August 15, 2005

Movies for puzzlers.

Eric Berlin is making a list of movies for puzzle lovers. For example, "Memento" – one of my very favorites.

I've got one: "The Draughtsman's Contract." An artist contracts with a rich woman to make 12 drawings of her estate and to bestow sexual favors on her while her husband is away. Mysterious objects appear in the scenes he's drawing – a ladder, a pair of boots – and these raise questions about whether the husband has been murdered. I saw this film when it came out in the 80s and can't remember at all how the plot was tied up, but I do remember that it was quite elaborate and clever. It's also beautifully filmed.

Help Berlin add to his list.

12 comments:

Eric said...

Whoops -- bad link to my post. It's actually here.

Eric

bill said...
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Ann Althouse said...

Sorry, Eric. I've fixed it.

bill said...

Just posted 2 for Eric:

Wargames; Do you want to play a game?

Jumanji; Robin Williams gets lost in a board game come to life.

sbgloss said...

Mulholland Drive

phillywalker said...

Sixth Sense

Scipio said...

I love The Draughtsman's Contract. Another good one by Greenaway is Drowning by Numbers (a sort of numbering game/puzzle).

knoxgirl said...

Gosford Park

Troy said...

"The Game" with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn from the late 1990s.

"Dark City" is a puzzle-ish movie

"Pi" by Darren Aronofsky (sp.?) -- perhaps not

miklos rosza said...

"The Draughtsman's Contract" is one of my favorite movies. It's nearly as gorgeous as Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon," sans the burden of having to endure Ryan O'Neal.

Susan said...

Yes, definately The Sixth Sense as well as The Sting and The Usual Suspects, all personal favs. Maybe Body Heat, too, but I think its really just a good mystery, not necessarily a "puzzle". The list of really excellent puzzlers is kind of short isn't it? Too bad, because I find them the most satisfying kind of movie to sit through.

PatCA said...

Well, Sin City is a mystery, sort of. I have yet to figure out who Nancy is. But maybe I just dozed off...