Derek Malcolm's Century of Films

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  • Johnny Guitar (1954, Nicholas Ray)
  • The Travelling Players (1975, Theo Angelopoulos)
  • The Crowd (1928, King Vidor)
  • The Passenger (1975, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  • The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964, Pier Paolo Passolini)
  • Breathless (1959, Jean-Luc Godard)
  • Ashes and Diamonds (1958, Andrzej Wajda)
  • The Leopard (1963, Luchino Visconti)
  • Oh, Mr. Porter! (1937, Marcel Varnel)
  • Day of Wrath (1943, Carl Dreyer)
  • Jules et Jim (1961, Francois Truffaut)
  • Fantasia (1940, Walt Disney Productions)
  • Nanook of the North (1922, Robert Flaherty)
  • Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Boy (1969, Nagisa Oshima)
  • The Earrings of Madame de... (1953, Max Ophuls)
  • Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)
  • A Night at the Opera (1935, Sam Wood)
  • The Battle of Algiers (1965, Gillo Pontecorvo)
  • Trash (1970, Paul Morrissey)
  • Andrei Rublev (1966, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  • The Conqueror Worm (1968, Michael Reeves)
  • Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
  • Memories of Underdevelopment (1968, Tomas Gutierrez Alea)
  • The Birth of a Nation (1915, D.W. Griffith)
  • Throne of Blood (1957, Akira Kurosawa)
  • The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974, Werner Herzog)
  • Burden of Dreams (1982, Les Blank)
  • The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  • Salvatore Giuliano (1961, Francesco Rosi)
  • Xala (1974, Ousmane Sembene)
  • Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
  • Pickpocket (1959, Robert Bresson)
  • Greed (1925, Erich von Stroheim)
  • Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)
  • Spirit of the Beehive (1978, Victor Erice)
  • Freaks (1932, Tod Browning)
  • Blanche (1971, Walerian Borowczyk)
  • Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956, Fritz Lang)
  • Cuba Si! (1961, Chris Marker)
  • La Femme Infidele (1970, Claude Chabrol)
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  • The Rise to Power of Louis XIV (1966, Roberto Rossellini)
  • Le Samourai (1967, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  • Sons of the Desert (1933, William A. Seiter)
  • The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (1939, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  • The King of Marvin Gardens (1972, Bob Rafelson)
  • Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  • Shoah (1985, Claude Lanzmann)
  • Closely Watched Trains (1966, Jiri Menzel)
  • The Time to Live and the Time to Die (1985, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  • The Scarlet Empress (1934, Josef von Sternberg)
  • Sullivan's Travels (1941, Preston Sturges)
  • L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  • Raise the Red Lantern (1992, Zhang Yimou)
  • McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971, Robert Altman)
  • A Short Film About Killing (1988, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  • Welfare (1975, Frederick Wiseman)
  • The Wind (1928, Victor Sjostrom)
  • Man of the West (Anthony Mann)
  • Triumph of the Will (1934, Leni Riefenstahl)
  • Broadway Danny Rose (1984, Woody Allen)
  • 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
  • Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949, Robert Hamer)
  • The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
  • LBJ and Others (1962, Santiago Alvares)
  • The Band Wagon (1953, Vincente Minnelli)
  • Viridiana (1961, Luis Bunuel)
  • The Night of the Hunter (1955, Charles Laughton)
  • Fires Were Started (1943, Humphrey Jennings)
  • Monsieur Verdoux (1947, Charles Chaplin)
  • The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1946, Jean Cocteau)
  • Rio Bravo (1959, Howard Hawks)
  • Brief Encounter (1945, David Lean)
  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971, Dusan Makavejev)
  • The Music Room (1960, Satyajit Ray)
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976, John Cassavetes)
  • La Collectionneuse (1967, Eric Rohmer)
  • The Philadelphia Story (1940, George Cukor)
  • Manila: In the Claws of Darkness (1975, Lino Brocka)
  • Pakeezah (1971, Kamal Amrohi)
  • Fat City (1972, John Huston)
  • Kes (1969, Ken Loach)
  • Young Mr. Lincoln (1939, John Ford)
  • Strike (1924, Sergei Eisenstein)
  • Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932, Jean Renoir)
  • Shock Corridor (1963, Samuel Fuller)
  • Antonio das Mortes (1969, Glauber Rocha)
  • Love (1971, Karoly Makk)
  • Paths of Glory (1957, Stanley Kubrick)
  • Kings of the Road (1976, Wim Wenders)
  • The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978, Ermanno Olmi)
  • Behind the Green Door (1972, Mitchell Brothers)
  • Pandora's Box (1928, G.W. Pabst)
  • The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933, Frank Capra)
  • The Round-Up (1965, Miklos Jancso)
  • Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles)
  • Last Tango in Paris (1972, Bernardo Bertolucci)
Author Comments: 

Derek Malcolm is a very respected + knowledgeable British film critic. A few years back this was his selection of 100 films of the 20th century. He limited himself to 1 film per director, thus leaving out some personal favourites, eg The Life of Oharu (Mizoguchi). The list is not in order of preference, just how it was serialised in The Guardian newspaper i think. I would recommend his book A Century of Films.

Yet another list with a few probably awesome movies I've never heard of. I'd especially love to get my hands on 'Manila'. I put 'Closely Watched Trains' atop my Netflix queue. Thanks again for sharing these really interesting movie lists, kenji!

Don't worry, there are about 10 i've not seen. Travelling Players, The Passenger, Manila in the Claws of Neon have been high on my must-see list for quite a while. But i have heard of them all- i ought to, since i've got the book! I've just dicovered there's a dvd of the Cuban Santiago Alvarez films now out in the US (Amazon etc); haven't seen any of them, but i know Derek Malcolm was friendly with him. Will have to get that quite soon- but an expensive business buying films unseen. I prefer it when they're available in the UK for renting.

You have seen 90 of these?! That is impressive beyond words. I've been a film buff for years (since discovering Jonathan Rosenbaum, Jim Hoberman and the Criterion Collection) and I still hadn't heard of a LOT of these.

Travelling Players and The Passenger I've actually had the good fortune of seeing. I highly recommend both.

Closely Observed Trains is very good. We almost got it for our film society this season, i had to ring a woman in Czech Republic for the right to screen it, but in the end we chose Dreyer's Day of Wrath instead. In fact i'm thinking p'raps i should have picked it in my own Century of Films selection here. I've been reading a really good book by the same Czech author, Bohumil Hrabal: Cutting it Short/The Little Town Where Time Stood Still.