Apologies for the delay in posting this list, but I have been deep in pre-production for Distracted. I am delighted, however, that good progress has been made, and we will move into production at the end of the month.
Anyway, as usual, in no particular order…
A Peau d’âne (Jacques Demy, 1970)
Nominated by @SkotArmstrong.
A fairy godmother helps a princess disguise herself so she won’t have to marry a man she doesn’t love – IMDB. Features Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais and Delphine Seyrig.
Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)
Chronicles the life and death of Balthazar, a donkey, from an idyllic childhood through to adulthood as a downtrodden beast of burden. An unfettered view of human cruelty, suffering and injustice, filtered through the eyes of a donkey – MUBI
The Treasure of Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1946)
Thanks to @Bakerdave76 and @keepingviolet
Two jobless Americans convince a prospector to travel to the mountains of Mexico with them in search of gold. But the hostile wilderness, local bandits, and greed all get in the way of their journey – MUBI
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979)
Nominated by @carlwood7
The Pythons set their sights on the Greatest Story Ever Told in this parody about the history of, not Jesus, but the boy born right next door to the manger, Brian. After a series of absurd events he is mistaken for the promised messiah – MUBI
A Midsummer’s Night Dream (William Dieterle & Max Reinhardt, 1935)
Thanks to @12pt9 and @mmelulu
James Cagney as Bottom and Anita Louise as Tatiana
Pane, Amore e Fantasia (Luigi Comencini, 1953)
Suggested by @JHPCine
Vittorio De Sica plays the middle-aged marshal of carabiniers in a remote Italian mountain village. He’s anxious to marry, and selects young Gina Lollobrigida as his bride; but she is already in love with De Sica’s shy subordinate Roberto Risso – MUBI
Un Chien Andalou (Luis Bunuel, 1929)
Suggested by @Annatwigg, @lorelei20111 and @12pt9
Fledging director Luis Buñuel and painter Salvador Dali created this ultimate surrealist film, which is essentially a barrage of striking and irrational images designed to provoke – MUBI
Pinocchio (Norman Ferguson et al, 1940)
Thanks to @GloriaBB2
When the gentle woodcarver Geppetto builds a marionette to be his substitute son, a benevolent fairy brings the toy to life. He must earn the right to be real by proving that he is brave, truthful, and unselfish as he sets off on an adventure with a cricket assigned to be his conscience.
Don Quixote (Jesus Franco, Orson Welles, 1992)
Suggested by @12pt9
Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza decide to wander the roads of Spain to protect the weak and to accomplish good deeds – MUBI
Animal Farm (Joy Batchelor, John Halas, 1954)
Nominated by @Bakerdave76
A successful revolution by the resident animals versus the farmer goes horribly wrong – MUBI