Saturday, September 1, 2012

A List

It's lisztomania in cinephile-town, but I wouldn't want to, at any rate, let the following exist as either a consolation prize or as a convenient substitution for the real thing. Let's just think of it as a personal record really, nothing more, nothing less. If anything, it will atleast help us know where I'm coming from. Also maybe, over time, I can keep updating it to suit my convenience.

There is then a list of films I love unconditionally, fourteen titles in all, and as is evident, I like titles which have 'night' either in their title or in their spirit. This list is followed by an inventory-list of a number of top-of-the-head titles which could also decide to sub any day, any time of the week. Here goes, in no particular priority,

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) / Sergio Leone
  • Taxi Driver (1976) / Martin Scorsese
  • Jaws (1975) / Steven Spielberg
  • First Loves (1974) / Kryzstof Kieslowski 
  • Kanchenjungha (1962) / Satyajit Ray
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972) / Kenji Misumi
  • Night of the Demon (1957) / Jacques Tourneur
  • Night and the City (1950) / Jules Dassin
  • Le Trou (1960) / Jacques Becker
  • Mystery Train (1989) / Jim Jarmusch
  • Jalsaghar (1958) / Satyajit Ray
  • Modern Times (1936) / Charlie Chaplin
  • Night and Fog (1955) / Alain Resnais
  • Gate of Flesh (1964) / Seijun Suzuki

Titles to recall and smile about on a cold winter night
The Burmese Harp, Le Samourai, Raging Bull, Ajantrik, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Psycho, A Clockwork Orange, Modern Times, Les Vampires, The General, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Kagemusha, Sunrise, Ivan's Childhood, PlayTime, At Land, A Trip to the Moon, Dersu Uzala, BlowUp, Young Frankenstein, Le Mepris, La Dolce Vita, The Story of Adele H., Real Life, Vengeance is Mine, The Third Man, Kuroneko, Anand, A Grand Day Out With Wallace and Gromit, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Peeping Tom, Sherlock Jr., The Killers (Tarkovsky), Treasure of the Sierra Madre , Shock Corridor, Woman in the Moon, The Lady from Shanghai, Oldboy, The Red Balloon, Close-Up, M., Witness for the Prosecution, Three Colours: Blue, Repulsion, Kaagaz Ke Phool


  1. I'm surprised.... not a single Ritwik Ghatak film on here.

  2. It's like this. With Ghatak, if you include one, you should reasonably also include all the others. He's one of those filmmakers whose work is consistently (and therefore, collectively) brilliant - it's not a case of a single film standing out really. That said, I still went ahead and cited my favourite Ghatak as part of the list that immediately follows the 'Top 14': as I said in the introduction, these titles could swap places anytime without my even getting to know of it.

    1. I see. I did something similar, but mine is with 10 films and those I maintain for now as the ultimate 10 until I come across something I feel needs to be included over another:

  3. pitviper_sg

    That's a great list. For a whole generation of film-lovers in this country, Jurassic Park is the first English and 'foreign' film we watched - for our fathers' generation, that film(or films) were The Good, the Bad and the Ugly or Guns of Navarone.