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    The AW Film Canon - 1979

    It's time to establish the true faves of AW for the year 1979!

    The rules:

    - If you wish to participate, you must PM me a Top 10 list, ranked from #1 to #10 clearly, for the year 1979.

    - You must NOT publicly post your list until after the deadline has passed, however you can use this thread to discuss, plead, put up FYCs, etc.

    - Short films/TV movies are eligible.

    - Eligibility rules are simple. If the film premiered in 1979, it is eligible. Easiest is to go to imdb.com and search the film you are wondering about. If the year next to the title is 1979, it is eligible as that means it premiered in the world that year.

    - The point system will be as follows:

    Your #1 film is worth: 10 pts
    #2: 8 pts
    #3-4: 6 pts
    #5-6: 4 pts
    #7-8: 3 pts
    #9-10: 2 pts

    - Deciding on strategy is up to you. Will you just list your faves in order? Or, if you think your fave is going to win handily, do you bump it down the list to help out a different film?

    - The deadline will be April 22nd 25th at 23:59pm PST.
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    The AW Film Canon, to date:

    Films of the Year


    2017


    2016


    2015


    2014


    2013


    2012


    2011



    2010



    2009



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    2006


    2005


    2004


    2003


    2002


    2001


    2000


    1999


    1998


    1997


    1996


    1995


    1994


    1993


    1992


    1991


    1990


    1989


    1988


    1987


    1986


    1985


    1984


    1983


    1982


    1981


    1980




    The Rest:



    2017

    1. Phantom Thread
    2. Call Me By Your Name
    3. Lady Bird
    4. Blade Runner 2049
    5. A Ghost Story
    6. First Reformed
    7. Twin Peaks: The Return
    8. mother!
    9. Columbus
    10. Zama


    2016

    1. The Handmaiden
    2. Moonlight
    3. Arrival
    4. Manchester by the Sea
    5. Silence
    6. Things To Come
    7. Elle
    8. Toni Erdmann
    9. La La Land
    10. Julieta


    2015



    1. Carol
    2. Mad Max: Fury Road
    3. Inside Out
    4. The Assassin
    5. 45 Years
    6. Brooklyn
    7. Ex Machina
    8. The Revenant
    9. Tangerine
    10. Son of Saul


    2014


    1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    2. Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
    3. Boyhood
    4. Two Days, One Night
    5. Whiplash
    6. Gone Girl
    7. Force Majeure
    8. Mommy
    9. Nightcrawler
    10. Inherent Vice


    2013
    1. Her
    2. Gravity
    3. Blue is the Warmest Color
    4. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
    5. Inside Llewyn Davis
    6. Under the Skin
    7. The Great Beauty
    8. Only Lovers Left Alive
    9. Before Midnight
    10. Stranger by the Lake


    2012
    1. Holy Motors
    2. The Master
    3. Laurence Anyways
    4. Tabu
    5. Moonrise Kingdom
    6. Frances Ha
    7. Amour
    8. Zero Dark Thirty
    9. It's Such A Beautiful Day
    10. Stories We Tell


    2011

    1. The Tree of Life
    2. A Separation
    3. Margaret
    4. Drive
    5. Melancholia
    6. Once Upon A Time in Anatolia
    7. Weekend
    8. The Deep Blue Sea
    9. Oslo, August 31st
    10. Hugo


    2010


    1. Mysteries of Lisbon
    2. The Social Network
    3. Certified Copy
    4. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
    5. Black Swan
    6. Another Year
    7. Blue Valentine
    8. Meek's Cutoff
    9. Toy Story 3
    10. True Grit


    2009


    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. The White Ribbon
    3. I Am Love
    4. Fantastic Mr. Fox
    5. A Serious Man
    6. Up
    7. A Prophet
    8. Bright Star
    9. In the Loop
    10. Dogtooth


    2008


    1. Rachel Getting Married
    2. Synecdoche, New York
    3. Waltz With Bashir
    4. The Dark Knight
    5. WALL-E
    6. In Bruges
    7. Two Lovers
    8. Happy-Go-Lucky
    9. The Hurt Locker
    10. Wendy and Lucy


    2007

    1. There Will Be Blood
    2. No Country For Old Men
    3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
    4. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
    5. Ratatouille
    6. Atonement
    7. Zodiac
    8. Lust, Caution
    9. I'm Not There
    10. the Diving Bell & The Butterfly


    2006

    1. Volver
    2. Inland Empire
    3. Children of Men
    4. Marie Antoinette
    5. The Departed
    6. The Lives of Others
    7. Pan's Labyrinth
    8. A Prairie Home Companion
    9. The Fountain
    10. United 93


    2005

    1. The New World
    2. Cache
    3. Brokeback Mountain
    4. A History of Violence
    5. Three Times
    6. Match Point
    7. Good Night, and Good Luck.
    8. Junebug
    9. Munich
    10. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu


    2004

    1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2. 2046
    3. Before Sunset
    4. Birth
    5. Mean Girls
    6. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    7. The Incredibles
    8. Bad Education
    9. Tropical Malady
    10. Million Dollar Baby


    2003

    1. Lost in Translation
    2. Dogville
    3. Kill Bill, Vol. 1
    4. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
    5. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
    6. Elephant
    7. Goodbye Dragon Inn
    8. Oldboy
    9. Finding Nemo
    10. The Return


    2002

    1. Talk To Her
    2. Far From Heaven
    3. Adaptation.
    4. 25th Hour
    5. Russian Ark
    6. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    7. Punch-Drunk Love
    8. City of God
    9. The Man Without A Past
    10. The Hours


    2001

    1. Mulholland Drive
    2. Spirited Away
    3. Moulin Rouge!
    4. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
    5. The Royal Tenenbaums
    6. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
    7. Y Tu Mama Tambien
    8. Millennium Actress
    9. Gosford Park
    10. The Piano Teacher


    2000

    1. In the Mood for Love
    2. Yi Yi
    3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    4. You Can Count On Me
    5. Almost Famous
    6. Werckmeister Harmonies
    7. The Emperor's New Groove
    8. Dancer in the Dark
    9. Requiem for a Dream
    10. Best in Show


    1999

    1. Eyes Wide Shut
    2. Being John Malkovich
    3. Magnolia
    4. All About My Mother
    5. American Beauty
    6. The Talented Mr. Ripley
    7. Beau Travail
    8. Election
    9. Fight Club
    10. Rosetta


    1998

    1. The Thin Red Line
    2. The Truman Show
    3. Shakespeare in Love
    4. The Big Lebowski
    5. After Life
    6. Fucking Amal/Show Me Love
    7. The Last Days of Disco
    8. Rushmore
    9. Babe: Pig in the City
    10. Run Lola Run


    1997

    1. Happy Together
    2. Boogie Nights
    3. Jackie Brown
    4. L.A. Confidential
    5. The Ice Storm
    6. titanic
    7. Lost Highway
    8. Taste of Cherry
    9. Princess Mononoke
    10. The Sweet Hereafter


    1996

    1. Fargo
    2. The English Patient
    3. Breaking the Waves
    4. Secrets & Lies
    5. Lone Star
    6. A Summer's Tale
    7. Everyone Says I Love You
    8. Trainspotting
    9. The Portrait of a Lady
    10. Crash


    1995

    1. [Safe]
    2. Underground
    3. Sense & Sensibility
    4. Heat
    5. Showgirls
    6. Dead Man Walking
    7. Before Sunrise
    8. Toy Story
    9. To Die For
    10. La Ceremonie


    1994

    1. Three Colors: Red
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Ed Wood
    4. Chungking Express
    5. Satantango
    6. Through The Olive Trees
    7. Hoop Dreams
    8. Heavenly Creatures
    9. The Shawshank Redemption
    10. A Borrowed Life


    1993

    1. The Age of Innocence
    2. The Piano
    3. Short Cuts
    4. The Remains of the Day
    5. Schindler's List
    6. Three Colors: Blue
    7. Groundhog Day
    8. Farewell, My Concubine
    9. The Nightmare Before Christmas
    10. Abraham's Valley


    1992

    1. Unforgiven
    2. Howards End
    3. Malcolm X
    4. The Crying Game
    5. Porco Rosso
    6. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
    7. The Long Day Closes
    8. The Player
    9. Orlando
    10. Bram Stoker's Dracula


    1991

    1. The Silence of the Lambs
    2. Raise the Red Lantern
    3. The Double Life of Veronique
    4. JFK
    5. Beauty and the Beast
    6. Barton Fink
    7. A Brighter Summer Day
    8. La belle noiseuse
    9. Only Yesterday
    10. The Lovers on the Bridge


    1990

    1. Goodfellas
    2. Metropolitan
    3. The Grifters
    4. Close-Up
    5. Edward Scissorhands
    6. Trust
    7. Miller's Crossing
    8. An Angel at my Table
    9. Paris is Burning
    10. Dances With Wolves


    1989

    1. Do the Right Thing
    2. Crimes and Misdemeanors
    3. A City of Sadness
    4. Dekalog
    5. Black Rain
    6. Sex, Lies, & Videotape
    7. Santa Sangre
    8. When Harry Met Sally...
    9. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
    10. Blood


    1988

    1. My Neighbor Totoro
    2. Grave of the Fireflies
    3. Landscape in the Mist
    4. A Fish Called Wanda
    5. Distant Voices, Still Lives
    6. Dead Ringers
    7. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
    8. Cinema Paradiso
    9. Die Hard
    10. The Last Temptation of Christ


    1987

    1. Au Revoir les Enfants
    2. Boyfriends and Girlfriends
    3. Wings of Desire
    4. The Dead
    5. Radio Days
    6. Full Metal Jacket
    7. Maurice
    8. The Last Emperor
    9. Robocop
    10. Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle
    10. Where is the Friend's Home?


    1986

    1. Hannah and Her Sisters
    2. Blue Velvet
    3. The Sacrifice
    4. Aliens
    5. Green Ray
    6. Platoon
    7. The Fly
    8. A Room With A View
    9. Betty Blue
    10. Mauvais Sang


    1985

    1. Ran
    2. Come and See
    3. Vagabond
    4. The Purple Rose of Cairo
    5. Back to the Future
    6. Shoah
    7. The Breakfast Club
    8. The Color Purple
    9. A Zed & Two Noughts
    10. Out of Africa


    1984

    1. Paris, Texas
    2. Once Upon A Time in America
    3. Amadeus
    4. Body Double
    5. Love Streams
    6. Full Moon in Paris
    7. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
    8. Blood Simple
    9. Broadway Danny Rose
    10. A Nightmare on Elm Street


    1983

    1. El Sur
    2. Terms of Endearment
    3. Nostalghia
    4. Zelig
    5. Pauline at the Beach
    6. The Right Stuff
    7. Videodrome
    8. Scarface
    9. L'Argent
    10. The Fourth Man


    1982

    1. Fanny and Alexander
    2. Blade Runner
    3. E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial
    4. The Thing
    5. Veronika Voss
    6. Tootsie
    7. The King of Comedy
    8. Fitzcarraldo
    9. Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
    10. Querelle


    1980

    1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    2. Blow Out
    3. Possession
    4. The Qviator's Wife
    5. Reds
    6. Das Boot
    7. Body Heat
    8. Lola
    9. My Dinner With Andre
    10. Le pont du Nord


    1981

    1. Raging Bull
    2. The Shining
    3. Ordinary People
    4. My American Uncle
    5/6. The Empire Strikes Back
    5/6. The Elephant Man
    7. Dressed to Kill
    8. Atlantic City
    9. Airplane!
    10. Kagemusha

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    Breaking Away better make the canon or I will quit AW.

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    Amazing year truly (as 1980!). Some of my favorites will be mentioned by many (that includes the The Marriage of Maria Braun, Apocalypse Now and Manhattan), so will try to make my underrated favorites happen:

    FYC

    Siberiade



    Andrey Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky had enormous means to turn this historical fresco into the purest Russian tradition. The film shows a kind of fascination for this country far from everything, where the news of the capital takes six months to come and seems to resist time and events.

    The Tempest



    Jarman is first and foremost someone who experiments, who manages to create atmospheres, both sound and visual. Here we have a very dark photograph, foggy almost, where the bodies, often filmed in close-ups standing out of a background often black. And that, right now, it has a really special charm. This darkness makes the film disturbing, sometimes weighing, but especially truly strange. The choice of actors, their costumes, even their haircuts also contribute to this strangeness, to give birth to a kind of feeling of unease, we feel that something is wrong. That the unknown and the impossible can arise at any moment and that it will be necessary to be ready. This film it is possible to feel things, to be caught up in a sinister and delirious visual proposition.

    Don Giovanni



    It was a grandiose idea to want to retransmit the majestic work of Mozart, Don Giovanni, who has put the myth of Dom Juan back into music and opera. More choice is left over sets, costumes, performance and performance, as if the opera enthusiast had been propelled into full performance. If the first part gives way to the seductive and violent acts of Dom Juan, the second is more interesting, the discovery of the tomb of the Commander makes the last turn to play on the fate of the offender. The Rotonda is the major unfolding of the story, the Commander arrives, he creates a real magic and divine atmosphere. Don Juan is half-charismatic and half-detestable. But Leporello is undoubtedly the most endearing character, mixing complicity and authority between the two protagonists. Actors, professionals and baritrons of all kinds, do not overplay, just interpret as they would on the stage. The music virtuously drives the rhythm of the story, with the sublime pieces of Madamina, Gia la Mensa, A Cenar Teco, by far the best known. Losey's film is a perfect adaptation of Mozart's priceless work.

    ¡Que Viva México!



    The prologue and the epilogue allow Eisenstein to show his genius of pictorial beauty helped by a superb photograph of Eduard Tisse, Eisenstein has created what is undeniably the most powerful and most powerful images ever shot. This film remains unclassifiable, unforgettable, genius. In the film, a cardboard says "Mexico is lyrical, but also cruel" (or something like that), it’s also the definition of the film. Eisenstein totally grasped the way Mexico lived. One feels a facination for this country on the part of the filmmaker, as the faction of the inhabitants of the country for death. The images are of a purity, a beauty out of norm, thanks to the framing magnifying the faces and other statues and also thanks to the beauty of the actors, which by the way are not actors.

    Woman Between Wolf and Dog



    The film tells 15 years of the life of a Belgian woman, whose husband is into the Nazi cause, but who also collected a resistant. She hesitates between two men, but stays with her husband when he returns from war and escapes a conviction. The problem of Nazism is nevertheless present between this couple, but it took time for the woman to choose. The interest of the film is in the description of life in Belgium in this troubled period, the inhabitants and family relations, the hypocrisy of the religious.

    Tale of Tales



    This unique style of animation, this remarkable technique, these charming musical notes, the ingenuity as to the superimposition of the images (offering a beautiful depth) and the camera frames, it is this alchemy of elements which will come to forge this beautiful poetry. Here, no word, but also a mixture of memories, dreams, fantasies and allegories that wander in the mind of an artist. If the succession of sequences does not make sense in itself, it is because it is the fruit of the dreams of a man. Thus, no linearity, some sequences are repeated, taking a new meaning, and if the sequences are linked wonderfully by marvelous transitions, they most often have no relation (including chronologically). A wolf that seems to be the point of view of the dreamer who explores the universe of his memories, a door of blinding light that opens on an Edenic world where Family, Art, Nature and Peace (the fish is the symbol in Russia) are combine harmoniously, a ball interrupted by war, an
    abandoned village, a child who dreams of company but who suffers the violence of the father, etc. The unique atmosphere that emerges from the film is due, in addition to the nostalgia of memories, of the extraordinary set of techniques developed by Norstein. The rain, the snow, the fire, are the result of amazing effects and magically integrate with the paper cut. The effects of light are fabulous, really I have no words to describe that. Camera movements are still ingenious, but where Norstein achieves true genius is the way he creates and uses depth of field. Here we touch on one of the most innovative, important and valuable films in cinema.

    The Hussy



    Shot in natural surroundings, it is a film that is both simple and touching. First of all, we must emphasize how perfect is the young Madeleine Desdevises. And also praise the work of the formidable Claude Hèbert. The film story revolves around the kidnapping of an eleven-year-old girl, by an unstable twenty-year-old with a child mentality, so the theme is difficult to explore yet the film never implies there isn’t a crime, there’s glaringly one. But The Hussy is also a story about loneliness and lack of love. It tells us about marginalized people; victims of the constant disaffection of their close ones; that one day, and in the most unexpected way, they find in one and the other, the affection that they had never before. The way in which these two came together is what leads to the controversy yet Doillon never treats it as something just that was necessary for them to meet, but rather explores the implications of this meeting.

    The Very Same Munchhausen



    Ironic historical fantasy! One cannot help being surprised that the subtle, intelligent, crafty, dissident work of Grigori Gorin and Mark Zakharov at the very peak of stagnation was perceived absolutely adequately - as some kind of ironic common imagination about the double morality of society, our dual existence in it and duality in general of all phenomena. So smile, gentlemen, smile!It has the bitter irony and the tendency not to be derogatory, but a thought-provoking satire, and a wise interest in history, where you can always find many examples of human stupidity, but also examples of noble deeds, selfless movements of the soul. The collaboration of Gorin with Zakharov gave us, the audience, a virtuoso, sparkling, witty and truly intelligent film.

    Others FYC that are some of best of the year:
    Lady Oscar (Jacques Demy)
    Vengeance Is Mine (Shohei Imamura)
    Camera Buff (Krzysztof Kieślowski)
    Love on the Run (François Truffaut)
    The Plumber (Peter Weir)
    Saint Jack (Peter Bogdanovich)
    Retour à la bien-aimée (Jean-François Adam)
    Hardcore (Paul Schrader)
    A Perfect Couple (Robert Altman)

    To see for the first time:
    Woyzeck (Werner Herzog)
    Christ Stopped at Eboli (Francesco Rosi)
    The Third Generation (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
    First Case, Second Case (Abbas Kiarostami)
    Arrebato (Iván Zulueta)
    #Huppert2020

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    For Your Consideration








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    FYC:

    Real Life (Albert Brooks)
    Wise Blood (John Huston)
    Camera Buff (Krzysztof Kieślowski)
    Tale of Tales (Yuri Norstein) [It's only 29 minutes]
    Schalcken the Painter (Leslie Megahey) [It's only 70 minutes]
    First Case, Second Case (Abbas Kiarostami) [It's only 47 minutes, read about it beforehand though, you might not like the concept]

    Watchlist:

    Tess (Roman Polanski)
    Saint Jack (Peter Bogdanovich)
    Siberiade (Andrei Konchalovsky)
    From the Clouds to the Resistance (Straub & Huillet)

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    For Your Consideration

    My Brilliant Career



    Directed by Gillian Armstrong.
    Starring Judy Davis and Sam 'The Hunk' Neill

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    FYC My Brilliant Career.

    While High Tide is my favorite Gillian Armstrong film (and one of my top 20 alltime), My Brilliant Career is easily my favorite film of 1979. What a great movie and Judy Davis should have won the Oscar in a landslide (instead she wasn't even nominated - my goodness).

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    FYC:

    The Black Stallion:


    Manhattan:


    Stalker:


    Apocalypse Now:


    Kramer vs Kramer:


    The Tin Drum:


    Nosferatu:


    Woyzeck:

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    Apocalypse Now is so winning this, right?

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    Also FYC (this deserves a post dedicated only to it):

    From the Clouds to the Resistance



    An invitation to look closely to Dialogues with Leucó and La luna and the bonfires of Cesare Pavese, voices of women and men like us that remind us that men and women like us have sometimes resisted the language, the texts, the gods, God, the bosses, the Nazis, words and gestures in front of all the disappointments of History. We can see a hand that still hesitates to become a fist, bodies pushed to the edge of the framing and the space around, open, wild, disturbing, inhuman, fire, not electricity, a thought that would no longer aspire to transform nature but to transform itself to its rhythms.
    #Huppert2020

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    Lots of good things just said about Kramer Vs Kramer recently in RFT!!

    https://awardswatch.com/forums/showt...=1#post3792285

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    FYC:

    Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

    Miyazaki's first film is one of his most purely fun, delightful, and exciting, already establishing him as master animator and displaying his theme of authority distrust. I watched it on Thai Netflix but I don't know if it's available on other Netflix as well.





    The China Syndrome

    One of Jack Lemmons' best performances, turning his relatable persona into a most painfully humane and flawed character, which gives immense heart to the superb docu-drama atmosphere wonderfully. Also woven into this masterfully is a constant background of non-intrusive commentary about the need to straddle between serious journalism and audience entertainment, and the gender roles/disparity in such industry.


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    I've seen no more than four films from this year, so I highly doubt I'll manage to come up with a ballot this time.

    But I'm still gonna watch the FYCs, and I guess this is the opportunity to watch two of my biggest, weirdest blind spots: Apocalypse Now and Stalker.

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    I love so many movies from this year.

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    Two great performances




    1979 Sally Field as Norma Rae Webster in Norma Rae

    In a story of a round heeled Southern factory worker who finds her voice in political activism, Norma Rae Webster isn’t well educated or particularly ladylike. Sally Field isn’t afraid to embrace those qualities. She also resists the temptation to sentimentalize the character as the story progresses. Norma Rae is forced to explain her sexual history to her young children. Field does the scene tersely. She permits no emotion to show. This only makes our hearts break for her. When Norma watches her mother and father suffer health issues from years of harsh working conditions, Field evokes an inner core of strength that simply infuses the viewer with outrage. It would have been easy to play this role as defiant, heated, and rigid. Rather, Field uses those years of comedic training to find the humor in a serious film. When Norma Rae and her husband argue about her lack of time for her home, their family and him, Field throws potatoes in a pot, pulls out the top article of clothing from the ironing pile and invites her husband to stand behind her, lift her nightie and make love. She is furious, spittin’ mad, but Field’s unique delivery makes us laugh. As an actress, Field has always approached intense emotional scenes with a complexity that challenges the audience to address contradictory emotional responses. Norma Rae should have been a film about labor relations, a story of the underdog succeeding. Rather, Field’s rich portrayal changes the film to a character study. When the union vote is finally taken, the camera doesn’t even follow the announcement of the tally. We watch Norma Rae. We care about how this will change her. Field has created a character that destroys the suspension of disbelief. We have come to regard Norma Rae as a real person. This is naturalistic acting at its finest. Field was rewarded with Best Actress prizes from Cannes, the Oscars, Golden Globes, New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and National Board of Review.



    1979 Bette Midler as Rose in The Rose

    Bette Midler created the ultimate rock and roll persona in The Rose. She is so good it is sometimes hard not to dismiss her work as an extension of her stage work. That is an error. In its initial stages, the film was meant to be called Pearl and be a bio pic of Janis Joplin. The singer’s family objected and that plan was scrapped. In hindsight, that was a gift. The absence of a need to be true to Joplin allowed Midler the artistic freedom to bring this violent artistry to the screen. Rose rages on stage. When she performs she dashes and scratches and kicks and punches. Her body is lean. Tendons bulge as she digs to her core for the next raw emotion that will burst forth from her insides. Midler approached the role as an athlete trains. She had a rigorous gym schedule and lived on raw protein during the shoot. The effort pays off visually. The character looks authentic to the early 70s. Many actors have lost weight, gained weight, changed their physicality for a role. Midler incorporates her efforts into the film. The sweat that glistens from her face, her hair, her arms, her breasts isn’t spray bottle. That’s Midler. By the end of the film, I felt as exhausted as she does and needed a year off. Rose rages off stage as well. Fueled by a chemical dependency, Rose keeps up that intensity emotionally. She screams and roars and cries and pleads. Amidst all these off putting behaviors, Midler never forgets to share Rose’s bottomless well of vulnerability. As each person in her life fails her, I want to gather this woman and protect her. And that is the irony of Midler’s performance. As she compels us to protect her, we know that any show of tenderness will be ridiculed and dismissed and shredded. Midler understands and reveals to us the nature of artistic temperament when addled by drug addiction. This is a great performance – unforgettable, vibrant, heart wrenching and alive.
    Aisle be seeing you in all the old familiar places

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l44_n60QQ8

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    I was literally just coming in here to FYC The Rose! It is going to be very high on my ballot!

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    Damn, I'm a fan of Midler's and I've somehow never seen that film, and she sounds incredible in it! I will track it down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmer View Post
    Damn, I'm a fan of Midler's and I've somehow never seen that film, and she sounds incredible in it! I will track it down!
    @Timmer OMG, she is absolutely incredible in this! I NEVER would have thought that Bette Midler (and I really like her mellow pop vocals) would be able to pull off Janis Joplin-esque vocals. I watched this for the first time six months ago or so, and was utterly obliterated by what she does here.

    IDK if I prefer her or Hanna Schygulla in The Marriage of Maria Braun, but of the Oscar nominees (though I still have to see The China Syndrome), Midler totally should have won this!

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    This year is going to be such a bloodbath. And there are still quite many AW favorites to be FYCed... I'll try to watch 6-10 more movies to feel legitimated to vote.

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