Tuesday, July 30, 2013

How Many of Spike Lee's Essential Films Have You Seen?

Spike Lee's been popping up a bit in the press recently: his new film Oldboy is on the way (although the release date has been pushed back), and he currently has a Kickstarter project to raise funds for a movie about "human beings who are addicted to blood". To drum up more publicity for it, Lee -- who's also a film professor at New York University -- shared a list of what he deems "the greatest ever films made", must-sees for anyone who wants to make films. Although we could question some of his picks (e.g. John Frankenheimer's The Train is great, but Seconds and The Manchurian Candidate might be more essential; no Friedkin?), this list of 87 films is a pretty solid cinema textbook-type selection, and if you need to fill in gaps in your film education, we do stock most of them in our library:

Bad Lieutenant
Rear Window
North by Northwest
Bonnie and Clyde
The Conformist
Last Tango in Paris
Ace in the Hole
Some Like It Hot
Killer of Sheep
Night of the Hunter
Raising Arizona
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Lawrence of Arabia
On the Waterfront
Face in the Crowd
La Strada
La Dolce Vita
8 1/2
City of God
The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
400 Blows
Day for Night
Mad Max
The Road Warrior
Battle of Algiers
The Last Detail
West Side Story
Stranger than Paradise
The Train
The Maltese Falcon
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Fat City
Midnight Cowboy
Marathon Man
Boyz n the Hood
Los Olvidados
Black Orpheus
Home of the Brave
Mean Streets
Raging Bull
The Red Shoes
Coolie High
I Am Cuba
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next
District 9
In the Heat of the Night
Touch of Evil
Blue Collar
White Heat
Is Paris Burning?
To Kill a Mockingbird
Rome Open City
Black Rain
Dog Day Afternoon
Singin' in the Rain
Paths of Glory
Dr. Strangelove
Kung Fu Hustle
Dirty Pretty Things
Hoop Dreams
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Empire of the Sun
Cool Hand Luke
Days of Heaven
The Wizard of Oz
An American in Paris
Lust for Life
The Bicycle Thief
Miracle in Milan
Dead End

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