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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

On Blu-ray - Some of Scott Murray's Top Ten

People usually stare in blank amazement when I answer the inevitable question as to my Top 10 Movies of All Time. To most they are bizarrely obscure. (Fortunately, Adrian Martin beats me on that score!) Still, I never imagined that they would one day ever all appear on Blu-ray. 

Certainly not Bresson's Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)but that came out last year in Japan. And Lilith (Robert Rossen, 1964) is also available (albeit wrongly cropped) and Erice's El Sur (1983) (in a good Spanish version, but with a no-doubt-better Criterion coming) and Welles' The Lady from Shanghai(1947, many attempts and just one perfect) and ... and hopefully The Red and the White(Miklos Jancso, 1967)) soon. 

And a treasure is coming in days. It's a bit of a cheat because I have a rule of one film per director and some days it is Love Affair(1939) and other days it's The Awful Truth (1937) and some days Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), the only film, Welles said, which could make a stone cry. 

Pierre Rissient (when he isn't talking about Raoul Walsh) argues McCarey is the best of all because he made masterpieces in four to five different genres, something no one else has come close to doing. Pierre, as always, makes a good point.






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