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The Chambord Prize

Post by Chambord » Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:59 am

The Chambord Prize is awarded by myself, in a symbolic manner, to the authors of the best (in my opinion) film (F), album (A), song (S) and (exceptionally) book (B), of every year, since 1980.



2018
F: Bo Burnham - Eighth Grade
A: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
S: Idles - Danny Nedelko


2017
F: David Lynch - Twin Peaks: The Return & Paul Thomas Anderson - Phantom Thread (ex aequo)
A: The National - Sleep Well Beast
S: Slowdive - Sugar For The Pill & Lana Del Rey - Love (ex aequo)


2016
F: Jim Jarmusch - Paterson
A: Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial
S: Mitski - Your Best American Girl & Leonard Cohen - Traveling Light (ex aequo)


2015
F: Hou Hsiao-Hsien - The Assassin
A: Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness
S: The Libertines - Gunga Din & Everything Everything - Regret (ex aequo)


2014
F: Andrey Zvyagintsev - Leviathan
A: Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
S: The Antlers - Palace


2013
F: Philippe Garrel - La Jalousie & Joel + Ethan Coen - Inside Llewyn Davis (ex aequo)
A: Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
S: Phosphorescent - Song For Zula & Pusha T - Numbers On The Boards (ex aequo)


2012
F: Paul Thomas Anderson - The Master & Miguel Gomes - Tabu (ex aequo)
A: Beach House - Bloom
S: Alt-J - Breezeblocks & Baroness - March To The Sea (ex aequo)
B: Wisława Szymborska - Enough


2011
F: Lars Von Trier - Melancholia & Asghar Farhadi - A Separation (ex aequo)
A: M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
S: Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues & The Strokes - Under Cover Of Darkness (ex aequo)


2010
F: Semih Kaplanoglu - Honey & Sergei Loznitsa - My Joy (ex aequo)
A: Arcade Fire - The Suburbs & The National - High Violet (ex aequo)
S: Beach House - Zebra & MGMT - Siberian Breaks (ex aequo)


2009
F: Joel + Ethan Coen - A Serious Man
A: Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM
S: PJ Harvey + John Parish - Black Hearted Love & The xx - Islands (ex aequo)


2008
F: Kelly Reichardt - Wendy And Lucy & James Gray - Two Lovers (ex aequo)
A: Portishead - Third & MGMT - Oracular Spectacular (ex aequo)
S: Sia - Soon We'll Be Found & Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody (ex aequo)


2007
F: Todd Haynes - I’m Not There & Andrew Dominik - The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (ex aequo)
A: Radiohead - In Rainbows & The National - Boxer (ex aequo)
S: Arcade Fire - No Cars Go & The Shins - Phantom Limb (ex aequo)


2006
F: Jia Zhangke - Still Life & Martin Scorsese - The Departed (ex aequo)
A: Negură Bunget - OM
S: Band Of Horses - The Funeral & Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars (ex aequo)


2005
F: Terrence Malick - The New World & Rian Johnson - Brick (ex aequo)
A: System Of A Down - Mezmerize / Hypnotize
S: Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor & The Decemberists - We Both Go Down Together (ex aequo)


2004
F: Richard Linklater - Before Sunset
A: Arcade Fire - Funeral
S: Sia - Breathe Me & Bloc Party - Banquet (ex aequo)
B: Jose Saramago - Seeing


2003
F: Lars Von Trier - Dogville & Gus Van Sant - Elephant (ex aequo)
A: The White Stripes - Elephant
S: The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1 & Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps (ex aequo)


2002
F: Paul Greengrass - Bloody Sunday
A: Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
S: Agalloch - The Hawthorne Passage & The Decemberists - Grace Cathedral Hill (ex aequo)


2001
F: David Lynch - Mulholland Drive
A: The Strokes - Is This It & The White Stripes - White Blood Cells (ex aequo)
S: The Shins - New Slang & System Of A Down - Chop Suey! (ex aequo)
B: W. G. Sebald - Austerlitz


2000
F: Béla Tarr - Werckmeister Harmonies & Lars Von Trier - Dancer In The Dark (ex aequo)
A: PJ Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
S: Radiohead - The National Anthem & Nightwish - Deep Silent Complete (ex aequo)


1999
F: David Lynch - The Straight Story & Spike Jonze - Being John Malkovich (ex aequo)
A: Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun & Built To Spill - Keep It Like A Secret (ex aequo)
S: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside & Muse - Muscle Museum (ex aequo)
B: Jhumpa Lahiri - Interpreter Of Maladies


1998
F: Terrence Malick - The Thin Red Line & Theo Angelopoulos - Eternity And A Day (ex aequo)
A: Massive Attack - Mezzanine & Nightwish - Oceanborn (ex aequo)
S: Korn - Freak On A Leash & The Offspring - The Kids Aren't Alright (ex aequo)


1997
F: Abbas Kiarostami - The Taste Of Cherry
A: Radiohead - OK Computer
S: Godspeed You Black Emperor - East Hastings & Elliott Smith - Rose Parade (ex aequo)


1996
F: Olivier Assayas - Irma Vep
A: Opeth - Morningrise
S: The Prodigy - Firestarter & Shawn Colvin - Sunny Came Home (ex aequo)
B: Mircea Cartarescu - Blinding: The Left Wing


1995
F: John Lasseter - Toy Story & Richard Linklater - Before Sunrise (ex aequo)
A: Radiohead - The Bends
S: Smashing Pumpkins - 1979 & U2 - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (ex aequo)


1994
F: Béla Tarr - Satantango & Krzysztof Kieslowski - Trois Couleurs: Rouge (ex aequo)
A: Portishead - Dummy & Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (ex aequo)
S: Jeff Buckley - So Real & The Cranberries - Zombie (ex aequo)
B: Haruki Murakami - The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle


1993
F: Krzysztof Kieslowski - Trois Couleurs: Bleu & Martin Scorsese - The Age Of Innocence (ex aequo)
A: Unwound - Fake Train
S: Smashing Pumpkins - Today & The Connells - '74-'75 (ex aequo)


1992
F: Robert Altman - The Player
A: Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted
S: Radiohead - Creep & Soul Asylum - Runaway Train (ex aequo)


1991
F: Jacques Rivette - La Belle Noiseuse & Krzysztof Kieslowski - La Double Vie De Véronique (ex aequo)
A: Slint - Spiderland & U2 - Achtung Baby (ex aequo)
S: Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit & Metallica - Nothing Else Matters (ex aequo)


1990
F: David Lynch - Twin Peaks
A: Fugazi - Repeater
S: Cocteau Twins - Iceblink Luck & AC/DC - Thunderstruck (ex aequo)


1989
F: Spike Lee - Do The Right Thing
A: Philip Glass - Solo Piano
S: The Cure - Plainsong & Julee Cruise - Falling (ex aequo)


1988
F: Krzysztof Kieslowski - Dekalog & Béla Tarr - Damnation (ex aequo)
A: Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation & Metallica - And Justice For All (ex aequo)
S: Pixies - Where Is My Mind? & My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realise (ex aequo)


1987
F: Wim Wenders - Der Himmel über Berlin
A: U2 - The Joshua Tree
S: Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal


1986
F: Theo Angelopoulos - The Beekeeper & Andrei Tarkovsky - The Sacrifice (ex aequo)
A: The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
S: Europe - The Final Countdown


1985
F: Terry Gilliam - Brazil
A: Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
S: The Replacements - Bastards Of Young
B: Patrick Süskind - Perfume


1984
F: James Cameron - The Terminator & Joel + Ethan Coen - Blood Simple (ex aequo)
A: Metallica - Ride The Lightning
S: Echo And The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon & Talk Talk - It´s My Life (ex aequo)


1983
F: Andrei Tarkovsky - Nostalgia
A: The Chameleons - Script Of The Bridge
S: U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday


1982
F: Costa-Gavras - Missing & Ridley Scott - Blade Runner (ex aequo)
A: Roxy Music - Avalon
S: Pretenders - Back On The Chain Gang


1981
F: George Miller - Mad Max 2
A: The Sound - From The Lions Mouth
S: Vangelis - Chariots Of Fire


1980
F: Alain Resnais - Mon Oncle D'Amérique & Martin Scorsese - Raging Bull (ex aequo)
A: Colin Newman - A-Z
S: ABBA - The Winner Takes It All


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The artists who have won the prize at least 3 times:


5-time winner
Radiohead (1992, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2007)


4-time winners
U2 (1983, 1987, 1991, 1995)
David Lynch (1990, 1999, 2001, 2017)


3-time winners
Martin Scorsese (1980, 1993, 2006)
Metallica (1984, 1988, 1991)
Joel + Ethan Coen (1984, 2009, 2013)
Béla Tarr (1988, 1994, 2000)
Krzysztof Kieslowski (1991, 1993, 1994)
Lars Von Trier (2000, 2003, 2011)
Arcade Fire (2004, 2007, 2010)
The National (2007, 2010, 2017)



I intend to update the prize list once a year (around Spring start). Each update will contain the winners for the previous year plus an extension of a few decades into the past (the final goal is to cover "all-time").
The prize allocation is dynamic. There can be changes - in case I (re)discover a work that's better than my initial choice, or additions - especially regarding books.
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Re: The Chambord Prize

Post by Jirin » Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:07 am

My taste in films is much closer to yours than with music. You even like all the less crowdpleasing Coen films. :)

It's interesting to me Twin Peaks is being treated as a movie for critic purposes, even coming in 2nd in Sight & Sound. What's the criteria there? Also with things like Berlin Alexanderplatz, whereas the vast majority of TV shows are not placed in the same bucket. Is it just a question of who is doing the directing?

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Re: The Chambord Prize

Post by Chambord » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:48 pm

Jirin wrote:My taste in films is much closer to yours than with music. You even like all the less crowdpleasing Coen films. :)

It's interesting to me Twin Peaks is being treated as a movie for critic purposes, even coming in 2nd in Sight & Sound. What's the criteria there? Also with things like Berlin Alexanderplatz, whereas the vast majority of TV shows are not placed in the same bucket. Is it just a question of who is doing the directing?
Hi Jirin, I remember seeing you also on the late (and much missed) mubi / the auteurs forum. :greetings-waveyellow:

Seeing TV series / mini-series / cinema series as "films" is an old practice actually. You mentioned Berlin Alexanderplatz. Also titles like Dekalog , Heimat, Les Vampires are omni-present in critics' best of all-time film polls.

Even with the Twin Peaks it didn't start now. Indeed, Sight & Sound had The Return as 2nd in their poll (it would have been 1st but many participating critics didn't think of it as eligible), Cahiers du Cinema had it too as their no.1 but they also had the original 1990 season among their end of decade ('90s) top 5 films !

Who does the directing is definitely a major factor. Most of the TV series have their episodes directed by several people and scripted by even more. But it takes one auteur's directing / screenwriting / vision to qualify as a film split in several episodes.

Also, can you take out / not see one episode without severely damaging the understanding of the whole ? It the answer is no, than your thing can be seen as a film in "n" parts.

What ultimately matters is the art, the essence. That's what makes a film, not the form. The shape you give it is secondary and should be modelled for optimal effect. A feature film of 18 hours or a serial with 18 hour-long episodes ? When I saw Satantango I broke it in 4 parts because 7.5 hours of powerful cinema would have crushed me.

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Re: The Chambord Prize

Post by Jirin » Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:21 am

Chambord wrote: Hi Jirin, I remember seeing you also on the late (and much missed) mubi / the auteurs forum. :greetings-waveyellow:
Those were the days, haven't found another really good film discussion board since.

I agree that there's not necessarily a need for distinction between films and television, but people do tend to split them into buckets. And only a handful of TV shows get placed in the 'film bucket', and mostly limited series that are directed by a noted film director.

But if Twin Peaks is in the movie bucket, why not something like Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad? You can say, it was conceived with the whole story arc in mind whereas TV shows are started with no idea how they will end, but then why not a closed miniseries with singular creative direction like The Night Of, or each season of True Detective or Fargo?

Why are two closely related disciplines of television and film always perceived as having a rock wall in between them, with only a few very specific exceptions?

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Re: The Chambord Prize

Post by Chambord » Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:59 am

I updated the OP with the latest Prize list. What's new:
A new prize, for Song of the Year
The prizes for 2018
An extension of one decade into the past (until 1980)

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