EFC II #222 – Close-Up (1990)

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#222 – Close-Up (1990)
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Hossein Sabzian, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Monoochehr Ahankhah, Mahrokh Ahankhah, Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi, Hossain Farazmand, Hooshang Shamaei, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abbas Kiarostami

The two hundred and twenty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abbas Kiarostami’s documentary drama that blends the lines of truth and fiction, Close-Up.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, undoubtedly, such a unique and captivating film that challenges what a film can even be.

 

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EFC II #207 – Häxan (1922)

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#207 – Häxan (1922)
Dir. Benjamin Christensen
Starring: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Astrid Holm, Karen Winther, Maren Pedersen, Ella La Cour, Emmy Schønfeld, Kate Fabian, Oscar Stribolt, Clara Pontoppidan, Elith Pio

The two hundred and seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Benjamin Christensen’s ambitious and genre bending horror-documentary, Häxan or Witchcraft Through the Ages.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s not great and was even a bit of a slog to get through, but this early silent film that blends horror and documentary is an admirably ambitious piece, with unforgettable imagery.

EFC II #204 – Man Bites Dog (1992)

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#204 – Man Bites Dog (1992)
Dir. Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde
Starring: Benoît Poelvoorde, Rémy Belvaux, Jenny Drye, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Malou Madou, André Bonzel

The two hundred and fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a Belgian mockumentary following a serial killer, Man Bites Dog.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Probably not, it’s quite an audacious film, and certainly an eye opener, but I don’t think it’s essential. Impressive, horrifying, but not quite something that everyone needs to see.

EFC II #178 – Fires Were Started (1943)

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#178 – Fires Were Started (1943)
Dir. Humphrey Jennings
Starring: George Gravett, Phillip Wilson-Dickson, Fred Griffiths, Loris Rey, Johnny Houghton, T.P. Smith, John Barker

The one hundred and seventy-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Humphrey Jennings naturalistic portrait of London firemen during the Blitz, Fires Were Started.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Definitely, a naturalistic, documentary-esque look at London firemen during the Blitz. Almost required viewing in my eyes.

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 #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 #157 – Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)

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#157 – Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)
Dir. Sacha Gervasi
Starring: Steve “Lips” Kudlow, Robb Reiner, Chris “CT” Tsangarides, Slash, Tom Araya, Lemmy, Scott Ian, Lars Ulrich

The one hundred and fifty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Sacha Gervasi’s intimate documentary of an ageing rock band still trying to make the big time, Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Recorded in May 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s one of the best documentaries I’ve seen, that is both a compelling story of ageing underdogs and a heartwaming look at creative passion.

EFC II #149 – Hoop Dreams (1994)

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#149 – Hoop Dreams (1994)
Dir. Steve James
Starring: William Gates, Arthur Agee

The one hundred and forty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the acclaimed documentary about two young teenagers trying to make it as basketball players in the 90s, Hoop Dreams.

Recorded in April 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, one of the best documentaries I’ve seen, such a compelling, human story.

EFC II #146 – Report (1967)

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#146 – Report (1967)
Dir. Bruce Conner

The one hundred and forty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Bruce Conner’s avant-garde short documentary centered around the media coverage of the JFK assassination, Report.

Recorded in March 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s only ten minutes long and presents some interesting editing concepts to convey something in an unconventional yet powerful way. More than worth a look.