Top Ten 2008:

WORLD POLL 2008

by Miguel Marías

A) Greatest films made since 2003 first seen in 2008:

Shirin (Abbas Kiarostami), La Frontière de l'aube (Philippe Garrel), Le Génou d’Artémide (Jean-Marie Straub), Le Voyage du ballon rouge (Hou Hsiao-hsien), Death in the Land of Encantos (Lav Diaz), L'Aimée (Arnaud Desplechin), Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood), 35 rhums (Claire Denis), Je veux voir (Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige), À l'aventure (Jean-Claude Brisseau), Un conte de Noël (Arnaud Desplechin), Of Time and the City (Terence Davies), Aquele querido mês de Agosto (Miguel Gomes), Night and Day (Hong Sang-soo), Au Sud des nuages (Jean-François Amiguet), Go Go Tales (Abel Ferrara), Happiness (Hur Jin-ho), Useless (Jia Zhang-ke), Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-dong), April Snow (Hur Jin-ho), Mysterium noctis (Giulio Questi), Repressione in città (Giulio Questi), Tatatatango (Giulio Questi), Night Train (Diao Yinan), My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin), Vibrator (Hiroki Ryuichi), Changeling (Clint Eastwood), Visitors (Giulio Questi), Silencio! (F.J. Ossang)

B) Greatest films made before 2003 first seen in 2008:

Sélskaia uchitélnitsa (Mark Donskoí), Les Savates du Bon Dieu (Jean-Claude Brisseau), Akitsu Springs (Yoshida Yoshishige), The Story of a Woman (Narusē Mikio), Trous de mémoire (Paul Vecchiali), La schiava del peccato (Raffaello Matarazzo), My Father is my Mother (Lino Brocka), Oro, Plata, Mata (Peque Gallaga), That Day, on the Beach (Edward Yang), Taipei Story (Edward Yang), Three, Two, One (Lino Brocka), Nabuko (Shimizu Hiroshi), Desert Fury (Lewis Allen), Kochiyama soshun (Yamanaka Sadao), L'Authentique procès de Carl-Emmanuel Jung (Marcel Hanoun), King of the Royal Mounted (William Witney & John English), Times of Joy and Pain (Kinoshita Keisukē), The Prisoner of Zenda (Rex Ingram), Portraits d'Alain Cavalier - Première Série (Alain Cavalier), One Fine Spring Day (Hur Jin-ho), Ce gamin, là (Renaud Victor), The Miracle (Ishmael Bernal, 1982), The Stranger Inside of a Woman (Narusē Mikio), Umiliati (Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub), Lettera da Salamanca (Giulio Questi), Unter den Brücken... (Helmut Käutner), Street Without End (Narusē Mikio), Inferno (Dario Argento), Iracema (Jorge Bodanzky & Orlando Senna), The World of Geisha (Kumashirō Tatsumi), Les Misérables (Raymond Bernard)

C) Great films made since 2003 first seen in 2008:

He Fengming (Wang Bing), We Own the Night (James Gray), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen), Meurtrières (Patrick Grandperret), Sehnsucht (Valeska Grisebach), L'Homme qui marche (Aurélia Georges), Entre ciel et terre (Jean-François Amiguet), Un homme, un vrai (Arnaud & Jean-Marie Larrieu), J'attends quelqu'un (Jérôme Bonnell), Serras da Desordem (Andrea Tonacci), Yella (Christian Petzold), East of Paradise (Lech Kowalski), El árbol (Gustavo Fontán), Obreras saliendo de la fábrica (José Luis Torres Leiva), Youth Without Youth (Francis Ford Coppola), My Blueberry Nights (Wong Kar-wai), The Happening (M.Night Shyamalan), Centochiodi (Ermanno Olmi), Gespenster (Christian Petzold), Acidente (Cao Guimarães & Pablo Lobato), Mad Detective (Johnnie To & Wai Ka Fai), La Graine et le mulet (Abdellatif Kechiche), Le Premier Venu (Jacques Doillon), The Sun and the Moon (Stephen Dwoskin), Capitaine Achab (Philippe Ramos), Opera Jawa (Garin Nugroho), DArAtt (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun), Linger (Johnnie To), Une catastrophe (Jean-Luc Godard), La Vie moderne (Raymond Depardon), Hunger (Steve McQueen), Ghiro ghiro tondo (Y. Gianikian & A. Ricci Lucchi), Planet Terror (Robert Rodriguez), The War (Ken Burns), La Terza Madre (Dario Argento), Ti piace Hitchcock? (Dario Argento), Le Domaine perdu (Raoul Ruiz), El cant dels ocells (Albert Serra), Tulpan (Sergeí Dvortsevoí), Les Plages d'Agnès (Angnès Varda), Sangre de Mayo (José Luis Garci), Aleksandra (Alieksandr Sokurov), Helsinki, Forever-City Simphony (Peter von Bagh), Cztery noce z Anną (Jerzy Skolimowski), The Sun Also Rises (Jiang Wen), O Signo do Caos (Rogério Sganzerla), Las alas de la vida (Antoni P. Canet), Vacanze con Alice (Giulio Questi), Sonic Youth: 'Jams Run Free' (Claire Denis), The Mist (Frank Darabont), Dernier Maquis (Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche), A luci spente (Maurizio Ponzi), Volevo solo vivere (Mimmo Calopresti), The Visible and the Invisible (Rudolf Thome), Andalucía (Alain Gomis), Mafrouza-Oh la nuit (Emmanuelle Demoris), La mujer sin cabeza (Lucrecia Martel), The Aroma of Tea (Michael Dudok de Wit), Calle Santa Fe (Carmen Castillo), Una historia europea (Pablo Llorca), Rec (Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza), L'Heure d'été (Olivier Assayas)

D) Great films made before 2003 first seen in 2008:

My Brother's Wedding (Charles Burnett), Palms (Artur Aristakisian), Edge of Madness (Anne Wheeler), The Sleep Room (Anne Wheeler), Hush! (Hashiguchi Ryosukē), Introspection Tower (Shimizu Hiroshi), Four Seasons of a Children (Shimizu Hiroshi), Des Taufels General (Helmut Käutner), When It Rains (Charles Burnett), Dans ma peau (Marina de Van), Totó e Carolina (Mario Monicelli), Sister Stella L. (Mike De Leon), New Year Sacrifice (Sang Hu), A Confucian Confusion (Edward Yang), L'Affaire des Division Morituri (F.J. Ossang), Jaime (António Reis), Aar-Paar (Guru Dutt), La Vie de famille (Jacques Doillon), The Firm (Alan Clarke), Doctor Schizo e Mister Phrenic (Giulio Questi), They Made Me a Fugitive (Alberto Cavalcanti), Le Capitaine Fracasse (Alberto Cavalcanti), The Woman with Red Hair (Kumashirō Tatsumi), E tu vivrai nel terrore - L'aldilà (Lucio Fulci), Non si sevizia un paperoni (Lucio Fulci), Un gatto nel cervello (Lucio Fulci), Black Cat (Lucio Fulci), Swing High, Swing Low (Mitchell Leisen), Love Before Breakfast (Walter Lang), Je meurs de vivre (Marcel Hanoun), A come Andromeda (Vittorio Cottafavi), The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (Hara Kazuo), Notre Nazi (Robert Kramer), Das Kino und der Tod (Hartmut Bitomsky), Die Nordkallote (Peter Nestler), The Wrong Road (James Cruze), True Confession (Wesley Ruggles), The Sword (Patrick Tam), Quella villa accanto al cimitero (Lucio Fulci), Paura nella città dei morti viventi (Lucio Fulci), Voices (Richard Mordaunt), Wings in the Dark (James Flood), Dias de Nietzsche em Turim (Julio Bressane), The Apple Knockers and the Coke (Anonymous), Barcelona en tranvía (Ricardo de Baños), Le Moine et le poisson (Michael Dudok de Wit), The Brother Comes (Ketéz Mihály = Michael Curtiz)

E) Greatest films rediscovered, re-evaluated or confirmed as such by new revisions in 2008:

Exodus (Otto Preminger), A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Douglas Sirk), The Sun Shines Bright (John Ford), The River (Frank Borzage), Era notte a Roma (Roberto Rossellini), La Signora di tutti (Max Ophuls), El Sur (Víctor Erice), Torment (Narusē Mikio), Run of the Arrow (Samuel Fuller), There's Always Tomorrow (Douglas Sirk), Older Brother, Younger Sister (Narusē Mikio), The World in His Arms (Raoul Walsh), Wichita (Jacques Tourneur), Espoir (Sierra de Teruel) (André Malraux), The Bitter Tea of General Yen (Frank Capra), L'Amour d'une femme (Jean Grémillon), Blind Date (Joseph Losey), As a Wife, as a Woman (Narusē Mikio), Her Lonely Lane (Narusē Mikio), El Gran Calavera (Luis Buñuel), Unconquered (Cecil B. DeMille), Home from the Hill (Vincente Minnelli), The Tall T (Budd Boetticher), Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett), La Cecilia (Jean-Louis Comolli), Le Gai Savoir (Jean-Luc Godard), Day of the Outlaw (Andre de Toth), The Sunchaser (Michael Cimino), Sicilia! (Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub), Silver River (Raoul Walsh), Oyuki, the Virgin (Mizoguchi Kenji), Children in the Wind (Shimizu Hiroshi), Carmen Jones (Otto Preminger), A Woman's Face (George Cukor), Torn Curtain (Alfred Hitchcock), The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock), La Roue (Abel Gance), Circle of Danger (Jacques Tourneur), Othon (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet), Risate di gioia (Mario Monicelli), The Wonderful Country (Robert Parrish), Decision at Sundown (Budd Boetticher), Written On The Wind (Douglas Sirk), La Grande Guerra (Mario Monicelli), Lola Montès (Max Ophuls), Der Verlorene (Peter Lorre), Lloyd's of London (Henry King), Moses und Aron (Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub), Præsidenten (Carl Theodor Dreyer), Tagebuch einer Verlorenen (G.W. Pabst), Où gît notre sourire enfouie? (Pedro Costa), The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell), The Terrorizers (Edward Yang), A Idade da Terra (Glauber Rocha), The Big Trail (Raoul Walsh), La commare secca (Bernardo Bertolucci), M. Butterfly (David Cronenberg), L'Argent (Marcel L'Herbier), Made in U.S.A. (Jean-Luc Godard), Machorka-Muff (Jean-Marie Straub), Boudu sauvé des eaux (Jean Renoir), Sunflowers (Mizoguchi Kenji), Bluebeard (Edgar G. Ulmer), Hands Across the Table (Mitchell Leisen), Figures In A Landscape (Joseph Losey), The Curse of the Werewolf (Terence Fisher), La Sindrome di Stendhal (Dario Argento), The Last Hunt (Richard Brooks), Cœur fidèle (Jean Epstein), Taza, son of Cochise (Douglas Sirk), La Ville des pirates (Raoul Ruiz), Hitler, ein Film aus Deutschland (Hans Jürgen Syberberg), Manhattan Murder Mystery (Woody Allen)

F) Great films rediscovered, re-evaluated or confirmed as such when watched one more in 2008:

The Downfall (Mizoguchi Kenji), Quadrille (Sacha Guitry), I Confess (Alfred Hitchcock), Stranger On Horseback (Jacques Tourneur), Golden Earrings (Mitchell Leisen), The Roaring Twenties (Raoul Walsh), American Madness (Frank Capra), Shchiedroie lieto (Boris Barnet), Slavnií malií (ex-Novgorodchi) (Boris Barnet), Possessed (Clarence L. Brown), Sadie McKee (Clarence L. Brown), The Sicilian (Michael Cimino), The Lawless Breed (Raoul Walsh), Crossroads (Shen Xiling), Ginza Cosmetics (Narusē Mikio), Cassandra's Dream (Woody Allen), Saskatchewan (Raoul Walsh), The Lady is Willing (Mitchell Leisen), Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1970), Profondo rosso (Dario Argento), The Furies (Anthony Mann), Rio Lobo (Howard Hawks), La Guerre est finie (Alain Resnais), Fire Down Below (Robert Parrish), The Mob (Robert Parrish), Charley Varrick (Don Siegel), The Glass Shield (Charles Burnett), Comes a Horseman (Alan J. Pakula), Day Break (Sun Yu), Malu Tianshi (Yuan Mezhi), Bullets Over Broadway (Woody Allen), Master of the World (William Witney), Nachts wenn der Teufels kam (Robert Siodmak), Ms.45/Angel of Vengeance (Abel Ferrara), Passage to Marseille (Michael Curtiz), Streets of Laredo (Leslie Fenton), Saddle the Wind (Robert Parrish; cl.John Sturges), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Albert Lewin), 13 Lakes (James Benning), Kismet (Vincente Minnelli), No Room for the Groom (Douglas Sirk), Le Bois des amants (Claude Autant-Lara), Signalement van Jean-Marie Straub (Henk de By), Ten Skies (James Benning), The Thin Red Line (Andrew Marton), Silence (Shinoda Masahirō), La caja 507 (Enrique Urbizu), La Vie est à nous (Jean Renoir, collab. Jean-Paul Le Chanois & others), The Sleeping Tiger ("Victor Hanbury"=Joseph Losey)