|Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
|It Should Happen to You
|A New Leaf
|A Woman under the Influence
|Wings of Desire
|YING XIONG (Hero)
|Portrait of a Lady on Fire
|Drive My Car
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Still staggering in both the vast sweep of its technical creativity, and the delicate honesty of its central two performances. Huge and intimate and lovely.
There are five or six Billy Wilder films that could rightfully earn a place on this list, but none embody a whole genre quite as thrillingly as Double Indemnity. Foremost amongst its manifold pleasures: perfect dialogue delivered perfectly.
It Should Happen to You
The invention of 'famous for being famous'; Jack Lemmon's endearing feature debut performance; and an achingly funny central turn from the inimitable Judy Holliday.
A New Leaf
Elaine May stepped straight out of the filmmaking gate by proving herself a triple threat comedic genius. Walter Matthau's riotous lead performance is one for the ages.
A Woman under the Influence
Somehow both tremendously delicate and breath-catchingly intense for all of its 155 minutes. The best collaboration of John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands, which makes this about as good as it gets.
Wings of Desire
Bruno Ganz and Peter Falk conversing across existential planes about the pleasures of coffee and cigarettes. That's cinema.
Deliriously romantic, and yet full of world-weary pragmatism. Heady, outrageously fun, but with the warmest of hearts.
YING XIONG (Hero)
Dizzying in its beauty.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Every scene is a work of art. Mythic yet painfully tangible. Transcendent.
Drive My Car
Tiny, truthful scenes that build and build into a rich, soul-stirring epic about what it is to be a person in the world.
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