Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Favorite Films

Another great list that comes from Sight & Sound Magazine's canonical reference poll. The poll itself shed light on critics' top movies. This time Nuri Bilge Ceylan made a “Director’s Top Ten list” in 2012 with his preferred order.


  • 8.5/10

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    1973

    Scenes From a Marriage

    Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage. He is a college professor, she a divorce lawyer. They say that they are happily married - unlike their friends Katarina and Peter who openly fight, especially when under the influence of a ...

    drama

    golden palm

    love story

    melancholy

    psychological

    psychology

  • 8.3/10

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    1949

    Late Spring

    Noriko is 27 years old and is still living with her father Somiya, a widower. Noriko just recovered from an illness she developed in the war, and now the important question pops up: when will Noriko start thinking about marriage? Everybody who is important in her life tries to talk her into it: her ...

    black and white

    family drama

    golden palm

    independent film

    melancholy

    social commentary

  • 8.2/10

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    1969

    Andrei Rublev

    Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions.

    art house

    artistic

    black and white

    golden palm

    independent film

    melancholy

  • 8.2/10

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    1956

    Man Escaped, A

    Captured French Resistance fighter Lieutenant Fontaine awaits a certain death sentence for espionage in a stark Nazi prison. Facing malnourishment and paralyzing fear, he must engineer an extraordinary escape, complicated by the questions of whom to trust, and in the absence of options, how to kill?

    black and white

    golden palm

    life & death

    melancholy

  • 8.2/10

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    1953

    Tokyo Story

    An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.

    black and white

    family drama

    golden palm

    life & death

    melancholy

    social commentary

  • 8.1/10

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    1975

    The Mirror

    Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society.

    art house

    artistic

    black and white

    golden palm

    life & death

    melancholy

  • 8/10

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    1968

    Shame

    During civil war, two musicians retreat to a rural island to farm. They are apolitical; a neighbor sometimes gives them a fish; wine is a luxury. They love each other, but there are problems: the war upsets Jan, he is weepy, too sensitive; Eva wants children, he does not. The war suddenly arrives: r ...

    black and white

    civil war

    golden palm

    psychological

    war

  • 7.9/10

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    1966

    Au Hasard Balthazar

    This is the story of a donkey and the somewhat difficult life it leads. During a summer holiday, the baby donkey is a child's pet but when they return home, it begins it's life of misery. It works as a farm animal, pulling a delivery cart and working as any manner as various owners require of it. Me ...

    golden palm

    life & death

    melancholy

  • 7.9/10

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    1962

    L'Eclisse

    In the suburbs of Rome, the translator Vittoria breaks her engagement with her boyfriend, the writer Ricardo, after a troubled night. Vittoria goes downtown to meet her mother, who is addicted to the stock market, and she meets the broker Piero on a day of crash. The materialist Piero and the absent ...

    artistic

    black and white

    golden palm

    melancholy

    social commentary

  • 7.9/10

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    1960

    L'Avventura

    A group of rich Italians head out on a yachting trip to a deserted volcanic island in the Mediterranean. When they are about to leave the island, they find Anna, the main character up to this point, has gone missing. Sandro, Anna's boyfriend, and Claudia, Anna's friend, try without success to find h ...

    art house

    artistic

    golden palm

    melancholy

source:https://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/sightandsoundpoll2012/voter/1095