Tragedy Genre DVDs

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  1. Blu

    Blu Screenwriter

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    I'm a big fan of the Tragedy genre (and as a indie filmmaker I gravitate more to this genre than others) and would like to know some of the best DVDs that you believe are the best of that genre.
     
  2. Chad A Wright

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    Please elaborate more. Do you mean like death-in-the-family kind of tragedy or aliens-coming-down-and-blowing-up-the-White-House kind of tragedy? I'm assuming the first kind [​IMG]
     
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    You are talking about films like Earthquake, and Towering Inferno aren't you? If so those two along with the Poseidon Adventure are my favorite on DVD. I love all the old disaster movies. Here is an awesome website I just found. It has links to buy the DVD if they are available. Unfortunately it looks like two of my favorites Fire! and Flood! aren't.[​IMG]

    Edit: Grey Lady Down is though! Ah yes my two favorite genres together. Disaster and submarine movies! Sweet!
     
  4. Blu

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    Yes Diaster movies are very good and I enjoy them immensely but I am refering more to movies such as Requiem for a Dream and the like.
     
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    I think he's reffering to a shakespearean type of tragedy NOT disaster flicks[​IMG]

    Anyway, if depressing movies are for you I'd reccomend:

    Igby Goes Down
    P.T. Anderson's Hard Eight and Magnolia
    American Beauty
    American History X

    I own all of these and they are all excellent films. Of course shakespeare adaptations are an obvious choice as well. I hope this helps, I will post more if I can think of any. [​IMG]
     
  6. Duncan Reno

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    If you like foreign films "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" is a great film from Korea that's worth checking out.
    Link to synopsis (has spoilers)

    The only drawback is it's region 3.
     
  7. Allan Cast

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    Polanski's - DEATH and the MAIDEN
    Kurosawa's - BAD MEN SLEEP WELL and RAN
    Hitchcock's - THE WRONG MAN and VERTIGO
    Phil Joanou's - STATE of GRACE
    Luc Besson's - Le Dernier Combat
     
  8. Jeff Kuykendall

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    This genre is often called "catharsis drama."
    I recommend Lars Von Trier (although I've only seen Breaking the Waves).
     
  9. Rich Malloy

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    Definitely Lars von Trier (the late-era flicks). Start with "Breaking the Waves" and then check out "Dancer in the Dark". If you can find "The Idiots", see that as well, but the only R1 version I've seen is a butchered cut and is definitely not recommended (one of the worst re-edits ever; even the theatrical cut with the big black boxes covering the naughty bits was infinitely better).

    As mentioned, that Shakespeare fella wrote some good tragedies, no small number of which have been adapted for film. For a good lessor-seen Shakespeare-on-screen, try Polanski's "Macbeth".
     
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    I would recommend several of the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder:

    Fox And His Friends
    Ali: Fear Eats The Soul
    The Merchant Of Four Seasons
    Fear Of Fear
    Chinese Roulette
    The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant

    or his mentor Douglas Sirk, who's films, while they sometimes had Hollywood dictated happy endings, were really tragedies:

    Written On The Wind
    Imitation Of Life
    All That Heaven Allows
     
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    Open Hearts (Elsker dig for evigt) (My #1 film out of 104 seen theatrically in 2003).

    Lilja 4-Ever

    *edit* Sorry, I didn't read carefully. Neither are out on DVD in Region 1, though I know "Lilja" is out in another region.
     
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    Some good dramas from my collection that are not necessarily "upbeat:"

    The Sweet Hereafter
    Immortal Beloved
    Days of Heaven
    Glengarry Glen Ross
    Picnic at Hanging Rock
    Summertime
    Taste of Cherry
     
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    Oops sorry about that. I like these tragedy films as well sometimes. I have to balance them with a comedy though afterwards, or I tend to get depressed over them. Requiem was a trip! The mom was completely nuts!
     
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    Not everyone will agree, but I think the following qualify for the classic definition of tragedy:

    Do the Right Thing
    Jungle Fever
    Mystic River

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