The Discreet Bourgeois

Possessed by an urgency to make sure all this stuff I love doesn't just disappear

The Last Ten Films I’ve Seen


  1. Ugetsu Monogatari (Kenji Mizoguchi)
  2. Heroes For Sale (William Wellman)
  3. Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman)
  4. The Queen (Stephen Frears)
  5. Equinox Flower (Yasujiro Ozu)
  6. Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
  7. The Harmonium In My Memory (Young-jae Lee )
  8. The In-Laws (Arthur Hiller)
  9. Miss Julie (Alf Sjöberg)
  10. Torment (Alf Sjöberg)


1- Seeing Bergman’s trilogy again after many decades has been a very satisfying experience. What the hell did I make of these movies when I was 15 years old?

2- Watching The Queen again makes me realize yet again how irrelevant the Oscars are. Does anyone remember The Departed now?  Who would rather watch Gandhi than E.T?  The awards and the rankings just appear more and more ridiculous to me as time goes on.

3- What a treat to watch two films by Alf Sjöberg back to back while working my way again through Ingmar Bergman’s oeuvre.  Alf Sjöberg was one of Bergman’s mentor’s and indeed, Torment was Bergman’s first screenplay.It contains all the delightful misanthropy we have come to expect from him.   I thoroughly enjoyed Miss Julie, as well.  I remember that it was frequently programmed in the New York City revival houses of my youth, but since it was in Swedish and not  by Bergman, I gave it a pass. Ah, youth.

2 thoughts on “The Last Ten Films I’ve Seen

  1. First things first:) I just left a reply on your post about Japanese cinema. Great stuff:) I love numbers 1,3 and 6. I also really like numbers 4 and 5. I may have seen the others, but it has been a long time. Although, I thought The Departed was very good (* * * 1/2 out of * * * *), I will admit that Best Picture should have gone to Letters from Iwo Jima which came out that same year (Pan’s Labyrinth should have won Foreign Language film). Anyway, If you are interested in some of my new blog entries, in the archives on my site I have a blog post in regards to my favorite films by director Alfred Hitchcock. Here is the link below:

    P.S. Keep up the great work as always:)

  2. Hi John I really loved Letters from Iwo Jima, too, especially in contrast to Flags of Our Fathers, which no one seemed to like much at the time. I’m going to check out your Hitchcock list now.

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