EFC II #137 – Metropolis (1927)

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#137 – Metropolis (1927)
Dir. Fritz Lang
Starring: Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Heinrich George, Theodor Loos, Fritz Rasp, Erwin Biswanger

The one hundred and thirty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, on the 90th anniversary of its original release, Fritz Lang’s magnum opus, one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time, Metropolis.

Recorded in January 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s brilliant, even if the first hour dragged.

Luke: Yes, one of the greatest films of all time, everyone needs to see it!

EFC II #123 – Run Lola Run (1998)

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#123 – Run Lola Run {Lola Rennt} (1998)
Dir. Tom Tykwer
Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petr, Armin Rohde, Joachim Król

The one hundred and twenty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Tom Tykwer’s heart pounding thrill ride, Run Lola Run.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Absolutely, I loved this, a very unique and adrenaline fuelled film that reaches a level far beyond its experimental gimmick.

EFC II #103 – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

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#103 – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari {Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari} (1920)
Dir. Robert Wiene
Starring: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Fehér, Lil Dagover, Hans Twardowski

The one hundred and third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the hugely influential and groundbreaking silent horror from the beginnings of German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a seminal horror film, and just for its undying influence it is an essential film to see before you die.

EFC II #94 – Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night (1979)

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#94 – Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night (1979) {Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht} (1979)
Dir. Werner Herzog
Starring: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor, Walter Ladengast, Dan van Husen, Jan Groth

The ninety-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Werner Herzog’s take, and very faithful remake of the 1922 Nosferatu film, starring Klaus Kinski as Dracula, Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a stunning film visually, with a haunting and eerie atmosphere, highlighted by Klaus Kinski’s great performance as Dracula.

EFC II #93 – Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (1922)

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#93 – Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror {Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens} (1922)
Dir. F. W. Murnau
Starring: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroder, Georg H. Schnell, Ruth Landschoff, John Gottowt, Gustav Borz

The ninety-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Christopher Lee’s first time stepping the shoes of the legendary character that would define his career as much as it did Bela Lugosi, Hammer Horror’s version of: Dracula.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a horror classic and an incredibly well put together film for its time, even if I find it a little hard to be engaged with completely.

EFC II #72 – The Blue Angel {Der Blaue Engel} (1930)

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#72 – The Blue Angel {Der Blaue Engel} (1930)
Dir. Josef von Sternberg
Starring: Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti, Hans Albers, Rolf Müller, Charles Puffy, Reinhold Bernt

The seventy-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Josef von Sternberg’s stark tale of the dangers of ill fated romance, in one of Germany’s first sound films, The Blue Angel.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it can be quite bleak and slow paced at times, but it’s still an impeccably performed and staged film.

EFC II #55 – Aguirre, The Wrath of God {Aguirre, Der Zorn Gottes} (1972)

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#55 – Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)
Dir. Werner Herzog
Starring: Klaus Kinski, Daniel Ades, Peter Berling, Daniel Farfan, Justo Gonzalez, Ruy Guerra, Julio E. Martinez, Del Negro, Armando Polanah, Alejandro Repulles, Cecilia Rivera

The fifty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Werner Herzog’s raw and haunting tale of greed in the heart of a Peruvian rain forest, Aguirre, The Wrath of God.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s utterly unique, and a mesmerising watch, even if there were a few things I didn’t like about it.

EFC II #54 – Triumph of the Will {Triumph des Willens} (1935)

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#54 – Triumph of the Will (1935)
Dir. Leni Riefenstahl
Starring: Adolf Hitler, Max Amann, Martin Bormann, Walter Buch, Walter Darre, Otto Dietrich, Sepp Dietrich, Hans Frank, Josef Goebbels

The fifty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, one of the most infamous propaganda films of all time, Leni Riefenstahl’s controversial documentary covering a week of Nazi party rallying in Nuremberg, with Adolf Hitler at the forefront, Triumph of the Will.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s an important historical document, a superbly directed film by a female director, and something that should be seen by everyone, as it’s been a catalyst for me to learn more about this part of human history.

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.

EFC II #5 – Dr. Mabuse the Gambler {Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler} (1922)

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#5 – Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922)
Dir. Fritz Lang
Starring: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Alfred Abel, Aud Egede-Nissen, Paul Richter, Bernhard Goetzke, Gertrude Welcker

The fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Fritz Lang’s four plus hour silent crime epic, Dr. Mabuse the Gambler.

Recorded in February 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, as far as silent epics go, there are far better out there, though I still love this film.