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Film Honors: 1983

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices based on viewings.


Screenwriting Adapted

Robert Bresson (L’Argent)
James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment)
Ronald Harwood (The Dresser)
Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff)
Willy Russell (Educating Rita)

Screenwriting Original

Nora Ephron, Alice Arlen (Silkwood)
Costas Ferris, Sotiria Leonardou (Rembetiko)
Arlette Langmann, Maurice Pialat (À nos Amours)
Éric Rohmer (Pauline à la plage)
Paul D. Zimmerman (The King of Comedy)

Costume Designing

The Dresser
Heat and Dust
Return of the Jedi

Set Designing

The Dresser
Return of the Jedi

Actress Support

Eileen Atkins (The Dresser)
Themis Bazaka (Rembetiko)
Cher (Silkwood)
Jamie Lee Curtis (Trading Places)
Suzanne Flon (One Deadly Summer)

Picture Editing

Return of the Jedi
The Right Stuff

Sound Designing

The Dresser
Return of the Jedi
Sans soleil

Actor Support

Steven Bauer (Scarface)
Nikos Dimitratos (Rembetiko)
Nikos Kalogeropoulos (Rembetiko)
Jerry Lewis (The King of Comedy)
Jack Nicholson (Terms of Endearment)


Caleb Deschanel (The Right Stuff)
Stephen Goldblatt (The Hunger)
Alan Hume, Alec Mills (Return of the Jedi)
Gordon Willis (Zelig)
Takis Zervoulakos (Rembetiko)

Actress Lead

Isabelle Adjani (One Deadly Summer)
Sandrine Bonnaire (À nos Amours)
Sotiria Leonardou (Rembetiko)
Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment)
Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment)

Cast Ensemble

Return of the Jedi
The Right Stuff
Terms of Endearment


Robert Bresson (L’argent)
James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment)
Brian De Palma (Scarface)
Costas Ferris (Rembetiko)
Éric Rohmer (Pauline à la plage)

Actor Lead

Michael Caine (Educating Rita)
Tom Courtenay (The Dresser)
Albert Finney (The Dresser)
Al Pacino (Scarface)
Christopher Walken (The Dead Zone)

Special Effects

The Dark Crystal
Return of the Jedi
Superman III

Score Composing

Bill Conti (The Right Stuff)
Michael Gore (Terms of Endearment)
James Horner (Gorky Park)
John Williams (Return of the Jedi)
Stavros Xarchakos (Rembetiko)

Motion Picture

The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg) USA
L’argent (Robert Bresson) France / Switzerland
Pauline à la plage (Éric Rohmer) France
Rembetiko (Costas Ferris) Greece
Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand) USA
The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman) USA
Sans soleil (Chris Marker) France
Scarface (Brian De Palma) USA
Terms of Endearment (James L. Brooks) USA


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