Late Spring 1949 Yasujiro Ozu NR 52 Solaris 1972 Andrei Tarkovsky PG 53 The Spirit of the Beehive 1973 Víctor Erice NR 54 Cries and Whispers 1973 Ingmar Bergman NR 55 My Life to Live 1962 Jean-Luc Godard NR 56 The Straight Story 1999 David Lynch G 57 The Flowers of St. Francis 1950 Roberto Rossellini NR 58 Ponette 1997 Jacques Doillon NR 59 The Wind Will Carry Us 1999 Abbas Kiarostami NR 60 Magnolia 1999 Paul Thomas Anderson R 61 Faust: A German Folk Legend 1926 F.W. Murnau NR 62 Fanny and Alexander 1982 Ingmar Bergman R 63 Paris, Texas 1984 Wim Wenders R 64 The Trial of Joan of Arc 1962 Robert Bresson NR 65 Beau Travail 2000 Claire Denis NR 66 A Moment of Innocence 1996 Mohsen Makhmalbaf NR 67 After Life 1999 Hirokazu Koreeda NR 68 Lorna's Silence 2009 Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne R 69 Chariots of Fire 1981 Hugh Hudson PG 70 Dersu Uzala 1975 Akira Kurosawa G 71 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 2007 Cristian Mungiu NR 72 An Autumn Afternoon 1962 Yasujiro Ozu NR 73 Heartbeat Detector 2007 Nicolas Klotz NR 74 Tender Mercies 1984 Bruce Beresford PG 75 Rashomon 1950 Akira Kurosawa NR 76 Becket 1964 Peter Glenville PG13 77 Black Narcissus 1947 Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger NR 78 Summer Hours 2008 Olivier Assayas NR 79 Eureka 2000 Shinji Aoyama R 80 Meshes of the Afternoon 1943 Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid NR 81 Rome, Open City 1945 Roberto Rossellini NR 82 Syndromes and a Century 2006 Apichatpong Weerasethakul NR 83 Rosetta 1999 Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne R 84 Pickpocket 1959 Robert Bresson NR 85 Punch-Drunk Love 2002 Paul Thomas Anderson R 86 Stroszek 1977 Werner Herzog NR 87 Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal) 1989 Denys Arcand R 88 The Sacrifice 1986 Andrei Tarkovsky PG 89 Yi Yi: A One and a Two 2000 Edward Yang NR 90 Au Revoir Les Enfants 1987 Louis Malle NR 91 Ushpizin 2004 Giddi Dar PG 92 Son of Man 2008 Mark Dornford-May NR 93 In Praise of Love 2001 Jean-Luc Godard PG 94 Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 Woody Allen PG13 95 The Virgin Spring 1960 Ingmar Bergman NR 96 The New World 2006 Terrence Malick PG13 97 The Return 2003 Andrei Zvyagintsev NR 98 Mr. Hulot's Holiday 1953 Jacques Tati NR 99 The Song of Bernadette 1945 Henry King NR 100 Breaking the Waves 1996 Lars von Trier R 101 * Notes: 1. FC doesn't seem to allow a "Trilogy" -- each film (Apu, Colours) has to stand alone (maybe that's a good thing). 2. Doesn't seem to be a way to add the "By Brakhage: An Anthology" as that's a DVD collection of shorts and not an actual release (no iMDB listing) 3. The Cyclist is not currently in the system. A request to add is submitted. Usually, it only takes FC a day or two to add new titles. I'll update this when it shows.
  2. Is there any interest in developing a new way of voting and compiling films? Has anyone tried using "Flickchart.com"? This could be a great way to have members all subscribe and compile a personal top 100 (or whatever number) and have those lists easily compared among other members using the "friends" option. It might shake up the current list and invite a more active year-round participation and a look at overlooked films and filmmakers.
  3. Hi Darren, I think Dutcher's films are great, and they don't hurt to watch in chronological order (they grow in complexity and ambiguity). Dutcher is himself an interesting person, having been the godfather of Mormon cinema and ultimately leaving Mormonism. Davey Morrison does a good job of treating his work on his blog, including this interview. I've also done an episode on Dutcher's third film Brigham City on my podcast, Watching Theology. I'm not a Mormon, so don't think his appeal is restricted to LDS church members. In fact, he has lost quite a bit of favor in the LDS community.
  4. I'm truly fascinated by this process. I'm new (obviously) to participating, but have been watching the list for the last 3 or 4 years. It's what drove me to buy the Dreyer Criterion set sight-unseen (and how could I ever complain about that?). One way to start a nominating process that was more inclusive of lesser seen films is to create panels of nominators -- people who agree to watch a selection of, say, 10 lesser-seen films and suggest 2 or 3 that should be considered for further voting. It wouldn't be perfect, but could be a way of starting to move hidden films into slightly more visible territory. After a few years, the ones that really belong on the list should find their way closer. For example, I nominated Pyaasa for 2011. The only reason I ever saw the film was because of an Indian Cinema class. But now, as one who agrees with about 80-85% of the current list, am convinced that others would benefit from watching that film. Likewise, I haven't seen any references to a person like Richard Dutcher, who's work is easier to get, but is virtually unknown (outside of Utah). I can't imagine that Brigham City or States of Grace wouldn't be loved by many people. (If his film Falling ever gets to DVD, those of you who love Scorsese -- Mean Streets-era -- will not believe that such a film can be made.) But I digress.... Anyway, I would love to volunteer for being on a panel and being assigned 10-15 films to work on and report back on.
  5. For 2011 Title: Pyaasa (1957) Director: Guru Dutt Running Time: 146 min Language: Hindi IMDB Link:iMDB Pyaasa YouTube Link: (No subtitles on YouTube, but Vijay is asking, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world?" I know Indian Cinema is represented in the AF100 by the Apu Trilogy, but Pyaasa deserves significant consideration for next year's list. It tells the story of the poet Vijay (Guru Dutt) whose message is rejected until he is believed dead. A prostitute pays for his poems to be published, which elevates Vijay's legend. It is an unbelievable film that has been recognized on Sight & Sound's 2002 Poll and Time Magazine's "All-TIME 100" (Richard Corliss). Unfortunately, the DVD quality is generally VHS level at best. If possible, pick up the Yash Raj or Eros (the Ultra version is unwatchable). DVDs are pretty cheap ($7-12). Netflix also carries it. For some of you, this will become one of your favorite movies. Really.
  6. Working on Guru Dutt paper. Think "Pyaasa" for A&F 2011

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