Land Without Bread ★★★★★

This savage satire has no time to take prisoners because it's too busy wallowing in misery. One of the darkest comedies ever filmed, it pitilessly sends up the authority of the documentarian. Before sadistically rubbing our nose in a decapitation ritual, the narrator deadpans that a "duty to be objective demands that we show it to you." I can't think of another film that has managed to be at once so comically and tragically desolate. It only overplays itself in the postscript's text crawl, which admits the joke and adds specific context to what should be a far more universal target of scorn. Merciless and masterful.

93/100