PANDORA’S BOX (Introduction)

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The history of cinema is so vast, complex and dynamic that is ultimately impossible to do justice to the art form with a small selection of films. Unless one prepares an endless list, far too many relevant titles (archetypes of a genre, influential films, pictures with technical innovations and other assorted classics) would be kept out. But limits must be imposed, and one just hopes that the movies included can tell the story of film through its greatest representatives.

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That is why there are not animation, shorts, avant-garde or feminist films in the list below. These are all worthy categories – important for the development of the art form – but unfortunately they have to make room for undeniable masterworks. The films included here will have to stand on their own cinematic feet. They haven’t been selected because an auteur must be included or a country must be represented. Compared to the other films, each and every one of them must feel as an equal masterpiece.

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True, there are films in the list that look suspicious. One can reasonably argue that All that Heaven Allows (1955, Douglas Sirk), Dracula (1958, Terrence Fisher) or Planet of the Apes (1968, Franklin J. Schaffner) are not equals to critical acclaimed masterpieces such as The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer), Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu) or Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski). Nevertheless, those films are iconic films, which not only sit at the top of their particular genre, but also have intrinsic cinematic value.

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Obviously, my limits and prejudices as a film enthusiast will inform my choices. One is entitled to ask where’s Cassavetes. Or why include Hitchcock’s The Birds instead of North by Northwest? The truth is that it is hard to strike a balance between intrinsic cinematic merit and the importance of including exceptional representatives of relevant genres. The beauty of list-making is that every individual one tells a relevant story through its choices – what is left out is as important as what is kept in. Check the page ASHES & DIAMONDS for some of the most authoritative selections of the greatest films of all time.


August 2014. ooooo ooooo ooooo ooooo ooooo ooooo ooooo ooooo Ricardo Pizzeghello.

It has been over one year since I decided to start this blog, discussing films and other things too! Unsurprisingly I learnt quite a lot about the greatest films that exist. I’ve seen some masterpieces in the last year, from 2014 and 2015 and quite a few old ones too! Therefore, the list that follows has been extended and to some extent modified. North by Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock) is now part of this Pandora’s Box. Cassavettes’ films though are still nowhere to be seen. Enjoy the new entries. Thanks for listening.


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