Susan Oxtoby: SUSAN OXTOBY, SENIOR FILM CURATOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY ART MUSEUM AND PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE, SERVES ON THE NATIONAL FILM PRESERVATION BOARD, AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. SHE IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON A HISTORICAL SURVEY OF GEORGIAN CINEMA

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1 NAPOLEON (Abel Gance) Gance's 1 1927 silent epic Napoleon, restored by Kevin Brownlow, was presented by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival to capacity crowds at Oakland's splendorous Paramount Theatre this past Spring. Carl Davis conducted the Oakland East Bay Symphony in the North American premiere of his magnificent score, ensuring that this would be the cinematic experience of the year.

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2 PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA (Heinz Emigholz) This gloriously controlled study of the work of French architect Auguste Perret uses cinema to reveal architectural space and the effects of time on buildings.

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3 AMOUR (Michael Haneke) Haneke's inspired direction and exceptional performances by Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva make Amour a powerful and meaningful expression of mortality.

4 THE LAST TIME I SAW MACAO (Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Joao Rui Guerra da Mata) A fascinating blend of emotion, mystery, location shooting, and refined compositional structure, The Last Time I Saw Macao is a rare work of poetic inspiration.

5 THE PETTIFOGGER (Lewis Klahr) Using his well-honed skills as a collage artist, Klahr delves into Americana circa 1963 in a bold experiment with open-ended narrative structure, utilizing composite image constructions and an evocative sound track. …