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A Century of Films

Derek Malcolm's Personal Best

From The Guardian (UK). Mr. Malcolm wrote about one film per week for two years, from January 1999 to January 2001. In no particular order, one film per director. Published in book form in 2000.

  1. Johnny Guitar (1954, Nicholas Ray)
  2. The Travelling Players (1975, Theo Angelopoulos)
  3. The Crowd (1928, King Vidor)
  4. The Passenger (1975, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  5. The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964, Pier Paolo Passolini)
  6. Breathless (1959, Jean-Luc Godard)
  7. Ashes and Diamonds (1958, Andrzej Wajda)
  8. The Leopard (1963, Luchino Visconti)
  9. Oh, Mr. Porter! (1937, Marcel Varnel)
  10. Day of Wrath (1943, Carl Dreyer)
  11. Jules et Jim (1961, Francois Truffaut)
  12. Fantasia (1940, Walt Disney Productions)
  13. Nanook of the North (1922, Robert Flaherty)
  14. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  15. Boy (1969, Nagisa Oshima)
  16. The Earrings of Madame de... (1953, Max Ophuls)
  17. Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)
  18. A Night at the Opera (1935, Sam Wood)
  19. The Battle of Algiers (1965, Gillo Pontecorvo)
  20. Trash (1970, Paul Morrissey)
  21. Andrei Rublev (1966, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  22. The Conqueror Worm (1968, Michael Reeves)
  23. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
  24. Memories of Underdevelopment (1968, Tomas Gutierrez Alea)
  25. The Birth of a Nation (1915, D.W. Griffith)
  26. Throne of Blood (1957, Akira Kurosawa)
  27. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974, Werner Herzog)
  28. Burden of Dreams (1982, Les Blank)
  29. The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  30. Salvatore Giuliano (1961, Francesco Rosi)
  31. Xala (1974, Ousmane Sembene)
  32. Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
  33. Pickpocket (1959, Robert Bresson)
  34. Greed (1925, Erich von Stroheim)
  35. Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)
  36. Spirit of the Beehive (1978, Victor Erice)
  37. Freaks (1932, Tod Browning)
  38. Blanche (1971, Walerian Borowczyk)
  39. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956, Fritz Lang)
  40. Cuba Si! (1961, Chris Marker)
  41. La Femme Infidele (1970, Claude Chabrol)
  42. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  43. The Rise to Power of Louis XIV (1966, Roberto Rossellini)
  44. Le Samourai (1967, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  45. Sons of the Desert (1933, William A. Seiter)
  46. The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (1939, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  47. The King of Marvin Gardens (1972, Bob Rafelson)
  48. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  49. Shoah (1985, Claude Lanzmann)
  50. Closely Watched Trains (1966, Jiri Menzel)
  51. The Time to Live and the Time to Die (1985, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  52. The Scarlet Empress (1934, Josef von Sternberg)
  53. Sullivan's Travels (1941, Preston Sturges)
  54. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  55. Raise the Red Lantern (1992, Zhang Yimou)
  56. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971, Robert Altman)
  57. A Short Film About Killing (1988, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  58. Welfare (1975, Frederick Wiseman)
  59. The Wind (1928, Victor Sjostrom)
  60. Man of the West (Anthony Mann)
  61. Triumph of the Will (1934, Leni Riefenstahl)
  62. Broadway Danny Rose (1984, Woody Allen)
  63. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
  64. Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
  65. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949, Robert Hamer)
  66. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
  67. LBJ and Others (1962, Santiago Alvares)
  68. The Band Wagon (1953, Vincente Minnelli)
  69. Viridiana (1961, Luis Bunuel)
  70. The Night of the Hunter (1955, Charles Laughton)
  71. Fires Were Started (1943, Humphrey Jennings)
  72. Monsieur Verdoux (1947, Charles Chaplin)
  73. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  74. Beauty and the Beast (1946, Jean Cocteau)
  75. Rio Bravo (1959, Howard Hawks)
  76. Brief Encounter (1945, David Lean)
  77. WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971, Dusan Makavejev)
  78. The Music Room (1960, Satyajit Ray)
  79. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976, John Cassavetes)
  80. La Collectionneuse (1967, Eric Rohmer)
  81. The Philadelphia Story (1940, George Cukor)
  82. Manila: In the Claws of Darkness (1975, Lino Brocka)
  83. Pakeezah (1971, Kamal Amrohi)
  84. Fat City (1972, John Huston)
  85. Kes (1969, Ken Loach)
  86. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939, John Ford)
  87. Strike (1924, Sergei Eisenstein)
  88. Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932, Jean Renoir)
  89. Shock Corridor (1963, Samuel Fuller)
  90. Antonio das Mortes (1969, Glauber Rocha)
  91. Love (1971, Karoly Makk)
  92. Paths of Glory (1957, Stanley Kubrick)
  93. Kings of the Road (1976, Wim Wenders)
  94. The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978, Ermanno Olmi)
  95. Behind the Green Door (1972, Mitchell Brothers)
  96. Pandora's Box (1928, G.W. Pabst)
  97. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933, Frank Capra)
  98. The Round-Up (1965, Miklos Jancso)
  99. Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles)
  100. Last Tango in Paris (1972, Bernardo Bertolucci)

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