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    I'm a film fanatic, & find it nearly impossible to name just one 'all-time' favorite film, as I have so many favorite films. However, if I were pressed to pick just one or two films, I'd probably choose from among the following 5 films:

    A Room with a View (Merchant Ivory films)
    Jean de Florette, and Manon of the Spring--it's one film (Claude Berri)
    The Verdict (Sidney Lumet)
    Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean)
    To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan)

    But, wouldn't you rather see my long list?--After decades of movie watching, here's the rest of my favorite films (for the most part):

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones)
    The Graduate (Mike Nichols)
    Vivre sa vie (Jean luc Godard)
    Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick)
    Dr. Zhivago (David Lean)
    The Silence (Ingmar Bergman)
    Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman)
    The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)
    The Third Man (Carol Reed)
    Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson)
    The Godfather, parts 1 & 2 (Francis Ford Coppola)
    Babette's Feast (Gabriel Axel)
    The Lover (Jean-Jacques Annaud)
    The Pink Panther (Blake Edwards)
    A Shot in the Dark (Blake Edwards)
    The Pink Panther Strikes Again (Blake Edwards)--I'm a big Peter Sellers fan.
    The Ladykillers (Alexander Mackendrick, with Alec Guiness, not the American remake)
    Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer)
    School for Scoundrels (Robert Hamer, not the American remake)
    Folly to be Wise (Frank Launder--I'm a big Alastair Sim fan too)
    A Death at a Funeral (British version, not the American remake)
    Hail the Conquering Hero (Preston Sturges, or The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels... )
    Some like it Hot (Billy Wilder)
    My Old Lady (Israel Horovitz)
    The Leopard (Luchino Visconti)
    The Draughtsman's Contract (Peter Greenaway)
    The Belly of an Architect (Peter Greenaway)
    Days of Heaven (Terence Malick)
    The New World (Terence Malick)
    The Tree of Life (Terence Malick)
    Local Hero (Bill Forsythe)
    Withnail and I (Bruce Robinson)
    A Good Year (Ridley Scott)
    Gladiator (Ridley Scott)
    My Life as a Dog (Lasse Hallström)
    Pelle the Conqueror (Bille August)
    After the Wedding (Susanne Bier)
    The Quiet American (Phillip Noyce)
    The Mission (Roland Joffe)
    The Killing Fields (Roland Joffe)
    Léon, The Professional (Luc Besson)
    Camille Claudel (Bruno Nuytten--the most harrowing film I've ever seen)
    Amazing Grace (Michael Apted)
    The Age of Adaline (Lee Toland Krieger)
    Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (Dan Ireland)
    Au Revoir les Enfants (Louis Malle)
    Everything is Illuminated (Liev Schreiber)
    The Namesake (Mira Nair)
    The Producers (Mel Brooks)
    Ben-Hur (William Wyler)
    A Man for All Seasons (Fred Zinnemann, Robert Bolt play)
    Becket (Peter Glenville)
    The Lion in Winter (Anthony Harvey, James Goldman play)
    The Big Lebowski (Coen brothers)
    Fargo (Coen brothers)
    No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers)
    The Soloist (Joe Wright)
    The Last Samurai (Edward Zwick)
    Enchanted April (Mike Newell)
    The Wings of a Dove (Iain Softley--I like almost any film of a Henry James book)
    The Horse's Mouth (Ronald Neame)
    A Private Function (Malcolm Mowbray)
    The Innocents (Jack Clayton, with Deborah Kerr)
    Seance on a Wet Afternoon (Bryan Forbes)
    Breaker Morant (Bruce Beresford)
    Witness (Peter Weir)
    Gallipoli (Peter Weir)
    The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir)
    The Return of the King (Peter Jackson, from the Lord of the Rings trilogy)
    An Angel at My Table (Jane Campion)
    Nosferatu (Werner Herzog)
    Heart of Glass (Werner Herzog)
    Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Werner Herzog)
    Life of Brian (Terry Jones)
    Time Bandits (Terry Gilliam)
    Jabberwocky (Terry Gilliam)
    The Adventures of Baron von Munchausen (Terry Gilliam)
    The Tales of Hoffmann (Michael Powell)
    The Red Shoes (Michael Powell)
    Purple Noon (Rene Clement)
    Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky)
    La Strada (Federico Fellini)
    La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
    L'Atalante (Jean Vigo)

    and, my 5 favorite Alfred Hitchcock movies (Hitchcock's a favorite director of mine),

    Rear Window
    To Catch a Thief
    The Lady Vanishes
    Young and Innocent

    The above films (or some subset of them) would make an interesting 'at home' film festival, I should think.
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    I haven't seen a good movie in months. The last good one was "The Girl on the Train".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josquin13 View Post
    Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson)
    Nice! There's one you don't see mentioned every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    Nice! There's one you don't see mentioned every day.
    Yes, I thought Au Hasard Balthazar was an unusually perceptive, thoughtful film. On the one hand, it's deceptively simple, while on the other, it's somewhat elusive, metaphorical & mystical. I found it to be one of those films that stays with you.

    I keep meaning to explore Bresson's films further, but haven't done so yet--except for Lancelot du Lac, which I've now seen twice: once in an art house theater in London on a rainy afternoon when I was in my early twenties, and the other time several years ago when it first came out on DVD. On my second viewing, I liked & appreciated the film a lot more than I had in my younger days. So I suspect many of Bresson's films are like that, that they get better with subsequent viewings, and the amount of life experience you bring to them.

    Certainly he was an important, influential filmmaker--especially on the French New Wave cinema. Jean-Luc Godard, for example, wrote, "Robert Bresson is French cinema, as Dostoyevsky is the Russian novel and Mozart is German music." While Andrei Tarkovsky said, "I am only interested in the views of two people: one is called Bresson and one called Bergman."
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    Here's some of my favorites. I only chose one movie per director, otherwise with the likes of Kurosawa, this would get out of hand.

    Harakiri (Mazaki Kobayashi)
    Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
    Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander McKendrick)
    Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
    Dolls (Takeshi Kitano)
    Blade Runner Director's Cut (Ridley Scott)
    Hero (Zhang Yimou)
    Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog)
    In a Loneley Place (Nicolas Ray)
    Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer)
    D.O.A (Rudolph Mate)

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    1. Shane
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