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Sight & Sound - 75 Hidden Gems.

Postby trevor826 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:48 pm

75 Hidden Gems.

Sight & Sound celebrated its 75th birthday by asking critics from around the world to nominate their favourite overlooked masterpiece. The result: 75 lost films you just have to track down

Critics names in bold

The selected films in alphabetical order:

Kent Jones
The Actress (1953) George Cukor, US

Gilbert Adair
Adieu Philippine (1962) Jacques Rozier, France

Jonathan Rosenbaum
The Adventure of Hajji Baba (1954) Don Weis, US

Nasreen Munni Kabir
Andaz (1949) Mehboob Khan, India

Dan Fainaru
Avanti Popolo (1986) Rafi Bukai, Israel

Naman Ramachandran
Baksa Badal (1965) Nityananda Dutta, India

Jean-Michel Frodon
Bari Zogon (1996) Watanabe Fumiki, Japan

Nick Roddick
Blow Out (1981) Brian De Palma, US

Ginette Vincendeau
Chaos (2001) Coline Serreau, France

Tom Mes
Crazy Thunder Road (1980) Ishii Sogo, Japan

David Thompson
Deep End (1970) Jerzy Skolimowski, Germany

Roger Clarke
Docteur Jekyll et les Femmes (1981) Walerian Borowczyk, France

Fernanda Solrzano
El (1953) Luis Bunuel, Mexico

Chris Darke
Elle est des Notres (2003) Siegrid Alnoy, France

Ali Jaafar
Force of Evil (1948) Abraham Polonsky, US

Philip Kemp
Funny Dirty Little War (1983) Hector Olivera, Argentina

Roy Armes
The Girl from Carthage (1924) Albert Samama Chikly, Tunisia

B. Ruby Rich
The Gold Diggers (1983) Sally Potter, UK

Linda Ruth Williams
Grace of My Heart (1996) Allison Anders, US

Chuck Stephens
Grounded God (1975) Prince Chatri Chalerm Yukol aka Tan Mui, Thailand

Kim Newman
Hustle (1975) Robert Aldrich, US

Mark Cousins
The Insect Woman (1963) Imamura Shohei, Japan

Peter Hames
Intimate Lighting (1965) Ivan Passer, Czechoslovakia

Demetrios Matheou
Iracema - Uma Transa Amazionica (1976) Jorge Bodanzky and Orlando Senna, Brazil

Kong Rithdee
Khon Jorn (1999) Attaporn Thihirun, Thailand

Michael Chanan
Kukuli (1961) Luis Figueroa, Eulogio Nishiyama and Cesar Villanueva, Peru

Graham Fuller
The Last of the Mohicans (1920) Maurice Tourneur and Clarence L Brown, US

Derek Malcolm
LBJ (1968) Santiago Alvarez, Cuba

Kenneth Turan
Leolo (1992) Jean-Claude Lauzon, Canada

Sukhdev Sandhu
Leo the Last (1969) John Boorman, UK

James Quandt
The Mad Fox (1962) Tomu Uchida, Japan

Colin MacCabe
The Magic Face (1951) Frank Tuttle, US

Robin Wood
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) Leo McCarey, US

Leonardo Gardia Tsao
La Mancha de Sangre (1943) Adolfo Best Maugard, Mexico

Tony Rayns
Mandala (1981) Im Kwon Taek, South Korea

Mike Atkinson
Marketa Lazarova (1965) Frantisek Vlacil, Czechoslovakia

Edward Crouse
Model Shop (1969) Jacques Demy, US

Alexis A. Tioseco
The Moises Padilla Story (1961) Gerardo de Leon, US

Olaf Mller
Monpti (1957) Helmut Kaeutner, Germany

Keith Shiri
Muna Motto (1975) Jean-Pierre Dikongue-Pipa, Cameroon

Brad Stevens
New Rose Hotel (1998) Abel Ferrara, US

Hamid Dabashi
The Night it Rained (1967) Kamran Sheerdel, Iran

Christoph Huber
Paris 1900 (1948) Nicole Vedres, France

Sandra Hebron
Patti Rocks (1987) David Burton Morris, US

Peter Matthews
Peter Ibbetson (1935) Henry Hathaway, US

Patrick Macias
The Phynx (1970) Lee H Katzin, US

Charlotte Garcon
Le Plein de Super (1976) Alain Cavalier, France

Catherine Wheatley
Les Pont des Arts (2004) Eugene Green, France

Kieron Coreless
The Pumpkin Eater (1964) Jack Clayton, UK

Richard T. Kelly
Queimada! (1968) Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy/France

Maria Delgado
Raise Ravens (1975) Carlos Saura, Spain

Tadao Sato
The River Fuefuki (1960) Kinoshita Keisuke, Japan

Andrew Osmond
Le Roi et lOiseau (1980) Paul Grimault, France

Tim Lucas
Le Roman de Renard (1931) Ladislaw Starewicz, France

Ian Christie
The Ruling Class (1971) Peter Medak, UK

Mark Kermode
Silent Running (1971) Douglas Trumbull, US

Mark Le Fanu
Silver Wind (1954) Vaclav Krska, Czechoslovakia

Mark Sinker
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980) Steve Roberts, UK

Angelike Contis
Still Looking for Morphine (2001) Yannis Fagras, Greece

Tim Robey
Stir of Echoes (1999) David Koepp, US

Ryan Gilbey
Straight Talk (1992) Barnet Kellman, US

Edward Buscombe
The Street with No Name (1948) William Keighley, US

Tom Charity
Subarnarekha (1965) Ritwik Ghatak, India

Geoffrey MacNab
Sunday (1997) Jonathan Nossiter, US

Adrian Martin
Superstar (1999) Bruce McCulloch, US

Julian Graffy
The Swimmer (1982) Irakli Kvirkadze, USSR

Michael Brooke
Szindbad (1972) Zoltan Huszarik, Hungary

Pam Cook
Terminal Island (1973) Stephanie Rothman, US

Noel Vera
Three Years Without God (1977) Mario OHara, Philippines

David Thomson
Track of the Cat (1954) William A Wellman, US

Jonathan Romney
Trans-Europ-Express (1966) Alain Robbe-Grillet, France

J. Hoberman
Uncle Moses (1932) Sidney M Goldin, US

Amy Taubin
Wanda (1970) Barbara Loden, US

Guido Bonsaver
West and Soda (1965) Bruno Bozzetto, Italy

Geoff Andrew
White Dog (1981) Samuel Fuller, US

Some surprising choices I'm sure you'll agree, quite a few I haven't had the opportunity to see. A lot of U.S. movies whereas I would have expected a broader choice nationality wise.

Cheers Trev.

Re: Sight & Sound - 75 Hidden Gems.

Postby wpqx » Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:14 pm

They weren't joking about "hidden" half of those films I've never heard of. A couple of films that I've seen on several lists but still can't find, but certainly a little more interesting than the usual Rules of the Game, Potemkin, Kane ass kissing fest that most of these lists turn out to be.

Re: Sight & Sound - 75 Hidden Gems.

Postby arsaib4 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:31 pm

An extremely interesting list. Since I like some of the choices (let's let Intimate Lighting slide) I might be compelled to track down the ones I've yet to see. Among recent films, I couldn't be happier about the inclusion of Le Pont des Arts, a "Hidden Gem" of the highest order -- directed by Eugne Green, who I love. Also pleasantly surprised regarding Alnoy's Elle est des ntres, a film I briefly wrote about under its English title, She's One of Us.

Re: Sight & Sound - 75 Hidden Gems.

Postby wpqx » Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:22 pm

From this list I've only seen:

El (1953) Luis Bunuel, Mexico

Force of Evil (1948) Abraham Polonsky, US

Grace of My Heart (1996) Allison Anders, US

The Insect Woman (1963) Imamura Shohei, Japan

Intimate Lighting (1965) Ivan Passer, Czechoslovakia

Leolo (1992) Jean-Claude Lauzon, Canada

Peter Ibbetson (1935) Henry Hathaway, US

The Ruling Class (1971) Peter Medak, UK

The Street with No Name (1948) William Keighley, US

Wanda (1970) Barbara Loden, US

White Dog (1981) Samuel Fuller, US

Good lord I have some work to do. Of the above Force of Evil and White Dog are probably the best, the latter much more deserving of being "discovered" because its never been released on video or DVD. Definitely have some work to do, and I'll go through this to see what's actually available here.

Re: Sight & Sound - 75 Hidden Gems.

Postby trevor826 » Sat Aug 11, 2007 10:57 am

I should spank myself (or preferably ask some nice girl to do it!) a couple of the Brit flicks have been screened recently on T.V. including The Pumpkin Eater (1964), and I've missed them.

Re: Intimate Lighting, when I saw it on the list I thought I should add it to my extensive list of must see films, from your comment arsaib4, I can only assume that's not the case.

To see, or not to see? That is the question.

Cheers Trev.

P.S. The biggest surprise to me was seeing Stir of Echoes (1999) listed, not exactly hidden or imho, a gem.

Re: Sight & Sound - 75 Hidden Gems.

Postby arsaib4 » Sat Aug 11, 2007 8:28 pm

Oh, so now Trevor adds in the critics (he should definitely be spanked by a nice girl), and not just run-of-the-mill ones either. I guess I should've figured that a such a list couldn't have come from writers and directors.

Intimate Lighting is a nice little film but me and wpqx believe that it doesn't quite deserve its "one of the best films of the 60's" moniker. I think the work has definitely benefitted from when it was released. It's possible that if I were to watch it again, I might appreciate it more.

Mller and Hoberman's selections are certainly ones I'd like to track down.

Re: Sight & Sound - 75 Hidden Gems.

Postby trevor826 » Sat Aug 11, 2007 9:02 pm

Sorry but it was a lot of work and I didn't have a great deal of time. I was hoping that Sight & Sound would put the list online but it didn't happen.

Cheers Trev.

Re: Sight & Sound - 75 Hidden Gems.

Postby arsaib4 » Sun Aug 12, 2007 2:50 am

If I'm not mistaken, the list was included in the August issue (I briefly browsed S&S at a book store; I don't subscribe to any film magazines anymore). Truly appreciate your effort, Trevor, especially if it wasn't made available online.

Re: Sight & Sound - 75 Hidden Gems.

Postby justindeimen » Sun Aug 12, 2007 2:56 am

I've only ever seen Leolo and Stir of Echoes on that list.

How annoying.

Re: Sight & Sound - 75 Hidden Gems.

Postby jcdavies » Mon Aug 13, 2007 5:24 pm

Well, i'd most like to see Marketa Lazarova + Mandala.

Of the 16 i've seen, Subarnarekha is the best; marvellous use of space + nature by Ghatak, the inventive left-wing Bengali director. It has some late nocturnal expressionist scenes that may bring to mind Cloud-Capped Star. I do find Bijon Bhattacharya, who played the father in the latter and the paternal friend in Subarnarekha, irritating; i suppose Ghatak picked him for parts, as his playwright friend from their challenging theatre days. Ghatak could be uneven, but made interesting use of lighting + sound. El is probably underrated Bunuel, a tale of male obsession + jealousy. Still, most of the 16 i wouldn't class as gems.

Sight + Sound is still too Anglo-American orientated for my lking.


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