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Key Films #34

The Man Who Lies [Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1968]:
Like the preceding Trans-Europ-Express (1966), the fittingly titled The Man Who Lies is essentially an exercise in cinematic deconstruction.Specifically, a deconstruction of the conventional devices used in narrative storytelling, and - even more specifically - of the role of the protagonist (or narrator) to provide a greater context, understanding and clarification for the events, as they unfold.What Robbe-Grillet does to achieve this hypothesis is to dismantle the notion of accepted (or, more "tangible") reality - which conventionally propels the standard cinematic arc - and, in doing so, places the narrator in a greater position of power over that of the viewing audience.When the narrator (and, by extension, the central character) is gunned down by an armed militia in the film's first scene - only to be brought back to life moments later as if nothing had ever occurred - Robbe-Grillet is communicating the inherent intangibi…

Top Ten: 1990

Ranking the Decades A Year in Film List + Image Gallery

Gremlins 2: The New Batch [Joe Dante, 1990]:

Edward Scissorhands [Tim Burton, 1990]:

Trust [Hal Hartley, 1990]:

Close-Up [Abbas Kiarostami, 1990]:

Innisfree [José Luis Guerín, 1990]:

Nouvelle vague [Jean-Luc Godard, 1990]:

The Comfort of Strangers [Paul Schrader, 1990]:

No Fear, No Die [Claire Denis, 1990]:

Miller's Crossing [Joel & Ethan Coen, 1990]:

Dick Tracy[Warren Beatty, 1990]:

Top Ten: 1991

Ranking the Decades A Year in Film List + Image Gallery

Germany Year 90 Nine Zero [Jean-Luc Godard, 1991]:

The Suspended Step of the Stork [Theodoros Angelopoulos, 1991]:

Only Yesterday[Isao Takahata, 1991]:

The Fisher King [Terry Gilliam, 1991]:

Barton Fink[Joel & Ethan Coen, 1991]:

Kafka[Steven Soderbergh, 1991]:

Europa [Lars von Trier, 1991]:

JFK [Oliver Stone, 1991]:

Jacquot de Nantes [Agnès Varda, 1991]:

The Visitor (aka The Stranger) [Satyajit Ray, 1991]:

Top Ten: 1992

Ranking the Decades A Year in Film List + Image Gallery

Céline[Jean-Claude Brisseau, 1992]:

Chasing Butterflies [Otar Iosseliani, 1992]:

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me [David Lynch, 1992]:

Antigone [Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub, 1992]:

Lessons of Darkness [Werner Herzog, 1992]:

Light Sleeper [Paul Schrader, 1992]:

A Sense of History [Mike Leigh, 1992]:

Dream of Light (aka The Quince Tree Sun) [Víctor Erice, 1992]:

Candyman [Bernard Rose, 1992]:

Top Ten: 1993

Ranking the Decades A Year in Film List + Image Gallery

Oh, Woe is Me! (Hélas pour moi) [Jean-Luc Godard, 1993]:

King of the Hill [Steven Soderbergh, 1993]:

Matinee [Joe Dante, 1993]:

Abraham's Valley [Manoel de Oliveira, 1993]:

Manhattan Murder Mystery [Woody Allen, 1993]:

Three Colours: Blue [Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1993]:

D'Est (From the East) [Chantal Akerman, 1993]:

Blue [Derek Jarman, 1993]:

Carlito's Way [Brian De Palma, 1993]:

Faraway, So Close!

Top Ten: 1994

Ranking the Decades A Year in Film List + Image Gallery

Three Colours: Red [Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1994]:

Ed Wood [Tim Burton, 1994]:

Three Colours: White [Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1994]:

The Hudsucker Proxy [Joel & Ethan Coen, 1994]:

Through the Olive Trees [Abbas Kiarostami, 1994]:

Bullets Over Broadway [Woody Allen, 1994]:

Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana [Aki Kaurismäki, 1994]:

Pulp Fiction [Quentin Tarantino, 1994]:

Sátántangó[Béla Tarr, 1994]:

Ashes of Time + "Redux" [Wong Kar Wai, 1994-2008]: