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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A Parlour Game - Barrie Patison responds to Sight & Sound's top 250 films

Folks if you go to this page on the Sight & Sound site Best Films Ever  You get the full list of 250 films voted upon at the last Critics’ Poll in 2012. The last films mentioned are a whole bunch you assume got a small number of votes and thus rated equal 235th. Supercinephile Barrie Pattison has cast his own forensic over the list and fired in this note. He writes: Rather than analyze or comment I thought it would be more interesting to list the one’s I haven’t seen. I didn’t include the ones I walked out of or the one the projectionist at the London NFT took off after five minutes. Surprisingly few repeat offenders among the makers.


Three Colours: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski 1994) @ 235
The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr) @ =202
A Tale of Tales, (Yuri Norstein1979) @ =202
West of the Tracks (Wang Bing 2002) @ =202
The Devil Probably, (Robert Bresson 1977) @=202
The Werckmeister Harmonies, (Béla Tarr 2000) @ 154
Out 1 (Jacques Rivette 1990) @ 127
Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Mambéty 1973) @ 93
Marketa Lazarová (Frantisek Vlácil 1967) @ 48
Histoire(s) du cinéma (Jean-Luc Godard)

It might have been interesting to play this off against a list of the ones I wish I hadn’t seen but I’m already bored with this. 

Editor's Note If anyone else wants to hit the link, go through the same process and send a list I’ll be happy to post it while waiting for something more to happen. Perhaps that something more will be at the Sydney Film Festival starting next week.

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