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I made these lists at the request of Theo Panayides for a project of his.  The authority for year of release is the Internet Movie Database, which tries to go by the film’s first public screening; I sometimes override its decisions when I have evidence of its errors, or when the first public screening comes too long after the film’s completion.  Color coding is used to give an idea of how much I like each film, and allows comparison between films in different years. Unranked, uncolored films at the end of some years are a reminder to myself of areas to explore, and may or may not indicate honorable-mention status.

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Recent changes:

1 Jan 2020 to 31 Mar 2020:

2019 – VALLEY OF SOULS and LA VIE SCOLAIRE added to ten-best list; ZUMIRIKI, THE DAY AFTER I’M GONE and AGAIN ONCE AGAIN added to runners-up
2018 – JOSÉ added to runners-up
2017 – FAIL TO APPEAR moved up on ten-best list
2012 – TOWER moved up on ten-best list
2011 – MEANWHILE moved from runners-up to ten-best list
2008 – A WEEK ALONE moved up on ten-best list; PRINCESS MARGARET BLVD. added to runners-up
2003 – KEDMA added to ten-best list
2001 – PASSING SUMMER added to runners-up; NO SUCH THING moved down among runners-up
1998 – SHOW ME LOVE moved down on ten-best list; PLACES IN CITIES added to runners-up
1990 – SONG OF THE EXILE added to runners-up
1981 – MONTENEGRO dropped from runners-up
1983 – HARD MAN moved down among runners-up
1976 – BOBBY added to runners-up
1969 – MEMORIES OF HELEN added to ten-best list; SEASON OF TERROR added to runners-up
1957 – POET added to runners-up
1955 – MR. ARKADIN moved down among runners-up
1941 – CITIZEN KANE moved down on ten-best list
1940 – THE PHILADELPHIA STORY added to runners-up
1929 – HALLELUJAH moved down among runners-up

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