1961's Best Movies: 60 Years Later

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

Poll Closing Date: Wednesday, 7 July 2021 00:00 (in 1 week)

Rankings come from the overall list of the top 1,000 films at They Shoot Pictures, Don't They.

ACCATTONE (Pier Paolo Pasolini; Italy (#393)
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (Blake Edwards; USA (#690)
CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER (Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin; France (#504)
A DIFFICULT LIFE (Dino Risi; Italy (#1676)
DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE (Pietro Germi; Italy (#1307)
THE END OF SUMMER (Yasujiro Ozu; Japan (#959)
UNE FEMME EST UNE FEMME (Jean-Luc Godard; France (#1162)
THE HUSTLER (Robert Rossen; USA (#424)
THE INNOCENTS (Jack Clayton; UK (#338)
THE LADIES MAN (Jerry Lewis; USA (#742)
LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Alain Resnais; France (#99)
LOLA (Jacques Demy; France (#482)
THE LONG ABSENCE (Henri Colpi; France (#1875)
THE MISFITS (John Huston; USA (#922)
MOTHER JOAN OF THE ANGELS (Jerzy Kawalerowicz; Poland (#1600)
LA NOTTE (Michelangelo Antonioni; Italy (#229)
ONE-EYED JACKS (Marlon Brando; USA (#1448)
ONE, TWO, THREE (Billy Wilder; USA (#1254)
PLÁCIDO (Luis García Berlanga; Spain (#650)
IL POSTO (Ermanno Olmi; Italy (#781)
LA PYRAMIDE HUMAINE (Jean Rouch; France (#1660)
SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (Elia Kazan; USA (#464)
THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY (Ingmar Bergman; Sweden (#1579)
VIRIDIANA (Luis Buñuel; Spain (#66)
WEST SIDE STORY (Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins; USA (#320)
YOJIMBO (Akira Kurosawa; Japan (#421)


i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 19:33 (two weeks ago) link

In keeping with previous polls, I've gone with the contenders in the top 2,000 films, but they now offer the entire starting spreadsheet. Here are the titles that carry through through the top 5,000 films ever.

Victim	Dearden, Basil	UK	2060
Connection, The Clarke, Shirley USA 2108
Two Rode Together Ford, John USA 2213
Bandits of Orgosolo De Seta, Vittorio Italy 2214
Taste of Honey, A Richardson, Tony UK 2380
One Hundred and One Dalmatians Geronimi, Clyde/Hamilton Luske/Wolfgang Reitherman USA 2494
El Cid Mann, Anthony USA 2611
Night Tide Harrington, Curtis USA 2673
Allures Belson, Jordan USA 2742
Human Condition III, The Kobayashi, Masaki Japan 2887
Fire in Castilla (Tactilvision from the Moor of the Fright) Val del Omar, José Spain 3223
Whistle Down the Wind Forbes, Bryan UK 3363
Blast of Silence Baron, Allen USA 3413
Exiles, The MacKenzie, Kent USA 3527
Wife Confesses, A Masumura, Yasuzo Japan 3636
Pigs and Battleships Imamura, Shohei Japan 3701
Underworld, U.S.A. Fuller, Samuel USA 3801
Girl with a Suitcase Zurlini, Valerio Italy 3920
On the Tiger's Back Comencini, Luigi Italy 3943
Guns of Navarone, The Thompson, J. Lee UK 4136
Day the Earth Caught Fire, The Guest, Val UK 4137
Léon Morin, Priest Melville, Jean-Pierre France 4287
Too Late Blues Cassavetes, John USA 4396
Acarino galaico (De barro) Val del Omar, José Spain 4483
Hercules and the Captive Women Cottafavi, Vittorio Italy 4534
Invasion of the Neptune Men Ohta, Koji Japan 4784
Clear Skies Chukhraj, Grigori USSR 4813
Judgment at Nuremberg Kramer, Stanley USA 4830
Stray Bullet, The Yoo Hyun Mok South Korea 4883
Hermanos Del Hierro, Los Rodríguez, Ismael Mexico 4928

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 19:35 (two weeks ago) link

The Hustler and Breakfast at Tiffany's are among my favorite American films between '60 and '67, but Il Posto, which I had on my all-time ballot.

clemenza, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 19:37 (two weeks ago) link

Year feels like maybe the thinnest of the entirety of the '60s, excepting possibly '69?

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 19:43 (two weeks ago) link

Of the twelve on the main list, I've always loved Accattone, which has so much detail and atmosphere, it feels like a novel in my memory when I think of it.
Of the three I've seen on the lower list, I know I liked Girl With a Suitcase a lot, though I couldn't tell you anything about except that it was very emotionally delicate and she did, in fact, have a suitcase.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 20:07 (two weeks ago) link

Lola.

My list:

Lola (Jacques Demy)
The Innocents (Jack Clayton)
Viridiana (Luis Buñuel)
Through a Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman)
Victim (Basil Dearden)
The End of Summer (Yasujiro Ozu)
Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa)
The Absent-Minded Professor (Robert Stevenson)
Paris Belongs to Us (Jacques Rivette)
La Notte (Michaelangelo Antonioni)

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 20:08 (two weeks ago) link

I feel that this has to be Last Year at Marienbad, though I consider Through a Glass Darkly one of Bergman's most perfectly realized films and I'm really surprised it's so low on the list (#1579). Also I've somehow not seen Il Posto, evidently.

I've recently seen seen several from the supplemental list that I thought were great, e.g. Night Tide and Whistle Down the Wind. Too Late Blues is also a favorite.

Josefa, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 20:17 (two weeks ago) link

Voting The Ladies Man, over Marienbad and Chronicle of a Summer.

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 20:25 (two weeks ago) link

La Notte and Through a Glass Darkly are the weakest parts of their respective informal trilogies.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 20:32 (two weeks ago) link

La Notte is neck in neck with L'Avventura on the strength of its opening sequence.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 20:41 (two weeks ago) link

Winter Light and L'eclisse are the best. No discussion.

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 20:46 (two weeks ago) link

Agree.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 20:47 (two weeks ago) link

Dis

Josefa, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 20:55 (two weeks ago) link

Also, Divorce Italian Style is excruciating.

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 20:58 (two weeks ago) link

It's popular enough to get overlooked here, but just a reminder that Yojimbo is killer, and way superior to Leone's simplified (but still fine) A Fistful Of Dollars.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 21:22 (two weeks ago) link

Year feels like maybe the thinnest of the entirety of the '60s, excepting possibly '69?

I don't know, looks pretty good to me.

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 21:28 (two weeks ago) link

Also, Divorce Italian Style is excruciating.

― i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Wednesday, June 9, 2021 4:58 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

This. When I rented it at Blockbuster, like, 25 years ago I wondered how the fuck this coarse shit became such a hit.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 22:11 (two weeks ago) link

Voted for the Bergman just ahead of Marienbad.

In my house are many Manchins (WmC), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 22:15 (two weeks ago) link

voted Yojimbo because Kurosawa is eternal but almost voted Viridiana.

calzino, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 22:16 (two weeks ago) link

Didn't realize that I had put two 1961 films in the top 25 on my all-time films ballot - Marienbad and Viridiana

Haven't seen Il Posto yet, but I really liked The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Dan S, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 22:24 (two weeks ago) link

Too many canonical things here I still need to see; might go with either Buñuel or Kurosawa, but I have to say (controversially?) that this is one year where I actually have no quarrel with the Best Picture winner.

edited for dog profanity (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 22:36 (two weeks ago) link

Can't decide which arthouse cliche I prefer right now. Therefore I will write in The Connection.

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 22:53 (two weeks ago) link

I have to say (controversially?) that this is one year where I actually have no quarrel with the Best Picture winner

It's probably my favorite of the decade's BPs also, maybe just behind In the Heat of the Night.

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Thursday, 10 June 2021 15:16 (one week ago) link

I've read auteurists defending El Cid.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 10 June 2021 15:25 (one week ago) link

Chronicle Of A Summer. Docs that centre on ordinary ppl talking about their lives are catnip to me, cf the Up series and Place de La Republique.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 10 June 2021 15:27 (one week ago) link

xp I mean, I've read auteurists defending My Son John.

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Thursday, 10 June 2021 15:28 (one week ago) link

I haven't seen Divorce Italian Style but Seduced & Abandoned is one of the most harrowing films that I've ever seen billed as a comedy; Germi seems more interested in calling bullshit on Italian masculinity than any of his contemporaries.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 10 June 2021 15:29 (one week ago) link

DIS is some cute bullshit, though, and I realized re-watching La Dolce Vita for the sake of my film class that Mastroianni's charms are lost on me.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 10 June 2021 15:31 (one week ago) link

Il Posto is a perfect small movie in its way.

Chris L, Thursday, 10 June 2021 15:56 (one week ago) link

It is. I sometimes wonder if it gets confused with Il Postino (not crazy about the English title, The Sound of Trumpets).

clemenza, Friday, 11 June 2021 12:41 (one week ago) link

i have seen one film on this list so i guess i’ll vote for it (the godard, which i’ve seen many times and probably would still really love if i watched it again)

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 11 June 2021 14:44 (one week ago) link

I still haven't watched Il Posto.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 11 June 2021 14:46 (one week ago) link

Olmi's work has a range that you wouldn't know if you only saw Il Posto (which is good) and Tree of Wooden Clogs (pretty dull). I really liked a couple of mid-career films that are neither gentle social observation or blunt realism: One Fine Day from 1969 and The Circumstance from 1973. They take place in a middle class environment and they're like a less-arty Antonioni.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 11 June 2021 14:56 (one week ago) link

see I find Tree of Wooden Clogs soothing: his ambient Eno fiflm.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 11 June 2021 15:19 (one week ago) link

These are the 5 masterpieces I've seen from this year:

The Ladies’ Man (Jerry Lewis, USA)
Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais, France)
Chronicle of a Summer (Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin, France)
The Innocents (Jack Clayton, UK)
Viridiana (Luis Buñuel, Spain)

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Monday, 21 June 2021 17:09 (two days ago) link

Tho if I'm to be honest, I probably rate Viridiana toward the bottom of the '60s Buñuel list. (Still a masterpiece.)

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Monday, 21 June 2021 17:10 (two days ago) link

Me too. It gets too slow in the second third.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 June 2021 17:30 (two days ago) link

In the best Buñuel films, it feels like he's challenging his own assumptions as well as the audience's. Viridiana feels like he's already proved his points, I don't feel he's weighing any of the issues.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 21 June 2021 17:39 (two days ago) link

that's a shrewd point

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 June 2021 17:40 (two days ago) link

Somebody said that Buñuel didn't really understand her character, which explains why the film becomes more inert once the uncle dies.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 21 June 2021 17:44 (two days ago) link


You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.