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Until The End of the World – 1991

In the late 80s, German wunderkind Wim Wenders made this improbable arthouse superproduction spanning 11 countries and, in its restored form, almost 5 hours. Conceived as the « ultimate road movie » it slowly morphs into much more than that, and some of its observations about the future are incredibly prescient.

Floating Weeds – 1959

Gentle scholar of the human condition Yasujiro Ozu made many memorable films, and this is one of his most visually accomplished ones, and perhaps one of the most touching. If you’re new to the Japanese master, this is as good an entry-point as any.

Ordet – 1955

Dreyer is a Danish legend and a hero of firebrand Lars von Trier. Whatever expectations such a preamble might create are no match for the experience that is this unique story of faith and redemption.

Zigeneurwisen – 1980

Bless you! This tongue-twisting mind-bender is the kick-off chapter to wildcard filmmaker Seijun Suzuki’s Taisho Trilogy, and probably what David Lynch might have produced had he been born in Japan. Is it a dream, a nightmare? Spellbinding stuff!

The Mystery of Picasso – 1956

Imagine you could sit with one of the defining artists of our times and push them to create whatever came to mind in real time. That is just the palyful exercise put to screen by legendary director Henri-George Clouzot and icon Pablo Picasso. It’s as interesting as you’d expect, but also far more entertaining and visually compelling.

A Matter of Life and Death – 1946

Powell and Pressburger films all have that special something, like fairytales without the saccharine. Of all their output, this one – the story of a downed airman bargaining for more time on this Earth to live out a romantic encounter – teeters closest to melodrama, but it’s just so irresistible you can’t help but love it.

Jubal – 1956

Love them or hate them, Westerns offer a unique canvas with the potential to make even the most intimate tale biblical in scope. Such is the case with this lesser-known gem featuring amazing turns from Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger, Glen Ford and Valerie French.

Satyricon – 1969

Also known as the time Fellini went too far, Satyricon is divisive, vulgar, monumental, unforgettable… it is also tedious and needlessly weird in parts, but few films have an ounce of this one’s inventiveness or ambition, and that’s something to be truly treasured.

Death of Stalin – 2017

We like a hearty dose of Armando Iannucci-penned vitriol, and this satire of the behind-the-scenes fight for power following the death of Joseph Stalin is his crown jewel. What a cast, what cheek… who could have imagined totalitarianism could be this much mean-spirited fun? Our favorite film of 2017.

Bringing out the Dead – 1999

This overlooked Scorsese gem features no gangsters, and regular collaborators Robert De Niro and Leonardo Di Caprio are nowhere to be found, yet it still marks a kind of purifying return to his earliest hit, marking his fourth and last collaboration with screenwriter and tormented soul Paul Schrader. It’s an acid trip, following a series of nights in the life of a slowly mentally disintegrating paramedic (Nicolas Cage on at the top of his Cage-ness), brought to sizzling life by kaleidoscopic cinematography and a dark sense of humor, and very much worth (re)discovering.