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    Default What is your all time favorite film?

    This is something I'm really interested in. If you can't I'd be happy to know a top 3, 5, or 10..

    My favorites would have to be The Shining, Touch of Evil, Wild Strawberries, Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Stardust Memories, Lawrence of Arabia, The Third Man, Chinatown, & The Godfather II ... these are not really in order but it's definitely 10 I really love and can watch anytime. What are yours?

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    Those ones I 'can watch anytime' over and over (not any preference order):

    Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein)

    Ivan the Terrible I (Eisenstein)

    Storm Over Asia (Pudovkin)

    Nanook of the North (Flaherty)

    City Lights (Chaplin)

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Wiene)

    The Wind (Sjöström)

    The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer)

    Under the Roofs of Paris (Clair)

    Miracle in Milan (De Sica)

    The Road (Fellini)

    Rashomon (Kurosawa)

    The Apartment (Wilder)

    and many more...
    Last edited by Il_Penseroso; Jul-27-2014 at 05:03. Reason: adding a few more...and more!
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    Jeez, and just when I thought that my favorite film was whatever I could pop on the tip of my tongue.
    When I hear John Cage’s 4’33”, I reach for my earplugs.

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    The Big Sleep. (1946)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mirepoix View Post
    The Big Sleep. (1946)
    Yeah, but only if you can tell me who killed the chauffer.


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    Bergman ~ Wild Strawberries, and his perfect comedy which gets increasingly funnier the older the viewer becomes ~ Smiles of a midsummer’s night.

    Cocteau ~ La Belle et la Bête / Orphée

    Frank Capra ~ Lost Horizon (1937)

    Fellini ~ Notte di Cabiria / La Dolce Vita / Giulietta degli spiriti

    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger ~ I know where I’m going / A Canterbury Tale / A Matter of Life and Death.

    Topper ~ 1937 (A near to perfect as it gets comedy.)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sav4S54C3d8
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    ^^^ I haven't seen 'Topper'. But 'Notte di Cabiria' is wonderful - and not just for the final scene.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Yeah, but only if you can tell me who killed the chauffer.
    I know. I prefer to think of it as a trivial detail lost in the midst of general awesomeness and probably more attractive women per foot of film than in any thing else I've ever watched.
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    David Lynch films are my favorite, these are probably my top 5:

    Mulholland Drive
    Blue Velvet
    Lost Highway
    Wild at Heart
    The Straight Story


    Other favorites include The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen) and Idiocracy (Mike Judge).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mirepoix View Post
    ^^^ I haven't seen 'Topper'. But 'Notte di Cabiria' is wonderful - and not just for the final scene.
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    David Lynch films are my favorite, these are probably my top 5:

    Mulholland Drive
    Blue Velvet
    Lost Highway
    Wild at Heart
    The Straight Story


    Other favorites include The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen) and Idiocracy (Mike Judge).
    I adore Lynch Mulholland Drive is fantastic, one of the very greats.. What do you think of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, I think its and under appreciated masterpiece. Coens are brilliant, best writers in the movies today (for writer of the single brain variety I like charlie kaufman or steve zaillian). Idiocracy hilarious.

    Lets see some others I saw mentioned: "The Big Sleep"(second best Bogie movie behind "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"), "The Apartment" (Wilders best besides "Witness for the Prosecution" in my opinion), "Topper", "Smiles of a Midsummer's Night"(love, love love Bergman anything of his is great), "Battleship Potemkin", "Ivan the Terrible I", "City Lights", "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari", "Miracle in Milan" (huge De Sica fan),"Rashomon".. All great films as for the others so far I don't know them I'll have to check them out.. Thanks for your suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugue Meister View Post
    I adore Lynch Mulholland Drive is fantastic, one of the very greats.. What do you think of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, I think its and under appreciated masterpiece.
    I agree it is an under-rated masterpiece. The last half of the movie is very dark, to the point where I have to be in a certain mood to watch it. But I applaud David for being true to the essence of the story and not "selling out" at all in this film.

    On a side note one day I would love it if Lynch would do another movie that expands on the earlier part of that movie focusing on the green ring and the missing detective.

    I also look forward to viewing the new blu-ray version of the film that will be released July 29th and includes around 90 minutes (!) of deleted scenes - apparently there was a lot more of David Bowie in the deleted scenes.

    Here is a transcript of Lynch's introductory speech at the recent premiere of the film - priceless!

    There is an abundance of fish in the sea. But tonight, I would like to speak about wood. There are many times in the world when the phone rings and someone is inquiring about wood. This happens primarily at lumber yards and in this case, it’s necessary to have a phone. It is only natural that trees are growing and that they are made of wood. Much happiness can come from observing a tree and the same can be said about observing the many shapes fashioned out of wood. Quite often when when we are talking about beauty, we are talking about wood. Thank you very much!

    -David Lynch
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    An impossible task, it depends on how you are feeling at the time
    However here are some of my faves, in no particular order

    Das Boot
    The Blues Brothers
    Duck Soup
    The Life of Brian
    Apocalypse Now
    The Deerhunter
    African Queen
    The 39 steps

    and many more
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    Ingmar Bergman - Winter light
    Vittorio De Sica - Umberto D
    Charles Burnett - Killer of Sheep
    Ridley Scott - Alien
    Sam Peckinpah - Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia
    David Lynch - Lost Highway
    Martin Scorsese - Taxi driver
    Charles Laughton - The night of the hunter
    Andrej Tarkovskij - Stalker
    Billy Wilder - The Apartment
    Nelo Risi - Dead of summer
    Fritz Lang - Fury
    Robert Mulligan - To kill a mockinbird
    Powell & Pressburger - A matter of life and death
    Maya Deren - Meshes of the afternoon
    Jack Clayton - The innocents
    Stanley Kubrick - Full metal jacket
    Robert Bresson - Diary of a country priest

    and an animated short:
    John & Faith Hubley - Windy Day
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