Ten From Facets: Lists of Classics from Two Facets Veterans

For this second in a series of top-ten lists from our members and patrons, I post the selections of two special members, Al Kwiatkowski and Brad Strauss. Not only are they knowledgeable movie buffs, they are also both assistant organizers of a terrific meet-up called the Chicago Film Discussion Group. They take turns, along with fearless organizer Jimmy Otto, suggesting outings to movies around Chicago and arranging Sunday brunches where CFD group members pontificate on all things cinematic. In the past, outings for the group have included movies in the Facets Cinematheque, but both Brad and Al kept their 2010 lists largely to titles that they rented last year. I am sure their selections represent good suggestions for future rentals for the rest of us. –Susan Doll (click here for the lists)

Al’s Top Ten Rentals:

10. Shoot the Piano Player (1960, dir. Francois Truffaut)

9. The Good Fairy (1935, dir. William Wyler)

8. Rumba (2008, dirs. Dominique Abel & Fiona Gordon)

7. Spirit of the Beehive (1973, dir. Victor Erice)

6. La Haine (1995, dir. Mathieu Kassovitz)

5. Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962, dir. Agnes Varda)

4. Nowhere to Hide (1999, dir. Lee Myung-Se)

3. Hard Core Logo (1996, dir. Bruce McDonald)

2. Giants and Toys (1958, dir. Yasuzo Masamura)

1. Sunrise (1927 , dir. F.W. Murnau)

Brad’s Top Ten Rentals

10. King Lear (1953, dir. Andrew McCullough, starring Orson Welles)

9. Coonskin (1975, dir. Ralph Bakshi)

8. Carnival of Souls (1962, dir. Herk Harvey) – Brad saw this film at Facets Night School.

7. The Music Room (1958, dir. Satyajit Ray)

6. The World of Apu (1959, dir. Satyajit Ray)

5. Charulata (1964, dir. Satyajit Ray)

4. The Aviator’s Wife (1981, dir. Eric Rohmer)

3. Distant Thunder (1973, dir. Satyajit Ray)

2. Shoah (1985, dir. Claude Lanzmann)

1. Fanny and Alexander (Television version, 1982, dir. Ingmar Bergman)

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