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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

45 Important Movies as Chosen by the Vatican

In 1995, to commemorate 100 years of film-making, the Vatican made a list of what it called "Some Important Films." The list was divided into three areas--Religion, Values and Art. I've been gradually acquiring them and watching them. What I particularly like about the list are the international titles.

Here's the list with a few comments of my own thrown in:

Religion:
Andrei Rublev
Babette's Feast - I really enjoyed this slow-moving but tender film.
Ben-Hur - The four-disc edition also includes the original silent film--an excellent dvd set.
The Flowers of St. Francis
Francesco
The Gospel According to St. Matthew
La Passion de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ
A Man for All Seasons
The Mission - I love the music in this film.
Monsieur Vincent
Nazarin
Ordet
The Passion of Joan of Arc
The Sacrifice
Therese

Values:
Au Revoir Les Enfants
The Bicycle Thief
The Burmese Harp
Chariots of Fire - Show this movie to all the athletes in your family.
Decalogue
Dersu Uzala
Gandhi
Intolerance
It's a Wonderful Life
On the Waterfront - One of my favorite movies of all time--Brando and Malden are brilliant.
Open City
Schindler's List
The Seventh Seal
Tree of Wooden Clogs
Wild Strawberries

Art:
Citizen Kane - Another one of my favorites.
8 1/2
Fantasia
Grand Illusion
La Strada
The Lavender Hill Mob
The Leopard
Little Women
Metropolis - I can't believe how powerful this movie remains after all these years.
Modern Times - My family's favorite Chaplin movie--hilarious and touching.
Napoleon
Nosferatu
Stagecoach
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Wizard of Oz

For more information, see Steven Greydanus' excellent article, "The Vatican Film List: Ten Years Later," and reviews of all the films on the US Bishops' web site.

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posted by Nick Senger at 5:19 AM

Comments on "45 Important Movies as Chosen by the Vatican"

 

Anonymous Faith said ... (Wednesday, June 20, 2007 2:16:00 PM) : 

Hey I just did a little movie reviews post on my blog and managed to watch a couple of these movies recently. I think I am unintentionally working my way through this list!

I too thought Metropolis was awesomely powerful. Great movie!

Now I have to put Modern Times in my netflix queue. I think I have only ever seen clips from it.

 

Blogger Nick Senger said ... (Thursday, June 21, 2007 7:17:00 AM) : 

I hope you like Modern Times. It contains many of Chaplin's most famous moments. One of my favorite bits is the roller skate scene.

I saw your movie review post. I just watched Stagecoach, too. Great technical achievement considering when it was filmed.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (Sunday, November 11, 2007 12:10:00 PM) : 

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