Yeah…. finally a film guide that makes a bit of sense. Two more copies available at Borders in Berjaya Times Square. I do recommend this book above others, including, yes, The Great Movies series by Roger Ebert and definitely above the The A List: The National Society of Film Critics’ 100 Essential Films. Anyone who wants to be “educated” in movies, to speak bombastically, should watch every one of the movies recommended in this book, and that includes me since there are many in this book that I have not watched but “knows” that they are great movies, and from the selection pattern/decision, I project that the other movies recommended are good as well. At least it will give one a rather well rounded appreciation of world cinema compared to others that I have read.

Just take a look at the table of contents:

Table of Contents

L’Age d’Or (Luis Buñuel, 1930).
The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese, 1993).
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974).
Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tartovsky, 1969).
The Apu Trilogy (Satyajit Ray): Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1957), The World of Apu (1959).
L’Argent (Robert Bresson, 1983).
L’Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934).
Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966).
L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960).
Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara, 1992).
Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975).
The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1965).
Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999).
Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004).
Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel, 1967).
The Bicycle Thief (Vittorio de Sica, 1948).
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963).
Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966).
Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986).
Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960).
Café Lumière (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2003).
Ceddo (Ousmane Sembene, 1977).
Céline and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette, 1974).
The Chelsea Girls (Andy Worhol, 1966).
Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974).
Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1994).
Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941).
Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990).
The Color of Pomegranates (Sergei Paradjanov, 1968).
The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970).
Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963).
Cutter and Bone/Cutter’s Way (Ivan Passer, 1981).
Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai, 1991).
Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995).
Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, 1988).
The Decalogue (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1989).
The Devil, Probably (Robert Bresson, 1977).
Distant Voices, Still Lives (Terence Davies, 1988).
Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989).
Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003).
Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001).
Earth (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1930).
Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977).
The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi, 1981).
F for Fake (Orson Welles, 1974).
Faces (John Cassavetes, 1968).
Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999).
Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith, 1963).
The Flower Thief (Ron Rice, 1960).
Flowing/Late Chrysanthemums (Mikio Naruse, 1956/1954).
Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1964).
Glen or Glenda? (Edward D. Wood, 1953).
Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis, 1949).
Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978).
The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin, 2000).
A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005).
Horse Thief (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1986).
The House Is Black (Forugh Farrokhzad, 1963).
I e Huckabees (David O. Russell, 2004).
Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954).
The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, 1983).
Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955).
Landscape in the Mist (Theo Angelopoulos, 1988).
Love Streams (John Cassavetes, 1984).
The Lovers on the Bridge (Leos Carax, 1991).
M (Fritz Lang, 1931).
The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942).
The Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929).
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971).
The Merchant of Four Seasons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972).
Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001).
Naked (Mike Leigh, 1993).
Night and Fog in Japan (Nagisa Oshima, 1960).
Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero, 1968).
Los Olvidados (Luis Buñuel, 1950).
Once upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968).
Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947).
Peking Opera Blues (Tsui Hark, 1986).
Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966).
Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959).
Pierrot le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965).
Pink Flamingos (John Waters, 1972).
Platform (Jia Zhangke, 2000).
Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967).
The Portrait of a Lady (Jane Campion, 1996).
The Power of Kwangwon Province (Hong Sang-soo, 1998).
Primer (Shane Carruth, 2004).
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960).
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994).
Punishment Park (Peter Watkins, 1971).
The Puppet Master (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1993).
Real Life (Albert Brooks, 1979).
Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954).
Reds (Warren Beatty, 1981).
Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995).
Salesman (Albert Maysles, 1969).
Sans Soleil (Chris Marker , 1983).
Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954).
Sátántangó (Béla Tarr, 1994).
Scenes from under Childhood Section 1-4 (Stan Brakhage, 1970).
The Searchers (John Ford, 1956).
Shadows (John Cassavetes, 1958/1959).
Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927).
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (Todd Haynes, 1987).
Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976).
That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Buñuel, 1977).
There’s Something about Mary (Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly, 1998).
The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1988).
The Thin Red Line (Terrence Mallick, 1998).
El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970).
Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies under America (Craig Baldwin, 1992).
Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004).
Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932).
Two or Three Things I Know about Her (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967).
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968).
Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992).
Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade, 1915).
Vengeance is Mine (Shohei Imamura, 1979).
Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958).
Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983).
Zero for Conduct (Jean Vigo, 1933).

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