Head, Moving Image Section, Library of Congress
|The Last Picture Show
|Fear Eats the Soul
|Rainer Werner Fassbinder
|Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
|Always for Pleasure
|The Battle of Algiers
|I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
The Last Picture Show
Brilliant cast mixing beloved veterans and young actors at the beginning of their careers. Gorgeous black-and-white cinematography that captures the desolation and beauty of North Texas. A sensitive script that eschews the cliches of coming-of-age tales to achieve an emotional nuance that lingers in the soul.
Fear Eats the Soul
No director deconstructed and rearticulated a genre like Fassbinder and melodrama.
A master class in how to balance suspense and surprise.
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
The poetic acme of silent cinema.
Impossibly beautiful film in an impossibly devastating time.
Always for Pleasure
A soft spot for this because it's home.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
No final line of dialogue has ever landed with such existential hopelessness.
A film of enormous sentiment without being sentimental.
I don't want to but I have to.