João Bénard da Costa's "The Films of my Life"

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This list is a compilation of the 2 volumes João Bénard da Costa penned under the name "Os Filmes da Minha Vida", here translated to "The Films of my Life".

The first volume is comprised of 52 chronicles, 26 regarding his life and 26 regarding the movies. There is also a preface and a postface, which bring the total to 54. They both act as "bridges" between the two pars of the book, and since the first one revolves around Hitchcock's "Spellbound", that movie was also included on the list. The chronicles for these movies were published in "O Independente" between 27/05/1988 and 23/06/1989.

The second volume is comprised of 50 chronicles on the films of his life, plus a preface and a postface. The first five films are those which Bénard da Costa calls "the most beautiful of films", an expression he lifts from Godard's "Berganorama", published on the 85th number of the Cahiers du Cinéma. Those films are the ones Godard mentions in the article ("Tabu", "Viaggio in Italia", "La Carozza d'Oro" and "Sommarlek") plus one: "Vivre sa Vie", by Godard himself. Afterwards, he chooses five films to represent each decade between the 1910s and the 1990s. The chronicles for these movies were published in "O Independente" between 26/01/1996 and 23/05/1997.

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    Spellbound

    1945, in 7 top lists Check
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    Liliom

    1934, in 1 top list Check
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    How Green Was My Valley

    1941, in 11 top lists Check
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    Ordet

    1955, in 21 top lists Check
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    Chikamatsu monogatari

    1954 — a.k.a. A Story from Chikamatsu, in 10 top lists Check
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    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
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    Dumbo

    1941, in 9 top lists Check
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    Senso

    1954, in 12 top lists Check
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    Johnny Guitar

    1954, in 21 top lists Check
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    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927 — a.k.a. Sunrise, in 36 top lists Check
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    Gone to Earth

    1950, in 4 top lists Check
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    Marnie

    1964, in 8 top lists Check
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    Splendor in the Grass

    1961, in 7 top lists Check
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    Francisca

    1981, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Thief of Bagdad

    1924, in 14 top lists Check
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 33 top lists Check
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    Persona

    1966, in 25 top lists Check
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    Casque d'or

    1952 — a.k.a. Casque d'Or, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Barefoot Contessa

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
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    Cet obscur objet du désir

    1977 — a.k.a. That Obscure Object of Desire, in 9 top lists Check
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    The King of Kings

    1927, in 3 top lists Check
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    Pickpocket

    1959, in 20 top lists Check
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    Anatahan

    1953 — a.k.a. Ana-ta-han, in 4 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 39 top lists Check
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    Portrait of Jennie

    1948, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Fountainhead

    1949, in 2 top lists Check
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    Some Came Running

    1958, in 7 top lists Check
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    Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    1931, in 11 top lists Check
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    Viaggio in Italia

    1954 — a.k.a. Journey to Italy, in 14 top lists Check
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    Le carrosse d'or

    1952 — a.k.a. The Golden Coach, in 7 top lists Check
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    Sommarlek

    1951 — a.k.a. Summer Interlude, in 4 top lists Check
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    Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux

    1962 — a.k.a. Vivre Sa Vie, in 12 top lists Check
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    Die Insel der Seligen

    1913, in 0 top lists Check
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    Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru

    1918 — a.k.a. The Outlaw and His Wife, in 8 top lists Check
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    Herr Arnes pengar

    1919 — a.k.a. Sir Arne's Treasure, in 7 top lists Check
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    True Heart Susie

    1919, in 7 top lists Check
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    Blind Husbands

    1919, in 6 top lists Check
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    A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

    1923, in 4 top lists Check
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    Seven Chances

    1925, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Road to Yesterday

    1925, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Big Parade

    1925, in 13 top lists Check
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    Lucky Star

    1929, in 5 top lists Check
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    Zemlya

    1930 — a.k.a. Earth, in 16 top lists Check
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    Dishonored

    1931, in 4 top lists Check
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    U samogo sinego morya

    1936 — a.k.a. By the Bluest of Seas, in 2 top lists Check
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    Ruggles of Red Gap

    1935, in 8 top lists Check
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    Only Angels Have Wings

    1939, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Shop Around the Corner

    1940, in 14 top lists Check
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    Man Hunt

    1941, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Clock

    1945, in 4 top lists Check
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