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Old 25-04-2003, 10:39   #1
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the 'classic' film you would most like to see?

until fairly recently i had not seen zulu, schindler's list or dr. strangelove and having seen them now i wasn't disappointed.

The next 'classic' i would like to see is The Longest Day

Was just wondering what other people most wanted to see and what they thought of any recent 'classics' they watched.
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I watched Papillon recently and thought it was great.
The Longest Day is very well done though I wouldn't go nuts to see it..I saw Freaks too recently and wouldn't say its brilliant, more a classic through notoriety than anything else. Worth a viewing though.
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I need to see more silent films to be honest. Having watched the marvellous "Intolerance" I am eager to see "Broken Blossoms" and "Way Down East".

The other lacunae in my cinematic experience are some of the popular blockbusters of the 1980s such as "Top Gun" and "Beverly Hills Cop". As they're so popular I feel I should at least give them a go.
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Having finally caught up with this one myself a couple of years ago, I can safely say that you're not missing much - it's badly-made bargain-basement porn of no distinction whatsoever and has none of the wit or invention of contemporaries like Deep Throat, The Devil in Miss Jones and The Opening of Misty Beethoven.

At least I can say "I've seen Debbie Does Dallas" - but that's pretty much all I got out of it!

As for recently-watched classics, I was glad to have caught up with Launder & Gilliat's 1940s films (practically all of which are worth seeing), all the key Gainsborough melodramas (not exactly classics, but hugely entertaining), Feuillade's Les Vampires and Fantomas (both of which need amazingly few allowances to be made for their advanced age), I Am Cuba (unbelievably kitschy Soviet-Cuban propaganda film boasting some of the most astonishing mobile camerawork I've ever seen) and a whole brace of Cary Grant titles: my wife's an obsessive fan.

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Good call!! Sadly lost - which is why you mentioned it I'm sure.
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Michael, I WAS only joking.







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Good call!! Sadly lost - which is why you mentioned it I'm sure.
Yep *sob* although I'm looking forward to hopefully 'obtaining' the TCM restoration of it using stills after it shows on US tv this halloween.
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Michael, I WAS only joking.







Honest.
It was a perfectly sound suggestion - God knows why (probably the catchy title and the fact that it was one of the earliest hardcore films available on video in Britain), but it seems to have attained some kind of "classic" status that it doesn't deserve in a million years.

One thing I'd love to see again is the six-hour version of Abel Gance's La Roue (1922) - which is certainly a strong candidate for the "most demonstrably important and influential film in cinema history that's hardly ever shown" title. It caused a sensation when it was first released, and the first generation of Soviet revolutionary film-makers (Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Vertov) eagerly adopted its then radically new approach to editing, but extreme length and the eclipsing of Gance's reputation for fifty years between 1930 and 1980 almost killed it off. The only footage I've managed to get hold of is on the Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood DVD - it's never had any kind of video release as far as I know, and about two NFT screenings in twenty years (or possibly ever, for all I know).
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Is this 'Cinema Europe' DVD the Kevin Brownlow documentary shown on BBC2 a few years ago? If so, where can you get the DVD from?

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I would like to see The Seventh Seal and The Killing (I missed taping when on late on night. )
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never got round to seeing Gone With The Wind

not sure why - would like to
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Manos : The Hands of Fate - looking forward to this one!
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Is this 'Cinema Europe' DVD the Kevin Brownlow documentary shown on BBC2 a few years ago? If so, where can you get the DVD from?
Here you go - I'm sure there are outlets other than Amazon, but I wanted to check it was still available. It's definitely Region 0 NTSC.
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Manos : The Hands of Fate - looking forward to this one!
Is this the unadulterated film, or is there a MST3K-type commentary to keep you from going completely insane with boredom? Put it like this - I certainly wouldn't watch it alone!
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The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes
All Quiet on the Western Front
Bicycle Thieves
Napoleon
The Passion of Joan of Arc

and I've only seen two Fassbinder films, and none of Chantal Akerman's seventies output.
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The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes
The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes (an avant-garde film about genuine autopsies by the late Stan Brakhage) holds the distinction of provoking the single biggest mass walk-out I've ever personally witnessed: I'd guess less than 20% of the original audience was still in the cinema at the end! It's included on Criterion's Brakhage DVD, for those who have stronger stomachs.
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What is that famous film which shows an eyeball being split with a razor blade? I remember it had its own exhibit at the (sadly missed) Museum of Moving Image on the South Bank. I could never bring myself to watch it though - Tom Savini, no problem, but this was too much.
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Un Chien Andalou. Due for DVD release by the BFI some time this year.
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