Win me over! older movies 50's and earlier. black & white, color, mono, whatever goes

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  1. Mike boettner

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    Give me some suggestions on older movies. from the 50's or so and earlier. I'm not a big fan of older movies, maybe I just haven't seen the right ones? So, suggestions please, any style or type, to help me get into the "classic" stuff!
    Mike
     
  2. george kaplan

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    Well it really depends on your taste and why you don't like older movies. If you want big explosions, sorry, there aren't many. If you want lots of CGI, not many. If you don't like black & white because, well, you want color, then that's that.

    But, I throw out a few titles that might be worth checking out depending on your taste:

    First of all, classic Hitchcock:

    North by Northwest
    Rear Window
    Vertigo

    Some classic Bogie:

    The Maltese Falcon
    The Big Sleep
    Casablanca

    Some classic comedies:

    The Thin Man
    Adam's Rib
    Sullivan's Travels

    Some other classics:

    Bridge on the River Kwai
    Citizen Kane
    The Third Man
    The Adventures of Robin Hood
    Out of the Past

    and if you really want to get open-minded,

    Some classic silents:

    The Gold Rush
    Safety Last
    The General
     
  3. Jason Seaver

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    Well, might as well jump in all the way, right?

    Spione (Spies) - three hours of silent German Fritz Lang goodness. Lang had an instinctual gift for composition that hasn't been matched yet.
     
  4. Mike boettner

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    so far so good! I don't like CGI and i'm not an "action" only kinda guy. I do like movies that really make you think and/or strange/weird movies.

    Also I love classic books. Swiss family Robinson, treasure island, 20,000 leagues under the sea.....etc. any movies like these would be great.
    they don't have to be in color. i think i really enjoy abstract/not mainstream movies, if that helps.
    Mike
     
  5. Peter Apruzzese

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    I agree with George's picks and submit the following additions:

    PATHS OF GLORY
    THE RED SHOES
    BLACK NARCISSUS
    PEEPING TOM
    NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
    THE WAGES OF FEAR
    THE GRAND ILLUSION
    METROPOLIS
     
  6. Walter Kittel

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    Comedy
    My Man Godfrey
    His Girl Friday
    Arsenic and Old Lace
    It Happened One Night
    Harvey
    War films
    Twelve O'Clock High
    Sahara
    The Sands of Iwo Jima
    From Here To Eternity
    Run Silent, Run Deep
    Crime / Noir
    The Big Heat
    Kansas City Confidential
    The Big Sleep
    The Maltese Falcon
    Kiss Me Deadly
    The Naked City
    Detour
    Double Indemnity
    To the list of classic Hitchcock, I would add
    Rebecca - one of my favorites
    Other classics to consider -
    The 39 Steps
    The Third Man
    M
    Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
    City Lights
    The General
    - Walter.
     
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    The only older movie that I have(and love) is The Hustler
     
  8. Edwin-S

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    Under classic Bogie I would add
    Treasure of The Sierra Madre
    The Caine Mutiny (anyways, I think it is classic)
    I'm not a big fan of silent movies but I was impressed with this one:
    The Passion of Joan of Arc
    The new background music inspired by this film was fantastic.
    Someone already mentioned Wages of Fear but I will second it. Some intense scenes considering it was made in the Fifties.
    Another one I would like to see on DVD is The Dawn Patrol (1938) .
    Then there is:
    All Quiet on The Western Front
    The movie still impresses me, even though the acting is a little stilted compared to now.
     
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    Notorius, Citizen Kane , Cleopatra ,
    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes these give a good cross section of classics from blockbuster, comedy, thriller, etc...
    Todd
     
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    the slient flim wings blew me away
     
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    City Lights
    Safety Last
    The Unknown
    Ben-Hur (1925)
    The Unholy Three (1925)
    Greed
    The Crowd
    The General
    Sherlock Jr.
     
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    I highly reccommend Citizen Kane as well as any film by Charlie Chaplin.
     
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    Some Like it Hot
     
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    Well, Disney has versions of all three of those. I haven't seen Treasure Island, but 20,000 Leagues (1954) is very good, and Swiss Family Robinsion (1960) is out in a fantastic just released dvd.
     
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    One thing which is important to bear in mind is that older films were, by and large, crafted for more delicate sensibilities than those possessed of today's movie-going public. Consequently, it can be tough for one unfamiliar with the kind of experience offered by movies from bygone eras to appreciate the original impact they had on audiences of the day. Thusly, it might behoove the newcomer to begin with films which still remain relevant in these contemporary times in terms of intensity.
    I would recommend the following films as standing out in their respective times in the vigor and intensity of their presentation, treatment, style, performance, or what-have-you (sound films only):
    M, 1931
    The Bride of Frankenstein, 1935
    The 39 Steps, 1935
    Gunga Din, 1939
    The Grapes of Wrath, 1940
    His Girl Friday, 1940
    The Sea Wolf, 1941
    Citizen Kane, 1941
    The Devil and Daniel Webster, 1941
    Sullivan's Travels, 1941
    The Magnificent Ambersons, 1942
    To Be or Not to Be, 1942
    Arsenic and Old Lace, 1944
    The Big Sleep, 1946
    Great Expectations, 1946
    Oliver Twist, 1948
    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948
    White Heat, 1949
    Twelve O'clock High, 1949
    The Third Man, 1949
    The Big Carnival (a.k.a., Ace in the Hole), 1951
    The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1957
    Paths of Glory, 1957
    Sweet Smell of Success, 1957
    A Face in the Crowd, 1957
    12 Angry Men, 1957
    Touch of Evil, 1958
    Vertigo, 1958
    North by Northwest, 1959
    Some Like it Hot, 1959
    Psycho, 1960
    The Hustler, 1961
    The Innocents, 1961
    Lawrence of Arabia, 1962
    The Manchurian Candidate, 1962
    Dr. Strangelove, 1963
    Seven Days in May, 1964
    I would wager that you probably have a better shot of finding films, which appeal at least somewhat to your contemporary sensibilities, from among this list than any other.
     
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    Excellent choices here. HTF, yes!
     
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    I would just say that the lists presented already contain many of the great ones to see.

    Some personal favs (mostly with great dialog)

    Bogart at his very finest:
    Maltese Falcon
    Casablanca

    Welles with some great acting
    Touch of Evil - might take a 2nd viewing, it's awkward for new viewers I think, but once you get used to some of the style you find some excellent dialog

    Third Man
    Citizen Kane

    2 good Errol Flynn movies (which means action for the time)
    Adventures of Robin Hood
    The Sea Hawk

    See some Chaplin films. I prefer City Lights above all.

    Keaton's The General is pretty impressive physical comedy/adventure too.

    Some great comedies, often with that great sharp wit that most modern comedies have given up on...

    Arsenic and Old Lace
    His Girl Friday
    It Happened One Night
    Philadelphia Story (hepburn and grant)
    Bringing Up Baby (hepburn and grant)

    Speaking of Cary Grant (P. Story, Arsenic, HGF, BUB) he had several other fun comedies. 2 that both myself and the finacee like (which means cross appeal) are Monkey Business and Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.

    My favorite Monroe picture is from '55 - The Seven Year Itch. In fact Billy Wilder is a solid director to start with when looking at older films, tough to go wrong with him. Sunset Blvd, Stalag 17, Double Indemnity, Some Like it Hot all being '50s and earlier.

    It's tough to go wrong with the Hitchcock library. If you saw Mission Impossible 2 and would like to see the story done correctly, then check out Notorious (again with Grant).

    Rear Window, North by Northwest, and Vertigo are classics for a reason.

    I really like Hitch's older work too, stuff like 39 Steps or The Lady Vanishes (both Criterion btw).

    And Kurosawa was going strong back then. Seven Samurai is a great action flick for example.

    German Fritz Lang is another good foreign director, check out M and Metropolis for starters. Something like M is still rather dramatic by today's standards.


    I also love the two Frankenstein films (Frank. and Bride of Frank).
     
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    Roman Holiday, Maltese Falcon, Strangers on a Train, and All About Eve are some of my favorites.

    Casblanca pretty much goes without saying.

    I'm planning on watching The Big Sleep for the first time later tonight, myself.
     

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