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If there were only ten movies you could take with you into the next life, what would you select?

 

10. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)..coming home again and again

 

9. AUDREY ROSE (1977)..universal spiritualism and reincarnation

 

8. REMEMBER THE NIGHT (1940)..Stanwyck's performance transcends the here and now

 

7. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)..the sun never goes down on this one

 

6. THE HEIRESS (1949)..Olivia and the lamp light at the end going up the stairs

 

5. BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974)..ambiguous yet final

 

4. CITIZEN KANE (1941)..bud on the rose

 

3. TRACK OF THE CAT (1954)..color noir and undying dysfunction

 

2. MR. AND MRS. BRIDGE (1990)..American dream shattered, recollected

 

1. REBECCA (1940)..last night I dreamt of this, and I woke up straight out of a nightmare

 

All of these transport me to a different realm. And back again.

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An almost impossible task..... But lets say there were ten films I'd want with me on an journey then the following would have to do:

 

The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938

My Favorite Wife 1940

The Talk of the Town 1942

They Were Expendable 1945

Twelve O'Clock High 1949

Winchester '73 1950

Ride the High Country 1962

Seven Days in May 1964

The Professionals 1966

Bite the Bullet 1975

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These aren't in order; while not all of these are outstandingly well-made films, I chose most based on "deep meaning to me", or because the film is connected to a personally nostalgic experience. With a couple of silly flicks thrown in for good measure:

 

(This was written hastily - the choices would probably change on a daily basis.)

 

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Dead Poets Society

Somewhere in Time

Lazybones

Wolfen

All About Eve

The Lady Eve

The Party

Hands Across the Table

The Awful Truth

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In no particular order, these would be my 'desert island' movies - films I can watch time and time again:

 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

It Happened One Night (1934)

All the President's Men (1976)

Double Indemnity (1944)

The More the Merrier (1943)

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

My Favorite Year (1982)

Rear Window (1954)

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*"Classic" Hollywood Top 10, meaning *pre-1970,* in chronological order* These are impossible to rank in the same order of preference for more than about 15 minutes. So color me fickle. ;)

 

The Penalty (Lon Chaney)

Greed (the four hour version)

The Crowd

Bombshell

The Killers (Lancaster / Gardner version)

It's A Wonderful Life

Out of the Past

Nightmare Alley

A Star Is Born (Garland version)

Vertigo

 

*Top 10 overall, no restrictions, in rough order of preference, subject to change except for the one on top*

 

*Angi Vera* (far and away my favorite movie ever)

Pixote

Come and See

The Bad Sleep Well

The Battle of Algiers

The Killers

Scars of Womanhood

Kapo

The Sheep Has Five Legs (Fernandel) / Bombshell (tie for best comedy)

Germany: Year Zero

 

The problem is that once you get past a certain level, it's almost impossible to rank movies. Not that it's not fun.

 

EDIT: Of course if it's Desert Island Movies, I could watch Bombshell, The Sheep Has Five Legs, and Libeled Lady in an endless loop.

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It's interesting that 1939 is often cited as the vintage year of classic Hollywood cinema. Yet none of my choices are from that year. And I see that many other posters' choices do not come from '39 either.

 

GONE WITH THE WIND, which I recognize as a significant film, and which I relatively enjoy watching, is very far down on my list-- it would barely make my top 100.

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It's interesting that 1939 is often cited as the vintage year of classic Hollywood cinema. Yet none of my choices are from that year. And I see that many other posters' choices do not come from '39 either.

 

For some of us, the films of 1939 are best represented by the path to the left in this classic National Lampoon cover, whereas the infinitely more enjoyable films of 1950 follow the path to the right. ;)

 

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My list changes from time to time, but right now it stands thus:

 

1. THE HEIRESS

2. ALL ABOUT EVE

3. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

4. CASABLANCA

5. THE QUIET MAN

6. NOTORIOUS

7. THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK

8. THE MIRACLE WORKER

9. ROMAN HOLIDAY

10. THE LITTLE FOXES

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Romance (drama): The Clock 1945

Romance (comedy): Come September 1963

Screwball: Libeled Lady 1936

Mystery Comedy: After the Thin Man 1936

Mystery Drama: Lara 1945

Hitchcock: Spellbound 1945

Musical: thourghly Modern Millie 1968

Western: The Angel and the Badman 1947

Christmas: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town 1974

Horror: Young Frankenstein 1974

 

My years are off, sorry!

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