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Friday, December 21, 2012

Favorite Film Discoveries of 2012 - R. Emmet Sweeney

R. Emmet Sweeney writes a weekly column for Movie Morlocks, the official blog of Turner Classic Movies. He also contributes regularly to Film Comment.
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1. The Adventures of Robert Macaire (1925, directed by Jean Epstein)
A rollicking picaresque adventure on which Epstein employs his increasingly experimental visual techniques.

2. Design For Living (1933, directed by Ernst Lubitsch)
Menage a trois, Lubitsch style.

3. The Satin Slipper (1985, directed by Manoel de Oliveira)
Oliveira condenses Paul Claudel’s 12-hour play of unrequited love into a svelte 410 minutes. Full review (

4. Bed of Roses (1933, directed by Gregory La Cava)
Constance Bennett goes HAM. Full review (

5. Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971, directed by Robert Bresson)
Bresson’s funniest film.

6. The Hanging Tree (1959, directed by Delmer Daves)
A devastating western marked by illness and malady. Full review (

7. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984, directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
Miyazaki’s most gorgeous and damning eco-parable. Puts Avatar to shame.

8. Little Man, What Now (1934, Frank Borzage)
The terror of unemployment.

9. The Whole Town’s Talking (1935, John Ford)
Edward G. Robinson: a great comic actor. Full review (

10. The Blind Owl (1987, Raul Ruiz)
Cinema as delirium.

11. Up the Down Staircase (1967, Robert Mulligan)
One of the few great movies about teaching. One of the many great movies about NYC.

12. Westward the Women (1951, William Wellman)
Wellman re-inscribes women into the history of the Western United States. Full review (

13. The Yellow Ticket (1931, Raoul Walsh)
Deep focus!

14. You Have to Run Fast (1961, Edward L. Cahn)
A brutally efficient noir. Full review (

15. The Funhouse (1981, Tobe Hooper)
Seamy carny horror. Full review (

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