Directors Brook's Criterion Collection Tournament

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  1. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    This will be a tournament to decide the best Criterion Collection film in my DVD collection. Voting should be based strictly on your opinion of the film, NOT the DVD. The quality of the DVD, supplements, packaging, etc, should only come into play as a tiebreaker if you can't make up your mind one way or the other.

    I have 69 spine numbers. Leaving out the BRD Trilogy Supplements disc makes 68. I have picked the 6 that I think are the least seen around the forum and your 1st task is to pick 2 of the 6 that should remain in the tournament.

    Select 2 of the following:

    Carl Th. Dreyer: My Metier
    Under The Roofs Of Paris
    A Nous La Liberte
    The Firemen's Ball
    Veronika Voss
    Lola

    Advanced To 2nd Round

    #9 Hard Boiled [​IMG]
    #217 Tokyo Story [​IMG]
    #34 Andrei Rublev [​IMG]
    #58 Peeping Tom [​IMG]
    #61 Monty Python's The Life Of Brian [​IMG]
    #171 Contempt [​IMG]
    #159 Red Beard [​IMG]
    #78 The Bank Dick [​IMG]
    #95 All That Heaven Allows [​IMG]
    #96 Written on the Wind [​IMG]
    #97 Do The Right Thing [​IMG]
    The Lady Eve [​IMG]
    8 1/2 [​IMG]
    Rebecca [​IMG]
    #111 MON ONCLE [​IMG]
    #130 THE SHOP ON MAIN STREET [​IMG]


    Advanced to 3rd Round
    #150 Bob Le Flambeur [​IMG]
    #118 SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS [​IMG]
    #204 The Marriage Of Maria Braun [​IMG]
    #102 THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOSIE [​IMG]
    Notorious [​IMG]
    #173 The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp [​IMG]
    Wild Strawberries [​IMG]
    #190 Throne Of Blood [​IMG]


    Advanced to Quarterfinals
    #143 THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE [​IMG]
    #93 Black Narcissus [​IMG]
    #112 PLAYTIME
    #44 The Red Shoes
    Rashomon
    #221 Ikiru

    Advanced to semi-finals
    #30 M
    #62 The Passion Of Joan Of Arc
     
  2. Nick Sievers

    Nick Sievers Producer

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    I'll participate but expect quite a few abstains from myself, and I suspect a few others. I have been trying to build up my Criterion Collection, but it is a slow process.

    I have not seen any of those 6 listed above.
     
  3. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    À Nous la Liberté

    Lola


    One from both René Clair and Fassbinder.


    By the way Brook, I just realized that your current quote in your sig is from Fassbinder and the last one referenced drugs. Are you trying to tell us something? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. Jay E

    Jay E Cinematographer

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    The Firemen's Ball
    Veronika Voss
     
  5. Bill McA

    Bill McA Producer

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    I haven't seen My Metier (or any of the Dreyer boxset), I own the BRD set but haven't yet watched Lola (and it's been 20 years since I've seen Veronika Voss)...therefore

    A Nous la Liberte
    The Fireman's Ball
     
  6. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    A Nous La Liberte
     
  7. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    A Nous La Liberte

    I really need to watch the Dreyer doc and the Fassbinders. :b

    And UTROP is on my to-buy list.
     
  8. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    Ok, A Nous La Liberte & The Firemen's Ball are in, the other 4 drop out.

    Bill, you NEED to watch Lola. It's my favorite of the trilogy.

    Ok, let's go ahead and get this started. I think I'll just start at either end of my collection for the pairings. Remember you don't need to have seen the actual Criterion disc, just the movie.


    Round 1

    #9 HARD BOILED
    vs.
    #224 PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET

    #11 THE SEVENTH SEAL
    vs.
    #221 IKIRU
     
  9. Jay E

    Jay E Cinematographer

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    wow, is this tournament is going to be tough..

    Pickup on South Street
    Seventh Seal
     
  10. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Ok, I knew that this would be tough, but to vote against Bergman on the very first round is distressing. And to choose between a fine John Woo and an above average Sam Fuller is very hard.

    Hard-Boiled

    Ikiru



    This has a lot of promise.
     
  11. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Hard-Boiled

    Abstain
     
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    Abstain

    damnnnn, okay

    Seventh Seal (I hate to vote agianst Ikiru)
     
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    The Seventh Seal
     
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    Abstain, no Pickup on South Street but not the biggest fan of Hard-Boiled.

    Ikiru
     
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    Hard Boiled
    The Seventh Seal
     
  16. Bill McA

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    abstain - never seen Pickup
    #221 IKIRU
     
  17. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    Bill, I'll need a full report on Dawn. I'm going to try and see it late tomorrow night.

    Ikiru and Seventh Seal are both top 10 films for me so this is a painful bracket right off the bat. And looking at future pairings, it won't get any better. I will be making slight adjustments to the numbering so films from the same director don't face off in the first round. In the first 8-10 pairings there's only one that I would call easy. I also realize I should have added a couple more films to the "obscure" entry round.
     
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    Hard-Boiled
    Ikiru


    I guess now would be a good time to start wading through the BDR Trilogy... [​IMG]
     
  19. Brook K

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    Hard-Boiled advances 4-2, I voted for Pickup

    Ikiru advances 5-4, with me casting a very painful tie-breaking vote.


    Don't disappoint me here people

    #13 THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
    vs.
    #217 TOKYO STORY

    Argh, the pain, the pain

    #25 ALPHAVILLE
    vs.
    #204 THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN
     
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    #217 TOKYO STORY
    #204 THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN
     

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