Earlier this week, my good buddy Sam at Duke & The Movies proposed a Blogathon to take place today. The concept is simple, the execution has been painful. Here’s the prompt:
Extraterrestrial forces land on Earth. Unknowing of our planet and society, you can pick five films from the history of cinema that represent humanity. What titles would you choose and why?
I’ve tried to be as varied and all encompassing with my picks as possible. I could easily list 30 movie titles here, but the challenge is five, so five it shall be.
The Virgin Spring (1960)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Because there must be a Bergman, and while Persona is my favorite, I think The Virgin Spring is the best fit here. It perfectly tackles the themes of love, death, suffering, revenge and, of course, faith, as well as any one film can.
Taxi Driver (1976)
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Because I can think of no better way to demonstrate art than by showing my favorite component of our finest creative medium.
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Because some people are equipped with a life philosophy fueled by unapologetic optimism, and that deserves to be articulated to our new visitors.
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Because Babel conveys the full extent of the goodness than people can bestow on one another, but it’s also not afraid to show how fucking horrible we can treat each other.
When the Levees Broke (2006)
Directed by Spike Lee
Because outsiders need to understand what happens when the people who are supposed to take care of us don’t.
I’m sure Sam will be aggregating everyone’s picks on his site sometime this week. Check out his homepage here.