Friday, February 15, 2013

The Arts & Faith Top 25 Films on Marriage

Roberto Rossellini's Voyage to Italy (1954).

Yesterday, just in time for Valentine's Day, the fine folk at IMAGE and A&F released another list of top films. This year the group picked a theme revolving around the complexities of marriage. I spent some time here in the past two months blogging a few of the nominations - my hope is that in the coming months I'll be able to blog a few of the winners. I've only seen eight or nine of these twenty-five!

Over forty people took part in the selection process, from nominating, to haggling with others and making a case over a particular film's worthiness, to the actual vote... And then after the vote there was still a bit of haggling over a few of the films that did (and didn't) make the list.  (This kind of before-and-after haggling always brings a sly smile to my face.)

It was my hope that Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans would come in at #1. I lobbied for it - it came in at #4. But it was nice to see Certified Copy (my number one film from 2011) at the number two spot on this list. I've been told that Certified Copy makes many references to the film that took our top spot: Voyage to Italy, which I've not seen, and actually seems quite hard to track down. You know that I'll find a way, however, to see the number one film on our list.

Here are the twenty-five top films on marriage:

1. Voyage to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (1954) 
2. Certified Copy (2010)
3. My Night at Maud's (1969) 
4. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) 
5. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) 
6. Tokyo Story (1953) 
7. Stromboli Terra di Dio (1950)
8. The Family Way (1966)
9. Friendly Persuasion (1956)
10. A Separation (2011)
11. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
12. In America (2002)
13. Another Year (2010)
14. Scenes from a Marriage (1973) 
15. Dodsworth (1936)
16. Tender Mercies (1983) 
17. Husbands (1970)
18. L'Atalante (1934)
19. Tuesday, After Christmas (2010) 
20. Don't Look Now (1973)
21. Love (Chloe) in the Afternoon (1972) 
22. Hobson's Choice (1954)
23. Le Mepris (1963)
24. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
25. The Face of Another (1966) 

Here's a link to the list itself, where explanations for all these films are given. I even provided the caption for two: Sunrise, and Tender Mercies.

Happy viewing!

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