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Robert Eggers

Robert Eggers is an American director and screenwriter whose debut film The Witch established him as one of the most exciting new voices in the U.S. He won the Directing award for The Witch at Sundance in 2015. The film opened to great acclaim and was a sensation at the American box office. Having grown up in the beautiful but eerie setting of rural New England — witches and the woods were a big part of Eggers’ childhood imagination — making horror filmmaking a natural transition for the young director. This nightmarish aesthetic can also be seen in his short Brothers, presented on Le CiNéMa Club.

Robert Eggers shares with us five films he loves.

01

Faust, F.W. Murnau, 1926

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Missing any moral ambiguity, but what spectacle and imagination. Ekman and Camilla Horn are truly moving.

02

Sweet Sixteen, Ken Loach, 2002

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After Kes, my favorite Ken Loach. You can’t not feel it.

03

Death in Venice, Luchino Visconti, 1971

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I love Dirk Bogarde. Visconti’s articulation of beauty as God makes this his masterpiece for me, and Piero Tosi is always perfect.

04

King Lear, Peter Brook, 1971

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The film is sloppy, primitive and visceral, but I think it has the best verse speaking on screen.


05

Tombstone, George Cosmatos, 1993

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A childhood favorite and guilty pleasure. Objectively, it’s unique in its portrayal of Victorian aspirationalism in the Wild West, especially in the design.

01 Faust, F.W. Murnau, 1926

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Missing any moral ambiguity, but what spectacle and imagination. Ekman and Camilla Horn are truly moving.

02 Sweet Sixteen, Ken Loach, 2002

Watch the film

02

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After Kes, my favorite Ken Loach. You can’t not feel it.

03 Death in Venice, Luchino Visconti, 1971

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03

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I love Dirk Bogarde. Visconti’s articulation of beauty as God makes this his masterpiece for me, and Piero Tosi is always perfect.

04 King Lear, Peter Brook, 1971

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The film is sloppy, primitive and visceral, but I think it has the best verse speaking on screen.


05 Tombstone, George Cosmatos, 1993

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A childhood favorite and guilty pleasure. Objectively, it’s unique in its portrayal of Victorian aspirationalism in the Wild West, especially in the design.

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