Film: Best of 2010

James Quandt

1 O acto da primavera (Rite of Spring) and The Strange Case of Angelica (Manoel de Oliveira) Oliveira’s 1963 passion play, now restored to glory, culminates in nuclear apocalypse. His latest film—a love story in which the object of obsession is inconveniently dead, and a documentary about both the constituents of cinema and the disappearance of the Douro à moda antiga—deals with a different kind of eradication, bidding farewell to a world the Portuguese master has taught us to cherish.

2 Mysteries of Lisbon (Raúl Ruiz) The prodigious ex-Chilean’s nesting epic of false, mistaken, multiple, and discarded identities, whose anamorphic distortions and extreme field reversals bespeak Ruiz’s enduring love of Welles, is so dense in incident that one moment of wandering attention translates into an eternity of bewilderment.

3 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

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