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.

EFC II #84 – Eyes Without a Face {Les Yeux Sans Visage} (1960)

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#84 – Eyes Without a Face {Les Yeux Sans Visage} (1960)
Dir. Georges Franju
Starring: Pierre Brasseur, Edith Scob, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel

The eighty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a poetic and shocking Italian horror film about a girl who has… Eyes Without a Face.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s shocking story with a haunting finale.

EFC II #68 – L’Age D’Or (1930)

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#68 – L’Age D’Or (1930)
Dir. Luis Buñuel
Starring: Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Caridad de Laberdesque, Lionel Salem, Max Ernst, Germaine Noizet, Josep Llorens Artigas

The sixty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a sexually charged surrealist trip from director Luis Buñuel, L’Age D’Or.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, skip it.

EFC II #67 – Un Chien Andalou (1929)

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#67 – Un Chien Andalou (1929)
Dir. Luis Buñuel
Starring: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dali, Jaime Miravilles

The sixty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a surrealist collaboration between film director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dali, Un Chien Andalou.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Probably, but I’m still gonna say no, I didn’t get much out of it at all.