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by Sam Juliano

Our trip around the world now makes a stop in animation-rich Canada, the land of the maple leaf, David Cronenberg and a remarkably diverse cinema. Bill Kamberger, who will again proctor and tabulate the ballot submissions, will also sort out any films that might not actually qualify. He will make the final ruling.. This time voters are asked to choose FIFTEEN (15) films either RANKED, CHRONOLOGICAL or ALPHABETICAL. The voting will run until 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 17th.

As always my own list of favorites will be presented here in alphabetical order, with all fifteen roughly equal in greatness. For the first time I have included multiple animated titles, three in total. I could have choses several more Cronenberg films, but I settled on the one I like best. I regret leaving off Villenue and Dolan in this mix. And I mourn excluding the animated “The Cat Came Back,” which I deeply love. Here we go:
The Apprenticeship of of Duddy Kravitz (Kotchoff; 1974)
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Kunik; 2001)
The Big Snit (Condie; 1985)
Black Robe (Beresford; 1991)
J. A. Martin Photographer (Beaudin; 1977)
Jesus of Montreal (Arcand; 1989)
Leolo (Lauzon; 1992)
The Man Who Planted Trees (Back; 1987)
Mon Oncle Antoine (Jutra; 1971)
Neighbours (McLaren; 1952)
The Red Violin (Girard; 1998)
Spider (Cronenberg; 2002)
The Sweet Hereafter (Egoyan; 1997)
War Witch (Nguyen; 2012)
Water (Mehta; 1974)

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1. M (Fritz Lang, 1931) – 429
2. Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau, 1922) – 360.5
3. Pandora’s Box (G. W. Pabst, 1929) – 321.5
4. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920) – 256.5
5. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972) – 226
6. The Last Laugh (F. W. Murnau, 1924) – 220.5
7. The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg, 1930) – 214
8. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974) – 199
9. Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927) – 195
10. Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980) – 184.5
11. Never Look Away (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2018) – 180
12. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006) – 158.5
13. Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932) – 151
14. The Golem (Paul Wegener & Carl Boese, 1920) – 148
15. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1987) – 147.5
16. Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2014) – 146
17. The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1979) – 132
18. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Lotte Reiniger, 1926) – 130.5
19. Faust (F. W. Murnau, 1926) – 127
20. (Our) Hitler: A Film from Germany (Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, 1977) – 126
21. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009) – 125
22. The Tin Drum (Volker Schlöndorff, 1979) – 124
23. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016) – 122.5
24. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982) – 121.5
25. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser / Every Man for Himself and God Against All (Werner Herzog, 1974) – 120
26. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried & Kriemhild’s Revenge (Fritz Lang, 1924) – 104
27. The Bridge (Bernhard Wicki, 1959) – 102.5
28. Mädchen in Uniform (Leontine Sagan & Carl Froelich, 1931) – 98.5
29. In a Year of 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978) – 93
30. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang, 1933) – 92
31. People on Sunday (Robert Siodmak & Edgar G. Ulmer, 1930) – 89.5
32. Stroszek (Werner Herzog, 1977) – 86.5
33. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984) – 83.5
34. Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders, 1974) – 82
35. Head-On (Fatih Akin, 2004) – 78.5
36. Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen, 1981) – 77
37. Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (Fritz Lang, 1922) – 74.5
38. Olympia 1 & 2 (Leni Riefenstahl, 1938) – 74
39. Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders, 1976) – 69.5
40. Stars (Konrad Wolf, 1959) – 68.5
41. Liebelei (Max Ophüls, 1933) – 67
42. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972) – 66.5
43. Europa Europa (Agnieszka Holland, 1990) – 66.5
44. Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998) – 64.5
45. Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004) – 60.5
46. Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (Edgar Reitz, 1984) – 60.5
47. The Nasty Girl (Michael Verhoeven, 1990) – 58
48. Young Törless (Volker Schlöndorff, 1966) – 58
49. Fox and His Friends / Fist-Fight of Freedom (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1975) – 56.5
50. The Kaiser’s Lackey / Man of Straw (Wolfgang Staudte, 1951) – 56
51. Paths (Chris Miera, 2017) – 54
52. I Was Nineteen (Konrad Wolf, 1968) – 51
53. Barbara (Christian Petzold, 2012) – 50.5
54. The Threepenny Opera (G. W. Pabst, 1931) – 50.5
55. Different from the Others (Richard Oswald, 1919) – 49.5
56. Asphalt (Joe May, 1929) – 48.5
57. Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1981) – 47.5
58. Michael (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1924) – 44.5
59. The Congress Dances (Erik Charell, 1931) – 44
60. Angry Harvest (Agnieszka Holland, 1985) – 43
61. Good Bye, Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker, 2003) – 43
62. Kameradschaft (G. W. Pabst, 1931) – 43
63. The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub, 1968) – 42.5
64. The Merchant of Four Seasons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1971) – 42
65. Nosferatu the Vampyre (Werner Herzog, 1979) – 42
66. Transit (Christian Petzold, 2018) – 41.5
67. Knife in the Head (Reinhard Hauff, 1978) – 40.5
68. Variety (E. A. Dupont, 1925) – 40.5
69. Waxworks (Paul Leni & Leo Birinksy, 1924) – 40.5
70. Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, 2001) – 40
71. The American Friend (Wim Wenders, 1977) – 38.5
72. Westfront 1918 (G. W. Pabst, 1930) – 38.5
73. Kuhle Wampe, or Who Owns the World? (Slatan Dudow, 1932) – 37.5
74. Veronika Voss (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982) – 36
75. The Oyster Princess (Ernst Lubitsch, 1919) – 35.5
76. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (Margarethe von Trotta & Volker Schlöndorff, 1975) – 34.5
77. Marianne and Juliane / The German Sisters (Margarethe von Trotta, 1981) – 34.5
78. The Edge of Heaven (Fatih Akin, 2007) – 32.5
79. Last Exit to Brooklyn (Uli Edel, 1989) – 31.5
80. Parsifal (Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, 1982) – 31.5
81. Querelle (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982) – 31
82. Diary of a Lost Girl (G. W. Pabst, 1929) – 29
83. Murderers Among Us (Wolfgang Staudte, 1946) – 29
84. Land of Silence and Darkness (Werner Herzog, 1971) – 28.5
85. Effi Briest (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974) – 28
86. Münchhausen (Josef von Báky, 1943) – 27
87. The Love of Jeanne Ney (G. W. Pabst, 1927) – 25
88. Yesterday Girl (Alexander Kluge, 1966) – 24.5
89. The NeverEnding Story (Wolfgang Petersen, 1984) – 22.
90. From the Life of the Marionettes (Ingmar Bergman, 1980) – 21.5
91. Spies (Fritz Lang, 1928) – 21.5
92. Destiny (Fritz Lang, 1921) – 21
93. Mother Krause’s Journey to Happiness (Phil Jutzi, 1929) – 21
94. Triumph of the Will (Leni Riefenstahl, 1935) – 21
95. Under the Bridges (Helmut Käutner, 1946) – 21
96. Balance (Wolfgang & Christoph Lauenstein, 1989) – 20.5
97. Beyond Silence (Caroline Link, 1996) – 20.5
98. Pina (Wim Wenders, 2011) – 20.5
99. The Student of Prague (Paul Wegener & Stellan Rye, 1913) – 20.5
100. The Baader Meinhof Complex (Uli Edel, 2008) – 19
101. The Doll (Ernst Lubitsch, 1919) – 19
102. Everyone Else (Maren Ade, 2009) – 19
103. The Joyless Street (G. W. Pabst, 1925) – 19
104. Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (Marc Rothemund, 2005) – 19
105. The Wave (Dennis Gansel, 2008) – 19

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