Live Poll: Best 'Picaresque' Movie

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The picaresque novel is a literary genre that can be summed up as "fictional autobiography" (or fictionalized). It depicts the adventures of a hero (generally a sympathetic outsider) whose fate primarily depends on his own wits but also on various encounters and strikes of luck, sometimes bad. 

Told in first person, there's no real plot, rather a series of disconnected episodes since the 'picaro' can't maintain a social status or hold a job for a long time. There's little character development personality-wise, as the essence of the "picaro" is to remain a picaro, it's the world around him that changes and its depiction always carries an element of satire that makes the story captivating and relevant. All the following movies present, if not all, but diverse characteristics of the 'picaresque' genre.

Which of the 'picaresque' movies is your favorite?

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i would go with 'love and death', although many woody movies would fit this category...

excellent idea elm...
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I added "Take the Money and Run", which other Woody movies did you have in mind?
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Zelig definitely has picaresque elements.
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'zelig'...'shadows and fog'...and even 'deconstructing harry'...
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Wonderful concept, still a number I need to see. I would also add The World According to Garp and O Lucky Man! to the list.
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Speaking of "picaras" or picaresque heroines, which there are not many representatives in this list, I'm starting a Myazaki marathon and I just saw "Spirited Away", would you agree that it fits the description (especially, since I included "Alice in Wonderland") and how about the other movies like "Princess Mononeke"?
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You're right, I wanted to include it on the basis of my inclusion of Alice in Wonderland, but there's a big difference between the two protagonists' journeys. Chihiro stays in the same place unlike Alice... but I'm not even sure for Alice, although the Tim Burton's movie was different from the Disney version.
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Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Great poll, mate!
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Why, thanks a lot :)
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I really like this one. 'Probably Fanny & Alexander or maybe Shadows and Fog. Great poll!
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Hey ElMo, this is such a good poll; may I suggest two edits? One is in the first paragraph of the intro and is minor; the other is in the second paragraph and might help with clarity because I think the meaning of the last sentence could be confusing to some, as it was originally written. (Oh, the only reason I un-bolded some of the words you had bolded was so my edits in bold could be easily seen; I don't mean to suggest changing what you had bolded - I think that works really well.) 'Great intro, by the way! 

The picaresque novel is a literary genre that can be summed up as "fictional (or fictionalized) autobiography" . It depicts the adventures of a hero (generally a sympathetic outsider) whose fate primarily depends on his own wits but also on various encounters and strikes of luck, sometimes bad. 

Told in first person, there's no real plot, rather a series of disconnected episodes since the 'picaro' can't maintain a social status or hold a job for a long time. There's little character development personality-wise, as the essence of the "picaro" is to remain a picaro, it's the world around him that changes and its depiction always carries an element of satire that makes the story captivating and relevant. All the following movies present at least some, if not all, diverse characteristics of the 'picaresque' genre.
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I'm so very ashamed to admit this but I only ever saw half of Little Big Man! It's one of my brother's favorite films and it's been on my own personal to-see list that I keep for quite a long time but I still have not seen the whole thing, which is almost criminal. 

Oh, maybe this was intentional but, if not, the last few words of your last sentence got cut off. "characteristics of the 'picaresque' genre" disappeared. If you did that intentionally for an effect related to the subject of the poll, disregard. But just in case you didn't know, I thought I'd let you know. This is a really interesting, informative, and fun poll so I'm sure it will get chosen. :)
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ruby,

Why should you be ashamed? I haven't seen any of 'Little Big Man', mainly because I'm not a fan of Hoffman. I think it was all the comparisons between him and Pacino back in the day. I personally thought Hoffman couldn't hold a candle to Pacino.
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It xas totally unintentional ruby, thanks
I fixed it :)
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I thought maybe I was missing something, as if there were something about picaresque that would make an omission like that funny, lol. 
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Hay bratface,

I'm not ashamed-ashamed, just pseudo-ashamed, lol, because I am a big Dustin Hoffman fan and Little Big Man has been on my to see list for such a long time. Also, my brother introduced me to it when I was just in high school and he's been a big influence on me in terms of film so there are just several reasons why Little Big Man has a lot of gravity for me.  
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