paths of glory (1957)


‘Paths of Glory’, Stanley Kubrick (1957)

There are few things more fundamentally encouraging and stimulating than seeing someone else die.

Film Noir Spotlight on Gilda

“Gilda, are you decent?” This one sentence and a hair flip is what introduces Rita Hayworth in her most infamous role, as the titular character, Gilda. This 1946 Film Noir planted Miss Hayworth into Sex Goddess status for the rest of her career, and the rest of her life. Hayworth used to joke that men fell in love with Gilda, but awakened with her. She never saw herself as the Sex Goddess and wanted to be known more as a comedienne and dancer. She had previously shown her dancing and comedy talents in You’ll Never Get Rich (1941), You Were Never Lovelier (1942), and Cover Girl (1944). However, the world in 1946 had Gilda on the brain, especially with the image of Hayworth singing “Put the Blame on Mame” in her black dress, with the black gloves. As Hayworth slowly peels her gloves off, and throws them to her audience, the world sees Gilda. But the movie is much more than sultry dances and hair flips.

The film is about Johnny Farrell, played by Glenn Ford (who was known mainly for supporting roles at that time in films such as Destroyer and The Desperadoes, both 1943) in his first role after serving in WWII, going to work for Ballin Munsen (George Macready, Paths of Glory, 1957) at his casino in Buenos Aires. When Munsen brings back his new wife, Gilda, there is instant tension between her and Johnny, indicating that they had a rocky past together. A murder (which has something to do with Munsen’s drug cartel) occurs, and Munsen leaves Johnny and Gilda alone, allowing them plenty of time to torture each other with their actions.

When the film came out in 1946, there were complaints about the plot line. Bosley Crowther wrote in his review for The New York Times that he “was utterly baffled by what happened on the screen. To our average register of reasoning, it simply did not make sense.” Crowther goes on to complain about the Nazi cartel thrown into the film, by stating that this plot point was “so mysterious and so foggily laced through the film that they serve no artistic purpose, other than to confuse things still more.” A Variety staff writer agreed with Crowther, by saying that
“Gilda is obviously an expensive production – and shows it. The direction is static, but that’s more the fault of the writers.” To the writers’ defense, apparently the script wasn’t finished before filming. Choreographer Jack Cole said that “the script pages would arrive practically the morning that we were going to shoot, they were making the picture up as we went along. If you really look, you can tell that was the way the picture was done because it doesn’t really make any sense if you try to follow the story.“ The movie was made to entertain its audience, so at least it accomplished that, becoming the tenth highest grossing film in 1946. However, the set was tainted with more problems than an  unfinished script.

Director Charles Vidor was in a huge battle with the head of Columbia, Harry Cohn. Vidor took Cohn to court, trying to break free of his contract on the grounds of excessive profanity in the workplace. Vidor not only lost the case, but had to do another film for Cohn, which was 1948’s The Loves of Carmen. Vidor wasn’t the only one who Cohn had issues with; he also was constantly monitoring his two stars. Cohn was afraid of bad publicity plaguing Hayworth’s appeal to audiences and when tabloids gossiped about Hayworth and Ford having an affair (Hayworth was on a break from husband Orson Welles), he bugged their dressing rooms, constantly called the two, and even demanded Hayworth go home when she was not filming. That wasn’t the only source of conflict between Hayworth and Cohn; she desperately wanted to use her own singing voice, but he wouldn’t let her. Anita Ellis sang “Put The Blame on Mame” and “Amado Mio”. The only time Hayworth’s actual singing voice is heard is when she is strumming the guitar, singing an acoustic version of “Put The Blame on Mame”. Luckily for the audience, these onset tensions didn’t delay the release of the film or taint the quality of work.

The film also stars Joseph Calleia (The Jungle Book, 1942), Steven Geray (Spellbound, 1945), Joe Sawyer (The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin Series), and Gerald Mohr (The Sniper, 1952).

Gilda has become a fan favorite, even for the newer generation of film lovers. The film might not have won any awards, but it has made its place as a Film Noir classic. Fans love the grit of the film and its Noir characteristics. The sexual tension between Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford light up the screen. This film is perfect for #Noirvember!


Fear and Desire  (1953)

Killer’s Kiss  (1955)

The Killing  (1956)

Paths of Glory  (1957)

Spartacus  (1960)

Lolita  (1962)

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb  (1963)

2 0 0 1   A Space Odyssey  (1968)

A Clockwork Orange  (1972)

Barry Lyndon  (1975)

The Shining  (1980)

Full Metal Jacket  (1987)

Eyes Wide Shut  (1999)

50 Yönetmenin Önerdiği En İyi Filmler Listesi

1. Stanley Kubrick

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1. I Vitelloni (1953) 2. Wild Strawberries (1957) 3. Citizen Kane (1941) 4. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 5. City Lights (1931) 6. Henry V (1944) 7. La notte (1961) 8. The Bank Dick (1940) 9. Roxie Hart (1942) 10. Hell’s Angels (1930) ___

2. Danny Boyle

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1. Apocalypse Now (1979) 2. The Bicycle Thief (1948) 3. The Wrong Trousers (1993) 4. Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) 5. Eureka (1983) ____

3. Martin Scorsese

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1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 2. 8½ (1963) 3. Ashes and Diamonds (1958) 4. Citizen Kane (1941) 5. The Leopard (1963) 6. Paisan (1946) 7. The Red Shoes (1948) 8. The River (1951) 9. Salvatore Giuliano (1962) 10. The Searchers (1956) 11. Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) 12. Vertigo (1958) ____

4. J. J. Abrams

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1. Jaws (1975) 2. Philadelphia Story (1940) 3. Star Wars (1977) 4. Tootsie (1982) 5. Rear Window (1954) ___

5. Andrey Tarkovski

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1. Le Journal d’un curé de campagne (1951) 2. Winter Light (1962) 3. Nazarín (1959) 4. Wild Strawberries (1957) 5. City Lights (1931) 6. Ugetsu monogatari (1953) 7. Seven Samurai (1954) 8. Persona (1966) 9. Mouchette (1967) 10. Woman of the Dunes (1964) _____

6. John Carpenter

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1. Only Angels Have Wings (1939) 2. Rio Bravo (1959) 3. Citizen Kane (1941) 4. Vertigo (1958) 5. Blow-Up (1966) ____

7. Peter Jackson

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1. King Kong (1933) 2. Dawn of the Dead (1978) 3. The General (1927) 4. Goodfellas (1990) 5. Jaws (1975) ____

8. Michael Haneke

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10. L’eclisse (1962) 9. Germany, Year Zero (1948) 8. A Woman Under the Influence (1974) 7. Psycho (1960) 6. The Gold Rush (1925) 5. The Exterminating Angel (1962) 4. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) 3. The Mirror (1975) 2. Lancelot of the Lake (1974) 1. Au hasard Balthazar (1966) ____

9. Woody Allen

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The 400 Blows (1959) 8½ (1963) Amarcord (1972) The Bicycle Thieves (1948) Citizen Kane (1941) The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) Grand Illusion (1937) Paths of Glory (1957) Rashomon (1950) The Seventh Seal (1957) ____

10. Sofia Coppola

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1. Rumble Fish (1983) 2. Breathless (1960) 3. Sixteen Candles (1984) 4. Lolita (1962) 5. The Last Picture Show (1971) ___

11. Federico Fellini

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1. The Circus (1928) 2. Herhangi bir Marx Kardeşler veya Laurel ve Hardy 3. Stagecoach (1939) 4. Rashomon (1950) 5. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) 6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 7. Paisan (1946) 8. The Birds (1963) 9. Wild Strawberries (1957) 10. 8½ (1963) ____

12. Wes Anderson

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1. Madame de… (1953) 2. Au hasard Balthazar (1966) 3. Buta to gunkan (1961) 4. La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (1966) 5. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) 6. The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 7. Classe tous risques (1960) 8. L’enfance nue (1968) 9. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) 10. El ángel exterminador (1962)___

13. James Cameron

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1. The Wizard of Oz (1939) 2. Dr. Strangelove (1964) 3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 4. The Godfather (1972) 5. Taxi Driver (1976) ___

14. Michael Mann

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1. Apocalypse Now (1979) 2. Battleship Potemkin (1925) 3. Citizen Kane (1941) 4. Avatar (2009) 5. Dr. Strangelove (1964) 6. Biutiful (2010) 7. My Darling Clementine (1946) 8. The Passion of Joan Of Arc (1928) 9. Raging Bull (1980) 10. The Wild Bunch (1969) ____

15. Francis Ford Coppola

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1. Ashes and Diamonds (1958) 2. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 3. I Vitelloni (1953) 4. The Bad Sleep Well (1960) 5. Yojimbo (1961) 6. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) 7. The King of Comedy (1982) 8. Raging Bull (1980) 9. The Apartment (1960) 10. Sunrise (1927) ___

16. Guillermo Del Toro

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1. Frankenstein (1931) 2. Freaks (1932) 3. Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 4. Greed (1925) 5. Modern Times (1936) 6. La Belle et la Bête (1946) 7. Goodfellas (1990) 8. Los Olvidados (1950) 9. Nosferatu (1922) 10. 8½ (1963) ___

17. David O. Russell

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1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 2. Chinatown (1974) 3. Goodfellas (1990) 4. Vertigo (1958) 5. Pulp Fiction (1994) 6. Raging Bull (1980) 7. Young Frankenstein (1974) 8. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) 9. The Godfather (1972) 10. Blue Velvet (1986) 11. Groundhog Day (1993) ____

18. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

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1. Mirror (1975) 2. Andrei Rublev (1966) 3. Tokyo Story (1953) 4. Late Spring (1949) 5. A Man Escaped (1956) 6. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) 7. Shame (1968) 8. Scenes from a Marriage (1973) 9. L’avventura (1960) 10. L’eclisse (1962) ___

19. Quentin Tarantino

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1. Apocalypse Now (1979) 2. The Bad News Bears (1976) 3. Carrie (1976) 4. Dazed and Confused (1993) 5. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 6. The Great Escape (1963) 7. His Girl Friday (1939) 8. Jaws (1975) 9. Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) 10. Rolling Thunder (1997) 11. Sorcerer (1977) 12. Taxi Driver (1976) ___

20. George Lucas

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1. Metropolis (1927) 2. Stagecoach (1939) 3. The Searchers (1956) 4. Rashômon (1950) 5. Ikiru (1952) 6. Seven Samurai (1954) 7. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 8. The Hidden Fortress (1958) 9. The Blob (1958) 10. Yojimbo (1961) 11. Dr. Strangelove (1964) 12. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 13. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 14. Planet of the Apes (1968) 15. A Clockwork Orange (1971) ___

21. Tim Burton

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1. Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) 2. The Wicker Man (1974) 3. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) 4. The War of the Gargantuas (1970) 5. The Omega Man (1971) ___

22. Christopher Nolan

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1. The Hit (1984) 2. 12 Angry Men (1957) 3. The Thin Red Line (1998) 4.  Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (1933) 5. Bad Timing (1980) 6. Marry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) 7. For All Mankind (1989) 8.  Koyaanisqatsi (1983) 9. The Complete Mr. Arkadin (1955) 10. Greed (1924) ___

23. Ingmar Bergman

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1. The Outlaw and His Wife (Victor Sjostrom, 1918) 2. The Phantom Carriage (Victor Sjostrom, 1921) 3. Der Letzte Mann (F. W. Murnau, 1924) 4. The Saga Of Gosta Bergling (Mauritz Stiller, 1924) 5. Faust (F. W. Murnau, 1926) 6. Sunrise (F. W. Murnau, 1927) 7. The Possion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928) 8. The Circus (Charlie Chaplin, 1928) 9. Cezayir Batakhaneleri (Julien Duvivier, 1937) 10. Hotel Du Nord (Marcel Carne, 1938) 11. Port Of Shadows (Marcel Carne, 1938) 12. Le Jour Se Leve (Marcel Carne, 1939) 13. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950) 14. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950) 15. Diary of Country Priest (Robert Bresson, 1951) 16. M. Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953) ___

24. Gaspar Noe

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1) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968; Stanley Kubrick) 2) Amour (2012; Michael Haneke) 3) Angst (1983; Gerald Kargl) 4) Un Chien Andalou (1928; Luis Buñuel) 5) Eraserhead (1976; David Lynch) 6) I Am Cuba (1964; Mikhail Kalatozov) 7) King Kong (1933; Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack) 8) Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom (1975; Pier Paolo Pasolini) 9) Scorpio Rising (1964; Kenneth Anger) 10) Taxi Driver (1976; Martin Scorsese) ____

25. David Lynch

8½ (Federico Fellini, 1963) Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953) Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950) Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954) It’s a Gift (Norman Z. McLeod, 1934) The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960) La Strada (Federico Fellini, 1954) Lolita (Stanley Kubrick, 1962) The Wizard Of Oz (victor Fleming, 1939) Stroszek (Werner Herzog, 1977) ___  

26. Akira Kurosawa

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1. Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (Griffith, 1919) USA 2. Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari [The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari] (Wiene, 1920) Germany 3. Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler – Ein Bild der Zeit [Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler] (Lang, 1922) Germany 4. The Gold Rush (Chaplin, 1925) USA 5. La Chute de la Maison Usher [The Fall of the House of Usher] (Jean Epstein, 1928) France 6. Un Chien Andalou [An Andalusian Dog] (Bunuel, 1928) France 7. Morocco (von Sternberg, 1930) USA 8. Der Kongress Tanzt (Charell, 1931) Germany 9. Die 3groschenoper [The Threepenny Opera] (Pabst, 1931) Germany 10. Leise Flehen Meine Lieder [Lover Divine] (Forst, 1933) Austria/Germany ___

27. David Fincher

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidChinatownDr. StrangeloveThe Godfather 2Taxi DriverBeing ThereAll That JazzAlienRear WindowZeligCabaretPaper MoonJawsLawrence of ArabiaAll the President’s Men8 ½Citizen KaneDays of HeavenAnimal HouseRoad Warrior (Mad Max 2) Year of Living DangerouslyAmerican GraffitiTerminatorMonty Python & The Holy GrailThe ExorcistThe Graduate

28. Miranda July

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Blind (1987, Frederick Wiseman) Smooth Talk (1985, Joyce Chopra) Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock) After Life (1998, Hirokazu Koreeda) Somewhere In Time (1980, Jeannot Szwarc) Cheese (2007, Mika Rottenberg) Punch Drunk Love (2002, Paul Thomas Anderson) The Red Balloon (1956, Albert Lamorisse) A Room With A View (1985, James Ivory) Fish Tank (2009, Andrea Arnold) ____

29. Michel Hazanavicius

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City Girl (1930, F.W. Murnau) City Lights (1931, Charlie Chaplin) To Be Or Not To Be (1942, Ernst Lubitsch) Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles) The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder) The Shining (1980, Stanley Kubrick) North By Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock) The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed) Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese) Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937, Walt Disney) ___

30. Steven Soderbergh

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“All the President’s Men” (Alan J. Pakula, 1976) “Annie Hall” (Woody Allen, 1977) “Citizen Kane” (Orson Welles, 1941) “The Conversation” (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T” (Roy Rowland, 1953) “The Godfather” (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972) “The Godfather: Part II” (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) “Jaws” (Steven Spielberg, 1975) “The Last Picture Show” (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971) “Sunset Boulevard” (Billy Wilder, 1950) “The Third Man” (Carol Reed, 1949) ___

31. Spike Lee

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32. Edgar Wright

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2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) An American Werewolf in London (Landis, 1981) Carrie (de Palma, 1976) Dames (Enright/Berkeley, 1934) Don’t Look Now (Roeg, 1973) Duck Soup (McCarey, 1933) Psycho (Hitchcock, 1960) Raising Arizona (Coen, 1987) Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976) The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah, 1969) __

33. Allison Anders

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A Woman is A Woman Charade 3 Women Carnival of Souls Young Mr. Lincoln My Man Godfrey Gimme Shelter Monterey Pop Dazed and Confused The Red Shoes (Sinefesto) ____

34. Robert Bresson

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The Gold Rush City Lights Potemkin Brief Encounter The Bicycle Thief Man of Aran Louisiana Story ____

35. Luis Buñuel

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Underworld (Sternberg) The Gold Rush (Chaplin) The Bicycle Thief (De Sica) Potemkin (Eisenstein) Portrait of Jennie (Dieterle) Cavalcade (Lloyd) White Shadows in the South Seas (Van Dyke) Dead of Night (Cavalcantin, etc.) L’Age d’Or (Buñuel) I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (Le Roy) ___

36. Alex Cox

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Citizen Kane (Welles) The Devils (K. Russell) The Exterminating Angel (Bu??) King Kong (Cooper, Schoedsack) The Mattei Affair (Rosi) O Lucky Man! (Anderson) 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick) Throne of Blood (Kurosawa) The Wages of Fear (Clouzot) The War Game (Watkins) Sinefesto ____

37. Vittorio De Sica

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Man of Aran (Flaherty) The Kid (Chaplin) La Chienne (Renoir) Le Million (Clair) L’Atalante (Vigo) Kameradschadt (Pabst) Storm Over Asia (Pudovkin) Potemkin (Eisenstein) Hallelujah! (Vidor) La Kermesse Heroique (Feyder) ( ____

38. Carl Dreyer

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Birth of a Nation (Griffith) Arne’s Treasure (Stiller) Potemkin (Eisenstein) The Gold Rush (Chaplin) Sous les Toits de Paris (Clair) Quai des Brumes (Carne) Brief Encounter (Lean) Henry V (Olivier) The Petrified Forest (Mayo) Open City (Rossellini) ___

39. Terry Gilliam

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Citizen Kane Seven Samurai Seventh Seal 8 ½ 2001: A Space Odyssey Sherlock Jr Pinocchio Les Enfants du Paradis One-Eyed Jacks The Apartment Birth of a Nation The Exterminating Angel Lawrence of Arabia Napoleon – D: Gance ___ 40. Jim Jarmusch
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L’Atalante (Vigo) Tokyo Story (Ozu) They Live by Night (N. Ray) Bob le flambeur (Melville) Sunrise (Murnau) The Cameraman (Sedgwick) Mouchette (Bresson) Seven Samurai (Kurosawa) Broken Blossoms (Griffith) Rome, Open City (Rossellini) ___

41. Asif Kapadia

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Psycho (Hitchcock) Raging Bull (Scorsese) The Godfather and The Godfather Part II (Coppola) Ugetsu Monogatari (Mizoguchi) Do the Right Thing (Lee) Once upon a Time in the West (Leone) Don’t Look Now (Roeg) The Hidden Fortress (Kurosawa) The Story of Qiu Ju (Zhang) Straw Dogs (Peckinpah) ___

42. Elia Kazan

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Potemkin (Eisenstein) Aerograd (Dovzhenko) The Gold Rush (Chaplin) Flesh and the Devil (Brown) Open City (Rossellini) The Bicycle Thief (De Sica) Shoulder Arms (Chaplin) Target for Tonight (Watt) La Femme du Boulanger (Pagnol) Marius, Fanny, Cesar (Pagnol) ( ___

43. Sidney Lumet

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The Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler) Fanny and Alexander (Bergman) The Godfather (Coppola) The Grapes of Wrath (Ford) Intolerance (Griffith) The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer) Ran (Kurosawa) Roma (Fellini) Singin’ in the Rain (Kelly, Donen) 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick) ___

44. Mira Nair

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An Angel at My Table (Campion) The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo) Dekalog (Kieslowski) The Double Life of V?nique (Kieslowski) 8 ½ (Fellini) The Godfather (Coppola) In the Mood for Love (Wong) La Jet?(Marker) The Music Room (S. Ray) Pyaasa (Dutt) Raging Bull (Scorsese) Time of the Gypsies (Kusturica)

45. Alex Proyas

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Citizen Kane (Welles) Dr. Strangelove (Kubrick) The Exorcist (Friedkin) The Godfather (Coppola) It’s a Wonderful Life (Capra) Lawrence of Arabia (Lean) North by Northwest (Hitchcock) One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Forman) The Third Man (Reed) The Wizard of Oz (Fleming) ___

46. Joel Schumacher

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Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein) Lawrence of Arabia (Lean) The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (Greenaway) Bicycle Thieves (De Sica) Breaking the Waves (von Trier) A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick) The Conversation (Coppola) Sunset Blvd. (Wilder) Stalker (Tarkovsky) The Conformist (Bertolucci) ___

47. Steven Spielberg

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Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – D: David Lean Fantasia (1940) – D: Walt Disney Citizen Kane (1941) – D: Orson Welles It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – D: Frank Capra 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – D: Stanley Kubrick A Guy Named Joe (1947) – D: Victor Fleming War of the Worlds (1953) – D: Byron Haskin and George Pal Psycho (1960) – D: Alfred Hitchcock Day For Night (1973) – D: François Truffaut The Godfather (1972) – D: Francis Ford Coppola Cartouche Ikiru Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) The Searchers Seven Samurai The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) ____

48. Gore Verbinski

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Chinatown (Polanski) The Conversation (Coppola) Dr. Strangelove (Kubrick) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone) McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Altman) The Night of the Hunter (Laughton) Sacrifice (Tarkovsky) The Servant (Losey) The Tenant (Polanski) The Wages of Fear (Clouzot) ___

49. Billy Wilder

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Potemkin (Eisenstein) Greed (von Stroheim) Variety (DuPont) The Gold Rush (Chaplin) The Crowd (Vidor) Grand Illusion (Renoir) The Informer (Ford) Ninotchka (Lubitsch) The Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler) The Bicycle Thief (De Sica)

50. Geoffrey Wright

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Citizen Kane (Welles) Lawrence of Arabia (Lean) The Godfather (Coppola) The Godfather Part II (Coppola) Apocalypse Now (Coppola) Stray Dog (Kurosawa) Taxi Driver (Scorsese) Psycho (Hitchcock) Liste (Sinefesto) The Exorcist (Friedkin) Jaws (Spielberg)

In the fall of 2012 the Yale University Art Gallery hosted the film series Out of This Same Light - Six Films Considered by Robert Adams in conjunction with the retrospective Robert Adams: The Place We Live.

The accompanying program included text about each film written by Adams himself, and a few dozen titles for further viewing. I’ve been unable to find any notes online about the series or the program and thought I’d share Adams’s list here.

What follows are forty-one movies hand picked by Robert Adams, “Some favorite movies, some as tough as they come, a few mostly for laughs… all to help us better endure or enjoy life…”

Our Hospitality
Buster Keaton and Jack Blystone
1923, United States

Go West
Buster Keaton
1925, United States

The General
Buster Keaton
1926, United States

You’re Telling Me!
Erle C. Kenton
1934, United States

A Night at the Opera
Sam Wood
1935, United States

The Grapes of Wrath
John Ford
1940, United States

The Shop Around the Corner
Ernst Lubitsch
1940, United States

Roma, città aperta (Rome, Open City)
Roberto Rossellini
1945, Italy

My Darling Clementine
John Ford
1946, United States

Laurence Olivier
1948, United Kingdom

Banshun (Late Spring)
Yasujiro Ozu
1949, Japan

Bakushu (Early Summer)
Yasujiro Ozu
1951, Japan

Tokyo Story
Yasujiro Ozu
1953, Japan

Ordet (The Word)
Carl Dreyer
1955, Denmark

Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)
Satyajit Ray
1955, India

Richard III
Laurence Olivier
1955, United Kingdom

Paths of Glory
Stanley Kubrick
1957, United States

Wild Strawberries
Ingmar Bergman
1957, Sweden

A bout de souffle (Breathless)
Jean-Luc Godard
1960, France

Winter Light
Ingmar Bergman
1962, Sweden

Ma nuit chez Maud (My Night at Maud’s)
Eric Rohmer
1969, France

Five Easy Pieces
Bob Rafelson
1970, United States

A New Leaf
Elaine May
1971, United States

Annie Hall
Woody Allen
1977, United States

The In-Laws
Arthur Hiller
1979, United States

Woody Allen
1979, United States

Gregory’s Girl
Bill Forsyth
1981, United States

La notte di San Lorenzo (The Night of the Shooting Stars)
Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
1982, Italy

Local Hero
Bill Forsyth
1983, United States

Broadway Danny Rose
Woody Allen
1984, United States

Comfort and Joy
Bill Forsyth
1984, United States

The Trip to Bountiful
Peter Masterson
1985, United States

Le rayon vert
Eric Rohmer
1986, France

Norman Jewison
1987, United States

Conte de printemps (A Tale of Springtime)
Eric Rohmer
1990, France

El sol del membrillo (Dream of LIght [Quince Tree of the Sun])
Victor Erice
1992, Spain

My Cousin Vinny
Jonathan Lynn
1992, United States

Joel Coen
1996, United States

Conte d'automne (Autumn Tale)
Eric Rohmer
1998, France

Meek’s Cutoff
Kelly Reichardt
2010, United States