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Vittorio De Sica's The Last Judgment is a mildly amusing piece of fluff.  One day in Naples a voice from Heaven announces that the end of the world is nigh.  It may even have been derivative of the 1950 James Whitmore film, The Next Voice You Hear.  

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The fun in The Last Judgment is the game of spot the guest star in the various stories.  It features an eclectic cast:  De Sica, Fernandel, Melina Mercouri, Alberto Sordi, Ernest Borgnine (quite good!), Vittorio Gassman, Paolo Stoppa, Jack Palance, Jimmy Durante!, Lino Ventura, Anouk Aimee, Nina Manfredi, Silvana Mangano, Eleonora Brown, Akim Tamiroff and Lamberto Maggiorani.

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It's one of those films where one gets the impression that the fun was in the making of it.

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According to a 1969 entry in my film diary Sergio Corbucci's Duel of the Titans featuring Steve Reeves and Gordon Scott was a favourite peplum.  I gave it 3 out of 4 stars!  But I was pretty young then.  It is based on the tale of Romulus and Remus.  It also features Virna Lisi and Massimo Girotti is somewhere in it too.

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The Golden Horse Film Festival of Taiwan began in 1962.  These films from 1961 were awarded Best Picture …. 

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Sun, Moon and Stars Parts One and Two (1961) Wen Yi, Hong Kong

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My top FF films of 1962 of the 26 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Jules and Jim (1962) Francois Truffaut, France

2.  Ivan’s Childhood (1962) Andrei Tarkovsky, Russia

3.  The Tale of Zatoichi (1962) Kenji Misumi, Japan

4.  Family Diary (1962) Valerio Zurlini, Italy

5.  Salvatore Giuliano (1962) Francesco Rosi, Italy

6.  Harakiri (1962) Masaki Kobayashi, Japan

7.  Momma Roma (1962) Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy

8.  Le Doulos (1962) Jean-Pierre Melville, France

9.  Mafioso (1962) Albert Lattuada, Italy

10. Vivre Sa Vie (1962) Jean-Luc Godard, France

 

Boccaccio ’70 (1962) Mario Monicelli, Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Vittorio De Sica, Italy

Knife In the Water (1962) Roman Polanski, Poland

Sanjuro (1962) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

The Exterminating Angel (1962) Luis Bunuel, Mexico

Elegant Beast (1962) Yuzo Kawashima, Japan

The Girls (1961) Yurly Chulyukin, Russia

Arturo’s Island (1962) Damiano Damiani, Italy 

and I’ve also seen …

Son of Spartacus (1962) Sergio Corbucci, Italy.  [dubbed]

Santo vs the Vampire Women (1962) Alfonso Corona Blake, Mexico.  [dubbed] 

The Genie of Darkness (1962) Federico Curiel, Mexico [dubbed]

The Awful Dr. Orloff (1962) Jess Franco, Spain

The Bloody Vampire (1962) Miguel Morayta, Mexico.  [dubbed]

Santo vs the Zombies (1962) Benito Alaraki, Mexico.  [dubbed]

The Brainiac (1962) Chano Urueta, Mexico.  [dubbed]

The Witch’s Mirror (1962) Chano Urueta, Mexico.  [dubbed]

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) Ishiro Honda, Japan [dubbed]

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  1. Il Sorpasso, Dino Risi, Italy
  2. Knife in the Water, Roman Polanski, Poland
  3. L'Eclisse, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy
  4. Boccaccio 70, De Sica & Fellini & Monicelli & Visconti, Italy
  5. Cléo from 5 to 7, Agnès Varda, France
  6. Vivre Sa Vie, Jean-Luc Godard, France
  7. The Exterminating Angel, Luis Buñuel, France
  8. Jules and Jim, Francois Truffaut, France
  9. An Autumn Afternoon, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  10. Love on a Pillow, Roger Vadim, France

The sixties are the strongest decade for Italy. Il Sorpasso is a road movie with two contrasting personalities in a Lancia Aurelio driving through a country in reconstruction. Boccaccio 70 is a collection of four short films by different directors. I like Fellini's part best, about a frustrated man who takes up arms against moral decline, with Anita Ekberg as the huge poster girl.

 

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1962

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  1. Harakiri, Masaki Kobayashi, Japan
  2. The Exterminating Angel, Luis Bunuel, Mexico
  3. Sanjuro, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
  4. Mafioso, Alberto Lattuada, Italy
  5. An Autumn Afternoon, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  6. Vivre Sa Vie, Jean-Luc Godard, France
  7. Chushingura, Hiroshi Inagaki, Japan
  8. Jules and Jim, Francois Truffaut, France
  9. Shinobi No Mono, Satsuo Yamamoto, Japan
  10. Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR
  11. The Tale of Zatoichi, Kenji Misumi, Japan
  12. Cleo from 5 to 7, Agnes Varda, France
  13. L'Eclisse, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy
  14. Knife in the Water, Roman Polanski, Poland 
  15. Pitfall, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japan
  16. The Tale of Zatoichi Continues, Kazuo Mori, Japan
  17. King Kong vs Godzilla, Ishiro Honda, Japan
  18. Mondo Cane, Paolo Cavara & Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi, Italy
  19. The Awful Dr. Orlof, Jesus Franco, Spain
  20. The Slave, Sergio Corbucci, Italy

I've also seen:

  • The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus, Jesus Franco, Spain
  • Caesar the Conqueror, Tanio Boccia, Italy
  • Women of Devil's Island, Domenico Paolella, Italy
  • Ulysses Against Hercules, Mario Caiano, Italy
  • The Avenger, Giorgio Venturini, Italy
  • Vulcan, Son of Jupiter, Emimmo Salvi, Italy
  • Fury of Achilles, Marino Girolami, Italy 
  • Colossus of the Stone Age, Gui_do Malatesta, Italy
  • The Rape of the Sabine Women, Alberto Gout, Mexico
  • The Fury of Hercules, Gianfranco Parolini, Italy
  • Gladiator of Rome, Mario Costa, Italy
  • Santo vs the Vampire Women, Alfonso Corona Blake, Mexico
  • The Brainiac, Chano Urueta, Mexico

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plus - La Jetee, Chris Marker, France (short film)

 

1001 Movies You Must See

  • An Autumn Afternoon, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  • Cleo from 5 to 7, Agnes Varda, France
  • The Exterminating Angel, Luis Bunuel, Mexico
  • Jules and Jim, Francois Truffaut, France
  • Keeper of Promises, Anselmo Duarte, Brazil
  • L'Eclisse, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy
  • Mondo Cane, Gualtiero Jacopetti, etc, Italy
  • Vivre Sa Vie, Jean-Luc Godard, France

plus, La Jetee, Chris Marker, France (short film)

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My top FF films of 1962

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1.) Vivre Sa Vie, Jean-Luc Godard, France

2.) Baron Prásil, Karel Zeman, Czechoslovakia

3.) Jules and Jim, Francois Truffaut, France

4.) The Steamroller and the Violin,  Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR

5.) Cleo from 5 to 7, Agnes Varda, France

6.) Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR

7.) Harakiri, Masaki Kobayashi, Japan

8.) Sanjuro, Akira Kurosawa, Japan

9.) The Merry Widow, Werner Jacobs, Austria

10.) Momma Roma, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy

11.) The Tale of Zatoichi, Kenji Misumi, Japan

12.) The Exterminating Angel, Luis Buñuel, France

13.) Knife in the Water, Roman Polanski, Poland 

14.) The Suitor, Pierre Étaix, France

15.) L'Eclisse, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy

16.)  Salvatore Giuliano, Francesco Rosi, Italy

17.) An Autumn Afternoon, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

18.) Mafioso, Alberto Lattuada, Italy

19.) Nine Days of One Year, Mikhail Romm, USSR

20.) Boccaccio ’70, Mario Monicelli, Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Vittorio De Sica, Italy

21.) Die Fledermaus, Géza von Cziffra, Austria

22.) King Kong vs Godzilla, Ishiro Honda, Japan

23.) Family Diary, Valerio Zurlini, Italy

24.) The Girls, Yurly Chulyukin, USSR

25.) Midnight Revue, Gottfried Kolditz, DDR

26.) Being Two Isn't Easy, Kon Ichikawa, Japan

27.) The Slave, Sergio Corbucci, Italy

28.) The Awful Dr. Orloff, Jesus Franco, Spain

29.) Ulysses Against the son of Hercules, Mario Caiano, Italy

30.) Santo vs the Vampire Women, Alfonso Corona Blake, Mexico

31.) Man in Outer Space, Oldrich Lipský, Czechoslovakia

I've also seen the short film, La Jetee, Chris Marker, France 

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2 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

1001 Movies You Must See

  • An Autumn Afternoon, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  • Cleo from 5 to 7, Agnes Varda, France
  • The Exterminating Angel, Luis Bunuel, Mexico
  • Jules and Jim, Francois Truffaut, France
  • Keeper of Promises, Anselmo Duarte, Brazil
  • L'Eclisse, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy
  • Mondo Cane, Gualtiero Jacopetti, etc, Italy
  • Vivre Sa Vie, Jean-Luc Godard, France

plus, La Jetee, Chris Marker, France (short film)

From the foreign editions-

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1.) The Boys, Mikko Niskanen, Finnish edition

2.) Elektra, Mihalis Kakogiannis, Greek edition

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 1. Jules et Jim  Francois Truffaut, France

 2. Harakari  Masaki Kobayashi, Japan

 3. Vivre Sa Vie  Jean-Luc Godard, France

 4. Salvatore Giulliano  Francesco Rosi, Italy

 5. Le Doulos  Jean-Pierre Melville, France

 6. The Exterminating Angel  Luis Bunuel, Mexico

 7. My Name is Ivan/Ivan's Childhood  Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union

 8. L'Eclisse  Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy

 9. An Autumn Afternoon  Yasuiro Ozu, Japan

10.The Four Days of Naples  Nanni Loy, Italy

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The 1962 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Films …

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Sundays and Cybele (1962) Serge Bourguignon, France ****

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Electra (1962) Michael Cacoyannis, Greece

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The Four Days of Naples (1962) Nanni Loy, Italy

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The Given Word (1962) Anselmo Duarte, Brazil

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Tlayucan (1962) Luis Alcoriza, Mexico

The 1963 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film nominees included …

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Knife In the Water (1962) Roman Polanski, Poland

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theyshootpictures.com top 1000 movies 1962

Jules et Jim  Francois Truffaut, France #85

L'Eclisse  Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy #108

Vivre sa Vie  Jean-Luc Godard, France #126

The Exterminating Angel  Luis Bunuel, Mexico #139

An Autumn Afternoon  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan #283

Cleo From Five to Seven  Agnes Varda, France #349

Ivan's Childhood  Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union #370

Salvatore Giuliano  Francesco Rosi, Italy #382

Winter Light  Ingmar Bergman, Sweden #492

Harakari  Masaki Koboyashi, Japan #692

Knife in the Water  Roman Polanski, Poland #870

Mamma Rosa  Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy #943

Jonathan Rosenbaum's top 1000 favorite movies:

An Actor's Revenge  Kon Ichikawa, Japan
*Eclipse  Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy
The Exterminating Angel  Luis Bunuel, Mexico
Le rendez-vous de minuit  Roger Leenhardt, France

An asterisk (*) means the movie is one of Rosenbaum's top 100 movies.  Note that dates are not exact.

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