ALIZA'S FILM LIST
her must-watch films from her favorite directors
1. COMRADES, ALMOST A LOVE STORY
Directed by Peter Chan
Note from Aliza: "A story of two star-crossed lovers (peak Maggie Cheung and Leon Lai) that spans years and shores, from Hong Kong to New York. You can see Nam Wah Tea Parlor in one of the New York shots!"
2. STREET OF SHAME
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
Note from Aliza: "Mizoguchi’s last film set in Tokyo’s redlight district. It’s one of his most moving women’s pictures, featuring a starry array of the greatest Japanese divas of all time."
Directed byWong Kar Wai
Note from Aliza: "Wong Kar Wai’s perfect finale to the loose triptych beginning with Days of Being Wild and In the Mood for Love, about yearning and unrequited love."
4. HOUSE OF BAMBOO
Directed by Samuel Fuller
Directed by Josef Von Sternberg
Note from Aliza: "A perfect collaboration between Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich (her first Hollywood film), in which she exudes impossibly cool, androgynous elegance. The scene in which she performs Give Me the Man Who Does Things in a tuxedo, smoking and kissing a girl is one of the greatest in all of cinema."
Directed by Jia Zhangke
7. THE GODDESS
Directed by WU YONGGANG
8. PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN
Directed by Albert Lewin
ALIZA'S BOOK LIST
the must-read books on her bookshelf
Written by Vladimir Nabokov
Note from Aliza: "It makes sense that Nabokov used an intricate cue card system to arrange his writing; turn to any page and the prose is mindblowingly elegant. Controversially, I adore both film adaptations of the book, too."
2. THE DIARIES OF KENNETH TYNAN
Written by Kenneth Tynan
Note from Aliza: "A volume of intimate confessions and reflections from one of the greatest critics ever. A heavy tome in size but a beach read in spirit, there are delightful and unexpected cameos throughout—including one salacious anecdote about a very naughty older Louise Brooks—which make it a highly enlivening read."
3. RAGAZZIDI VITA THE STREET KIDS
Written by Pier Paolo Pasolin
Note from Aliza: "I love Pasolini forever. This novel about young street urchins at the dusk of the second world war embodies both his radicalism and his love for the beauty and brutality of his native Fruilian region. It is the literature equivalent of his early neorealist masterpieces in cinema."
1. Static Age
By The Misfits
Note from Aliza: I listened to this countless times since high school and it never seems to get old! Danzig sang like Elvis and was inspired by pop culture/Hollywood lore and horror films. Also a fun reference to Hollywood Babylon, the scandalous Kenneth Anger book of tell-all, maybe-true-but-also-probably-apocrypahl sordid gossip about old Hollywood.
2. SINATRA AT THE SANDS
By Frank Sinatra
Note from Aliza: I think this was recorded from when the rat pack was making the original Oceans 11 in Vegas. I love this record mostly for a monologue Sinatra delivers midway through, which is kind of a drunken, rowdy stand up act. ("Dean Martin has been stoned more times than the United States Embassy, ladies and gentlemen!").
3. THÉRÈSE DESQUEYROUX
By Maurice Jarre
Note from Aliza: It’s the only Therese Desqueyroux film that matters, and the album is perfect for quiet contemplative moments.