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Friday, August 17, 2012

CCC in S&S2012 Canon

Rankings in the Sight and Sound 2012 decennial Greatest Film poll (846 voters) :


CONTEMPORARY CONTEMPLATIVE CINEMA (2 titles in Top50, 68 votes):
#36. Sátántangó - Tarr Béla, 1994
(34 votes : Adam Hyman, Andrei Gorzo, Daniela Michel, David E James, David O Mahony, Dmitry Martov, Esin Kucuktepepinar, Ewa Mazierska, Gary Indiana, Gertjan Zuilhof, Gusztáv Schubert, Henk Camping, Horacio Bernades, Janusz Wróblewski, Jonathan Romney, Jonathan Rosenbaum, José Manuel Costa, Jože Dolmark, Jurica Pavicic, Jytte Jensen, Lóránt Stőhr, Ludmila Cvikova, Marcelo Alderete, Marlena Lukasiak, Matthew Flanagan, Mohammed Rouda, Pavel Bednarik, Peter Walsh, Roman Gutek, Ronald Bergan, Thomas Beard, Ulrich Gregor, Vadim Rizov, Zsolt Gyenge)

#36. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles - Chantal Akerman, 1975
(34 votes : Amy Taubin, Andréa Picard, Annette Kuhn, Berenice Reynaud, Bill Horrigan, Briony Hanson, Bruce Jenkins, Bruno Di Marino, Cristina Álvarez López, Dana Linssen, David Jenkins, Dennis Lim, Ed Halter, Elena Oroz, Fritz Göttler, George Clark, John David Rhodes, Kristy Matheson, Lalitha Gopalan, Laura Mulvey, Liz Helfgott, Lola Hinojosa, Matthew Flanagan, Melissa Gronlund, Michael Koresky, Michael Sicinski, Michael Witt, Nathan Lee, Noam M Elcott, Sandra Hebron, Senem Aytaç, Stuart Klawans, Tim Grierson, Tim Robey)


CC precursors, bare narrative but still loosely plot-driven or using metaphorical editing (7 titles in Top100, tallying 183 votes) :
  • #8. Man with a Movie Camera - Dziga Vertov, 1929 (68 votes)
  • #21. L’avventura - Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960 (43 votes)
  • #42. Play Time - Jacques Tati, 1967 (31 votes)
  • #73. L’eclisse - Michelangelo Antonioni (22 votes)
  • #84. Sayat Nova  - Sergei Parajanov (19 votes)


Barely slowish films with dialogue-driven storytelling, tagged "slow" by people without nuance (16 titles in Top100, tallying 814 votes) :
#3. Tokyo Story (107 votes); #6. 2001: A Space Odyssey  (90 votes); #9. The Passion of Joan of Arc  (65 votes); #11. Battleship Potemkin  (63 votes); #15. Late Spring  (50 votes); #16. Au hasard Balthazar  (49 votes); #17. Persona  (48 votes); #19. Mirror  (47 votes); #24. Ordet  (42 votes); #24. In the Mood for Love  (42 votes); #26. Andrei Rublev  (41 votes); #29. Stalker  (39 votes); #50. La Jetée  (29 votes); #69. Un condamné à mort s'est échappé  (23 votes); #78. Once Upon a Time in the West (21 votes); #78. Beau Travail (21 votes); #81. Spirit of the Beehive (20 votes); #93. Yi Yi (17 votes)

Not a major showing of love yet for CCC, but a very decent placing for these (relatively recent) films, in a canon firmly entrenched in the 50ies and 60ies, which is an achievement considering the previous rankings. 

also in the Top250 :
  • #102. Wavelength - Michael Snow, 1967 (16 votes)
  • #102. Meshes of the Afternoon - Maya Deren, 1943 (16 votes)
  • #127. Tropical Malady - Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004 (13 votes)
  • #171. Werckmeister Harmonies - Tarr Béla, 2000 (10 votes)
  • #202. Uncle Boonmee who can recall his past lives - Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010 (8 votes)
  • #202. Tiexi Qu : West of Tracks - Wang Bing, 2002 (8 votes) 
  • #202. The Turin Horse - Tarr Béla, 2011 (8 votes) 


Overall, the films broadly considered "slowish" garner 1065 votes (from a total of 8460 votes awarded), placing 25 films in a Top100 (25%), and 7 CCC films in the Top250, which is not bad at all, for a "lose style" that infuriated SO MANY lazy reviewers in recent years... Not only it's not a marginal trend by any means, but it is highly honored in the very selective process of a canon formation, for historical posterity (not just to please today's niche of artfilm fans).

Doesn't seem like slow cooking, cultural vegetables, and anti-comformist narratives are disliked, rejected or forgotten by the critical consensus of a conservative poll such as Sight & Sound's Top100 canon...


Directors Top25 poll (voted by critics) :
  • # 4. Ozu (189 votes);  # 9. Tarkovsky (153);  # 10. Bresson (149);  # 17. Antonioni (110)
Only 4 "slowish" filmmakers make it (CC precursors). No CCC auteur yet.



DIRECTORS  Ballots (358 directors invited to vote for their Top10 canon)

CCC auteurs Top10's (8 amongst the 150 published in the magazine) : 

Tarr Béla
Man With A Movie Camera (Vertov); The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (Dreyer); Alexander Nevsky (Eisenstein); M (Lang); Au hasard Balthazar (Bresson); Vivre sa vie (Godard); Frenzy (Hitchcock); Tokyo Story (Ozu); The Round-Up (Jancsó); Berlin Alexanderplatz (Fassbinder)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Goodbye Dragon Inn (Tsai); A Brighter Summer Day (Yang); Regen (Ivens); Empire (Warhol); Valentin de la Sierras (Baillie); The Conversation (Coppola); Full Metal Jacket (Kubrick); The Eighties (Akerman); The General (Keaton); Sátántangó (Tarr)

Lisandro Alonso
Le Havre (Kaurismaki); Tropical Malady (Weerasethakul); The River (Tsai); Alphaville (JLG); Pickpocket (Bresson); Stalker (Trakovsky); The Killing of a chinese Bookmaker (Cassavetes); La vie moderne (Depardon); Aguirre (Herzog); Silent Light (Reygadas)

Tsai Ming-Liang
Sunrise (Murnau); La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (Dreyer); The Only Son (Ozu); Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu); Night of the Hunter (Laughton); Les 400 coups (Truffaut); L'eclisse (Antonioni); Mouchette (Bresson); Ali, Fear Eats the Soul (Fassbinder); Goodbye Dragon Inn (Tsai)

Carlos Reygadas
Gummo (Korine); Mother and Son (Sokurov); Werckmeister Harmonies (Tarr); Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky); Persona (Bergman); Los Olvidados (Buñuel); Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi); Distant Voices, Still Lives (Davies); Un condamné à mort s'est échappé (Bresson); El Verdugo (Berlanga)

Amat Escalante
Aguirre, Wrath of God (Herzog); A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick); The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone); L' humanité (Dumont); Jeanne Dielman (Akerman); Landscape Suicide (Benning); Los Olvidados (Buñuel); M (Lang); Modern Times (Chaplin); Take the Money and Run (Allen)

Fliegauf Bence 
The Big Lebowski (Coen); The Blair Witch Project (Myrick/Sánchez); The Death of Mr Lazarescu (Puiu); Festen (Vinterberg); Garage (Abrahamson); The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone); Monty Python's Life of Brian (Jones); Le Quatro Volte (Frammartino); Twilight (Fehér); A Woman Under the Influence (Cassavetes)

Tacita Dean
Providence (Resnais); Jeanne Dielman (Akerman); Festen (Vinterberg); Jubilee (Jarman); Un condamné à mort s'est échappé (Bresson); Le mépris (JLG); El sol del membrillo (Erice); Kes (Loach); Close-up (Kiarostami); Blowup (Antonioni)


Roy Andersson
Bicycle Thieves (De Sica); Viridiana (Buñuel); Hiroshima, mon amour (Resnais); Intolerance (Griffith); Rashomon (Kurosawa); Amarcord (Fellini); Barry Lindon (Kubrick); Ashes and Diamonds (WAjda); Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky); La bataille d'Alger (Pontecorvo)

Nuri Birge Ceylan
Mirror (Tarkovsky); Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky); Tokyo Story (Ozu); Late Spring (Ozu); A Man Escaped (Bresson); Au hasard Balthazar (Bresson); Shame (Bergman); Scenes from a Marriage (Bergman); L’avventura (Antonioni); L’eclisse (Antonioni)

Ben Rivers
L' Age d'Or (Buñuel); Celine and Julie Go Boating (Rivette); Fata Morgana (Herzog); Perfumed Nightmare (Tahimik); Portrait of Ga (Tait); Soft Fiction (Strand); Tropical Malady (Weerasethakul); Vampyr (Dreyer); Weather Diary 3 (Kuchar); Woman of the Dunes (Teshigahara)

Fred Kelemen
The Ascent (Shepitko); The Bicycle Thieves (de Sica); Come And See (Klimov); The Cranes are Flying (Kalatozov); Il Grido (Antonioni); Mirror (Tarkovsky); Mouchette (Bresson); Ossessione (Visconti); Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom (Pasolini); The Second Circle (Sokurov)



CC-friendly filmmakers Top10's :

Andrey Zvyagintsev
Journal d'un curé de campagne; L'eclisse; Ordet; Wild Strawberries; Andrei Rublev; L'Enfant; Husbands; Les amants (Malle); Woman in the Dunes; Koyaanisqatsi

Hong Sang-soo
Barque sortant du port (Lumière); Nanook of the North; Boudu sauvé des eaux; L'Atalante; Young Mr. Lincoln; Early Summer; Ordet; Un condamné à mort s'est échappé; Nazarín; Le rayon vert

Aki Kaurismaki
L'Atalante; L'Age d'or; Sunrise; Tokyo Story; Z; Boudu sauvé des eaux; Nanook of the North; Bicycle Thieves; The gold Rush; Mon oncle

Kore-Eda Hirokazu
Floating Clouds; Les parapluies de Cherbourg; Nights of Cabiria; Landscape in the Mist; Frankenstein; A Woman Under the Influence; Secret Sunshine; Dust in the Wind; Kes; L'argent

Raya Martin
Eruption volcanique à la Martinique (Méliès); Flowers of Saint Francis; Soy Cuba; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; Mirror; Apocalypse Now; City After Dark/Manila By Night (Bernal); Commingled Containers (Brakhage); Histoire(s) du cinéma; Evolution of a Filipino Family

Corneliu Porumboiu
Blissfully Yours; Blowup; Le mépris; Faces; Faits divers (Depardon); Gertrud; La maman et la putain; Ma nuit chez Maud; Pickpocket; Tokyo Story

Pawel Pawlikowski
La cienaga; Mulholland Dr.; Once upon a time in Anatolia; The Death of Mr. Lazarescu; Vive l'amour; Fargo; Fight Club; Du Levende; Breaking the waves; Rosetta

Gillian Wearing
Christine (Clarke); Jeanne Dielman; L'année dernière à Marienbad; Empire; Groundhog Day; The Gospel According to St Matthew; L'Avventura; Exterminating Angel; Ali, Fear Eats the Soul; D'Est 

Ulrich Köhler
Blissfully Yours (Weerasethakul); Close-Up (Kiarostami); D'est (Akerman); In a Year of 13 Moons (Fassbinder); The Last Movie (Hopper); Opening Night (Cassavetes); The Passenger (Antonioni); Sunrise (Murnau); Two or Three Things I Know About Her… (Godard); When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Naruse)

Ying Liang
Un chien andalou (Buñuel); Citizen Kane (Welles); A Man Escaped (Bresson); Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov); Modern Times (Chaplin); Sátántangó (Tarr); Sunrise (Murnau); Through the Olive Trees (Kiarostami); Tokyo Story (Ozu); Underground (Kusturica)




CC films cited by filmmakers
  • Songs from the Second Floor (Andrew Kötting; Mike Leigh; Lone Scherfig)
  • Goodbye Dragon Inn (Monte Hellman; Weerasethakul; Tsai Ming-liang)
  • Jeanne Dielman (Tacita Dean; Gillian Wearing)
  • Nanook of the North (Hong Sang-soo; Aki Kaurismaki)
  • Landscape in the Mist (Kore-eda; Stanley Kwan)
  • Man with a Movie Camera (Malcom Le Grice; Tarr Béla)
  • Sátántangó (Weerasethakul)
  • The Turin Horse (Pere Portabella)
  • Blissfully Yours (Corneliu Porumboiu)
  • Mother and Son (Carlos Reygadas)
  • D'Est (Gillian Wearing)
  • Evolution of a Filipino Family (John Gianvito; Raya Martin)
  • La vie moderne (Patricio Guzman)
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Pawel Pawlikowski)
  • Vive l'amour (Pawel Pawlikowski)
  • Du Levende (Pawel Pawlikowski)
  • Millenium Mambo (Hansen-Love)
  • A time to live and a time to die (Ann Hui)
  • La Sortie des usines Lumière (Chris Petit)
  • Barque sortant du port (Hong Sang-soo)
  • Eruption volcanique à la Martinique (Raya Martin)
  • Man of Aran (Andrei Ujica)
  • Regen - Joris Ivens (Weerasethakul)
  • Empire (Gillian Wearing; Weerasethakul)
  • Elephant - Alan Clarke (Samantha Morton)
  • Wavelength (Malcom Le Grice)
  • Sayat Nova (Andrew Kötting)


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3 comments:

HarryTuttle said...

Tacita Dean's comment added to her Top10 ballot (excerpt) : "In Jeanne Dielman tension is built up over more than 3 hours through the unberable monotony and domestic repetition in the daily life of the main character. It's rigorous, sparse and brutal - and taught me a lot about economy of means and observation."

HarryTuttle said...

also in the Top250 :

#102. Wavelength - Michael Snow, 1967 (16 votes)
#102. Meshes of the Afternoon - Maya Deren, 1943 (16 votes)
#127. Tropical Malady - Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004 (13 votes)
#171. Werckmeister Harmonies - Tarr Béla, 2000 (10 votes)
#202. Uncle Boonmee who can recall his past lives - Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010 (8 votes)
#202. Tiexi Qu : West of Tracks - Wang Bing, 2002 (8 votes)
#202. The Turin Horse - Tarr Béla, 2011 (8 votes)

HarryTuttle said...

Added lists: Bence Fliegauf, Fred Kelemen, Ulrich Köhler, Ying Liang, Ben Rivers, Amat Escalante