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- Sansho the Bailiff
- 124 min.
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"I have seen 'Sansho' only once, a decade ago, emerging from the cinema a broken man but calm in my conviction that I had never seen anything better; I have not dared watch it again, reluctant to ruin the spell, but also because the human heart was not designed to weather such an ordeal." - Anthony Lane, film critic The New Yorker
That Anthony Lane quote is spot on. Watch this when you have plenty of time to pay attention because you will probably never watch it again.
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This movie ranks #12 in IMDb's 1950s Top 50
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This movie ranks #73 in BIFF's Asian Cinema 100
This movie ranks #79 in Cahiers du Cinéma's 100 Films for an Ideal Cinematheque
This movie ranks #81 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #86 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
This movie ranks #91 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #107 in Tom Vick's Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
This movie ranks #128 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #234 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
This movie ranks #270 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #313 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #370 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #380 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #411 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #486 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #501 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
This movie ranks #743 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #778 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #798 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life