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lshap
Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:55 pm Reply with quote
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Marc wrote:
some of my Top 50 For Now (which shifts as I see new films. These are selected based on emotional impact as well as artistic greatness) :


Emotional impact is one of the best determinants of artistic greatness.

Joy, sadness, anger, awe - I've gotta' feel something to consider any work of art 'great'.
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billyweeds
Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:10 pm Reply with quote
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here are my top twenty, with the others to follow.

1. Rear Window
2. Casablanca
3. The Godfather
(the original only, not the sequels)
4. Singin' in the Rain
5. Boogie Nights
6. Leaving Las Vegas
7. The Apartment
8. Sunset Blvd.
9. Psycho
10. Fargo
11. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
12. Lili
13. 12 Angry Men
14. The Thin Blue Line
(not red)
15. Some Like It Hot
16. Manhattan
17. Strangers on a Train
18. Chicago
19. Mulholland Dr.
20. The Best Years of Our Lives


Here are 30 more films, all or most of which will comprise the rest of my top fifty, in another order completely.

Mississippi Burning
Grand Canyon
Night Moves
The Conversation
Out of the Past
North by Northwest
Beauty and the Beast
(1991 – animated)
The 400 Blows
Wild Strawberries
The Silence of the Lambs
All About Eve
The General
Steamboat Bill Jr.
It’s a Gift
A Night at the Opera
A Day at the Races
City Lights
The Third Man
Gone With the Wind
Schindler’s List
The Straight Story
Tootsie
A Christmas Story
Miracle on 34th Street
(1947)
A Christmas Carol (1951 with Alastair Sim)
Room at the Top
Airplane!
Nashville
Smile
MASH
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whiskeypriest
Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:21 pm Reply with quote
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Here's a preliminary list. The higher up, the more likely it will eventually appear on my Top 50. The top 15 or so are definitely in, provided I hold fast to a definition of movie that includes Dekalog.

The Third Man
Sunset Blvd.
Dekalog
The Godfather
Citizen Kane
Duck Soup
Casablanca
Vertigo
Annie Hall
Au hasard Balthazar
La Strada
Fargo
Bridge on the River Kwai
Some Like it Hot
Raging Bull
Rules of the Game
Rebecca
Taxi Driver
Metropolis
Dr. Strangelove
The Seventh Seal
Lawrence of Arabia
Singin' in the Rain
The Apartment
Hannah and Her Sisters
Diary of a Country Priest
The Big Sleep
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Rear Window
Greed
The Philadelphia Story
The Maltese Falcon
Red
Nights of Cabiria
Ninotchka
Horse Feathers
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Andrei Rubylov
Notorious
Nashville
Bonnie and Clyde
The Manchurian Candidate
Throne of Blood
Kanal
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Das Boot
Double Life of Veronique
High Noon
Paris Texas
Last Year at Marienbad
Double Indemnity
Magnolia
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Apocalypse Now!
Yojimbo
Jaws
Knife in the Water
Witness
Laura
A Night at the Opera
Ace in the Hole
The Producers
Roshomon
Stalag 17
Destry Rides Again
Gone With the Wind
The Wizard of Oz
Manhattan
North by Northwest
Little Big Man
The General
Stalker
Ashes and Diamonds
The Lion in Winter
Blood Simple
2001 A Space Odyssey
The Wings of Desire
The Year of Living Dangerously
The Battle of Algiers
M
Breathless
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Harvey
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Departed
Z
Henry V (1989)
Do the Right Thing
All That Jazz
Naked
Unforgiven
Barton Fink
Schindler's List
O Brother Where Art Thou
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
American Splendor
Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2
Sideways
Adaptation

I was toying with the idea of limiting myself to one movei per director if we went with 25, but with 50 it should get varied enough without resorting to that.

I start a new job in a new city Monday, and will have spotty internet access - perhaps none at all until next weekend. If you have comments on my list or questions, kindly pm me with a link to what you post here.

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lshap
Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:44 pm Reply with quote
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Reminder for your official lists:

Please type the name of each film in a way that can be alphabetized. "Wizard Of Oz, The", "Godfather, The", etc.
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ehle64
Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:19 pm Reply with quote
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I've got 35 or so on a preliminary list, in a not too specific order:

Quote:
Place In The Sun, A
Cléo de 5 à 7
Moulin Rouge!
Wizard of Oz, The
Le temps qui reste
Born Yesterday (1950)
Babel
Brokeback Mountain
Happy Together
My Own Private Idaho
Safe
Velvet Goldmine
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Hours, The
It’s A Gift
Bicycle Thief, The
Mama Roma
Fight Club
Misfits, The
Woman Under the Influence, A
Dog Day Afternoon
Red
Passion de Jeanne d'Arc, La
Blue Velvet
Belle et la bête, La (1946)
Boogie Nights
Fargo
Philadelphia Story, The
Bringing Up Baby
Nights of Cabiria
Gospel According to St. Matthew, The
Wings of Desire
Breathless (Godard)
Do The Right Thing
Grifters, The
Law of Desire


syd -- no Finding Nemo??

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Syd
Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:36 pm Reply with quote
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Quote:
]syd -- no Finding Nemo??[/color]


Oops. Now at #39.

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Rod
Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:40 pm Reply with quote
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50 Essential Films…
…that have all at some point in my life delighted or dizzied me. My specific point of rigor was to confine myself to one film per director.

The Duellists (Ridley Scott)
Rififi (Jules Dassin)
The Pawnbroker (Sidney Lumet)
Underground (Emir Kusturica)
Red Beard (Akira Kurosawa)
Cul-de-Sac (Roman Polanski)
Far From the Madding Crowd (John Schlesinger)
Operazione Paura (Mario Bava)
Henry & June (Phillip Kaufman)
Levrés de Sang (Jean Rollin)
Savage Messiah (Ken Russell)
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (Billy Wilder)
Diary of a Lost Girl (G. W. Pabst)
Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale)
Week-End (Jean-Luc Godard)
O Lucky Man! (Lindsay Anderson)
Isle of the Dead (Mark Robson)
Le Corbeau (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)
Shoot the Piano Player (Francois Truffaut)
The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese)
The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah)
Odd Man Out (Carol Reed)
Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci)
A Man for All Seasons (Fred Zinneman)
The Thing (John Carpenter)
Les Enfants du Paradis (Marcel Carné)
The Hustler (Robert Rossen)
Touch of Evil (Orson Welles)
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer)
Naked (Mike Leigh)
Ben-Hur (William Wyler)
Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone)
The Leopard (Luchino Visconti)
The Red Shoes (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks)
The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston)
Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean)
A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood)
Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford)
Modern Times (Charles Chaplin)
The General (Buster Keaton)
Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
Repo Man (Alex Cox)
Rebel Without A Cause (Nicholas Ray)
MASH (Robert Altman)
Henry V (Kenneth Branagh)

Not quite making the cut: Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg); Hour of the Wolf (Ingmar Bergman); Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodovar); The New World (Terrence Malick); Casablanca (Michael Curtiz) Greed (Erich Von Stroheim); A Hard Day’s Night (Richard Lester); The Tall Target (Anthony Mann); The Hound of the Baskervilles (Terence Fisher); (Federico Fellini); The Body Snatcher (Robert Wise); The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur); Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni); Alexander Nevsky (Sergei Eisenstein); 40 Guns (Samuel Fuller); 'Round Midnight (Bertrand Tavernier); Down By Law (Jim Jarmusch); White Heat(Raoul Walsh); Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola); Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel)


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mo_flixx
Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:13 am Reply with quote
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Preliminary list in no particular order:

Pierrot Le Fou
In a Lonely Place
Searchers, The
Red River
Red Shoes, The
Edge of the World, The
Psycho
Vertigo
Peeping Tom
Magnificent Ambersons, The
Sunrise
Accident
Blow-Up
Taxi Driver
Body Double
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Detour
Laura
Shanghai Gesture, The
Blue Velvet
Grifters, The
Contempt
Beauty and the Beast (Cocteau)
Les Enfants Terribles
Leopard, The
Senso
Killing, The
Belle de Jour
Last Picture Show, The
Red Line 7000
Memento
Last Seduction, The
Bound
2001
D.O.A.
Conformist, The
Dr. Strangelove
L.A. Confidential
Tarnished Angels, The
Strange Illusion
La Femme Infidele
Eyes Without a Face
Bad and the Beautiful, The
Rebel without a Cause
Day for Night
Bladerunner
Blonde Venus
Morocco
Scarlet Empress, The
Metropolis
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gromit
Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:52 am Reply with quote
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Some gleaned from other's list which I'll need to consider:

Peeping Tom
Odd Man Out
EL Topo
The Last Picture Show

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lshap
Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:51 am Reply with quote
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Rod,

What's the logic behind limiting yourself to one film per director? If the priority was to pay homage to 50 great directors, then fine, but we're assessing the best overall package, the films, regardless of who directed them, acted in them or composed the score.
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billyweeds
Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:52 am Reply with quote
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Others I had omitted but which merit at least consideration and in a couple of cases definite inclusion:

Vertigo
Rebecca
High Noon
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Sideways
The Manchurian Candidate
(1962)


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mo_flixx
Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:23 pm Reply with quote
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Another one to add to my list:

SCARFACE (Pacino version)

(will decide what needs to be dropped from the 50 later)
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Marc
Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:08 pm Reply with quote
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shit. I totally forgot to add THE LAST PICTURE SHOW to my list. Its one of my top ten.
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Syd
Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:50 pm Reply with quote
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I'm going through Wikipedia's film list by year, through 1988 and already have over 200 films under consideration. They don't include that many foreign films, though, so I'll have to figure out how to do those.

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mo_flixx
Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:59 pm Reply with quote
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Syd wrote:
I'm going through Wikipedia's film list by year, through 1988 and already have over 200 films under consideration. They don't include that many foreign films, though, so I'll have to figure out how to do those.


BAFTA's, Cesar's, etc. plus Venice, Berlin, & Cannes Film Fests.??
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