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Kenji
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PostPosted: 03.15.2005 9:01 pm    Post subject: My 500 favourite films Reply with quote

1905 Voyage Beyond the Impossible (Melies)

1906 Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (Porter)

1914 Child of the Big City (Bauer)

1915 Vampires (Feuillade)

1919 Broken Blossoms (Griffith)

1920 The Golem (Wegener)

1922 Nosferatu (Murnau)*

1924 Sherlock Jnr (Keaton)

Strike (Eisenstein)

Entr'acte (Clair)

1925 Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein)*

The Gold Rush (Chaplin)*

The Big Parade (Vidor)

The Adventures of Prince Ahmed (Reiniger)

Master of the House (Dreyer)

1926 The General (Bruckman, Keaton)*

Town Rat, Country Rat (Starewicz)

1927 Sunrise (Murnau)**

Metropolis (Lang)*

The Chess Player (Bernard)

Girl with a Hatbox (Barnet)

Napoleon (Gance)

1928 The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer)

Pandora's Box (Pabst)

Steamboat Bill jnr (Keaton)

Queen Kelly (Von Stroheim)

1929 Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov)*

People on Sunday (Siodmak, Ulmer)

Arsenal (Dovhenko)

1930 Salt for Svanetia (Kalatozov)

Earth (Dovzhenko)

All Quiet on the Western Front (Milestone)

Morocco (Sternberg)

L'Age d'Or (Bunuel)

1931 City Lights (Chaplin)

Madchen in Uniform (Sagan)

Marius (Korda)

The Tale of the Fox (Starewicz)

1932 Boudu Sauv? des Eaux (Renoir)

Trouble in Paradise (Lubitsch)

Love me Tonight (Mamoulian)

Fanny (Allegret)

Vampyr (Dreyer)

Liebelei (Ophuls)

Freaks (Browning)

1933 King Kong (Cooper, Schoedsack)

Duck Soup (McCarey)*

The Testament of Dr Mabuse (Lang)

Sons of the Desert (Seiter)

1934 L' Atalante (Vigo)*

It Happened One Night (Capra)

The Scarlet Empress (Von Sternberg)

The Mascot (Starewicz)

Happiness (Medvedkin)

1935 Top Hat (Sandrich)*

The 39 Steps (Hitchcock)

The Bride of Frankenstein (Whale)

David Copperfield (Cukor)

The Devil is a Woman (Sternberg)

A Night at the Opera (Wood)

1936 Partie de Campagne (Renoir)*

Swing Time (Stevens)

Cesar (Pagnol)

Sisters of the Gion (Mizoguchi)

Osaka Elegy (Mizoguchi)

Modern Times (Chaplin)

1937 La Grande Illusion (Renoir)*

The Awful Truth (McCarey)

P?p? le Moko (Duvivier)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney- Hand)

1938 Bringing up Baby (Hawks)

Alexander Nevsky (Eisenstein)*

The Childhood of Maxim Gorki (Donskoi)

La Bete Humaine (Renoir)

1939 La Regle du Jeu (Renoir)**

Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (Mizoguchi)**

The Wizard of Oz (Fleming)

Destry Rides Again (Marshall)

Gone with the Wind (Fleming)

1940 The Thief of Baghdad (Berger, Powell, Whelan)*

Fantasia (Disney- Sharpsteen)

Rebecca (Hitchcock)

The Well-Digger's Daughter (Pagnol)

1941 Citizen Kane (Welles)*

The Maltese Falcon (Huston)

The Lady Eve (P.Sturges)

Dumbo (Disney- Sharpsteen)

The Loyal 47 Ronin (Mizoguchi)

1942 Casablanca (Curtiz)**

The Magnificent Ambersons (Welles)

To Be or Not to Be (Lubitsch)*

Palm Beach Story (P.Sturges)

1943 Day of Wrath (Dreyer)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Powell, Pressburger)

I Walked with a Zombie (Tourneur)

1944 Double Indemnity (Wilder)

Ivan the Terrible (Eisenstein)

Murder my Sweet (Dmytryk)

A Canterbury Tale (Powell, Pressburger)

Laura (Preminger)

The Princess and the Pirate (Butler)

1945 Les Enfants du Paradis (Carn?)*

Leave her to Heaven (Stahl)

1946 It's a Wonderful Life (Capra)

The Big Sleep (Hawks)*

A Matter of Life and Death (Powell, Pressburger)

La Belle et la Bete (Cocteau)

Ivan the Terrible 2 (Eisenstein)

Notorious (Hitchcock)

Gilda (Vidor)

My Darling Clementine (Ford)

Great Expectations (Lean)

1947 Black Narcisssus (Powell, Pressburger)

Monsieur Verdoux (Chaplin)

1948 Letter from an Unknown Woman (Ophuls)**

The Red Shoes (Powell, Pressburger)

The Lady from Shanghai (Welles)

Portrait of Jennie (Dieterle)

Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Huston)

Hamlet (Olivier)

1949 The Third Man (Reed)

Late Spring (Ozu)**

Kind Hearts and Coronets (Hamer)*

Stray Dog (Kurosawa)

White Heat (Walsh)

Begone Dull Care (McLaren)

1950 Sunset Boulevard (Wilder)

Orph?e (Cocteau)*

Rashomon (Kurosawa)

All about Eve (Mankiewicz)

Gone to Earth (Powell, Pressburger)

1951 Early Summer (Ozu)

Miss Oyu (Mizoguchi)

Lady of Musashino (Mizoguchi)

Diary of a Country Priest (Bresson)

The River (Renoir)

A Place in the Sun (Stevens)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (Wise)

The Lavender Hill Mob (Crichton)

The African Queen (Huston)

1952 Singin in the Rain (Donen, Kelly)**

The Life of Oharu (Mizoguchi)*

Casque d' Or (Becker)*

Le Plaisir (Ophuls)

El (Bunuel)

Othello (Welles)

The Quiet Man (Ford)

Baiju Bawra (Bhatt)

The Golden Coach (Renoir)

White Mane (Lamorisse)

1953 Tokyo Story (Ozu)**

Ugetsu Monogatari (Mizoguchi)*

The Band Wagon (Minnelli)*

Madame de (Ophuls)

Voyage to Italy (Rossellini)

Roman Holiday (Wyler)

The Big Heat (Lang)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Hawks)

1954 Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)**

Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi)**

Rear Window (Hitchcock)

Johnny Guitar (N.Ray)

Senso (Visconti)

Chikamatsu Monogatari (Mizoguchi)

Twenty Four Eyes (Naruse)

The Far Country (A.Mann)

Hobson's Choice (Lean)

1955 Pather Panchali (Ray)**

Night of the Hunter (Laughton)*

Ordet (Dreyer)*

Tales of the Taira Clan (Mizoguchi)*

Kiss me Deadly (Aldrich)*

Lola Montes (Ophuls)

East of Eden (Kazan)

Yang Kwei Fei (Mizoguchi)

Smiles of a Summer Night (Bergman)

Bob le Flambeur (Melville)

It's Always Fair Weather (Donen, Kelly)

1956 The Searchers (Ford)*

A Man Escaped (Bresson)

Early Spring (Ozu)

The Court Jester (Panama, Frank)

Giant (Stevens)

The Killing (Kubrick)

1957 Aparajito (S.Ray)

Twelve Angry Men (Lumet)

Paths of Glory (Kubrick)

Funny Face (Donen)

The Cranes are Flying (Kalatozov)

Throne of Blood (Kurosawa)

The Seventh Seal (Bergman)

Bridge on the River Kwai (Lean)

1958 Vertigo (Hitchcock)*

Touch of Evil (Welles)

The World of Apu (Ray)

Hidden Fortress (Kurosawa)*

The Music Room (S.Ray)

The Magician (Bergman)

1959 Some Like it Hot (Wilder)**

North by Northwest (Hitchcock)**

Hiroshima mon Amour (Resnais)*

Ballad of a Soldier (Chukhrai)

Paper Flowers (Dutt)

Imitation of Life (Sirk)

1960 La Dolce Vita (Fellini)

L'Avventura (Antonioni)**

The Apartment (Wilder)*

Cloud-Capped Star (Ghatak)*

Spartacus (Kubrick)

Le Trou (Becker)

Wild River (Kazan)

1961 El Cid (Mann)*

Last Year at Marienbad (Resnais)

One-Eyed Jacks (Brando)

The Human Condition trilogy (Kobayashi)

The Innocents (Clayton)

The End of Summer (Ozu)

La Notte (Antonioni)

1962 Lawrence of Arabia (Lean)*

Ivan's Childhood (Tarkovsky)

The Man who Shot Liberty Valance (Ford)

Carnival of Souls (Harvey)

Vivre sa Vie (Godard)

Cleo from 5 to 7 (Varda)

1963 8 1/2 (Fellini)*

The Leopard (Visconti)

Contempt (Godard)

The Great Escape (J.Sturges)

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Kramer)

High and Low (Kurosawa)

Charade (Donen)

The Servant (Losey)

The Pink Panther (Edwards)

Silence (Bergman)

1964 Dr Strangelove (Kubrick)*

Gertrud (Dreyer)*

Marnie (Hitchcock)*

Kwaidan (Kobayashi)

The Gospel according to St Matthew (Pasolini)

Goldfinger (Hamilton)

Charulata (S.Ray)

I am Cuba (Kalatozov)

Two Stage Sisters (Xie Jin)

Black God, White Devil (Rocha)

Woman of the Dunes (Teshigahara)

1965 Pierrot le Fou (Godard)*

The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo)

The Saragossa Manuscript (Has)

Onibaba (Shindo)

Red Beard (Kurosawa)

Doctor Zhivago (Lean)

Alphaville (Godard)

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (Meyer)

Carry on Cleo (Thomas)

A Blonde in Love (Forman)

1966 Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky)**

Persona (Bergman)*

Closely Observed Trains (Menzel)

The Good the Bad and the Ugly (Leone)

Daisies (Chytilova)

1967 Bonnie and Clyde (Penn)

The Graduate (Nichols)

Mouchette (Bresson)

Belle de Jour (Bunuel)

The Hour of the Wolf (Bergman)

The Red and the White (Jancso)

Playtime (Tati)

You Only Live Twice (Gilbert)

Switchboard Operator (Makaveyev)

Cool Hand Luke (Rosenberg)

The Commissar (Askoldov)

The Dirty Dozen (Aldrich)

1968 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)**

Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone)*

My Night with Maud (Rohmer)*

Goto, Isle of Love (Borowczyk)

Shame (Bergman)

If (Anderson)

Mississippi Mermaid (Truffaut)

La Femme Infidele (Chabrol)

1969 The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah)

The Colour of Pomegranates (Paradjanov)**

Days and Nights in the Forest (S.Ray)

A Touch of Zen (King Hu)

Kes (Loach)

Midnight Cowboy (Schlesinger)

1970 The Conformist (Bertolucci)

Claire's Knee (Rohmer)*

Five Easy Pieces (Rafelson)

Red Circle (Melville)

The Sorrow and the Pity (Marcel Ophuls)

Little Big Man (Penn)

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (Wilder)

Valerie and her Week of Wonders (Jires)

1971 Pakeezah (Amrohi)*

Le Souffle au Coeur (Malle)

Anne and Muriel (Truffaut)

Klute (Pakula)

Walkabout (Roeg)

Death in Venice (Visconti)

King Lear (Kozintsev)

Blanche (Borowczyk)

1972 Aguirre Wrath of God (Herzog)

Deliverance (Boorman)

Sleuth (Mankiewicz)

Cabaret (Fosse)

Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Bunuel)

The Godfather (Coppola)

Roma (Fellini)

1973 Spirit of the Beehive (Erice)*

The Wicker Man (Hardy)

Badlands (Malick)

The Day of the Jackal (Zinnemann)

Don't Look Now (Roeg)

The Mother and the Whore (Eustache)

Papillon (Schaffner)

1974 The Godfather 2 (Coppola)

Chinatown (Polanski)

Mirror (Tarkovsky)**

Celine and Julie go Boating (Rivette)*

Alice in the Cities (Wenders)**

The Phantom of Liberty (Bunuel)

1975 Barry Lyndon (Kubrick)

Cria Cuervos (Saura)

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir)

Dog Day Afternoon (Lumet)

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (Forman)

1976 Kings of the Road (Wenders)*

Ai no Corrida (Oshima)

The Outlaw Josey Wales (Eastwood)

L'Innocente (Visconti)

1977 Suspiria (Argento)

The Ascent (Shepitko)

Unfinished Piece for Player Piano (Mikhalkov)

Soldier of Orange (Verhoeven)

The American Friend (Wenders)

The Lacemaker (Goretta)

Metamorphosis of Mr Samsa (Leaf)

1978 The Deer Hunter (Cimino)

The Marriage of Maria Braun (Fassbinder)

Tree of the Wooden Clogs (Olmi)

1979 Apocalypse Now (Coppola)*

Manhattan (Allen)*

Stalker (Tarkovsky)*

Tale of Tales (Norstein)*

The Life of Brian (Jones)

Vengeance is Mine (Imamura)

1980 Raging Bull (Scorsese)*

The Shining (Kubrick)*

The Elephant Man (Lynch)

Hopscotch (Neame)

1981 Night of the Shooting Stars (Taviani bros)*

An American Werewolf in London (Landis)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg)

Body Heat (Kasdan)

Diva (Beineix)

The French Lieutenant's Woman (Reisz)

1982 Blade Runner (Scott)

Fanny and Alexander (Bergman)

The Draughtsman's Contract (Greenaway)

Veronika Voss (Fassbinder)

Sophie's Choice (Pakula)

Yol (Guney)

1983 Once Upon a time in America (Leone)*

Sans Soleil (Marker)

Nostalghia (Tarkovsky)

One Deadly Summer (Becker)

Local Hero (Forsyth)

Scarface (De Palma)

Pauline at the Beach (Rohmer)

1984 Paris Texas (Wenders)**

Broadway Danny Rose (Allen)

Sunday in the Country (Tavernier)

Taipei Story (Yang)

1985 Brazil (Gilliam)*

Street of Crocodiles (Quay bros)*

Come and See (Klimov)

Witness (Weir)

Bashu the Little Stranger (Beiza'i)

1986 Blue Velvet (Lynch)*

The Green Ray (Rohmer)**

The Sacrifice (Tarkovsky)

The Time to Live and the Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-hsien)

A Room with a View (Ivory)

Jean de Florette/ Manon des Sources (Berri)

Something Wild (Demme)

1987 Wings of Desire (Wenders)

My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (Rohmer)*

Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou)*

The Untouchables (De Palma)

Yeelen (Cisse)

Au Revoir les Enfants (Malle)

Hope and Glory (Boorman)

The Dead (Huston)

Good Morning Babylon (Taviani bros)

Rouge (Kwan)

The Princess Bride (Reiner)

1988 Dekalog (Kieslowski)

My Neighbour Totoro (Miyazaki)

A Fish Called Wanda (Crichton)

Why did Bodhi-Dharma Leave for the East (Bae Yong-Kyun)

Ashik Kerib (Paradjanov)

Pelle the Conqueror (August)

Alice (Svankmajer)

1989 Close Up (Kiarostami)

City of Sadness (Hou Hsaiao-hsien)

Kiki's Delivery Service (Miyazaki)

Crimes and Misdemeanours (Allen)

Flirting (Duigan)

1990 Goodfellas (Scorsese)

Miller's Crossing (Coen)

The Sheltering Sky (Bertolucci)

Edward Scizzorhands (Burton)

Night Sun (Taviani bros)

The Civil War (Burns)

The Grifters (Frears)

1991 Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou)

The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski)*

Silence of the Lambs (Demme)

La Belle Noiseuse (Rivette)

J.F.K (Stone)

Thelma and Louise (R.Scott)

La Frontera (Larrain)

1992 And Life Goes On (Kiarostami)

A Brighter Summer Day (Yang)

1993 Schindler's List (Spielberg)

The Wrong Trousers (Park)

The Age of Innocence (Scorsese)*

Abraham Valley (Oliveira)**

Groundhog Day (Ramis)*

Three Colours Blue (Kieslowski)

Short Cuts (Altman)

Belle Epoque (Trueba)

The Piano (Campion)

Passion Fish (Sayles)

Darkness in Tallinn (Jarvilaturi)

1994 Pulp Fiction (Tarantino)

Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai)

Burnt by the Sun (Mikhalkov)

The Silences of the Palace (Tlatli)

To Live (Zhang Yimou)

1995 Toy Story (Lasseter)

Maborosi (Kore-eda)**

Ulysses' Gaze (Angelopoulos)*

The White Balloon (Panahi)

Gabbeh (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)

Dead Man (Jarmusch)

Good Men, Good Women (Hou Hsiao-hsien)

Babe (Noonan)

1996 The English Patient (Minghella)

Chacun Cherche son Chat (Klapisch)

Tierra (Medem)

A Summer's Tale (Rohmer)

Cyclo (Tran Anh-Hung)

Irma Vep (Assayas)

Drifting Clouds (Kaurismaki)

1997 Hana-Bi (Kitano)

The Eel (Imamura)

The Taste of Cherry (Kiarostami)

L'Appartement (Mimouni)

Mother and Son (Sokurov)

L.A.Confidential (Hanson)

1998 Eternity and a Day (Angelopoulos)*

After the Rain (Koizumi)

Central Station (Salles)

The Apple (S.Makhmalbaf)

Fucking Amal (Moodysson)

1999 Rosetta (Dardenne bros)*

Eyes Wide Shut (Kubrick)

Topsy Turvy (Leigh)

Audition (Miike)

2000 Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)*

In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai)

At the Height of Summer (Tran Anh Hung)

Eureka (Aoyama)

Werckmeister Harmonies (Tarr)

Chunhyang (Im Kwon-taek)

Suzhou River (Lou Ye)

Platform (Jia Zhangke)

The Day i Became a Woman (Meshkini)

2001 Mulholland Drive (Lynch)*

What Time is it There? (Tsai Ming-Liang)

2002 Far from Heaven (Haynes)

Monday Morning (Iosseliani)

Twilight Samurai (Yamada)

Japon (Reygadas)

Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang)

Russian Ark (Sokurov)

Waiting for Happiness (Sissako)

2003 The Return (Zvyagintsev)*

Dogville (Von Trier)*

Finding Nemo (Stanton)

Big Fish (Burton)

Uzak (Ceylan)

Goodbye Lenin (Becker)

2004 Before Sunset (Linklater)*

Story of the Weeping Camel (Daava, Falorni)

Oldboy (Park Chan-Wook)



asterisks denote overall favourites. I've not seen some of the main contenders from the last year.
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PostPosted: 03.15.2005 9:45 pm    Post subject: Re: My 500 favourite films Reply with quote

Kenji wrote:


Sherlock Jnr (Keaton)

Sunrise (Murnau)**

The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer)

Steamboat Bill jnr (Keaton)

L' Atalante (Vigo)*

Pather Panchali (Ray)**

A Man Escaped (Bresson)

Le Trou (Becker)

Mirror (Tarkovsky)**

Something Wild (Demme)

Good Morning Babylon (Taviani bros)

Rouge (Kwan)

Close Up (Kiarostami)

Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou)

Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai)

The White Balloon (Panahi)

Fucking Amal (Moodysson)

Rosetta (Dardenne bros)*

At the Height of Summer (Tran Anh Hung)

The Day i Became a Woman (Meshkini)



Those are 20 mostly unconventional choices that will make me forgive you for Scarface and Japon



Glad to see ya return, Kenji.



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PostPosted: 03.15.2005 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually Scarface is on the brink of being dropped from the 500. And i can see why Japon wouldn't be for all (or most) tastes. Some uncomfortable scenes but i reckon he's a promising director and credit to him for not being afraid of being labelled "arthouse".
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PostPosted: 03.16.2005 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure I even LIKE 500 movies.
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PostPosted: 03.16.2005 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monkeypox wrote:
I'm not sure I even LIKE 500 movies.




I know I don't, and if I do I couldn't name them all.
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PostPosted: 03.16.2005 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monkeypox wrote:
I'm not sure I even LIKE 500 movies.


Then it's time to sign up for Netflix. You're missing out!



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PostPosted: 03.17.2005 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Monkeypox wrote:
I'm not sure I even LIKE 500 movies.


Then it's time to sign up for Netflix. You're missing out!



Eric




I don't think so. Seeing more movies would only serve two purposes, both negatives.



1) Reducing the PERCENTAGE of movies I've seen that I like.

2) Using up time that could be spent writing and/or making my own films, which, while usually pretty cruddy, give at least some enjoyment due to the emotional ties.
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PostPosted: 03.17.2005 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just as well i didn't list 1000 then!



Better to be a doer than a spectator in life, so credit to you there. But by being selective i'm sure you could keep up a decent quality percentage + still get to see quite a few more films, Monkeypox.
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PostPosted: 03.18.2005 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's more a time issue. I never know WHEN I'll have two hours or so to invest in watching a movie. It has to come up spur of the moment or by accident or something, and usually I find myself doing other things.
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PostPosted: 03.18.2005 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And, for the record, I can't forgive the ommission of Taxi Driver. Especially when the aforementioned Scarface rears its ugly head.
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weird double post.
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PostPosted: 03.18.2005 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monkeypox wrote:
And, for the record, I can't forgive the ommission of Taxi Driver. Especially when the aforementioned Scarface rears its ugly head.


Excellent point. Kenji, surely for a man of your taste there's only one explanation: You just haven't seen it yet, right? Right?



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PostPosted: 03.18.2005 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:


Excellent point. Kenji, surely for a man of your taste there's only one explanation: You just haven't seen it yet, right? Right?



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If that's the case, then I will make the arrangements for Kenji to see it under my supervision, Clockwork Orange-Style
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PostPosted: 03.18.2005 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knew Taxi Driver wouldn't go unnoticed. I've been steeling myself, stiffening the sinews, for the backlash. Of course it's one of the great films for influence + cinematic flair, De Niro is superb, Jodie Foster is incredibly precocious, but no- keep this very hush hush- i'm a namby pamby softie liberal and (i know it's supposed to be ambiguous), much as i admire a lot about it i simply don't like the ending at all, and certain other things just make it hard for me to take to it. This is a list of favourites.



So Clockwork Orange style forced watching, eh? I shall orgasmically ooh and aah in the right places, ooh are you talkin to me, ooh that Herrman score, ooh that smooth gliding through the streets at night, ooh that idiotic taking her to a porn flick- yeah they're all great, but no i shall resist, i shall not be indoctrinated + brainwashed. Down with fascist vigilante-ism and down with Paul Schrader, i shall defiantly cry. Viva la Revolucion! Hasta la victoria siempre, Comandante! I laugh in the face of fear, i throw icicles down its vest (or some such phrase). No, a more effective way to make me say i like it would be to play a few notes of Agadoo or The Birdie Song. That will reduce my resistance to jelly, i shall immediately be turned to a grovelling cowering wimp. God bless guns, God bless the wondrous cathartic power of taking the law into your own hands, God bless the freeing of the innocents from the forces of darkness, God bless the eternal gratitude of their families, God bless the wholesome family, God bless those who would clean our streets of filth and restore the land to virtue and moral rectitude, God bless Dubya and all who sail in her, i shall proclaim with a glorious light in my heart. And great shall be the joy in heaven over the one sinner that repenteth. And verily the mulitudes will be amazed and thank God for the miracle of the blind man who now could see.



Er, On the Waterfront also left out. It's much less impressive than Taxi Driver anyway, but i despise Elia Kazan's attempt to excuse his own betrayal of friends through a hypocritical lesson in moral responsibility.
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PostPosted: 03.18.2005 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenji wrote:
Down with fascist vigilante-ism i shall defiantly cry. God bless guns, God bless the wondrous cathartic power of taking the law into your own hands, God bless the freeing of the innocents from the forces of darkness, God bless the eternal gratitude of their families, God bless the wholesome family, God bless those who would clean our streets of filth and restore the land to virtue and moral rectitude, God bless Dubya and all who sail in her, i shall proclaim with a glorious light in my heart. And great shall be the joy in heaven over the one sinner that repenteth. And verily the mulitudes will be amazed and thank God for the miracle of the blind man who now could see.




I think the point you're missing is that Taxi Driver doesn't condone Travis Bickle's actions, or society's (apparent) positive reaction to them; rather, it finds them distressing and pitiable. I think the tone of the epilogue bears this out.
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