The list – dystopia

Every time someone asks me to deliver a list of Top 10 in something, regardless of the subject, I am either in the mood of strangling that person or just leave the country. However, the Top 10 dystopian film request by a fellow filmophile (requested probably due to zillion posters for “Divergent” around London) was quirky, interesting and quite challenging. Without consulting any of the numerous books/magazines that I owe, or websites, I not only managed to think of ten films, I actually had a huge problem cutting down almost twenty of them!

But before we even think about this list what we really need to do is narrow the field of what characterises and defines a dystopian film. A word dystopia comes from Greek and means anti-utopia, and often includes some kind of dehumanisation or disaster of any kind. Film theorists have a constant headache with dividing films that belong to this group due to some stories that rely on the dystopian idea, but don’t entirely include all the necessary elements. Hence, while going through the list please don’t jump and scream “that’s not dystopian film”…

1. Metropolis, Fritz Lang, 1927

2. Stalker, Andrei Tarkovsky, 1978

3.Fahrenheit 451, Francois Truffaut, 1966

4. Alphaville, Jean-Luc Godard, 1965

5. A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick, 1971

6.Blade Runner, Ridley Scott, 1982

7.Brazil, Terry Gilliam, 1985

8.La Jetee, Chris Marker, 1962

9. Children of Men, Alfonso Cuaron, 2006

10. 12 Monkeys, Terry Gilliam, 1995



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