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About CoraSmith

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    My main interests are music, literature and film. I like classics because they have well constructed stories with strong character development, they have suspense, humor and good actors. My favorite directors are Alfred Hitchock, Woody Allen, Billy Wilder and Charlie Chaplin. Favorite actors before 1970 are James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn.

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  1. It doesn't bother me whether a film is highly regarded. I can enjoy a silly comedy. Pardon Us (1931) Riffraff (1936) My Favorite Blonde (1942) Glen or Glenda (1953) ...And God Created Woman (1956) Paris - When It Sizzles (1964) Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez (1964) Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972) Foul Play (1978) Coming to America (1988) Cocktail (1988) Sister Act (1992) Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1994) Showgirls (1995) Entrapment (1999) Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) Tamara Drewe (2010) The Bling Ring (2013) Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)
  2. My favorite films with fewer than 1000 votes on imdb: 1920 Pollyanna 1936 Riffraff 1936 Intermezzo 1941 Teresa Venerdí 1946 Woman Without a Face 1949 Conspirator 1951 The Lady of Musashino 1953 Le Boulanger de Valorgue 1972 Lady Caroline Lamb 1983 My Brother's Wedding 1983 Brussels by Night 1985 Angry Harvest
  3. People should also see the same John Nettles in Bergerac, when he was younger and leaner, and played an inspector on the isle of Jersey.
  4. 1. Horst Tappert as Derrick: the cool, distant inspector with the protruding eyes in the German Krimi. This show had a quiet tempo and a lot of focus on psychology. I also liked Fritz Wepper as his assistant Harry Klein, and the theme music! 2. Peter Falk as Columbo: He pretended to be not so smart and was dressed in a shabby raincoat, but when he asked just one more question he took the culprit by surprise. In spite of the open book format there was always suspense until the end. 3. David Suchet as Poirot: I used to read a lot of Agatha Christie, and he's the one who does most honor to the Belgian detective with the egg-shaped head and the moustache. He meticulously prepared his role and spoke with the right accent. 4. Joan Hickson as Miss Marple: These adaptations remain close to the novels, with the old spinster as a frail but clever old woman. 5. Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes: Most adaptations have nothing to do with the original Sherlock Holmes, but Jeremy Brett stayed close to Arthur Conan Doyle's character.
  5. Alfred Hitchcock Woody Allen Billy Wilder
  6. Ranked on decade of the first season. 1950s Alfred Hitchcock Presents Zorro I Love Lucy Ivanhoe Bonanza 1960s The Avengers Monty Python's Flying Circus Kapitein Zeppos Sesame Street Popeye the Sailor The Saint Pippi Longstocking The Addams Family Wij, Heren van Zichem Tommy Cooper 1970s Fawlty Towers Secret Army Derrick Columbo Lou Grant Little House on the Prairie A Family at War Tales of the Unexpected Dallas Diff'rent Strokes Not the Nine O'Clock News Taxi Escrava Isaura The Muppet Show All Creatures Great and Small Charlie's Angels The Love Boat The Persuaders! The Good Life George and Mildred 1980s Blackadder Yes, Minister/Yes, Prime Minister Cheers The Cosby Show Poirot The Simpsons Married with Children The New Statesman De Collega's Zeg 'ns Aaa The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Murder, She Wrote You Rang, M'Lord? Only Fools and Horses... 'Allo 'Allo Bergerac Matlock Ein Fall für zwei Magnum, P.I. North and South 1990s House of Cards Diagnosis Murder Mr. Bean Ally McBeal Smack the Pony Jonathan Creek Beverly Hills, 90210 Melrose Place Shakespeare: The Animated Tales Bottom 2000s The Good Wife The Forsyte Saga Not Going Out Kingdom Gossip Girl Coupling God, the Devil and Bob The Sketch Show My Family Gata Salvaje 2010s Borgen Homeland Follow the Money Blue Bloods Pretty Little Liars Rookie Blue Killing Eve Big Little Lies Call the Midwife Suits
  7. Impossible choices of course, but this top 10 is fairly representative and spread out over decades and countries. Thanks, Bogie for running this thread for so long! The Seventh Seal (1957) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden 8 1/2 (1963) Federico Fellini, Italy Jean de Florette (1986) Claude Berri, France The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany The Skin I Live In (2011) Pedro Almodovar, Spain Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013) Abdellatif Kechiche, France Metropolis (1927) Fritz Lang, Germany Machuca (2004) Andrés Wood, Chile Red Sorghum (1987) Yang Zhimou, China Grbavica (2006) Jasmila Žbanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  8. The Skin I Live In (2011) Pedro Almodovar, Spain Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013) Abdellatif Kechiche, France A Royal Affair (2012) Nikolaj Arcel, Denmark Utoya: July 22 (2018) Erik Poppe, Norway On the Path (2010) Jasmila Zbanic, Bosnia and Herzegovina Two Days, One Night (2014) Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium The Hunt (2012) Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark Wild Tales (2014) Damian Szifron, Argentina The Handmaiden (2016) Chan-wook Park, South Korea Happy As Lazzaro (2018) Alice Rohrwacher, Italy Victoria (2015) Sebastian Schipper, Germany After Lucia (2012) Michel Franco, Mexico Difret (2014) Zeresenay Mehari, Ethiopia On Body and Soul (2017) Ildiko Envedi, Hungary Sami Blood (2016) Amanda Kernell, Sweden
  9. For 2019 I will have to pass. I'll take note if others have some good tips already.
  10. I haven't seen the English spoken 22 July yet. Erik Poppe's film focuses entirely on the point of view of the victims and survivors. The shooter is only visible vaguely in a flash. My expectations of the English spoken film aren't as high, but it's on my watchlist.
  11. Utøya: July 22 is based on the true events on the Norwegian island on the day of Anders Breivik's assault. It's filmed in a realistic style with a hand camera. It looks like it's shot in one major take, although that's not strictly so. It shows the experience of the young people in the camp. Andrea Berntzen plays the leading character who's missing her younger sister. After twenty minutes the first shots sound. The young people flee into the woods and try to save themselves. The next seventy minutes are full of panic and uncertainty. It's very intense. Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice) was inspired by a news story in the 1990s. A group of farmhands was working in a sharecropping system, unaware that unpaid labour has been banned a long time ago. After their release they don't know what to do and become beggars in the city. Magical realism comes in when one of the farmhands, the naive Lazzaro, wakes up after being dead or asleep for twenty-five years without getting older. It's a weird but fascinating film.
  12. Utøya: July 22, Erik Poppe, Norway Happy As Lazzaro, Alice Rohrwacher, Italy Everybody Knows, Asghar Farhadi, Spain Sir, Rohena Gera, India Daughter of Mine, Laura Bispuri, Italy 3 Faces, Jafar Panahi, Iran The Guilty, Gustav Möller, Denmark Capernaum, Nadine Labaki, Lebanon Girl, Lukas Dhont, Belgium The Conductor, Maria Peters, Netherlands
  13. On Body and Soul (Teströl és Lélekröl) is a weird Hungarian drama about a young woman who works as a controller in an abattoir. She's very strict, doesn't show any emotion and avoids personal contact. Then it turns out that she has a shared repeated dream with a colleague.
  14. On Body and Soul, Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary The Insult, Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon Mektoub, My Love, Abdellatif Kechiche, France What Will People Say, Iram Haq, Norway Just Like Our Parents, Laís Bodanzky, Brazil Jeune Femme, Léonor Serraille, France Bye Bye Germany, Sam Garbarski, Germany This Is Our Land, Lucas Belvaux, France
  15. Sami Blood (Sameblod) is a Swedish drama about a Sami girl in the 1930s. In school they measured her skull because phrenology was still seen as a science. She wanted to deny her ethnic identity and become part of Swedish society, but she wasn't accepted. As an old woman she looks back upon that period and finally comes to terms with herself and her sister, who did stay in the traditional Sami community. The Commune (Kollektivet) is a drama by Thomas Vinterberg. It has some of the actors of The Celebration and a comparable style, although it no longer strictly foillows the Dogme rules. When a married couple (Ulrich Thomsen and Trine Dyrholm) inherits a house in the early 1970s they decide to start a commune, based on the principles of free love. Problems arise over financial costs and over the husband's open relationship with a younger woman.
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