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Playtime, 1967, Jacques Tati

‘The camera is backed away, at an amazing (and amazed) distance, from which it can contain what seems to be an entire city. It comes as a shock to discover that Tati actually built this city…We feel we are seeing Paris, or any metropolis. That is a tribute to extraordinary precision in the art direction, but it is also a proof of the tranquil, amiable gaze that Tati maintains. There is nothing like the inclination to see ugliness, or unkindness…Rather, Tati is charmed by the existence of things in space…Yes, this society is accident-prone and deserves to collapse or destroy itself, but its energy, its persistence, is beautiful and inspiring. It’s like watching cells grow and divide. What alarmed 1968, I suspect, was the authentic optimism of the film, its exhilaration, and the gentle growing fondness between, say, the dark girl in green and Tati himself, who wanders in and out of his own world, auteur and bystander. Truly a great film, the secret to the crowded frame.’

from Have You Seen…?, David Thomson

20 Favourite Rewatched Films of 2014

As the title suggests, my 20 favourite films I rewatched in 2014:

  • A Nos Amours | Maurice Pialat | 1983
  • Le rayon vert (The Green Ray) | Eric Rohmer | 1986
  • Orphée | Jean Cocteau | 1950
  • Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild’s Revenge | Fritz Lang | 1924
  • Vivre Sa Vie | Jean-Luc Godard | 1962
  • Late Autumn | Yasujirô Ozu | 1960
  • Persona | Ingmar Bergman | 1966
  • Harold and Maude | Hal Ashby | 1971
  • Edipo re (Oedipus Rex) | Pier Paolo Pasolini | 1967
  • Trans-Europ-Express | Alain Robbe-Grillet | 1967
  • Les Vacances de M. Hulot | Jacques Tati | 1953
  • River of Grass | Kelly Reichardt | 1994
  • Stroszek | Werner Herzog | 1977
  • Cat People | Jacques Tourneur | 1942
  • Häxan | Benjamin Christensen | 1922
  • Viy | Konstantin Ershov / Georgi Kropachyov | 1967
  • Mouchette | Robert Bresson | 1967
  • Wild at Heart | David Lynch | 1990
  • Les yeux sans visage (Eyes Without a Face) | Georges Franju | 1960
  • Black Narcissus | Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger | 1947

To stop this list being half full of Bergman movies (from my July Bergman Fest) I set a rule that I couldn’t have more than one film per director. This made choosing quite difficult. Did I really enjoy Kelly Reichardt’s River of Grass more than her Wendy and Lucy, or was it just that it was more interesting to revisit the less familiar film? This list could have been so much longer. A lot of my culty horror faves had to be cut!

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Mon Oncle (“My Uncle”) | 1958 film comedy by French filmmaker Jacques Tati

Winner: Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Special Prize - 1958 Cannes Film Festival, and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film.