Although an actor himself, Eddy Kariti was born in a family of a father who was a movie director. The day-to-day contact with the film industry additionally strengthened his love and admiration towards cinematography as a way to express art.
As a young actor Kariti had his first movie appearance in the ‘The Attic Expeditions’, while the following year he was cast in the role of Andres in the adventurous action film ‘Warrior’. More success followed him, as he was chosen as one of the lucky ones to appear in the American adaptation of the BBC TV Series ‘Being Human.’ Recently, the actor compiled a list of films that he considers the best in the history of cinema so far.
On Eddy Kariti's list, the first two films from the final list are Alfred Hitchcock's top-ranked ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Citizen Kane’ by Orson Welles.
- It's a matter of personal liking, since these are both great directors, and both of them play important role in the history of the film. The movie ‘Vertigo’ is closer to my personal liking – Kariti responds honestly in our conversation.
These selections glorify the film in a good way and spark interest among the audience. We all have our favorites, and we all love to see other people’s lists.
Eddy Kariti adds that there are no winners and losers in these selections. Making such lists every 10 years is a good test of how far some movies have come. In the end, there isn’t a better test than the test of time.
The actor, who is soon expected to premiere his new film, shares his own list of best movie, explaining why these works deserve a spot on his list of the best of all time. He hosts a personal website where Kariti shares his latest reviews related to the film industry.
- My choice is personal and extremely subjective, it does not have any aesthetic or ideological threads that connect movies to the list. On the contrary, these films are completely different and each of them has influenced my view of the world and cinematography in a different way. This is an intimate guide through the films that left the biggest impact on Eddy Kariti.
‘Seven Samurai’ (Akira Kurosawa)
The Seven Samurai is an epic adventure classic with an engrossing story which has inspired dozens of films, including the new remake of 'The Magnificent Seven.' Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic 'Seven Samurai' is frequently described as one of the most thrilling movie epics, and one of the greatest and most influential films ever made. A film about losers who get a chance to become heroes. 'Seven Samurai' is the essence of Kurosawa's moral and aesthetic world. The path from stereotypes to archetypes and to the mythical and essential in human existence.
‘Taxi Driver’ (Martin Scorsese)
In 1976, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro delivered one of the most searing, disturbing dramas of all time in Taxi Driver. The film was a game changer, and like nothing, we have seen before or since, despite its obvious influences. Eddy Kariti Wood perceives Taxi Driver as a fusion of film noir, horror, and Westerns.
Taxi Driver is an American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader, focused on the life of a mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran who works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York. Apart from its original script and exciting story, the movie is also known for the incredible acting team including Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, and Albert Brooks. "Taxi driver," asks the basic questions of modern civilization. A film about the loneliness and scars of the past that tragically determine the future. This movie is a textbook of the film language, both in dramatic and in director's sense. Purified and reduced only to the essence, it is a film in which there is nothing that is not crucial for the development of the protagonist or drama. De Niro’s character Travis Bick is still considered as one of the most impressive characters in the history of the movie.
‘21 Grams’ (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
Powerful, fierce and touching, this movie ticks all boxes with Eddy Kariti. Brave and revolutionary in terms of film language, this movie crashed every rule of the film language and confirmed that the film is all that holds us strapped to the cinema chairs and is tearing. Incredible freedom in narration and directing procedure. Brilliant acting, visualization and the use of sound and music. Inarritu is the most devoted director of today.