DIRECTED BY: Luis Buñuel
FEATURING: Gaston Modot, Lya Lys
PLOT: What plot? The screenplay was co-written by Salvador Dalí! A man and a woman long to have sex, but for various reasons they never do. Along the way, other things happen for no reason at all.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: This . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: L’AGE D’OR (1930)
“If there’s something you don’t like, don’t keep to the rules – break them. I’m an enemy of stupidity and simple-mindedness in both men and women and I have rid my living space of these traits.”–Vera Chytilová in a 2000 interview with The Guardian
DIRECTED BY: Vera Chytilová
FEATURING: Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová, . . . → Read More: 116. DAISIES (1966)
O slavnosti a hostech
“When one lives in a society that is essentially not free, it is the obligation of every thinking person to attack obstacles to freedom in every way at his disposal.”–Jan Nemec
DIRECTED BY: Jan Nemec
FEATURING: Jan Klusák, Ivan Vyskocil, Evald Schorm
PLOT: Seven people are pleasantly picnicking by a . . . → Read More: 115. A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND GUESTS (1966)
DIRECTED BY: Srdjan Spasojevic
FEATURING: Srdjan Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic, Jelena Gavrilovic, Katarina Zutic, Slobodan Bestic
PLOT: An ethical and well-intentioned ex porn star collaborates with an Eastern syndicate to produce a series of art-house pornographic films. In the process he is unwittingly ensnared in the dark, serpentine morass of his film executives’ depraved madness. WHY . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: A SERBIAN FILM (2010)
AKA The Witches; Witchcraft Through the Ages “Such were the Middle Ages, when witchcraft and the Devil’s work were sought everywhere. And that is why unusual things were believed to be true.”–Title card in Häxan
DIRECTED BY: Benjamin Christensen
FEATURING: Benjamin Christensen, Astrid Holm, Karen Winther, Maren Pedersen
PLOT: The film’s narrative segments involve the . . . → Read More: 68. HÄXAN [HÄXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES] (1922)
DIRECTED BY: Jörg Buttgereit
FEATURING: Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice M.
PLOT: A necrophiliac who works for a corpse disposal service loses his job, his perverted
girlfriend, and finally his mind.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Although Nekromantik is indisputably weird—not simply in its bizarre concept, but in its numerous nightmare digressions from linearity—it . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: NEKROMANTIK (1987)