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Archive for January 5th, 2013

1972

by Allan Fish

Best Picture The Godfather, US (9 votes)

Best Director Ingmar Bergman, Cries and Whispers (8 votes)

Best Actor Klaus Kinski, Aguirre, Wrath of God (6 votes)

Best Actress Liza Minnelli, Cabaret (6 votes)

Best Supp Actor Joel Grey, Cabaret (8 votes)

Best Supp Actress Harriet Andersson, Cries and Whispers (10 votes)

Best Cinematography Sven Nykvist, Cries and Whispers (11 votes)

Best Score Nino Rota, The Godfather (13 votes)

Best Short Lucifer Rising, US, Kenneth Anger (3 votes)

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By Bob Clark

At the end of every cinematic year, there’s always the question of where certain movies fit in the rank and file of top ten listings, and the like. Do you list a film based on the year it was created, the year it was screened in festivals, or the year it received a wide release in your area? This is ignoring of course whether or not it was originally made as a film or a piece of television, or what have you. If you really wanted to have a completely accurate ranking of the best films from any given year, you’d have to wait until long after that year has passed, perhaps towards the end of the decade, and thus give yourself enough time to track down all the late releases and obscure curiosities that aren’t likely to enjoy significant screenings even in the most cosmopolitan markets (that goes double if you’re an anime fan). Last year I thought I managed a pretty tidy compromise in listing my favorite late releases from around the world, mostly foreign-market titles that might’ve played in domestic festivals but didn’t reach major theaters in the New York area until time had passed. But as I put together that list, I realized that I was still ignoring a significant amount of the time I’d been spending in the various moviegoing events both in the city and suburbs. One of the great advantages of living in New York is the dense art-house repertoire output, constantly showing classics both in festivals and year-round, allowing you to see some of the best films out there the way they were meant to be seen, and not hemmed in by the claustrophobic confines of a television screen, or worse.

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