OK, here’s a provisional list — tear it apart or question it or whatever. Be great to have your thoughts. Apologies to all those whose ideas I didn’t use, but please believe that you inspired or clarified my own thoughts.
1) Monday 29th September.
Silent comedies: Buster Keaton’s SHERLOCK JNR plus a few shorts.
2) Monday 6th October.
Silent drama: Victor Sjostrom’s HE WHO GETS SLAPPED.
3) Monday 13th October.
Early talking pre-code cinema: Gregory LaCava’s BED OF ROSES and Mervyn LeRoy’s THREE ON A MATCH
4) Monday 20th October
The Classical era: Powell and Pressburger’s A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
5) Tuesday 3rd November
Studio experimentation: Charles Laughton’s NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
6) Tuesday 10th November
Post-war “realism”: Stanley Kubrick’s PATHS OF GLORY
7) Tuesday 17th November
Sixties experimentation: Luis Bunuel’s SIMON OF THE DESERT and Lindsay Anderson’s THE WHITE BUS
8) Tuesday 24th November
Bernardo Bertolucci’s THE CONFORMIST
9) Tuesday 1st December
New Hollywood: Peter Bogdanovich’s PAPER MOON
10) Tuesday 8th December
The world: Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s A MOMENT OF INNOCENCE
11) Tuesday 15th December
Seasonal treat: Billy Wilder’s THE APARTMENT
I’m going to watch a bunch of the films you all suggested which I haven’t seen, probably starting with Johnny To’s THE MISSION and carrying on with Makhmalbaf’s ONCE UPON A TIME…CINEMA.
And, yeah, I’m definitely going to have second thoughts in the morning, so let me know what you think I should change.