Sight and Sound 2022 Round 2: 21-40

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Playtime (Tati, 1967) 9
Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976) 8
The Night of the Hunter (Laughton, 1955) 7
Do the Right Thing (Lee, 1989) 7
Daisies (Chytilová, 1966) 7
Late Spring (Ozu, 1949) 6
Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1975) 4
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1927) 4
M (Lang, 1931) 4
Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954) 4
8 1/2 (Fellini, 1963) 3
Au hasard Balthazar (Bresson, 1966) 3
À bout de souffle (Godard, 1960) 2
L’Atalante (Vigo, 1934) 2
Pather Panchali (Ray, 1955) 2
Some Like It Hot (Wilder, 1959) 1
City Lights (Chaplin, 1931) 1
Psycho (Hitchcock, 1960) 1
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Sciamma, 2019) 1
Shoah (Lanzmann, 1985) 0


ryan, Friday, 20 January 2023 15:13 (two weeks ago) link

Late Spring without a second thought.

The Terroir of Tiny Town (WmC), Friday, 20 January 2023 15:21 (two weeks ago) link

Pather Panchali.

(Fooled you, didn't I?)

clemenza, Friday, 20 January 2023 15:22 (two weeks ago) link

Late Spring (Ozu, 1949)
Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1975)
L’Atalante (Vigo, 1934)
Pather Panchali (Ray, 1955)

Don't make me choose.

jmm, Friday, 20 January 2023 15:26 (two weeks ago) link

DAISIES every time

pilk/pall revolting odors (wins), Friday, 20 January 2023 15:31 (two weeks ago) link

I'll watch Portrait of a Lady on Fire and get back to you. Definitely won't vote Wilder or Chaplin.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 20 January 2023 15:32 (two weeks ago) link

Daisies was my discovery this month -- I had never seen it!

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 January 2023 15:32 (two weeks ago) link

I can tell you what I WON'T consider:

Shoah
8 1/2
Taxi Driver
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

I like the four of'em to some degree, especially the last two.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 January 2023 15:34 (two weeks ago) link

Quite hard. Has the first film in both polls I've not watched (Chaplin).

xyzzzz__, Friday, 20 January 2023 15:36 (two weeks ago) link

I actually have six still unseen here (some really shameful): Joan of Arc, Au hasard Balthazar, The Night of the Hunter, Shoah, Daisies, Portrait of a Lady on Fire

jmm, Friday, 20 January 2023 15:37 (two weeks ago) link

oh man you gotta fire up Night of the Hunger right away

ryan, Friday, 20 January 2023 15:40 (two weeks ago) link

I tend to confuse the shorter Tarkovsky films.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 January 2023 15:42 (two weeks ago) link

Sorta proud my students dug Au hasard Balthazar last semester (they preferred Pickpocket tho).

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 January 2023 15:43 (two weeks ago) link

Night of the Hunger

look who hasn't had breakfast yet

ryan, Friday, 20 January 2023 15:43 (two weeks ago) link

I've seen Au hasard Balthazar once, never have felt inclined to watch it again, and still consider it one of the greatest movies I've ever seen.

ryan, Friday, 20 January 2023 15:44 (two weeks ago) link

Sorta proud my students dug Au hasard Balthazar last semester (they preferred Pickpocket tho).

― Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 January 2023 bookmarkflaglink

So do I but I might rewatch.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 20 January 2023 15:46 (two weeks ago) link

Confession: I've only seen it once too lol. That was my Big Reveal last semester. The ending unnerved me too much the first time.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 January 2023 15:54 (two weeks ago) link

of the ones I’ve seen, DO THE RIGHT THING

k3vin k., Friday, 20 January 2023 16:04 (two weeks ago) link

I was lucky enough to be shown Daisies when I was 17 and it was definitely a key text for my young brain in discovering how experimental cinema could be extremely fun and lively

gonna be hard not to vote for Playtime, one of those filmgoing experiences where i remember just floating out of the theater on a cloud of excitement. "comedy" isnt nearly a big enough word for what it does.

waste of compute (One Eye Open), Friday, 20 January 2023 16:50 (two weeks ago) link

Hmm.

The Gate of Angels Laundromat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 20 January 2023 16:55 (two weeks ago) link

It's nice to see Daisies get recognized, it was pretty obscure when I saw it in an Eastern European humanities class in the early 90s.

Godard and Tarkovsky are my two favourite filmmakers, but Mirror never connected other than as a stylistic exercise, and Breathless is good but atypical. I saw M again last year and loved it a lot more than before, but I think I'll end up voting Balthazar.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 20 January 2023 17:06 (two weeks ago) link

I’ve seen more of these. Probably torn between Playtime and Balthasar.

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Friday, 20 January 2023 17:20 (two weeks ago) link

Those two plus Daisies are to me fully realized visions that happen to attack the idea that a movie is a single kind of thing

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Friday, 20 January 2023 17:29 (two weeks ago) link

Night of the Hunter

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Friday, 20 January 2023 18:06 (two weeks ago) link

Taxi Driver — maybe a boring answer but also a top ten movie for me for many reasons.

omar little, Friday, 20 January 2023 18:24 (two weeks ago) link

I think Pather Panchali is the one which is closest to my heart.

Mirror is so good I'm afraid to say something cheap about it.

jmm, Friday, 20 January 2023 18:32 (two weeks ago) link

do the right thing was my #1 when we did the films poll recently. so that one.

sault bae (voodoo chili), Friday, 20 January 2023 18:33 (two weeks ago) link

Out of the 5 or 6 of these that I've seen, the only one I've rewatched recently is 8 1/2 (well actually only the last half or so, which I caught randomly on TCM one evening). Based on that, I feel confident that it still holds up. I saw it for the first time on the big screen, at a repertory cinema in SF in the mid-90s.

o. nate, Friday, 20 January 2023 18:38 (two weeks ago) link

Voted donkey

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Friday, 20 January 2023 18:39 (two weeks ago) link

My top 5, probably:

1. Pather Panchali
2. Taxi Driver
3. Rear Window
4. Night of the Hunter
5. I did, I think, really like Late Spring ages ago, but I'm not even sure it was that; it could have been Early Spring or Late Autumn. If not that, Psycho or Joan of Arc or Portrait of a Lady.

Two of these I haven't seen--Mirror and Daisies--and some I'm indifferent to: Some Like It Hot, Breathless, 8-1/2, and--I saw it again recently and was surprised how little I responded to it--City Lights. One of them, Playtime, I truly hated.

clemenza, Friday, 20 January 2023 19:04 (two weeks ago) link

You have to watch Playtime knowing that it's a comedy where every joke falls flat.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 20 January 2023 19:08 (two weeks ago) link

I just didn't get it at all.

clemenza, Friday, 20 January 2023 19:11 (two weeks ago) link

Just realized the coincidence of Night of the Hunter and Do the Right Thing being in the same group.

clemenza, Friday, 20 January 2023 19:12 (two weeks ago) link

My tops:

L’Atalante
Pather Panchali
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Late Spring
Playtime
Do the Right Thing
Au hasard Balthazar
The Night of the Hunter
Psycho
Rear Window

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 January 2023 19:14 (two weeks ago) link

One of them, Playtime, I truly hated.

― clemenza, Friday, January 20, 2023 11:04 AM (eleven minutes ago)

boooooooo

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Friday, 20 January 2023 19:16 (two weeks ago) link

Night of the Hunter is great, cuts to the heart of how fucked up american protestants are

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Friday, 20 January 2023 19:17 (two weeks ago) link

Just realized the coincidence of Night of the Hunter and Do the Right Thing being in the same group.

So coincidental that I don't get the significance.

The Terroir of Tiny Town (WmC), Friday, 20 January 2023 19:19 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, clem, I'm not seeing the coincidence?

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 January 2023 19:27 (two weeks ago) link

Both have four word titles with “the” in them

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Friday, 20 January 2023 19:27 (two weeks ago) link

Bill Nunn recites Mitchum's love/hate speech.

clemenza, Friday, 20 January 2023 19:29 (two weeks ago) link

finger tattoos

sault bae (voodoo chili), Friday, 20 January 2023 19:29 (two weeks ago) link

oh right!

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 January 2023 19:30 (two weeks ago) link

electorate hasn’t watched do the right thing recently enough, poll results invalid

sault bae (voodoo chili), Friday, 20 January 2023 19:32 (two weeks ago) link

Night of the Hunter today, on another day it could be Mirror. With Balthazar and Do the Right Thing just behind

or something, Friday, 20 January 2023 20:01 (two weeks ago) link

Seen all but Shoah and Some Like It Hot. Not sure I'll ever sit down and watch Shoah right through

or something, Friday, 20 January 2023 20:03 (two weeks ago) link

One of them, Playtime, I truly hated.

― clemenza, Friday, 20 January 2023 bookmarkflaglink

This is one where it really helps for everything to be blown up in the big screen.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 20 January 2023 20:17 (two weeks ago) link

You get the idea of Shoals after an hour. Or less.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 January 2023 20:17 (two weeks ago) link

Shoah. Lol

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 January 2023 20:19 (two weeks ago) link

I feel like you'd get the idea after reading about it but maybe that's unfair. I mean obviously it's important

or something, Friday, 20 January 2023 20:23 (two weeks ago) link

Lots and lots of moments in these films I have vivid memories of and Shoah has as many as any of them.

ryan, Friday, 20 January 2023 20:24 (two weeks ago) link

Antonioni is similarly dated in a lot of his scripts but the camera movement is something else so there is something to come back to.

Don't get why there is a need to keep liking stuff just bcz you came of age and that hit the spot. Icons fall. I mean I love a lot of Takeshi Kitano's films but I wouldn't put him in a top 50.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 26 January 2023 10:19 (one week ago) link

Funnily enough I re-watched King of New York last night. Ferrara and Fellini could be a point of comparison in that 'men only' sense but there is just no comparison. Everyone is having such a ball doing it, nothing deep. It's like a very plastic compilation of all these moments in every gangster film put together side by side. Rather have that than this Fellini crap.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 26 January 2023 10:25 (one week ago) link

I'll look at Juliet of the Spirits though.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 26 January 2023 10:35 (one week ago) link

There's at least a couple of Kitano's movies that are personal faves and I was consider putting high on a list

Kieth Encounter (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 January 2023 10:44 (one week ago) link

I'd actually rate Fellini more than Bergman and Antonioni if we're judging these things solely from a gender studies perspective, in that he's more upfront and as such more illuminating. His movies are very explicitly about indulgence and he's not afraid to look ridiculous in his libido, as opposed to the more furrowed brow take of a Bergman or an Antonioni.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 26 January 2023 11:00 (one week ago) link

That's true about Nights of Cabiria and the extent to which he probes Marcello in La Dolce Vita (H haven't watched Juliet... in ages), but Bergman's theater-influenced hijinks are weirder to me.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 January 2023 11:20 (one week ago) link

Do not see that with Bergman, who gives far more space for women in his films!!

Fellini sounds a bit like Knausgaard or something xp

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 26 January 2023 11:24 (one week ago) link

Sure Bergman gives women more screentime, but it's women as filtered through the psyche of a man from a certain era. Just as an example Isabella Rosselini recently gave an interview to Jesse Thorne where she talked about her mother and him clashing during Autumn Sonata because Ingmar just couldn't imagine a woman choosing a career and not feeling guilt over that.

By contrast with a lot of Fellini there's no pretension that we're getting a view into any psyche save his own. This certainly limits him in certain ways but as I said, it's very what you see is what you get.

Again this isn't meant as a take on the total value of these two directors, I don't need every artist to be a good feminist for me to enjoy their work, but I'm just talking within the confines of discursing straightness and masculinity, as per Dan's post.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 26 January 2023 11:43 (one week ago) link

Inevitably the roles of women will be filtered through Bergman as he writes the scripts. That's no different to any male director who does the same, like Fassbinder.

But it's not simply a case of more screen time is it? They have personalities and seem fully fleshed dramas, with all their faults. There is nothing comparable going on with Fellini. I can't imagine any actress clashing with Fellini over the psychology of the character on set.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 26 January 2023 11:51 (one week ago) link

What I'm suggesting is that Bergman's worldview is conservative. I mean obviously it is compared to Fassbinder, but in general the women being fully fleshed out characters doesn't clash in any way with the fetischization of certain norms - it actually kinda reinforces them, by acknowledging the conflicts therein and thus making the whole thing more believable.

I agree with you no actress would be in that situation with Fellini. Nor would any male actor, aside from the one playing his stand in.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 26 January 2023 12:00 (one week ago) link

You're both right, I think? While I've dinged Bergman here for titling a film Fanny and Alexander which cedes little space for Fanny, I can't think of a major director from the era, for example, writing speeches for Liv Ullmann's wife in Shame that lash against Max von Sydow's marginalizing of her domestic worries; or in limiting the husband's role in Autumn Sonata to observer, watching Ullmann and Ingrid B.'s drama (if I remember correctly Bergman doesn't even tell the film through the husband's POV).

I think of Buñuel, who once balked at being termed a feminist director because of Susana, Viridiana, Diary of a Chambermaid, and Belle de Jour; to a degree he was correct. But in at least a couple of those films he showed curiosity about a woman's role in domestic spaces dominated by men.

(sorry, long post)

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 January 2023 12:50 (one week ago) link

Apropos of probably not this conversation, I did enjoy the explicit L'aaventura reference in S2 of The White Lotus.

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Thursday, 26 January 2023 14:00 (one week ago) link

I haven’t seen Juliet of the Spirits or Nights of Cabiria recently. La Strada seems like a transitional film for Fellini, where he is starting to define his style, with Giulietta Masina starring in a signature role, and with a completely savage performance by Anthony Quinn

Dan S, Friday, 27 January 2023 01:13 (one week ago) link

What I like most about him though is the visual extravagance of mid-period films like La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, and to some extent Amarcord. Whatever reservations I have about his world view and his detachment, there is no one else who approximates his visual aesthetic - depicting societal chaos, catholic superstition, wonder, nostalgia, carnality, altruism - all in an elegant and beautiful way in terms of concept, framing, cinematography.

The scores by Nino Rota were great too

Dan S, Friday, 27 January 2023 01:13 (one week ago) link

playtime

ciderpress, Friday, 27 January 2023 01:18 (one week ago) link

Man, Night of the Hunter was so good.

What struck me most - and which I wasn't expecting - was just the eerie, hypnotic forward motion of it, the way it moves from tension to dreamy calm, and the recurring image of the stars overhead and the river below. So much of it is carried on the music and Mitchum’s singing, and the music and imagery flow together so perfectly. Absolutely crazy that this is Laughton's only directed film.

jmm, Friday, 27 January 2023 02:11 (one week ago) link

I will have to watch that film again

Dan S, Friday, 27 January 2023 02:14 (one week ago) link

I can never remember anything, but I saw a film within the past month that I thought paid explicit homage to Night of the Hunter's river escape.

clemenza, Friday, 27 January 2023 02:26 (one week ago) link

Night of the Hunter is on my short list of films that actual manage to feel dreamlike, in the unpredictable and sometimes threatening way of real dreams.

actual-LY, as Tom Lehrer would say.

It's amazing how it gives us the literal facts of Mitchum's character right away in his very first scene. We know right off the bat that he's a serial killer, that he's hunting a widow... but he achieves so much more depth and menace the more we listen to his voice, and finally becomes a kind of nightmare abstraction as this silhouetted figure on horseback.

jmm, Friday, 27 January 2023 04:06 (one week ago) link

yeah i might be swayed to night of the hunter tbh

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Friday, 27 January 2023 05:57 (one week ago) link

Watched Daisies and--as I suspected--not really for me. I know it's an angry film, but in execution it's whimsical and slapstick-y; much as with Playtime, when it comes to whimsy, I'm like Lou Grant responding to spunk on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I liked the surf music during the mock fashion show, and it looked like no other film I've ever seen, and that's an achievement.

clemenza, Sunday, 29 January 2023 06:36 (six days ago) link

Absolutely crazy that this is Laughton's only directed film.

Peter Lorre had a similar post-war fate. He returned to Germany to direct and co-write a great movie called 'Der Verlorene' ('The Lost One') in 1951, but was never asked to direct again.

This was probably because, at a time when West German cinema was churning out soft-focus Heimatfilme for a traumatised audience, 'Der Verlorene' focuses on the remorse of a scientist who had done secret research for the Nazis and murdered his fiancée when he discovers that she had been working with the Allies. The film didn't go down well at all with German cinemagoers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_q3FcVsLr8

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Sunday, 29 January 2023 16:56 (six days ago) link

I hate to say it, but I wouldn't mind seeing this series of polls carry on for the directors' poll results, as well (where La Jetee was in the top 35, its highest ranking ever to my knowledge).

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Sunday, 29 January 2023 19:13 (six days ago) link

I thought we might poll the films on the directors' list that didn't make it to the critics'.

Halfway there but for you, Sunday, 29 January 2023 19:25 (six days ago) link

Do you know if the 101+ results might be out by then?

jmm, Sunday, 29 January 2023 19:27 (six days ago) link

They've got two more days to make good on releasing the ballots in January. My hunch is maybe by the end of February tho.

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Sunday, 29 January 2023 19:51 (six days ago) link

wonder what's keeping them

or something, Sunday, 29 January 2023 20:29 (six days ago) link

They're watching Jeanne Dielman.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 January 2023 20:30 (six days ago) link

They've got two more days to make good on releasing the ballots in January. My hunch is maybe by the end of February tho.

― عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Sunday, January 29, 2023

I thought I read that they were going to release the top 250 this Tuesday

Dan S, Sunday, 29 January 2023 20:42 (six days ago) link

Ah, indeed:

Get ready for round two: the top 250 of the #SightAndSoundPoll will be revealed on Tuesday 🍿 pic.twitter.com/w2wK0QKle0

— Sight and Sound magazine (@SightSoundmag) January 27, 2023

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Sunday, 29 January 2023 20:46 (six days ago) link

I would be happy if we continue to poll the films in groups of 20 for both the critics and directors

Dan S, Sunday, 29 January 2023 20:47 (six days ago) link

I'm reading Robin Wood's book on the Apu Trilogy right now, and it's wonderful. I keep wanting to post quotes here.

jmm, Sunday, 29 January 2023 21:46 (six days ago) link

I feel like before I watch The World of Apu I should rewatch the first two again

Dan S, Monday, 30 January 2023 01:55 (five days ago) link

I definitely would. I'd rewatch the first as a standalone, but I think the other two are best seen in sequence.

clemenza, Monday, 30 January 2023 03:23 (five days ago) link

Re-watched Balthazar last night. Hits differently when you get to know an animal.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 30 January 2023 09:49 (five days ago) link

Besides all that whenever I watch Bresson it's such a reset. The acting, mannerisms, Balthazar is so obliquely told.

Boccaccio was a reference point for the multiple changes of fortune.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 30 January 2023 09:52 (five days ago) link

Anyway this is mad hard. I have just reasoned out Tarkovsky and Late Spring but I cannot decide between this pair.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1927)
L’Atalante (Vigo, 1934)

xyzzzz__, Monday, 30 January 2023 09:57 (five days ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 2 February 2023 00:01 (two days ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 3 February 2023 00:01 (yesterday) link

good winner, Balthazar deserved more votes probably

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Friday, 3 February 2023 00:07 (yesterday) link

Love the spread of votes (went for L'Atalante in the end). Shoah not getting any votes is interesting.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 3 February 2023 08:45 (yesterday) link

I'd vote for any Lanzmann because some of his interviews are like the most heightened drama I've ever seen. The Rabbi who had Eichmann threatening to murder him if he didn't do ridiculous amounts of scholarly research within the hour (so he could pass himself off as a Jewish emigration expert). Dude that planted an axe into a Nazi deathcamp commander's head. It's god's work that he captured this stuff while the people were still alive.

calzino, Friday, 3 February 2023 09:02 (yesterday) link

Shoah perhaps needs some updating for contemporary audiences, you could insert pop songs and a narrator saying "but this was an illusion".

Snark aside tho a nine hour documentary about one of the most horrific events in human history is a tough sell, and even if you've gotten around to watching it (my DVD box has been staring at me unwatched for years) you're prob unlikely to think of it as a "favourite", it feels v apples and oranges to compare it to anything else on this list.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 3 February 2023 10:22 (yesterday) link

BBC2 screened it over two Sunday evenings. I definitely watched the first part, but now come to think of it I don't think I watched the 2nd.

I guess few would think as a favourite. Guessing you didn't vote in the poll, Calzino?

xyzzzz__, Friday, 3 February 2023 10:26 (yesterday) link

ILX Shoah watchalong club when

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 3 February 2023 10:30 (yesterday) link

Christmas?

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Friday, 3 February 2023 11:19 (yesterday) link

xxp

no didn't vote! for anyone put off by the sheer length of Shoah there is Sobibor, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. and The Last of the Unjust which are both essential and unforgettable.

calzino, Friday, 3 February 2023 11:48 (yesterday) link

well, I'm glad my lurker vote for playtime made the difference

silverfish, Friday, 3 February 2023 13:49 (yesterday) link


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