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Classic Movies

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Woodface, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Non-linear storyline in particular - we are so used to it now it is difficult to appreciate the innovation.
     
  2. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Really? Novels have been doing it for centuries!
     
  3. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    And movies hadn't.
     
  4. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Seriously? Whyever not?
     
  5. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Touch of Evil is my favourite Orson Welles film. His performance, the reveal of the body in the hotel room and of course the (three-minute?) opening shot are three of the reasons. Oh yes, and Marlene Dietrich. Four reasons.
     
  6. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Because cinema was an immature form.
     
  7. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Ha! Just came to this thread to say exactly that! I was most unimpressed...

    Apparently it has lost it's rating of "best film ever made" to "The Third Man", which is a much better film... IMHO...
     
  8. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Genevieve is very good & also stars John Gregson who is largely forgotten; Talking Pics have shown Gideon's Way of late which is actually better than I expected.
     
  9. Marchbanks

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  10. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Exactly the point. You can write anything but filming requires technical equipment which is not always capable of realising the script.
     
  11. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    3rd man is a great film, Welles didn't direct it but stole the movie really with his performance. I still really rate Citizen Kane even though it took a few views to appreciate it.
     
  12. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

  13. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    still wondering...
     
  14. davidlf

    davidlf Active Member

    Agree that "High Noon" is excellent, how about "Shane"?
     
  15. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Well that's bizarre to me! I'd have bet £1000 on that without a moments hesitation! I remember, as fact, in my own mind, there being quite a song and dance about The Third man overtaking Citizen Kane as best film ever and only around 2-3 years ago... a while googling it and all I can find is The Third Man was rated best ever British film... and yet I have no recollection of Vertigo being mentioned in these polls... the mind can play tricks on one it seems...:rolleyes:

    I don't particularly rate Vertigo.
     
  16. Bart

    Bart pfm Member

    The Last Picture Show, highly atmospheric and bittersweet coming of age story in small town America. Must get the dvd out again soon.
     
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  17. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Sorry, I didn't see this.

    I would put the cut off around the early 70s as that gives enough time for films to be rediscovered, also I am a little obsessed with some films of this era.

    Some films I love from this era:

    Soylent Green
    The King of Marvin Gardens
    Network
    The French Connection
    There days of the condor

    I really admire certain directors, Sidney Lumet for example.

    I also think Robert Redford made some great films in the 70s & his poster boy image obscures what a great actor he is.
     
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  18. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Yes! Really evocative.
     
  19. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Nor me. Give me Rear Window or North By North-West any day.
     
  20. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    70's...oh well then..
    The 50's was a great era...sort of something very significant ending in Holywood, with those massive american soul searching novels (like 'mockingbird) being replaced by the 60's NEW of movies like The graduate. Still for me it was still an exploration into who we are. John Wayne again appears as my unlikely hero in that role, this time in 'The Searchers', and whilst that and '12 angry men' have the USA looking to see if they know what this world is about to bring and who they are, the new generation then launched James Dean in 'Rebel without a cause'. 3 Films that everyone might see to help put that decade in perspective.

    Then ofc the 60's landed.

    Since that was 'my time' ofc I am biased but so many timeless and brilliant films came out of the 60's that picking a few classics is near impossible, but...

    'IF'. Just watch it for Malcolm McDowell.
    'True grit'. Not for John Wayne this time but his female teen co-star who shines through all the big names around her. Kim Darby.
    'Hombre' with Paul Newman. Brilliant end to the cowboy era.
    Jack Lemmon's best film IMO. 'The apartment'. How did this happen in the same decade as 'The graduate'? Sometime in the mid 60's Hollywood shifted!
    'Breakfast at Tiffany's'.
    Dustin H again. 'Midnight Cowboy'.
    And then in '67, but feels like it should have been '57, 'Look who's coming to dinner'.

    And as for the 70's...
    For me, 70's was the start of the violence era. Taxi Driver, Apocolypse Now, The Deerhunter, Clockwork Orange.
    We'd never seen so much blood and gore :)
    Anyway this was less to my taste so I sifted the decade for a bit of enduring subtlety!
    'Harold and Maude'. Possibly in my top 5 films of all time.
    'Annie hall'. Allen's best film for me.
    'The life of Brian'. had to be.
    'The french connection'. Perfect cop movie. Brilliant performance by Gene Hackman.
    'Clockwork Orange'. What you can do when censorship rules loosen.
    and, one of the best films of all time IMO. 'One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest'. How brilliant is Jack Nicholson when he cares about the film he's in?
     
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