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Name the most depressing film of all time (US or INT.)


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#1 of 48 Kyle Tippett

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Posted October 20 2003 - 06:57 AM

Please give your title or thought on the most depressing film of all time -- be it straight drama, love story, epic, period piece, etc.
Any country, any year.

#2 of 48 Nick Sievers

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Posted October 20 2003 - 07:38 AM

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#3 of 48 Simon_Lepine

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Posted October 20 2003 - 07:44 AM

Probably some italian neo-realist movie, a lot of them were quite depressing, like Bicycle Thief, Germany Year Zero, etc.

#4 of 48 MartinTeller

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Posted October 20 2003 - 07:46 AM

One of my favorites, El Norte.

#5 of 48 Greg_R

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Posted October 20 2003 - 08:04 AM

Grave of the Fireflies would certainly be high on my list...

#6 of 48 Lew Crippen

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Posted October 20 2003 - 08:26 AM

Salò—an indictment of power and corruption without any sense that it won’t happen or can be prevented.
Vertigo—obsession with the dead to the detriment of the living.
The Piano—the use and exploitation of others.
Taxi Driver—down and out in NYC
I Live in Fear—it makes me wonder how many felt this way in post-war Japan

I too find much of the Italian neo-realists to be depressing.

There are lots of others, this is just a sampling.
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#7 of 48 Zen Butler

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Posted October 20 2003 - 08:40 AM

Xiu-Xiu The Sent Down Girl

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#8 of 48 Randy Korstick

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Posted October 20 2003 - 09:24 AM

Waterloo Bridge
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#9 of 48 Matt Pelham

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Posted October 20 2003 - 10:37 AM

Combat Shock

#10 of 48 Nick Sievers

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Posted October 20 2003 - 11:07 AM

Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo
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#11 of 48 SteveGon

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Posted October 20 2003 - 11:23 AM

Hmmm, the most depressing movie I've ever seen?

Voyager (1991) - Starring Sam Shepard and Julie Delphy, directed by Volker Schlondorff, based on the novel Homo Faber by Max Frisch.

Honorable mention: Louis Malle's Au Revoir Les Enfants.

#12 of 48 Walter Kittel

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Posted October 20 2003 - 12:11 PM

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

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#13 of 48 Tommy G

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Posted October 20 2003 - 12:17 PM

Days of Wine and Roses, Schindler's List, Wuthering Heights.
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#14 of 48 Elizabeth S

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Posted October 20 2003 - 12:24 PM

The Dreamlife of Angels

#15 of 48 Dome Vongvises

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Posted October 20 2003 - 02:23 PM

Grave of the Fireflies

#16 of 48 Rob P S

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Posted October 20 2003 - 02:32 PM

Monster's Ball (excellent film, though)

#17 of 48 Kyle Tippett

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Posted October 20 2003 - 02:56 PM

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Lilya 4-Ever
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Freeze-Die-Come to Life
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Last Exit to Brooklyn

#18 of 48 Brook K

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Posted October 20 2003 - 03:20 PM

Hearts & Minds
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#19 of 48 MartinTeller

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Posted October 20 2003 - 03:37 PM

Oh yes... I was very depressed after Hearts & Minds.

And yeah, Last Exit to Brooklyn isn't too cheery, either.

#20 of 48 Kyle Tippett

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Posted October 20 2003 - 04:00 PM

Hearts & Minds is good... but if we go down the route of documentaries we will drift off.