EFC II #194 – Vampyr (1932)

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#194 – Vampyr (1932)
Dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer
Starring: Nicolas de Gunzburg, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz, Jan Hieronimko, Henriette Gérard

The one hundred and ninety-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s dreamlike horror tale, Vampyr.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, definitely, a creepy film that rises above some of its flaws with the sheer eerie power of its visuals.

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EFC II #181 – The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

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#181 – The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski
Starring: Irène Jacob, Philippe Volter, Claude Duneton, Jerzy Gudejko

The one hundred and eighty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s mysterious and visually striking drama, The Double Life of Veronique.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I found a special quality in it that’s rare, and so it’s well worth experiencing in case you find that special quality too.

 

 

EFC II #177 – The Smiling Madame Beudet (1922)

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#177 – The Smiling Madame Beudet (1922)
Dir. Germaine Dulac
Starring: Germaine Dermoz, Alexandre Arquillière, Jean d’Yd, Madeleine Guitty

The one hundred and seventy-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Germaine Dulac’s impressionistic silent short, The Smiling Madame Beudet.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I think it’s worth looking at, a great short story that’s told through impressionistic imagery very effectively.

EFC II #170 – The Vanishing {Spoorloos} (1988)

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#170 – The Vanishing {Spoorloos} (1988)
Dir. George Sluizer
Starring: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus

The one hundred and seventieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, George Sluizer’s uniquely gripping thriller about a missing woman, The Vanishing.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, definitely, it’s great.

Luke: Yes, absolutely, a stand out, gripping thriller.

EFC II #169 – The Gleaners and I (2000)

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#169 – The Gleaners and I (2000)
Dir. Agnès Varda
Starring: Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski, François Wertheimer, Louis Pons, Jean Laplanche

The one hundred and sixty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Agnès Varda’s documentary on the act of gleaning in France, The Gleaners and I.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I loved the style of this documentary and how Varda made it personal without distracting from her subjects. Unique storytelling.

EFC II #164 – L’Atalante (1934)

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#164 – L’Atalante (1934)
Dir. Jean Vigo
Starring: Jean Dasté, Dita Parlo, Michel Simon

The one hundred and sixty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Jean Vigo’s first and final feature film about two newly wed lovers living on a barge, L’Atalante.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I feel like it could’ve been even better if I had connected more with the central relationship, but a stunning film regardless.

EFC II #163 – Zero for Conduct (1933)

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#163 – Zero for Conduct (1933)
Dir. Jean Vigo
Starring: Gérard de Bédarieux, Louis Lefebvre, Gilbert Pruchon, Coco Golstein, Jean Dasté, Léon Larive

The one hundred and sixty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Jean Vigo’s initially banned short film about a boys boarding school, Zero for Conduct.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Not for me, there wasn’t enough to it, though it showed the spark of Vigo’s potential.

EFC II #154 – Les Vampires (1915)

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#154 – Les Vampires (1915)
Dir. Louis Feuillade
Starring: Musidora, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque, Jean Aymé, Frederik Moriss, Fernand Herrmann, Louis Leubas, Delphine Renot, Delphine Renot, Germaine Rouer

The one hundred and fifty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Louis Feuillade epic, crime thriller serial, Les Vampires.

Recorded in May 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it has plenty of minor flaws, but is a seminal piece of work in the crime thriller genre of film, and holds up incredibly well for the epic seven hour film serial that it is.

EFC II #134 – The 400 Blows (1959)

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#134 – The 400 Blows {Les Quatre Cents Coups} (1959)
Dir. François Truffaut
Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble, Patrick Auffay, Georges Flamant

The one hundred and thirty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, François Truffaut semi-autobiographical coming of age story, The 400 Blows.

Recorded in January 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a simple yet poignant French classic.

EFC II #128 – Napoleon (1927)

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#128 – Napoleon (1927)
Dir. Abel Gance
Starring: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële, Alexandre Koubitzky, Antonin Artaud, Abel Gance, Gina Manès, Marguerite Gance, Yvette Dieudonné, Philippe Hériat

The one hundred and twenty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abel Gance’s hugely innovative and awe inducing silent epic, Napoleon.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Absolutely, it’s a staggering piece of cinema, a flawed masterpiece, but a definite must see.