By Marco Cera, oboist

Touring as an orchestra is a hard job. The travel, jet lag, and concerts are challenging, as is being away from home and our families. During these times it’s important to keep the morale of the band high, and to find some entertainment, some bonding time as a group. Allen knew that the power of movies could do that, and was always proposing that we watch movies together, often to pass the time on the long bus rides that are part of touring.

Allen’s musical and cinematographic knowledge led him to find the perfect bus movies. With a very elegant touch of humour, each film that he planned to show us was in some way connected to the specific tour we were on. It could be a piece of music on the movie’s soundtrack related to the program that we were performing, or a particular musical instrument featured in the movie and connected to our concert … it could be a city, a detail of a building, or an actor’s improbable impersonation of a baroque composer. It could sometimes be a brief moment when a member of the orchestra is featured in that film! No kidding!

That connection between movies and music provided material to inspire us or laugh about: we’d be quoting scenes for days, even during rehearsals. Allen helped to make our lives on tour easier and I’m grateful for the knowledge and the passion that he shared so generously with us.

As a tribute to our friend Allen, I decided to assemble a list of 101 movies that he loved. Some of these movies were our companions on tour, and will always bring our memories back to our good times, on the road with Allen.

  1. American Beauty (1999) directed by Sam Mendes
  2. The Big Lebowski (1998) directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
  3. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) directed by Anthony Minghella
  4. What We Do in the Shadows (2014) directed by Jemaine Clement
  5. Mars Attacks! (1996) directed by Tim Burton
  6. Bananas (1971) directed by Woody Allen
  7. The Ice Storm (1997) directed by Ang Lee
  8. Roman Holiday (1953) directed by William Wyler
  9. Five Easy Pieces (1970) directed by Bob Rafelson
  10. The Commitments (1987) directed by Alan Parker
  11. Rain Man (1988) directed by Barry Levinson
  12. Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette,1948)directed by Vittorio De Sica
  13. Eastern Promises (2007) directed by David Cronenberg
  14. The Elephant Man (1980) directed by David Lynch
  15. Best in Show (2000) directed by Christopher Guest
  16. The Music Man (1962) directed by Morton DaCosta
  17. Thelma & Louise (1991) directed by Ridley Scott
  18. American Graffiti  (1973) directed by George Lucas
  19. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
  20. Babette’s Feast (1987) directed by Gabriel Axel
  21. Tous les matins du monde (1991) directed by Alain Corneau
  22. Raising Arizona (1987) directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
  23. Lost in Translation (2003) directed by Sofia Coppola
  24. Duel (1971) directed by Steven Spielberg
  25. High Society (1956) directed by Charles Walters
  26. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) directed by Stanley Kramer
  27. Harold and Maude (1971) directed by Hal Ashby
  28. The Odd Couple (1968) directed by Gene Saks
  29. Little Miss Sunshine  (2006) directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
  30. The Graduate (1967) directed by Mike Nichols
  31. The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
  32. A Perfect World (1993) directed by Clint Eastwood
  33. L.A. Story (1991) directed by Mick Jackson
  34. Farewell, My Queen (Les Adieux à la reine, 2012) directed by Benoît Jacquot
  35. The Way We Were (1973) directed by Sydney Pollack
  36. The Manchurian Candidate (2004) directed by Jonathan Demme
  37. The Witches of Eastwick (1987) directed by George Miller
  38. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) directed by Miloš Forman
  39. Breaking Away (1979) directed by Peter Yates
  40. La Bamba (1987) directed by Luis Valdez
  41. Amadeus (1984) directed by Miloš Forman
  42. Moonrise Kingdom (2012) directed by Wes Anderson
  43. Drive (2011) directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
  44. Winter’s Bone (2010) directed by Debra Granik
  45. The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages, 2006) directed by Denis Dercourt
  46. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) directed by Richard Fleischer
  47. Gaslight (1944) directed by George Cukor
  48. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) directed by Jamie Uys
  49. Intermezzo (1939) directed by Gregory Ratoff
  50. Before Sunrise (1995) directed by Richard Linklater
  51. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) directed by John Ford
  52. Paper Moon (1973) directed by Peter Bogdanovich
  53. Rushmore (1998) directed by Wes Anderson
  54. Hoosiers (1986) directed by David Anspaugh
  55. Love in the Afternoon  (1957) directed by Billy Wilder
  56. The Great Escape (1963) directed by John Sturges
  57. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1997) directed by John Hughes
  58. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) directed by Robert Benton
  59. Casablanca (1942) directed by Michael Curtiz
  60. The African Queen (1951) directed by John Huston
  61. The Apartment (1960) directed by Billy Wilder
  62. Marathon Man (1976) directed by John Schlesinger
  63. Our Souls at Night (2017) directed by Ritesh Batra
  64. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) directed by Stanley Kubrick
  65. Humoresque (1946) directed by Jean Negulesco
  66. The World of Henry Orient (1964) directed by George Roy Hill
  67. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) directed by Ronald Neame
  68. Mrs. Miniver (1942) directed by William Wyler
  69. Catch-22 (1970) directed by Mike Nichols
  70. Diva (1981) directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix
  71. Marguerite (2015) directed by Xavier Giannoli
  72. The Time Machine (1960) directed by George Pal
  73. Barry Lyndon (1975) directed by Stanley Kubrick
  74. The White Ribbon (Das weiße Band, 2009) directed by Michael Haneke
  75. Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) directed by Todd Solondz
  76. Rebecca (1940) directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  77. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) directed by Blake Edwards    
  78. Lilies of the Field (1963) directed by Ralph Nelson
  79. Suspicion (1941) directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  80. Run Lola Run (1998) directed by Tom Tykwer
  81. A Child’s Christmas in Wales (1986) directed by Don McBrearty
  82. Spring Symphony (Frühlingssinfonie,1986) directed by Peter Schamoni
  83. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) directed by Frank Darabont
  84. Hud (1963) directed by Martin Ritt
  85. The Sting (1973) directed by George Roy Hill
  86. Vertigo (1958) directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  87. Tess (1979) directed by Roman Polanski
  88. A Patch of Blue (1965) directed by Guy Green
  89. Up the Down Staircase (1967) directed by Robert Mulligan
  90. Stand and Deliver (1988) directed by Ramón Menéndez
  91. The Americanization of Emily (1964) directed by Arthur Hiller
  92. Terms of Endearment (1983) directed by James L. Brooks
  93. Once (2007) directed by John Carney
  94. Amélie  (2001) directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  95. The 400 Blows (1959) directed by François Truffaut
  96. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) directed by Frank Capra
  97. A Mighty Wind (2003) directed by Christopher Guest
  98. Big Night (1996) directed by Campbell Scott
  99. Papillon (1973) directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
  100. Song of Love (1947) directed by Clarence Brown
  101. The Last Picture Show (1971) directed by Peter Bogdanovich

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