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What would life be like without literature and movies..
This is a very important theme.
Here are suggestions about movies and books (away from main stream).

Best movies

(my top 50)

La vita e' bella - Roberto Benigni, I 1997
Psycho - Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1960
Doctor Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick, UK 1963
Festen - Thomas Vintenberg, DK 1998
Divorzio all'Italiana - Pietro Germi, I 1961
Jackie Brown - Quentin Tarantino, USA 1997
The fearless Vampire Killers - Roman Polanski, USA 1967
Lord of The Rings "The two Towers" - Peter Jackson, NZ 2003

Manhattan Murder Mystery - Woody Allen, USA 1993
The Apu Trilogy - Satyajit Ray, India 1955-58
Memento - Christopher Nolan, USA 2001
Down by Law - Jim Jarmusch, USA 1986
Inglorious Basterds - Quentin Tarantino, USA 2009
Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson, USA 2014
Crna macka, beli macor - Emir Custorica, 1998
2001 A space Odyssey - Kubrick, USA 1968
Il capitale umano - Paolo Virzě, I 2014
La Cordillera - Santiago Mitre, Arg 2017

The chess players - Satyajit Ray, India 1977
Dangerous Liaisons - Stephen Frears, USA 1988
RAN - Akira Kurosawa, Jap. 1985
Deconstructing Harry - Woody Allen, USA 1997
Johnny Stecchino - Roberto Benigni, I 1991
Burn after Reading - Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, USA 2008
I Hired a Contract Killer - Aki Kaurismäki, FIN 1990
The Matrix I - A. Wachowski, USA 1999
Un cœur en hiver - Claude Sautet, F 1992
Dans la maison - F. Ozon, F. 2012
Twelve Monkeys - Terry Gilliam, USA 1995
Relatos salvajes (Wild Tales) - Damián Szifron, Arg 2015

Melancholia - Lars von Trier, DK 2011
The Big Lebowski - Cohen Brothers USA, 1997
La grande bellezza - P. Sorrentino , I 2013
Americano rosso - Alessandro D'Alatri, I 1991
Cinq fois deux - F. Ozon, F. 2003
Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot - Gabriele Mainetti, I 2015
Naked Lunch - David Cronenberg, USA 1991
From Dusk till Down - R. Rodriguez, USA 1996
Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain - Jeunet et Caro, F 2001
Sweet and Lowdown - Woody Allen, USA 2000
Underground - Emir Custoriza, 1995

Le locataire - Roman Polanski, USA 1976
The Death of Stalin - A. Iannucci, GB/F 2017
Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson, USA 2012
El laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) - G. del Toro, ES/MEX 2007
Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson, USA 2012
Liquid Sky S. Tsukerman, USA 1982
La Luna - B. Bertolucci, I 1979
Lost in Translation - Sofia Coppola, USA 2003
Open Hearts - Susanne Bier, DK 2002
Trois Couleurs : Blanc - K. Kyeslowsky, F/PL 1993
Princess Mononoke - Hayao Miyazaki, Jap. 1997


TOP Nr 1: Breaking Bad (I think the world agrees: best ever) - at least Seasons 1-4

TOP Nr 2: The Wire 1-5

TOP Nr 3: Homeland - Seasons 1-5 (USA 2011-15)

TOP Nr 4: Better Call Saul Seasons 1-2

TOP Nr 5: Fargo - Seasons 1-2

Twin Peaks - Seasons 1-2 (USA 1989)

La Piovra - Seasons 1-4 (IT 1984-)

Lone Wolf & Cub (JAP 197*)

The Walking Dead - Seasons 1-3 only (USA 2010-13)

Wild Palms (USA 1993)

The Kingdom 1 (Lars von Trier DK 1993-4)

and nothing else!

Now (very small) canon of LITERATURE (fiction):

- I use the original title - even if I did not read in the language;
- works are in chronological order
- * means excerpts;
- my top favourites are highlighted;
- and of course: this is only my opinion!! there is much more...

Platon Symposion
Augustinus Confessiones

Wolfram von Eschenbach Parzival
Gottfried von Straßburg Tristan und Isolde
Jacobus de Voragine Legenda aurea *
Dante Alighieri La Divina Commedia

Ariosto L'Orlando furioso (nice version by Italo Calvino)
Tasso La Gerusalemme liberata *

Cervantes Don Quijote
Moličre Le malade imaginaire
Shakespeare A Midsummer night's dream
Shakespeare Macbeth
Shakespeare The tempest

D. Diderot Jacques le fataliste
W. Defoe Robinson Crusoe
J. Swift Gulliver's Travels
W. Sterne The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy
Goethe: Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre
Goethe: Die Wahlverwandtschaften
Goethe: Torquato Tasso

Jean Paul Flegeljahre
Novalis Heinrich von Öfterdingen
E.T.A. Hoffmann Lebensansichten des Katers Murr

T. Fontane Der Stechlin
Victor Hugo Notre Dame de Paris
Manzoni I promessi sposi

N. A. Gogol Sinel / Nos / Sapiski Sumasedsevo / Mjortvyje dusi
Ibsen Peer Gynt
L. Carroll Through the looking glass
J.K. Jerome Three Men in a Boat

F. Dostoevskij Prestuplenie i nakazanie / Bratia Karamazowi
F. Dostoevskij Bratia Karamazowi
Thomas Mann Der Zauberberg
F. Kafka Die Verwandlung / In der Strafkolonie
R. Musil Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törless
Pirandello Il fu Mattia Pascal
Italo Svevo La coscienza di Zeno
J.Joyce Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Nabokov Lolita
Nabokov The real life of Sebastian Knight
Solzhenitsyn Odin den' Ivana Denisovicha
J.K. Chesterton The man who was Thursday
C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters
Bulgakov Master i Margarita
J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings

S. Lagerlöf Gösta Berlings Saga
G.G. Marquez Cien ańos de soledad
Umberto Eco Il nome della rosa
Umberto Eco Il pendolo di Foucault
W. Jerofiew Moskwa - Petuschki
S. Lem Kongres futurologiczny
P.K. Dick Ubik
H. Rosendorfer Briefe in die chinesische Vergangenheit
M. Steward The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment
D. Tartt The secret history

I Allende La casa de los espíritus
H. Mulisch De ontdekking van de hemel
R- Matheson I am Legend
D. Adams Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

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