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People who added this item 594 Average listal rating (336 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.2


dir. F.W. Murnau

Unlike last year, I didn't watch very many silent films in 2012. But from what I did watch, Murnau's Sunrise is my favorite. Completely captivating, heart-breaking, and heart-warming.
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dir. Jean Renoir
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People who added this item 46 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8


dir. Vittorio De Sica

Watching this film has immediately placed it as my favorite De Sica film (replacing The Bicycle Thief). Wonderfully-filmed, and so very tragic.
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dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
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People who added this item 205 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7


dir. Joseph H. Lewis

I've seen quite a few works of film-noir this year, and Gun Crazy may be my favorite. A swift tale of guns and love, it's easy to see how similar "Bonnie and Clyde"-type films were inspired to follow suit.
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dir. Roman Polanski

This is tied with Chinatown as my favorite Polanski film. I love its plainly minimalist style and atmosphere, as well as its underlying psychological distress that, for the most part, remains unspoken. Basically, it's the type of film I'd like to make if I ever decided to make movies.
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People who added this item 162 Average listal rating (67 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.1


dir. Ján Kadár & Elmar Klos

This film was great. I really need to watch more Czechoslovak films.
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People who added this item 41 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Wings (1966)


dir. Larisa Shepitko
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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 7.6


dir. Aleksandr Askoldov

My absolute favorite film I've seen in 2012. Compelling in its plots, themes, performances, cinematography, and everything else, it left a bigger mark on me than anything else I've seen all year long. An unfairly forgotten classic in Soviet cinema that everyone should watch.
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dir. Robin Hardy

2012 will always be remembered as the year that I fell in love with horror cinema. I have the British classic The Wicker Man to (partially) thank for that. So absurd, so chilling, so oddly unsettling.
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People who added this item 560 Average listal rating (345 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7


dir. Dario Argento

Another excellent horror film, this one of the giallo subgenre. Also my personal favorite Argento movie.
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People who added this item 442 Average listal rating (244 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.3


dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi

I have never, ever seen another film quite like this one and frankly, I don't think I ever will again. A very strange milestone in Japanese cinema.
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People who added this item 322 Average listal rating (168 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8


dir. Werner Herzog

"the chicken is dancing, dancing. he thinks that he will never die."- a brilliant two-sentence review of this film I've read.

My introduction to the cinema of Herzog. I can't wait to watch more.
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People who added this item 782 Average listal rating (402 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1


dir. Ingmar Bergman

Using five hours of my free time to sit down and watch this film is one of the single best decisions I've ever made. Every single shot is total visual magic. Perfect performances, and an even more compelling thematic structure. Bergman's masterpiece.
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dir. Martin Scorsese
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dir. Rob Reiner
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dir. Isao Takahata

2012 was also the year I started to get more into anime. Grave of the Fireflies was definitely one of the most beautiful, saddest, impacting pictures I've seen all year. When I wasn't in awe over the impressive style of animation, I was sobbing my eyes out.
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People who added this item 448 Average listal rating (214 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7


dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky
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People who added this item 371 Average listal rating (179 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.8


dir. Michael Haneke
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dir. Woody Allen

Just when I thought I had seen every single good Woody Allen movie, I get completely blown away by Husbands and Wives. Immediate top ten placement.
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People who added this item 820 Average listal rating (505 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9


dir. Satoshi Kon

Besides becoming enamored with Japanese anime, I have also fallen in love with the director Satoshi Kon. His four feature-lengths are all so very intriguing and imaginative. Sadly, his death at a young age means that there won't be any future works by this brilliant talent. His small body of work, however, is extraordinary in its own respects, Perfect Blue being my personal favorite.
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People who added this item 526 Average listal rating (284 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7


dir. Jane Campion
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People who added this item 2398 Average listal rating (1664 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8


dir. Nicolas Winding Refn

I have probably rewatched this film more times than any other film I've watched in the past year. It just gets better and better with each viewing.
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People who added this item 415 Average listal rating (254 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
Holy Motors (2012)


dir. Leos Carax

My favorite film to come out of 2012, and also one of the most ambitious films I've seen, period. Genuinely absurd cinematic magic.
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My most favorite films I watched for the first time in 2012.

The complete list of these new-to-me films can be found here.

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