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October 29, 2009

Alternative Canon – Top 100

Filed under: Canon (Alt) 100,Canon Fodder - Best of the Best — misterjiggy @ 6:38 pm

ALTERNATIVE CANON TOP 100

Submitted late 2010 in response to a RTCD Refugees Forum “Alternative Canon” Top 100 poll.  The only titles eligible for voting were titles that did not place on one of the final Best of Decade top 100 lists (there were 900 (quality!) titles ineligible for votes in this poll).  Number to the far right of titles in blue reflects the ultimate consensus placement in the poll results (scroll down for actual poll results). Titles in purple did not make consensus list.  Disclaimer – my submission was subject to certain self imposed quotas on director, genre, country, etc.

  1. A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN [ELIA KAZAN](1945) (# 10)
  2. THE LITTLE FOXES [WILLIAM WYLER] (1941) (# 28)
  3. THE CEREMONY (Gishiki) [NAGISA OSHIMA] (1971) (# 86))
  4. CRÍA CUERVOS [CARLOS SAURA] (1976)
  5. HARAKIRI (Seppuku)  [MASAKI KOBAYASHI] (1962)
  6. LITTLE BIG MAN [ARTHUR PENN] (1970)
  7. THE FAR COUNTRY [ANTHONY MANN] (1954)
  8. BILLY LIAR [JOHN SCHLESINGER] (1963)
  9. ASHES AND DIAMONDS (Popiól I diament)  [ANDRZEJ WAJDA] (1958)(# 30)
  10. THE STORY OF A CHEAT (Le Roman d’un tricheur) [SACHA GUITRY] (1936)
  11. A FACE IN THE CROWD [ELIA KAZAN] (1957)
  12. MAYERLING [ANATOLE LITVAK] (1936)
  13. FOUR DAUGHTERS [MICHAEL CURTIZ] (1938)
  14. FOOTLIGHT PARADE [LLOYD BACON] (1933)
  15. WHERE CHIMNEYS ARE SEEN (Entotsu no mieru basho) [HEINOSUKE GOSHO] (1953)
  16. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO [DAVID LEAN] (1965)
  17. DAYS AND NIGHTS IN THE FOREST (Aranyer Din Ratri) [SATYAJIT RAY] (1970)
  18. LES BONNES FEMMES [CLAUDE CHABROL] (1960) (# 18)
  19. SEDUCED AND ABANDONED (Sedotta e abbandonata)  [PIETRO GERMI] (1964) (# 70)
  20. A CHRISTMAS TALE (Un Conte de Noël) [ARNAUD DESPLECHIN] (2008) (# 23)
  21. SAWDUST AND TINSEL (Gycklarnas afton)  [INGMAR BERGMAN] (1953)(# 21)
  22. YEARNING (Midareru)  [MIKIO NARUSE] (1964) (# 20)
  23. JEZEBEL [WILLIAM WYLER] (1938) (# 22)
  24. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS [QUENTIN TARANTINO] (2009) (# 1)
  25. THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW [DOUGLAS SIRK] (1956)(# 32)
  26. THE NAKED KISS [SAMUEL FULLER]  (1964)(# 6)
  27. PAPER MOON [PETER BOGDANOVICH] (1973)(# 39)
  28. THE PROFOUND DESIRE OF THE GODS [SHOHEI IMAMURA] (1968)
  29. CARNAL KNOWLEDGE [MIKE NICHOLS] (1971)
  30. DEATH BY HANGING (Koshikei) [NAGISA OSHIMA] (1968)(# 29)
  31. WATERLOO BRIDGE [MERVYN LeROY] (1940)
  32. HANGOVER SQUARE [JOHN BRAHM] (1945)
  33. CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS (Ostre sledované vlaky)  [JIRÍ MENZEL] (1966)(# 34)
  34. THREE COMRADES [FRANK BORZAGE] (1938)
  35. WILD RIVER [ELIA KAZAN] (1960)
  36. WARRENDALE [ALLAN KING] (1967)
  37. HUSBANDS AND WIVES [WOODY ALLEN] (1992)
  38. SHANE [GEORGE STEVENS] (1953)
  39. CLOCKERS [SPIKE LEE] (# 66)
  40. MANJI [YASUZO MASUMURA] (1964)
  41. SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING [KAREL REISZ] (1960)
  42. VERONIKA VOSS (Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss)  [RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER] (1982)
  43. ROSETTA [JEAN-PIERRE DARDENNE & LUC DARDENNE] (1999)(# 37)
  44. ACE IN THE HOLE (aka The Big Carnival) [BILLY WILDER] (1951)
  45. ONIBABA [KANETO SHINDÔ] (1964) (# 50)
  46. A SERIOUS MAN [JOEL & ETHAN COEN] (2009) (# 2)
  47. INTENTIONS OF MURDER (Akai satsui) [SHOHEI IMAMURA] (1964)
  48. ROOM AT THE TOP [JACK CLAYTON] (1959)
  49. PEOPLE ON SUNDAY (Menschen am Sonntag) [VARIOUS] (1930)
  50. AMERICA AMERICA [ELIA KAZAN] (1963)
  51. SABOTEUR [ALFRED HITCHCOCK] (1942)
  52. THE BIG CITY (Mahanagar)  [SATYAJIT RAY] (1963)
  53. GUN CRAZY [JOSEPH H. LEWIS] (1950) (# 13)
  54. SEVEN MEN FROM NOW [BRUCE BOETTICHER] (1956)
  55. THE BROWNING VERSION [ANTHONY ASQUITH] (1951)
  56. THE PASSION OF ANNA (En Passion) [INGMAR BERGMAN] (1969)
  57. THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY [ALFRED HITCHCOCK] (1955)
  58. THE SWIMMER [FRED PERRY] (1968)
  59. WESTWARD THE WOMEN [WILLIAM A. WELLMAN] (1951)
  60. THE SUN LEGEND OF THE END OF THE TOKUGAWA ERA [YUZO KAWASHIMA] (1957)
  61. TWO LANE BLACKTOP [MONTE HELLMAN] (1971)
  62. MIRACLE IN MILAN (Miracolo a Milano)  [VITTORIO DE SICA] (1951)
  63. 3:10 TO YUMA [DELMER DAVES] (1957)
  64. IL GENERALE DELLA ROVERE [ROBERTO ROSSELLINI] (1959)
  65. MARTY [DELBERT MANN] (1955)
  66. A LETTER TO THREE WIVES [JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ] (1949) (# 4)
  67. BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! [GUY MADDIN] (2006)
  68. MON ONCLE ANTOINE [CLAUDE JUTRA] (1971)
  69. THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE [RAOUL WALSH] (1941)
  70. VIVA ZAPATA! [ELIA KAZAN] (1952)
  71. GASLIGHT [GEORGE CUKOR] (1944)
  72. CUTTER’S WAY (Cutter and Bone)  [IVAN PASSER] (1981)
  73. THE VIRGIN SPRING (Jungfrukällan) [INGMAR BERGMAN] (1960)
  74. KES [KENNETH LOACH] (1970)
  75. THE WILD CHILD (L’Enfant sauvage)  [FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT] (1970) (# 87)
  76. THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE (La Maman et la putain) [JEAN EUSTACHE] (1973) (# 80)
  77. MURMUR OF THE HEART [LOUIS MALLE] (1971) (# 59)
  78. THE SMILING LIEUTENANT [ERNST LUBITSCH] (1931)
  79. SEVEN BEAUTIES (Pasqualino Settbelleze)  [LINA WERTMÜLLER] (1976)
  80. SHAME [INGMAR BERGMAN] (1969) (# 9)
  81. STORY OF A PROSTITUTE (Shunpu den)  [SEIJUN SUZUKI] (1965)
  82. SPARTACUS [STANLEY KUBRICK] (1960)
  83. NIGHT MOVES [ARTHUR PENN] (1975)
  84. CINEMA PARADISO (Nuovo cinema paradise)  [GIUSEPPE TORNATORE] (1989)
  85. VALLEY OF THE BEES (Udoli vcel) [FRANTISEK VLÁCIL] (1967)
  86. OPENING NIGHT [JOHN CASSAVETES] (1977)(# 36)
  87. SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION [FRED SCHEPISI] (1993)
  88. DANCER IN THE DARK [LARS VON TRIER] (2000) (# 95)
  89. GET SHORTY [BARRY SONNENFELD] (1995)
  90. PILGRIMAGE [JOHN FORD] (1933)
  91. GUNGA DIN [GEORGE STEVENS] (1939)
  92. SENSO (aka The Wanton Contessa)  [LUCHINO VISCONTI] (1953)
  93. THE LIVES OF OTHERS [FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK] (2006) (# 77)
  94. LA NOTTE [MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI] (1961)
  95. SAMURAI REBELLION (Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu) [MASAKI KOBAYASHI] (1967) (# 93)
  96. REMEMBER THE NIGHT [MITCHELL LEISEN] (1940)
  97. LA STRADA [FEDERICO FELLINI] (1954)
  98. THE SOCIAL NETWORK [DAVID FINCHER] (2010)
  99. THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN [FRANK CAPRA] (1933)
  100. THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD [ANDREW DOMINIK] (2007)
    

The following is the RTCD Refugees Forum actual “Alternative Canon” consensus poll results:

96.  SINGING DETECTIVE, THE (JON AMIEL, 1986)
96.  PLANÈTE SAUVAGE, LA / FANTASTIC PLANET (RENÉ LALOUX, 1973)
96.  FEMME DE L|AVIATEUR, LA / AVIATOR|S WIFE, THE (ERIC ROHMER, 1981)
96.  VOSKHOZHDENIYE / THE ASCENT (LARISA SHEPITKO, 1977)
96.  SUN SHINES BRIGHT, THE (JOHN FORD, 1953)
95.  DANCER IN THE DARK (LARS VON TRIER, 2000)
94.  MELVIN AND HOWARD (JONATHAN DEMME, 1980)
93.  JÔI-UCHI: HAIRYÔ TSUMA SHIMATSU / SAMURAI REBELLION (MASAKI KOBAYASHI, 1967)
92.  MATRIX, THE (ANDY WACHOWSKI, LARRY WACHOWSKI, 1999)
91.  HANDLE WITH CARE / CITIZEN’S BAND (JONATHAN DEMME, 1977)
90.  PURSUED (RAOUL WALSH, 1947)
89.  FERRIS BUELLER|S DAY OFF (JOHN HUGHES, 1986)
88.  RIVIÈRE DU HIBOU, LA / AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE (ROBERT ENRICO, 1962)
87.  ENFANT SAUVAGE, L| / THE WILD CHILD (FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT, 1970)
86.  GISHIKI / THE CEREMONY (NAGISA OSHIMA, 1971)
85.  FRESH (BOAZ YAKIN, 1994)
84.  MARRYING KIND, THE (GEORGE CUKOR, 1952)
83.  MOONLIGHTING (JERZY SKOLIMOWSKI, 1982)
82.  BABETTES GÆSTEBUD / BABETTE|S FEAST (GABRIEL AXEL, 1987)
81.  GLEN OR GLENDA (EDWARD D. WOOD, JR., 1953)
80.  MAMAN ET LA PUTAIN, LA / THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE (JEAN EUSTACHE, 1973)
79.  SCENIC ROUTE, THE (MARK RAPPAPORT, 1978)
78.  LADIES| MAN, THE (JERRY LEWIS, 1961)
77.  LEBEN DER ANDEREN, DAS / LIVES OF OTHERS, THE (FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK, 2006)
76.  MY FAIR LADY (GEORGE CUKOR, 1964)
75.  DIVORZIO ALL|ITALIANA / DIVORCE, ITALIAN STYLE (PIETRO GERMI, 1961)
74.  YEUX SANS VISAGE, LES / EYES WITHOUT A FACE (GEORGES FRANJU, 1960)
73.  SOPHIE|S CHOICE (ALAN J. PAKULA, 1982)
72.  KANAL / CANAL (ANDRZEJ WAJDA, 1957)
70.  MAJO NO TAKKYÛBIN / KIKI|S DELIVERY SERVICE (HAYAO MIYAZAKI, 1989)
70.  SEDOTTA E ABBANDONATA / SEDUCED AND ABANDONED (PIETRO GERMI, 1964)
69.  VIE RÊVÉE DES ANGES, LA / DREAMLIFE OF ANGELS, THE (ERICK ZONCA, 1998)
68.  PLACE IN THE SUN, A (GEORGE STEVENS, 1951)
67.  GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (HOWARD HAWKS, 1953)
66.  CLOCKERS (SPIKE LEE, 1995)
65.  BOUCHER, LE / THE BUTCHER (CLAUDE CHABROL, 1970)
64.  BIG NIGHT (CAMPBELL SCOTT, STANLEY TUCCI, 1996)
63.  LEKTIONEN IN FINSTERNIS / LESSONS OF DARKNESS (WERNER HERZOG, 1992)
62.  KING OF THE HILL (STEVEN SODERBERGH, 1993)
61.  MODERN ROMANCE (ALBERT BROOKS, 1981)
60.  TARNISHED ANGELS, THE (DOUGLAS SIRK, 1957)
59.  SOUFFLE AU COEUR, LE / MURMUR OF THE HEART (LOUIS MALLE, 1971)
58.  GOLDEN COACH, THE/ CARROSSE D|OR, LE (JEAN RENOIR, 1952)
57.  HARD DAY|S NIGHT, A (RICHARD LESTER, 1964)
56.  LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY (WERNER HERZOG, 1997)
55.  HUMORESQUE (JEAN NEGULESCO, 1946)
54.  NYBYGGAMA / THE NEW LAND (JAN TROELL, 1972)
53.  PERFECT WORLD, A (CLINT EASTWOOD, 1993)
52.  SPIDER (DAVID CRONENBERG, 2002)
51.  RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY (SAM PECKINPAH, 1962)
50.  ONIBABA (KANETO SHINDO, 1964)
49.  FÉTICHE / MASCOT (WLADYSLAW STAREWICZ, 1934)
48.  WALLACE & GROMIT IN THE WRONG TROUSERS (NICK PARK, 1993)
47.  BLUE COLLAR (PAUL SCHRADER, 1978)
46.  AMICHE, LE / THE GIRLFRIENDS (MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI, 1955)
45.  BONJOUR TRISTESSE (OTTO PREMINGER, 1958)
44.  GAKE NO UE NO PONYO / PONYO / PONYO ON THE CLIFF (HAYAO MIYAZAKI, 2008)
43.  RAPTURE, THE (MICHAEL TOLKIN, 1991)
42.  HAURU NO UGOKU SHIRO / HOWL|S MOVING CASTLE (HAYAO MIYAZAKI, 2004)
41.  PISTOL OPERA (SEIJUN SUZUKI, 2001)
40.  UTVANDRAMA / THE EMIGRANTS (JAN TROELL, 1971)
39.  PAPER MOON (PETER BOGDANOVICH, 1973)
38.  PERCEVAL LE GALLOIS / PERCEVAL (ERIC ROHMER, 1978)
37.  ROSETTA (JEAN-PIERRE DARDENNE, LUC DARDENNE, 1999)
36.  OPENING NIGHT (JOHN CASSAVETES, 1977)
35.  NEMA-YE NAZDIK / CLOSE-UP (ABBAS KIAROSTAMI, 1990)
34.  OSTRE SLEDOVANÉ VLAKY / CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS (JIRÍ MENZEL, 1966)
33.  BYÔSOKU 5 SENCHIMÊTORU / 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND (MAKOTO SHINKAI, 2007)
32.  THERE|S ALWAYS TOMORROW (DOUGLAS SIRK, 1956)
31.  LACOMBE LUCIEN (LOUIS MALLE, 1974)
30.  POPIÓL I DIAMENT / ASHES AND DIAMONDS (ANDRZEJ WAJDA, 1958)
29.  KOSHIKEI / DEATH BY HANGING (NAGISA OSHIMA, 1968)
28.  LITTLE FOXES, THE (WILLIAM WYLER, 1941)
27.  CAREFUL (GUY MADDIN, 1992)
26.  FEARLESS (PETER WEIR, 1993)
25.  MABOROSHI NO HIKARI / MABOROSI (HIROKAZU KOREEDA, 1995)
23.  GEORGE WASHINGTON (DAVID GORDON GREEN, 2000)
23.  CONTE DE NOËL, UN / A CHRISTMAS TALE (ARNAUD DESPLECHIN, 2008)
22.  JEZEBEL (WILLIAM WYLER, 1938)
21.  GYCKLAMAS AFTON / SAWDUST AND TINSEL / THE NAKED NIGHT (INGMAR BERGMAN, 1953)
20.  MIDARERU / YEARNING (MIKIO NARUSE, 1964)
19.  FRANCESCO, GIULLARE DI DIO / THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS (ROBERTO ROSSELLINI, 1950)
18.  BONNES FEMMES, LES / THE GOOD TIME GIRLS (CLAUDE CHABROL, 1960)
17.  FANTASTIC MR. FOX (WES ANDERSON, 2009)
16.  OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS (CAROL REED, 1952)
15.  LITTLE BIG MAN (ARTHUR PENN, 1970)
14.  FEU FOLLET, LE / THE FIRE WITHIN / WILL O| THE WISP (LOUIS MALLE, 1963)
13.  GUN CRAZY / DEADLY IS THE FEMALE (JOSEPH H. LEWIS, 1950)
12.  JALSAGHAR / THE MUSIC ROOM (SATYAJIT RAY, 1958)
11.  DUCK AMUCK (CHUCK JONES, 1953)
10.  TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, A (ELIA KAZAN, 1945)
9.  SKAMMEN / SHAME (INGMAR BERGMAN, 1968)
8.  TWO LOVERS (JAMES GRAY, 2008)
7.  HOUSEKEEPING (BILL FORSYTH, 1987)
6.  NAKED KISS, THE (SAMUEL FULLER, 1964)
5.  SANTA SANGRE / HOLY BLOOD (ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY, 1989)
4.  LETTER TO THREE WIVES, A (JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ, 1949)
3.  SHALL WE DANSU? / SHALL WE DANCE (MASAYUKI SUO, 1996)
2.  SERIOUS MAN, A (ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN, 2009)
1.  INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (QUENTIN TARANTINO, 2009)

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