Vacas - 1992

Vacas - 1992

Toolbox Murders - 1978

Toolbox Murders - 1978

The Passion of Joan of Arc - 1928 One night when I was a teen, I turned on the TV to "see what was on." This was playing on KCET, and I became absorbed in it right away! It's a really beautiful movie, still one of my favorites. The same thing happened a few years later, this time with "Vivre Sa Vie." After I stumbled onto that one, I became real excited about J.L. Godard. Accidentally finding these things is one of life's great joys, but this seems to happen less now than it used to for me. I'm not sure why; maybe my being older and knowing more precludes this kind of serendipity. If you have any tips about how you set yourself up to come across things that may "meet you where you live," email them to me. I'd love to know how you all may go about this!

The Passion of Joan of Arc - 1928

One night when I was a teen, I turned on the TV to "see what was on." This was playing on KCET, and I became absorbed in it right away! It's a really beautiful movie, still one of my favorites. The same thing happened a few years later, this time with "Vivre Sa Vie." After I stumbled onto that one, I became real excited about J.L. Godard. Accidentally finding these things is one of life's great joys, but this seems to happen less now than it used to for me. I'm not sure why; maybe my being older and knowing more precludes this kind of serendipity. If you have any tips about how you set yourself up to come across things that may "meet you where you live," email them to me. I'd love to know how you all may go about this!

The Passion of Joan of Arc - 1928 Did you know that for decades everyone thought that all the prints of this movie were destroyed in a warehouse fire? They were, except for one, which languished, unopened, in an Oslo mental institution until it was discovered in 1981. It was in perfect condition! What luck. Think of all the movies that actually have been lost, though. This is what happened to Meredith's great-grandmother. She made a self-financed movie in Iowa (reputedly), circa 1920, and the only print was destroyed while she was trying to find a distributor. I'm still trying to find out more details about this.

The Passion of Joan of Arc - 1928

Did you know that for decades everyone thought that all the prints of this movie were destroyed in a warehouse fire? They were, except for one, which languished, unopened, in an Oslo mental institution until it was discovered in 1981. It was in perfect condition! What luck. Think of all the movies that actually have been lost, though. This is what happened to Meredith's great-grandmother. She made a self-financed movie in Iowa (reputedly), circa 1920, and the only print was destroyed while she was trying to find a distributor. I'm still trying to find out more details about this.

The Passion of Joan of Arc - 1928

The Passion of Joan of Arc - 1928

The Passion of Joan of Arc - 1928

The Passion of Joan of Arc - 1928

Black Moon - 1975

Black Moon - 1975

Black Moon - 1975

Black Moon - 1975

Black Moon - 1975

Black Moon - 1975

Black Moon - 1975

Black Moon - 1975

Blue Thunder - 1983

Blue Thunder - 1983

Blue Thunder - 1983

Blue Thunder - 1983

The Exterminating Angel - 1962 Have you seen this one?

The Exterminating Angel - 1962

Have you seen this one?

Dekalog - 1989 Probably the top TV mini-series ever! At least in my book. Which one is your favorite? Mine is #2. Or #1. I just don't know.

Dekalog - 1989

Probably the top TV mini-series ever! At least in my book. Which one is your favorite? Mine is #2. Or #1. I just don't know.

Frau Im Mond - 1929

Frau Im Mond - 1929

Machine Gun McCain - 1969

Machine Gun McCain - 1969

Mother - 1985

Mother - 1985

The Day of Wrath - 1943

The Day of Wrath - 1943

Praesidenten - 1919

Praesidenten - 1919

Praesidenten - 1919

Praesidenten - 1919

Peeping Tom - 1960

Peeping Tom - 1960

Peeping Tom - 1960

Peeping Tom - 1960

Anguish - 1987

Anguish - 1987

Anguish - 1987

Anguish - 1987

Anguish - 1987

Anguish - 1987

Welt Am Draht - 1973 OK, this is the other top TV miniseries, and very different from the Dekalog! Very exciting sci-fi, and hopelessly aped by the guys who made those dumb Matrix movies. The story was based on "Simulacron-3" by Daniel Galouye, but the main attraction are the people. Fassbinder really knew how to make peoples' faces look weird. What a gift! This is a very, very entertaining movie.

Welt Am Draht - 1973

OK, this is the other top TV miniseries, and very different from the Dekalog! Very exciting sci-fi, and hopelessly aped by the guys who made those dumb Matrix movies. The story was based on "Simulacron-3" by Daniel Galouye, but the main attraction are the people. Fassbinder really knew how to make peoples' faces look weird. What a gift! This is a very, very entertaining movie.

Wedding in Blood - 1973

Wedding in Blood - 1973

Vivacious Lady - 1938

Vivacious Lady - 1938

Vampyr - 1932

Vampyr - 1932

The Prowler - 1981

The Prowler - 1981

Andrei Rublev - 1966

Andrei Rublev - 1966

Andrei Rublev - 1966

Andrei Rublev - 1966

Andrei Rublev - 1966

Andrei Rublev - 1966

Faust - 1926

Faust - 1926

Faust - 1926

Faust - 1926

Faust - 1926

Faust - 1926

Holy Mountain - 1926

Holy Mountain - 1926

Tonight and Every Night - 1945

Tonight and Every Night - 1945

The Third Man - 1949 FUN FACTS about Anton Karas' score for "The Third Man:" One -Carol Reed, the director, overheard Karas playing in an Austrian tavern, and asked him to compose the score. Two - The movie's theme song ("The Harry Lime Theme") was the first song Karas ever wrote. Three - After the song became a smash hit, Karas, who disdained his newfound fame, bought his own tavern to perform in.

The Third Man - 1949

FUN FACTS about Anton Karas' score for "The Third Man:"

One -Carol Reed, the director, overheard Karas playing in an Austrian tavern, and asked him to compose the score.

Two - The movie's theme song ("The Harry Lime Theme") was the first song Karas ever wrote.

Three - After the song became a smash hit, Karas, who disdained his newfound fame, bought his own tavern to perform in.

The 13th Warrior - 1999

The 13th Warrior - 1999

Code Unknown - 2000 A lot of the houses where I'm from look kind of like this one. It's fun to imagine them all burning down!

Code Unknown - 2000

A lot of the houses where I'm from look kind of like this one. It's fun to imagine them all burning down!

Naked Weapon - 2002

Naked Weapon - 2002

Django - 1966

Django - 1966

The Music Man - 1962 Arguably the most inventive musical of all time! Why? Because it's where rap music was born.

The Music Man - 1962

Arguably the most inventive musical of all time! Why? Because it's where rap music was born.

Gigi - 1958 I love Maurice Chevalier! You could make a VERY compelling argument that he's everything I will never be.

Gigi - 1958

I love Maurice Chevalier! You could make a VERY compelling argument that he's everything I will never be.

The Blood Beast Terror - 1968

The Blood Beast Terror - 1968

People on Sunday - 1930

People on Sunday - 1930

People on Sunday - 1930

People on Sunday - 1930

People on Sunday - 1930

People on Sunday - 1930

People on Sunday - 1930

People on Sunday - 1930

Key Largo - 1948

Key Largo - 1948

Shake! Otis at Monterey - 1967

Shake! Otis at Monterey - 1967

Soldier of Orange - 1977

Soldier of Orange - 1977

The Queen - 2006

The Queen - 2006

Late Autumn - 1960

Late Autumn - 1960

Late Autumn - 1960

Late Autumn - 1960

Late Autumn - 1960

Late Autumn - 1960

Late Autumn - 1960

Late Autumn - 1960

Late Autumn - 1960

Late Autumn - 1960

Novo - 2002

Novo - 2002

Mulholland Drive - 2001

Mulholland Drive - 2001

The Bad Sleep Well - 1960

The Bad Sleep Well - 1960

The Bad Sleep Well - 1960

The Bad Sleep Well - 1960

The Bad Sleep Well - 1960

The Bad Sleep Well - 1960

Une Femme Mariée - 1964

Une Femme Mariée - 1964

Separation - 1967

Separation - 1967

The Red Balloon - 1956

The Red Balloon - 1956

The Red Balloon - 1956

The Red Balloon - 1956

The Red Balloon - 1956

The Red Balloon - 1956

Cat People - 1942

Cat People - 1942

Henry V - 1944

Henry V - 1944

Henry V - 1944

Henry V - 1944

Henry V - 1944

Henry V - 1944

Henry V - 1944

Henry V - 1944

The Seventh Seal - 1957

The Seventh Seal - 1957

The Seventh Seal - 1957

The Seventh Seal - 1957

The Seventh Seal - 1957 How'd he get that scar on his forehead?

The Seventh Seal - 1957

How'd he get that scar on his forehead?