Wednesday, November 30, 2005

REV: Obscure Movie Memed

Several days ago i started a movie meme akin to what i did months ago with a book meme -- i'm compiling bloggers' choices of their favorite "great but obscure" movies into one long post -- this one.

I wrote a mass email challenging bloggers i knew and their (and my) readers to post titles of films they have seen that they think are wonderful, that they would watch over and over, but which are obscure enough that the average person probably would not know them by name.

The end result is obvious i hope -- a list of great movies that you can take with you to the rental store to find some things you would otherwise not pick up.

I have compiled these also into a handy word document. If you'd like one just email me and i'll send you the most current version.

Finally, thanks to all the participating blogs!

And although it is not a submission/nomination per se, it was brought to my attention that fellow Texan norbizness at least reviews obscurities on a regular basis here. They're rated so you can decide for yourself which ones fits the companion category of "great." There is a lot of cross-pollination here.

Which reminds me that most of the fun (besides watching the movies) will be in reading the summaries and justifications each of the bloggers has posted at their sites. The link to the blogs below go straight to their movie postings -- so check 'em out, and then spend some time scouting around the rest of their sites.

[Note: i am bumping this for the last time on November 30, because to continue would change the link and wipe out linkage from the various participating sites. I will continue to update however, as long as i am able to find participants.]

The list
I'm linking films here to their IMdB page. Several of the nominating blogs link their movies to other sites, many of them far more extensive and enlightening than IMdB.

Great But Obscure Movies (blogs/posts/commenters nominating)

After Life -- see Wandafuru Raifu

Alien Avengers/Welcome to Planet Earth (US/1996) (Science & Politics)

American Splendor (US/2003) (Words & Pictures)

Antonia/Antonia's Line** (Netherlands/Belgium/UK/1995) (suzannagig-jig/Science and Sarcasm)

Antonio Gaudi** (Japan/1984) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

Apple -- see Sib

La Ardilla Roja/The Red Squirrel** (Spain/1993) (Greg A. on Cosmic Variance)

Atanarjuat** (Canada/2001) (The House & other Arctic musings)

Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob/The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob** (France/Italy/1973) (Snail’s Tales)

Badkonake Sefid/The White Balloon** (Iran/1995) (Skookum Talk)

The Bag of Knees (US) (John Farrell on Cosmic Variance)

The Barbarian Brothers (US/Italy/1987) (deniz on Snail’s Tales)

Battleship Potemkin -- see Bronenosets Potyomkin

Belizaire the Cajun (US/1986) (The Corpus Callosum)

Beyond Silence -- see Jenseits der Stille

Bian Lian/The King of Masks** (China/Hong Kong/1996) (Zanthan Gardens)

Black Cat, White Cat -- see Crna Macka, Beli Macor

Blackboards -- see Takhte Siah

Bliss (Australia/1985) (Spyder on Cosmic Variance)

Blue -- see Trois Couleurs:Bleu

Bom Yeoreum Gaeul Gyeoul Geurigo Bom/Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . and Spring** (South Korea/Germany/2003) (suzannagig-jig)

Brazil (UK/1985) (Words & Pictures/ Firefly Forest Blog)

Bronenosets Potyomkin/Battleship Potemkin*** (Russia/1925) (Skookum Talk)

The Business of Fancydancing (US/2002) (milkriverblog/10,000 Birds)

Cane Toads, An Unnatural History (Australia/1988) (Words & Pictures)

Chong Qin Sen Lin/Chungking Express** (Hong Kong/1994) (223 on Cosmic Variance)

Cinema Paradiso – see Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

Cidade de Deus/City of God** (Brazil/France/US/2002) (Hacienda del Gringo)

Cité des Enfants Perdus/City of Lost Children** (France/Germany/Spain/1995) (Skookum Talk)

The Color of Pomegranates -- see Sayat Nova

The Commitments (Ireland/1991) (milkriverblog)

Como Agua para Chocolate/Like Water for Chocolate** (Mexico/1992) (suzannagig-jig)

The Corn is Green (US/1945) (deniz on Snail’s Tales)

The Corporation (Canada/2003) (Thomasburg Walks)

Crna Macka, Beli Macor/Black Cat, White Cat** (France/Germany/Yugoslavia/1998) (points of departure)

Dark City (Australia/US/1998) (points of departure)

The Day I Became a Woman -- see Roozi Ke Zan Shodan

Dead Man (US/Germany/Japan/1995) (WoodSong)

Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray/Sundays and Cybele** (France/1962) (suzanne via email)

Dirty, Filthy Love (UK/2004) (suzannagig-jig)

Dirty Weekend (UK/1993) (Diane on Musings on story and life)

Diva (France/1981) (Shadan07 on Cosmic Variance/Words & Pictures)

Dongdong de Jiaqi/A Summer at Grandpa’s** (Taiwan/1984) (223 on Cosmic Variance)

Don't Look Now (Italy/UK/1973) (Mike Molloy on Cosmic Variance)

La Double Vie de Veronique/The Double Life of Veronique** (France/Poland/Norway/1991) (223 on Cosmic Variance)

Eat Drink Man Woman -- see Yin Shi Nan Mu

Edwin (UK/1984) (Snail’s Tales)

Escanaba in da Moonlight (US/2001) (Musings on story and life)

El Espiritu de la Colmena/The Spirit of the Beehive** (Spain/1973) (223 on Cosmic Variance)

Être et Avoir** (France/2002) (Words & Pictures)

Everyman (US/2002) (John Farrell on Cosmic Variance)

Faces (US/1968) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

A Family Thing (US/1996) (Skookum Talk)

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (US/1997) (Thoughts from Kansas/Science & Politics)

The Fisher King (US/1991) (suzannagig-jig)

Fitzcarraldo (Peru/Germany/1982) (Shadan07 on Cosmic Variance/Words & Pictures)

Floating Weeds -- see Ukigusa

The Fog of War (US/2003) (Thoughts from Kansas)

French Twist -- see Gazon Maudit

Funny Ha Ha (US/2003) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

Gabbeh** (Iran/France/1997) (Skookum Talk)

Gates of Heaven (US/1980) (Nils on Thoughts from Kansas)

Gazon Maudit/French Twist** (France/1995) (Cosmic Variance/aszter on Cosmic Variance)

Geronimo: An American Legend (US/1993) (Mike the Mad Biologist)

Gertrud** (Denmark/1964) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

Die Geschichte vom Weinenden Kamel/The Story of the Weeping Camel** (Germany/Mongolia/2003) (WoodSong)

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (France/Germany/UK/Japan/1999) (Research at a Snail’s Pace)

Les Glaneurs et al Glaneuse/The Gleaners & I** (France/2000) (Skookum Talk)

God of Cookery -- see Sik San

Grateful Dawg (US/2000) (Crows Really Are Wise)

Greaser’s Palace (US/1972) (Shadan07 on Cosmic Variance)

Green Card (Australia/France/US/1990) (Jane Swanson on Musings on story and life)

The Hanging Garden (UK/Canada/1997) (In the Common Hours)

Harold and Maude (US/1971) (10,000 Birds/rosagirl on Musings on story and life/Words & Pictures)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (US/2001) (suzannagig-jig)

Heisei Tanuki Gassen Pompoko/Pom Poko** (Japan/1994) (Skookum Talk)

Himalaya – le Enfance d’un Chef** (France/UK/Switzerland/Nepal/1999) (Research at a Snail’s Pace)

Der Himmel Uber Berlin/Wings of Desire** (Germany/France/1987) (Banana Slug)

The Incredible Shrinking Man (US/1957) (prairie point/Pax Nortona)

Institute Benjamenta (UK/Japan/Germany/1995) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

Jenseits der Stille/Beyond Silence** (Germany/1996) (In the Common Hours)

Johnny Stechino** (Italy/1991) (Sheila on Musings on story and life)

Kakushi Toride no san Akunin/Hidden Fortress** (Japan/1958) (Skookum Talk)

Kandahar -- see Safar e Ghandehar

Kelid/The Key** (Iran/1987) (Skookum Talk)

Khane-ye Doust Kodjast?/Where is the Friend's House?** (Iran/1987) (Skookum Talk)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (US/1976) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

The King of Comedy (US/1983) (betsy on Musings on story and life)

The King of Hearts -- see Le Roi de Coeur

The King of Masks -- see Bian Lian

Koroshi no Rakuin/Branded to Kill** (Japan/1967) (Skookum Talk)

Laws of Gravity (US/1993) (Mike the Mad Biologist)

Liberty Heights (US/1999) (milkriverblog)

The Life of Birds (UK/1998) (10,000 Birds)

Like Water for Chocolate -- see Como Agua para Chocolate

Liquid Sky (US/1982) (serial catowner on Cosmic Variance)

Little Big Man (US/1970) (Rurality)

Little Voice (UK/1998) (Zanthan Gardens)

Lola Rennt/Run Lola Run (Germany/1998) (The House & other Arctic musings/Beth on The House & other Arctic musings)

Lost in La Mancha (UK/US/2002) (evolgen/afarensis)

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (US/2001) (anonymous on afarensis)

Love Streams (US/1984) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob -- see Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob

The Magic Christian (UK/1969) (Words & Pictures)

The Magnetic Monster (US/1953) (afarensis)

The Man in the White Suit (UK/1951) (Snail’s Tales)

El Mariachi** (Mexico/US/1992) (Research at a Snail’s Pace)

Matewan (US/1987) (Levi on Cosmic Variance/Skookum Talk)

Ma Vie en Rose/My Life in Pink** (France/Belgium/UK/1997) (Skookum Talk)

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (US/1971) (suzannagig-jig)

Me, Myself, I (Australia/France/1999) (In the Common Hours)

Messer im Kopf** (Germany/1978) (Words & Pictures)

The Mission (UK/1986) (Court on Musings on story and life)

The Music of Chance (US/1993) (Levi on Cosmic Variance)

Mutual Appreciation (US/2005) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

My Architect (US/2003) (Banana Slug)

My Brilliant Career (Australia/1979) (Zanthan Gardens)

My Dinner With Andre (US/1981) (Crows Really Are Wise/Science & Politics)

My Left Foot (Ireland/UK/1989) (suzannagig-jig)

My Life in Pink -- see Ma Vie en Rose

The Myth of Fingerprints (US/1995) (Science and Sarcasm)

Nueve Reinas** (Argentina/2000) (Hacienda del Gringo)

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso** (Italy/France) (rani on Musings on story and life)

O Brother Where Art Thou? (UK/France/US/2000) (Skookum Talk)

Once Were Warriors (New Zealand/1994) (The House & other Arctic musings/Deirdre on The House & other Arctic musings/suzannagig-jig)

Ordet** (Denmark/1955) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

Otesanek** (Czech Republic/UK/Japan/2000) (OutEast on afarensis)

La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc*** (France/1928) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

The Phantom from Space (US/1953) (afarensis)

Pom Poko -- see Heisei Tanuki Gassen Pompoko

A Prayer for the Dying (US/1987) (Mike the Mad Biologist)

Prospero’s Books (France/Italy/Netherlands/UK/Japan/1991) (Firefly Forest Blog)

Rabbit-proof Fence (Australia/2002) (suzannagig-jig)

Ravenous (Czech Republic/UK/Mexico/US/Slovakia/1999) (Banana Slug)

The Red Squirrel -- see La Ardilla Roja

The Replacement Killers (US/1998) (Mike the Mad Biologist)

Repulsion (UK/1965) (prairie point)

Richard the Second (US/2001) (John Farrell on Cosmic Variance)

Robin and the 7 Hoods (US/1964) (Shell on Musings on story and life)

Le Roi de Coeur/The King of Hearts** (France/Italy/1966) (Carol Perry via email)

Romero (US/1989) (Mike the Mad Biologist)

Roozi Ke Zan Shodan/The Day I Became a Woman** (Iran/2000) (Skookum Talk)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (UK/US/1990) (Research at a Snail’s Pace)

Ruben and Ed (UK/1991) (rosagirl on Musings on story and life)

Run Lola Run -- see Lola Rennt

Safar e Ghandehar/Kandahar** (Iran/France/2001) (Skookum Talk)

Salesman (US/1969) (Levi on Cosmic Variance)

Sans Soleil** (France/1983) (Robin on Cosmic Variance)

Sayat Nova/The Color of Pomegranates** (Armenia/1968) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

Secondhand Lions (US/2003) (Skookum Talk)

Secrets of the Roan Innish (US/Ireland/1994) (afarensis)

Shadows (US/1959) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors -- see Tini Zabutykh Predkiv

Shall We Dansu?/Shall We Dance? (Japan/1996) (suzannagig-jig)

Sib/Apple** (Iran/France/1998) (Skookum Talk)

Sik San/God of Cookery** (Hong Kong/1996) (Birdchick Blog)

Six Degrees of Separation (US/1993) (Missy on Musings on story and life)

Slacker (US/1991) (Moshe on Cosmic Variance)

Smoke Signals (US/1998) (milkriverblog/10,000 Birds/WoodSong/In the Common Hours)

The Snapper (UK/Ireland/1993) (Research at a Snail’s Pace)

Solomon and Gaenor (UK/1999) (deniz on Snail’s Tales)

Solyaris ** (Russia/1972) (Firefly Forest Blog)

Some Kind of Wonderful (US/1987) (Becca on Musings on story and life)

Sono Otoko, Kiyobo Ni Tsuki/Violent Cop** (Japan/1989) (Banana Slug)

The Spirit of the Beehive -- see El Espiritu de la Colmena

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . and Spring -- see Bom Yeoreum Gaeul Gyeoul Geurigo Bom

Stranger than Paradise (US/Germany/1984) (Levi on Cosmic Variance)

The Story of the Weeping Camel -- see Die Geschichte vom Weinenden Kamel

Street of Crocodiles (UK/1986) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

Sullivan's Travels (US/1941) (Banana Slug)

A Summer at Grandpa's -- see Dongdong de Jiaqi

Suna No Onna/Woman in the Dunes** (Japan/1964) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

Sundays and Cybele -- see Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray

Sweet Sixteen* (Scotland/2002) (milkriverblog)

Sympathy for the Devil (UK/1968) (Spyder on Cosmic Variance)

Takhte Siah/Blackboards** (Iran/Italy/Japan/2000) (Skookum Talk)

The Thin Man (US/1934) (Skookum Talk)

Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines (UK/1965) (Erin Curra-Spurger on milkriverblog)

Tini Zabutykh Predkiv/Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors** (Ukraine/1964) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

Tokyo Monogatari/Tokyo Story** (Japan/1953) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

Tortilla Soup (US/2001) (suzannagig-jig)

Trois Couleurs:Bleu/Blue** (France/Poland/Switerland/UK/1993) (Amara on Cosmic Variance)

Truly, Madly, Deeply (UK/1991) (In the Common Hours/The House & other Arctic musings)

Tully (US/2000) (In the Common Hours)

Twelve Monkeys (US/1995) (Skookum Talk)

Ukigusa/Floating Weeds** (Japan/1959) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

Vanya on 42nd Street (UK/US/1994) (Cosmic Variance/Levi on Cosmic Variance)

Vernon, Florida (US/Germany/1981) (Nils on Thoughts from Kansas)

Violent Cop -- see Sono Otoko, Kiyobo Ni Tsuki

Waking Ned Devine (Ireland/UK/France/US/1998) (Musings on story and life)

Walkabout (UK/1971) (prairie point/Zanthan Gardens)

Wandafuru Raifu/After Life** (Japan/1998) (Zanthan Gardens)

Welcome to Planet Earth – see Alien Avengers

Whale Rider* (New Zealand/2002) (milkriverblog/The House & other Arctic musings/Deirdre on The House & other Arctic musings)

Where is the Friend's House? -- see Khane-ye Doust Kodjast?

The White Balloon -- see Badkonake Sefid

The Wicker Man (UK/1973) (prairie point)

Wings of Desire -- see Der Himmel Uber Berlin

Witness for the Prosecution (US/1957) (Zanthan Gardens)

Woman in the Dunes -- see Suna No Onna

The Woman in the Window (US/1945) (Levi on Cosmic Variance)

A Woman Under the Influence (US/1974) (Ijon Tichy on Cosmic Variance)

Yin Shi Nan Mu/Eat Drink Man Woman** (Taiwan/US/1994) (Research at a Snail’s Pace/suzannagig-jig)

Yojimbo (Japan/1961) (Skookum Talk)

Zatoichi** (Japan/2003) (Banana Slug/Science & Politics)

[* These films are in English, but the dialect is so strong that you may need to use the English subtitles]
[**These films are in the language of the home country. Unless you speak that language, you'll need subtitles]
[***Silent]
[Languages in these films include: English, German, French, Japanese, Ukrainian, Armenian, Washoe, Inuktitut, Danish, Mongolian, Romany, Serbo-Croatian, Gaelic, Maori, Spanish, Italian, German Sign, Latin, Russian, Spokane, Cantonese, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Polish, Hebrew, Yiddish, Welsh, Tibetan, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Portuguese, Persian, Pashtu, Kurdish, Dutch]

Many thanks to these participating or responding blogs: Words & Pictures, Crows Really Are Wise, Dharma Bums, Snail's Tales, The Corpus Callosum, Cosmic Variance, Banana Slug, Mike the Mad Biologist, Thoughts from Kansas, The House and other Arctic musings, WoodSong, Musings on story and life, 10,000 Birds, Firefly Forest Blog, evolgen, afarensis, In the Common Hours, Science & Politics, Birdchick Blog, Research at a Snail's Pace, 6th International, Hacienda del Gringo, Rurality, Fragments from Floyd, suzannagig-jig, Skookum Talk, Science and Sarcasm, prairie point, Pax Nortona, Zanthan Gardens, and Carol Perry, Erin Curra-Spurger, and all the commenters on the various blogs.

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