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    Not many Western fans out here ..... Once Upon a Time in the West .... packed with fantastic music, fantastic dialogue (sparser that Hpowders' posts), a great cast, and a genius of a director

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    "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Berlioz, 1856

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    Some of my favourites:

    Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
    Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
    M (1931, Fritz Lang)
    City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
    Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)
    Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
    Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
    North By Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock)
    Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
    Les Diaboliques (1955, Henri-Georges Clouzot)
    Amadeus (1984, Milos Forman)
    Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)
    The Bicycle Thieves (1948, Vittorio De Sica)
    The Shawshank Redemption (1994, Frank Darabont)
    Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939, Sam Wood)
    The General (1926, Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton)
    L’Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
    The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
    The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)
    The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Dreyer)
    Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)
    The Elephant Man (1980, David Lynch)
    Dr. Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
    Mr Smith Goes To Washington (1939, Frank Capra)
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    Default Wings of Desire (Dir. Wim Wenders)



    A quintessential European/German film; a beautiful visual poem that only gets better with age. Highly recommended.

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    ^When I was in my twenties that probably was my favorite film, and it remains a sentimental favorite.

    Its not perfect - I've seen it so many times I know all the chinks in the armour - but its got more fresh and spontaneous ideas than some other filmmakers manage in a career (partly a result of the unique circumstances under which it was made and written).

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    After much chin scratching, I'd say my favorite film is now this:



    Man With A Movie Camera - (Dziga Vertov, 1926)

    If you haven't see it and think you might, make sure it's the one with the Alloy Orchestra soundtrack (based on Vertov's notes - driving and urgent)

    Not with the Cinematic Orchestra's "chill-out lounge" soundtrack.
    Definately not with Michael Nyman's "phoned-in Nymanesque" soundtrack.

    The rest of the top the might be:

    The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies)
    Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky)
    The Third Man (Carol Reed)
    8 1/2 (Federico Fellini)
    Black Cat White Cat (Emir Kustarica)
    The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami)
    Round Midnight (Bertrand Tavernier)
    Millers Crossing (Joel and Ethan Coen)
    Brief Encounter (David Lean)

    My favorite director is Eric Rohmer, but I can't single out just one work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonNZ View Post
    ^When I was in my twenties that probably was my favorite film, and it remains a sentimental favorite.

    Its not perfect - I've seen it so many times I know all the chinks in the armour - but its got more fresh and spontaneous ideas than some other filmmakers manage in a career....
    I've forgotten about which director this was said, but it applies, imo, to many of the greater film directors:

    "His mistakes are more interesting to watch than many another director's successes."

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    Default Woman in the Dunes (Dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara)



    I first saw this film on TV back in the late 90s on Showcase (Canadian TV channel). I loved it then and still do now.
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    Love David Lean's Work so my favourite is one of his. Hobson's Choice. Its probably too British to be appreciated outside the UK, but there's not a wasted moment on screen. Malcolm Arnold's Score is superb. John Mills, Charles Laughton and a host of British character actors. I can practicality join in with the script I have watched it so many times!

    Honourable mentions to Powell and Pressburger's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Big Sleep, and a British Wartime propaganda film by Leslie Howard, The Gentle Sex.

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    Man with movie camera what are film. I so glad you like it. If you enjoying Russian films I recomend to watch Anrei Rublev film.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060107/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levanda View Post
    SimonNZ
    Man with movie camera what are film. I so glad you like it. If you enjoying Russian films I recomend to watch Anrei Rublev film.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060107/
    Oh, yes, seen it quite a few times now. The first time was back in the days when arthouse vids were rare and I imported one from Facets in Chicago, so I'd be invited to a copying session and I could get Bergman's Persona, which some other guy had. Good times...The kids today have no idea, etc, etc.

    At that initial viewing it transpired that the expensive videos has terrible grainy and high contrast picture quality with white-on-white subtitles throughout, so we had little idea what was going on. Again: the kids today, etc.

    But Mirror remains my favorite Tarkovsky.
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    Have a hard time to single out one, but Elem Klimov's "Come and See" had a strong impact on me when I saw it first (Not least cuz it reminded me strongly about some of my Ukrainian relatives experiences during WWII).. I have also "enjoyed" quite a few Wenders, Tarkovsky and Jarmush films.
    fx. I still have nightmares 30 odd years later from watching "Stalker"...

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    In reading these comments I recognize pretty much every movie and there are so many great movies that I love to watch.

    My own personal favorite film is probably "Jaws".

    It just covers everything. It's an Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Thriller Movie. It literally fits into just about every genre. It has great actors, memorable scenes and lines that everyone knows, it just seems to have everything and cross every genre so it never gets old to me. I never tire of seeing it.

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    For me, it's the Eastern European and Japanese directors who seem to capture my imagination most. I don't care much for American films, as they're often quite formulaic and emotionally retarded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lope de Aguirre View Post
    For me, it's the Eastern European and Japanese directors who seem to capture my imagination most. I don't care much for American films, as they're often quite formulaic and emotionally retarded.
    For me too I love East Europe films and foreign films. Chinese films are good as well I can't remember the titles but I watched few good story. Not much fan of Hollywood films rare I like them.

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