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I'm hosting a movie classic party next month over the weekend the guest are mixed couples, singles (male&female) and would like your thoughts on movie selections. Some are classic movie watchers and some will be introduced to this genre at this event. Please forward me what you feel are must sees.

 

Thanks!

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Lady ~

 

There are so many wonderful movies out there, I don't know where to start. If I knew your age group and your friends' interests, I might be of more help.

 

One good movie is Mrs. Miniver (WWII) ~ an award winner. Has everything, love story, war, woman alone, etc. Touches a lot of soft spots. Also good (though very old) is Frank Capra's It Happened One Night with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable.

 

For musicals, many to pick from. I especially like Judy Garland's films. However, an interesting contrast might be to pick a James Cagney gangster film (Roaring 20s is a good one), paired with Yankee Doodle Dandy ~ Cagney can dance like a bandit!

 

Also good for those who like the supernatural "The Uninvited" with Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey and "The Haunting" ~ but the cast members escape me at the moment.

 

 

If you tell me more of what you like, and who you like, I can make more recommendations.

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I'd show something directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Probably Notorious, since it's underrated, and it's got great stars in its cast (Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and the always-wonderful Claude Rains).

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Here's a list of 10 must-see classics; directors in ( ):

 

1. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959; Hitchcock)

2. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952; Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen)

3. OUT OF THE PAST (1947; Jacques Tourneur)

4. BRINGING UP BABY (1938; Howard Hawks)

5. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954; Elia Kazan)

6. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959; Billy Wilder)

7. CHARADE (1963; Stanley Donen)

8. THE LADY EVE (1941; Preston Sturges)

9. THE BIG SLEEP (1946; Howard Hawks)

10. EAST OF EDEN (1955; Elia Kazan)

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Here is a quick list:

 

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Stanley Kramer)

My Name is Nobody (Tonino Valerii and Sergio Leone)

North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock)

The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles)

The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)

 

Kubrick and Welles have done other great films, but some of them might not be liked by all. One other suggestion for Welles might be F for Fake.

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Here are my choices:

Casablanca" (Michael Curtiz)

"His Girl Friday" (Howard Hawks)

"It Happened One Night" (Frank Capra)

"Sabrina"(1954 - (Billy Wilder)

"On the Waterfront" (Elia Kazan)

"West Side Story" (Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins)

"All About Eve" (Joseph Mankiewicz)

"Notorious" (Alfred Hitchcock)

"Adam's Rib"

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ABOVE SUSPICION

RASHOMON

FLIGHT

TOBACCO ROAD

MIRACLE OF THE BELLS

DESRAELI

SEVEN SAMURAI

BLOW-UP

JUAREZ

THE MAGIC BULLET

SVENGALI

WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD

STAR WITNESS

THEY WON?T BELIEVE ME

TRIUMPH OF THE WILL

OLYMPIA

UNCLE HARRY

MISSION TO MOSCOW

OSS

THE BLUE ANGEL

THE GENERAL DIES AT DAWN

STEAMBOAT BILL JR.

THE NAVIGATOR

CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE

THE SEVENTH CROSS

PHANTOM LADY

STANLEY AND LIVINGSTON

NIGHT OF THE IGUANA

JOHNNIE BELINDA

THE SIN OF MADELEN CLAUDET

OPERATOR

SORCERER

ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO

LONE STAR

THE GENERAL

WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD

JOURNEY INTO FEAR

MIRACLE IN THE RAIN

EMIEL ZOLA

LOUIS PASTEUR

WHITE CARGO

MACAO

THE SEVENTH VICTIM

HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES

PAYMENT DEFERRED

SALT OF THE EARTH

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> Also, it might be interesting to feature a selection

> of all Hitchcock films. They seem to appeal to both

> sexes equally well.

>

> The Lady Vanishes ("remade" as

> Flightplan w/ Jodie Foster)

 

It's nice to see you overlooked the Cybill Shepherd version. ;-)

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Those are some of my top faves, Baker.

I would add Stalag 17, and The Major and the Minor, Billy WIlder's

directorial debut in a romantic comedy that also unleashes a bit of WWII propaganda

but with a smile.

Also, Fred, I'm glad to see you added Miracle of the Bells.

hlywdkjk - Shadow of a Doubt, for sure!

 

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