Wednesday, October 24, 2012

World Cinema Guide: Philippines (22 Greatest Films 1929-2005)


When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’. 

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for many countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Germany etc

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.

1975 Manila in the Claws of Light (Lino Brocka)
1976 Insiang (Lino Brocka)
1976 Three Years Without God (Mario O'Hara)
1977 The Perfumed Nightmare (Kidlat Tahimik)
1978 When the Crow Turns White, When the Heron Turns Black (Celso Ad. Castillo)
1980 Manila by Night (Ishmael Bernal)
1982 Batch '81 (Mike De Leon)
1982 Blink of an Eye (Mike De Leon)
1982 Kisapmata* (Mike De Leon)
1984 Bayan Ko: My Own Country* (Lino Brocka)
1984 Sister Stella L. (Mike De Leon)
1985 Scorpio Nights* (Peque Gallaga)
1986 The New King (Mario O'Hara)
1989 Fight for Us (Lino Brocka)
1995 Bagong Bayani (Tikoy Aguiluz)
1995 The Flor Contemplacion Story (Joel Lamangan)
1996 Segurista (Tikoy Aguiluz)
1998 In the Navel of the Sea (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
1998 Jose Rizal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
1998 Woman on a Tin Roof* (Mario O'Hara)
1999 Sisa (Mario O’Hara)
2000 Third World Hero (Mike De Leon)

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