Classics Please

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  1. Mark Littlejohn

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    Could you guy give me some classics movies. I mean movies that you can watch and enjoy over and over.Old or new are welcome.[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. Mark Littlejohn

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    I know you guys have movies that are great , Im just trying to upgrade my collection with movies than I can really enjoy, Lately I am very careful as to what movies I add to my collection just so I'll have great stuff. I would like some classics old or new some of your ALL TIME GREATS.
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  3. andrew markworthy

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    Mark, to be frank, this is practically impossible to answer without some idea of your tastes. There is a core set of about 200 or so movies which practically everyone will agree are 'classics'. However, whether you will personally *like* all of them is open to doubt. To take just one example - I agree with the statement that The Wizard of Oz is a classic, and I can appreciate its technical and historical importance. However, I also *personally* find it irredeemably vulgar, and would sooner have root cavity work than ever watch it again.

    What I'm trying to say is that I or indeed other members of the forum could give you huge lists of what we consider to be classic movies, but whether you would *enjoy* them all equally is a moot point. If you could indicate what types of movie you like, then this would at least narrow down the field.

    If you're looking for classics regardless of enjoyment, then absolute safe bets include:

    Citizen Kane

    Belle et la Bete

    Seventh Seal

    Last Year in Marienbad

    Rules of the Game

    Seven Samurai

    Les Enfants du Paradis

    The Third Man

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Casablanca

    Wild Strawberries

    [all these are either out already in R1 or should be coming out in the next few months]

    These certainly need to be seen again and again and be scrutinised in minute detail to appreciate their qualities. However, I'm not guaranteeing that you'll like them!
     
  4. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Andrew, I can watch Oz up until the tornado. In fact, that's all I ever watch it for. That tornado is still the best movie storm of all time; it looks more realistic than those CGI excesses in Twister. But as soon as those damn Munchkins show up, forget about it.
     
  5. SteveGon

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    Sticking with English-language films for now...
    Criterion has fine editions of the following classics:
    The Third Man
    Sullivan's Travels
    My Man Godfrey
    The Lady Eve
    Notorious
    Rebecca

    Columbia has put out some nice versions of:
    His Girl Friday
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    It Happened One Night
    Lost Horizon

    You should also check out Universal's Classic Monster Series, especially the first wave.
    Here's a few more:
    Paths of Glory
    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
    The Philadelphia Story
    The Train
    Of Mice and Men (1939)
    Odd Man Out
    Casablanca
    Key Largo
    The Big Sleep
    The Maltese Falcon
    Arsenic and Old Lace
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Ben-Hur
    Doctor Zhivago
    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    and of course, Citizen Kane
    I have the above titles in my collection; I'm sure the other guys will have plenty of other suggestions... [​IMG]
     
  6. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

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    Mark,
    Without knowing what your tastes are, it is a little difficult to make recommendations. You might want to consider some of the lists on this site as a starting point.
    Of the films in your collection, do you have favorites? If so, you might want to examine additional films by the directors of those films you enjoy. For me, this is one of the most reliable indicators of a film's value. Your mileage may differ, of course.
    If you are trying to expand beyond your current set of film interests ( whatever those may be. [​IMG] ) you might want to consider films directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Howard Hawks, John Ford, and David Lean ( off the top of my head. )
    - Watler.
     
  7. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    There are so many, and it really depends on your taste. You haven't really given us any info about what you think is a classic (for some people 70's films are classics and anything before that is too old to consider).

    Anyway, here are some of mine for what it's worth:

    THE APARTMENT

    THE GODFATHER

    CASABLANCA

    CITIZEN KANE

    SOME LIKE IT HOT

    STAR WARS

    DR. STRANGELOVE

    THE GODFATHER, PART 2

    REAR WINDOW

    RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

    NORTH BY NORTHWEST

    CHINATOWN

    VERTIGO

    2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

    THE GOLD RUSH (1925)

    TOY STORY

    PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

    JAWS

    PSYCHO

    THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

    YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

    DUCK SOUP

    TOY STORY 2

    BACK TO THE FUTURE

    MODERN TIMES

    BLAZING SADDLES

    IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

    THE WIZARD OF OZ

    E.T.

    THE GRADUATE

    THE AFRICAN QUEEN

    MASH

    SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS

    IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD

    HOPSCOTCH

    THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

    MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL

    THE PRINCESS BRIDE

    TO HAVE & HAVE NOT

    ADAM’S RIB

    THE BIG SLEEP

    ANIMAL HOUSE

    DOUBLE INDEMNITY

    A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

    CHARADE

    FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

    GOLDFINGER

    THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

    THE MALTESE FALCON

    THE LADY VANISHES

    PILLOW TALK

    STALAG 17

    THE STING

    THE 39 STEPS

    THE GREAT ESCAPE

    BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID

    THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE

    BLADE RUNNER

    RETURN OF THE JEDI

    DIE HARD

    ROSEMARY’S BABY

    THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI

    L.A. CONFIDENTIAL

    THE SOUND OF MUSIC

    THE ODD COUPLE

    WHAT’S UP DOC?

    TERMINATOR 2

    BRINGING UP BABY

    THE TERMINATOR

    STRANGERS ON A TRAIN

    THE THIN MAN

    GROUNDHOG DAY

    WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?

    THE DIRTY DOZEN

    M (1931)

    THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

    THE THIRD MAN

    INDIANA JONES & THE LAST CRUSADE

    GREASE

    WEST SIDE STORY

    NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION

    SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS

    THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH

    AMERICAN GRAFFITI

    VICTOR/VICTORIA

    TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)

    THE COURT JESTER

    BEN-HUR (1959)

    REBECCA

    HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING

    MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

    A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

    THE BLUES BROTHERS

    BEAUTY & THE BEAST (ANIMATED)

    MY FAIR LADY

    ALIENS

    HIGH NOON

    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

    THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

    BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

    LAURA

    TOP HAT

    THE PRODUCERS

    OUT OF THE PAST

    SORRY, WRONG NUMBER

    SABRINA (1954)

    IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

    FANTASIA

    CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

    THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

    THE FRENCH CONNECTIONCITY LIGHTS

    ROCKY

    FRANKENSTEIN

    PATTON

    GOODFELLAS

    UNFORGIVEN
     
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    Andrew the thing is Im a movie buff, I like movies of all sorts. I don't really have a favorite catagory Im pretty much open minded. I thought Citizen Kane was great, but I also thought Shaw Shank Red was great. Usually you guys give good advice so Ill pick out what I dont have, and if I see the same suggestions on movies I haven't seen, then I will most likely pick them up. What this does Andrew is at least give me some sense of hope in my movie selections.
     
  9. Mark Littlejohn

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    Sorry guys ,I should have narrowed it down......lets say 5 movies. George your overwelming me, but aleast if no one answers this post I can use your suggestions.
     
  10. george kaplan

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    Just take the first 5 off my list that you haven't seen and you'll have a damned fine film festival for yourself [​IMG].
    I included some that aren't yet on dvd, it wasn't clear whether you only wanted ones on dvd.
     
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    to reiterate what i said in the movies thread dealing with this same subject, I'm posting some of my thoughts on some of my favorite movies (rather than just a meaningless long list of names)
    King Kong: everybody should see Kong, it's one of, if not the greatest action/adventure movie ever made, it's only real competition in this genre is Raiders of the Lost Ark, The film still holds up today, the action is riviting, and the film is made with real passion by the filmmakers; it is slightly dated with it's semiracist portrayal of Charlie the chinese cook, but that can easily be looked over.
    How Green was my Valley: John Ford's masterpiece is often dismissed as the film that was picked over citizen kane, but what many people fail to realize is that it is one of the great films of all times, from one of the greatest directors of all time. How Green Was my Valley is a sprawling family epic, it is moving and tragic, the subject matter will often shock you (divorce, premarital pregnancy, church hypocrisy, faith, child labor, Labor unions all thrown agains the background of a family inexorably breaking apart at the seams. The acting is superb, the cinematography is breathtaking, and the story is heartwrenching. This is the film every family drama (legends of the fall, ordinary people) wants to live up to but fails miserably. If I had to pick a single film from citizen kane's era to compete with it, it would be How Green was my Valley.
    Paths of Glory: Stanley Kubrick's most straightforward film is one of his best. The cinematography is of course fantastic, the acting is superb, and the script is still delightful even today (example, two soldiers discuss the merits of being killed quickly versus slowly, something that seems very tarentino or scorsese). The film is darkly antiwar, and has an incredible impact on everybody who sees it.
    Ben-Hur: The epic to end all epics. Films just cannot compare with Ben-Hur on any level, the acting is of course fantastic, the script is great, the action and story move swiftly along, and it is capped by one hell of an ending. Ben-Hur is so big and it has been parodied so often that at first the cyncial movie goer might only see a happy ending and a lot of homoeroticism, but everyone should try to see this sans Mel brooks and other parody artists cynicsim.
    The Man who Shot Liberty Valance: My single favorite western, stars Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne. In Liberty Valance, both hero's are flawed, the West is violent and mean, and things don't turn out the way you expect. The resolution is not so much sad, as melancholy. Something of a swan song to the tradtional western hero of Shane and High Noon, Ford laments the passing of a more idealistic time in filmmaking, but at the same time makes a marvelous film in the new prevailing attitudes of cynicism and sarcasm that was beginning in the sixties.
    The 400 Blows: Trufautt's first film, a fantastic piece. 400 Blows is the quintessential coming of age story, it is rarely matched, often imitated and given homages, 400 blows is one of the paragons of world cinema, this shoudl be one of the first foreign films you watch if you are unfamiliar with foreign film, it is accessible and enjoyable, and it is still relevant today, dealing with themes and topics in a frank and unashamed manner. A beautiful story, beautifully told.
    The Apartment: One of Billy Wilder's best film, a fantastic romantic comedy that doubles as a corporate satire. the preformances are marvelous, teh script witty and moving, and the execution (as so many Wilder films are) is absolutely flawless. A must see, one of the great American films.
    Scarface: the Shame of a Nation (1932): The original Scarface is brilliantly done, and should be better remembered. Paul Muni does a fantastic job, and the direction is extremely clever in dealing with murder, drugs, and incest in 1932. This film, along with Little Caesar raised the bar for ganster films the way that 2001 did for science fiction and Fellowship of the rings is doing for fantasy.
    happy viewing :)
    Adam
     
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    I've been watching Turner Classic Movies and American Movie Classics nearly every night lately. Watched Casablanca for the 1st time last week. Wow! That Ingrid Bergman was something else! Watched The Bells Of St. Mary's with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman last night. That is the first movie I have ever seen of Bing Crosby's believe it or not, and was completely overwhelmed by just his presence on the screen. He had that "high watchability" factor that few actors have. Bing had it in spades. I was glued to the TV during the whole movie. Just watched Gone With The Wind for the 1st time yesterday too.

    Yep, I am cathcing up on the old movies these days and am loving every minute of it.
     
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    >>Ben-Hur: The epic to end all epics.
     
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    George I thought your list was fantastic, I saved them so that I can go back and check some of them out. And your one hundred percent right, I didn't specify so you list was ok. Thanks, also I would like to add the link that Walter added was perfect.
     
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