Help me compose a list of films

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by RobR, Dec 13, 2001.

  1. RobR

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    I've become a great fan of films utilizing quick editing and unusual techniques such as Natural Born Killers, Requiem for a Dream, Memento, Midnight Cowboy, and Run Lola Run. I'd like to view more such films. Do you know of any (in addition to the aforementioned ones)?

    I read that Pi is one such film, but I haven't seen it.
     
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    Following (1999) just came to DVD on tues
     
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    JFK
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    That's really all I can think of at 5:40 AM!
     
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    Moulin Rouge is chock full of interesting edits.
     
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    Rob, although he wasn't completely without precedent, many of those editing techniques originated with Jean-Luc Godard. Start with Breathless, his most famous and accessible film, then check out Alphaville, My Life to Live, Pierrot le Fou, and A Woman is a Woman, all available on decent DVDs.

    And, if you want to dig a bit deeper, head straight to the source: the Soviet filmmakers of the teens and twenties. Eisenstein and the like. Much of it feels like academic experimentation to me, but their influence on those who followed is obvious -- Hitchcock being the most famous example. I'd recommend Dziga Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera.
     
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    Easy Rider
     
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    Along the lines of Darren's thinking I'd recommend Sergei Eisenstein's Strike!, my favorite of his films. An amazing assault of images.
    Other silent film examples:
    The Passion of Joan of Arc
    Sherlock Jr. An early example of the movie-within-a movie.
    Another classic example of editing to tell story is Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon coming soon on DVD from Criterion. In which we see the same events through the eyes of 4 different story tellers.
    More recent examples that may be more accessible to you include:
    Steven Soderbergh's The Limey and Out of Sight
    John Sayles' Lone Star
    Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Cure
     
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    Charlie's Angels has some clever cuts. Also check through the works of Michael Bay, Simon West, Dominic Sena and Tony Scott. These guys love the chop-shot.
     
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    I'd second the vote on Strike!; it has some truly dazzling editing that outguns the famous sequence in Battleship Potemkin to my mind, though that is worth considering on such a list as well.

    While we're back in the 1920s, looking for antecedents, you might also check out Christensen's Haxan (1922), which reportedly had a huge influence on Eisenstein.
     
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    Pi
    Darren Aronofski has many of the cast of Requiem: For A Dream. It's an awesome awesome dark movie. The man from Ace Venture and Scarface is in it. Some people not from RFD such as Ajay Naidu (wasn't he in Office Space?).
    Summarized: He tries to find a numerical system for life (but most deeply for the stock market).
    -Bert
     
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    Dark City
     
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    Citizen Kane

    Abel Gance's Napoleon (has lots of "Russian Montage")

    Help!
     
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    The Cell
    Very cool art direction/cinematography.
    Moulin Rouge would also be cool, although the begining is rather annoying because it's TOO much like an MTV video (see Michael Bay films for lameness).
     
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    Baz Lurhmann's film of Romeo & Juliet.
     
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    The Limey Great technique, great film.
     

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