EFC II #226 – Ran (1985)

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#226 – Ran (1985)
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Mieko Harada, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Mansai Nomura, Hisashi Igawa, Peter

The two hundred and twenty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Akira Kurosawa’s final epic, the monumental in scope and tragic in tone, Ran.

Recorded in November 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Costume Design (Emi Wada)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, absolutely, one of the best war films ever made.

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EFC II #190 – The Deer Hunter (1978)

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#190 – The Deer Hunter (1978)
Dir. Michael Cimino
Starring: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, Meryl Streep, John Cazale, George Dzundza

The one hundred and ninetieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Michael Cimino’s gripping drama about the effects of war on a small town group of friends, The Deer Hunter.

Recorded in September 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino & John Peverall), Best Director (Michael Cimino), Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken), Best Editing (Peter Zinner), Best Sound (Richard Portman, William McCaughey, Aaron Rochin & Darin Knight)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, no doubt at all, and I hate war movies, but I loved this and I feel like that says a lot.

Luke: Yeah, it’s one of the easiest yeses so far, a knockout classic.

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 #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 #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 #76 – The Birth of a Nation (1915)

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#76 – The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Dir. D.W. Griffith
Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Ralph Lewis, George Siegmann, Walter Long

The seventy-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, D.W. Griffith’s towering American Civil War epic that is in one part a masterpiece, and in another, a horrifying example at the inherent racism running rampant when the film was made, The Birth of a Nation.

Recorded in September 2016 & September 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, though it is, to paraphrase others, a schizophrenic masterpiece. Impeccably made for 1915, but some very questionable and offensive content.

EFC II #73 – Glory (1989)

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#73 – Glory (1989)
Dir. Edward Zwick
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Cary Elwes, Jihmi Kennedy, Andre Braugher, John Finn, Donovan Leitch, J.D. Cullum, Alan North, Bob Gunton, Cliff De Young, Christian Baskous

The seventy-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the true story of a Union soldier in the American Civil War who lead the first all black regiment, Glory.

Recorded in September 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Supporting Actor (Denzel Washington), Best Cinematography (Freddie Francis), Best Sound (Donald O. Mitchell, Gregg Rudloff, Elliot Tyson, Russell Williams)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s an impressive production with an important true story that needs to be heard.

EFC II #69 – Paths of Glory (1957)

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#69 – Paths of Glory (1957)
Dir. Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris, Richard Anderson

The sixty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Stanley Kubrick’s stunning World War I piece, starring Kirk Douglas, Paths of Glory.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, one of the finest war films I’ve ever seen.

EFC II #6 – Grave of the Fireflies {Hotaru No Haka 火垂るの墓} (1988)

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#6 – Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Dir. Isao Takahata
Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi

The sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Isao Takahata’s moving animated tale set at the end of World War II.

Recorded in March 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes. An absolute must see, and one of the greatest animated films ever made.