Film Journal: 4th Edition

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1. Puce Moment (1949)

6 min | Short

A soundtrack plays folk rock as a woman prepares, at noon, to take her Borzois for a walk. She goes through her dresses, all 1920s style flapper gowns, holding them one at a time, shaking ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Anger | Star: Yvonne Marquis

Votes: 1,601

8/10

2. Daybreak Express (1953)

5 min | Documentary, Short, Music

Set to a classic Duke Ellington recording "Daybreak Express", this is a five-minute short of the soon-to-be-demolished Third Avenue elevated subway station in New York City.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker

Votes: 1,032

9/10

3. Window (1964)

12 min | Short

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Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 48

6/10

4. J'ai faim, j'ai froid (1984)

12 min | Short

two girls came to Paris for the first time and they are trying to live.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Maria de Medeiros, Pascale Salkin

Votes: 280

7/10

5. Blood of the Beasts (1949)

22 min | Documentary, Short

Bucolic scenes from the outskirts of Paris are contrasted with stark footage from slaughterhouses.

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Georges Hubert, Nicole Ladmiral, Alfred Macquart, Maurice Griselle

Votes: 2,258

7/10

6. A Well-Spent Life (1971)

Not Rated | 44 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A deeply moving tribute to the Texas songster, Mance Lipscomb, considered by many to be the greatest guitarist of all time.

Directors: Les Blank, Skip Gerson | Stars: Mance Lipscomb, Elnora Lipscomb, Hattie Franklin, Alfred Franklin

Votes: 427

9/10

7. Back and Forth (1969)

52 min | Documentary

A camera in a classroom continuously sways back and forth at various speeds as people occasionally move around the setting.

Director: Michael Snow | Stars: Allan Kaprow, Emmett Williams, Max Neuhaus, Joyce Wieland

Votes: 210

9/10

8. The Virgin Spring (1960)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson

Votes: 27,333 | Gross: $1.53M

9/10

9. Winter Light (1963)

Not Rated | 81 min | Drama

A small-town priest struggles with his faith.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Gunnel Lindblom, Max von Sydow

Votes: 22,986

9/10

10. The Silence (1963)

R | 96 min | Drama

Two estranged sisters, Ester and Anna, and Anna's 10-year-old son travel to the Central European country on the verge of war. Ester becomes seriously ill and the three of them move into a hotel in a small town called Timoka.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Gunnel Lindblom, Birger Malmsten, Håkan Jahnberg

Votes: 18,431

10/10

11. Breakfast (Table Top Dolly) (1976)

15 min | Short, Comedy

The camera slowly advances across an overladen breakfast table, knocking objects out of shot, followed by an ironic commentary.

Director: Michael Snow

Votes: 160

5/10

13. The Aristocrats (2005)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Comedy

72 Metascore

One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke--one shared privately by comics since Vaudeville.

Directors: Penn Jillette, Paul Provenza | Stars: George Carlin, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Chris Albrecht

Votes: 16,070 | Gross: $6.38M

9/10

14. Sprout Wings and Fly (1983)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A documentary about Tommy Jarrell, a fiddler from North Carolina. This films shows a bit of his current life and those around him and includes a lot of his Appalachian Old-Time music.

Directors: Les Blank, Cece Conway, Alice Gerrard | Stars: Tommy Jarrell, Julie Jarrell Lyons, Togie McGee, Edith Hicks

Votes: 223

9/10

15. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

76 Metascore

The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

Votes: 211,556 | Gross: $25.50M

9/10

16. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Votes: 293,848 | Gross: $103.05M

9/10

17. Nico Icon (1995)

67 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A look into the many lives of Christa Päffgen, otherwise known as Nico; from cutie German mädchen to the first of the supermodels, to glamorous diva of the Velvet Underground, to cult item,... See full summary »

Director: Susanne Ofteringer | Stars: Nico, Tina Aumont, Christian Päffgen, Edith Boulogne

Votes: 683 | Gross: $0.21M

8/10

18. Election (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

A high school teacher meets his match in an over-achieving student politician.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell

Votes: 91,922 | Gross: $14.88M

10/10

19. World's Greatest Dad (I) (2009)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

When his son's body is found in a humiliating accident, a lonely high school teacher inadvertently attracts an overwhelming amount of community and media attention after covering up the truth with a phony suicide note.

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait | Stars: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Morgan Murphy, Naomi Glick

Votes: 37,580 | Gross: $0.22M

10/10

20. Trainspotting (1996)

R | 93 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd

Votes: 645,519 | Gross: $16.50M

10/10

21. The Red Shoes (1948)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann

Votes: 31,840 | Gross: $10.90M

9/10

22. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,241,709 | Gross: $96.90M

10/10

23. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Votes: 326,241 | Gross: $45.51M

9/10

24. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,304,719 | Gross: $130.74M

10/10

25. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 927,471 | Gross: $293.51M

8/10

26. Stairway to Heaven (1946)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Robert Coote, Kathleen Byron

Votes: 20,213

10/10

27. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance, War

From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook, James McKechnie

Votes: 13,549

10/10

28. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,373,228 | Gross: $187.71M

7/10

29. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Votes: 53,569

10/10

30. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,304,818 | Gross: $120.54M

10/10



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