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Old 01-02-2009, 08:42   #1
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What is your favourite classic film?

Personally mine is 2001 A Space Odyssey because after 40 years the special effects are still very good and the film is a bless to watch
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:26   #2
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I don't really have a single favourite movie. I would have difficulty narrowing it down to eight or ten to take to that mythical desert island.

If you held a gun to my head and demanded just one, I would probably choose Rio Bravo. Certainly this is one film I never tire of watching no matter how recently I last saw it. I don't think I can watch North By Northwest or The Band Wagon or The Third Man with such frequency. On the other hand I can watch The Bridge On The River Kwai endlessly . . . . . .
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If you really love movies I don't think you can have a favorite. It depends on my mood; epic, western, comedy, horror-Hammer or Universal, a good old b/w british film from the 40's. That's the great thing about classic films, there are just so many of 'em.
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I cannot choose between 3 of my all time favourite classic films. Casablanca (1942) for the setting, script and one-liners, Night of the Hunter (1955) for the surreal cinematography and 12 Angry Men (1957) for its overall achievement.
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My three all time favourite films are all "classic" films by definition of this forum: Vertigo, The Night of the Hunter and Black Narcissus.
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The Night of the Hunter has already got two votes. Unfortunately, it is only available as a barebones 4:3 MGM DVD in Regions 1 and 2; I believe the correct OAR is 1.66:1. Nothing new was done even for its 50th Anniversary in 2005. Considering the cult following it has and the room for discussion the surreal photography and the off-beat script offers, the film is crying out for a 2-disc Criterion treatment.
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The Night of the Hunter has already got two votes. Unfortunately, it is only available as a barebones 4:3 MGM DVD in Regions 1 and 2; I believe the correct OAR is 1.66:1. Nothing new was done even for its 50th Anniversary in 2005. Considering the cult following it has and the room for discussion the surreal photography and the off-beat script offers, the film is crying out for a 2-disc Criterion treatment.
It's a terrible shame the film hasn't yet got a worthy DVD edition yet especially as there is tons of material out there. There are hours of outtakes which Charles Laughton's widow, Elsa Lanchester left to the AFI and there is at least one documentary on the film already, so it's not like they would be lacking in material for special features.

There was talk of a special edition a couple of years ago and then it got shelved.

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Old 01-02-2009, 19:31   #10
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Actually there was a SE announced a few months back and that got pulled.
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It's a terrible shame the film hasn't yet got a worthy DVD edition yet especially as there is tons of material out there. There are hours of outtakes which Charles Laughton's widow, Elsa Lanchester left to the AFI and there is at least one documentary on the film already, so it's not like they would be lacking in material for special features.
Ideally, the first disc of a future 2-disc SE of The Night of the Hunter should have one of the many modern interpretive introductions, followed by a good anamorphic transfer of the feature in its original 1:66:1 ratio. The second disc should have the "Making of...." featurette, the aforementioned documentary and the outtakes, but assuming there is one, I would also like to see an interview with Charles Laughton himself.
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I, too, would be hard pushed to narrow all my favourites down to just one, but a few of them would be included in this list, which is in order of when I went to see them at the cinema and not necessarily the year they were made:

1953
Plymouth Adventure

1957
The Last Wagon
The Red Balloon
The Fastest Gun Alive
The First Texan

1958
The Deerslayer
Dragoon Wells Massacre
The Tall T
The Moonraker
The Proud Rebel
Fort Dobbs

1959
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
Sea of Sand

1960
Ivanhoe (reissue of 1952 version)
The Story of Ruth

1961
The Miracle
A Dog of Flanders (David Ladd version)
The Magnificent Seven
Payroll

1962
King of Kings
Guns in the Afternoon
The Phantom of The Opera (Hammer version)
Captain Clegg
The Inspector
The Lion

1963
The Prince and The Pauper (Sean Scully version)
Spartacus
Sodom and Gomorrah
Lancelot and Guinevere
Knights of the Round Table

1964
Zulu

1965
Marnie

1968
Quatermass and the Pit
Witchfinder General

1969
The Stalking Moon

1970
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
True Grit
David Copperfield (Robin Phillips version)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

1971
Eyewitness (Mark Lester version)
The Molly Maguires
Oliver!
Jane Eyre (George C. Scott version)

1972
Chariots of the Gods
Wuthering Heights (Timothy Dalton version)

1973
Nicholas and Alexandra

1974
Swallows and Amazons

Hmm, I think that will do for now.

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Favourite being the word used here, for me it is A Canterbury Tale.
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I cannot choose between 3 of my all time favourite classic films. Casablanca (1942) for the setting, script and one-liners, Night of the Hunter (1955) for the surreal cinematography and 12 Angry Men (1957) for its overall achievement.
Agreed. I would add Rear Window (as I'm sure you would) and The Adventures of Robin Hood for sheer timeless entertainment value.
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Agreed. I would add Rear Window (as I'm sure you would) and The Adventures of Robin Hood for sheer timeless entertainment value.
Agreed likewise. I just thought that I might get away with 3 when the original question seemed to ask us to pick just one. 5 films might have pushed the boundaries a little bit.

I also have often considered my favourite offbeat classic films - those that are unconventional and not to everyone's tastes. Speaking even for ourselves, it is often not easy to describe why we like such films but we do. In that category, I love films like Intolerance, Metropolis, Things to Come, The Night of the Hunter (again) and Punishment Park - I saw the last mentioned only recently when a friend loaned me his DVD; brilliant film. I do not include 2001 in that list because for me the prolonged psychidelic "crossing over" sequence spoils an otherwise brilliant film.
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Some interesting titles in David Rayner's list. "Sea Of Sand" is a great little war movie. I can remember going to see "The Story Of Ruth" twice when I was nine (I'm not at all religious), I can't remember a thing about it. I keep meaning to buy the DVD as it's under £5 & see if it all comes back to me.
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Some interesting titles in David Rayner's list. "Sea Of Sand" is a great little war movie. I can remember going to see "The Story Of Ruth" twice when I was nine (I'm not at all religious), I can't remember a thing about it. I keep meaning to buy the DVD as it's under £5 & see if it all comes back to me.
I also saw The Story Of Ruth when it first came out and I was little more than a boy. I liked it a lot. It got slaughtered by the critics and quite possibly my scepticism about film critics began then.

For decades after it was a very difficult film to get to see and I never managed to track it down in any of London's repertory cinemas. When the DVD came out in Region 1, my order was placed immediately.

I still like the movie - I watched it again a few weeks ago - but mainly because Elana Eden gives such a warm, sympathetic performance, as well as being uncommonly good-looking. I'm not sure I would still enjoy The Story Of Ruth if some-one else had played the leading role. Lamentably, Elana Eden never made another movie. I'm not sure if her contract with Fox was cancelled as part of the fall-out from the financial crisis caused by Cleopatra, but whatever the reason it is sad that Elana Eden's film career ended so quickly.

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