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15 Classic Film MatchUps,Which Will You Choose?

15 May 2012 | Film Lists | by David Zou

How many times have we seen boring Hollywood original vs sequel comparisons like Godfather vs Godfather 2,Terminator vs Terminator 2,Die Hard vs Die Hard 2? I’ve seen too many of those and want to do something different today,how about something Non-Hollywood  and has nothing to do with sequels?All those films below are great films from the Non-Hollywood world,if there has to be a winner in each matchup,which one will you choose?

1.A Brighter Summer Day vs Yiyi

A Brighter Summer Day vs Yiyi

My pick:A Brighter Summer Day

Why:In Yiyi,Yang tried too hard to give us lectures of everything in life,While in A Brighter Summer Day,it’s larger than life.

 

2.Hard Boiled vs The Killer

Hard Boiled vs The Killer

My pick:Hard Boiled

Why:When it comes down to The Hospital Scene VS The Church Scene,I will give the vote to Hard Boiled for the pee of the baby.

 

3.Chungking Express vs In the Mood for Love

Chungking Express vs In the Mood for Love

My pick:Chungking Express

Why:I think this competition finally comes down to the age thing,I’m still in my 20s,so I will go with Pineapples and Faye.

 

4.Yojimbo vs Sanjuro

Yojimbo vs Sanjuro

My pick:Sanjuro

Why:Both films have great characters and story,but Sanjuro wins me over by the Camellias.

 

5.Harakiri vs Seven Samurai

Harakiri vs Seven Samurai

My pick:Harakiri

Why:Samurai films should be more than actions,Harakiri explains Bushido to me perfectly,besides,I like Nakadai more than Mifune in general.

 

6.Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance vs Oldboy vs Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance vs Oldboy vs Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

My pick:Oldboy

Why:I do not want to see any vengeance films any more after watching the trilogy,because everything about the subject is in these 3 films.I love Oldboy the most simply because the twist is mind-blowing.

 

7.Blood of a Poet vs Orpheus vs Testament of Orpheus

Blood of a Poet vs Orpheus vs Testament of Orpheus

My pick:Orpheus

Why:The most comprehensive and beautiful film in the Orphic Trilogy.The myth is just fascinating to me.

 

8.Bleu vs Blanc vs Rouge

Bleu vs Blanc vs Rouge

My pick:Bleu

Why:see this post.

 

9.The Wages of Fear vs Diabolique

The Wages of Fear vs Diabolique

My pick:Diabolique

Why:Diabolique is as good as any Hitchcock films in terms of suspense,also it had a tremendous impact on Hitch’s Psycho.

 

10.My Uncle vs Playtime

My Uncle vs Playtime

My pick:My Uncle

Why:My uncle is the comedy which gave me more laughs than any of the same kind,maybe I would love Playtime more only,I say only,when I got the chance to see it on the big screen.

 

11.The Bakery Girl Of Monceau vs Suzanne’s Career vs My Night at Maud’s vs La Collectionneuse vs Claire’s Knee vs Love in the Afternoon

six moral tales

My pick:My Night at Maud’s

Why:I have to pick the winner between My Night at Maud’s and Love in the Afternoon,I think My Night at Maud’s gave me more thoughts,so I will go with this one.

 

12.Nights of Cabiria vs La Strada

Nights of Cabiria vs La Strada

My pick:Nights of Cabiria

Why:Nights of Cabiria is the film I wouldn’t bear to see the ending,it has a stronger emotional impact on me than another great ending in La Strada.

 

13.The Holy Mountain vs El Topo

The Holy Mountain vs El Topo

My pick:The Holy Mountain

Why:Because I understand The Holy Mountain less than El Topo,and the less I can figure out from a cult film,the more I like it.

 

14.The Red Shoes vs Black Narcissus 

The Red Shoes vs Black Narcissus

My pick:The Red Shoes

Why:Both are terrific in terms of the achievements in technicolor cinematography,but the story of a woman struggling between love and career is a better one for me.

 

15.Kind Hearts and Coronets vs The Ladykillers

Kind Hearts and Coronets vs The Ladykillers

My pick:Kind Hearts and Coronets

Why:The performance from Alec Guinness and the twist at the end are both brilliant for me,and Kind Hearts and Coronets is my fave from the Earling Studio.

 

Your turn,difference makes beauty,I’d like to hear different opinions from you guys.Also,share this to your friends,ask them to join the discussion,the more data collected,the more fun this post is gonna be.

For your convenience to compare,here is the complete list,just copy and paste in the comments to make your choices:

1.A Brighter Summer Day vs Yiyi

2.Hard Boiled vs The Killer

3.Chungking Express vs In the Mood for Love

4.Yojimbo vs Sanjuro

5.Harakiri vs Seven Samurai

6.Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance vs Oldboy vs Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

7.Blood of a Poet vs Orpheus vs Testament of Orpheus

8.Bleu vs Blanc vs Rouge

9.The Wages of Fear vs Diabolique

10.My Uncle vs Playtime

11.The Bakery Girl Of Monceau vs Suzanne’s Career vs My Night at Maud’s vs La Collectionneuse vs Claire’s Knee vs Love in the Afternoon

12.Nights of Cabiria vs La Strada

13.The Holy Mountain vs El Topo

14.The Red Shoes vs Black Narcissus 

15.Kind Hearts and Coronets vs The Ladykillers

 

 


   

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  • 1.A Brighter Summer Day vs Yiyi
    A Brighter Summer Day because it’s the greatest thing ever (though Yi Yi is also a masterpiece).

    2.Hard Boiled vs The Killer
    The Killer because of the Douglas Sirk-influenced melodramatic storyline.

    3.Chungking Express vs In the Mood for Love
    In the Mood for Love because I’m in my 30s!

    4.Yojimbo vs Sanjuro
    I’m not a huge fan of either but I’ll go with Yojimbo because Sanjuro is more lightweight.

    5.Harakiri vs Seven Samurai
    Seven Samurai is probably my favorite action movie. I can’t really remember Harakiri that well.

    6.Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance vs Oldboy vs Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
    The last time I watched them all I found Lady Vengeance the most satisfying. The “fade to black and white” version of course!

    7.Blood of a Poet vs Orpheus vs Testament of Orpheus
    Blood of a Poet because I tend to like pioneering efforts the most.

    8.Bleu vs Blanc vs Rouge
    Rouge because of the way it magnificently ties the whole trilogy together.

    9.The Wages of Fear vs Diabolique
    The Wages of Fear feels more timeless but my favorite Clouzot is Le Corbeau!

    10.My Uncle vs Playtime
    Playtime because it’s the most beautiful comedy ever and Tati’s framing and use of space are unparalleled. That’s the film he was born to make.

    11.The Bakery Girl Of Monceau vs Suzanne’s Career vs My Night at Maud’s vs La Collectionneuse vs Claire’s Knee vs Love in the Afternoon
    It’s also a toss-up for me between Maud’s and Love in the Afternoon. I’ll go with Maud’s because of its wittily philosophical side.

    12.Nights of Cabiria vs La Strada
    Cabiria! La Strada is too sentimental and simplistic.

    13.The Holy Mountain vs El Topo
    I’ve never seen The Holy Mountain but I HATED El Topo.

    14.The Red Shoes vs Black Narcissus
    I always say The Red Shoes is Powell & Pressburger’s masterpiece but I like watching Black Narcissus more. It’s darker and weirder and it practically oozes repressed sexuality. The red lipstick!

    15.Kind Hearts and Coronets vs The Ladykillers
    The Ladykillers because it’s funnier and has Guinness’ best performance.

    • Great answers,Mike,I appreciate your efforts.Two things:1.Are there several versions of Lady Vengeance? I really can’t remember if there is a fade-out at the end.
      2.Why do you hate El Topo so much? I think you are the kind of guy who can put up cult film like this.

      • There are two versions of Lady Vengeance: one that’s in color and one that starts in color and that slowly fades to black and white over the course of the film. Park Chan-wook’s preferred version is the fade to black and white version. As for El Topo, I think it is too derivative of Leone and Bunuel and far more pretentious and self-indulgent than either.

        • Oh,my Blu-ray is obviously not that fade-out version,I’d really love to see that one!! I do think El Topo has its own philosophy and auteur quality,yes,it has something to do with the director’s youth and it is quite personal,but I wouldn’t call it self-indulgent.You can try Holy Mountain someday,I bet you won’t say all that after watching it.

  • Let’s see…
    I haven’t seen 1, 2, 7, 10, 11, 13
    3. Chungking Express
    4. Yojimbo
    5. Seven Samurai
    6. Oldboy
    8. Bleu
    9. I’ve only seen Wages of Fear so I can’t really say anything.
    12. Nights of Cabiria
    14. The Red Shoes
    15. I’ve only seen Ladykillers.

    • I’m glad we share the same appreciation of 3,6,8,14,your work is appreciated,man!!

  • This is a great idea! I can’t answer all but here are my choices:
    4.Yojimbo vs Sanjuro
    This is the hardest to choose on your list, but my choice is Yojimbo. Without Yojimbo, Sanjuro wouldn’t exist.

    5.Harakiri vs Seven Samurai
    Harikiri is amazing. Seven Samurai is amazing… but not as amazing as Harikiri.

    6.Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance vs Oldboy vs Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
    I feel like Lady Vengeance was the most artful of the three.

    7.Blood of a Poet vs Orpheus vs Testament of Orpheus
    Blood of a Poet was amazing. It was a groundbreaking movie. The others were very good, but I think Blood of a Poet was legendary.

    9.The Wages of Fear vs Diabolique
    Diabolique was very good, but The Wages of Fear was more universal.

    10.My Uncle vs Playtime
    I like Mon Oncle so much more. I struggled a little with Play Time. Tati is amazing in general.

    13.The Holy Mountain vs El Topo
    El Topo struck a stronger chord with me.

    14.The Red Shoes vs Black Narcissus
    Black Narcissus had a better story, and I prefer Black Narcissus… but Black Narcissus has nothing as artistic as the trippy ballet scene from The Red Shoes.

    • Thanks for your answers,John,you are appreciated.

      It looks you struggled a little bit at 4 and 5,I agree with you the Lady Vengeance is the most artful in the trilogy,but I have to say it dragged at the end.Personally,I also love Mon Oncle much more than Playtime,simple cause’ it gave me more laughs.

  • OK, here’s what I have to say…

    1.A Brighter Summer Day vs Yiyi – I’ve only seen Yi Yi so can’t offer an opinion.

    2.Hard Boiled vs The Killer – I’ve only watched portions of each, no solid basis for comparison.

    3.Chungking Express vs In the Mood for Love – Haven’t seen either!

    4.Yojimbo vs Sanjuro – I will go with Sanjuro now since it’s fresher in my memory and really impressed me when I learned how quickly (and successfully) the project was put together. Yojimbo will always have the reputation as the “greater” film because of its darker tone and massive influence, but Sanjuro offers me more entertainment value for the rewatch.

    5.Harakiri vs Seven Samurai – Will be watching Harakiri soon for my blog, so I’ll come back to this one but I have a hard time it will beat out my fondness for Seven Samurai, which really drew me into checking out more Criterion Collection films.

    6.Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance vs Oldboy vs Sympathy for Lady Vengeance – I’ve only seen Old Boy, I have a lot of catching up to do!

    7.Blood of a Poet vs Orpheus vs Testament of Orpheus – Orpheus is clearly the best of the three, the key that makes sense of the whole trilogy. Really, Blood of a Poet is its own thing, but Cocteau christened it part of his trilogy so we have to honor that. Testament of Orpheus is mainly just for Cocteau fans whereas Orpheus is generally approachable and stands on its own. Easy pick.

    8.Bleu vs Blanc vs Rouge – Will have to get back to you on these three, I only saw them on VHS home video back in the 90s and wasn’t sufficiently prepared to absorb their greatness, so I must abstain.

    9.The Wages of Fear vs Diabolique – I am going to go with Wages here, I think the larger scale and gritty pessimism of the story stick with me a bit more durably than the thrills and chills of Diabolique. Very tough call though, maybe its the spectacular oil field fires, pyrotechnics and nerve-wracking tension of Wages that compel my vote.

    10.My Uncle vs Playtime – Playtime is pretty astonishing and has to go down as Tati’s magnum opus, so I will give that film the honors. M. Hulot’s Holiday is my first go-to Tati film though, I absolutely love the happy tranquil feeling that sweeps over me any time I put it on. I wish I could find an original cut version without the stupid Jaws scene though, that is an unwelcome addition.

    11.The Bakery Girl Of Monceau vs Suzanne’s Career vs My Night at Maud’s vs La Collectionneuse vs Claire’s Knee vs Love in the Afternoon – I have only worked through the first four in that set, so no comment. My Night at Maud’s was my favorite, going on memories from a few years back, prior to starting my blog.

    12.Nights of Cabiria vs La Strada – Cabiria, for sure. La Strada is an excellent film but I’d rather have twice the Giulietta over the big helping of Anthony Quinn in La Strada, if I have to choose.

    13.The Holy Mountain vs El Topo – My exposure to those two films was in an addled state a few decades back, must revisit someday…

    14.The Red Shoes vs Black Narcissus – The Red Shoes has more variety and meatier substance to dig into, and the acting performances from Walbrook and Shearer are pretty amazing.

    15.Kind Hearts and Coronets vs The Ladykillers – Kind Hearts & Coronets, no doubt. I enjoyed the Ladykillers and I’m glad to own that blu-ray but I would rewatch KH&C in a flash, whereas I might have to be nudged a bit or have a particular reason to go back to Ladykillers.

    Great pairings, David! You could go further with this, you know:

    The Lady Vanishes vs. 39 Steps
    Seventh Seal vs. Wild Strawberries
    Great Expectations vs. Oliver Twist
    Henry V vs. Richard III
    Late Spring vs. Tokyo Story
    King of Kings (1927) vs. Last Temptation of Christ
    Most Dangerous Game vs. Island of Lost Souls
    Monterey Pop vs. Gimme Shelter
    Grand Illusion vs. Rules of the Game
    12 Angry Men vs Anatomy of a Murder
    400 Blows vs. Breathless
    The Rock vs. Armageddon! 🙂

    • Thanks to the additions,those are great too!! i was about to cast Late Spring vs. Tokyo Story,Grand Illusion vs. Rules of the Game,400 Blows vs. Breathless!!I can do another edition of this,you know.Anyway,here are some of my choices:

      The Lady Vanishes vs. 39 Steps
      The Lady Vanishes,I like the macguffin in it!!

      Late Spring vs. Tokyo Story
      Tough one,I will go with TS,I learned lessons of life from it.

      Grand Illusion vs. Rules of the Game
      Rules of the Game,a perfect film for me,and my fave French film

      400 Blows vs. Breathless
      Breathless,for its innovating techniques,and for the gorgeous Seberg

      The Rock vs. Armageddon
      You are so bad to let this in,but I’m working on it,seriously,I will choose The Rock,it used to be my fave during the early stage of my film-watching career!!(why every Criterion joke has Michael Bay anyway?)

      I’d love to know what are your picks and readers who sees your additions.

  • 1.A Brighter Summer Day vs Yiyi
    ** To be honest, I’m not a big fan of either, although I need to rewatch both. I guess I’ll go with ABSD for now, since it had the biggest disadvantage (i.e., the crappy copy I saw)

    2.Hard Boiled vs The Killer
    ** The Killer… HB has some cheesier elements

    3.Chungking Express vs In the Mood for Love
    ** Chungking by a nose

    4.Yojimbo vs Sanjuro
    ** Yojimbo by a mile

    5.Harakiri vs Seven Samurai
    ** An obvious pick, perhaps, but I gotta go with Seven Samurai

    6.Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance vs Oldboy vs Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
    ** Lady Vengeance easily. Hands down my favorite of the three.

    7.Blood of a Poet vs Orpheus vs Testament of Orpheus
    ** Orpheus, but I don’t really like any of them much.

    8.Bleu vs Blanc vs Rouge
    ** Blue, but Rogue is creeping up there

    9.The Wages of Fear vs Diabolique
    ** Diabolique is one I really need to revisit, but I’ll say Wages of Fear for the time being

    10.My Uncle vs Playtime
    ** Playtime, but I love both

    11.The Bakery Girl Of Monceau vs Suzanne’s Career vs My Night at Maud’s vs La Collectionneuse vs Claire’s Knee vs Love in the Afternoon
    ** I’ll say Maud but Monceau/Suzanne are extremely close

    12.Nights of Cabiria vs La Strada
    ** Cabiria, no contest whatsoever

    13.The Holy Mountain vs El Topo
    ** El Topo, but THM is more visually impressive

    14.The Red Shoes vs Black Narcissus
    ** Black Narcissus

    15.Kind Hearts and Coronets vs The Ladykillers
    ** Ladykillers by a very slim margin. Last Holiday and Horse’s Mouth trump them both!

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting,Martin.Interesting you said that Monceau/Suzanne are extremely close to Maud in six tales,these two are ofter considered to be the least appreciated,I’d like to know your perspective on these two.

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  • Out of the ones I’ve seen:

    2. The Killer: Hard Boiled is great, but The Killer is such an emotional ending. Few directors capture male bonding better than Woo.

    3. Chungking Express: I’m tempted to say In the Mood for Love, because it’s so beautiful and elegant, but I can relate to Chungking Express more.

    4. Yojimbo: Not a huge fan of Sanjuro. Yojimbo has some of the most memorable sequences in all of cinema. The pistol duel, Mifune crawling under the floor, the way he manipulates the gangsters. It’s the very definition of a perfect movie.

    5. Seven Samurai: I love Kobayashi, but Seven Samurai is the more enjoyable movie. It’s impossible not to get sucked into.

    6. Oldboy: It’s the most well put together and polished of the vengeance films. The other two are really good, but Oldboy hits all the right notes.

    8. The Wages of Fear: The emotional impact of the ending is just a punch to the gut.

    9. Rouge: Bleu used to be my favorite, but Rouge just captures a whole spectrum of emotions.

    10. Mon Oncle: I found Playtime to be quite boring, but Mon Oncle is a delight.

    12. La Strada: It’s like a timeless fable.

    14. Black Narcissus: So hypnotic, and there are so many great moments.

    15. The Ladykillers: The grotesque Technicolor cinematography and pitch-black humor go further than Kind Hearts and Coronets. It’s dastardly.