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.

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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 #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 #18 – Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

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#18 – Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)
Dir. Nick Broomfield
Starring: Nick Broomfield, Arlene Pralle, Aileen Wuornos

The eighteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Nick Broomfield’s gripping documentary on the profiteering that went on surrounding America’s first female serial killer, in Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer.

Recorded in June 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, without a doubt. It’s crazy viewing, a gripping look into greed, violence and insanity.