Episode 8: The Story of Film: An Odyssey

by Barbara Ann O'Leary | created - 25 Dec 2012 | updated - 08 Apr 2013 | Public

Films referenced in Episode 8, which I want to watch - either again or for the first time. 1965-1969: New Waves - Sweep Around the World.

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1. Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958)

15 min | Short

6.9
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Two men emerge from the sea onto the beach carrying a large wooden wardrobe with a mirror on its front. After the two men clean up and rejoice being in this new environment, they proceed to... See full summary »

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jakub Goldberg, Henryk Kluba, Andrzej Kondratiuk, Barbara Lass

Votes: 2,066

2. Hamlet (1948)

Unrated | 154 min | Drama

7.8
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Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, John Laurie, Esmond Knight

Votes: 12,849

3. Knife in the Water (1962)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Anna Ciepielewska

Votes: 16,359

4. Dance of the Vampires (1967)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

7.3
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A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass, Jessie Robins

Votes: 24,949

5. Ruka (1965)

18 min | Animation, Short, Horror

8.0
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A happy little potter is approached by a huge hand which wants him to sculpt its statue. The potter refuses, wanting nothing more than to be left alone with his only friend, a potted plant.... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Trnka

Votes: 1,194

6. The Firemen's Ball (1967)

Not Rated | 73 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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A volunteer fire department throws a party for their former boss with the whole town invited, but nothing goes as planned.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jan Vostrcil, Josef Sebánek, Josef Valnoha, Frantisek Debelka

Votes: 7,023

7. The Red and the White (1967)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, War

7.8
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In 1919, Hungarian Communists aid the Bolsheviks' defeat of Czarists, the Whites. Near the Volga, a monastery and a field hospital are held by one side then the other. Captives are executed... See full summary »

Director: Miklós Jancsó | Stars: József Madaras, Tibor Molnár, András Kozák, Jácint Juhász

Votes: 2,639

8. Cinéma, de notre temps (1988– )
Episode: Une journée d'Andrei Arsenevitch (2000)

55 min | Documentary

8.0
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80 Metascore

A documentary made prior to the death of filmmaker Andrei Arsenevitch (Tarkovsky) and showing him working on his final film, this record was made at Arsenevitch's request to stand as a ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Andrei Tarkovsky, Marina Vlady, Eva Mattes, Alexandra Stewart

Votes: 442

9. Andrei Rublev (1966)

Not Rated | 205 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolay Sergeev

Votes: 29,029

10. The Mirror (1975)

G | 107 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Margarita Terekhova, Filipp Yankovskiy, Ignat Daniltsev, Oleg Yankovskiy

Votes: 26,606

11. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Votes: 80,994 | Gross: $0.23M

12. Nostalgia (1983)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

8.2
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A Russian poet and his interpreter travel to Italy to research the life of an 18th-century composer.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Oleg Yankovskiy, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano, Patrizia Terreno

Votes: 15,642 | Gross: $0.01M

13. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)

97 min | Drama, Music, Romance

8.1
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A timeless Carpathian story - the young Ivan falls in love with the daughter of his father's killer among the Hutsul people of Ukraine.

Director: Sergei Parajanov | Stars: Ivan Mykolaichuk, Larisa Kadochnikova, Tatyana Bestayeva, Spartak Bagashvili

Votes: 4,585

14. Kghziner (1987)

56 min | Documentary

6.4
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A bunch of stories, portraits and images about people of amazing destinies, including Parajanov and Tarkovsky, merging into a non-traditional and polemic image of Armenia.

Director: Ruben Gevorkyants | Stars: Sergei Parajanov, Andrei Tarkovsky

Votes: 76

15. Boy (1969)

97 min | Drama

7.6
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A young boy reluctantly aids his swindling father in a threatening scam.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Fumio Watanabe, Akiko Koyama, Tetsuo Abe, Tsuyoshi Kinoshita

Votes: 1,085

16. In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

NC-17 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

6.6
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A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima, Yasuko Matsui

Votes: 14,725

17. Meiji · Taishô · Shôwa: Ryôki onna hanzai-shi (1969)

92 min | Drama, Thriller

6.9
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Discover 4 famous Japanese murderers: Takahashi Oden, the last woman beheaded in Japan, Sada Abe, a crazy lover, Kunihiko Kodaira, a rapist-killer and finally, the Toyokaku case, a woman who did everything to own a hotel.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Sada Abe, Yukie Kagawa, Yoshi Katô, Junko Maki

Votes: 56

18. Nippon konchûki (1963)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

7.6
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Life story of a woman born in poverty trying to succeed. Through her many schemes, she faces her ups and downs in a cyclical nature, fueled mostly by self-interest.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Emiko Aizawa, Setsuko Amamiya, Tomio Aoki, Tomoko Aoyagi

Votes: 1,434

19. Nippon Sengoshi - Madamu onboro no Seikatsu (1970)

105 min | Documentary

7.4
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A documentary film showcasing life in postwar Japan as seen through the eyes of a bar hostess.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Chieko Akaza, Etsuko Akaza, Tami Akaza, Fukumi Kuroda

Votes: 177

20. Ajantrik (1958)

102 min | Drama

7.8
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Bimal is a taxi-driver in a small town. His taxi is his only companion and, although very battered, it is the apple of Bimal's eye. The film shows the love of taxi driver Bimal and his pathetic vehicle Jagaddal.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Kali Bannerjee, Gangapada Basu, Satindra Bhattacharya, Tulsi Chakraborty

Votes: 378

21. Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960)

126 min | Drama, Musical

8.1
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A selfless young woman (Supriya Choudhury) sacrifices her own happiness for her unappreciative family.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Bijon Bhattacharya

Votes: 1,710

22. Reason, Debate and a Story (1977)

120 min | Drama

7.2
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In this quest narrative that makes the Odyssey look like a trip to the mall, four men, each peculiar in his own way, embark on a quest to reason with the estranged wife of the protagonist.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Tripti Mitra, Shaonli Mitra, Sugata Burman, Bijon Bhattacharya

Votes: 269

23. Uski Roti (1970)

110 min | Drama

6.8
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A woman waits for her truck driver husband, everyday, with his daily bread. Her concern for their dying relationship and her sister grows fast as she starts to doubt his loyalty.

Director: Mani Kaul | Stars: Savita Bajaj, Garima, Lakhanpal, Gurdeep Singh

Votes: 135

24. Black God, White Devil (1964)

120 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Fictionalized account of the adventures of hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism. The movie follows Antonio as he witnesses the descent of ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Geraldo Del Rey, Yoná Magalhães, Othon Bastos, Maurício do Valle

Votes: 3,102

25. Soy Cuba (1964)

108 min | Drama, Music, War

8.0
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Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo, Raúl García

Votes: 6,590 | Gross: $0.16M

26. The House Is Black (1963)

20 min | Documentary, Short

8.0
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Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness", of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude.

Director: Forugh Farrokhzad | Stars: Forugh Farrokhzad, Ebrahim Golestan, Hossein Mansouri

Votes: 3,101

27. Black Girl (1966)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

7.5
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72 Metascore

A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene

Votes: 2,020

28. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

TV-PG | 89 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker

Votes: 6,064

29. Kes (1969)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Family

7.9
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A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie

Votes: 14,781

30. Shadows (1959)

PG | 87 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City.

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni, Hugh Hurd, Anthony Ray

Votes: 8,020

31. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 476,436 | Gross: $32.00M

32. 66 scener fra Amerika (1982)

42 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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As a visual narrative 66 scener fra America is reminiscent of a pile of postcards from a journey, which indeed is what the film is. It consists of a series of lengthy shots of a tableau ... See full summary »

Director: Jørgen Leth | Stars: Kim Larsen, Andy Warhol

Votes: 153

33. Blow Job (1963)

35 min | Documentary, Short, Romance

4.8
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Andy Warhol directs a single 35-minute shot of a man's face to capture his facial expressions as he receives the sexual act depicted in the title.

Director: Andy Warhol | Stars: DeVeren Bookwalter, Willard Maas

Votes: 845

34. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama

8.1
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A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis

Votes: 60,317

35. Making 'The Shining' (1980 TV Short)

35 min | Documentary, Short

7.7
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A look behind the scenes during the making of 'Stanley Kubrick (I)''s The Shining (1980).

Director: Vivian Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Vivian Kubrick, Terry Needham, Stanley Kubrick

Votes: 1,806

36. Der Sieger (1921)

3 min | Animation, Short

5.8
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An animated short film from Russian artist Walter Ruttmann.

Director: Walter Ruttmann

Votes: 184