Kenji's "Canon": The Big 1000

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"I’ve called this list a canon, cos the original intention was of a wide-ranging canon, including established “classics” but also balancing the domination by Hollywood with a geographical spread. Now i’ve thought better of reinforcing received wisdom and the position of many popular and major films which hardly need promoting and which i’m not so keen on. So it’s become a personal “canon” like Rosenbaum’s 1000. Notable films I intend to see can be found on my “Percy the Porcupine” list. I need to keep extending my viewing in neglected areas of the world- Africa, Latin America, the Balkans and parts of Asia should then be better represented.

We didn’t have a TV till i was 12. My first memory of going to the cinema was Fantasia- my introduction to the devil and dinosaurs. Then there was a film called Emil and the Detectives. My small town’s cinema closed when i was 7- TV was too strong a competitor-, my sole memory of films there of “red Indians” on a hill. The bigger films were at the grand metropolis of the county town of 3,000 people 20 miles away, or an even greater city of a few thousand more in the other direction. How i wept when the childcatcher caught them in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the sky outside had changed, with castles hidden in the majestic domes of cumulo-nimbus. At 11, The Great Escape was the greatest adventure, at 12, El Cid. At 13, i joined the school film society. I gazed in awe at the naked female on a motorbike in Vanishing Point- more fun than that boring Wild Strawberries. In my mid teens, the best discoveries were North by Northwest and Fred Astaire. At uni, on a French course, my special subject was French Cinema of the 30s- Renoir and Pagnol.. but i really got obsessively hooked on world cinema once i’d bought a video player in the late 80s (ooh those Wenders road movies!) and John Kobal’s book The Top 100 Movies (see my list on that); Tarkovsky and Mizoguchi were new names to me. Soon i saw Andrei Rublev and the rain and light had changed. Then a few years on (less availability in those days) it was the turn of Sansho the Bailiff."

Notes:

#361 Teen Kanya (Three Daughters, 1961) only refers to the segment "Postmaster"
#471 Le plus vieux métier du monde (1967) only refers to the segment "Anticipation, ou l'amour en l'an 2000"
#671 Fanny och Alexander (1982) specifically refers to the television version

1007 entries because....

#6-10 Fantômas (5 episodes) counted as one entry
#339-341 Ningen no jôken trilogy counted as one entry
#603-605 La batalla de Chile trilogy counted as one entry
Kenji's list now has only 999 entries

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    Le voyage dans la lune

    1902 — a.k.a. A Trip to the Moon, in 13 top lists Check
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    Afgrunden

    1910 — a.k.a. The Woman Always Pays, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Land Beyond the Sunset

    1912, in 1 top list Check
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    Bout-de-Zan vole un éléphant

    1913 — a.k.a. Tiny Tim and the Adventures of His Elephant, in 0 top lists Check
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    Twee zeeuwsche meisjes in Zandvoort

    1913, in 0 top lists Check
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    Fantômas - À l'ombre de la guillotine

    1913 — a.k.a. Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine, in 8 top lists Check
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    Juve contre Fantômas

    1913 — a.k.a. Fantômas: Juve versus Fantômas, in 6 top lists Check
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    Le mort qui tue

    1913 — a.k.a. Fantômas: The Dead Man Who Killed, in 6 top lists Check
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    Fantômas contre Fantômas

    1914 — a.k.a. Fantômas: Fantômas versus Fantômas, in 5 top lists Check
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    Le faux magistrat

    1914 — a.k.a. Fantômas: The False Magistrate, in 6 top lists Check
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    Suspense

    1913, in 1 top list Check
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    Sumerki zhenskoy dushi

    1913 — a.k.a. Twilight of a Woman's Soul, in 1 top list Check
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    Ditya bolshogo goroda

    1914 — a.k.a. Child of the Big City, in 1 top list Check
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    Les vampires

    1915, in 13 top lists Check
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    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    1916, in 23 top lists Check
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    Tih Minh

    1918, in 6 top lists Check
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    A Dog's Life

    1918, in 3 top lists Check
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    Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl

    1919 — a.k.a. Broken Blossoms, in 13 top lists Check
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    One Week

    1920, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Goat

    1921, in 3 top lists Check
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    Manhatta

    1921, in 5 top lists Check
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    Körkarlen

    1921 — a.k.a. The Phantom Carriage, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Kid

    1921, in 14 top lists Check
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    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

    1922 — a.k.a. Nosferatu, in 26 top lists Check
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    Foolish Wives

    1922, in 10 top lists Check
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    Coeur fidèle

    1923 — a.k.a. The Faithful Heart, in 4 top lists Check
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    La souriante Madame Beudet

    1923 — a.k.a. The Smiling Madame Beudet, in 3 top lists Check
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    Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

    1924, in 11 top lists Check
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    Sherlock Jr.

    1924, in 23 top lists Check
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    Entr'acte

    1924, in 6 top lists Check
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    Stachka

    1925 — a.k.a. Strike, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Gold Rush

    1925, in 28 top lists Check
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    Bronenosets Potemkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Big Parade

    1925, in 14 top lists Check
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    Du skal ære din hustru

    1925 — a.k.a. Master of the House, in 5 top lists Check
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    Mat

    1926 — a.k.a. Mother, in 8 top lists Check
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    Rien que les heures

    1926 — a.k.a. Nothing But Time, in 6 top lists Check
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    Kurutta ippêji

    1926 — a.k.a. A Page of Madness, in 10 top lists Check
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    The General

    1926, in 32 top lists Check
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    Napoléon vu par Abel Gance

    1927 — a.k.a. Napoleon, in 18 top lists Check
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    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
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    Devushka s korobkoy

    1927 — a.k.a. Moscow That Weeps and Laughs, in 2 top lists Check
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    Tretya meshchanskaya

    1927 — a.k.a. Bed and Sofa, in 6 top lists Check
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    Le joueur d'échecs

    1927 — a.k.a. The Chess Player, in 1 top list Check
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    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
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    Oktyabr

    1927 — a.k.a. October (Ten Days that Shook the World), in 13 top lists Check
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    The Wind

    1928, in 14 top lists Check
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    Street Angel

    1928, in 3 top lists Check
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    Odinnadtsatyy

    1928 — a.k.a. The Eleventh Year, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Docks of New York

    1928, in 9 top lists Check