The third list in my Silver Screen Streak Movie Challenge is one of the most mysterious. Bas van Stratum, who I know through his Flickchart, is involved in some way with a list over at iCheckMovies which catalogs the highest-rated movies seen by fewer than 400 users of that site. As a result, this list is obscure enough that I've only seen two of its top 10, and only 4 of its top 100. I've not even heard of many of the movies on this list, so I'm bringing very little baggage into this one.
I’ll watch the first two movies from each list, giving each participant the chance to avoid an instant exit and maybe even earn some free passes.
The first two movies on this list are:
Carriage to Vienna (1966); Dir.: Karel Kachyňa — A few other movies by Czech director Kachyňa have made it onto my watchlist but not to my actual eyeballs yet.
Muddy River (1981); Dir.: Kôhei Oguri — Oguri only directed six movies in 35 years, this is the first time I'm becoming aware of any of them.
If those first two movies fare well enough on my Flickchart, I'll continue on into this equally obscure collection, either immediately or in the second round.
Happy End (1967); Dir.: Oldřich Lipský — Another unknown quantity from the Czech New Wave.
The Fifth Seal (1976): Dir.: Zoltán Fábri — Hungarian; and that's the extent of what I know about this one.
Birth Certificate (1961); Dir.: Stanisław Różewicz — More central/eastern European fare, this one from Poland and also completely off-my-radar.
Rapture (1965); Dir.: John Guillermin — Guillermin is hardly a household name, but once directed massive blockbusters like The Towering Inferno (1974) and King Kong (1976), as well as B-movies like Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (1984) and Shaft in Africa (1973). I'm very curious see his entry in this list, which must be anomalous in his filmography.
Red Angel (1966): Dir.: Yasuzô Masumura — A couple of Masumura's provocative-looking movies have made it on to my watchlist in recent years, but, again, I've not watched them yet, and this wasn't one of them.
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000); Dir.: Jonas Mekas — I've got priors on this one! I watched some of Jonas Mekas' Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972) twenty years ago in a film class and appreciated his style. That's all I've got.
The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1962); dir.: Karel Zeman — While I've heard Zeman's name before, I'm not sure in what context. Maybe I'm confusing him with Czech soccer coach Zdeněk Zeman (who, coincidentally, has a son named Karel Zeman). I've watched Terry Gilliam's movie on this same subject and found it mildly diverting.
Interrogation (1982); Dir.: Ryszard Bugajski — In the dark on this one as well, but it looks heavy.