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Starting a college Classic Movie Club and need help choosing movies

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I'm starting a classic movie club at my college, Chapman University, and was hoping to get some feedback about the movies that I have chosen to show throughout the year. I was planning to screen one a week and have background info on it to pass out to people who attend. I've decided to have each month cover a different genre and was trying to get a pretty good variety of movies; and actors too. If any of you know a really great movie that I don't have up there and don't know about I would really appreciate your input. Thank you so much, here's the line up:


Sept- Comedy

A Night at the Opera

It Could Happen to You

Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer

The Apartment

Born Yesterday


October- Horror

Invisible Man

Hunchback of Notre Dame


The Picture of Dorian Gray


November- Adventure/Mystery/ Noir

Captain Blood

The Thin Man


*Need One More*


December- Christmas

White Christmas

*Need One More*


February- Drama

Roaring 20's


San Francisco

*Need Two More*


March- Westerns

Fort Apache

*Need three more*


April- Musicals


Footlight Parade

Moon Over Miami or Springtime in the Rockies

*Need Two More*


May- New Classic Movie

Here I would like to show a newer movie that is considered a classic


Thank you again for your time!


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The Maltese Falcon, The Adventures Of Robin Hood and Sunset Boulevard would be crowd pleasers for sure. I would also recommend The Westerner with Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan.


You must be screening film, since some of your choices aren't available on DVD yet.

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Lubitsch's smart romance,The Shop Around The Corner, makes a nice choice for a Christmas time movie... although there are no religious overtones.


I just bought the new DVD of Paper Moon and really love it. What a great little movie. The young Tatum O'Neal really deserved her Oscar for this one. I will go ahead and suggest it for your "newer classic" category.

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Newer Classic "Driving Miss Daisey" "The Shawshank Redemption" Westerns "Once Upon A Time in the West." "Gunfight at OK Corral." "High Noon" "Shane" "The Ox-Bow Incident" Drama "Hud" "Judgement at Nuremberg" "The Caine Mutiny" Christmas "Miracle on 34th St" Musicals "Singing in the Rain" "West Side Story" "My Fair Lady" "Caberet" Hope this helps.

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Sept- Comedy

It Happened One Night (1934)

My Man Godfrey (1936)

His Girl Friday (1940)

The Lady Eve (1941)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)


October- Horror

Dracula (1931)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) - VHS only until January

Frankenstein (1931)

King Kong (1933) - VHS only:-(

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Psycho (1960) - unless this is too recent;-)


November- Adventure/Mystery/Noir

The Maltese Falcon (1931)

Double Indemnity (1944)

Notorious (1946)

The Big Sleep (1946)

The African Queen (1951)

North By Northwest (1959)


(Noir/Bogart/Hitchcock needs its/his/their own month;-)


December- Christmas

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) - duh!

White Christmas (1954)


February- Drama

Citizen Kane (1941)

Casablanca (1942)

All About Eve (1950)

Twelve Angry Men (1957)

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)


March- Westerns

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Red River (1948)

Shane (1953)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966)


April- Musicals

Top Hat (1935)

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

West Side Story (1961)

My Fair Lady (1964)


May- New Classic Movie

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

The Godfather (1972) & The Godfather, Part II (1974)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Raging Bull (1980)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)


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What about the following:


The Women (1939)


It Happened One Night (1934)


Trouble in Paradise (1932)


Jewel Robbery (1932)--an obscure title, but this one is great! William Powell robs jewelry stores by giving everyone a joint! He gets them all high and splits!


Design for Living (1933)--menage a trois, Hollywood style. Hard to believe it was even filmed in 1933!!!!


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For mystery, I'd reccomend "The Maltese Falcon", it's one of my personal favorites.


For Drama, I'd recommend "The Great Escape", and for Westerns, I'd show "The Magnificent Seven" or "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence".


Hope these help.


And I also think this is a great idea, hope it all works out!



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Don't know if it'll help, but if I were teaching a year long film course and just wanted to acquaint people with what I felt were (for one reason or another) the most important films ever made, this would be my schedule:


Semester I


The Battleship Potemkin



The Passion of Joan of Arc



Trouble in Paradise

Modern Times

The Rules of the Game

Citizen Kane

Double Indemnity

Brief Encounter

Open City


Semester II


The Bicycle Thief



The Searchers

Strangers on a Train


The Seventh Seal

Wild Strawberries

Tokyo Story

Pather Panchali

8 1/2

The 400 Blows



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