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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

François Truffaut -- 10 Best films from Cahiers 1954-1965

I guess it would be more accurate to say from 1954 to 1960 and 1965. My comments are color-coded.
1......We, the Women (Roberto Rossellini sketch)
2......Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks)
3......It Should Happen to You (George Cukor)
4......Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Jacques Becker)
5......River of No Return (Otto Preminger)
6......The Blue Gardenia (Fritz Lang)
7......El (Luis Bunuel)
8......So Big (Robert Wise)
9......Romeo and Juliet (Renato Castellani)
10....Ruby (King Vidor)
11....Naufragé Volontaire (Alain Bombard)
1......Voyage in Italy (Roberto Rossellini)
2......Lola Montes (Max Ophuls)
3......The Big Knife (Robert Aldrich)
4......The Barefoot Contessa (Joseph L Mankiewicz)
5......Les Mauvaises Rencontres (Alexander Astruc)
6......Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray)
7......Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)
8......Apache (Robert Aldrich)
9......East of Eden (Elia Kazan)
10....Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich)
1......Night and Fog (Alain Resnais)
2......L’ Amore (Roberto Rossellini)
3......Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray)
4......Elena and her Men (Jean Renoir)
........Mr Arkadin (Orson Welles)
........A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson)
........The Naked Dawn (Edgar Ulmer)
8......Picnic (Joshua Logan)
........Baby Doll (Elia Kazan)
........And God....Created Women (Roger Vadim)
Assassins et Voleurs (Sacha Guitry)
Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray)
The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock)
.A Face in the Crowd (Elia Kazan)
Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini)
A King in New York (Charles Chaplin)
Sait-on Jamais (Roger Vadim)
The Pennywhistle Blues (The Magic Garden) (Donald Swanson)
The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Luis Bunuel)
Hollywood or Bust (Frank Tashlin)
1......Touch of Evil (Orson Welles)
2......White Nights (Luchino Visconti)
3......The Left Handed Gun (Arthur Penn)
4......Crazed Fruit (Ko Nakahira)
5......The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)
6......The Goddess (John Cromwell)
7......Tarnished Angels (Douglas Sirk)
8......Jet Pilot (Josef von Sternberg)
9......Baby Face Nelson (Don Siegel)
10....Bonjour Tristesse (Otto Preminger)
Brink of Life (Ingmar Bergman)
Tales of Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
Les Cousins (Claude Chabrol)
Le Dejeuner sur L’ Herbe (Jean Renoir)
General della Rovere (Roberto Rossellini)
Hiroshima, mon Amour (Alain Resnais)
Run of the Arrow (Samuel Fuller)
Moi un Noir (Jean Rouch)
Pickpocket (Robert Bresson)
Head Against the Wall (Georges Franju)
Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)
Les Bonnes Femmes (Claude Chabrol)
The Rise and the Fall of Legs Diamond (Budd Boetticher)
Heller in Pink Tights (George Cukor)
Sansho (Kenji Mizoguchi)
Nazarin (Luis Bunuel)
Party Girl (Nicholas Ray)
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
The Testament of Orpheus (Jean Cocteau)
Verboten (Samuel Fuller)
1961, 1962, 1963, 1964(no list)
Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard)
L’Amour a la Chaine (Claude de Givray)
Black Peter (Milos Forman)
Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman)
De L’Amour (Jean Aurel)
The Enchanted Desna (Yuliya Solntseva)
Kiss Me Stupid (Billy Wilder)
Pierrot Le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard)
Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa (Luchino Visconti)
Vidas Secas (Nelson Pereira dos Santos)
La Vieille Dame Indigne (René Allio)
American Films of the Sound Era (Dec63/Jan64)
Scarface (Howard Hawks)
You Only Live Once (Fritz Lang)
The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles)
Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock)
Woman on the Beach (Jean Renoir)
The Saga of Anahatan (Josef Von Sternberg)
Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray)
Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)
A King in New York (Charles Chaplin)
North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock)
French films since the Liberation
Les Enfants du Paradis (Marcel Carné)
La Poisin (Sacha Guitry)
La Carosse d’Or (Jean Renoir)
Nuit et Bruillard (Alain Resnais)
Lola Montès (Max Ophuls)
À Bout de Souffle (Jean-Luc Godard)
L’Enclos (Armand Gatti)
Le Testament d’Orpheé (Jean Cocteau)
Procès de Jeanne d’Arc (Robert Bresson)
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (Jacques Demy)
This is the second example of a film on a Cahiers ten best list that does not have it own page on the IMDb. What is strange is that on the IMDb page for the director Alain Bombard the exploit the earned Bombard the nickname “the voluntary shipwreck” naufragé volontaire is noted but the film is not.
The other example is “La Route Parallele“ directed by Fredinand Khittl on Rivette’s list for 1968. I finally ran “Naufragé Volontaire" down at:

Well look at this. Truffaut loves an English film and nearly some fifty years later, it is close to unknown. Okay, so the IMDb says it’s South African but at Cahiers they thought it was English

This was Arthur Penn’s first feature film. The careers of both Penn and Truffaut would cross paths twice in the next ten years. In 1961, Truffaut saw the French production of the play “The Miracle Worker” one night and the next day he made an inquiry into the screen rights only to find out that it was about to be made in America with Penn directing. And, of course, Benton and Newman wrote “Bonnie and Clyde" with Truffaut in mind as the director. When they failed to interest him and then Godard, the scenario fell to Penn.

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