Final yr, the British Movie Institute’s Sight and Sound magazineazine conducted its once-a-decade ballot to discouragemine the niceest movies of all time. As usual, the outcomes have been divided into two sections: one for the critics’ votes, and the other for the moviemakers’. The latter put Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A House Odyssey on the prime, displacing Yasujirō Ozu’s Tokyo Story, which itself had dispositioned Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane. The former had their very own reign of Kane, which got here to an finish in 2012 with the rise of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. All these pictures are well-known classics of cinema, and even for those who haven’t seen them, chances are you’ll really feel as when you’ve got. However did you have got the identical reaction to Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles when it got here out number one within the critics ballot final yr?
This month, the BFI published a brand new listing of 101 movies that make Jeanne Dielman appear like Residence Alone. Léontine’s Electric Battery, My Survival as an Aboriginal, The 8 Diagram Pole Battleer, Qabyo 2, and all the remainder of these “hidden gems” obtained only one vote within the latest S&S ballot, implying that only one participating critic or moviemaker ranks it among the many ten greatest movies ever made.
“Hailing from each continent however Antarctica and spanning greater than 120 years, this selection is, in its manner, as representative of the wealthyes of cinema history as that other listing we launched on the finish of final yr,” writes contributor Thomas Flew. “Fiction rubs shoulders with nonfiction, movies made by collectives sit alongsideaspect hand-crafted animation, and a wholesome dose of comedy sidles as much as coronary heartbreaking drama — after which there are the movies that defy all categorization.”
On this listing you’ll discover much lesser-known works from brand-name directors like Oliver Assayas, whose Chilly Water is to cinema “what The Catcher within the Rye is to literature,” or Kathryn Bigelow, whose The Lovemuch less, “set in a generic Fifties Americana landscape, is saturated with libido, candid appeal and formal invention.” Other movies come recommended by main auteurs: Apichatpong Weerasethakul describes Bruce Baillie’s Fast Billy as “Muybridge’s horse resurrected, experiencing loss of life, rebirth and loss of life as soon as extra”; Man Maddin picks Need Me, which had 4 different directors, and “all of them have been idiotish sufficient to take their names off this factor as a result of it’s pretty wild”; the late Terence Davies praises Curtis Bernhardt’s Possessed as a movie wherein “America has never appeared bleaker or much less romantic.”
Perhaps you’re the kind of cinephile who can imagine no extra compelling recommalesdation than “David Lynch cites it as the primary film he remembers watching,” which Beatrice Loyaza writes of Henry King’s Wait until the Solar Shines, Nellie. Or perhaps you’re extra intrigued by Henry Blake’s endorsement of Rolf de Heer’s Dangerous Boy Bubby: “If you will get previous the incest and violence within the first 45 minutes of this movie, it’s an achingly powerful story about love and it urges the audience to never surrender on anyone.” This isn’t to say that all the BFI’s hidden gems are harrowing spectacles, although it’s a secure wager that none of them supply a viewing experience fairly like every you’ve ever had earlier than — besides, perhaps, the earliest one, Le chat qui joue by cinema pioneers Auguste and Louis Lumière, a “cat video” avant la lettre.
Discover the BFI’s listing of hidden gems right here.
Primarily based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and culture. His initiatives embody the Substack newsletter Books on Cities, the guide The Statemuch less Metropolis: a Stroll by means of Twenty first-Century Los Angeles and the video sequence The Metropolis in Cinema. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Faceguide.