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Just realized I've seen a bit of stuff that qualifies for this challenge during March:

1. King & Country (Joseph Losey, 1964) ... British
2. Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA - JSA: Joint Security Area (Park Chan-wook, 2000) ... Korean
3. Janghwa, Hongryeon - A Tale of Two Sisters (Kim Jee-woon, 2003) ... Korean
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Updated and added some more stats to the OP (overall minutes of runtime according to OMDb and several lists). Any other wishes for stats (especially lists)?
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Btw, in The Beaches of Agnès uses this image to illustrate the French New Wave - can you recognize all the faces?

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*Odd to spot Melville in the top row.

The sides are fairly easy - Truffaut, Demy and Rivette on the left, JLG, Resnais, Chabrol on the right.

Of the 4 smaller top images I can make out Rohmer (1) and Melville (3), of the bottom 4 images I can make out Doniel-Valcroze (2) and Kast (4).

I could not spot Marker (though given his dislike for images and involvement in the film he could either be excluded or have looked like anyone in his youth)

Who are the remaining 4 (and did I get any of the above wrong).
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34. Sedmikrásky / Daisies (1966, Vera Chytilová) - Czechoslovakian New Wave [Rewatch]

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Honestly, Daisies was even more cinematically daring and experimental than I could remember - and strikes me as perhaps one of the finest and most "perfect" examples of a truly "free" film. I absolutely love the way it blends black and white, sepia, tints and just delicious colour photography - as well as still photographs, animation techniques and colour play - where the quality of the print can be increased or decreased - colours may be blended - and the world is always spinning, spinning, spinning.

It is a film that never truly stops, that can change second upon second - and leaves very few breaks for a breather. It is hectic, all imposing - and playful - and we have not even gotten to the "characters" - two young women who decide that as the world is spoiled - they will be spoiled - and spoil they do. The only flaw in the film - for my own enjoyment anyhow - is that they spoil just too well. They are utterly grating from beginning to end - and had it not been for the style - and the concept - not to mention the fairly strong message sending it all off - this might have been a very hard watch. But: It is not. It is utterly delightful - always reinventing itself - always alive - and never taking itself too seriously. An absolute wonder. 8.5/10.
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Ok, I think I have been able to sort out the bottom row - Vadim (1), Doniel-Valcroze (2), Colpi (3) and Kast (4).

Vadim (if him) is a slightly odd choice as well.
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St. Gloede wrote: March 30th, 2021, 11:03 am Btw, in The Beaches of Agnès uses this image to illustrate the French New Wave - can you recognize all the faces?

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*Odd to spot Melville in the top row.

The sides are fairly easy - Truffaut, Demy and Rivette on the left, JLG, Resnais, Chabrol on the right.

Of the 4 smaller top images I can make out Rohmer (1) and Melville (3), of the bottom 4 images I can make out Doniel-Valcroze (2) and Kast (4).

I could not spot Marker (though given his dislike for images and involvement in the film he could either be excluded or have looked like anyone in his youth)

Who are the remaining 4 (and did I get any of the above wrong).
I cannot view the image, it says "403 Forbidden"
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Melvelet wrote: March 30th, 2021, 1:02 pm
I cannot view the image, it says "403 Forbidden"
That's really odd. Here's a different version I cropped from it:
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Ok, got it now I think:

Top row of 4: Rohmer, Franju(?), Melville, Rouch
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St. Gloede wrote: March 30th, 2021, 1:54 pm Ok, got it now I think:

Top row of 4: Rohmer, Franju(?), Melville, Rouch
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10. The Small World of Sammy Lee (Ken Hughes, 1963) [British New Wave] 7
11. Les Carabiniers (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963) [French New Wave] 5
12. Seisaku's Wife / Seisaku no tsuma (Yasuzô Masumura, 1965) [Japanese New Wave] 7-
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1. Coogan's bluff (Don Siegel, 1968) [American New Wave: New Hollywood] 6
2. April (Otar Iosseliani, 1961) [Soviet New Wave] 7+
3. Tale of Cinema / Geuk jang jeon (Sang-soo Hong, 2005) [South Korean New Wave] 7
4. Clouds of May / Mayis Sikintisi (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 1999) [Turkish New Wave] 7+
5. Contempt / Le Mépris (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963) [French New Wave] [Rewatch] 8 (=)
6. Lions Love (Agnès Varda, 1969) [French New Wave] 7-
7. Chinese Roulette / Chinesisches Roulette (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976) [New German Cinema] 6+
8. The Headless Woman / La mujer sin cabeza (Lucrecia Martel, 2008) [New Argentine Cinema] 7-
9. Red Wheat / Rdece klasje (Zivojin Pavlovic, 1970) [Yugoslav Black Wave] 5+
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32. Kamigami no fukaki yokubô a.k.a. Profound Desire of the Gods (1966) Japanese New Wave

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33. Lie huo qing chun a.k.a. Nomad (1982) Hong Kong New Wave
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1. Geuk jang jeon a.k.a. Tale of Cinema (2005) Korean New Wave
2. Fung gip a.k.a. The Secret (1979) Hong Kong New Wave
3. Brewster McCloud (1970) American New Wave
4. Yuke yuke nidome no shojo a.k.a. Go Go Scond Time Virgin (1969) Japanese New Wave
5. Naechureol siti a.k.a. Natural City (2003) Korean New Wave
6. A Taste of Honey (1961) British New Wave
7. Pido nunmuldo eobshi a.k.a. No Blood No Tears (2002) Korean New Wave
8. Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen a.k.a. The Forest for the Trees (2003) German New Wave
9. Dai-bosatsu tôge a.k.a. Sword of Doom (1966) Japanese New Wave
10. Jjakpae a.k.a. The City of Violence (2006) Korean New Wave
11. Mogholha a.k.a. The Mongols (1973) Iranian New Wave
12. Nan guo zai jian, nan guo a.k.a. Goodbye South Goodbye (1996) Taiwan New Wave
13. Iklimler a.k.a. Climates (2006) Turkish New Wave
14. Wu gong zhou a.k.a. Centipede Horror (1982) Hong Kong New Wave
15. Dong dong de jiàqi a.k.a. A Summer at Grandpa's (1984) Taiwanese New Wave
16. Kuchizuke a.k.a. Kisses (1957) Japanese New Wave
17. Prípad pro zacínajícího kata a.k.a. Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970) Czech New Wave
18. Mayis Sikintisi a.k.a. Clouds of May (1999) Turkish New Wave
19. La carrière de Suzanne a.k.a. Suzanne's Career (1963) French New Wave
20a. La boulangère de Monceau (1963)
20b. Nadja à Paris (1963)
20c. Présentation ou Charlotte et son steak (1960)
20d. Véronique et son cancre (1958)
20e. Une étudiante d'aujourd'hui (1966)
21. A fost sau n-a fost? a.k.a. 12:08 East of Bucharest (2008) Romanian New Wave
22. Ajeossi a.k.a. The Man from Nowhere (2010) South Korean New Wave
23. April (1961) Soviet New Wave
24a. A Caça a.k.a. The Hunt (1966) Portuguese Cinema Novo
24b. Ruke ljubicastih daljina (1962) Yugoslav Black Wave
24c. Testimonio (1969) Chilean New Cinema
24d. Postava k podpírání a.k.a. Jseph Kilian (1963) Czechoslovak New Wave
25. Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês a.k.a. How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (1971) Cinema Novo
26. Feng gui lai de ren a.k.a. The Boys from Fengkuei (1983) Taiwanese New Wave
27. Käpy selän alla a.k.a. Skin Skin (1966) Finnish New Wave
28. Gheisar (1989) Iranian New Wave
29. Nihon no yoru to kiri a.k.a. Night and Fog in Japan (1960) Japanese New Wave
30. Szerelem a.k.a. Love (1971) Hungarian New Wave
31. Mababangong Bangungot a.k.a. Perfumed Nightmare (1977) Third Cinema
32. Kamigami no fukaki yokubô a.k.a. Profound Desire of the Gods (1966) Japanese New Wave
33. Lie huo qing chun a.k.a. Nomad (1982) Hong Kong New Wave
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Brazilian New Wave


35. O Desafio / The Dare (1966, Paulo Cesar Saraceni)

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Sporting sleek black and white photography, with frequent longer takes, and divided up in scenes of characters meeting -usually one on one - to discuss love, politics and aspirations - I struggled not to think of a political Rohmer (and to think that this was made before My Night at Maud's. This is exactly how a spin-off with the Marxist friend could have gone - well, if set in a Dictatorship).

At its best it is incredibly effective, with great dialogue and characters that underline a sense of despair, drifting hopes and class divides - and the setting of the left-wing intelligentsia and their bourgeoisie friends - or vice versa - is certainly one ripe with pondering - especially with the love triangle, or rather, affair, at the centre. At worst, however, it is a little too meandering - with cutaways to songs - or just repetitions with depleting returns. It is a thoroughly good film till the end - but it does not quite deliver on the thoroughly intriguing opening. 7-7.5/10


36. Fome de Amor / Hunger for Love (1968, Nelson Pereira dos Santos)

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I have never loved a film by Nelson Pereira dos Santos and the 7th time was unfortunately not the charm. If anything it is one of his weakest. It is shot well - and may be intended as a poetic examination of revolutionary folly or hypocrisy - but the scenes in themselves are simply not that well done - and the whole film really crumbles under a degree of silliness and awkwardness of storytelling, delivery and concept. I do not assume this is intended as a narrative fiøm - and it has some nice experimental touches, and is certainly playful - but the pieces just didn't work that well together as a whole. 5/10.


37. Azyllo Muito Louco / A Very Crazy Asylum / The Alienist (1970, Nelson Pereira dos Santos)

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Broadly speaking, this is as much of a mess as Hunger for Love, but here, it is more robustly designed for it - opening with pure lunacy, strong colours and a clear, direct trip into absolute madness. Does it get silly by the end, certainly, but the ride is far more enjoyable, and there are genuinely great moments on the way. 5.5/10.
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38. Nippon Sengoshi - Madamu onboro no Seikatsu / History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess (1970, Shohei Imamura) (l)

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Dirty, playful and deliciously Brechtian, History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostessmay just be one of the finest documentaries ever made. If you want a history lesson, that really opens up Japanese society in the post-WW2 era - this is the one. Our hostess, both a madame, a prostitute, a frequent partner of American soldiers and sailors, and mother of 4 - with a family deteriorating around her - brings everything bare - as we almost go year after year - getting her reactions and memories - as well as her own story - and it all intertwines.

The film could hardly have been better set up in its relative seediness - opening with Imamura himself - chasing down his subject - who is evading him - followed by a recording and shots of the contract signing and negotiation/pressure from her mother. This already reveals a lot of our lead's story - but she is about to lay everything bare - from crimes, to affairs, to relative disinterest - to actual anger - to opportunism. Family, lovers, etc. are also interviewed as her life as much of the "progress" of Japan becomes the issue of the Documentary. It is beautifully simple and while hardly a dark comedy, it has that stark wink in its eye that makes the material truly come alive. 8.5-9/10.


39. Koi no katamichi kippu / One-Way Ticket for Love (1960, Masahiro Shinoda)

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One-Way Ticket for Love is a perfect example of how the early Japanese New Wave films were easy, cheap studio efforts jumping onto youthful angst. Shinoda was already quite the expert. He had literally just made the explosive, colourful and visual assault Youth in Fury - but here, we are a few years older - and, there is a larger element of social justice, mixed in with pulp, noir leftovers and a jump on anything hip.

The mix work - sending us into the world of a poor out of work musician, in a sea of poverty - finally getting his shot - but all it brings is seediness and cowardice. Frankly, for most of this film, it is a thoroughly great work - well -made - of course - and balancing a solidly sized character gallery is a semi-melodrama, semi-noir, semi-seedy music-bizz - full-on everyone gets corrupted and destroyed world where love, hope and dignity goes to die. It cheapened out a little at the end, but that is also in part, just a product of what it was. 7.5/10.


40. Assatsu no more / The Oppressed Students / Forest of Oppression (1967, Shinsuke Ogawa)

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Forest of Oppression is a formatically hard-hitting documentary, that manages to feel bold - both in framing and presentation - the only question that remains is - is it? The actual cause of the mass suspension and expulsions of tens upon tens of students making their voices heard and striking for their beliefs ring true - and we get up close and personal with them. It shines here - and shines throughout - but, at the same time, most of what we see and hear are repeated slogans and phrases. What are they actually fighting for? Most explanations are vague and rest on further slogans. It captures an atmosphere of fear incredibly well - and it captures the will to fight on - but there seems to be a core missing that could have given it the final punch. 7/10.
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American New Wave: New Hollywood (#1)
65. I Call First (1967, Martin Scorsese) 7/10
66. Brewster McCloud (1970, Robert Altman) 7/10
67. Images (1972, Robert Altman) 7/10
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German New Wave: Berliner Schule
1. Die Beischlafdiebin (1998, Christian Petzold) 5/10
2. In den Tag hinein (2001, Maria Speth) 6/10
3. Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen (2003, Maren Ade) 7/10
4. Kroko (2003, Sylke Enders) 7/10
5. Sehnsucht (2006, Valeska Grisebach) 6/10
6. Der Räuber (2010, Benjamin Heisenberg) 7/10
7. Schlafkrankheit (2011, Ulrich Köhler) 5/10
8. Das Glück meiner Schwester (1995, Angela Schanelec) 6/10
9. Der traumhafte Weg (2016, Angela Schanelec) 5/10
10. Ich war zuhause, aber (2019, Angela Schanelec) 4/10
11. Unter dir die Stadt (2010, Christoph Hochhäusler) 7/10

Yugoslav Black Wave
12. Skupljaci perja (1967, Aleksandar Petrovic) 6/10

British New Wave
13. The League of Gentlemen (1960, Basil Dearden) 7/10
14. Victim (1961, Basil Dearden) 7/10
15. A Taste of Honey (1961, Tony Richardson) 6/10

Brazilian New Wave: Cinema Novo
16. Vidas Secas (1963, Nelson Pereira dos Santos) 7/10
17. Macunaíma (1969, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade) 4/10

Soviet New Wave: Khrushchev Thaw
18. Sudba cheloveka (1959, Sergey Bondarchuk) 7/10
19. Devyat dney odnogo goda (1962, Mikhail Romm) 6/10
20. Ya shagayu po Moskve (1964, Georgiy Daneliya) 7/10
21. Korotkie vstrechi (1967, Kira Muratova) 7/10
22. Dolgie provody (1971, Kira Muratova) 6/10

German New Wave: Neuer Deutscher Film
23. 48 Stunden bis Acapulco (1967, Klaus Lemke) 7/10
24. Mord und Totschlag (1967, Volker Schlöndorff) 5/10
25. Baal (1970, Volker Schlöndorff) 7/10
26. Der plötzliche Reichtum der armen Leute von Kombach (1971, Volker Schlöndorff) 7/10
27. Bübchen (1968, Roland Klick) 6/10
28. Fata Morgana (1971, Werner Herzog) 7/10
29. Der große Verhau (1971, Alexander Kluge) 4/10
30. Willi Tobler und der Untergang der 6. Flotte (1972, Alexander Kluge) 4/10
31. Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt (1971, Rosa von Praunheim) 5/10
32. Der Tod der Maria Malibran (1972, Werner Schroeter) 6/10
33. Die Moral der Ruth Halbfass (1972, Volker Schlöndorff) 4/10
34. Bremer Freiheit (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) 7/10
35. Das Kaffeehaus (1970, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) 6/10
36. Wildwechsel (1973, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) 8/10
37. Sylvie (1973, Klaus Lemke) 6/10
38. Dorothea's Rache (1974, Peter Fleischmann) 5/10
39. Nora Helmer (1974, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) 8/10
40. Unter dem Pflaster ist der Strand (1975, Helma Sanders-Brahms) 7/10
41. Der starke Ferdinand (1976, Alexander Kluge) 7/10
42. Frauen in New York (1977, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)) 6/10
43. Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (1975, Schlöndorff/von Trotta) 4/10
44. Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages (1978, Margarethe von Trotta) 5/10

French New Wave: Nouvelle Vague
45. Adieu Philippine (1962, Jacques Rozier) 7/10
46. Vie privée (1962, Louis Malle) 6/10
47. Paris vu par... (1965; Godard, Rohmer, Chabrol, Rouch, Douchet, Pollet) 6/10
48. Landru (1963, Claude Chabrol) 6/10
49. L'enfance nue (1968, Maurice Pialat) 7/10
50. Au pan coupé (1968, Guy Gilles) 6/10

Japanese New Wave: Nūberu bāgu
51. Shokei no heya (Punishment Room, 1956, Kon Ichikawa) 7/10
52. Kurutta kajitsu (Crazed Fruit, 1956, Kô Nakahira) 6/10
53. Kyônetsu no kisetsu (The Warped Ones, 1960, Koreyoshi Kurahara) 6/10
54. Kuchizuke (Kisses, 1957, Yasuzô Masumura) 7/10
55. Kyojin to gangu (Giants and Toys, 1958, Yasuzô Masumura) 6/10
56. Tsuma wa kokuhaku suru (A Wife Confesses, 1961, Yasuzô Masumura) 8/10
57. Seisaku no tsuma (Seisaku's Wife, 1965, Yasuzô Masumura) 7/10
58. Nishi Ginza ekimae (Nishi Ginza Station, 1958, Shôhei Imamura) 5/10
59. Nusumareta yokujô (Stolen Desire, 1958, Shôhei Imamura) 7/10
60. Nippon konchûki (The Insect Woman, 1963, Shôhei Imamura) 7/10
61. Kawaita hana (Pale Flower, 1964, Masahiro Shinoda) 8/10
62. Yajû no seishun (Youth of the Beast, 1963, Seijun Suzuki) 6/10
63. Hakuchû no tôrima (Violence at Noon, 1966, Nagisa Ôshima) 7/10
64. Bara no sôretsu (Funeral Parade of Roses, 1969, Toshio Matsumoto) 6/10

American New Wave: New Hollywood
65. I Call First (1967, Martin Scorsese) 7/10
66. Brewster McCloud (1970, Robert Altman) 7/10
67. Images (1972, Robert Altman) 7/10
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Melvelet wrote: March 30th, 2021, 10:32 am Updated and added some more stats to the OP (overall minutes of runtime according to OMDb and several lists).
Thanks for all the extra stats, Melv. Wow!

And a gentle reminder that New Zealand will hit April in just over 11 hours, so it might worth getting the DTC Nominees Challenge thread ready. ;)
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21. A Taste of Honey (1961, Tony Richardson) British New Wave

All the new stats are awesome, exactly the sort of thing I love.
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4. Banchikwang - The Foul King (Kim Jee-woon, 2000)
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(Screenshots from 'Nihon bôkô ankokushi: Ijôsha no chi', 'Ich denke oft an Hawaii' & 'FTA'),

Japanese New Wave: ヌーベルバーグ / Nūberu bāgu

25. Shokei no shima (Punishment Island, Masahiro Shinoda, 1966) 8/10
26. Nihon bôkô ankokushi: Ijôsha no chi (Abnormal Blood, Kôji Wakamatsu, 1967) 9/10

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German New Wave(s): Neuer Deutscher Film

27. Macbeth (Werner Schroeter, 1971) 8/10
28. Ich denke oft an Hawaii (I Often Think of Hawaii, Elfi Mikesch, 1978) 9/10

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American New Wave: New Hollywood

29. FTA (Francine Parker, 1972) 8.5/10
30. Head Over Heels (Joan Micklin Silver, 1979) 8/10

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German New Wave - Neuer Deutscher Film

1. Das Unheil (Havoc, Peter Fleischmann, 1972) 8.5/10
2. Laokoon & Söhne (Laocoon & Sons, Ulrike Ottinger & Tabea Blumenschein, 1975) 8.5/10
3. Die Atlantikschwimmer (The Atlantic Swimmers, Herbert Achternbusch, 1976) 9/10
4. Die Reise nach Lyon (Blind Spot, Claudia von Alemann, 1981) 8.5/10

Brazilian New Wave: Cinema Novo

5. Garota de Ipanema (Girl of Ipanema, Leon Hirszman, 1967) 8/10
6. A Vida Provisória (The Provisitional Life, Maurício Gomes Leite 1968) 9/10
7. Longo Caminho da Morte (Long Road of Death, Júlio Calasso, 1972) 8.5/10

Greek Weird Wave

8. Symptoma (Symptom, Angelos Frantzis, 2015) 7.5/10
9. Oi entyposeis enos pnigmenou (Impressions of a Drowned Man, Kyros Papavassiliou, 2015) 7.5/10
10. Órnithes (í Pós na gíneis poulí) (Birds (or How to Be One), Babis Makridis, 2020) 8/10

French New Wave: Nouvelle Vague (incl. Left Bank)

11. Strip-tease (Jacques Poitrenaud, 1963) 7.5/10
12. Anna (Pierre Koralnik, 1967) 8/10

Finnish New Wave

13. Asfalttilampaat (The Asphalt Lambs, Mikko Niskanen, 1968) 8/10
14. Kesäkapina (Summer Rebellion, Jaakko Pakkasvirta, 1970) 8.5/10

British New Wave (Overlap with "Kitchen Sink")

15. West 11 (Michael Winner, 1963) 8/10
16. Just Like a Woman (Robert Fuest, 1967) 7.5/10

Hungarian New Wave

17. Ismeri a szandi mandit? (Do You Know Sunday-Monday?, Lívia Gyarmathy, 1969) 8/10
18. Szabad lélegzet (Riddance, Márta Mészáros, 1973) 7.5/10

Hong Kong New Wave: 香港新浪潮

19. Xue er (Cherie, Patrick Tam, 1984) 8/10
20. Kwai ching (Maybe It's Love, Angela Chan, 1984) 7.5/10

Soviet New Wave (Russia)

21. Pervorossiyanye (Russian Pioneers, Aleksandr Ivanov & Yevgeni Shiffers, 1967) 9.5/10
22. Gorod i pesnya (City and Song, Leonid Menaker, 1968) 8/10

Czechoslovak New Wave: Československá nová vlna

23. Domy z panelu (Prefabricated Houses, Jirí Menzel, 1960) 7/10 (6 min), Otvírání studánek (The Opening of the Wells, Alfréd Radok, 1960) 9.5/10 (18 min), Cernobílá Sylva (Black and White Sylva, Jan Schmidt & Pavel Jurácek, 1961) 8/10 (29 min), 34 dnu absolutního klidu (34 Days of Absolute Calm, Elo Havetta, 1965) 8.5/10 (17 min), Výzva do ticha (An Appeal Made Into Silence, Dusan Hanák, 1965) 8/10 (12 min) (Total: 82 min)
24. Pasták (Borstal, Hynek Bocan, 1968/1990) 9/10
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8. Capricious Summer (1968) 76 min. Czechoslovak New Wave: Československá nová vlna
9. The Joke (1969) 81 min. Czechoslovak New Wave: Československá nová vlna
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1. Busting (1974) * 92 min.  American New Wave: New Hollywood
2. Daisies (1966) 76 min.  Czechoslovak New Wave: Československá nová vlna
3. A Report on the Party and Guests (1966) 70 min.  Czechoslovak New Wave: Československá nová vlna
4. WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971) 84 min.  Yugoslav Black Wave: Црни талас / Crni talas
5. Peking Opera Blues (1986) 101 min.  Hong Kong New Wave: 香港新浪潮
6. Everyone Else (2009) * 124 min.  German New Wave(s): Berliner Schule
7. Return of the Prodigal Son (1967) 103 min.  Czechoslovak New Wave: Československá nová vlna
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Breaking the Waves
1. Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind (1980) Hong Kong New Wave
2. Black Test Car (1962) Japanese New Wave
3. Heroes Three (1983) Hong Kong New Wave
4. Shura / Demons (1971) Japanese New Wave
5. The Head Hunter (1982) Hong Kong New Wave
6. The Paper Will Be Blue (2006) Romanian New Wave
7. Shoot the Piano Player (1960) French New Wave
8. Birds (or how to be one) (2020) Greek Weird Wave
9. Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) Japanese New Wave
10. The Butterfly Murders (1979) Hong Kong New Wave
11. Western (2017) Berliner Schule
12. Suntan (2016) Greek Weird Wave
13. The Imp (1981) Hong Kong New Wave
14. The Club (1981) Hong Kong New Wave
15. An Enemy of the People (1989) Parallel Cinema [Indian New Wave]
16. The Spooky Bunch (1980) Hong Kong New Wave

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This might make more sense if you can speak Cantonese or decipher the white-on-white subtitles in the best quality print available online. Based on action (not indecipherable dialogue) alone though, the film mostly seems like a repetitive affair with much humour at the expense of a possessed man speaking in a high pitched voice and calling himself Catsh*t. There are a few quirky bits though in which the theatre company here continue to try to perform.
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18. Kaette kita yopparai 1968 — a.k.a. Three Resurrected Drunkards 8-/10 Japanese New Wave
Expected a minor Ôshima and it might be minor but it's still a lot of fun (and they were certainly less drunk than the title led me to believe). Not too serious (although discrimination of Koreans in Japan is at least hinted at) but playful also in its structure
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with the movie essentially restarting half-way through, the first couple of minutes being identical before the individual scenes take a different turn than the 2nd time around
19. Juhyô no yoromeki 1968 — a.k.a. Affair in the Snow 8/10 Japanese New Wave
Extremely beautiful like all Yoshida movies of that time and comparatively approachable/easy to follow, with a strong female lead character as usual. The focus is on a menage-a-trois of a woman torn between two men, one with whom she is on a wavelength physically/sexually but personalily-wise less so and one who is her soulmate, looking for stability but incapable of satisfying her physically. Lots of alienation...there should be more Antonioni-esque filmmakers, especially with such a great eye for visuals.

20. Victim 1961 8/10 British New Wave
Very solid thriller drama with a strong political agenda, the forced closeted homosexuality was probably quite a daring subject back then. Any exploitative tendencies that could have been planed there by a producer are avoided, a real-life gay bar is used as a recurring set and the protagonist can love his wife and be attracted to men at the same time, a pleasant nuance that I wasn't all that prepared for when watching a 60 year old film.

21. Tiger Bay 1959 7/10 British New Wave
A decent chil performance and a protagonist for which I hoped for a happy end without knowing quite why (his crime didn't make him sympathetic after all)

22. Qing mei zhu ma 1985 — a.k.a. Taipei Story 8+/10 Japanese New Wave
One of my top 10 most expected movies (I could have watched 7 of them during this challenge but only watched this and Heaven's Gate - one needs something to look forward to in life). It didn't quite reach true greatness but it builds a wonderful atmosphere...I will have to read the Criterion essay tonight and maybe some more stuff
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1. This Sporting Life 1963 8/10 Taiwanese New Wave
2. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 1962 8/10 British New Wave
3. Heaven's Gate 1980 8-/10 New Hollywood
4. Duel 1971 9-/10 New Hollywood
5. Janghwa, Hongryeon 2003 — a.k.a. A Tale of Two Sisters 8/10 Korean New Wave
6. Irezumi 1966 7/10 Japanese New Wave
7. Bakha satang 1999 — a.k.a. Peppermint Candy 6/10 Korean New Wave
8. Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke 1965 — a.k.a. Samurai Spy 7/10 Japanese New Wave
9. Kanojo to kare 1963 — a.k.a. She and He 8/10 Japanese New Wave
10. Utsukushisa to kanashimi to 1965 — a.k.a. With Beauty and Sorrow 6/10 Japanese New Wave
11. Bakjwi 2009 — a.k.a. Thirst 6/10 Korean New Wave
12. Darling 1965 7/10 British New Wave
13. Kuro no chôtokkyu 1964 — a.k.a. Super Express 6/10 Japanese New Wave
14. Moi, un noir 1958 — a.k.a. I, a Negro 6/10 French New Wave
15. Akai satsui 1964 — a.k.a. Intentions of Murder 8/10 Japanese New Wave
16. Ansatsu 1964 — a.k.a. Assassination 7/10 Japanese New Wave
17. Shokei no heya 1956 — a.k.a. Punishment Room 7/10 Japanese New Wave
18. Kaette kita yopparai 1968 — a.k.a. Three Resurrected Drunkards 8-/10 Japanese New Wave
19. Juhyô no yoromeki 1968 — a.k.a. Affair in the Snow 8/10 Japanese New Wave
20. Victim 1961 8/10 British New Wave
21. Tiger Bay 1959 7/10 British New Wave
22. Qing mei zhu ma 1985 — a.k.a. Taipei Story 8+/10 Japanese New Wave
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13. The Creatures / Les Créatures (Agnès Varda, 1966) [French New Wave] 6-
14. Brief Encounters / Korotkie vstrechi (Kira Muratova, 1967) [Soviet New Wave] 6+
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1. Coogan's bluff (Don Siegel, 1968) [American New Wave: New Hollywood] 6
2. April (Otar Iosseliani, 1961) [Soviet New Wave] 7+
3. Tale of Cinema / Geuk jang jeon (Sang-soo Hong, 2005) [South Korean New Wave] 7
4. Clouds of May / Mayis Sikintisi (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 1999) [Turkish New Wave] 7+
5. Contempt / Le Mépris (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963) [French New Wave] [Rewatch] 8 (=)
6. Lions Love (Agnès Varda, 1969) [French New Wave] 7-
7. Chinese Roulette / Chinesisches Roulette (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976) [New German Cinema] 6+
8. The Headless Woman / La mujer sin cabeza (Lucrecia Martel, 2008) [New Argentine Cinema] 7-
9. Red Wheat / Rdece klasje (Zivojin Pavlovic, 1970) [Yugoslav Black Wave] 5+
10. The Small World of Sammy Lee (Ken Hughes, 1963) [British New Wave] 7
11. Les Carabiniers (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963) [French New Wave] 5
12. Seisaku's Wife / Seisaku no tsuma (Yasuzô Masumura, 1965) [Japanese New Wave] 7-
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22. A Kind of Loving (1962, John Schlesinger) British New Wave
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American New Wave: New Hollywood (#2)
68. Klute (1971, Alan J. Pakula) 7/10
69. The Parallax View (1974, Alan J. Pakula) 6/10
70. Wise Blood (1979, John Huston) 5/10
This is the end.
German New Wave: Berliner Schule
1. Die Beischlafdiebin (1998, Christian Petzold) 5/10
2. In den Tag hinein (2001, Maria Speth) 6/10
3. Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen (2003, Maren Ade) 7/10
4. Kroko (2003, Sylke Enders) 7/10
5. Sehnsucht (2006, Valeska Grisebach) 6/10
6. Der Räuber (2010, Benjamin Heisenberg) 7/10
7. Schlafkrankheit (2011, Ulrich Köhler) 5/10
8. Das Glück meiner Schwester (1995, Angela Schanelec) 6/10
9. Der traumhafte Weg (2016, Angela Schanelec) 5/10
10. Ich war zuhause, aber (2019, Angela Schanelec) 4/10
11. Unter dir die Stadt (2010, Christoph Hochhäusler) 7/10

Yugoslav Black Wave
12. Skupljaci perja (1967, Aleksandar Petrovic) 6/10

British New Wave
13. The League of Gentlemen (1960, Basil Dearden) 7/10
14. Victim (1961, Basil Dearden) 7/10
15. A Taste of Honey (1961, Tony Richardson) 6/10

Brazilian New Wave: Cinema Novo
16. Vidas Secas (1963, Nelson Pereira dos Santos) 7/10
17. Macunaíma (1969, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade) 4/10

Soviet New Wave: Khrushchev Thaw
18. Sudba cheloveka (1959, Sergey Bondarchuk) 7/10
19. Devyat dney odnogo goda (1962, Mikhail Romm) 6/10
20. Ya shagayu po Moskve (1964, Georgiy Daneliya) 7/10
21. Korotkie vstrechi (1967, Kira Muratova) 7/10
22. Dolgie provody (1971, Kira Muratova) 6/10

German New Wave: Neuer Deutscher Film
23. 48 Stunden bis Acapulco (1967, Klaus Lemke) 7/10
24. Mord und Totschlag (1967, Volker Schlöndorff) 5/10
25. Baal (1970, Volker Schlöndorff) 7/10
26. Der plötzliche Reichtum der armen Leute von Kombach (1971, Volker Schlöndorff) 7/10
27. Bübchen (1968, Roland Klick) 6/10
28. Fata Morgana (1971, Werner Herzog) 7/10
29. Der große Verhau (1971, Alexander Kluge) 4/10
30. Willi Tobler und der Untergang der 6. Flotte (1972, Alexander Kluge) 4/10
31. Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt (1971, Rosa von Praunheim) 5/10
32. Der Tod der Maria Malibran (1972, Werner Schroeter) 6/10
33. Die Moral der Ruth Halbfass (1972, Volker Schlöndorff) 4/10
34. Bremer Freiheit (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) 7/10
35. Das Kaffeehaus (1970, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) 6/10
36. Wildwechsel (1973, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) 8/10
37. Sylvie (1973, Klaus Lemke) 6/10
38. Dorothea's Rache (1974, Peter Fleischmann) 5/10
39. Nora Helmer (1974, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) 8/10
40. Unter dem Pflaster ist der Strand (1975, Helma Sanders-Brahms) 7/10
41. Der starke Ferdinand (1976, Alexander Kluge) 7/10
42. Frauen in New York (1977, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)) 6/10
43. Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (1975, Schlöndorff/von Trotta) 4/10
44. Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages (1978, Margarethe von Trotta) 5/10

French New Wave: Nouvelle Vague
45. Adieu Philippine (1962, Jacques Rozier) 7/10
46. Vie privée (1962, Louis Malle) 6/10
47. Paris vu par... (1965; Godard, Rohmer, Chabrol, Rouch, Douchet, Pollet) 6/10
48. Landru (1963, Claude Chabrol) 6/10
49. L'enfance nue (1968, Maurice Pialat) 7/10
50. Au pan coupé (1968, Guy Gilles) 6/10

Japanese New Wave: Nūberu bāgu
51. Shokei no heya (Punishment Room, 1956, Kon Ichikawa) 7/10
52. Kurutta kajitsu (Crazed Fruit, 1956, Kô Nakahira) 6/10
53. Kyônetsu no kisetsu (The Warped Ones, 1960, Koreyoshi Kurahara) 6/10
54. Kuchizuke (Kisses, 1957, Yasuzô Masumura) 7/10
55. Kyojin to gangu (Giants and Toys, 1958, Yasuzô Masumura) 6/10
56. Tsuma wa kokuhaku suru (A Wife Confesses, 1961, Yasuzô Masumura) 8/10
57. Seisaku no tsuma (Seisaku's Wife, 1965, Yasuzô Masumura) 7/10
58. Nishi Ginza ekimae (Nishi Ginza Station, 1958, Shôhei Imamura) 5/10
59. Nusumareta yokujô (Stolen Desire, 1958, Shôhei Imamura) 7/10
60. Nippon konchûki (The Insect Woman, 1963, Shôhei Imamura) 7/10
61. Kawaita hana (Pale Flower, 1964, Masahiro Shinoda) 8/10
62. Yajû no seishun (Youth of the Beast, 1963, Seijun Suzuki) 6/10
63. Hakuchû no tôrima (Violence at Noon, 1966, Nagisa Ôshima) 7/10
64. Bara no sôretsu (Funeral Parade of Roses, 1969, Toshio Matsumoto) 6/10

American New Wave: New Hollywood
65. I Call First (1967, Martin Scorsese) 7/10
66. Brewster McCloud (1970, Robert Altman) 7/10
67. Images (1972, Robert Altman) 7/10
68. Klute (1971, Alan J. Pakula) 7/10
69. The Parallax View (1974, Alan J. Pakula) 6/10
70. Wise Blood (1979, John Huston) 5/10
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This is it for me! Thanks Melvelet for hosting! I tried to hit at least one film from each of the movements called out explicitly in the OP but fell a little short on the Cuban and first German New Wave. Oh well...

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34. Mad Dog Morgan (Philip Mora, 1976) Australian New Wave
I did like how cartoonishly violent the opening was. Hopper has a laughably bad accent that randomly comes and goes though.

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35a. Momma Don't Allow (Tony Richardson, 1956) British Free Cinema
35b. Sberné surovosti a.k.a. The Junk Shop (Juraj Herz, 1965) Czech New Wave
35c. Le sabotier du Val de Loire (Jacques Demy, 1956) French New Wave
I'm assuming British Free Cinema counts for this challenge since it is a recognized movement by most critics and was a precursor to (and overlaps with) the British New Wave in general. If not, feel free to just count me one point less.
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1. Geuk jang jeon a.k.a. Tale of Cinema (2005) Korean New Wave
2. Fung gip a.k.a. The Secret (1979) Hong Kong New Wave
3. Brewster McCloud (1970) American New Wave
4. Yuke yuke nidome no shojo a.k.a. Go Go Scond Time Virgin (1969) Japanese New Wave
5. Naechureol siti a.k.a. Natural City (2003) Korean New Wave
6. A Taste of Honey (1961) British New Wave
7. Pido nunmuldo eobshi a.k.a. No Blood No Tears (2002) Korean New Wave
8. Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen a.k.a. The Forest for the Trees (2003) German New Wave
9. Dai-bosatsu tôge a.k.a. Sword of Doom (1966) Japanese New Wave
10. Jjakpae a.k.a. The City of Violence (2006) Korean New Wave
11. Mogholha a.k.a. The Mongols (1973) Iranian New Wave
12. Nan guo zai jian, nan guo a.k.a. Goodbye South Goodbye (1996) Taiwan New Wave
13. Iklimler a.k.a. Climates (2006) Turkish New Wave
14. Wu gong zhou a.k.a. Centipede Horror (1982) Hong Kong New Wave
15. Dong dong de jiàqi a.k.a. A Summer at Grandpa's (1984) Taiwanese New Wave
16. Kuchizuke a.k.a. Kisses (1957) Japanese New Wave
17. Prípad pro zacínajícího kata a.k.a. Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970) Czech New Wave
18. Mayis Sikintisi a.k.a. Clouds of May (1999) Turkish New Wave
19. La carrière de Suzanne a.k.a. Suzanne's Career (1963) French New Wave
20a. La boulangère de Monceau (1963)
20b. Nadja à Paris (1963)
20c. Présentation ou Charlotte et son steak (1960)
20d. Véronique et son cancre (1958)
20e. Une étudiante d'aujourd'hui (1966)
21. A fost sau n-a fost? a.k.a. 12:08 East of Bucharest (2008) Romanian New Wave
22. Ajeossi a.k.a. The Man from Nowhere (2010) South Korean New Wave
23. April (1961) Soviet New Wave
24a. A Caça a.k.a. The Hunt (1966) Portuguese Cinema Novo
24b. Ruke ljubicastih daljina (1962) Yugoslav Black Wave
24c. Testimonio (1969) Chilean New Cinema
24d. Postava k podpírání a.k.a. Jseph Kilian (1963) Czechoslovak New Wave
25. Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês a.k.a. How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (1971) Cinema Novo
26. Feng gui lai de ren a.k.a. The Boys from Fengkuei (1983) Taiwanese New Wave
27. Käpy selän alla a.k.a. Skin Skin (1966) Finnish New Wave
28. Gheisar (1989) Iranian New Wave
29. Nihon no yoru to kiri a.k.a. Night and Fog in Japan (1960) Japanese New Wave
30. Szerelem a.k.a. Love (1971) Hungarian New Wave
31. Mababangong Bangungot a.k.a. Perfumed Nightmare (1977) Third Cinema
32. Kamigami no fukaki yokubô a.k.a. Profound Desire of the Gods (1966) Japanese New Wave
33. Lie huo qing chun a.k.a. Nomad (1982) Hong Kong New Wave
34. Mad Dog Morgan (Philip Mora, 1976) Australian New Wave
35a. Momma Don't Allow (Tony Richardson, 1956) British Free Cinema
35b. Sberné surovosti a.k.a. The Junk Shop (Juraj Herz, 1965) Czech New Wave
35c. Le sabotier du Val de Loire (Jacques Demy, 1956) French New Wave
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1. Die bleierne Zeit (1981) 6/10 German New Wave: Neuer Deutscher Film
2. Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962) 7/10 French New Wave
3. La Pointe-Courte (1955) 7/10 French New Wave
4. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) 8/10 British New Wave
5. Billy Liar (1963) 7/10 British New Wave
6. Hotel (2004) 4/10 German New Wave: Berliner Schule
7. O necem jiném (1963) 4/10 Czechoslovak New Wave
8. A Taste of Honey (1961) 7/10 British New Wave
9. The Servant (1963) 8/10 British New Wave
10. The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968) 5/10 German New Wave: Neuer Deutscher Film
11. The Forest for the Trees (2003) 7/10 German New Wave: Berliner Schule
12. A Hard Day's Night (1964) 7/10 British New Wave
13. Sehnsucht (2006) 6/10 German New Wave: Berliner Schule
14. Georgy Girl (1966) 7/10 British New Wave
15. Ovoce stromu rajských jíme (1970) 7/10 Czechoslovak New Wave
16. Victim (1961) 8/10 British New Wave
17. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975) 8/10 German New Wave: Neuer Deutscher Film
18. Sons and Lovers (1960) 6/10 British New Wave
19. Marseille (2004) 4/10 German New Wave: Berliner Schule
20. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) 7/10 British New Wave
21. The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1978) 6/10 German New Wave: Neuer Deutscher Film
22. Hell Is a City (1960) 7/10 British New Wave
23. Nachmittag (2007) 4/10 German New Wave: Berliner Schule
24. A Kind of Loving (1962) 8/10 British New Wave
25. The Knack ...and How to Get It (1965) 6/10 British New Wave
26. Le bonheur (1965) 7/10 French New Wave
27. The Swimmer (1968) 6/10 American New Wave
28. Girl with Green Eyes (1964) 7/10 British New Wave
29. Beat Girl (1960) 7/10 British New Wave
30. The Last Detail (1973) 8/10 American New Wave
31. The Warriors (1979) 7/10 American New Wave
32. Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966) 5/10 British New Wave
33. Perlicky na dne (1965) 4/10 Czechoslovak New Wave
34. My Brilliant Career (1979) 7/10 Australian New Wave
35. The Entertainer (1960) 7/10 British New Wave
36. Paper Moon (1973) 7/10 American New Wave
37. Look Back in Anger (1959) 7/10 British New Wave
38. Breaking Away (1979) 7/10 American New Wave
39. Klassenverhältnisse (1984) 3/10 German New Wave: Neuer Deutscher Film
40. Vanishing Point (1971) 7/10 American New Wave
41. The Last Wave (1977) 6/10 Australian New Wave
42. Shampoo (1975) 7/10 American New Wave
43. Liebe ist kälter als der Tod (1969) 5/10 German New Wave: Neuer Deutscher Film
44. Kes (1969) 8/10 British New Wave
45. Dead Calm (1989) 7/10 Australian New Wave
46. Brewster McCloud (1970) 7/10 American New Wave
47. Tiger Bay (1959) 7/10 British New Wave
48. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) 6/10 American New Wave
49. Veronika Voss (1982) 7/10 German New Wave: Neuer Deutscher Film
50. Long Weekend (1978) 5/10 Australian New Wave
51. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders 8/10 Czechoslovak New Wave
52. Nikutai no mon (1964) 7/10 Japanese New Wave
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23. Terra em Transe 1967 — a.k.a. Entranced Earth 7/10 Brazilian New Wave
Looks good, even harder to follow as expected. A slight let-down...

Thanks for everyone who participated, I watched a lot of good movies from what is potentially my favourite type of movies. Please post your last entries so I can finalize the table and stats
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1. This Sporting Life 1963 8/10 Taiwanese New Wave
2. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 1962 8/10 British New Wave
3. Heaven's Gate 1980 8-/10 New Hollywood
4. Duel 1971 9-/10 New Hollywood
5. Janghwa, Hongryeon 2003 — a.k.a. A Tale of Two Sisters 8/10 Korean New Wave
6. Irezumi 1966 7/10 Japanese New Wave
7. Bakha satang 1999 — a.k.a. Peppermint Candy 6/10 Korean New Wave
8. Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke 1965 — a.k.a. Samurai Spy 7/10 Japanese New Wave
9. Kanojo to kare 1963 — a.k.a. She and He 8/10 Japanese New Wave
10. Utsukushisa to kanashimi to 1965 — a.k.a. With Beauty and Sorrow 6/10 Japanese New Wave
11. Bakjwi 2009 — a.k.a. Thirst 6/10 Korean New Wave
12. Darling 1965 7/10 British New Wave
13. Kuro no chôtokkyu 1964 — a.k.a. Super Express 6/10 Japanese New Wave
14. Moi, un noir 1958 — a.k.a. I, a Negro 6/10 French New Wave
15. Akai satsui 1964 — a.k.a. Intentions of Murder 8/10 Japanese New Wave
16. Ansatsu 1964 — a.k.a. Assassination 7/10 Japanese New Wave
17. Shokei no heya 1956 — a.k.a. Punishment Room 7/10 Japanese New Wave
18. Kaette kita yopparai 1968 — a.k.a. Three Resurrected Drunkards 8-/10 Japanese New Wave
19. Juhyô no yoromeki 1968 — a.k.a. Affair in the Snow 8/10 Japanese New Wave
20. Victim 1961 8/10 British New Wave
21. Tiger Bay 1959 7/10 British New Wave
22. Qing mei zhu ma 1985 — a.k.a. Taipei Story 8+/10 Japanese New Wave
23. Terra em Transe 1967 — a.k.a. Entranced Earth 7/10 Brazilian New Wave
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10. Pearls of the Deep (1965) 107 min. Czechoslovak New Wave: Československá nová vlna
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1. Busting (1974) * 92 min.  American New Wave: New Hollywood
2. Daisies (1966) 76 min.  Czechoslovak New Wave: Československá nová vlna
3. A Report on the Party and Guests (1966) 70 min.  Czechoslovak New Wave: Československá nová vlna
4. WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971) 84 min.  Yugoslav Black Wave: Црни талас / Crni talas
5. Peking Opera Blues (1986) 101 min.  Hong Kong New Wave: 香港新浪潮
6. Everyone Else (2009) * 124 min.  German New Wave(s): Berliner Schule
7. Return of the Prodigal Son (1967) 103 min.  Czechoslovak New Wave: Československá nová vlna
8. Capricious Summer (1968) 76 min.  Czechoslovak New Wave: Československá nová vlna
9. The Joke (1969) 81 min.  Czechoslovak New Wave: Československá nová vlna
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41-42. Shorts: 171 minutes

Yugoslav Black Wave

Crni film / Black Film (1971,Zelimir Zilnik)

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Starting off with explosive power, Zilnik interviews homeless men he has just met on the street - with each introducing themselves - then Zilnik himself - before inviting them to his home. There they sleep on his floor while he takes on the task to see if he can find some way to get housing for them - and who is responsible. 

He speaks to officials and people on the street - in what clearly showcases a, at best, complete inability to help the poor, to at worst, a complete lack of any compassion. Truly a black film, and also a darkly comedic and playful film - though simultaneously a little slim, courtesy of its running time and the extent of the questioning and effort. Still, wonderfully powerful, and a great, short gem of the Black Wave. 8/10.


I Miss Sonia Henie (1971, Karpo Acimovic-Godina, Tinto Brass, Mladomir 'Purisa' Djordjevic, Milos Forman, Buck Henry, Dusan Makavejev, Paul Morrissey, Frederick Wisemam)

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In this bizarre and contrived experiment 8 directors all shoot shorts inside the same small apartment - for the material to be intercut together. It is an utter incomprehensible mess, with toilet humour and lots of nudity - and a complete mix of talent - from the mastery of Makavajev, to the utter trash of Morrissey. However, somehow, when mixed together, the absurdity of it all - and the same line "I Miss Sonja Henie" repeated without much context - makes it all into a frankly unique, and well, I have to concede, great experience. 8/10.


French New Wave

O saisons, ô châteaux / O Seasons, O Castles (1958) - 20m

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Sent to create a document of Les Châteaux De La Loire, Varda does almost everything else. She is captivated by the workers, the area, nature, life, encounters. What could have been a dry documentary is immediately turned on its head - it is comical - but also elegant. She fills the castle with models and shoots in beautiful colour. She captures the sounds and the life - and just has one hell of a time playing with form and conventions - an absolute delight. 8/10.


L'opéra-mouffe / Diary of a Pregnant Woman (1958) - 16m

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Diary of a Pregnant Woman is one of Varda's darkest and most visually unnerving films placing you inside a world of poverty and abstracted images. Shot as a silent, this is a visually evocative, experimental and even risque short, complete with the kind of striking nude photography Varda did before entering into cinema. This film was made when Varda herself was pregnant (and struggling to get a second feature made) and shows her not only pouring every ounce of creativity into this work (to the point that the various styles almost seem jarring) but evoking the uneasy sense of the kind of world a woman pregnant is actually bringing their child into. The jarring styles - romance, near surrealist horror and social realism, also complement each other in bringing the complexities of pregnancy and what the journey of bringing a child into the world can mean.


Du côté de la côte / Along the Coast (1958) - 25m

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Du côté de la côte is simply glorious, and possibly one of the greatest shorts ever made - not only that, it makes me saddened Varda did not have a longer career as a travelogueist - though I do suppose From Here to There and Faces Places could count. :D

Shot in stunning colour photography Du côté de la côte is an observational travelogue, filled to the brink with comedy and visual poetry as it dissects trends and behavior in a way that feels incredibly much like the Varda we know today - but with an added air of mystique and elegance - leaving more to the visuals themselves. Varda, of course, started as a photographer - and this can be felt in her other two shorts from this year as well - but here, even more so than O saisons, ô châteaux, the visual story-telling and humour his hit is such a detail-oriented, clever way - setting up contexts and associations with such ease.

Don't get me wrong - this is a very warm film - but in a very different way. It is the light observations - such as the commentary on trendy colours (blue and yellow) which builds up an entire story of windows, houses, designs - before moving on to dresses, hats, swimsuits - and then of course - the contradictions. This is only one example - but the specific observations, and the running commentary (one man, one woman) could not be more spot-on - perfect synergy - and a near-perfect depiction of summer and tourism. 9/10.

*It was also really nice to see some left bank associated names here, for instance, Henri Colpi as the editor (I should sneak in a film of his in the waves challenge), and Quinto Albicocco as the cinematographer (he was the father of Jean-Gabriel Albicocco, and shot his son's films).

*Dedicated to André Bazin.


Les fiancés du pont Mac Donald ou (Méfiez-vous des lunettes noires) (1961) - 5m

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This is the delightful short-film from Cleo From 5 to 7, starring Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina is a silly, playful silent cinema homage (and more importantly, dire warning against using dark sunglasses). Seeing it again separately I was hoping it may have something extra - but beyond the credits, no. Not that anything else needed to be added, it is fun on its own and tells a complete story. 6/10.


Salut les Cubains (1964) - 30m

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And talking about Varda as a photographer ... Salut les Cubains is made up exclusively of still black and white photographs capturing the joy, hope and excitement in Cuba at a time when the revolution is coming to a close and the future seems bright. While in black and white, there are certainly traces of the Du côté de la côte style of an observational travelogue, filled with humour and lightness - though it is also more well-rounded, less overtly comical and tries to paint an actual rather than satirical picture - capturing the spirit of the time. Varda manages just that, and it is a wonderful viewing that could easily have been expanded into a feature. 8/10.


Elsa la rose (1966) - 20m

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Elsa la rose was meant to be part of a 2-part project where Varda and her husband Jacques Demy would each do a short documentary on famous authors, married couple (and communists) Elsa Triolet and Louis Aragon - with Varda directing Louis describing Elsa and Demy directing Elsa describing Aragon. An incredibly sweet and intriguing idea. Unfortunately, Demy dropped out and Varda made a compromise - where Elsa also has a voice and more focus is places on how they met - though the core Louis talking of his wife - stayed. It is interesting and sweet - but as it stands feels a little light. 6.5/10.


Oncle Yanco (1967) - 18m

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In this utterly delightful mini-portrait Varda visits her father's cousin - Jean Varda - after accidentally having been made aware there was a semi-famous painter name Varda while visiting California. They had never met before - and this brief and playful encounter - which takes in the broad bohemian house-boat area filled with intellectuals and hippies - comes off beautifully well. Varda stages her meeting with the older Varda several times, recutting their embraces - clearly enjoying his company - asks playful questions - and gets to briefly soak in the lifestyle. Yet again I feel like we were robbed of a potential feature - especially as Jean Varda, or: Uncle Yanco - has such a wonderfully large personality. 8/10.
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And that's it from me then - thank you for hosting, Mel!

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43. Laokoon & Söhne / Laocoon & Sons (1975, Tabea Blumenschein, Ulrike Ottinger) - German New Wave

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This short, playful and overtly silly romp serves as the directorial debut of Ulrike Ottinger and her frequent collaborator Tabea Blumenschein. It has pretty much all the elements of her early films, including the tacky makeup, over-exaggerated gestures and general delight in camp. It is even sillier, and a bit more muddled, but still fun. Our action takes place in the ridiculously named country of Laura Malloy, which only has one inhabitant - but she's a shapeshifter. Playing with the ideas from Orando, and mixing it all with a ludicrous narrator, there is much to delight in. A perfectly solid first effort, showing several hints of the greatness Ottinger would be able to bring forth just a few years later. 6/10.


44. Western (2017, Valeska Grisebach) - Rewatch - Berlin School

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I have been racking my brain to put words to what it is Valeska Grisebach does in Western that is so incredibly hypnotizing and brilliant. 

All I wrote the first time I saw it was: "Incredibly bare minimalism. Grisebach finds something incredibly vulnerable in this masculine culture, and she never lets it go".

This holds true once again - it is something in how Grisebach shoots masculinity, in particular hyper-masculinity and downright toxic masculinity. What she is able to do is find something genuinely vulnerable there - something sad - something that makes you empathise, feel something - it is, frankly, jarring. We have all seen films that revel in this behaviour, and we have seen films shows it as dangerous, scary and/or (purposefully) unnerving. But that is not this film.

Take for instance an early scene where the boss harasses a young woman by the river, and practically assaults her - while the men simply sit and watch. There is something pitiable about how they look on - and fail to do anything before several lines are crossed. It finds weakness, complacency, unease, powerlessness. Who are these men? Why are they the way they are? Perhaps we won't get those answers, but the experience of the all-male workplace, and the petty, childlike, and brutish way they act leave a lasting impression. 

However, it is not solely masculinity at display - there is also a degree of National chauvinism, and cultural relations. Our Germans are working in Bulgaria, building up the infrastructure - and as one gleefully shouts - they are back after 70 years (referring to the Nazis in WW2). 

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Large sets of the film are focused on communication without language and the bonds that can still be made. Our lead character, Meinhard Neumann's "Meinhard" in particular stands out by in some ways being able to assert himself against his fellow German, and strike relations and even friendships, with the Bulgarian population - to the confusion of the others - and there is a lot of clear subtext - including the prominent use of a German flag - at one point shot as if enveloping Meinhard, or perhaps even as a cape.

The entire film is calm, stripped back and minimalistic. There is no true excess emotions - the camera rather captures larger contexts and contrasts with a peering eye - shredding our characters, in particular our Germans, and leaving them naked - but still hard to comprehend and touch. This peering eye, and the details it manages to capture make Western a powerful, visceral experience - though, just as the first time I saw this film there seems to be even more just out of reach. 9/10.
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Alright, I did the final update of the front post, thanks to everyone who participated and especially those who shared their thoughts. Are you posting them on Letterboxd or elsewhere? Especially directed at St. Gloede & sol

The most watched wave ended up being the British New Wave (thanks to the UK challenge that was being held at the same time) but the most watched country (by far) was surprisingly Germany which is split into West Germany and Germany in the OP - conveniently separating Neuer Deutscher Film and Berliner Schule. Japan and France had only a few entries less than the UK.

I'm also curious about which of the film with more than 2 watches will get a nice boost in the next 500<400 poll
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Melvelet wrote: April 2nd, 2021, 6:49 pm Alright, I did the final update of the front post, thanks to everyone who participated and especially those who shared their thoughts. Are you posting them on Letterboxd or elsewhere? Especially directed at St. Gloede & sol
Yes, I have a Letterboxd account. ;) You're following it already. :thumbsup: All of my feature film viewings in Official Challenges can be found there.

Thanks for hosting and wrapping up the results in a timely manner. You're first in of the March hosts! Results entered into leaderboard spreadsheet. B)
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Thanks for asking, Mel! I don't post my mini-reviews anywhere else at present, though, like Sol I do have a Letterboxd account. I mainly use it for lists, but I have been thinking of adding the reviews I'm happier with for a while. This may just be the nudge I needed to start doing that.
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