best film:  Annie Hall from Woody Allen. Annie Hall leads the way in 1977 just every so slightly over Dario Argento's Suspiria. Annie Hall is a breakthrough for Woody. He emerges as an exciting formal


Dark City – 1950 Dieterle


William Dieterle’s film noir Dark City is probably best known for being the “introduction” of Charlton Heston (the film’s credits tout it being his introduction but in fact he had been in two films prior).

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The Canterbury Tales – 1972 Pasolini


The Canterbury Tales is Pasolini’s second film in his Trilogy of Life—landing between The Decameron (1971) and Arabian Nights (1974) It is an adaptation of Chaucer of course- and Pasolini playfully actually portrays the author

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8 Women – 2002 Ozon


An array of beautiful diamonds and flowers during the opening credits sets the tone- François Ozon’s 8 Women is a welcomed mix of Agatha Christie story and Demy/Sirk aesthetics. Serves as a sort of who’s

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Passion – 1982 Godard


Nineteen years after Contempt, Godard retraces many of the same steps here with Passion. This is largely about the making of a film (like all of Godard it is never that simple of course). Godard

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – 1937 Hand


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs must have blown people’s hair back in 1937. It stands as a major triumph for Walt Disney (still just 36 years old at the time of the film’s release)-

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Ludwig – 1973 Visconti


Visconti’s four-hour (238 minutes) opus Ludwig is the final film in his German trilogy (which includes The Damned from 1969 and Death in Venice from 1971) Visconti suffered from a stroke (aged 67 at the

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Every Man for Himself – 1980 Godard


Godard saw this as a sort of rebirth, a second debut, and I do think there is a very nice formal connective tissue between the jump cut editing in 1960’s Breathless and the slow-motion work

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Antebellum – 2020 Bush, Renz


Remember the names of Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. They are the co-directors and co-writers behind 2020’s horror/thriller Antebellum starring the magnificent Janelle Monáe. It is the debut film for Bush and Renz, it premiered

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best film:  Taxi Driver from Martin Scorsese Mean Streets marked the announcement of Scorsese a major new talent. It’s not a perfect film but a film with so much bravado on display in it that


Weekend – 1967 Godard


Godard uses both montage and long take duration as stylistic tools in his last great hurrah, Weekend. There are six or seven individual shots that take up about half of the overall running time (Cuaron’s

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Clemency – 2019 Chukwu


Clemency has both a strong lead performance (veteran Alfre Woodard has never been better) and a color design in the mise-en-scene throughout from relative newcomer Chinonye Chukwu Chukwu and Woodard are on the same wavelength

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