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Old 11-08-2004, 11:49   #1
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Question What classic film have you never watched?

Reading an article in this months Empire I was surprised to see that so many critics have not watched films such as The Godfather and The Third Man

Personally I have never watched Citizen Kane, just one of those things that I have always put off.

What's your secret shame?
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Old 11-08-2004, 11:55   #2
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I've never managed to catch Rosemary's Baby despite owning it on VHS for years. Just never got round to it. Read the book years ago, and read the sequel recently, which was awful, so don't suppose I ever will see it now.

I have also never seen - The Sound Of Music or Dirty Dancing.

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Old 11-08-2004, 11:56   #3
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Well I had never seen Apocalypse Now, but when Brando died I borrowed a copy, decided I wasn'tmissing much!

There's always going to be loads I haven't seen and would like to (after all how often does tv show these classics?); Seventh Seal, 8 1/2, Lost Horizon (was on quite recently I believe), Sunset Boulevard, Battelship Potemkin, Birth of a Nation the list goes on (the last two I'm not interested as much as a friend has seen them and says they are dull).
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Old 11-08-2004, 12:25   #4
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Lawrence of Arabia!!!
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Citizen Kane. Was sposed to watch it on the last day of the year for art history class, watched the news reel, and thought life was too short, went to the pub or something. I just don't get the fuss, I know it was pioneering and stuff, but I couldn't get on with it.
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There are many, many highly regarded films that I haven't seen but my biggest shame, is that I have never watched the Seven Samurai. I had a copy of it for quite some time but sold it without ever having gotten around to watching it.

Add to that the fact that I have watched Deep Blue Sea more than once and what does that say? I disgust myself sometimes!!!

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not seen Citizen Kane,
Breakfast at Tiffany's

a few others probably, but can't think off the top of my head
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For the love of god watch Seven Samurai ASAP!

I only got round to watching Dr Strangelove recently and apart from George C Scott's comic turn I couldn't see what all the fuss was about. Next classic on the to watch list is Seventh Seal.

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Lawrence of Arabia!!!
I've never even seen a film by David Lean (not sure why, maybe it's just the length of some of his films) - also, never seen any Merchant Ivory films
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Citizen Kane. Was sposed to watch it on the last day of the year for art history class, watched the news reel, and thought life was too short, went to the pub or something. I just don't get the fuss, I know it was pioneering and stuff, but I couldn't get on with it.
Same here, know the storyline and own it on DVD, but never got round to watching it. Will make it a priority when I get back home.
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Citizen Kane again... many others but I guess thats the most famous one
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I've never watched 2001, not without fast-forwarding almost all of it, or falling asleep halfway through.
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Godfather 2 or 3 (debatable classic credentials attached to 3 I know).

Even worse, I`ve owned the set for years now
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all the godfathers loads i havent seen
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I've never, ever seen Pasolini's The Decameron, and I've always wanted to. Not sure if it can be called "classic" tho.

Other than that, I'm trying to think... I wish there were more "classics" I haven't watched. I got through an awful lot during my film degree.

Visconti's The Leopard.
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Blimey there are loads of "classic" films I haven't seen, chiefly the Godfathers, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, Citizen Kane, Dr Stranglove (I could go on...)
I think my main reason for not watching many of them is that I always feel I'd be watching them for the sole purpose of forming an opinion on them rather than watching them because I might be interested in the story etc (Godfather is an exception - just haven't got round to it)
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I've seen everything mentioned in this thread so far. Never seen Satyajit Ray's "Distant Thunder" though. Was reading Pauline Kael's review of it last night and, as usual, she made me want to watch it straight away.

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Casablanca is the one that stands out. Just never got around to it.
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