My Best Films of 1989

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1.
The Decalogue (1989 Mini-Series)
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Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments. (572 mins.)
 
2.
The Asthenic Syndrome (1990)
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In the old days it was called hypochrondria, or black melancholia. Now, apparently, it's termed the Asthenic Syndrome... (153 mins.)
Director: Kira Muratova
 
3.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
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On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
4.
Sweetie (1989)
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Based solely on a tea leaf reading, superstitious and introspective Kay believes she and Louis are destined to fall in love with each other... (97 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
5.
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
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An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman. (104 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
6.
Les baisers de secours (1989)
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The familiar conflicts of a film director planning to make a movie about his life and the confrontation he has with his wife, an actress who was turned down for such project in which she wanted to play herself. (90 mins.)
Director: Philippe Garrel
 
7.
Monsieur Hire (1989)
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A recluse is accused of murdering a young woman simply because his neighbors think he is strange. (81 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
8.
A City of Sadness (1989)
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A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers. (157 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
 
9.
Arousi-ye Khouban (1989)
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Haji is severely traumatized by the war with Iraq. Back from the front, he's unable to adapt to civilian life... (75 mins.)
 
10.
The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
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After serving time for murder, Josh Hutton returns to his home town where me meets Audry Hugo. No one can remember exactly what Josh did... (90 mins.)
Director: Hal Hartley
 
11.
Pièce touchée (1989 Short Film)
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Arnold's original material is a piece of found-footage from the 50s. 18 seconds long and very typical for the period... (16 mins.)
Director: Martin Arnold
 
12.
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
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The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husbands restaurant. (124 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
13.
Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?: A Zen Fable (1989)
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Three people live in a remote Buddhist monastery near Mount Chonan: Hyegok, the old master; Yong Nan... (137 mins.)
Director: Yong-Kyun Bae
 
14.
Route One USA (1989 Documentary)
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(255 mins.)
Director: Robert Kramer
 
15.
Last Images of the Shipwreck (1989)
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(131 mins.)
Director: Eliseo Subiela
 
16.
Mr. Hoover and I (1989 Documentary)
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(86 mins.)
 
17.
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
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A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law. (102 mins.)
 
18.
Iskanderija, kaman oue kaman (1989)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Youssef Chahine
 
19.
The Seventh Continent (1989)
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A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
20.
The Icicle Thief (1989)
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A movie resembling Bicycle Thieves is shown on TV, but the real-life world gets muddled with the film and the TV commercials. (94 mins.)
 
21.
The Gang of Four (1989)
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A drama following 4 women at stage school. Considered by some to be the summation of director Jacques Rivette's work as a whole. (160 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
22.
Interrogation (1989)
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Tonia goes out drinking. She wakes up in prison, not having a clue why she's there. She is tortured to encourage her to confess to a crime she is not aware of. (118 mins.)
 
23.
Speaking Parts (1989)
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A struggling actor's job as a hotel custodian is a front for his real job: being rented out as a gigolo by his supervisor... (93 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
24.
Roger & Me (1989 Documentary)
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Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing. (91 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
25.
Santa Sangre (1989)
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A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child... (123 mins.)
 
26.
Rumpelstilzchen (1989 Short Film)
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(14 mins.)
Director: Jürgen Reble
 
27.
Things I Like, Things I Don't Like (1989 Short Film)
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A 9 minute comedy starring Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen). Featuring muted colors with a sepia black and white... (8 mins.)
 
28.
Black Rain (1989)
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The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel. (123 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
29.
Say Anything... (1989)
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A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. (100 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
30.
Maria (1975 Short Film)
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(40 mins.)
 
31.
My Left Foot (1989)
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Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
32.
Longtime Companion (1989)
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The emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s. (96 mins.)
Director: Norman René
 
33.
The Big Dis (1989)
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A young black soldier (James Haig), home on his first leave after basic training, has only one thought on his mind... (84 mins.)
 
34.
Les sièges de l'Alcazar (1989)
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Paris, 1955. Guy, film critic of the Cahiers du Cinéma, often goes to see the films of Vittorio Cottafavi in a local cinema... (54 mins.)
Director: Luc Moullet
 
35.
Jesus of Montreal (1989)
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A group of actors put on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church while the actors' lives themselves begin to mirror the Passion itself. (118 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
36.
Et la lumière fut (1989)
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The film depicts daily life in an Senegalian village. The people sleep, eat, make love, pray for rain... (105 mins.)
Director: Otar Iosseliani
 
37.
Creature Comforts (1989 Short Film)
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A humourous and thought provoking view of what animals in zoos might be thinking about their captivity and surroundings. (5 mins.)
Director: Nick Park
 
38.
Undergångens arkitektur (1989 Documentary)
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An absorbing and chilling documentary about the National Socialist aesthetic, and how attempts to create... (119 mins.)
Director: Peter Cohen