EFC II #173 – The Battle of San Pietro (1945)

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#173 – The Battle of San Pietro (1945)
Dir. John Huston
Starring: John Huston

The one hundred and seventy-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, John Huston’s documentary on the titular WWII event, The Battle of San Pietro.

Recorded in August 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a pretty gripping war documentary, despite the slight romanticism and propaganda edge to the overall piece, it has a lot to say at the same time.

EFC II #172 – Land Without Bread (1933)

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#172 – Land Without Bread (1933)
Dir. Luis Buñuel
Starring: Abel Jacquin, Alexandre O’Neill

The one hundred and seventy-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Luis Buñuel’s documentary about poverty in the Spanish mountains, Land Without Bread.

Recorded in August 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Absolutely not, there’s some merit there but based purely on principle, I hate the lack of integrity behind this film.

EFC II #171 – She Done Him Wrong (1933)

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#171 – She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Dir. Lowell Sherman
Starring: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Gilbert Roland, Noah Beery Sr.

The one hundred and seventy-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the Mae West vehicle and shortest ever Best Picture Oscar nominee, She Done Him Wrong.

Recorded in August 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, even as a Cary Grant fan there wasn’t much to be too entertained by, I think this film certainly had its time, but it hasn’t well for my tastes.

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 #168 – Shame {Skammen} (1968)

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#168 – Shame {Skammen} (1968)
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Sigge Fürst

The one hundred and sixty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Ingmar Bergman’s drama about a couple living through a military invasion, Shame.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it gives a rare viewpoint for a war film, and features the eternally watchable combination of director Ingmar Bergman and stars Liv Ullmann & Max von Sydow.

EFC II #167 – Shame (2011)

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#167 – Shame (2011)
Dir. Steve McQueen
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie

The one hundred and sixty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, British director Steve McQueen’s raw look at sex addiction, Shame.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Not really, it has a lot of strengths, particularly the acting, but the story didn’t feel complete enough for my liking.

EFC II #166 – Unforgiven (1992)

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#166 – Unforgiven (1992)
Dir. Clint Eastwood
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Richard Harris, Jaimz Woolvett, Anna Levine, Frances Fisher

The one hundred and sixty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Clint Eastwood’s western swan song, Unforgiven.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Without a doubt, a classic western with a refreshing twist.

EFC II #165 – Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

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#165 – Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Dir. Sidney Lumet
Starring: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Penelope Allen, James Broderick, Lance Henriksen

The one hundred and sixty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Sidney Lumet’s true story crime caper, Dog Day Afternoon.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s really good.

Luke: Yep, this is a new favourite, an excellent film.

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.