EFC II #143 – Viy (1967)

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#143 – Viy (1967)
Dir. Konstantin Yershov & Georgi Kropachyov
Starring: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Alexei Glazyrin, Vadim Zakharchenko, Nikolai Kutuzov

The one hundred and forty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a surreal folk tale and the first ever Soviet horror film, Viy.

Recorded in February 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I feel like it’s quite unique and creepy as a folktale horror film.

EFC II #130 – How Green Was My Valley (1941)

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#130 – How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Dir. John Ford
Starring: Donald Crisp, Roddy McDowall, Maureen O’Hara, Walter Pidgeon, Sara Allgood, Anna Lee, Patric Knowles, John Loder

The one hundred and thirtieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, John Ford’s picturesque production of a small Welsh mining town story, How Green Was My Valley.

Recorded in December 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Darryl F. Zanuck), Best Director (John Ford), Best Supporting Actor (Donald Crisp), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Arthur Charles Miller), Best Black-and-White Art Direction (Richard Day, Nathan H. Juran, Thomas Little)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I loved the timelessness of this film, it’s melodramatic but it still swept me away with the quaint story.

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 #121 – The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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#121 – The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Dir. Frank Darabont
Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, James Whitmore, Mark Rolston, Gil Bellows

The one hundred and twenty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Frank Darabont’s adaptation of the Stephen King prison story novella, frequently cited as one of the greatest films ever made, The Shawshank Redemption.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s great.

Luke: Yes, there’s a reason it’s so well loved.

EFC II #77 – The Seventh Seal {Det Sjunde Inseglet} (1957)

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#77 – The Seventh Seal {Det Sjunde Inseglet} (1957)
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Starring:  Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Bibi Andersson, Inga Landgré, Åke Fridell

The seventy-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Ingmar Berman’s dreamy tale of mortality, centered around a game of chess between a knight and the personification of Death itself, The Seventh Seal.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, definitely, an amazing film all across the board. A true classic.

EFC II #53 – The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

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#53 – The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Dir. Orson Welles
Starring: Joseph Cotton, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter, Tim Holt, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Richard Bennett, Orson Welles

The fifty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Orson Welles’ hard to follow second feature film, plagued with a troubled production but nevertheless something quite special, The Magnificent Ambersons.

Recorded in August 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, definitely. It’s not the film Orson Welles wanted to be seen, but most of it is, and the special qualities under his direction remain, in my opinion.

EFC II #30 – The Sting (1973)

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#30 – The Sting (1973)
Dir. George Roy Hill
Starring: Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould

The thirtieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, George Roy Hill’s incredibly fun, 30s set caper, The Sting.

Recorded in July 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Tony Bill, Michael Phillips, Julia Phillips), Best Director (George Roy Hill), Best Screenplay (David S. Ward), Best Art Direction (Henry Bumstead, James Payne), Best Costume Design (Edith Head), Best Film Editing (William Reynolds), Best Score (Marvin Hamisch)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s great.

Luke: Yes, it’s unbelievably fun, and so well done.

EFC II #29 – Andrei Rublev (1966)

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#29 – Andrei Rublev (1966)
Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky
Starring: Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Burlyayev, Nikolai Sergeyev, Irma Raush, Nikolai Grinko

The twenty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Andrei Tarkovksy’s grand portrait of the fifteenth century painter, Andrei Rublev.

Recorded in June 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, but you probably should anyway, a stunning film but I’m on the fence. My gut says you can live without seeing it.