August 16, 2012 · 3:21 am
It’s time yet again for my favorite feature at TDYLF- my annual list of the 50 greatest French films of all-time. One aspect I’m starting to really enjoy about this list is how organic it is. Each year, movies rise and fall thanks to re-watches, exposure to new films, and new insights. Keeping and maintaining this list throughout the year also serves an important function for me. It motivates me to continue learning, and grow as a French film enthusiast. A few notes before we get started:
- I am not an authority on this. I’m just a Francophile with a Blu-ray player, Netflix and Facets subscriptions, and a love of movies.
- As much as I try, I am not a completist. There are a lot of films I simply haven’t seen. I’ve done my best to make it as comprehensive as I could but there’s always room to see more. There are still some relatively glaring omissions. Please feel free to recommend others, as I am always on the lookout to improve this list. It’s a labor of love for me.
- There is obviously a lot of personal preference involved. However, I’ve given a lot of weight to objective aspects like a film’s influence, importance, creativity, and how much they embody the spirit of French cinema and history.
- To qualify, the film has to be a French language film. There are non-French directors on this list but every movie is a French language film.
With that out of the way, I present to you the 50 greatest French films of all-time: Continue reading →
Filed under Foreign Film, French Film, Movies
Tagged as A Propos de Nice, A Trip to the Moon, Abel Gance, Agnes Varda, Alain Resnais, Breathless, Celine and Julie Go Boating, Children of Paradise, Cleo from 5 to 7, Contempt, Costa Gravas, Day for Night, Francois Truffaut, French Film, Grand Illusion, Henri-Georges Clouzot, J'Accuse, Jacques Tati, Jean Gabin, Jean Luc Godard, Jean Renoir, Jean Vigo, Jean-Pierre Melville, L'Enfance Nue, La Grande Bouffe, La Roue, Last Year at Marienbad, Le Corbeau, Louis Malle, Luis Bunuel, M. Hulot's Holiday, Marcel Carné, Maurice Pialat, Mouchette, Movies, Murmur of the Heart, Napoleon, Night and Fog, Pépé le Moko, Port of Shadows, Rene Clair, Robert Bresson, Shoot the Piano Player, The 400 Blows, The 50 Greatest French Films of All-Time, The Battle of Algiers, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Fire Within, The Italian Straw Hat, The Passion of Joan of Arc, The Phantom of Liberty, The Red Balloon, The Rules of the Game, The Sorrow and the Pity, Touchez Pas Au Grisbi, Un Chien Andalou, Week End, Zero for Conduct
January 30, 2012 · 4:21 am
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has provided a wealth of classic movies for cinephiles to watch, commercial-free, since April 1994. They’re a tremendous resource, offering films 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Part of what makes them so lovable is their dedication to silent cinema. They have a weekly feature called “Silent Sundays” during which they air several hours of silent films beginning at midnight. It’s no surprise that the recent success of The Artist, a modern-day silent film, would grab TCM’s eye. To celebrate the film a few weeks ago, they released their own list of the 10 Most Influential Silent Films. It was an impressive list, and can be found here. I think it’s a tremendous starting place for movie-watchers interested in silent cinema. Having said that, I think it could easily be expanded to include ten more films. Here are ten that I think could be added: Continue reading →
Filed under Foreign Film, German Films, Movies, Silent Movies, Swedish Film
Tagged as Film, Movies, Napoleon, Nosferatu, Pandora's Box, Safety Last, Silent Movies, TCM Most Influential Silent Movies, The Big Parade, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The General, The Phantom Carriage, The Unknown
February 16, 2011 · 11:54 am
Despite the fact that Sir Mix-A-Lot’s knighthood is clearly invalid, I’ve still opted to quote him because his long/strong/down to get the friction on line from the timeless “Baby Got Back” perfectly pertains to several fantastic bits of cinema. These are films that show up on “Greatest” lists all the time. They’re influential, and some of the best movies ever made. They’re also, unfortunately, endurance tests that require 4 hours or more of viewing. In at least a few cases, it’s best to think of them as a mini-series, viewed an hour or two at a time. Here’s my checklist of insanely long movies that I have seen or that I intend to see. Continue reading →
Filed under Foreign Film, French Film, German Films, Ingmar Bergman, Louis Malle, Movies, Silent Movies, Swedish Film
Tagged as 1900, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Das Boot, Fanny and Alexander, Film, Gone with the Wind, La Roue, Lawrence of Arabia, Les Vampires, Movies, Napoleon, Phantom India, Shoah, Silent Film, The Human Condition, The Sorrow and the Pity
January 8, 2011 · 3:24 pm
For many reasons, some films are in peril of being lost to time. For instance, Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana was perceived as so blasphemous that Franco and his censors ordered that all copies be destroyed. On the Criterion Collection release, the film’s star- Silvia Pinal- says that two copies of it were buried, waiting to see the light of day only after better times had come. It took some 16 years before Viridiana gained traction. Here’s a list of five films that need a wider release and deserve to be more readily available to people.
Los Olvidados (1950)
Speaking of Buñuel, one of his best films is virtually impossible to find. The best luck I’ve had finding Los Olvidados is with out of print VHS tapes that have very poor subtitling. Everything about the film screams “Buñuel”- it hums with the skewering of class structures, total institutions, and an eerie, experimental dream sequence that’s one of the best I’ve ever seen put to film. It deserves to be seen. Continue reading →
Filed under Foreign Film, French Film, Movies, Spanish Movies, Swedish Film
Tagged as Abel Gance, Jerry Lewis, Johnny Got His Gun, Los Olvidados, Luis Bunuel, Napoleon, The Day the Clown Cried, The Phantom Carriage
December 6, 2010 · 9:27 am
‘Tis the season for letters to the North Pole. Why should little kids have all the fun? Here’s what one movie fan wants. Continue reading →
Filed under Humor, Movies
Tagged as AJ Bowen, Ant-Man, Buster Keaton, Don Knotts, House of the Dead, Human Centipede, Ingmar Bergman, Johnny Got His Gun, Letter to Santa, Los Olvidados, Napoleon, Nunsploitation, P.T. Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, The Camerman, The Master, The Phantom Carriage, Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, Tim Conway
November 16, 2010 · 1:20 pm
I passed a milestone recently here at TDYLF. Thanks to the help of the editors over at IMDB, I passed the 100,000 Hits milestone on Sunday (with a whopping 80,000+ of those hits coming just since September 30th). To celebrate, I’m beginning a brand new series called “100 Things I Love About the Movies”. To be sure, there a LOT more than 100 things that I love about the movies. As such, this has the potential to become a series- 100 Things I Love About Horror Movies, 100 Things I Love About Foreign Movies, and on and on. I present to you the first edition of “100 Things I Love About the Movies”.
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Tagged as 8 1/2, Animal House, Apocalypse Now, Ava Gardner, Bananas, Being There, Blue Velvet, Boogie Nights, Boris Karloff, Bridge on the River Kwai, Bull Durham, Buster Keaton, Catherine Deneuve, Chinatown, Christopher Lee, Citizen Kane, Clerks, Closely Watched Trains, Clyde the Orangutan, Contempt, Cool Hand Luke, Cries and Whispers, Days of Heaven, Diner, Ethan Coen, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex*, Field of Dreams, Godard, Gone with the Wind, Goodfellas, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Harold Lloyd, Heath Ledger, Hidden Fortress, High Noon, High Plains Drifter, Hot Fuzz, Humphrey Bogart, Indiana Jones, Inglorious Basterds, Ingmar Bergman, Ingrid Thulin, Jack Nicholson, Jean Gabin, Joel Coen, John Huston, Le Mepris, Maria Falconetti, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Scorsese, Match Point, Metropolis, Modern Times, Movies, Napoleon, Nazi Zombies, Network, Night of the Hunter, Night of the Iguana, No Country for Old Men, Oliver Stone, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Patton, Peter Cushing, Peter Lorre, Planet of the Apes, Psycho, Pulp Fiction, Raging Bull, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Robert Altman, Safety Last, Sam Peckinpah, Santa Claus Conqu, Sixth Sense, Sleepaway Camp, Star Wars, Sunset Boulevard, Sven Nykvist, Taxi Driver, Tex Ritter, The Bear Jew, The Big Lebowski, The Dark Knight, The Exterminating Angel, The Fire Within, The Godfather, The Godfather: Part 2, The Graduate, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Misfits, The Passion of Joan of Arc, The Piano Teacher, The Shawshank Redemption, The Wicker Man, The Wolf Man, There Will be Blood, Toshiro Mifune, Un Chien Andalou, Unforgiven, Vertigo, Viridiana, Weekend, Wes Anderson, White Heat, Winter Light, Young Frankenstein