essential 1001


From cult classics to even more esoteric subject matter, trustworthy old American Express leads us through filmland.

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Pulp fiction*
The Big Lebowski*
Withnail and I*
El mariachi
Pink flamingos*
The Rocky Horror Picture Show*
Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain*
Blues brothers
This is Spinal Tap*
Reservoir dogs*
A clockwork orange*
The Warriors
Donnie Darko
The Texas chainsaw massacre*
The evil dead*
El Laberinto del Fauno*
The princess bride*
Princess Mononoke*
The room

* 18 out of 25 are in some 1001 book.

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Frankenstein* / Bride of Frankenstein*
Invasion of the body snatchers*
Rosemary’s baby*
The exorcist*
The shining*
Blair witch project*
The Babadook

*All except two can be found among the 1001.

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Apocalypse now*
The Shawshank redemption*
It’s a wonderful life*
The Wizard of Oz*
Star wars*
Annie Hall*
The graduate*
The Godfather 2*

* Every one of these are in the book.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Mamma Mia!*
Into the wild*
Harry Potter series
Eat pray love
Withnail and I*
Roman holiday*
Swimming pool
Lawrence of Arabia*
The man who knew too much*
To catch a thief
The adventures of Priscilla, queen of the desert*
The talented Mr Ripley
Under the Tuscan sun
Master and commander
Mulholland Drive*
Lord of the rings trilogy***
Lost in translation*
The painted veil
Before sunrise
The Darjeeling Limited
L’auberge espagnole
Jean de Florette / Manon des sources*

* Depending on how you count series and such, around half of the above titles qualify.

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Niskavuoren naiset (1938)

Power, money, reputation, stability, family. Will old ways ever change, can true love shake all foundations and threaten status quo? A romantic tale of strong women surrounding a torn man doubting where he really belongs.

Oldfashioned and fascinating, with remnants of silent age aesthetics still showing through. In my book of archaic girl power.

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Le clitoris (2016)


Funny, intelligent, and pedagogic visualization of a sensitive topic: »the only organ in the human body dedicated exclusively for pleasure«. Well conceived and executed in a charmingly uncomplicated manner.

Three minutes of tender joy. Probably in my book of lovable didactic bagatelles.

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Sininen viikko (1954)

A short and brisk triangle drama that explores the tired trope of escaping the mundane and finding brief happiness in a bubble destined to burst.

Silly, heartfelt, and ominous. Probably not in my book of summertime blues.

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eleven down, seven to go


Happy days are here again! With the help of a generous cineaste friend and the fabled torrent tracker Karagarga I have managed to obtain 11 (!) of the missing 18 movies on my list, leaving only these 7 missing:

A Hora e a Vez de Augusto Matraga (1965)
Memórias do Cárcere (1984)

Νεκρή πολιτεία [Dead city] (1952)
Με τη Λάμψη στα Μάτια [With glittering eyes] (1966)
Η ηλικια της θαλασσας [The age of the sea] (1978)
Τα παιδια της Χελιδονας [The children of the swallow] (1987)
Λευτέρης Δημακόπουλος [Lefteris Dimakopoulos] (1993)

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1001 e-book


You have to register for a trial period and they only offer an older edition – but hey, it’s free (and everything seems legit):

A more dubious offer:

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Prehistoric poultry – The Dinornis or Great Roaring Whiffenpoof (1917)


Story and animation are equally clumsy, even if the Dinornis itself looks funny in a stupid kind of way.

Willis O’Brien’s pre-Kong shorts are quite uneven. Not in my book of early birds.

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