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Cultural 100.

Postby Johndav » Tue Dec 27, 2005 10:53 am

O.k. Here's my overall cultural top 100, with 25 each of films, books, paintings and music. Feel free to submit have a different number of your own favourites, and in any combinations.

Sansho the Bailiff (Mzoguchi)
Mirror (Tarkovsky)
Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky)
Paris, Texas (Wenders)
The Green Ray (Rohmer)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
Celine and Julie go Boating (Rivette)
Maborosi (Kore-eda)
L'Avventura (Antonioni)
Sunrise (Murnau)
North by Northwest (Hitchcock)
Alice in the Cities (Wenders)
Some Like it Hot (Wilder)
Tales of the Taira Clan (Mizoguchi)
Pierrot le Fou (Godard)
La Regle du Jeu (Renoir)
Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
Tokyo Story (Ozu)
Vertigo (Hitchcock)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (Ophuls)
Pather Panchali (Ray)
Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (Mizoguchi)
Casablanca (Curtiz)
Mulholland Dr (Lynch)
The Band Wagon (Minnelli)

The Wind in the Willows (Grahame)
The Little Prince (St Exupery)
House of the Spirits (Allende)
Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
Pillow Book (Sei Shonagon)
Tom Jones (Fielding)
Cutting it Short/ The Little Town where Time Stood Still (Hrabal)
Jacques le Fataliste (Diderot)
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (Murakami)
The Poems of Li Po
Madame Bovary (Flaubert)
The Alchemist (Coelho)
Life of Pi (Martel)
Nature Diary (Whiteley)
Tales (Miyazawa)
Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
Manon Lescaut (Prevost)
Evening Clouds (Shono)
Macbeth (Shakespeare)
Snow Country (Kawabata)
The Master and Margarita (Bulgakov)
The Poems of Keats
The Summer Book (Jansson)
1984 (Orwell)
Slaughterhouse 5 (Vonnegut)

100 Famous Views of Edo (Hiroshige)
Whistlejacket (Stubbs)
Girl with a Pearl Earring (Vermeer)
Las Meninas (Velasquez)
Hunters in the Snow (Bruegel)
Ginevra de Benci (Leonardo da Vinci)
The Fighting Temeraire (Turner)
Ville d'Avray (Corot)
Bougival, 1876 (Sisley)
A Wall in Naples (Thomas Jones)
Woman with a Balance (Vermeer)
Ranuccio Farnese (Titian)
Norham Castle: Sunrise (Turner)
A Girl Reading (Fragonard)
The Seine at Argenteuil, 1873 (Monet)
The Precious Book (Gwen John)
Early Spring (Guo Xi)
36 Views of Mt Fuji (Hokusai)
Tiger in a Storm (Rousseau)
Storm, Trearddur (Kyffin Williams)
Ancient Sound (Klee)
Starry Night (Van Gogh)
Jacob Blessing (Rembrandt)
The Bar at the Folies-Bergere (Manet)
Olympia (Manet)

The Art of Amalia (Amalia Rodriguez)
2nd Symphony (Sibelius)
Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen)
Concierto de Aranjuez (Rodrigo)
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (Elton John)
Vltava (Smetana)
Verdi + Tchaikovsky arias (Dmitri Hvorostovsky)
7th Symphony (Beethoven)
O.K.Computer (Radiohead)
My Way: The Best of (Frank Sinatra)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Rachmaninov)
23rd Piano Concerto- 2nd movement (Mozart)
Violin Concerto (Sibelius)
Com que Voz (Amalia Rodriguez)
Pastoral Symphony (Beethoven)
La Boheme (Puccini)
2nd Piano Concerto (Rachmaninov)
La Traviata (Verdi)
Carmen (Bizet)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John)
Great C Major Symphony (Schubert)
Revolver (The Beatles)
1st Symphony (Mahler)
The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd)
The Protecting Veil (Tavener)

Re: Cultural 100.

Postby wpqx » Thu Dec 29, 2005 6:57 pm

An interesting list, but I'm completely ignorant towards paintings.

Re: Cultural 100.

Postby Johndav » Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:21 pm

Well, give us some books then! And any unusual world music would be much appreciated everyone: i'm no music expert at all (obvious from inclusion of Elton you may be thinking), but Amalia Rodriguez (Portuguese fado) is the best thing in the world, by far! Sends shivers down the spine.

Re: Cultural 100.

Postby trevor826 » Wed Jan 04, 2006 10:38 am

I'll definitely give this one a go, should be quite a strange mix.

Cheers Trev.

Re: Cultural 100.

Postby Johndav » Wed Jan 04, 2006 12:24 pm

Did you notice there are 3 Welsh painters represented in my list?- yet hardly known as a Welsh speciality. There was a great exhibition of Thomas Jones a year or 2 back at Cardiff; A Wall in Naples brought tears to my eyes, something that's never happened with a painting before. I was reeling. The most unpretentious little thing but on its own terms quite perfect. He was well ahead of his time, seems really modern, (in fact the first painting i saw by him i thought was from the 2nd half of the 20th century!) is now starting to get some recognition. I was surprised to find the picture on the back cover of an Italian selection of world paintings. Kyffin Williams has quietly become an old master of seascapes- his later stuff from the 1990's on is really accomplished, and it's time he was given proper recognition in England, but i suppose most British art critics and prizes are too stuck with bankrupt shock-shock concept art like Tracy Emin, as if Duchamp hadn't happened nearly 100 years ago. These critics love to imagine such work is challenging + revolutionary, but seems to me they're in a 60's art college rut, and made fools by their egos, showing off their depth of understanding and daring attitudes by giving all sorts of meanings to works that are actually very shallow. Their horror of figurative art (as if passe and reactionary) is like film critics despising Ozu or Jean Renoir as too old-fashioned.

Re: Cultural 100.

Postby madhuban » Sat Jan 14, 2006 6:30 pm

john, your list inspired me to try my hand at this! but i'll go slow and put down my top 25 for books first. And again they are in no particular order. Regarding non-English works, I've restricted myself to what is available in translation.


1. Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
2. If On a Winter's Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino
3. Love In The Time Of Cholera/ No One Writes To The Colonel - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4. Labyrinths - Jorge Luis Borges
5. A Perfect Peace - Amos Oz
6. In an Antique Land - Amitav Ghosh
7. Poems of Paul Celan
8. Everything that Shakespeare ever wrote (if i'm forced to choose, then "Macbeth"...also for the widely different interpretations of it in film, like Polanski's "Macbeth", Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood", Wajda's "Siberian Lady Macbeth", ", Vishal Bharadwaj's "Maqbool" and so on)
9. Perfume - Patrick Suskind (Tom Tykwer's film based on this novel in in looking forward to it)
10. The Idiot - Dostoevsky
11. Everything by Michel Foucault ("This Is Not A Pipe" on Magritte's paintings, occupy a special place)
12. Ulysses - James Joyce
13. Poems of Constantine Cavafy
14. Poems of Miroslav Holub
15. Another Life - Derek Walcott
16. Poems of Ted Hughes, especially "Crow"
17. The Joke - Milan Kundera
18. The Flowers of Evil - Charles Baudelaire
19. Four Quartets - T. S. Eliot
20. And Really Frau Blum Would Very Much Like to Meet the Milkman - Peter Bichsel
21. The Tin Drum - Gunter Grass
22. The Castle - Franz Kafka
23. The Arcades Project - Walter Benjamin
24. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
25. In The Forest (Aranyak) - Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay

There is a lot I've left out. The hazards of lists!!!


Re: Cultural 100.

Postby Johndav » Sun Jan 15, 2006 10:19 am

I was tempted to include Borges' The Garden of Forking Paths, which i think is the best short story of all; others i've read by him were interesting but not quite up to that phenomenal standard. Forking Paths seems to encompass the whole universe, wthin a little espionage thriller. I've tried your top 4 (well not Marquez' Colonel) so next logical step would seem to be Oz + Ghosh.

Re: Cultural 100.

Postby Johndav » Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:07 am

I'm glad i did this thread! A whole new Indian world is opening up. Having taken a look over at Amazon, i've decided to take a chance on 4 different ones mainly cos the subject + reviews make them sound my cup of tea):

Clear Light of Day- Desai
Interpreter of Maladies- Lahiri
A Fine Balance- Mistry
The Hungry Tide- Ghosh.

The God of Small Things already on the way.

And of course i really should get round to Midnight's Children, which was voted best Booker prize winner of the last 25 years i think. I couldn't find any review of In the Forest- so can you say something about it?

Re: Cultural 100.

Postby madhuban » Sun Jan 15, 2006 12:18 pm


Just looked up "Aranyak" (In the forest) and found a review of the new translation. Check this link:
Ignore my earlier English title. Rimli Bhattacharya is a very good translator. If you do buy this, go for this new translation published from Seagull Books.

I think that Amitav Ghosh is the greatest novelist, writing in English, to come out of India. As an anthropologist, he brings a certain rigour to novel writing, that is seldom found among writers. You can safely pick up anything that he's ever written. Rushdie, according to me, never recaptured the magic of "Midnight's children" ever again, though I am yet to read "Shalimar, the Clown". Rushdie, of course, was hugely influenced by "The Tin Drum". So, if you haven't read that, one following the other might be a great idea.

I found Anita Desai's "Clear Light of Day" a rather mediocre Woolfian novel, without her intensity though. Jhumpa Lahiri is too much hype. Try them anyways. Rohinton Mistry is very good. He just missed being on my top 25 list. Lots of Latin American writers were also strong contenders for the list. Since, I tried to keep a healthy balance between poetry and fiction, I had to leave them out.


Re: Cultural 100.

Postby A » Tue Jan 17, 2006 11:36 pm

Ok, I also haven`t done this yet, as I can`t come up with all the names of my favorite paintings... , but I`ll give it a start with my favoriute 25 books.
Madhuban inspired me

In no definite order here are my 25 favorite books (tried to find english translations if possible). It was quite hard work pressing my memory to come up with the titles, and I may have forgotten some that are better than the ones mentioned (will edit it in the future). Listed alphabetically:

1984 - George Orwell
Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce
Almost transparent Blue - Ryu Murakami
America - Franz Kafka
Andr Bazin - Dudley Andrew
Being Dead - Jim Crace
Desire under the Elms - Eugene O`Neill
Don Quijote - Miguel Cervantes
Entsichert: Krieg als Massenkultur im 21. Jahrhundert - Tom Holert, Mark Terkessidis
It - Stephen King
Moon Palace - Paul Auster
Nip the buds shoot the kids - Kenzaburo Oe
On Baile`s Strand - William Butler Yeats
Our inner Conflicts - Karen Horney
Pigeons on the Grass - Wolfgang Koeppen
The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Blue Bear - Walter Moers
The Bathroom - Jean-Philippe Toussaint
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhiker`s Guide through the Galaxy (all 5 novels combined) - Douglas Adams
The Physicists - Friedrich Drrenmatt
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
Thus spake Zarathustra - Friedrich Nietzsche
Trnen sind immer das Ende - Akif Pirincci
What is cinema? - collections of essays by Andr Bazin
Writings by Jiddu Krishnamurti (doesn't matter which compilation)


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