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最佳電影的執迷

"Mulholland Dr." (失憶大道, 2001)

二十一世紀第一個十年剛剛結束, 都忙於為過去十年製作一張最佳電影名單~ 作為廣大影迷參考也好, 作為自身品味宣言也好, 這種折衷性的點名檢閱一看總有趣味, 電影愛好者看過名單後不單可以按圖索驥尋找錯過的佳作, 亦可以知道哪些雜誌或影評人的口味跟自己比較相近, 尋找知音人~

"東京物語" (Tokyo Story, 1953)

日本著名電影雜誌 “電影旬報” 早前亦發表了新一張2009年版本的日本最佳電影名單 (* ), 該雜誌早在1999年已發表過一張類似名單 (  ), 二者對照比較之下不乏一些有趣的發現:

  • 新名單電影數目一下子增加了近八十部, 但2000年後的電影只屬少數, 主要是六十和七十年代的作品~
  • 千禧年後新片排名最高的 (竟然!) 是 園子溫 的 “紀子之食桌” (Noriko’s Dinner Table, 2005), 之後是… 動畫版 “蠟筆小新” (Crazyon Shin-chan, 2001) 和 “河童之夏” (Summer Days With Coo, 2007)?! 
  • “七俠四義” (Seven Samurai, 1954) 最佳電影的位置被 “東京物語” (Tokyo Story, 1953) 取代, 對今年百歲冥壽的 黑澤明 來說好像有點…
  • 名單上未見一些比較激進的名字, 吉田喜重, 松本俊夫, 寺山修司 依然從缺, 一眾新浪潮導演被選中都是比較保守的作品, 名單上的獨立導演更是少之又少~
  • 成瀨巳喜男, 大島渚, 市川崑 等導演已相繼獲世界影迷認識, 接下來最需要發片和推廣的應該是一些八十年代的導演, 如 相米慎二, 森田芳光, 柳町光男, 黑木和雄 等~
  • 也有一些上次沒有出現的新名字, 如戰爭片導演 松林宗惠, 大片導演 森谷司郎, 粉紅電影導演 若松孝二, 田中登, 長谷部安春 等~
  • 紀錄片方面亦了增加了新名字 土本典昭, 與及他兩部揭露工廠污染公害的名作 “水俁” (Minamata, 1972) 和 “不知火海” (Shiranui Sea, 1975)~
  • 最近在世界各地舉辦回顧展的早期導演 清水宏 和 島津保次郎 都沒有上榜耶~ 
  • 近二百部電影, 真的容不下一位女導演的作品嗎?

"紀子之食桌" (Noriko's Dinner Table, 2005)

讀完這些最佳電影名單, 不少影迷即時反應都是指出箇中的遺漏和不足, 不過這種清單其中一個主要功用就是作為一般觀眾的入門階, 選擇自然不會太過偏激, 死硬派影迷亦大可製作出一張自己專屬的最愛電影清單, 以填補遺缺~ 不過, 能看到一部在這類最佳電影名單以外的好戲, 也是一個很不錯的驚喜~

順帶一提, 今屆康城影展各環節的初步名單經已公佈~ 今年競賽名單上有 Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, 基魯斯達米, 李滄東, 林常樹, 北野武, 王小帥, Kornel Mundruczo 等名字, 某種角度環節則有 高達, 賈樟柯, 洪尚秀, Manoel de Oliveira, Cristi Puiu 等導演的新作, 這陣容太精彩了吧?

* 為方便中文讀者參考, 筆者整理出一份中英對照的片單, 電影的中文名主要採用香港譯名, 若無中文譯名則多以日文原題直譯, 如有錯漏, 還望指正~

"Poetry" (詩, 2010)

10 comments to 最佳電影的執迷

  • 我同意你講法,點解會無清水宏?

    森田芳光的電影都應該有一部上 200 大,我個人較喜歡其後上多於家族遊戲。

  • 然而名單對黑澤明既偏好都已經好明顯

  • 如果這類選單有「離譜」這回事,電影旬報二百部最佳外語片部分才最驚嚇吧?

  • re: shirlie
    說起 “其後”, 湊巧稍後會有菲林版播放~

    re: ab_jj
    旬報的名單理所當然是很規距正路, 我更有興趣看看一些偏門的清單~

    re: HoraceChan
    要為全世界排最佳電影排幾乎是不可能的事情, 事實上外語片部分也不是很驚嚇啦, 至少那些電影全部都很有名~

  • Given that my cinephilia began only in the mid-2000s (and there were many contemporary/eternal classics that I fell asleep throughout due to fatigue/humidity/mental distraction), I always feel rather demoralised when realising the amount of films that I’ve forgotten/missed out on in best-of lists. And watching minimalist, experimental, lengthy films on the computer/TV screen at home never works for me: either I’ll end up bored and distracted, or falling asleep on the comfort of my sofa.

    Having said that, I know there are certain 2000s films that I must revisit on the big screen: Mulholland Drive + Inland Empire, Platform + Unknown Pleasures, In the Mood for Love + 2046, A History of Violence (perhaps I haven’t seen enough westerns?), Cafe Lumiere, Colossal Youth, and pretty much all of Clint Eastwood, Bela Tarr, Abbas Kiarostami, Carlos Reygadas, Claire Denis and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s catalogue.

    I do largely agree with your comments on the 旬報 list. The absence of/conservative New Wave choices seems to be rather telling. I’m not sure whether most of the 2000s choices will stand the test of time either. As for your female directors point, I can only think of Naomi Kawase though (excuse my poverty of film watching experience).

  • re: The Daydreamer
    true, I always find myself being distracted when seeing slow, minimal or experimental films at home on a LCD monitor~ somehow you have to be “kidnapped” in a dark room into watching the whole thing~ I don’t think I have the time and patience to sit through Tarr’s “Satantango” or Kiarostami’s “Five” in one go if I were to see them at home~ =]

    the films you mentioned have been screened in HKIFF or some other obscure film festivals, except “Inland Empire” perhaps? but sometimes I think that seeing them once in HKIFF may not be the best setting or not “enough”, since you may already be very much worn-out or sleep-deprived after seeing two to five films a day for weeks, so I always find myself revisiting films I like on the big screen whenever I get the chance~

    by the way there are two coming programmes showing some great classics, and I especially recommend Wojciech Has’ “the Saragossa Manuscript”~ perhaps you’ve seen most of them already (who haven’t seen “Jules and Jim” or “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” anyway?), but it’s always nice to see a film you love again from time to time~

    there are at least three Japanese female directors worth checking out, one is Naomi Kawase (河瀨直美) you mentioned, the second one is Miwa Nishikawa (西川美和), former assistant of Hirokazu Koreeda in “Distance”, who has shot interesting films like “Wild Berries” and “Sway”~ the third one is Nami Iguchi (井口奈己), whose “Don’t Laugh at My Romance” is a naturalistic and amusing film about some unlikely romances~

  • I saw Inland Empire overseas (they didn’t show it in HKIFF?), and I’m not sure whether it’s an indulgent mess or pure art as some critics call it.

    You’ve missed out the A Lean Night program in HK Arts Centre that begins in May. Let’s hope it’s more than a one-off event but a return of repertory cinema to the Centre.

    I’m embarassed to say The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the classics that I fell asleep to, although I’m pretty sure it wasn’t due to boredom. Will try to catch the Moreau films as well as revisiting the lovely The Flight of The Red Balloon. Slightly disappointed with this year’s program: a rather broad theme compared to previous years; biased selections towards modern, crowd-pleasing and readily avaliable films; and there are better films that can be selected for various actresses. I was secretly hoping they’ll do a Varda retrospective (they did one for Demy in 2007 after all!) like the one this month at the BFI Southbank, but I guess that’s too much wishful thinking.

  • re: The Daydreamer
    no, “Inland Empire” was not shown in HKIFF as far as I know~

    thanks for pointing out A Lean Night~! I just learned about it and I stupidly thought it was a David Lean retrospective or something like that XDDD~ the list of films look very promising, but I wonder who will be the “austere auteurs” in September?

    oh I love “the Umbrellas of Cherbourg”, perhaps because I always have a soft spot for musicals~ the new films in the French May programme really are not that attractive (except Varda’s beautiful beaches), so my picks are mostly old films too~ talking about old films, I’ve read that “Dial M for Murder” has just been screened in Rotterdam in 3D, interesting~

  • a lean night 那幾套都是非常喜歡的作品呢, 同埋都好熱門吧

  • re: ab_jj
    對啊, 四部我都會去看看~ 記得數年前 溝口健二 回顧展看的電影菲林質素有點慘不忍睹 (放映前直頭有張字幕卡話拷貝質素未如理想, 唉), 希望今次是之後修復的新拷貝~ 之前德國新電影回顧也放映過 法斯賓達 的 “Berlin Alexanderplatz”, 但不久之後 criterion 就推出修復版了, 這次應該是新版吧?

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