101 Hidden Gems: The Biggest Movies You’ve By no means Seen


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.

through Metafil­ter

Relat­ed con­tent:

480 Movie­mak­ers Reveal the 100 Nice­est Films within the World

The 100 Nice­est Movies of All Time Accord­ing to 1,639 Movie Crit­ics & 480 Direc­tors: See the Outcomes of the As soon as-a-Decade Sight and Sound Ballot

The 9 Nice­est Movies You’ve Nev­er Seen

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.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *