‘Hurt Locker,’ ‘Basterds’ crack Cahiers du Cinéma list

Posted by · 8:10 am · December 16th, 2009

Inglourious BasterdsAll cinéastes know that the annual Top 10 issued by Cahiers du Cinéma is pretty much the ne plus ultra of critics’ lists. The legendary French film magazine has taste that veers from the rigorously auteurist (recent list-toppers include “Redacted,” “Tropical Malady” and “Paranoid Park”) to the frankly perverse (“Lady in the Water” made the 2006 list).

So when a comparatively mainstream Oscar frontrunner like “The Hurt Locker” crops up on this year’s Cahiers list, you know it officially taken the mantle of this year’s across-the-board critical darling.

This year’s collective is a typically idiosyncratic affair, with an especially Gallic flavor: Alain Resnais tops the list, while eternally French-favored Yanks Tarantino and Eastwood feature highly.

Their Top 10 is after the cut (thanks to Auteurs Daily for the tip).

1. “Wild Grass” (Alain Resnais)
2. “Vincere” (Marco Bellocchio)
3. “Inglourious Basterds” (Quentin Tarantino)
4. “Gran Torino” (Clint Eastwood)
5. “Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl” (Manoel de Oliveira)
6. “Tetro” (Francis Ford Coppola)
7. “The Hurt Locker” (Kathryn Bigelow)
8. “The King of Escape” (Alain Guiraudie)
9. “Tokyo Sonata” (Kiroshi Kurosawa)
10. “Hadewijch” (Bruno Dumont)

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  • 1 12-16-2009 at 8:30 am

    Sam C. Mac said...

    Finally, “Hadewijch” makes a list. Hope that gets theater time stateside next year, one of the best I saw at TIFF.

    “Wild Grass,” on the other hand, was kinda the most overrated thing I saw at Cannes. Fun, vibrant, but pretty slight, and pales compared to, say, “Private Fears in Public Places,” which it’s very similar too.

    Admittedly it takes on some weight being, in all likelihood, Resnais’s swan song.

    Good list overall.

  • 2 12-16-2009 at 8:33 am

    red_wine said...

    Wow! Thats some list.
    Wild Grass, Vincere & Hadewijch all got 4 out 4 from Cahiers, so they were a given.

    And surprisingly, they gave both A prophet & Fish Tank only 2 stars, and The White Ribbon and Antichrist 3 stars. I knew the first 2 would miss but I was sure the last 2 were right up their alley. Also thought Wendy & Lucy might make it, it was released there this year.

    The Hurt Locker is a great film, the best American film of the year, and would be an extremely worthy winner, its pretty much loved across the board. Unless Up In the Air or Avatar wreck the party.

    Tetro is a surprising but good inclusion. The acting is very good, but the script is a bit naive. The cinematography is the best I’ve seen all year.

    Guy, would your disdain for Inglorious Basterds be beginning to crumble, just a little bit? ;-)

  • 3 12-16-2009 at 8:43 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    basterds is looking better by the day, number 3 here, i really wish it was 5 this year right aboout now, it would be so on. I think it would end up Basterds, AVATAR, Up in the Air, The Hurt Locker, and precious

  • 4 12-16-2009 at 8:54 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    @Red: I’ve always thought “Basterds” is a failure with flashes of brilliance. I still think that.

    As such, I would much rather have a film like that in the awards race than bland pap like “Frost/Nixon.” But now I’m pre-empting today’s column.

  • 5 12-16-2009 at 9:18 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Guy, I agree with you on Basterds. It’s still endless dribble going nowhere with some freaky and inventive stuff in between.

  • 6 12-16-2009 at 11:37 am

    The Other James D. said...

    I agree regarding Inglourious Basterds. So many missed opportunities–why wasn’t Pitt Jewish, for one?

    Anyway, nice list–except Gran Torino. Wtf? Still, thrilled for Vincere and The Hurt Locker.

  • 7 12-16-2009 at 11:37 am

    The Other James D. said...

    And I desperately need to see #1 and #5.

  • 8 12-16-2009 at 11:48 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    “Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl” is a gorgeous little wisp of a film. (63 minutes! I wish more auteurs were quite so restrained.) I’d be hard pressed to make quite such major claims for it myself, but I sort of love that it’s here.

  • 9 12-16-2009 at 11:54 am

    Sam C. Mac said...

    ‘Eccentricities’ would be my #1 undistributed of 09.

    Oliveira’s been on one hell of a roll these last 10 years– both “A Talking Picture” and “I’m Going Home” are on my decade list.

  • 10 12-16-2009 at 12:59 pm

    Nel said...

    Nos@ 3 and 4 over The Prophet? ahem…moving swiftly on Giovanna Mezzogiorno – gave an emotionally, wonderful performance in Vincere – why no critics prizes for her perfomance – which imho beats all the possible Oscar candidates.

  • 11 12-16-2009 at 1:03 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    “Vincere” only opens Stateside in March 2010, hence not eligible for critics’ awards.

  • 12 12-16-2009 at 1:04 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Guess we know who’s winning Best Actress at LAFCA then ;).

  • 13 12-16-2009 at 1:10 pm

    Nel said...

    @ Guy – oh – it is with IFC in the USA. So no doubt it will have no support and Giovanna Mezzogiorno wonderful performance will be ignored.

    @ The Other James – Nah 2010 is the year of the great Annette Benning !!

  • 14 12-16-2009 at 1:11 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    You missed it.

  • 15 12-16-2009 at 1:15 pm

    Nel said...

    @ The Other James – sorry my irony meter is a bit off ….I am not well )o:

  • 16 12-16-2009 at 1:21 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    @Nel: Aw, swine flu?

    Hope you feel better asap. If need be though, please air mail your disease to any and all people contemplating voting for Invictus this season, kthx.

  • 17 12-16-2009 at 1:29 pm

    Nel said...

    @ No just the bog standard flu – I guess I am not special enough for Swine Flu.

    On air mailing my germs – I have to admit I am quite looking forward to the image of Matt Damon with a rugby body!!! Now that deserves awards of its own (o;