Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession

mv5bmtqzotewmta2mf5bml5banbnxkftztcwmtexmdkymq_v1_sx93_sy140_1Last night I watched the documentary Z Channel: A Manificent Obsession, directed by Xan Cassavetes. I must admit that before viewing the film I knew little about Jerry Harvey, the Z Channel honcho of the seventies, whose diverse and fruitful investigation into the whereabouts of obsucre, sometimes commercail, but enthralling films, brought them to the screen, thus ruling the hills before the time of HBO. Almost every film mentioned was one that I have not seen, which makes me feel quite amateur in my film viewing, so I thought it would be good to list the films talked about that I haven’t seen, as I need to see them, and soon.

Harvey was a very obsessive and passionate man and he went on to become a staple in the revival of truly great and often forgotten about films. Here is a list of films mentioned. Those in bold I have seen.

  • College (1927)
  • Die Büchse der Pandora (1929)
  • Mädchen in Uniform (1931)
  • The Moon’s Our Home (1936)
  • Les Enfants du paradis (1945)
  • Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)
  • My Darling Clementine (1946)
  • In a Lonely Place (1950)
  • La Strada (1954)
  • Something of Value (1957)
  • Le Notti bianche (1957)
  • Paths of Glory (1957)
  • The 400 Blows (1959)
  • Orfeu Negro (1959)
  • L’Avventura (1960)
  • La Notte (1961)
  • Ride the High Country (1962)
  • (1963)
  • Il Gattopardo (1963)
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  • Red Desrert (1964)
  • Giulietta degli Spiriti (1965)
  • Andrey Rublyov (1969)
  • The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
  • A Safe Place (1971)
  • Images (1972)
  • Turks Fruit (1973)
  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973): the Bob Dylan soundtrack is a blessing
  • Malizia (1973)
  • Le Magnifique (1973)
  • Chinatown (1974)
  • Attilas ’74 (1975)
  • L’Important c’est d’aimer (1975)
  • The Passenger (1975)
  • Overlord (1975)
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  • 1900 (1976)
  • Welcome to L.A. (1976)
  • Silver Streak (1976)
  • Mogliamante (1977)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • “Berlin Alexanderplatz” (1980)
  • Bad Timing (1980)
  • Heaven’s Gate (1980)
  • La Cicala (1980)
  • The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
  • Fitzcarraldo (1982)
  • L’Été meurtrier (1983)
  • Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
  • Das Boot (1985)
  • Salvador (1986)
  • The Sicilian (1987)

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