Another year, another set of foreign films for the blind spot series. I may or may not get to all of them, and I’m sure like usual they will be varying degrees of challenging to incomprehensible, but with God as my witness I’ll keep soldiering on.
The Blindspot series has sort of been a case of diminishing returns over the past two years that I’ve done it, so it may seem foolish for me to make another attempt. That sort of comes with the territory though, I feel, as the whole point of the series is to challenge yourself with world-renown classic films. Of course there’s going to be lots of confusion and struggle that goes along with it. So far I’ve only gotten one 4-star review out of the series, and have wimped out on watching almost half the films that I was supposed to, but ya know, that one 4-star film was worth it.
I’m keeping the same rules this time around, one Best Picture winner for February, at least one silent film, one animated film (decided to go back to animation after not getting to my documentary pick last year), at least one film from each decade from the 1920s to the 1990s, and the majority of the films have to be foreign. This year I’m bringing back all of your European giants, France, Italy, and Germany, plus countries I’ve never visited for the series, including India, China, and Argentina.
Without further ado, here’s the schedule of international films for 2017:
FW Murnau’s The Last Laugh (Germany, 1924)
Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante (France, 1934)
Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City (Italy, 1945)
Carl Theodore Dreyer’s Ordet (Denmark, 1955)
Satyajit Ray’s The Big City (India, 1963)
Michael Cacoyannis’ Zorba the Greek (UK/Greece, 1964)
Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God (West Germany, 1971)
Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris (USSR, 1972)
Luis Puenzo’s The Official Story (Argentina, 1985)
Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro (Japan, 1988)
Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine (China, 1993)
Mel Gibson’s Braveheart (US, 1995)
I think I have a good group of film’s for this next year; with me luck and look for the first entry on January 31st!