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.

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 #33 – Fantastic Planet {La Planète Sauvage} (1973)

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#33 – Fantastic Planet (1973)
Dir. Rène Laloux
Starring: Jean Valmont, Eric Baugin, Jennifer Drake, Jean Topart

The thirty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Rène Laloux’s surreal, psychedelic sci-fi film, told through a striking form of animation, Fantastic Planet.

Recorded in June 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s unlike any animated film I’ve ever seen, and feels strikingly original, in a good way.

EFC II #1 – A Trip to the Moon {Le Voyage Dans La Lune} (1902)

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#1 – A Trip to the Moon {Le Voyage Dans La Lune} (1902)
Dir. George Méliès
Starring: Victor Andrè, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet, Jeanne d’Alcy, Henri Delannoy, Depierre, Farjuat, Kelm, George Mèliès

The first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a French silent movie that pushed boundaries over a hundred years ago in the early days of cinema.

Recorded in August 2013.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, if you’re interested in cinema, but wouldn’t recommend to people who aren’t movie geeks.

Luke: Yes, one of the towering pillars of imagination that cinema was founded on.