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2010 Arts and Faith Top 100 Films List

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We are proud to announce the 2010 Arts and Faith Top 100 Films List!

This list, created from YOUR votes, contains 38 films new to the Arts and Faith Top 100 List, showcases top films and directors from around the world, and spans cinematic history from silent films circa 1927 (F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise) to films currently in theaters (the Coens brothers’ Oscar-nominated Serious Man).

Our great new website (including film facts, clips, trailers, and more) is currently in the works. We'll let you know as soon as it is ready to go…

Without further ado – the list itself:

1. Word, The ("Ordet"), 1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer

2. Decalogue, The ("Dekalog"), 1987, Krzysztof Kieslowski

3. Babette’s Feast (“Babettes Gaestebud”), 1987, Gabriel Axel

4. Passion of Joan of Arc, The ("La Passion de Jeanne D'arc"), 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer

5. Son, The ("Le Fils"), 2002, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

6. Au Hasard Balthazar, 1966, Robert Bresson

7. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans,1927, F.W. Murnau

8. Andrei Rublev (“Andrey Rublyov"), 1969, Andrei Tarkovsky

9. Early Summer ("Bakushû"), 1951, Yasujiro Ozu

10. Gospel According to Matthew, The ("Il vangelo second Matteo, 1964, Pier Paolo Pasolini

11. Diary of a Country Priest, The("Le Journal D'un Cure De Campagne"), 1951, Robert Bresson

12. Wings of Desire ("Der Himmel über Berlin”), 1987, Wim Wenders

13. Seventh Seal, The ("Det Sjunde Inseglet"), 1957, Ingmar Bergman

14. To Live ("Ikiru"), 1952, Akira Kurosawa

15. Three Colors Trilogy ("Trois couleurs"), 1993, 1994, 1994, Kryzysztof Kieslowski

16. Mirror, The ("Zerkalo"), 1975, Andrei Tarkovsky

17. Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apu Sansar), 1955/56/59, Satyajit Ray

18. Floating Weeds ("Ukigusa"), 1959, Yasujiro Ozu

19. Munyurangabo, 2007, Lee Isaac Chung

20. Burmese Harp, The, 1956, Kon Ichikawa

21. Tokyo Story ("Tokyo monogatari"), 1953, Yasujiro Ozu

22. Serious Man, A, 2009, Ethan and Joel Coen

23. My Night at Maud's ("Ma nuit chez Maud"), 1969, Eric Rohmer

24. Into Great Silence ("Le grand silence"), 2005, Philip Gröning

25. Nostalghia, 1983, Andrei Tarkovsky

26. Still Life ("Sanxia haoren"), 2006, Zhang Ke Jia

27. Child, The ("L'Enfant"), 2005, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

28. Bicycle Thief, The (“Ladri di biciclette”), 1948, Vittorio De Sica

29. Man Escaped, A ("Un condamne a mort s'est eschappe ou Le vent soufflé ou il veut"), 1956, Robert Bresson

30. Stalker, 1979, Andrei Tarkovsky

31. Man for All Seasons, A, 1966, Fred Zinnemann

32. Apostle, The, 1997, Robert Duvall

33. Island, The ("Ostrov"), 2006, Pavel Lungin

34. Close-Up ("Nema-ye Nazdik"), 1990, Abbas Kiarostami

35. Wild Strawberries ("Smultronstallet"), 1957, Ingmar Bergman

36. Days of Heaven, 1978, Terrence Malick

37. Playtime, 1967, Jacques Tati

38. Winter Light, 1963, Ingmar Bergman

39. Through a Glass Darkly ("Såsom i en spegel"), 1961, Ingmar Bergman

40. House is Black,The (Khaneh siah ast), 1964, Forugh Farrokhzad

41. Summer / The Green Ray ("Le Rayon vert"), 1986, Eric Rohmer

42. Day of Wrath (“Vredens dag”), 1943, Carl Theodor Dreyer

43. Silent Light ("Stella Licht"), 2007, Carlos Reygadas

44. Promesse, La, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

45. It's a Wonderful Life, 1946, Frank Capra

46. M, 1931, Fritz Lang

47. Late Spring ("Banshun"), 1972, Yasujiro Osu

48. Killer of Sheep, 1977, Charles Burnett

49. Solaris ("Solyaris"), 1972, Andrei Tarkovsky

50. Cyclist, The ("Bicycleran"), 1987, Mohsen Makhmalbaf

51. Spirit of the Beehive, The ("El espíritu de la colmena"), 1973, Víctor Erice

52. Cries and Whispers, 1973, Ingmar Bergman

53. My Life to Live ("Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux"), 1962, Jean-Luc Godard

54. Straight Story, The, 1999, David Lynch

55. Flowers of St. Francis ("Francesco, Guillare de Dio"), 1950, Roberto Rossellini

56. Ponette, 1996, Jacques Doillon

57. Wind Will Carry Us, The ("Bad ma ra khaha bord"), 1999, Abbas Kiarostami

58. Magnolia, 1999, Paul Thomas Anderson

59. Faust, 1926, F.W. Murnau

60. Fanny and Alexander ("Fanny och Alexander"), 1982, Ingmar Bergman

61. Paris, Texas, 1984, Wim Wenders

62. Moment of Innocence, A ("Nun va Goldoon"), 1997, Mohsen Makhmalbaf

63. Trial of Joan of Arc, The ("Proces de Jeanne d'Arc"), 1962, Robert Bresson

64. Beau travail, 1999, Claire Denis

65. After Life (“Wandafuru raifu”), 1999, Hirokazu Koreeda

66. By Brakhage: An Anthology, 2003, Stan Brakhage

67. Lorna's Silence ("Le silence de Lorna"), 2008, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

68. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days ("4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile"), 2007, Cristian Mungiu

69. Chariots of Fire, 1982, Hugh Hudson

70. Derzu Uzala, 1975, Akira Kurosawa

71. Autumn Afternoon, An (“Sanma no aji”), 1962, Yasujiro Ozu

72. Heartbeat Detector ("La question humaine"), 2007, Nicolas Klotz

73. Tender Mercies, 1983, Bruce Beresford

74. Summer Hours ("L'heure d'été"), 2008, Olivier Assayas

75. Rashômon, 1950, Akira Kurosawa

76. Becket, 1964, Peter Glenville

77. Black Narcissus, 1947, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

78. Eureka, 2000, Shinji Aoyama

79. Meshes in the Afternoon, 1943, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid

80. Open City ("Roma, citta apera"), 1945, Roberto Rossellini

81. Syndromes and a Century ("Sang sattawat"), 2006, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

82. Rosetta, 1999, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

83. Yi Yi: A One and a Two ("Yi Yi"), 2000, Edward Yang

84. Pickpocket, 1959, Robert Bresson

85. Punch-Drunk Love, 2002, Paul Thomas Anderson

86. Sacrifice, The ("Offret-Sacrificatio"), 1986, Andrei Tarkovsky

87. Stroszek, 1977, Werner Herzog

88. Jesus of Montreal ("Jesus De Montreal"), 1989, Denys Arcand

89. Ushpizin ("The Guests"), 2004, Giddi Dar

90. Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher, 2005, David Di Sabatino

91. Goodbye to the Children ("Au Revoir, Les Enfants"), 1987, Louis Malle

92. Son of Man, 2006, Mark Dornford-May

93. Virgin Spring, The ("Jungfrukallan"), 1960, Ingmar Bergman

94. In Praise of Love ("Éloge de l'amour"), 2001, Jean-Luc Godard

95. Crimes and Misdemeanors, 1989, Woody Allen

96. New World, The, 2005, Terrence Malick

97. M. Hulot's Holiday("Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot"), 1953, Jacques Tati

98. Return, The (Vozvrashchenie), 2003, Andrei Zvyagintsev

99. Breaking the Waves, 1996, Lars von Trier

100. Song of Bernadette, 1943, Henry King

Thanks to all who participated! With this sterling collection of films, we have much to be proud of.

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Woo-hoo!

Any word on how many people actually voted? (Not looking for any names -- just a number!)

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62. Moment of Innocence, A ("Nun va Goldoon"), 1997, Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Very, very good job, one or two other voters.

Dale

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44 people voted.

Woo-hoo!

Any word on how many people actually voted? (Not looking for any names -- just a number!)

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19. Munyurangabo, 2007, Lee Isaac Chung

MLeary (among others) will be happy about this.

22. Serious Man, A, 2009, Ethan and Joel Coen

Very interesting.

24. Into Great Silence ("Le grand silence"), 2005, Philip Gröning

33. Island, The ("Ostrov"), 2006, Pavel Lungin

Woo hoo! Monk movies make the list!

Some other new additions:

43. Silent Light ("Stella Licht"), 2007, Carlos Reygadas

67. Lorna's Silence ("Le silence de Lorna"), 2008, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

68. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days ("4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile"), 2007, Cristian Mungiu

72. Heartbeat Detector ("La question humaine"), 2007, Nicolas Klotz

74. Summer Hours ("L'heure d'été"), 2008, Olivier Assayas

81. Syndromes and a Century ("Sang sattawat"), 2006, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

So those are some of the (newer) additions. What are some of the older ones? Which films dropped off the list?

BTW, Le grand silence may be the French name for Into Great Silence, but its "native," onscreen name is German, like the director: Die grosse Stille -- but the director's preferred title, so he told me, is the English, with its sense of movement.

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I'd like to stress that before we promote this outside of A&F I'd prefer you-all to wait until the Top 100 website is live.

We'll probably release the URL for the website when we have the top 100 list itself up and perhaps completed pages for the top ten films.

The staff and interns will be working feverishly over the coming days to get all this up and running.

Then we'll go live and enlist your support in getting the word out.

Thanks!

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So those are some of the (newer) additions. What are some of the older ones? Which films dropped off the list?

BTW, Le grand silence may be the French name for Into Great Silence, but its "native," onscreen name is German, like the director: Die grosse Stille -- but the director's preferred title, so he told me, is the English, with its sense of movement.

Thanks for the tip! Your (everyone's) eagle eyes are indispensable as we move into the publication phase.

We're compiling lists for our own purposes, like how many countries are represented, how many directors, who has more than one film, which films are new, etc. Look for those here in the coming days.

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I see Dogville, a 2006 list honoree, is missing here. Can't say I'm busted up about that.

Lilies of the Field also gone. Oh well, a fine movie but not a great one. The Song of Bernadette held on, dropping from 99 to 100. That's the Golden Age religious film the list needs.

Hey! The Last Temptation of Christ has dropped of the list. That and Dogville are good things in my book.

Also missing: Hotel Rwanda. Again, not a film that the list needed, and a welcome trade for Munyurangabo.

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I love that Maya Deren made the list. That's so rad. Also, I guess one of these days I should get around to watching Babette's Feast.

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Oh, yikes. We lost The Miracle Maker. Dear oh dear.

And The Passion of the Christ. That one I understand, though I disagree.

And The Gospel of John. That one I can go either way on.

Luther. Good call (says the Catholic).

Dead Man Walking gone.

Secrets and Lies.

Shadowlands. Millions. Romero.

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And the Coen bros have the very first American film on the list. Interesting. Unless Murnau's Sunrise was American?

No Passion of the Christ? That will prompt some interesting feedback once the list is published, I'd hazard a guess.

And I've only seen 14% of this list.

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Murnau made Sunrise at Fox with an American cast and crew.

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Fiddler on the Roof gone. Really? Peter Chattaway am sad. (Me too.)

Some older films added to the list:

The Burmese Harp. Very, very good.

Three more by Ozu (the previous list had only Tokyo Story.)

Two by Tati (the previous list had none, I think).

Black Narcissus. Hum.

Killer of Sheep. Punch Drunk Love. Rashomon.

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I think many of the surprises and changes on this last have everything to do with the shift of emphasis from "the most spiritually significant films according to A&F" to "the Top 100 films according to A&F."

In view of that, I'm anticipating that it will be a matter of moments, once we "go public", before somebody goes "Where is Citizen Kane?"

Still, I am overjoyed with the results. The Top 10 all by itself is a thing of great beauty.

I guess I have to see Early Summer. I'm stunned to see that Tokyo Story isn't the top-rated Ozu film.

Munyurangabo in the top 20. Wow. That's... um... bold.

And all of the Dardenne films are here. Nice.

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There was some discussion at one point about the lack of comedies on the predecessors to this list. So... how is this list doing? I see one film by Woody Allen that is half-comedy, half-deadly-serious. Beyond that...?

Oh yes, and I'm glad that my two favorite films of the year -- which I plugged at last night's Kindlings Muse event here in Vancouver -- are both on this list.

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By the way...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Greg, Anna, Christy, and the rest, for all of the work you've put into this already.

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I am pleasantly surprised. The Top 20 looks awesome. Brakhage squeaks in (we'll promote him upward for next year). On first look, I think I like this list even better than before. But I think there's six films in the Top 20 I now haven't seen.

Let's get to work.

By the way...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Greg, Anna, Christy, and the rest, for all of the work you've put into this already.

Yes. You really are appreciated.

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Oh man. I don't even know where to start. We lost a few things, but this is an amazing list of films. I am intensely proud that 44 people collaborated to create this, and look forward to seeing all these films written up.

Brakhage? Deren? Beau travail? Playtime? In Praise of Love? Heartbeat Detector? Stroszek? I can't find one film on this list that seems like a weak spot, which could not be said for any other previous generation of this list. What a significant achievement for this board. Seeing this is a great reward for all the years of discussion here.

Can't wait to get cracking on publicizing this.

Thank you, Image staff. As Darren said, this is rad.

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Tarkovsky is my favorite director, so it's nice to see 6 of his films on here (Ivan's Childhood and The Steamroller and the Violin were his two that didn't make it, which is fine with me). The order in which they appear surprises me, though; do that many people really like Nostalghia more than Solaris, Stalker, or The Sacrifice?

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In view of that, I'm anticipating that it will be a matter of moments, once we "go public", before somebody goes "Where is Citizen Kane?"

It is a legitimate question.

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I'm really surprised The New World rates so far below Days of Heaven. I would have expected the opposite.

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In view of that, I'm anticipating that it will be a matter of moments, once we "go public", before somebody goes "Where is Citizen Kane?"

It is a legitimate question.

If I remember right, The Godfather wasn't even nominated, too.

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:blink:

Um.

Huh.

Okay... I thought that somewhere along the way we said we would "grandfather in" the Sight and Sound Top 100 as nominations. Perhaps I dreamed that. But if I hadn't gathered that notion from somewhere, I would have nominated both Godfather and Godfather II. Hmm.

No Lawrence of Arabia. No Hitchcock whatsoever.

I'm going to start a checklist for next year's nominations.

Maybe we should start the 2011 nominating process early, to give all of us a long time to ponder additional titles...

Here's a good place to start.

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And speaking of next year's vote, Brakhage and Dekalog aside, at a certain point we might need a vote to determine which trilogies are going to be voted as single films or as trilogies. I remember that being a dispute this time. And I personally like the Colors Trilogy as one entry, but I know that others may have voted differently if it had been separated.

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Interesting. No Lord of the Rings.

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