EFC II #53 – The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#53 – The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Dir. Orson Welles
Starring: Joseph Cotton, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter, Tim Holt, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Richard Bennett, Orson Welles

The fifty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Orson Welles’ hard to follow second feature film, plagued with a troubled production but nevertheless something quite special, The Magnificent Ambersons.

Recorded in August 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, definitely. It’s not the film Orson Welles wanted to be seen, but most of it is, and the special qualities under his direction remain, in my opinion.

EFC II #52 – Persona (1966)

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#52 – Persona (1966)
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand

The fifty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Ingmar Bergman’s mesmerising and enigmatic Persona.

Recorded in August 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, definitely. It’s a film experience I’d never quite had before. While I’m still unsure what to make of it, I do think there will be something to be discovered with every future viewing.

EFC II #51 – Slacker (1991)

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#51 – Slacker (1991)
Dir. Richard Linklater
Starring: Richard Linklater, Rudy Basquez, Jean Caffeine, Jan Hockey, Stephan Hockey, Mark James, Samuel Dietert, Bob Boyd, Terrence Kirk, Keith McCormack, Jennifer Schaudies, Dan Kratochvil, Maris Strautmanis, Brecht Andersch, Tommy Pallotta

The fifty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Richard Linklater’s breakout indie classic, Slacker.

Recorded in July 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s so different.

Luke: Yes, it’s not an all time classic, but there’s something quite special about it too, and is worth giving a look.

EFC II #50 – Spirited Away {Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi 千と千尋の神隠し} (2001)

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#50 – Spirited Away (2001)
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Rumi Hiiragi, Mari Natsuki, Takashi Naito, Yasuko Swaguchi, Tatsuya Gashuin, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Daveigh Chase, Jason Marsden, Michael Chiklis, Lauren Holly, John Ratzenberger, Tara Strong, Susan Egan

The fiftieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Hayao Miyzaki’s acclaimed animated fantasy, Spirited Away.

Recorded in July 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Animated Feature (Hayao Miyazaki)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, absolutely, though I would pick other Miyazaki movies that fit the bill more than this as a must see movie.

Tommi: Yes, because it’s weird, and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

EFC II #49 – Freaks (1932)

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#49 – Freaks (1932)
Dir. Tod Browning
Starring: Harry Earles, Daisy Earles, Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates, Henry Victor, Rose Dione, Daisy Hilton, Violet Hilton, Schlitze, Josephine Joseph, Johnny Eck, Frances O’Connor, Peter Robinson

The forty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Tod Browning’s controversial exploitation classic, Freaks.

Recorded in July & August 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah.

Luke: Yes, I absolutely loved it.

Ryan: Yes, it’s a cult classic and the definitive Pre-Code film.

EFC II #48 – Little Caesar (1931)

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#48 – Little Caesar (1931)
Dir. Mervyn LeRoy
Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell, William Collier Jr., Sidney Blackmer, Ralph Ince, Thomas E. Jackson, Stanley Fields, Maurice Black, George E. Stone

The forty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the seminal gangster flick, Little Caesar.

Recorded in July 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, I’m glad I’ve seen it, it’s really good, but I don’t think it’s very special, even if it is one of the early, defining gangster movies of the 1930s.

EFC II #47 – Le Million (1931)

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#47 – Le Million (1931)
Dir. René Clair
Starring: Jean-Louis Allibert, Annabella, Raymond Cordy, Vanda Greville, Rene Lefevre, Paul Ollivier, Constantin Siroesco, Odette Talazac

The forty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, an early sound musical from France directed by René Clair, Le Million.

Recorded in July 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, there’s something to it, and an interesting early use of sound through the musical format, I didn’t love it but it’s certainly worth seeing.

EFC II #46 – Earth {Zemlya} (1930)

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#45 – Earth {Zemlya} (1930)
Dir. Aleksandr Dovzhenko
Starring: Stepan Shkurat, Semyon Svashenko, Yuliya Solntseva, Yelena Maksimova, Nikolai Nademsky

The forty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a hypnotic and interesting silent from Russia, simply titled Earth.

Recorded in July 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, I appreciated some of the visual techniques and composition, but it ultimately didn’t make for a very satisfying experience.

EFC II #45 – Seconds (1966)

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#45 – Seconds (1966)
Dir. John Frankenheimer
Starring: Rock Hudson, John Randolph, Salome Jens, Will Geer, Jeff Corey, Murray Hamilton, Richard Anderson, Karl Swenson

The forty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, John Frankenheimer’s hypnotic and mysterious psychological sci-fi thriller, Seconds.

Recorded in July 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, without a shadow of a doubt, this film needs to be seen, such an affecting experience.

EFC II #44 – Alice {Něco z Alenky} (1988)

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#44 – Alice (1988)
Dir. Jan Švankmajer
Starring: Kristýna Kohoutová

The forty-forth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a surreal, bizarre blend of stop motion animation, live action, and the classic Lewis Carroll tale Alice in Wonderland, from Jan Švankmajer: Alice.

Recorded in July 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s another one of those “unlike anything I’ve ever seen” kind of films, and whether or not I completely loved it, it deserves to be seen by any film buff.