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  1. It gets my vote, and all the movies would be actual classics!
  2. Easy, Mr. Hulot's Holiday. That holiday and any place he lived had to be charming. It's a beautiful dream.
  3. Hands down, The Sorrow and the Pity. It gives you a great insight into humanity, some disturbing truth about how comfortable we are with evil within ourselves.
  4. Where is the Blarney Stone? Where is The Luck of the Irish? Where is Three Wise Fools? Now Hackers is on... HACKERS on a Classic Movie Channel! Classically bad maybe. Something is seriously wrong here.
  5. Did anyone watch "Satan Met A Lady" this is a classic example of when everything goes wrong with a film. Great cast. Warren William, Bette Davis, Arthur Treacher, Porter Hall. Good director, William Dieterle. Great source material, The Maltese Falcon. Nothing went right. They changed the characters, names, location,and the MacGuffin. It is a must watch to give a profound appreciation for the Humphrey Bogart version.
  6. > {quote:title=VP19 wrote:}{quote} > "Alice In Wonderland" was earlier mentioned, and I hope Tim Burton's version is a success. That book has never quite translated to film -- Have you seen the 1933 version? It was a reasonable adaptation and kept the look of the original illustrations.
  7. "Alice and Wonderland" had a caucus race. new word "sty".
  8. Alan Bates was in "Zorba the Greek" with _Anthony Quinn_.
  9. As a child I was fascinated by history and archeology, and preferred the company of adults or senior citizens to other children. That interest in the things that came before me carried over to literature and film. The adaptations of classic literature were what first hooked me in, but the more I saw the more I appreciated. As I got older I was curious about what we tended to think of as new, daring and modern and what a unrealistic view we had of the past. It also seemed important to know where our culture came from. ( at least in part.) For myself films from the 1910 to 1940's are the most interesting. The earliest films because there is a rawness and some degree of realism that is rare in modern movies. Movies from the 1920's show the transition from the broad theatrical from of acting to the more subtle and natural form we are familiar with today. The high water mark is the 1930's and 40's where themes centered on the common man, and even the heros one could relate to. Classic movies also expected more from the audience, you had to listen to the dialog, you had to care what happened to the characters, you had to engage your imagination to help create the world and understand the vision of the film. While each age has produced good and bad films, I find most films from the 1960's on have gotten progressively less about character development, plot and engaging the audience on an emotional or intellectual level. Modern movies are meant to be a sensory experience, a spectacle, more like a amusement park ride than an afternoon with a book. Cinema-scope, Sense-around, THX and other developments have all been developed to serve this new approach to film. Not that it can't be used in service of story, if the story is there in the first place. As each generation movies further from literacy and appreciation for the written word, our films have suffered. I love classic films because they are a glimpse at a past world, both the real and the perceived. They come from an age of the introvert rather than the extrovert. You don't need to be of the age to appreciate them. They are to there to savor.
  10. Isn't there an animated map in "Five Graves to Cairo"?
  11. I don't know that making a bad film entertaining is being disrespectful, although I can say simply presenting the film and allowing the viewer to judge the film on it's own merits is good, I would still love to see MST3K take over the underground. I end up tuning out shortly after the start of most of the films featured on the underground.
  12. Another great thread. This is more or less proof of why the Academy Awards are somewhat purposeless. While some movies are noteworthy and deserve special notice, it really takes years for the cream to rise to the surface, and the winners are not normally the films we value just a few years later. Maybe they do serve some point as a record of popular taste of any given year. I will say 1939 was a very good year for movies.
  13. This is such a great thread. I agree with everything I have read so far, and it seems it isn't so much that the movie is just plain bad, as much as watching it becomes pointless. (MST3K made so many bad movies worth watching.) "Eyes Wide Shut" is a great example of this, you could tell that there was no real point investing the time and effort in the film. That was how I felt sitting through "The Godfather". ( original theatrical run.) I know many consider this one of the greatest films ever made, and while there are some positive elements, like Robert Duval's performance and the Cinematography, my problem was that you essentially had a sense of the entire film from the first scene, similar to watching the first two minutes of a day time television drama, there's nothing wrong with it exactly, but there was no purpose ( for me ) in investing the time in it.
  14. Pix makes me think of "Peeping Tom" new word _eight_
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