Our 20 Finest Films

July 13, 2018 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | Classic Film, FILM | 2 Comments |

The Varnished Culture has not been hibernating these few weeks in late June and early July. We have convened, and over many screeching, shrill, shrieking debates, several pots of coffee and several bottles of fine Jeanneret riesling from the Clare Valley, we have, with some dissents, compiled our list of the Greatest.

We hope for, but do not expect, tolerance from film buffs out there. But if you can bottle the acid and lower the static, please let us have your thoughts (but be prepared to defend them!)

There’s no mileage in exhaustively setting-out our Committee’s criteria, or allowing too much fulminating in the way of minority reports.  Here is a supplementary bill, with our narrowest misses.  Meantime – in alphabetical order:

AFFLICTION (Directed by Paul Schrader) (1998)

ANDREI RUBLEV (Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky) (1966)

BADLANDS (Directed by Terence Malick) (1973)

CITIZEN KANE (Directed by Orson Welles) (1941)

DEATH IN VENICE (Directed by Luchino Visconti) (1971)

EYES WITHOUT A FACE (Directed by Georges Franju) (1960)

HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Directed by Howard Hawks) (1940)

I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING! (Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger) (1945)

THE MALTESE FALCON (Directed by John Huston) (1941)

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Directed by Charles Laughton) (1955)

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (Directed by Peter Weir) (1975)

SÉANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON (Directed by Bryan Forbes) (1964)

THE SERVANT (Directed by Joseph Losey) (1963)

SUNSET BOULEVARD (Directed by Billy Wilder) (1950)

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Directed by Alexander MacKendrick) (1957)

THE THIRD MAN (Directed by Carol Reed) (1949)

THE VANISHING (Directed by George Sluizer) (1988)

VERTIGO (Directed by Alfred Hitchcock) (1958)

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (Directed by Mike Nicholls) (1966)

WITHNAIL & I (Directed by Bruce Robinson) (1985)


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    July 13, 2018

    1 film in the past 30 years and none in the last 20? Was there any criteria? Please share some basic secrets to how the list was formed! Quite a number there i have not seen. Hard to get the 1985 SANFL grand final out of the DVD player but i'll give it a try! :)

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      Lesley Jakobsen

      July 17, 2018

      We've copped a lot of acrimony along those lines Brad! But we couldn't find anything up to the Top 20 standard this century! Suggestions please. But note we've put out a Runners Up list. Us Glenelg fans are familiar with Runners Up lists (ouch).

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