An unintentionally morbid double bill this week, with Elio Petri’s op-pop black comedy of 1965, “The Tenth Victim” and Victor Sjostrom’s somber, spiritual masterpiece of the Swedish silent cinema, “The Phantom Carriage,” both turning up in excellent Blu-ray editions. My New York Times review is here.
It’s that time of the year again, as the National Film Preservation Board begins soliciting suggestions for 25 new titles to add to the National Film Registry for 2011. As a member of the board (representing the National Society of Film Critics, and by extension, you, it would be my pleasure and privilege to relay any and all ideas readers of this site may have to the higher authorities in Washington, DC — which is to say, the good men and women of the Library of Congress.
A sortable list of films already included in the Registry can be found here. It’s important to remember that this isn’t meant to be yet another “best” list but, a compilation of “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” American films, be they features, shorts, documentaries, serials, home movies, music videos, educational films, avant-garde works, or what have you, and they must be at least ten years old. There are plenty of notable films that have yet to be cited, so please do speak up for the hundreds of glaring omissions that remain. (What, not a single film by John H. Auer?)