Michael’s top ten films

I’ve shown most of these films in the First Wednesday evening of the month film program. I’m partial to well-crafted films of battered dignity and hard struggle. – M.D.
VidasSecas1

Vidas Secas (Brazil, 1963)
Nelson Pereira dos Santos, director
truly the wretched of the earth
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TreeOfWoodenClogs1

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Italy, 1978)
Ermanno Olmi, director
faith and a hard life
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ArmyOfShadows1Army of Shadows (France, 1969)
Jean-Pierre Melville, director
terror and heroism
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RomeOpenCity1Rome: Open City (Italy, 1945)
Roberto Rossellini, director
torture and heroism 
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TokyoStory1Tokyo Story (Japan, 1953)
Yasujiro Ozu, director
parental disappointment, luminous Setsuko Hara
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SevenSamurai5Seven Samurai (Japan, 1954)
Akira Kurosawa, director
warriors and peasants
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PatherPanchali1Pather Panchali (India, 1955)
Satyajit Ray, director
poverty and dignity
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TimeToLiveTimeToDie3

A Time to Live, A Time to Die (Taiwan, 1985)
Hou Hsiao-hsien, director
you can’t go home again
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Casablanca1Casablanca (U.S., 1943)
Michael Curtiz, director
Here’s looking at you, kid.
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GrapesOfWrath1Grapes of Wrath (U.S., 1940)
John Ford, director
wherever there’s a fight, so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there

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