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    Quote Originally Posted by PetrB View Post
    Giulietta Masina was one truly amazing actress ~ a 'beautiful' actress. In films, seen mainly if not exclusively in her hubby Fellini's films, but did a lot of theater in Italy.
    I don't know, I love those movies but I can't stand her.
    Anyway her role in Giulietta degli spiriti is fascinating (probably not the best word): In the movie the husband cheated on her, and in the reality Fellini really cheated on her with Sandra Milo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by norman bates View Post
    Ingmar Bergman - Winter light
    Vittorio De Sica - Umberto D
    Fritz Lang - Fury
    All the three are among my favorites! Though I've found The Winter Light really haunting, it is due to the dark and cold atmosphere regarding the plot rather than any initiative technical issue which I adore the most whenever I'm going to watch a movie. I prefer the german expressionist Fritz Lang (The Destiny, Nibelungen, Dr. Mabuse and Metropolis) but Fury is a great film and the particlular scene for me is the final court scene, where Spencer Tracy makes the speech.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetrB View Post

    Frank Capra ~ Lost Horizon (1937)
    Didn't know about this, I'll go for it, thanks for the post! My favorite Capra is It's a Wonderful Life.
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    This is like asking which grain of sand in the Sahara is your favourite and just as you answer a bloody sandstorm blows in.
    Among movies I will always watch :-
    The Big Country
    The Presidents Analyst
    Night Of The Iguana
    Lawman
    Inherit The Wind
    Shutter Island

    I could go on and on but lets just say I like a lot of movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetrB View Post
    Bergman ~ Wild Strawberries, his perfect comedy which gets increasingly funnier the older the viewer becomes...
    Yes, a misquote, but that's what I saw on first reading your post. It pulled me up short -- an understatement!

    Anyway, thank you profusely and profoundly for NOT writing that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Polyphemus View Post
    This is like asking which grain of sand in the Sahara is your favourite and just as you answer a bloody sandstorm blows in.
    Among movies I will always watch :-
    The Big Country
    The Presidents Analyst
    Night Of The Iguana
    Lawman
    Inherit The Wind
    Shutter Island

    I could go on and on but lets just say I like a lot of movies.
    Man, "Night of the Iguana" is such an underrated film... And such a great combo: John Huston & Richard Burton (the greatest actor of all time - you can argue this all you'd like but you'll never sway my feelings on this... it's also the greatest example of why the academy awards are nonsense Burton never won any of his 7... I swear I call foul every year I've seen the ceremony or heard the results the next day)...

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    How impossible to answer

    Here is a list of some of my favorite films:
    The Shawshank Redemption
    No Country for Old Men
    Fargo
    The Birds
    Airplane!
    Amelie
    Les Miserables (1935), even though it ends too soon
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
    2001 A Space Odyssey
    Eyes Wide Shut
    Jackie Brown
    12 Angry Men
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugue Meister View Post
    Man, "Night of the Iguana" is such an underrated film... And such a great combo: John Huston & Richard Burton AARGH! Why did you omit to mention Ava Gardner, her role key in making sense of the premise -- and 'the moral' of this fable-like story this forever luscious and earthy actress doing such a tremendous job? (the Deborah Kerr character also has a great non-judgmental 'moral lecture' speech on human sexual behavior) (the greatest actor of all time - you can argue this all you'd like but you'll never sway my feelings on this... it's also the greatest example of why the academy awards are nonsense Burton never won any of his 7... I swear I call foul every year I've seen the ceremony or heard the results the next day)...
    Terrific (imo not 'great') film, the Burton character literally ridiculous, an over-the-top male hysteric (if that is not an oxymoron) and he played this over-the-top role perfectly 'over-the-top,' -- and it is 'hysterically funny' -- although his 'dilemma' seems quite real to the character, of course :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Yeah, but only if you can tell me who killed the chauffer.
    Big Sleep is really a science fiction movie. It a fully restored version is ever release it will be revealed that aliens did it.

    My favorite - Lawrence of Arabia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Il_Penseroso View Post
    Didn't know about this, I'll go for it, thanks for the post! My favorite Capra is It's a Wonderful Life.
    A wonderful film -- now available in a restored version. A few scenes have been lost, it seems, and the film was reconstructed from clips found throughout the world. Those lost scenes are 'archivally' presented with the dialogue running under a few still shots.

    I date myself in that I can recall the actual lost scenes which are now in that format.

    Please, if you go for it, do yourself a favor and don't read one more squib about the plot, the filming, but just watch it first :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetrB View Post
    Terrific (imo not 'great') film, the Burton character literally ridiculous, an over-the-top male hysteric (if that is not an oxymoron) and he played this over-the-top role perfectly 'over-the-top,' -- and it is 'hysterically funny' -- although his 'dilemma' seems quite real to the character, of course :-)
    Well his character was an alcoholic who lapsed occasionally into DT's and panic attacks. I agree with your comments of course about Ava Gardner but lets not forget the other superb performance by Deborah Kerr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Yes, a misquote, but that's what I saw on first reading your post. It pulled me up short -- an understatement!

    Anyway, thank you profusely and profoundly for NOT writing that.
    LOL. It would frighten people if I spoke directly about what I thought I read which I had misread :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polyphemus View Post
    Well his character was an alcoholic who lapsed occasionally into DT's and panic attacks. I agree with your comments of course about Ava Gardner but lets not forget the other superb performance by Deborah Kerr.
    added in an edit perhaps after you responded. Not a great film, but one loaded with great actors deploying their craft suberbly -- which is far far better than most films!

    I suppose its 'message' -- in what now seems to be a social climate with a strong streak of new-age puritanism with a high degree of prudery or embarrassment about what is merely a fact of human nature and existence -- might do some of that newer generation a bit of good to view it, i.e. if it would not shock and embarrass them :-)
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    A few of my favorites:

    Come and See (Elem Klimov)
    Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville)
    Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky)
    Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky)
    Damnation (Béla Tarr)
    Satantango (Béla Tarr)
    Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr)
    Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lope de Aguirre View Post
    Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky)
    Lope do you know Marketa Lazarova? I'm asking because it's the movie that I tend to associate to Andrei Rublev.
    I must decide myself to watch Come and see.
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