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This video is an open love letter to the cinema and a snapshot of my education as a filmmaker. Fifty-two reasons I make movies (in order of appearance):

1. Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
2. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
3. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)
4. Gosford Park (Robert Altman, 2001)
5. American Psycho (Mary Harron, 2000)
6. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick, 1987)
7. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman, 1975)
9. The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982)
10. Lost Highway (David Lynch, 1997)

11. The Empire Strikes Back (dir. Irvin Kershner, 1980)
12. Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000)
13. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
14. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966)
15. Barton Fink (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1991)
16. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972)
17. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
18. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)
19. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
20. The Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)

21. Ordet (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955)
22. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)
23. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
24. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
25. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)
26. Ran (Akira Kurosawa, 1985)
27. Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954)
28. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975)
29. Werckmeister Harmonies (Bela Tarr, 2000)

30. Fargo (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1996)
31. No Country for Old Men (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2007)
32. One Hour Photo (Mark Romanek, 2002)
33. Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)
34. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975)
35. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999)
36. Eternity and a Day (Theodoros Angelopoulos, 1998)
37. The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
38. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
39. Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948)
40. The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1998)
41. Avatar (James Cameron, 2009)
42. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron, 1992)
43. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)
44. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
45. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
46. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
47. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)
48. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982)
49. The Return of the King (Peter Jackson, 2003)
50. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
51. 8 ½ (Federico Fellini, 1963)
52. A Serious Man (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2009)

Music:

Beethoven, Symphony 9, movement II, cond. John Eliot Gardiner
Beethoven, Symphony 7, movement II, cond. John Eliot Gardiner
Rebekah del Rio, "Llorando," from Mulholland Drive
Beethoven, Symphony 9, movement IV, cond. John Eliot Gardiner

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