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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Johnson View Post
    Zulu
    Great movie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Johnson View Post
    Not in order of merit:

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
    Without A Clue
    Zulu
    Withnail & I
    Black Hawk Down
    Der Philosoph
    Kind Hearts And Coronets
    The Drop
    Howards End
    The Last Picture Show
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    Bergman Winter Light
    Bresson Pickpocket
    Bunuel Los Olvidados
    Chabrol The beast must die
    Dos Santos Vidas secas
    Douglas Comrades
    Dreyer Ordet
    Fassbinder The bitter tears of Petra von Kant
    Godard Band of outsiders
    Greenaway Vertical features remake
    Herzog Fata Morgana
    Leigh Naked
    Loach The wind that shakes the barley
    Malle Phantom India
    Olmi The tree of wooden clogs
    Ozu Late Spring
    Pasolini Medea
    Rocha Black God, White Devil
    Rohmer The Green Ray
    Satyajit Ray Pather Panchali
    Shepherd Service for Southend
    Truffaut Farenheit 451
    Veber The dinner of idiots
    Von Trier Dogville

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    My ten favorite movies:

    1. Pedro Almodovar: Talk to Her
    2. Jean-Luc Godard: Made in U.S.A.
    3. Luis Bunuel: Belle de Jour
    4. Ingmar Bergman: Persona
    5. Chris Columbus: Rent
    6. The Wachowskis: The Matrix
    7. Christopher Nolan: Inception
    8. David Lynch: Mulholland Drive
    9. Woody Allen: Midnight in Paris
    10.Francois Truffaut: Jules and Jim

    Most of the soundtracks for these ten movies aren't that amazing, but the movies themselves are great! My top ten soundtracks would be a completely different list.
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    Top ten - can't be done. Just looking at others' lists - some great choices - I'd probably have picked 20 from there.

    The Maltese Falcon
    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
    Jaws
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Fargo
    No Country for Old Men
    Alien
    Psycho
    Zulu
    Ice Cold in Alex
    Oliver Twist
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    The Fellowship of the Ring
    Blade Runner
    The Thing
    It's A Wonderful Life
    Casablanca
    Remains of the Day

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    Okay, ten only for the sake of discipline. These are all films that affected me viscerally at the time, have been seen several times and have become permanent fixtures in my memory. Bits and pieces of each come up almost daily and all are replayed several times every year. Some of them, like Children of Paradise, I regard as old friends I revisit as often as possible. There are at least an equal number, maybe more, sharing cerebral space with them.

    Rashomon

    Citizen Kane

    Children of Paradise

    The 400 Blows

    Potemkin

    The Bicycle Thieves

    The Lovers of Teruel

    La Strada

    The Apu Trilogy

    The Godfather, parts 1 and 2 (feh! on Part 3)

    There are many from other postings on this thread that would make my list, but really, choosing ten is hard enough as it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JACE View Post
    A couple years ago, I stumbled across the film one night purely by chance -- and it blew me away. I've since re-watched it a couple times. For me, part of the appeal of the film is its strange and unusual tone, varying wildly from straightforward realism to its funny, mythic take on reality, almost like a fairy tale. The fact that Ralph Fiennes plays so many different roles also factors in to that "oddness." I think it works beautifully and wonderfully -- but I can see how others might be put off by it. I wonder if that un-conventionality had anything to do with its reception (or lack thereof) in America.
    Yes, my impression is that the film is much better known in Europe than here; I'd never heard of it until about six months ago. So far I've only been able to watch clips from it (including that horrific scene in the concentration camp); someday soon I'll watch the whole thing. What intrigues me most, I think, is the fact that Ralph Fiennes plays characters that are all the polar opposite of his Amon Goeth in Schindler's List. I wonder if perhaps he took those roles because he didn't want to be associated only with "that Nazi from Schindler's List."

    Edited to add: If you liked Sunshine, another film (actually, a BBC TV production) I'd recommend is Daniel Deronda -- the version made in 2002 and featuring Hugh Dancy in the title role. I liken it to Sunshine because it too is a "sprawling" story involving 19th century (in this case English) Jews.
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    Husbands and Wives
    Aliens
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Shawshank Redemption
    Fargo
    The Godfather
    No Country for Old Men
    Mighty Aphrodite
    12 Angry Men
    Howards End

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellinilover View Post
    Yes, my impression is that the film is much better known in Europe than here; I'd never heard of it until about six months ago. So far I've only been able to watch clips from it (including that horrific scene in the concentration camp); someday soon I'll watch the whole thing. What intrigues me most, I think, is the fact that Ralph Fiennes plays characters that are all the polar opposite of his Amon Goeth in Schindler's List. I wonder if perhaps he took those roles because he didn't want to be associated only with "that Nazi from Schindler's List."
    That wouldn't surprise me if it was part of his motivation for taking the role. It's strange and almost confusing to watch. There is a sort of film-to-film "echo" with Fiennes back in the concentration came again. But this time he's the victim instead of the victimizer.

    My wife can hardly watch Fiennes because she still associates him with the horrible Commandant role in Schindler's List. He just creeps her out, regardless of the movie or role. So she ended up not enjoying Sunshine as much as I did. (In a way, I suppose it's a backhanded compliment to Fiennes that his acting left such a powerful impression -- even if it is a negative one.)


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    Edited to add: If you liked Sunshine, another film (actually, a BBC TV production) I'd recommend is Daniel Deronda -- the version made in 2002 and featuring Hugh Dancy in the title role. I liken it to Sunshine because it too is a "sprawling" story involving 19th century (in this case English) Jews.
    Thanks for the heads-up. I'll look into it.

    The BBC's screen adaptations of novels are often excellent. Their early-70s mini-series adaptation of War & Peace with Anthony Hopkins is FANTASTIC. (Well, two of the three main characters are fantastic. ) I'm also thinking of the John le Carré "Smiley" films with Alec Guinness. Great stuff.
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    Jace: I totally understand your wife's reaction, though I can't say I share it because, as much as I despise Goeth (and he truly disgusts me; I don't find him "hot" at all), Ralph Fiennes and his brother Joseph are two of my favorite British actors, along with Colin Firth, Liam Neeson and some others. A wonderful movie starring Joseph Fiennes is Luther, which is on my favorite films list. The musical score is phenomenal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellinilover View Post
    Jace: I totally understand your wife's reaction, though I can't say I share it because, as much as I despise Goeth (and he truly disgusts me; I don't find him "hot" at all), Ralph Fiennes and his brother Joseph are two of my favorite British actors, along with Colin Firth, Liam Neeson and some others. A wonderful movie starring Joseph Fiennes is Luther, which is on my favorite films list. The musical score is phenomenal.
    I'm with you! I think Fiennes is a phenomenal actor.

    BTW, I would add Clive Owen to your list of outstanding contemporary British actors. His role in Children of Men is amazing. It's a performance always slays me, and I've seen the film many times. I also thought Owen was astounding in Closer, one Mike Nichols' last films.
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    More applause for Ralph Fiennes (Prospero, Dolarhyde, M).

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    Following your lead, Vaneyes . . . don't forget Fiennes' wonderful role in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel.



    I should have/could have included this one on my favorites list!

    Well, either Budapest or Rushmore. How could I have forgotten Wes Anderson?!?!? Argh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JACE View Post
    Following your lead, Vaneyes . . . don't forget Fiennes' wonderful role in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel.



    I should have/could have included this one on my favorites list!

    Well, either Budapest or Rushmore. How could I have forgotten Wes Anderson?!?!? Argh!
    So right you are, JACE. His "M.Gustave" was on the tip of my collage.

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    Here's one of my personal favorites (R. Fiennes was only 32 here):


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