2018 Blind Spot Series: From Alphaville to Seven Samurai

2018 Blind Spot Series at Returning Videotapes

the blind spot series is a web event created by the matinee, where the goal is to watch one classic/cult film every month

Here we go again (also the corniest title they could find for my most anticipated sequel ever) – another year, another Blind Spot Series. And yes, I’m bringing back the movies I didn’t see in 2017 because I am just that stubborn. So hello again to Metropolis, M., Seven Samurai, The Seventh Seal, Paths of Glory, and oh yes, the cherry on top of my list of shame, the one I’ve been dragging around for years: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.

I’m beginning to think that the problem here is that these movies all look so serious. And perhaps it’s been a couple of years since I willingly sat down to watch a depressing movie, even though I am a fan of those. Also I’m spoiled so I only watch what I feel like watching.

And that is why, to ensure success, I’ve turned to some of my biggest motivators this year, by adding the following shiny classics: Letter from an Unknown Woman (Joan Fontaine!), A Place in the Sun (Elizabeth Taylor! Montgomery Clift!), La Notte (previous pick yes still, Marcello Mastroianni!), and Love With the Proper Stranger (Natalie Wood! Steve McQueen!).

I wish I could pick something with Cary Grant but alas, after 33 movies, there aren’t that many essentials left. So here you go, in order of release:

The Full List For The 2018 Blind Spot Series

Blind Spot Series: 2018 Edition - Metropolis, M., Letter From an Unknown Woman

Metropolis (1927)

directed by Fritz Lang
starring Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel and Gustav Fröhlich
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

M. (1931)

directed by Fritz Lang
starring Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann and Inge Landgut
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)

directed by Max Ophüls
starring Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan and Mady Christians
A pianist about to flee from a duel receives a letter from a woman he cannot remember, who may hold the key to his downfall.

Blind Spot Series: 2018 Edition

A Place in the Sun (1951)

directed by George Stevens
starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters
A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

七人の侍, or Seven Samurai (1954)

directed by Akira Kurosawa
starring Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura and Keiko Tsushima
A samurai answers a village’s request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six others to help him teach the people how to defend themselves, and the villagers provide the soldiers with food. A giant battle occurs when 40 bandits attack the village.

Det Sjunde Inseglet, or The Seventh Seal (1957)

directed by Ingmar Bergman
starring Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand and Bengt Ekerot
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Blind Spot Series: 2018 Edition

Paths of Glory (1957)

directed by Stanley Kubrick
starring Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker and Adolphe Menjou
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.

La Notte, or The Night (1961)

directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
starring Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni and Monica Vitti
A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship.

Le Mépris, or Contempt (1963)

directed by Jean-Luc Godard
starring Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance and Michel Piccoli
Screenwriter Paul Javal’s marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue.

Blind Spot Series: 2018 Edition

Love With The Proper Stranger (1963)

directed by Robert Mulligan
starring Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen and Edie Adams
When a one-night stand results in pregnancy, a musician and a young girl try to resolve the issue together.

Alphaville, Une Étrange Aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965)

directed by Jean-Luc Godard
starring Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina and Akim Tamiroff
A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo, or The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

directed by Sergio Leone
starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Have you seen any of these? And if you’re participating in this year’s Blind Spot Series, leave your posts or picks below!
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  1. January 22, 2018 / 12:44 AM

    The ones I haven’t seen are Letter from an Unknown Woman, Love with the Proper Stranger, and A Place in the Sun. The rest however are top-notch picks.

    • January 22, 2018 / 10:49 AM

      Great! Hoping those three are good, too

  2. January 22, 2018 / 3:01 PM

    Your list looks so scary to me but I know you can do it!!! Good luck!! 😀

    • January 23, 2018 / 1:19 PM

      haha thanks Getter, it does. Good luck to you too!

  3. January 22, 2018 / 3:59 PM

    Good luck with your blind spots! I so need to do a Blind Spot Series. There are a lot of classics made after 1950 that I’ve totally missed. When I was younger, I watched tons of the screwball comedies from the ’30s and ’40s, but serious films and later classics have never even been on my radar.

    • January 23, 2018 / 1:19 PM

      Thank you! I went through a screwball phase myself a few years ago, they are so fun. You should totally do Blind Spots!

  4. January 22, 2018 / 4:01 PM

    Okay, out of ALL OF THESE films, the two I suggest you watch first (because I love them so much) are Metropolis and A Place In The Sun. Those two films are f**king GOLD, trust me.

    • January 23, 2018 / 1:23 PM

      Alright I was going to watch Love With The Proper Stranger first, but I trust you, so I’ll go with A Place in the Sun this month 😉

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