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    • CommentAuthordossa1uk
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2009
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    Warren has posted a couple of things previously that have inspired this thread - the Werckmeister Harmonies thing from tonight, as well as posting an entire Russian (I think) film some months ago.

    In both cases, I hadn't heard of the film, so, knowing Whitechapel, I thought this is exactly the right place to set this challenge -

    Recommend a film that you love that you think hasn't received the audience it deserves. Something far from the mainstream that you have been evangelical about.

    Any takers?
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      CommentAuthorCharlene
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2009
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    I don't know how non-mainstream this is but Das Experiment is an amazing film.
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      CommentAuthormister86
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2009
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    I've never known many people are actually familiar with it, but I've always loved the movie Interstate 60.
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    Well, there's mainstream and then there's this crowd. I could name hundreds of films that no one down at the local Blockbuster has heard of, but I'm not sure how obscure they'd be around here. At any rate, a few suggestions...

    Down By Law
    Ordinary Decent Criminal
    In The Electric Mist
    The Matador
    Choose Me
    Trouble In Mind
    Scotland, PA
    No Such Thing
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    @dosa1uk: If I may - http://www.whitechapelmovieclub.com/. These guys recommend non-mainstream films weekly, if I'm correct. The name comes from a previous post that was lurking around here some time ago. And, it's just a small thing actually, but there's a bunch of unknwon and sometimes strange and/or bizarre movies that I've found there.
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      CommentAuthorDraug
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2009
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    @ Charlene I concur a great tip.

    Well I would like to recommend all of the animator Per Åhlin's work the problem is that I don't think there have been any English releases for most of his films.
    So have you seen Mind Game (2004)?
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    I hadn't seen his Werkmeister post before I saw this thread, but I will say Werkmeister Harmonies is a fantastic movie. I watched it about two weeks ago for the first time. Bela Tarr also directed a film called Satantango (Satan's Tango), which is 17 hours long and begins with a 15 minute shot of cows walking around. I haven't seen it yet, but it's over on my DVD shelf and I plan to tackle it some time this week.

    As for some obscure recommendations -
    Stalker - Andrei Tarkovsky - post-apocalyptic Russian film by one of Bela Tarr's favorite directors.
    Humpday - Lynne Shelton- Very funny "buddy comedy" sort of thing. Saw it last night in the theater.
    Gemini - Shinya Tsukamoto - Very strange Japanese film by the guy who directed the Tetsuo movies.
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    Branded to Kill 1960s psychosexual Japanese gangster mod
    • CommentAuthorLani
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2009
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    I've mentioned them before, but both of these are fantastic (for utterly different reasons):

    De Battre Mon Coeur s'est Arrete (The Beat that My Heart Skipped) - French film; gritty character piece.

    Tuvalu - Multinational film; kind of a cross between Delicatessen and Metropolis (1927)
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2009 edited
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    I´m well aware of the works of Bela Tarr and he´s a lovely director (i also recommend The man from london as well)

    MY recommendations? here we go

    W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism - Very crazy film by Dušan Makavejev that explores the link between communism and sexuality. Lots of erect penises as well.
    Conspirators of Pleasure - a 1996 film by Jan Švankmajer that explores the strange fetishes of several people. interesting use of breadballs
    The Ninth Configuration - Interesting drama starring Stacey Keach, directed by William blatty and set in an Army Mental hospital
    Hospital of the Transfiguration - Polish film from 1979 written by Stanislav Lem and set in a polish mental hospital during WWII as the Nazi´s approach
    The War of the World: Next Century - 80´s polish Sci Fi from Piotr Szulkin about aliens arriving at the turn of the millenium
    Can you Kill a child? - Very creepy english/Spanish film from 1976 where children have killed all the adults on a remote island. Unoffically thought to have inspired Stephen King to write "Children of the corn"

    I´ve got loads more, but i think thats all for now...
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    Try these - both from Vincenzo (Cube) Natali:
    Cypher - cool, dryly humerous thriller. Can sort of be described as 'if Cronenberg had made Total Recall', but not really. Top performance from Jeremy Northam.
    Nothing - I'm not saying a damn thing about the plot. It's very odd. Stars his mate David Hewlett (who's in all his films) aka The Only Good Thing About Stargate Atlantis.

    Natali's next couple of films may also be of interest - Splice (about genetic manipulation) and an adaptation of Ballard's High Rise.
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      CommentAuthorJonathan H
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2009
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    Sopyonje, which is apparently all on youtube now



    Holy Mountain

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    I went down - a great Irish gangster film (not a porno) that no-one seems to have heard of, even though it stars Brendon Gleeson. I remeber it's UK release date was the same as Titanic and I saw them both that weekend. This was by far the film that stuck with me more.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2009 edited
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    Black Cannon Incident - Mainland Chinese movie from the 1970's which is surprisingly critical of police state paranoia.

    Romper Stomper - One of Russell Crowe's first starring roles. He plays a neo-nazi skinhead.

    Undead - Australian zombie movie

    Split Second - Rutger Hauer is a police detective tracking a serial killer in a London flooded by global warming. Kind o like if Kait was an old German guy. I guess. Has some of the best "buddy movie" interaction ever as Hauer's bright and shiny non-smoking, non-drinking vegan partner turns into a shambling psychotic like Hauer. "What's this?" "Coffee." "Tastes GREAT."

    More mainstream movies that I think are vastly underrated:

    The Stuntman - Michael y\York plays a man on the run who takes a job as a stunt man but begin to suspect the director is planning to kill him on camera.

    Hudson Hawke - Bruce Willis in a silly funny, intelligent caper movie. It bombed so he spent the next decade making Die Hard over and over again.

    Prayer of the Roller Boys: made during the in-line skating fad of the late 80's/early 90's. This is a smart well-written near-future detective noir about a guy who is blackmailed by the authorities into joining a white supremacist drug gang
    run by a former childhood friend. It has one of the most downbeat and realistic endings of any mainstream Hollywood movie I can think of. Inexplicably, most of the characters are wearing in-line skates for most of the movie and every so often engage in poorly choreographed fights on skates.
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    here´s a couple more films...

    Ghosts… of the Civil Dead: Great 80´s Aussie prison dramam, written by Nick Cave and directed by John Hillcoat

    La Bête (the beast) - Weird sexy goings on from Walerian Borowczyk that tells an adult fairytale of a weird monster with a massive hard on stalking the woods around a french mansion.

    as for film sequences, it doens´t get much better than this, the traffic jam scene from Jean Luc Goddards 1967 film "Weekend"
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2009
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    Sangre Eterna concerns a group of goth Vampire RPG players in Chile meeting genuine vampires. And it's played straight.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2009
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    There's a lot of great mostly unknown (in the West) East Asian cinema in this thread. I thought I'd been doing pretty well being exposed to Asian horror, but I learned much more from this.
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    people here probably know it but I always recommend Tarnation to people as a little known docu-film.
    • CommentAuthorRonin
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2009
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    • CommentAuthorRonin
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2009
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