魏斯安德森 Wes Anderson’s Top 10

In response to our invitation to contribute his list of favorite Criterion titles, director Wes Anderson wrote, “I thought my take on a top-ten list might be to simply quote myself from the brief fan letters I periodically write to the Criterion Collection team.” His selections were, unsurprisingly, delightful.

1. 某夫人又名:《伯爵夫人的耳環

1953 年 ‧ 戲劇/愛情片 ‧ 1 小時 45 分鐘
上映時間: 1953 年 9 月 16 日 (法國)
導演: 馬克思·歐弗斯

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This interview with Louise de Vilmorin on the Earrings of Madame de . . . DVD is very funny. She is already mesmerizing and charming and unlike anybody you’ve ever met—and then she starts talking about the movie. She hated it, in fact? Max Ophuls made a perfect film.

2. 驢子巴特薩 Au Hasard Balthazar

1966 年 ‧ 戲劇/藝術電影 ‧ 1 小時 35 分鐘
上映時間: 1966 年 5 月 25 日 (法國)
導演: 羅伯特·布列松

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We watched Au hasard Balthazar last night and loved it and also Donald Richie. You hate to see that poor donkey die. He takes a beating and presses on, and your heart goes out to him. Also, Mouchette is terrific, which we watched last week. It’s a rare option, of course, to be able to ask Jean-Luc Godard to cut your trailer.

3. 豚與軍艦, 1961 今村昌平

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《日本昆蟲記》 (The Insect Woman(にっぽん昆蟲記,Nippon konchuki)) 是1963年11月16日上映的日本電影,由今村昌平執導。 

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赤色殺機  赤い殺意 (1964)
導演: 今村昌平

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We are deep into Shohei Imamura. I always loved Vengeance Is Mine, which was the only one I knew, on a double-disc Criterion laser. But now this box set gives me some perspective. Pigs and Battleships. The war didn’t exactly work wonders for the people of Tokyo or wherever that was.

4. 路易十四的崛起 The Taking of Power by Louis XIV
羅賽里尼 Roberto Rossellini

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This is a wonderful and very strange movie. I had never heard of it. The man who plays Louis cannot give a convincing line reading, even to the ears of someone who can’t speak French—and yet he is fascinating. I was in his corner from start to finish (which comes unexpectedly—I thought there had to be at least another hour and a half to go when “Fin” came up). Mainly, he just walks in and out of rooms and dresses and undresses. I want to watch it again! What does good acting actually mean? Who is this Tag Gallagher?

5. 冷戰諜魂 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
馬汀‧里德 Martin Ritt

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I had never seen it before. It’s great, and the interview with John le Carré is touching—especially his assessment, or more like admission, at the end that Martin Ritt made “something like a classic.”

6. 線人 The Friends of Eddie Coyle
彼得·葉慈 Peter Yates

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It’s not upbeat.

7. 冒一切風險的階級 Classe tous risques
克勞德·梭特 Claude Sautet

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Classe tous risques is very good. I am a great fan of Claude Sautet, especially Un coeur en hiver. Who is our Lino Ventura?

8. 赤裸童年 L’enfance nue
莫里斯皮雅拉 Maurice Pialat

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I was introduced to Pialat in the first place by your À nos amours disc. You should do every one of his you can get your hands on.

9. 三島由紀夫傳 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
保羅・許瑞德 Paul Schrader

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What a great Mishima DVD—and the commentary track. Immediately started the movie again and watched it all the way through with Paul Schrader. This has always been one of my favorites of his, along with Blue Collar. And Donald Richie again!

10. 泯滅天使 The Exterminating Angel
路易斯·布紐爾 Luis Buñuel

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Have just watched The Exterminating Angel for the first time since fuzzy VHS in University of Texas A/V library. He is my hero. Mike Nichols said in the newspaper he thinks of Buñuel every day, which I believe I do, too, or at least every other.

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