Today, some cinephilic fun and games.
There are a few filmmakers whose body of work I’ve pretty much been able to see in its near-entirety—like Hitchcock, Satyajit Ray, Bresson, Truffaut, Lang, De Palma, Rohmer, Sembene. There are others I love deeply and have tried to see whatever I can, but I’m still missing some key films in their oeuvre, for example, Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz, Hawks’ Road To Glory, Renoir’s Toni, Cassavetes’ Love Streams, Resnais’ Providence, Godard’s Numero Deux, Fuller’s I Shot Jesse James, Polanski’s Cul-De-Sac.
A funny thing happens when films you’ve pursued for years suddenly become available on DVD. Once, you would’ve jumped in your car and driven a few hours to see them. But when they’re sitting right there at Netflix, batting their eyelashes and flaunting their availability, your urgency withers. Don’t get me wrong: when you do get around to watching them, they often turn out to be every bit as rewarding as you imagined they’d be. But sometimes it just takes you a while.
So, let me ask you to name:
(1) One film, unavailable on video/DVD, that you would love to see.
(2) One film you’ve wanted to see for a long time, available on video/DVD, that you haven’t gotten around to seeing yet.
My own picks:
(1) Douglas Sirk’s There’s Always Tomorrow (1955), made during the amazingly fertile late-career period when he turned out one masterpiece after another from '55 to '59 (All That Heaven Allows, Written On The Wind, The Tarnished Angels, A Time To Love And A Time To Die, Imitation Of Life). The film is also on programmer James Quandt’s top 10 favorites list.
(2) Jacques Rivette's Céline And Julie Go Boating (1974): Everything I’ve read convinces me that it’s a guaranteed blast, and yet there it sits neglected in my local public library. I resolve to watch it pronto.
So, over to you.