|One of the many Bergman films I saw this year.|
A lot of bloggers are doing posts like this, so I thought I'd post mine. Any film released before 2012 qualifies, but I don't have a single film from this century on my list.
I'm not as familiar with Godard's work as I should be, but this is my favorite film of his. It's colorful, playful, and very enjoyable.
9. Love in the Afternoon (1957)
If you can track this Billy Wilder film down, see it. It's funny and charming, with some of Audrey Hepburn's best work.
8. The Seven Year Itch (1955)
This gets a bad wrap, but I consider it Billy Wilder's most undervalued film. Marilyn Monroe gives her best performance, and there are plenty of laughs to go around.
7. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Beautiful and heartbreaking. Apart from Spirited Away, it's the best animated film I've ever seen.
6. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
A period satire that put Bergman on the map after it was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes. It's a very underrated Bergman flick.
5. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
If you like 12 Angry Men and/or westerns, check this out. Henry Fonda is terrific in this forgotten Best Picture Oscar nominee.
4. Jackie Brown (1997)
My new favorite Tarantino film. It has it all - great dialogue, fine performances, and a fantastic soundtrack.
3. The Passion of Anna (1970)
Bergman regulars Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, and Erland Josephson give wonderful performances. An underseen gem from Bergman.
2. A Short Film About Killing/A Short Film About Love (1988)
Kieslowski's longer versions of two episodes from The Decalogue are staggering achievements in their own right. If you're a fan, check these out.
1. Bergman's Faith Trilogy (1961-63)
Three extraordinary films that you must see. Loaded with tremendous performances and vivid imagery, these are arguably one of Bergman's finest achievements.