Sight and Sound 2022 Round 8: 141-160

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Pickpocket, Gertrud, The Wild Bunch, Sambizanga, and La ciénaga are all holdovers from last time. This includes only the first four of the 12 that tied for 157th.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Pickpocket (Robert Bresson; 1959) 8
Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick; 1978) 7
Alien (Ridley Scott; 1979) 6
Chinatown (Roman Polanski; 1974) 5
Le Grande Illusion (Jean Renoir; 1937) 5
Ikiru (Kurosawa Akira; 1952) 5
Twin Peaks: The Return (David Lynch; 2017) 3
Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur; 1957) 3
Los olvidados (Luis Buñuel; 1950) 3
La ciénaga (Lucrecia Martel; 2001) 3
India Song (Marguerite Duras; 1975) 2
Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer; 1964) 2
Vivre sa vie (Jean-Luc Godard; 1962) 2
West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty (Med Hondo; 1979) 1
The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah; 1969) 1
The Cloud-Capped Star (Ritwik Ghatak; 1960) 1
Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer; 1932) 0
Sambizanga (Sarah Maldoror; 1972) 0
The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye; 1996) 0
Le Bonheur (Agnès Varda; 1965) 0


fair but so uncool beliefs here (Eric H.), Monday, 24 April 2023 14:07 (one year ago) link

Voting Ikiru, that long ending scene with the civil servants at the funeral getting shitfaced is the greatest.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 24 April 2023 14:09 (one year ago) link

If you want long scenes, Gertrud's your best bet

fair but so uncool beliefs here (Eric H.), Monday, 24 April 2023 14:19 (one year ago) link

Heh. I have had many hours of amusement speaking phrasebook film studies Danish exceedingly slowly in the manner of the characters in Gertrud and Ordet.

The Lubitsch Touchscreen (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 24 April 2023 14:27 (one year ago) link

Haven't seen Gertrud yet, Ordet rules tho. They have a lot of coffee.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 24 April 2023 14:33 (one year ago) link

Have to wonder whether it'd be the presence of Alien or of the TV show that would be giving Morbs more paroxysms itt

fair but so uncool beliefs here (Eric H.), Monday, 24 April 2023 14:42 (one year ago) link

There are moments when I thought of Le Bonheur as my favorite film; it remains my pick for "Best movie with tonal mismatch between subject and style."

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 24 April 2023 14:43 (one year ago) link

One of these:

Le Bonheur
Los Olvidados
Grand Illusion
The Wild Bunch
Chinatown
Out of the Past
Pickpocket
The Wild Bunch

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 24 April 2023 14:45 (one year ago) link

^that’s pretty close to my list.

Haven't seen Gertrud yet, Ordet rules tho. They have a lot of coffee.

Exactly! “Jeg vil gerne have en kop kaffe.” That’s one of the phrasebook lines in heavy rotation in my mind.

The Lubitsch Touchscreen (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 24 April 2023 14:47 (one year ago) link

Days of Heaven over Ikiru, Chinatown, and Le Grande Illusion, mostly because this is the only time I'll ever be tempted to vote for Malick.

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Monday, 24 April 2023 15:01 (one year ago) link

So much to love in this group I don't know if I can pick one. Had the same problem in the last group, wound up not voting.

The Terroir of Tiny Town (WmC), Monday, 24 April 2023 15:19 (one year ago) link

Top 3:
Chinatown (Roman Polanski; 1974)
Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer; 1964)
Pickpocket (Robert Bresson; 1959)

Voting Gertrud tho because that frigid queen and I are one and the same

fair but so uncool beliefs here (Eric H.), Monday, 24 April 2023 15:43 (one year ago) link

1. Chinatown
2. Vivre sa Vie
3. Out of the Past

clemenza, Monday, 24 April 2023 17:03 (one year ago) link

La Cienaga — just rewatched it recently, what a great unsettling movie.

That's one of the three I most need to see from this group, along with Sambizanga and The Watermelon Woman

fair but so uncool beliefs here (Eric H.), Monday, 24 April 2023 17:11 (one year ago) link

I love Le Bonheur, La ciénaga, Gertrud, and Ikiru, but have to go with Twin Peaks: The Return, one of my favorite viewing experiences of all time

Dan S, Monday, 24 April 2023 23:07 (one year ago) link

This is around where my film knowledge starts to break down, with 8 movies I haven't seen. I hope to watch many of them this year.

I think I'll go with Out of the past, although I'd rather watch his Lewton pictures. Pickpocket also great but not my favorite Bresson either.

adam t. (abanana), Tuesday, 25 April 2023 07:41 (one year ago) link

Aw shit I didn't see Out Of The Past on there, an all timer for sure.

"Is there a way to win?"
"There's a way to lose more slowly"

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 25 April 2023 07:45 (one year ago) link

Ikuru is my favourite Kurosawa.

These are also all time. I am probably going for Ghatak.

Le Bonheur (Agnès Varda; 1965)
La ciénaga (Lucrecia Martel; 2001)
The Cloud-Capped Star (Ritwik Ghatak; 1960)
India Song (Marguerite Duras; 1975)
Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur; 1957)

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 25 April 2023 09:04 (one year ago) link

Le Bonheur (Agnès Varda; 1965)
Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick; 1978)
Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer; 1964)
Le Grande Illusion (Jean Renoir; 1937)
Ikiru (Kurosawa Akira; 1952)
Los olvidados (Luis Buñuel; 1950)
Pickpocket (Robert Bresson; 1959)
Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer; 1932)
Vivre sa vie (Jean-Luc Godard; 1962)

Tough to choose from those. Probably will vote Bunuel or Bresson but the rest are great. Ikiru is def one if my mans best.

Toshirō Nofune (The Seventh ILXorai), Tuesday, 25 April 2023 10:25 (one year ago) link

Though these polls have inspired me to watched a bunch of the films for the first time, I haven't voted for a "new" film in any of them. Until now. I just watched Sambizanga and Los Olvidados, and wish I could vote for both of them!

Cherish, Friday, 28 April 2023 22:02 (one year ago) link

DAYS OF HEAVEN. the overall snubbing of malick on this list bugged me!

k3vin k., Friday, 28 April 2023 22:07 (one year ago) link

TWIN PEAKS and LA CIENEGA following

k3vin k., Friday, 28 April 2023 22:13 (one year ago) link

Six films I haven't seen, and most of the rest I'm finding it hard to enthuse about - my least-favourite Bresson and Kurosawa, the most opaque Dreyers,
and I'm feeling ambivalent about Godard. I watched India Song again a few weeks ago, but I'd be hard-pressed to say it's more than "intriguing". Le Bonheur is an impeccably crafted piece of ragebait.
I love the final scene of Days of Heaven, the best evocation of "life goes on" I can recall, but I'll vote for the film I'd most like to rewatch: La ciénaga.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 29 April 2023 02:33 (one year ago) link

Days of Heaven. Just ahead of Le Bonheur and Out of the Past. Not seen The Cloud-capped Star, Le Grande Illusion, Sambizanga, West Indies or The Wild Bunch

or something, Saturday, 29 April 2023 08:28 (one year ago) link

I bought the box set Twin Peaks: From Z to A a few years ago, when it was first released and before it became outrageously expensive.

It encompasses all of Twin Peaks - the 3 seasons, the interviews, the outtakes, the missing pieces, the behind the curtain scenes, and the unedited roadhouse performances

Dan S, Saturday, 6 May 2023 01:22 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 11 May 2023 00:01 (one year ago) link

So many great films to choose from. Its hard to decide. Might go for Bresson as I think Bunuel will get more votes so doesn't need it.

Toshirō Nofune (The Seventh ILXorai), Thursday, 11 May 2023 09:52 (one year ago) link

Assuming Buñuel is taken care of in overall votes has never really worked out in his favor

fair but so uncool beliefs here (Eric H.), Thursday, 11 May 2023 10:41 (one year ago) link

True - Others please vote Buñuel please!

Toshirō Nofune (The Seventh ILXorai), Thursday, 11 May 2023 11:24 (one year ago) link

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

System, Friday, 12 May 2023 00:01 (one year ago) link

Shout out to the other hopelessly frigid Scandinavian charity case our there

fair but so uncool beliefs here (Eric H.), Friday, 12 May 2023 02:27 (one year ago) link

Sarah, Cheryl, and Agnes deserved better.

Cherish, Friday, 12 May 2023 15:45 (one year ago) link

Yup, pretty much. Split Alien's 6 votes equally among them.

fair but so uncool beliefs here (Eric H.), Friday, 12 May 2023 15:58 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Sambizanga (Sarah Maldoror; 1972)

Loved this. It derives some of its power, discourse-wise, from not being that militant about colonialism, unlike other African films at the time. But it does this in another way, which is through one woman and one man's singular experience of conflict.

The wife's denial of her husband's politics was a key into it but not the only one.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 11:43 (six days ago) link

Only West Indies left from this list..

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2024 11:43 (six days ago) link

Now more than a year and a half out, it seems that JEANNE DIELMAN and the revenge of the female directors aside, Third Cinema’s roaring arrival was the main storyline of the ‘22 poll. And good!

Rich E. (Eric H.), Sunday, 9 June 2024 15:49 (six days ago) link


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