- Daisies (Vera Chytilová)
- The Death Kiss (Edwin L. Marin)
- The Tomb of Ligeia (Roger Corman)
- Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch)
- The Story of a Prostitute (Seijun Suzuki)
- Boy (Nagisa Oshima)
- The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
- Voyage In Italy (Roberto Rossellini)
- The Insect Woman (Shohei Imamura)
- Upstream (John Ford)
— (I had a big backlog so please forgive the posting of two ‘last ten’ lists in a row)
1- TCM provided a wonderful service this fall by showing the complete, 15-part documentary The Story of Film by Mark Cousins. What made the broadcast of the series even more satisfying was that TCM complemented it by showing many of the films mentioned in the course of the documentary. Daisies was shown as part of a look at the New Wave all around the world. In the beginning, I was enjoying it tremendously as it appeared to be a slightly earlier, Czech version of my beloved Celine and Julie Go Boating. After about 45 minutes or so, it just became grating. I was glad to have had the chance to see it, though.
2- The Story of a Prostitute , Boy and The Insect Woman were revelations. I have spent a lot of time in the rarefied world of Ozu and Naruse and Mizoguchi. It was very satisfying to watch these films by some of the messier, later Japanese masters. The Story of a Prostitute was particularly dazzling.
3- Watching Boy and The White Ribbon made for a troubling but powerful double feature on child abuse. I was glad to see a film by Michael Haneke at last. I found The White Ribbon thrillingly beautiful. I am still too chicken to watch Funny Games.
4- Upstream was a once-lost film by John Ford recently found in a New Zealand archive. This silent film was a delightful, light comic story of actors in a boarding house. Is there no end to John Ford’s versatility?