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So, the Village Voice critics poll ended up not being published this week as I expected, so I got a little bit of list withdrawal. For the hell of it, I pared down my current list of film "masterpieces" down to 100 films (which I haven't done for some time). I left one slot blank for one of two reasons (your choice): a) I put both parts of Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible into one single slot, or b) I am about to finish Feuillad's Les Vampires and can't imagine what sort of massive fuck-up in the last few chapters would have to occur before I'd be unwilling to include it in the chosen hundred.

ELECTROCUTING AN ELEPHANT (Thomas Edison, 03)

SHERLOCK, JR. (Buster Keaton, 24)
SUNRISE (F.W. Murnau, 27)
THE CAMERAMAN (Edward Sedgwick, 28)
UN CHIEN ANDALOU (Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dali, 29)
MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Dziga Vertov, 29)
MOROCCO (Josef von Sternberg, 30)


M (Fritz Lang, 31)
BLONDE VENUS (Josef von Sternberg, 32)
FREAKS (Tod Browning, 32)
LOVE ME TONIGHT (Rouben Mamoulian, 32)
L'ATALANTE (Jean Vigo, 34)
THE SCARLET EMPRESS (Josef von Sternberg, 34)
ROSE HOBART (Joseph Cornell, 36)
MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (Leo McCarey, 37)
THE RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir, 39)

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Orson Welles, 42)
THE LEOPARD MAN (Jacques Tourneur, 43)
THE SEVENTH VICTIM (Mark Robson, 43)
IVAN THE TERRIBLE (Sergei Eisenstein, 44-58)
GERMANY YEAR ZERO (Roberto Rossellini, 47)
PORTRAIT OF JENNIE (William Dieterle, 48)

LONG-HAIRED HARE (Chuck Jones, 49)
STROMBOLI (Roberto Rossellini, 49)
UN CHANT D'AMOUR (Jean Genet, 50)

THE BAND WAGON (Vincente Minnelli, 53)
DUCK AMUCK (Chuck Jones, 53)

GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (Howard Hawks, 53)
ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (Douglas Sirk, 55)
KISS ME DEADLY (Robert Aldrich, 55)
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton, 55)
ORDET (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 55)
THE WRONG MAN (Alfred Hitchcock, 56)
BONJOUR TRISTESSE (Otto Preminger, 58)
MOI, UN NOIR (Jean Rouch, 58)
THE 400 BLOWS (Francois Truffaut, 59)
IMITATION OF LIFE (Douglas Sirk, 59)
L'AVVENTURA (Michelangelo Antonioni, 60)


CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER (Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin, 61)
THE LADIES' MAN (Jerry Lewis, 61)
CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 (Agnès Varda, 62)
CONFESSIONS OF AN OPIUM EATER (Albert Zugsmith, 62)
LA JETÉE (Chris Marker, 62)
THE BIRDS (Alfred Hitchcock, 63)
GERTRUD (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 64)
MARNIE (Alfred Hitchcock, 64)
THE PATSY (Jerry Lewis, 64)
CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (Orson Welles, 65)
REPULSION (Roman Polanski, 65)

SIMON OF THE DESERT (Luis Buñuel, 65)
BREAKAWAY (Bruce Conner, 66)
BELLE DE JOUR (Luis Buñuel, 67)
PLAYTIME (Jacques Tati, 67)
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (George A. Romero, 68)
HI, MOM! (Brian De Palma, 70)
TRASH (Paul Morrissey, 70)

THE ACT OF SEEING WITH ONE'S OWN EYES (Stan Brakhage, 71)
THE LONG GOODBYE (Robert Altman, 73)
THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (Tobe Hooper, 74)
BARRY LYNDON (Stanley Kubrick, 75)
JEANNE DIELMAN (Chantal Akerman, 75)
ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (John Carpenter, 76)
GOD TOLD ME TO (Larry Cohen, 76)

THE TENANT (Roman Polanski, 76)
DESPERATE LIVING (John Waters, 77)
LE FOND DE L'AIR EST ROUGE (Chris Marker, 77; rev. 93)
SUSPIRIA (Dario Argento, 77)

3 WOMEN (Robert Altman, 77)
THE FURY (Brian De Palma, 78)
ALL THAT JAZZ (Bob Fosse, 79)
THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 79)
STALKER (Andrei Tarkovsky, 79)
THE FOG (John Carpenter, 80)
HARDLY WORKING (Jerry Lewis, 80)
THE SHINING (Stanley Kubrick, 80)


MOMMIE DEAREST (Frank Perry, 81)
POLTERGEIST (Tobe Hooper, 82)
TENEBRAE (Dario Argento, 82)
LOVE STREAMS (John Cassavetes, 84)
DAY OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero, 85)
THE CHURCH (Michele Soavi, 88)
THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (Martin Scorsese, 88)
A SHORT FILM ABOUT KILLING (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 88)

DO THE RIGHT THING (Spike Lee, 89)

BITTER MOON (Roman Polanski, 92)
SHOWGIRLS (Paul Verhoeven, 95)
CRASH (David Cronenberg, 96)
JACKIE BROWN (Quentin Tarantino, 97)
TASTE OF CHERRY (Abbas Kiarostami, 97)
THE THIN RED LINE (Terrence Malick, 98)
EYES WIDE SHUT (Stanley Kubrick, 99)
ESTHER KAHN (Arnaud Desplechin, 00)


A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Steven Spielberg, 01)
MULHOLLAND DRIVE (David Lynch, 01)
DECASIA (Bill Morrison, 02)
FEMME FATALE (Brian De Palma, 02)
RUSSIAN ARK (Alexander Sokurov, 02)
THE COMPANY (Robert Altman, 03)
ELEPHANT (Gus Van Sant, 03)


Acknowledged "problems"/"limitations" of the list (in other words, "yeah, I know, so don't even mention it, ok?"): too America-centric, too auteurist-canonical in influence, overwhelmingly comprised of films I've seen quite recently (this is almost always the case, though; I'm not too worried about it).

NOTE: Edited on 12.30.04 to remove Les Vampires from the list because I claimed that it wasn't on there. Now there should be 99 titles on the list, with the hundredth pending finishing Les Vampires or deciding whether or not Hold Me While I'm Naked merits a mentch.

NOTE #2: This list has been updated. The new, less reverent 100 can be found here.
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