The Fourth Annual Village Voice Readers' Film Poll -- The Best Films of 1967!
"We rob banks."
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 8, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 17
Films by Andrew Sarris
The readers of The Village Voice have responded in unprecedented numbers to the fourth annual poll of ten-best lists. For the record, the previous winners are "Dr. Strangelove" (1964), "Darling" (1965) and "Blow-Up" (1966). The results for 1967 are as follows:
11. The Battle of Algiers 12. Point Blank 13. In Cold Blood 14. Ulysses 15. The Rise of Louis XIV 16. Blow-Up 17. How I Won the War 18. In the Heat of the Night 19. Elvira Madigan 20. A Countess from Hong Kong 21. Privilege
Dirk Bogarde and Jacqueline Sassard in 'Accident'
22. Fahrenheit 451 23. Les Carabiniers 24. Cool Hand Luke 26. The Family Way 27. The War Game 28. Boudu Saved from Drowning 29. Closely Watched Trains 30. King of Hearts 31. Hurry Sundown 32. Gunn
Orson Welles in 'Chimes at Midnight' (a/k/a 'Falstaff')
33. The Taming of the Shrew 34. Don't Look Back 35. Far from the Madding Crowd 36. Le Petit Soldat 37. Bike Boy 38. The Big Mouth 39. For a Few Dollars More 40. Welcome to Hard Times 41. The Trip 42. You're a Big Boy Now 43. Night Games
Sixth place? Really?
44. Far From Vietnam 45. Dutchman 46. My Sister, My Love 47. The Deadly Affair 48. To Sir With Love 49. Cul de Sac 50. Barefoot in the Park 51. Reflections in a Golden Eye 52. Bedazzled 53. Portrait of Jason 54. * * * (Andy Warhol's 25-hour movie) 55. Titicut Follies
56. Up the Down Staircase 57. Our Mother's House 58. Made in U.S.A. 58. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre 60. A Man and a Woman 61. The Chelsea Girls 61. The Thief of Paris 63. Alfie 64. Georgy Girl 65. 23rd Psalm Branch 66. The Game Is Over 67. Film-Flam Man 68. The Quiller Memorandum
John Wayne and Robert Mitchum in 'El Dorado'
69. The Big City (Mahanagar) 69. Chafed Elbows 69. Loves of a Blonde 72. Czech Expo Film (The Creation of the World) 73. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors 74. Barlera 74. Wait Until Dark 76. Napoleon 77. Nude Restaurant 78. Camelot 79. The Thin Man
80. The Hunt 81. The Whisperers 82. The Africa Addio 82. Divorce American Style 82. Grand Prix 82. Tokyo Olympiad 86. Hold Me While I'm Naked 87. Hombre 88. This Special Friendship 88. To Be a Crook 90. Gone with the Wind 91. Dr. Zhivago
Luis Buñuel's 'El ángel exterminador'
92. The Jokers 93. Gertrud 93. Guide for the Married Man 93. King and Country 93. Shoot the Piano Player 97. The Dirty Dozen 98. Young Toerless 99. Le Depart 99. Echoes of Silence 99. Le Tete Contre les Murs 102. Beach Red 102. Chappaqua 104. Crazy Quilt 104. My Hustler 104. Puss and Kram 104. La Vie de Chateau 108. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 108. Relativity 110. Festival 111. Touch of Evil 112. Under Capricorn 113. Father 113. There Was an Old Couple 115. One Million Years B.C. 116. Luv 116. Maculine Feminine 118. The Comedians 118. Inside North Vietnam 120. Sand Pebbles 121. Born Losers 122. The Bible 122. Rebellion 124. Billion Dollar Brain 124. Don't Make Waves 124. Eye of the Devil 124. The Honey Pot 124. More than a Miracle 129. Station Six -- Sahara 130. The African Queen 131. All About Eve 131. King Rat 131. A Star is Born (Cukor and Garland, not Wellman and Gaynor)
The following films received only a single mention:
After the Fox Alphaville Amphetamine Angel Baby Arrividerci Baby The Bad and the Beautiful (Sonbert not Minnelli) Ballad of a Soldier Barefoot Contessa Before the Revolution Beyond the Forest The Big Knife The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians The Black Cat Black Orpheus The Borgia Stick Breathless The Burning of New York Caprice Casino Royale Chuka Chusingura Climax Daisies Daisy David Holzman's Diary Death Takes a Holiday Diamonds of the Night The Drifter The Easy Life Eclipse of the Sun Virgin The Endless Summer The Fat and the Lean A Fine Madness The First Cry First to Fight Foolish Wives The Fortune Cookie French Can Can A Full Life Funeral in Berlin Funnyman A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Galia Gambit Gate of Flesh Girl with the Green Eyes Goodbye, Columbus (in preparation) The Gospel According to St. Matthew The Great Escape The Guest The Happiest Millionaire Hawaii The Hawks and the Sparrows Heat Wave "Hellcat" episode from from "The Iron Horse" Himself as Herself Hired Killer Hotel Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte I A Man I A Woman L'Immortelle I Live in Fear The Incident It Happened Here Ivan the Terrible Jack Smith's "Horror and Fantasy at Midnight" Les Jeux sont faits Judex Jules and Jim The Killers King Solomon's Mines Kiss Me Stupid Koumiko Mystery The L-Shaped Room Lady from Shanghai Lady of the Trolley Tracks The Last of August at the Hotel Ozone The Life of O'Haru The Lion Hunters Lola Lonely Are the Brave Long Day's Journey into Night Lost in Cuddihy Lost Sex Loving Couples Made in Italy Mademoiselle Mafioso The Maltese Falcon A Man for All Seasons Miss Grant Takes Richmond My Little Chickadee Die Niebelunge The Naked Runner North by Northwest Nosferatu Nothing but a Man Nothing Happened This Morning Oh Dad, Poor Dad On the Woman Question The Old House Passing Once Before I Die One, Two, Three The Organizer The Orgy at Lil's Place Oscar Wilde Othello (Olivier version) Paddle to the Sea Passages from James Joyce's 'Finnegans Wake' Pat and Mike A Place to Stand (Expo) Le Plaisir The Pornographer The President's Analyst The Producers Rage Raven's End Ride the High Country Rio Bravo Robbery The Rules of the Game Rush to Judgment The Sailor from Gibraltar Santa Clause Has Blue Eyes Saul's Scarf Scorpio Rising The Servant Seven Sinners Seven Women The Seventh Seal Shock Corridor Shout Loud, Louder...I Don't Understand Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The Sorcerers Spies The Spy Who Came in from the Cold La Strada Stranger on the Run 10.30 P.M. Summer Thoroughly Modern Millie A Thousand Clowns To Be or Not To Be Treasure of the Sierra Madre The Trial True Heart Susie Valentin des las Sierras Valley of the Dolls Vampyr Voyage in Italy View from the Bridge The War Wagon Warning Shot Warrendale Waterhole No. 3 What's Up Tiger Lily? When the Cat Comes Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Wild Angels Winter Light Winter 64-66 Yo-Yo Yojimbo You and Me All the films at Expo 67 Collected films of Jean-Luc Godard
The responses to the poll over the years seem to fall into three categories: art, entertainment and social consciousness. And a little sex, as Preston Sturges's producer observed in "Sullivan's Travels." The winning films have invariably satisfied all the conditions moviegoers demand as the price of their approval. "Dr. Strangelove" was set in the future and "Bonnie and Clyde" in the past, but both movies speak to the present. Indeed some of the ballots for "Bonnie and Clude" added the parenthetical proviso -- "Why we are in Vietnam." "Darling" and "Blow-Up" both condemn the eroticism of the present as they exploit it. The exploitation gets people into the theatre, and the condemnation absolves them of guilt as they come out. However, social consciousness is not enough in itself. There must be some trace also of a directorial style, minimal in "Darling," maximal in "Blow-Up," but definitely mod in all four instances. A few laughs don't hurt either. Nor violence of one kind or another. This critic's function? Simply to listen to his readers once week a year, and keep his own counsel the other 51. I am deeply grateful for all the responses to the poll, and to all the thoughtful correspondence I have received, and regret only that multiple pressures have prevented me from answering my correspondence with reasonable dispatch.
[Each weekday morning, we post an excerpt from another issue of the Voice, going in order from our oldest archives. Visit our Clip Job archive page to see excerpts back to 1956.]
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