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Top 25 Pilgrimage Movies 2012

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It has come to my attention that some people haven't been able to participate in the Top 25 nomination process, because the forum is invisible to them. I apologize! Can you all take a look here and make sure you can read and post?

Nominations are officially closed, and we are opening the poll as soon as we can. Discussion is still open, of course.

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I can see it now. Better late than never.


"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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I'll take nominations and seconds from any latecomers if you have them.

I'll second Old Joy.

I know this question is late in the game, but do immigration dramas count as "pilgrimage movies"? I just watched "Le Havre," which centers on an older man but deals with a young boy en route from Africa to England. I'm wondering if that type of story "counts."

Criminals-on-the-run -- that type of story doesn't count, does it?

Forced migration? That doesn't seem right. Although Amistad came to mind.

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"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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We've been defining the term very loosely so far. There are some good points from the Greg here on "eligibility" as regards to theme & content. Without having seen it, I'd say Le Havre fits the bill.

The voting process will be the ultimate arbitrator when it comes to what films are most meaningful as pilgrimages.

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FWIW, I wouldn't say Le Havre fits the bill, because the story itself does not follow any sort of migration; rather, it concerns one person who tries to help a migrant in his geographically-confined situation. If the film had actually followed the migrant's journey in some way, then I would have no problem considering it a "road movie" or "pilgrimage movie" under some very loose definition of the terms, but as it is...


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What Peter said.

Le Havre is as much a road movie/pilgrimage movie as E.T.

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What Peter said.

Le Havre is as much a road movie/pilgrimage movie as E.T.

OK. I'm fine with not including it.


"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Overstreet wrote:

: Le Havre is as much a road movie/pilgrimage movie as E.T.

Oh, that's a brilliant comparison.

On that note, and in contrast, I wouldn't necessarily have a problem with considering Close Encounters of the Third Kind a "road movie" or "pilgrimage movie" -- given how loose our definitions are -- because that film does very much follow one or two characters on a journey from one place to another (and the destination in question does take on a sort of quasi-religious significance).


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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