Screening Boredom: The History and Aesthetics of Slow Cinema

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List source: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/43155/1/Screening.Boredom.Caglayan.pdf

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1. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Not Rated | 201 min | Drama

A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze

Votes: 5,715 | Gross: $0.02M

2. The Mirror (1975)

G | 107 min | Biography, Drama

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: 32,041

3. The Passenger (1975)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

90 Metascore

A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of coopting the identity of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre, Ian Hendry

Votes: 18,553 | Gross: $0.62M

4. The Travelling Players (1975)

230 min | Drama, History, Music

Greece, 1939-1952: Fascist, Nazi, and Communist conflict, as seen through the eyes of a family of travelling provincial players.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Eva Kotamanidou, Vangelis Kazan, Aliki Georgouli, Kiriakos Katrivanos

Votes: 3,021

5. 11 x 14 (1977)

81 min | Drama

One of the most widely praised American avant-garde films in recent years, James Benning's 1977 feature is a laconic mosaic of single-shot sequences, each offering some sort of image/sound ... See full summary »

Director: James Benning | Stars: Serafina Bathrick, Ted Brady, Barbara Frankel, Rick Goodwin

Votes: 165

6. One Way Boogie Woogie (1977)

60 min | Documentary

Sixty one-minute shots with no camera movement. This tension between painterly and cinematic space is not only experienced as an intellectual contrast but is also felt as a dialectic ... See full summary »

Director: James Benning

Votes: 131

7. The Devil, Probably (1977)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

Charles drifts through politics, religion and psychoanalysis, rejecting them all. Once he realises the depth of his disgust with the moral and physical decline of the society he lives in, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Antoine Monnier, Tina Irissari, Henri de Maublanc, Laetitia Carcano

Votes: 2,988 | Gross: $0.03M

8. The Hunters (1977)

168 min | Drama

On New Year's Eve, a bourgeoisie group of hunters finds the frozen body of a long dead WWII partisan fighter. They spend the night debating what to do with it, which reveals their sins from the war and leads to their symbolic punishment.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Vangelis Kazan, Eva Kotamanidou, Giorgos Danis, Mairi Hronopoulou

Votes: 630

9. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

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: 97,585 | Gross: $0.23M

10. Permanent Vacation (1980)

Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

A young man wanders New York City searching for some meaning in life and encounters many idiosyncratic characters.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Chris Parker, Leila Gastil, John Lurie, Richard Boes

Votes: 7,443

11. Alexander the Great (1980)

210 min | Drama, History

Based on some historical events, the film gives a romanticized biography of Theodoros Kolokotronis, a Greek historical hero serving as a metaphor for Greece herself. Based on a circular ... See full summary »

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Omero Antonutti, Eva Kotamanidou, Mihalis Giannatos, Grigoris Evangelatos

Votes: 702

12. The Blue Planet (1982)

83 min | Documentary

The passage of time in different dimensions illustrated by biological evolution, the changing seasons and the everyday moments of human life.

Director: Franco Piavoli

Votes: 198

13. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 31,848 | Gross: $1.72M

14. Nostalgia (1983)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

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: 18,848 | Gross: $0.01M

15. That Day, on the Beach (1983)

Not Rated | 166 min | Drama

Two friends who haven't seen each other for thirteen years reunite. One is a successful concert pianist just back from a European tour and the other has just started a new business.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Sylvia Chang, Ming Hsu, Terry Hu, Hou Tao Hsiao

Votes: 559

16. L'Argent (1983)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama

95 Metascore

A forged 500-franc note is passed from person to person until carelessness leads to tragedy.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Christian Patey, Sylvie Van den Elsen, Michel Briguet, Vincent Risterucci

Votes: 7,041

17. Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

86 Metascore

A New Yorker's life is thrown into a tailspin when his younger cousin surprise visits him, starting a strange, unpredictable adventure.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson, Cecillia Stark

Votes: 30,932 | Gross: $2.44M

18. Almanac of Fall (1984)

119 min | Drama

A large, claustrophobic apartment is the setting for this intense chamber drama. In this dense setting, the inhabitants of the apartment reveal their darkest secrets, fears, obsessions and hostilities.

Director: Béla Tarr | Stars: Hédi Temessy, Erika Bodnár, Miklós Székely B., Pál Hetényi

Votes: 1,061

19. Voyage to Cythera (1984)

120 min | Drama

An old communist returns to Greece after 32 years in the Soviet Union. However, things aren't the way he had hoped for.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Manos Katrakis, Mairi Hronopoulou, Dionysis Papagiannopoulos, Dora Volanaki

Votes: 1,883

20. Taipei Story (1985)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama

Lung, a former member of the national Little League team and now operator of an old-style fabric business, is never able to shake a longing for his past glory. One day, he runs into a forme... See full summary »

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Chin Tsai, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, I-Chen Ko, Su-Yun Ko

Votes: 1,358 | Gross: $0.01M

21. A Time to Live and a Time to Die (1985)

138 min | Biography, Drama

The semi-autobiographical film on director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's childhood and adolescence, when he was growing up in Taiwan, living through the deaths of his father, mother and grandmother.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Chia-bao Chang, Neng Chang, Chih-Chen Chen, Han-wen Chen

Votes: 2,026

22. Thérèse (1986)

94 min | Drama

The life of little St. Therese of Lisieux, depicted in minimalist vignettes. Therese and her sisters are all nuns in a Carmelite convent. Her devotion to Jesus and her concept of "the ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Cavalier | Stars: Catherine Mouchet, Hélène Alexandridis, Aurore Prieto, Clémence Massart-Weit

Votes: 746

23. Down by Law (1986)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi

Votes: 43,386 | Gross: $1.44M

24. My Friend Ivan Lapshin (1985)

100 min | Drama

Russian provincial town in the middle of the 1930s Stalin's Great Purge. Ivan Lapshin, the head of the local police, does what he has to do. And he does it well.

Director: Aleksey German | Stars: Andrei Boltnev, Nina Ruslanova, Andrey Mironov, Aleksey Zharkov

Votes: 1,729

25. The Sacrifice (1986)

PG | 149 min | Drama

At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Erland Josephson, Susan Fleetwood, Allan Edwall, Guðrún Gísladóttir

Votes: 20,094 | Gross: $0.30M

26. The Terrorizers (1986)

109 min | Crime, Drama

A metaphysical mystery about the lives of three couples in Taipei that continually intersect over a span of several weeks.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Cora Miao, Li-Chun Lee, Wang An, Pao-Ming Ku

Votes: 2,033

27. The Beekeeper (1986)

122 min | Drama

A bee keeper, Spiros, travels from the north to the south of Greece with his bees to meet the spring.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Nadia Mourouzi, Serge Reggiani, Jenny Roussea

Votes: 1,779

28. Daughter of the Nile (1987)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama

The eldest daughter of a broken and troubled family works to keep the family together and look after her younger siblings, who are slipping into a life of crime.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Lin Yang, Jack Kao, Shu-Fang Chen, Shu-Fen Hsin

Votes: 526 | Gross: $0.00M

29. Dust in the Wind (1986)

109 min | Drama, Romance

A young couple leave their mining town home for Taipei where they struggle to eke out a living in an industrial wasteland.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Shu-Fang Chen, Shu-Fen Hsin, Lawrence Ko, Tien-Lu Li

Votes: 1,846

30. Landscape Suicide (1987)

95 min | Crime, Drama

In "Landscape Suicide" Benning continues his examination of Americana through the stories of two murderers. Ed Gein was a Wisconsin farmer and multiple murderer who taxidermied his victims ... See full summary »

Director: James Benning | Stars: Rhonda Bell, Elion Sucher

Votes: 275

31. Damnation (1988)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A lonely barfly falls in love with a married bar singer.

Director: Béla Tarr | Stars: Gábor Balogh, János Balogh, Péter Breznyik Berg, Imre Chmelik

Votes: 4,433

32. Powaqqatsi (1988)

G | 99 min | Documentary, Music

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Christie Brinkley, David Brinkley, Pope John Paul II, Dan Rather

Votes: 7,088 | Gross: $0.59M

33. The Hole (1998)

95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

While never-ending rain and a strange disease spread by cockroaches ravage Taiwan, a plumber makes a hole between two apartments and the inhabitants of each form a unique connection, enacted in musical numbers.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Kuei-Mei Yang, Kang-sheng Lee, Tien Miao, Hui-Chin Lin

Votes: 3,022

34. Landscape in the Mist (1988)

TV-MA | 127 min | Drama

Two children journey the long road to Germany to find the man they believe to be their father.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Michalis Zeke, Tania Palaiologou, Stratos Tzortzoglou, Eva Kotamanidou

Votes: 5,935

35. A City of Sadness (1989)

157 min | Drama

A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Shu-Fen Hsin, Sung Young Chen, Jack Kao

Votes: 3,593

36. Mystery Train (1989)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

80 Metascore

Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Yûki Kudô, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Cinqué Lee

Votes: 22,762 | Gross: $0.37M

37. Recollections of the Yellow House (1989)

122 min | Comedy, Drama

Lisbon, 1989. A middle-aged poor idiot, tormented by an illness, lives in a cheap room in a family boarding house, in the old section of the city's waterfront.

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: João César Monteiro, Manuela de Freitas, Ruy Furtado, Teresa Calado

Votes: 1,047

38. Blood (1989)

95 min | Drama, Mystery

Vicente, seventeen, lives with brother Nino, ten-years-old, and his ailing father in a derelict house on the outskirts of the capital. They don't seem to remember their mother, and are very... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Pedro Hestnes, Nuno Ferreira, Inês de Medeiros, Luís Miguel Cintra

Votes: 822

39. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

About three monks in a remote monastery; an aging master, a small orphan and a young man who left his city life to seek Enlightenment.

Director: Yong-Kyun Bae | Stars: Yi Pan-Yong, Sin Won-Sop, Hae-Jin Huang, Su-Myong Ko

Votes: 1,135

40. Twilight (1990)

105 min | Crime

When a schoolgirl is found murdered in the woods, a retiring detective tries to find her murderer.

Director: György Fehér | Stars: Péter Haumann, János Derzsi, Judit Pogány, Kati Lázár

Votes: 279

41. A Brighter Summer Day (1991)

Not Rated | 237 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Chen Chang, Lisa Yang, Kuo-Chu Chang, Elaine Jin

Votes: 5,501

42. The Suspended Step of the Stork (1991)

143 min | Drama, Romance

A reporter stuck in a border town with an overcrowding of refugees sees a man he believes to be a long lost politician.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Gregory Patrick Karr, Ilias Logothetis

Votes: 1,773

43. Night on Earth (1991)

R | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Winona Ryder, Gena Rowlands, Lisanne Falk, Alan Randolph Scott

Votes: 49,863 | Gross: $2.02M

44. Rebels of the Neon God (1992)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Within the urban gloom of Taipei, four youths face alienation, loneliness, and moments of existential crisis amidst a series of minor crimes.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Chao-jung Chen, Chang-Bin Jen, Kang-sheng Lee, Yi-Ching Lu

Votes: 2,802 | Gross: $0.03M

45. Three Days (1991)

75 min | Drama

In Kaliningrad two Lithuanian boys meet two Russian girls. They have difficulties in finding places where they can sleep together. But this is the only problem they do solve. All four ... See full summary »

Director: Sharunas Bartas | Stars: Yekaterina Golubeva, Rimma Latypova, Arunas Sakalauskas, Audrius Stonys

Votes: 531

47. From the East (1993)

107 min | Documentary

A look at life in Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Star: Natalia Chakhovskaia

Votes: 504