Emily Wardill

Full Firearms

UK

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Arme Leute

1963

Vlado Kristi

Born in Flames

1983

Lizzie Borden

Circus, The

1928

Charles Chaplin

Edvard Munch

1976

Peter Watkins

Geschichte der Nacht

1978

Clemens Klopfenstein

I am Cuba

1964

Mikhail Kalatozov

In a Year of 13 Moons

1978

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Little Richard Story, The

1980

William Klein

Margaret

2008

Kenneth Lonergan

Night of the Hunter, The

1955

Charles Laughton

Comments

Edvard Munch: The film is brutal and reveals an awareness of the sickness inherent in representation. Munch and his contemporaries stare out from the camera straight at you – time stops, and you are reminded that human relationships can be both simple and unsolvable.

Yo Soy Cuba: The narrator is the island, the island is a woman and the camera floats on the air. I love this as a way to tell a story of political upheaval: a prostitute is a complicated character and not just a poorly disguised excuse to put sex in a film with the form of filming that denies individual protagonists.

The Little Richard Story: William Klein can make a two-hour documentary about tennis that someone not interested in tennis is glued to – then he goes and makes a documentary about Little Richard and it is almost too much! Its so funny, so sad, such a desolate and libidinous portrait of a country. A portrait of a musician by someone who loves the music – wants you to feel the expectation before he arrives on stage, the absurdity of the people he stayed with, the gentleness of moving, where he moved from and to.

The Night of the Hunter: This tense, exquisite, malevolent little song is one of the most beautiful things that I have ever seen after Rembrant’s The Abduction of Proserpina.

Margaret: This film wasn’t really about being an accurate description of what it is like to live in a culture which venerates youth and has done for decades apparently, but that is what I thought it was about. The strange shrill dilemmas that are played out in Margaret are acted so well, written with empathy and do that great thing that art can do – show relationships that you’ve known but you never saw depicted before.

Geslichte der Nacht: A black and white record of European cities at night. They are peopled, these landscapes. Sometimes. Drunks stumbling around. A man dressed up as a clown with a normal, shopworn face , smoking a cigarette on a deserted street. Birds flying through a night sky. They look like spaces that are theatrical and imagined – but they aren’t. They have that sense that Tom Wolfe talks about in the beginning of Bonfire of the Vanities where he realised he might not write fiction any more because he can’t compete with surreal creativity abounding in newspaper reports.

In a Year of 13 Moons: A film that haunts me forever.

Arme Leute: Jokes that are serious and groups that move with their own volition.

Born in Flames: The soundtrack. The energy. Your film can belong to you!!

The Circus: Ah , the elegance of his jokes. The man who is not funny when he tries to be but is when he doesn’t . The man who steals a baby’s food, tells the object of his affection that he leads a charmed life than a sack of sand lands on his head. This is the Chaplin that makes me laugh the most.

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