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November 25, 2008

The Alphabet Meme

I got tagged by the Siren, and a second time by Filmbrain. While I wasn't going to say no about doing my version of this meme, I had to wait until the film festival was finished. The challenge was to create a list that wouldn't resemble others. Searching for films beginning with the letter X, I found a film by Jesus Franco. I figured that I could probably cover most of the alphabet with films by the wildly prolific filmmaker. Close but not quite, I decided that I should be able to create something vaguely like a themed list by using titles from two other directors with similarly prodigious filmographies, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Takashi Miike. In addition to the outstanding number of films, the three could be linked by their interests in transgressive behavior, characters who exist in the margins, and their delight in being deliberately provocative. Most of the titles are in English. The couple of titles not in English should be easily understood. Most people checking this list are familiar with the rules. Blame this on Blog Cabins where this all began. I am not tagging anyone as everyone I know has been hit at least once.


A Audition (Miike - 1999)
B Blood of Fu Manchu (Franco - 1968)
C Castle of Fu Manchu (Franco - 1969)
D Despair (Fassbinder - 1978)
E Eugenie (Franco - 1975)
F Fox and his Friends (Fassbinder - 1975)
G Gozu (Miike - 2003)
H Happiness of the Katakuris, The (Miike - 2001)
I In a Year of 13 Moons (Fassbinder - 1978)
J Jack the Ripper (Franco - 1976)
K Killer Barbys (Franco - 1996)
L Love is Colder than Death (Fassbinder - 1969)
M Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula in 8 Legs to Love You (Franco -1998)
N Nora Helmer (Fassbinder - 1974)
O Orgasmo Perverso (Franco - 1986)
P Pioneers in Ingolstadt (Fassbinder - 1971)


Q Querelle (Fassbinder - 1982)
R Rainy Dog (Miike - 1997)
S Sukiyaki Western Django (Miike - 2007)
T Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties (Franco - 1980)
U Ultimas de Filipinas, Las (Franco - 1986)


V Vampiros Lesbos (Franco - 1971)
W Whity (Fassbinder - 1971)
X X312-Flight to Hell (Franco - 1971)
Y Yetterman (Miike - 2009)
Z Zebraman (Miike - 2004)

Posted by Peter Nellhaus at November 25, 2008 12:31 AM


Great approach, Peter! Though I have to say I'm not a fan of that Audition poster. It's probably a bit sadistic of me to feel this way, but I wish more people might watch the film without knowing about the black leather gloves and syringes beforehand.

One question: how many of these films have you seen? I'm guessing 25...

Posted by: Brian at November 25, 2008 03:59 AM

One of the best alphabets I've seen since ON BEYOND ZEBRA ....

Posted by: C. Jerry at November 25, 2008 02:24 PM