Directors BFI Tournament - The Greatest BRITISH films

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  1. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    I'm just messing with your head Lew. [​IMG]


    I'll be back later to update the list.
     
  2. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    List updated. We need 5 more.

    Everyone has unlimited seconds & thirds.

    Keep in mind I'll be using the nomination pool of the films that don't make it in. I'll need these as wild-cards when I start tossing films that nobody's seen.


    Nominations

    And Now for Something Completely Different
    The Asphyx
    Blackmail *
    Carry On Cruising
    Carry On Cleo
    The Collector *
    Contraband
    Curse of Frankenstein *
    The Devil Rides Out
    The Day the Earth Caught Fire *
    Dead of Night *
    The Devils
    The Elephant Man
    Eyes Wide Shut
    49th Parallel *
    Gaslight
    Help! *
    The Hit (1984) *
    How To Succeed In Advertising *
    The Innocents *
    I See A Dark Stranger
    Jason and the Argonauts
    A Kid for Two Farthings
    Lair of the White Worm *
    The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
    Man of Aran
    The Man Who Would Be King *
    Matthew Hopkins: Witchfinder General
    Metroland
    The Mission *
    The Mouse That Roared *
    The Mummy (1959) *
    Nanook of the North
    Night Train to Munich *
    O Lucky Man! *
    Quatermass and the Pit *
    Quatermass II: Enemy from Space *
    Ratcatcher
    Sexy Beast *
    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
    The Thief of Bagdad (1940) *
    Village of the Damned (1960) *
    Wish You Were Here *
    Wonderland
    Yellow Submarine *
     
  3. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    Ok, I sit corrected.

    Horror of Dracula was on one of the Spanish channels tonight.
     
  4. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Second:

    Gaslight
    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
     
  5. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    I'll third:

    Curse of Frankenstein
    The Man Who Would Be King
    The Mouse That Roared
    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
    The Thief of Bagdad
     
  6. MartinTeller

    MartinTeller Screenwriter

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    As far as 2001 goes... if the BFI didn't consider it British enough to go on their top 100 list (and let's be real, it would have been up there), neither should we.
     
  7. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    I do agree with Martin & have already voiced my concerns about all of the Kubrick films being included. I don't have a problem with ACO (BFI list) & Barry Lyndon but I'm having second thoughts about allowing 2001:ASO & Dr Strangelove. I'll have to think it over some.

    We now have a complete field but I'll hold all of the nominated films that have been seconded in reserve, just in case we need them.

    I'll post the first matchups tomorrow.
     
  8. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Well every resource I have (various books as well as the last Cinemania version released) all list both 2001 and Dr. Strangelove as British films. It's hard for me to understand how either of these is not a British film.
     
  9. MartinTeller

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    iMDB lists 2001 as UK/USA. Dr. Strangelove is listed as UK, but I find it difficult to think of it as a British film. Takes place in America, mostly American actors, American director.
     
  10. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Well if a director from another country (say Germany or Hong Kong) comes to the U.S. and in Hollywood makes a film about Germany or Hong Kong, with a lot of actors from that country would this be an American film or a German (or Hong Kong) film?

    I don't really understand what financing has to do with it. If some Swiss business concern financed a film made in Hollywood by an American independent director with American actors would that be a Swiss film?

    The problem with arguing about British films is that the language hasn't changed. When a film is made in Italy, in Italian, even if it has American connections, it's pretty clearly an Italian film.

    What kind of film is Lord of the Rings? I know it was made in New Zealand primarily by a bunch of New Zealanders (crew and extras, if not the primary stars), but was financed by New Line. So is that an American film or a New Zealand film?
     
  11. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    I'll admit that the lines are sometimes blurry when determining country of origin. The joint ventures being the trickiest ones to determine.




    If the production company is from same said country then it would be a German or Hong Kong film. It doesn't matter what locale they choose to shoot the film.

    Aguirre Wrath of God is a German film though not one frame was shot in Germany.

    Apocalypse Now is a US film made entirely in the philippines

    etc, etc, etc.


    As for 2001 & Strangelove I've decided to leave 'em in. They were nominated, seconded & thirded so whatever reservations I have should have been voiced before they made the list.

    I'll start with 4 matchups to get a feel for how many abstains we'll have. [​IMG]

    Remember, if you have to abstain name the film you haven't seen. If not then I'll assume it's both films. It'll help me to determine which film gets the boot in the event less then 3 people vote.

    Round 1

    Monty Python's Life of Brian

    vs.

    The Full Monty

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    The Draughtsman's Contract

    vs.

    If....

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    Oliver Twist

    vs.

    Scrooge (1951)

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    Small Faces

    vs.

    Women in Love
     
  12. Scott Weinberg

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    Monty Python's Life of Brian
     
  13. SteveGon

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    Life of Brian
    Abstain
    - No TDC.
    Oliver Twist
    Abstain
    - Seen neither.
     
  14. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Monty Python's Life of Brian

    Oliver Twist
     
  15. MartinTeller

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    Only one I've seen is Life of Brian, and maybe Draughtsman's Contract.
     
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    1. Monty Python's Life of Brian
    2. Abstain
    3. Oliver Twist
    4. Abstain
     
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    Life of Brian
    If....
    Scrooge (1951)
    Women in Love
     
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    Monty Python's Life of Brian
     
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    Monty Python's Life of Brian

    Oliver Twist
     
  20. Brook K

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    Only seen 3 of these.

    Scrooge (by far my favorite Dickens story)
     

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