This is a film still from HEROIC PURGATORY dir Yoshishige Yoshida, 1970, showing at Close-Up Film Centre (05 & 11 February 2023).
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Tony Paley presents his “greatest films of all time” at Close-Up Film Centre (from 03 FEB 2023).

Journalist & London film scene guru Tony Paley is collaborating with the wonderful Close-Up Film Centre to screen his contributions to Sight & Sound’s “greatest films of all time 2022” poll.

Submitted by Capital Celluloid

If you haven’t discovered Tony Paley’s Capital Celluloid blog, then you should. Dominating the #bestfilminlondontoday, Tony picks just that and tweets about it @tpaleyfilm so you always know what’s on that’s good (or just straightforward essential). When he’s not doing these things he’s Digital news (sport) editor at Guardian and a contributor to Guardian Film.

Seemingly much to his own surprise (but not ours!), Tony was invited to contribute to this decade’s edition of Sight & Sound Magazine’sgreatest films of all time 2022” poll. Needless to say, his contributions reflect the impeccable taste his followers get served daily. Here’s Tony’s top ten:

  • REMORQUES aka Stormy Waters (Jean Grémillon, 1941)
  • UNDER CAPRICORN (Alfred Hitchcock, 1949)
  • THE EXILES (Kent Mackenzie, 1961)
  • LA BAIE DES ANGES aka Bay of Angels (Jacques Demy, 1963)
  • VINYL (Andy Warhol, 1965)
  • SPRING NIGHT, SUMMER NIGHT (Jospeh L. Anderson, 1967)
  • HEROIC PURGATORY (Yoshishige Yoshida, 1970)
  • STRAW DOGS (Sam Peckinpah, 1971)
  • WHITE DOG (Sam Fuller, 1982)
  • THREE TIMES (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2005)

Tony had this to say about the thinking behind his choices (read his full article at Capital Celluloid):

I wanted my contribution to be just that, a genuine heartfelt one, made up of the films I desperately wanted people to see but had not been considered in the previous voting, and modestly hoping for a re-evalution of the choices.

Tony Paley

Tony firmly believes all of these films should be seen in the cinema so has started a new collaboration with the wonderful people at Close-Up Film Centre to screen titles publicly. The first two shows are on sale now as part of their ongoing ESSENTIAL CINEMA series:

  • THE EXILES dir Kent Mackenzie, 1961 (03 FEB 20:15 / 10 FEB 20:15).
  • HEROIC PURGATORY dir Yoshishige Yoshida, 1970 (05 FEB 20:00 / 11 FEB 20:15).

ED: Finally, our considerable thanks to Tony for supporting RADIANT CIRCUS from the moment we started listing. You are an absolute gent, sir.

This is a film still from HEROIC PURGATORY dir Yoshishige Yoshida, 1970, showing at Close-Up Film Centre (05 & 11 February 2023).

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