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Okay, fess up: What "classics" have you not seen?
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Michael Scrutchin
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PostPosted: 08.29.2003 12:50 am    Post subject: Okay, fess up: What "classics" have you not seen? Reply with quote

What highly regarded, important, or classic films have you not yet seen? Just name 10 to 30 films you're almost ashamed to admit that you still haven't seen.

Here are mine:



  • The Third Man

  • Grave of the Fireflies

  • Some Like It Hot

  • Sergio Leone's "Man With No Name" Trilogy

  • Deep Red

  • Man with the Movie Camera

  • Ran

  • Eraserhead

  • The Passion of Joan of Ark

  • On the Waterfront

  • The Sound of Music

  • Open City

  • Any of Bunuel's work (aside from Un chien andalou)

  • Any of Tarkovsky's work (aside from Solaris)

  • House of Games

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

  • Any of Herzog's work (aside from Aguirre, the Wrath of God)

  • Dr. Strangelove

  • Throne of Blood

  • Harold and Maude

  • The French Connection

  • An American Werewolf in London

  • Hour of the Wolf

  • The Godfather II & III

  • Any of Stan Brakhage's work

  • Any of Terrence Malick's work

  • Any of Robert Bresson's work



Of course, most of these are somewhere on the Netflix rental queue (I have about 350 movies in my queue right now), but I really wish someone would release some Bresson on DVD. As it is, though, I still have more than enough films on my to-see list to keep me occupied.
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PostPosted: 08.29.2003 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ummm well off of the top of my head:

The Godfather III

West Side Story

North By Northwest

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Annie Hall

Bonnie and Clyde

National Lampoon's Animal House

The Age of Innocence

JFK

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Patton

Three Colors Triogy

Pulp Fiction

12 Angry Men
(I've seen the TV version, though, heh)

...and almost everything Kurosawa besides Rashomon.

My top 100, well, sucks. 6 of the movies in the top 20 are 2000-2003 releases, which speaks for itself.
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PostPosted: 08.29.2003 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent topic, Michael.

I've seen all of Danny's MIAs, but like you I haven't seen Deep Red, Hour of the Wolf, or Eraserhead. I'm good on the rest (although there are a few Bunuel, Tarkovsky, Bresson, and Herzog I haven't caught up with yet).

I'm perusing Village Voice's "50 Best Films of the 20th Century," and I only need five more:

9. Au Hasard Balthazar

19. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

24. The Earrings of Madame de...

26. A Man Escaped

27. Broken Blossoms
(I think this is the only one available for rent)

Here are a few others, off the top of my head:

A Day in the Country

L'age d'or

Laura

Playtime

If...

Celine and Julie Go Boating

Suspiria


The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Battle of Algiers

Pickpocket

The Reckless Moment

Le Samourai

The Conformist
(man, this one is really hard to find)

Letter From an Unknown Woman

Kind Hearts and Coronets


As far as I can tell, most of these just aren't available, at least not yet. And of course there are plenty others; a century of cinema is tough to consume.

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PostPosted: 08.29.2003 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard that a series of Bresson works were making their way to DVD. Might have been Region 2, though.
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PostPosted: 08.29.2003 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

-Schindler?s List

-Gone With The Wind

-Lawrence Of Arabia

-Apocalypse Now

-Rosemary?s Baby

-Psycho

-Fargo

-Pulp Fiction

-Doctor Zhivago

-Dr. Strangelove

I've very ashamed of myself
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PostPosted: 08.29.2003 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, here are the ones at the top of my list:

- Band of Outsiders

- Beauty and the Beast (Cocteau)

- The 400 Blows

- The Passion of Joan of Arc

- Solaris (Tarkovsky)

- Sherlock Jr.

- Intolerance

- That Obscure Object of Desire

- Aguirre, the Wrath of God

- Cries and Whispers (or anything by Bergman, I've only seen two)

- La Dolce Vita

- The Decalogue

I know there are some I'm missing, but those are "the big ones."
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PostPosted: 08.31.2003 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a shameful number of classics I haven't seen that I feel I ought to. I will go out of my way to see the following soon:

"Un chien andalou," not to mention the rest of Bunuel's work. I have a feeling I'll really take to this filmmaker.

The Cabnet of Dr. Caligari

Most of Fellini's, aside from "8 1/2" and "Roma," and his chapter in "Spirits of the Dead," which is a great adaptation of Poe's "Never Bet the Devil Your Head."

I've mentioned elsewhere my deliquency regarding Bergman's films. I will make a concerted effort to watch "The Seventh Seal" soon.

I've only seen about half of Hitch's movies.

I also have to watch more of Dreyer's work, as "Vampyr" is one of my all-time favorite movies.

Birth of a Nation

Battleship Potemkin

El Topo

M

And being a film noir fan I hang my head especially low as I admit to:

Detour

Double Indemnity
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PostPosted: 08.31.2003 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
"Un chien andalou," not to mention the rest of Bunuel's work. I have a feeling I'll really take to this filmmaker.


Yes, that one's a must, and if you are interested in surrealism, then you'll love Bunuel. I suppose it's predictable that my favorite Bunuels are Los Olvidados and Land Without Bread (they rank among his most realistic), but I also really like some of his later work, especially That Obscure Object of Desire.

And you gotta see Detour and Double Indemnity. Definitely among my favorite noirs!

I'm missing El Topo, too. I think. I suppose if I don't remember, that's pretty much the same as never seeing it, isn't it?

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PostPosted: 09.09.2003 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting topic. Michael, I order you to watch The Third Man right now.

Here's my list:

The Godfather

Nostalghia

Taxi Driver

Cries and Whispers

Traffic

Dr Strangelove

Chinatown

A Clockwork Orange

Ran

Blue Velvet

Double Indemnity

The Maltese Falcon



Evidently, there are lots more classic I haven't seen but hope to watch sooner or later.
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PostPosted: 09.09.2003 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Citizen Kane
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PostPosted: 09.10.2003 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How can you not have seen that? It's the picture by which every other film should be measured, an undisputed masterpiece, a massively influential piece of work, a classic... see it as soon as you can and you'll the comprehen why cinema is what we know it to be.
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PostPosted: 09.10.2003 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Third M?n wrote:
Interesting topic. Michael, I order you to watch The Third Man right now.


I saw it last week. Great film, of course. The final scene is perfect, fantastic. I'll buy the Criterion DVD eventually.
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PostPosted: 09.10.2003 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Third M?n wrote:
How can you not have seen that? It's the picture by which every other film should be measured, an undisputed masterpiece.


Undisputed? Hmmm...

Michael, the Criterion DVD of THIRD MAN is wonderful.

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PostPosted: 09.10.2003 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Citizen Kane" is a great film, yes - innovative, cynical, clever, powerful, entertaining - but I wouldn't call it perfect (then again, I'm not sure how many films I'd call "perfect"). There are scenes I don't like in "Citizen Kane," such as the one where Kane first meets Susan in her room and they have that discussion on her couch - but it's definitely worth seeing.

(I'm mostly writing this because I watched the movie for a second time yesterday, and I don't remember it being as almighty as it was the first time I saw it, when I was 15.)
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PostPosted: 09.10.2003 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

matt header wrote:
I'm mostly writing this because I watched the movie for a second time yesterday, and I don't remember it being as almighty as it was the first time I saw it, when I was 15.


I had the exact opposite experience. Seeing it first at 15 (or so), I was underwhelmed. It wasn't until later that I began to grasp its innovations, emotional depths, circular structure, and sheer fun. In fact, it only grows in stature each time I see it (I'm probably up to 15-20 viewings, partially because I teach it in Humanities). I might even say that the best it's ever been was my very last viewing--it just keeps improving.

I suppose my decade-long interest in Welles plays a role in my continued fascination. The more I learn about the film, its production, and its maker, the more intrigued I am with its mysteries and achievements.

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