backtrack; American beauty (1999)

american

Sam Mendes’ debut as movie director (after a very successful decade in theatre) is still his most acclaimed work – a sad, exquisite, revolting drama of »love« and »liberty« in a complicated world of »forbidden« urges.

Meaning, Self, Spirit. In my open-eyed book of modern western civilization.

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16 alternatives – so far

mubi

So far it’s only a fledgling start, but it will be interesting to see what kind of movies will qualify as Mubi user Sagi Mendel’s alternative 1001 list (hopefully) continues to grow.

https://mubi.com/lists/1001–4

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viewmaster

orwav

This site is teeming with action, but unfortunately the 1001 section seems to be rather forgotten. Let’s hope they get to it again soon!

https://oneroomwithaview.com/features/analysis/1001-films-you-must-see/

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phree giphts phor all

giphy

Animated gifs can be great fun, but this selection made me a little disappointed. I had expected stronger ideas. Guess there must be better ones on the site, though not tagged accordingly.

Well, I suppose I shouldn’t complain since I don’t have the time or energy to create my own…

http://giphy.com/search/1001-movies

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1228

vredensdag

Vredens dag (1943)

There is power in evil!

Witchcraft, forbidden feelings, cruelty, problematic family relations – a gruesome moralizing sermon with strange somnambulist qualities, starkly beautiful visuals, and highly distilled storytelling. The tormented characters act out an implausible parable of gender and guilt.

Doomed women, punishing men, the comfort of death. Thematically fascinating, but too slow and staged. Not in my book.

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1001 alternatives

q

Quora is a site for user-generated questions and answers. They have a handful of 1001-related topics – some more thorough and relevant than others, of course:

• What film books are similar to 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die?
• What is the best 1001 list of must-see films?
• How are the movies in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die picked?
• What are the must watch movies to see before you die?
• What is a must watch animated movie before you die?
• What are the 100 must-watch Bollywood movies you should see before you die?

https://www.quora.com/What-film-books-are-similar-to-1001-Movies-You-Must-See-Before-You-Die

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quizzy?

sporcle

Didn’t even know about Sporcle, but they have a nifty little 1001 movies title quiz – try it out!

http://www.sporcle.com/games/citkeane/1001-movies-to-see

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