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Old 01-09-2005, 12:24   #1
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The DVD Forums defintive list of movies to view at least once during your lifetime.

Anyone ever suggested compiling a list of movies which are deemed as critical viewing matter?

Please excuse me if theres one already, if so please point me towards it.

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Old 01-09-2005, 12:44   #2
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Nothing special from me; the usual 'meat 'n potatoes' stuff, in no particular order and of course, all pre-1980 (I've kept it down to 20 or I'll be here all day):

The Searchers
The Ladykillers
Shane
Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid
The Wild Bunch
Dr Strangelove
Casablanca
Top Hat
The Quiet Man
My Darling Clementine
Frankenstein
Citizen Kane
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Seven Samurai
Annie Hall
Vertigo
Rear Window
Point Blank
The Maltese Falcon
North by Northwest
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out of those I have not seen

Top Hat
The Quiet Man
My Darling Clementine

nice list cheers. does not look like there is a list like this so I'll keep my eyes out for more like this.

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Old 01-09-2005, 13:55   #4
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The Outlaw Josey Whales
Dark Star
The Parallax View

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I would also add...

The Wicker Man
Easy Rider
2001
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Old 01-09-2005, 15:34   #6
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Time on my hands; another 20 -

Metropolis
The Gold Rush
The Music Box (1932)
His Girl Friday
Barry Lyndon
Lawrence of Arabia
Ace in The Hole
Double Indemnity
Sunrise
The Asphalt Jungle
Mean Streets
King Kong (1933)
The Four Feathers (1939)
A Canterbury Tale
A Matter of Life and Death
The Bank Dick
The General (1927)
Once Upon a Time in The West
The Wizard of Oz
The Godfather
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When Peter Sellers was asked if he had to live his life all over again, would he do exactly the same? "Yes," he said, "Except I would not see The Magus."
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Dr Strangelove
Apocalypse Now
North by Northwest
The Tenant
Rushmore
Se7en
Bride of Frankenstein
The Godfather
The Big Lebowski
Halloween

Ignoring John's pre-requisite hijacking of the thread, by saying they had to all be pre 80s

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In the 1980s, David Meeker at the British Film Institute produced a list of 360 feature films that would constitute a good basis for the history of cinema (or rather just some pretty good films). The idea being that the NFT would show one a day every year (an idea they since seem to have abandoned). It's not a bad list, although it's maybe more than what you're looking for!

http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/T...s/98bfi360.htm
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Given that the remit of the forum is to keep to pre-1980, I think John has the right idea.

My 20, chosen at random from my favourites:

The Treasure of Sierra Madre
Cries and Whispers
Deliverance
The Brood
Dirty Harry
Great Expectations (1946)
Carrie (1976)
Bigger Than Life
Manhattan
Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia
Mildred Pierce
The Conversation
The Leopard
Rio Bravo
Stagecoach
Touch of Evil
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Devil Rides Out
Last Tango In Paris
Ulzana's Raid
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Another way of looking at this might be to consider directors who should be experienced through at least one representative film:

For starters, how about:

SAM PECKINPAH (thanks Hitch )
John Ford
Ingmar Bergman
Howard Hawks
Sergei Eisenstein
John Huston
Frederico Fellini
Alfred Hitchcock
Samuel Fuller
John Boorman
Woody Allen
Billy Wilder
David Cronenberg
Brian De Palma
Robert Altman
Robert Aldrich
Nicholas Ray
Akira Kurosawa

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Everyone has to experience Kubrick's 2001 surely?
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My girlfriend experienced exactly half before she succumbed to the gentle caresses of Lord Slumber and his army of gossamer fairies.

I remember having a quite passionate argument with a woman at uni regarding the "unwatchability" of 2001 - she was a film student, so hence amenable to most things many would consider tedious, but she was absolutely adamant 2001 was an unwatchably wearisome tract.
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Heretical as it may sound, "2001" is well worth watching on a small screen because the ideas are brought much more clearly into focus. I find it quite hypnotically beautiful to watch myself but its also intellectually provocative. Ironically, when Arthur C. Clarke spelt it all out in the book I thought he managed to miss the point by becoming far too literal.

I'm not a particular fan of Kubrick but by god, the man knew how to make films.
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...directors...
What Mike, no Peckinpah?
I would add definately Anthony Mann, David Lean and Fritz Lang to your list and maybe John Sturges, Antonioni and Godard. Oh yeah, and Sam as a definate of course.
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Oh Jesus.... thanks Hitch. I think I'll go back and do some Stalinist revisionism...
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Heretical as it may sound, "2001" is well worth watching on a small screen because the ideas are brought much more clearly into focus. I find it quite hypnotically beautiful to watch myself but its also intellectually provocative. Ironically, when Arthur C. Clarke spelt it all out in the book I thought he managed to miss the point by becoming far too literal.
That was Michael Moorcock's main criticism of 2001, wasn't it? Kubrick had all these wonderful resonant images onscreen ( the "non-verbal experience", in Kubrick's words) but they were shackled to the somewhat (in SF terms, in his opinion) prosaic pinion of Clarke's old-school ideas...

OT, but what the hey.

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Everyone has to experience Kubrick's 2001 surely?
Ah, our first 'I can't believe nobody's mentioned...' post. And a small bone, LB - Hijack?? HI-flippin'-jack? I would have chosen 'gentle, wise and friendly guidance' myself (and don't call me Shirley)

Mike's directors idea is a good one, but tough to call and requires careful thought. Pick one representative Hitchcock, Ford or Peckinpah? Now there's a task. And of course, there's the problem of what you include in any definitive 'must see' list; is the yardstick excellence, or cultural significance (or a mixture of both - Gone With the Wind isn't a favourite, but everyone should see it at least once).
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Ironically, when Arthur C. Clarke spelt it all out in the book I thought he managed to miss the point by becoming far too literal.

I'm not a particular fan of Kubrick but by god, the man knew how to make films.
I read the book first and was quite smug when I sat there all-wise and all-knowing when the rest of the audience were busy trying to unknit their eyebrows.

Later, I felt as if I'd cheated in an exam; dammit, I should have come at it blind, seen it through my own eyes without Clarke's handy primer. How many films do you wish you could watch again for the first time?

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