Jonathan Rosenbaum's Additional Essential Films

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1.
Blind Husbands (1919)
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An Austrian officer sets out to seduce a neglected young wife. (99 mins.)
Director: Erich Stroheim
 
2.
Symphonie diaganale (1924 Short Film)
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A tilted figure, consisting largely of right angles at the beginning, grows by accretion, with the addition... (7 mins.)
Director: Viking Eggeling
 
3.
King Kong (1933)
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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
 
4.
The Patriots (1933)
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Outskirts is an internationally renowned masterpiece of early sound cinema. In a remote Russian village during World War I... (98 mins.)
Director: Boris Barnet
 
5.
Moscow Laughs (1934)
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Merry Fellows was the first Soviet musical comedy. Set in Odessa and Moscow in the 1930's. Shepherd... (96 mins.)
 
6.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
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A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. (100 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
7.
The Shanghai Gesture (1941)
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A young woman, Poppy, out for excitement in Shanghai, enters a gambling house owned by "Mother" Gin Sling... (95 mins.)
 
8.
I Married a Witch (1942)
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A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor. (77 mins.)
Director: Rene Clair
 
9.
Fantastic Night (1942)
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Denis is distracted: he's studying all day for philosophy exams and working all night at the flower market; plus... (103 mins.)
 
10.
A Canterbury Tale (1944)
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Three modern day pilgrims investigate a bizarre crime in a small town on the way to Canterbury. (124 mins.)
 
11.
Canyon Passage (1946)
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Businessman Logan Stuart is torn between his love of two very different women in 1850's Oregon and his loyalty to a compulsive gambler friend who goes over the line. (92 mins.)
 
12.
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
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Set to music, a symphony conductor envisions multiple possible scenarios for dealing with his wife's infidelity. (105 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
13.
Late Chrysanthemums (1954)
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What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money... (101 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
“ Late Chrysanthemus (Mikio Naruse) ” - KasparM
 
14.
Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)
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In 1927, a Kansas City, Missouri cornet player and his band perform nightly at a seedy speakeasy until a racketeer tries to extort them in exchange for protection. (95 mins.)
Director: Jack Webb
 
15.
Main Street (1956)
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A couple of friends decide to have a good time and play a trick on an unmarried woman. Therefore one of them has to pretend to fall in love with her. (99 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bardem
 
16.
Les espions (1957)
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A psychiatrist, desperate for money to keep his faltering practice running, makes a deal with a spy... (125 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
 
17.
Don Quixote (1992)
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The story of a Spanish gentlemen gone mad and his dim-witted squire sancho panza, who set forth on a journey to right wrongs and accomplish good deeds in the name of chivalry. (116 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Movie Theater Sequence from Unfinished film. Rosenbaum hates Franco's version ” - KasparM
 
18.
A Soft Note on a Sharp Scale (1961)
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A highly critical look at the role of "progressive" art and artists in a changing society. (134 mins.)
Director: Ritwik Ghatak
 
19.
Flaming Creatures (1963)
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With full disturbing and weirdo graphic plus sexual scenes, Flaming Creatures is one of most daring and controversial film of all time, According to Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures is a comedy in a haunted music studio. (45 mins.)
Director: Jack Smith
 
20.
The crown jewels of Iran (1965 Documentary)
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(15 mins.)
 
21.
Chimes at Midnight (1965)
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The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
22.
Kivski Freski (1966 Short Film)
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A short from Sergei Parajanov which combines various unused footage from his other films. (13 mins.)
 
23.
Army of Shadows (1969)
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An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. (145 mins.)
 
24.
Umbracle (1970)
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Absurd protest film set in Francoist Spain. (85 mins.)
Director: Pere Portabella
 
25.
Appointment in Bray (1971)
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In 1917, the First World War is raging. Julien is from Luxemburg, so instead of having to go to war he studies piano in Paris... (90 mins.)
Director: André Delvaux
 
26.
Winter Soldier (1972 Documentary)
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For three days in 1971, former US soldiers who were in Vietnam testify in Detroit about their war experiences... (96 mins.)
 
27.
The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
The story of a legendary director named J.J. "Jake" Hannaford, who returns to Hollywood from years of semi-exile in Europe, with plans to complete work on his own innovative comeback movie, also titled "The Other Side of the Wind".
Director: Orson Welles
 
28.
Warsaw Bridge (1989)
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A female professor, a writer, and an orchestra conductor -three characters, two couples- attend a grand literary cocktail party... (85 mins.)
Director: Pere Portabella
 
29.
Balkan Inventory (2000 Documentary)
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(63 mins.)
 
30.
Porto of My Childhood (2001)
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The city of Porto viewed by the intimate eye of Manoel de Oliveira. (61 mins.)
 
31.
Silence... We're Rolling (2001)
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Drama about Malak, a rich and famous singing star who, when her husband leaves her, takes up with the younger, handsome Lamei. What Malak can't see - but her family can - is that Lamei is only after her money. (102 mins.)
Director: Youssef Chahine
 
32.
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
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A series of vignettes that all have coffee and cigarettes in common. (95 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
33.
The Corporation (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance. (145 mins.)
 
34.
Not on the Lips (2003)
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A musical drawing room farce set in Paris in October, 1925. Gilberte, in middle-age, flirts with men but loves her husband Georges... (115 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
35.
The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
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A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize. (100 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
36.
Before Sunset (2004)
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Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. (80 mins.)
 
37.
Tea-Horse Road Series: Delamu (2004 Documentary)
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Delamu ¨C Tibetan for "Peace Angel". Since ancient times, China's two primary land routes connecting... (110 mins.)
 
38.
Ten Skies (2004 Documentary)
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An experimental film portraying different skies in very long takes. (101 mins.)
Director: James Benning
 
39.
The World (2004)
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An exploration on the impact of urbanization and globalization on a traditional culture. (143 mins.)
Director: Zhangke Jia
 
40.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
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When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (119 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
41.
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004 Mini-Series)
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A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain. (157 mins.)
 
42.
Star Spangled to Death (2004 Documentary)
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(402 mins.)
Director: Ken Jacobs
 
43.
Yes (2004)
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In this film, told almost entirely in iambic pentameter, She is a scientist in a loveless marriage to Anthony... (100 mins.)
Director: Sally Potter
 
44.
A History of Violence (2005)
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A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core. (96 mins.)
 
45.
Away from Her (2006)
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A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home. (110 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
 
46.
Bamako (2006)
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Bamako. Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the couple is on the verge of breaking up... (115 mins.)
 
47.
Black Book (2006)
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In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance. (145 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
48.
Citadel (2006 Documentary)
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(93 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
49.
Private Fears in Public Places (2006)
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In Paris, six people all look for love, despite typically having their romantic aspirations dashed at every turn. (120 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
50.
The Dead Girl (2006)
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The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect. (85 mins.)
Director: Karen Moncrieff
 
51.
Find Me Guilty (2006)
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In the late 1980s, a low level gangster named Jackie DiNorscio defends himself in court in what became the longest criminal trial in American judicial history. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
52.
Inland Empire (2006)
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As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal. (180 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
53.
Offside (2006)
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Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums. (93 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
 
54.
Requiem from Java (2006)
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Setyo (Martinus Miroto) and Siti (Artika Sari Dewi) are young married couple with a classic domestic issue: communication... (120 mins.)
Director: Garin Nugroho
 
55.
Still Life (2006)
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A town in Fengjie county is gradually being demolished and flooded to make way for the Three Gorges Dam. A man and woman visit the town to locate their estranged spouses, and become witness to the societal changes. (111 mins.)
Director: Zhangke Jia
 
56.
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006 Mini-Series)
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An examination of the U.S. government's role and its response to Hurricane Katrina. (255 mins.)
 
57.
I'm Not There. (2007)
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Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work. (135 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
58.
To Be Continued (2007 Short Film)
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An experimental film which combines folk tales and dreams with vivid images and sounds from nature. (22 mins.)
Director: Amit Dutta
 
59.
Secret Sunshine (2007)
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A woman moves to the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to fit in, another tragic event overturns her life. (142 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
 
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