Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Andrei Tarkovsky's top ten films

Woman of the Dunes... in at number ten.

Following Fassbinder's top ten films (and a recent reading of Geoff Dyer's latest book Zona, concerning Stalker, amongst other matters), here's Tarkovksy's favourite films, compiled by the director in 1972.

1. Diary of a Country Priest (Bresson, 1951)
2. Winter Light (Bergman, 1963)
3. Nazarin (Bunuel, 1959)
4. Wild Strawberries (Bergman, 1957)
5. City Lights (Chaplin, 1931)
6. Ugetsu Monogatari (Mizoguchi, 1953)
7. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)
8. Persona (Bergman, 1966)
9. Mouchette (Bresson, 1967)
10. Woman of the Dunes (Teshigahara, 1964)


Melanie May said...

Ah - Woman of the Dunes - one of my favourite tales. Read the book by Kobe Abe. In Japanese if possible.

Barnaby said...

I've read the book – in English – and have to say the film far outdoes its literary source material, creating a visually stunning, haunting, erotic meditation on society, existence and desire. But it's the shots of sand that are most beguiling. Interesting to note that the author, Kōbō Abe, also wrote the script.

Melanie May said...

Erm. Quite. Oh, is that the time? I've got to... *cough*

Barnaby said...

You must do something about that *cough* of yours.