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Lists , Lists, Lists Again

August 22nd, 2007 (09:26 pm)
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From dica: Edward Copeland (?) has put together a list of the "best non-English-language films up to 2002", and there's voting going on to find the top 25. Normally the lists idea annoys me, because comparing movies can often be apples and oranges (beyond possibly the technical, just how do you say that Citizen Kane is better or worse than Taxi Driver beyond your own preferences?), but some of the comments I see are making this look a little intriguing. I'll have to carve out some time and take a look.


And I've seen 55 (with some additional I'm-not-sures in there) - only two fewer than dica. That can't be right...


Posted by: Jon (dica)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)

Totally agree on the apples vs. oranges argument. I don't think there's really a way to rank films, which is basically the argument going on in the Ebert vs. Rosenbaum debate over Bergman's legacy. Someone said something in regards to that, which was along the lines of "Why can't I have both Bergman AND Bresson?" I'd take that a step further: Why can't I have both Tarkovsky and, say, Judd Apatow?

I should admit at this point that I still haven't seen a Bergman film. Not even in film school. Gotta get caught up on that. Anyway, I'm still going to vote for 25 of my favourites from the list.

You're pretty well-versed in film, and you kick my ass in silent-era stuff. 55 is pretty damned impressive! Give yourself some credit! :P

Posted by: lady_wakasa (lady_wakasa)
Posted at: August 25th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)

I'll have to check out Ebert, then. I've been tied up the past month or so, and I know I've been missing things.

No Bergman? I'd say that's hard to do (except it isn't that hard)... But if you're not in the right mood, Bergman's just not going to work - which is why I skipped the Bergman "festival" (if that's the right word) at Film Forum a few years back. Garrison Keillor isn't off with the Swedish depression schtick.

Well, I'm pretty much self-taught, and few people I actually know are -that- into film. It's hard to keep perspective sometimes...

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