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."

3. 2046

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

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5. MOROCCO

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."

6. PLATFORM

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

 

1. Lolita

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."

 

ALIZA'S MIXTAPE

 

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. 

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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.