Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Greatest Films of the '80s - Part 2

Continuing on from a popular topic of conversation in student union bars up and down the county, here's the remainder of my list:

Company of Wolves - Neil Jordan's post-modernist reinterpretation of Little Red Riding Hood story - atmospheric, surreal and mind-bogglingly captivating

Gandhi - Dickie Attenborough's epic biopic of the man who liberated India, with Ben Kingsley in the title role

Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources - Technically two films, but inextricably linked so I'll count them as one for the purposes of this poll - tales of hardship, tragedy and disputed land ownership among small farmers amidst the breathtaking scenery of rural Provence. With some of the best known names in French cinema including Gerard Depardieu, Yves Montand, Daniel Auteil and Emanuelle Beart. Based on the novels by Marcel Pagnol. Just thinking about it brings back memories of A-level French all those years ago.

Cinema Paradiso - Giuseppe Tornatore's account of a young boy's coming of age in a Sicilian village and his love of the cinema

This is Spinal TapRob Reiner (alias Marin di Bergi's) spoof rock documentary which follows the trials and tribulations of a past-their-sell-by-date rock band their disastrous tour of America. Uncannily accuate it paved the way for the "mockumentary" genre of comedy of which The Office would become one of the most celebrated examples.

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