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  1. Jason Co

    Jason Co Second Unit

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    I finally watched my first movie that would be deemed a true classic. I watched Citizen Kane for the first time. It took me a while to actually sit down and watch it. I have to admit I am an action junkie. My rule of thumb is usually if the sub doesn't kick on I don't wanna watch it..lol. I questioned at first why this movie gets such rave reviews and is ranked number one on many peoples all time greats list.

    To my surprise I really enjoyed the movie. I understand now that classics are much more character driven. These movies don't rely on amazing special effects to carry the film. I also really enjoyed the hidden meanings throughout the story. I have to admit, I wanted to know what Rosebud was in the worst way. At the end, I actually had to sit there for a few minutes and let it soak in. When I realized what Rosebud was and what it meant to Charles Kane...I was pretty much blown away. I look forward to seeing more classic films, and if anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it.

    Jason
     
  2. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Jason,

    I'm sure you'll get tons of suggestions. You can find some of mine by clicking on the link in my signature.
     
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    Jason, there's a world of wonder awaiting you! [​IMG]
     
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    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Jason. just to add a bit to what the others have written, welcome to a larger world. The fact that I love the classics does not keep me from enjoying plenty of action-oriented film that draw big crowds (for example I really thought that The Matrix was an outstanding film—though I don’t care if I never see the sequel again).

    Look for the Sight & Sound thread. This has a list of 341 films that a good many critics, experts and just plain film lovers consider great—though not everyone agrees with all the choices. The same with the AFI Challenge thread and the 30s Challenge thread (all these are in the Movies area).

    You will find some discussion on this films, sometimes spirited, but never mean. For example Seth and I disagree quite substantially on Birth of a Nation and D.W. Griffith and I think that Ben-Hur consists three hours of boring tripe with a few very well done scenes. But we agree on far, far more films.

    Have fun—I envy you in your ability to see some of these great films for the first time.
     
  7. Angelo.M

    Angelo.M Producer

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    Jason:

    First, don't let anyone tell you what you ought to like. It doesn't matter if I think it's a classic if you can't sit through it.

    Second, a handy way to sample films which many folks label as "classics" is to take advantage of cable channels like AMC and Turner Classics.

    Happy hunting.
     
  8. Jeff Gatie

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    Definately watch "Casablanca". You will have the joy of raising goosebumps on your skin every time you think of the words "Play Le Marseilles".
     
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  10. SteveP

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    Just to clarify--no stuntmen were killed during the production of the 1959 version of BEN-HUR.
     
  11. Jason Co

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    It is definitely interesting to see people's differnet ideas of classics. I figure I am going to check out the following:
    Casablanca
    Ben Hur
    Maltese Falcon
    Gone With the Wind

    I'll see where those take me.

    Jason
     
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    Garrett Lundy Producer

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  14. Rob Tomlin

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    As you start to appreciate the classics more, you may actually find yourself going even further back into cinema and discovering some true gems. Some might even be (*gasp*) silent!

    A couple recommendations:

    Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin)

    The Passion of Joan of Arc (directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer)

    Of course, there is this other "little" movie you might want to consider seeing if you haven't already: Lawrence of Arabia!

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  15. Chad A Wright

    Chad A Wright Supporting Actor

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    I'll second the suggestion of Lawrence of Arabia. Also check out some of what I consider to be classics:

    Bridge on the River Kwai (this took me a couple of viewings to really love)
    The Hidden Fortress
    Seven Samurai
    Goldfinger
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    Jaws (my personal favorite)
     
  16. Allen Hirsch

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    My favorite classics (most have already been mentioned, but what the heck...):

    The Big Sleep
    Casablanca
    Citizen Kane
    Gone with the Wind
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Key Largo
    The Maltese Falcon
    North by Northwest
    Singin' in the Rain
    The Third Man
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Vertigo
    West Side Story
     
  17. ChuckSolo

    ChuckSolo Screenwriter

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    Being a Sci-Fi/Horror fan I would submit these as "classics" of those genres:

    Them
    The Omen
    The Exorcist
    Creature from the Black Lagoon
    Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    The Time Machine
    The War of The Worlds
    Day of the Triffids
    Not of This Earth (Paul Birch)
    The Beast With Five Fingers
    Godzilla (1956?)
    King Kong (1936?)
    I was a Teenage Werewolf
    Jason and the Argonauts
    Dracula (Bela Lugosi)
    Frankenstein (Boris Karloff)
     
  18. Andy_G

    Andy_G Stunt Coordinator

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    Just about anything Hitchcock. Start with Rear Window or North by Northwest.
     

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