List 5 Quintessential Movies Which Define the Spirit of Your Country

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  1. earllogjam

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    Every country has a soul I believe and there are quintessential films that reflect that soul, energy, or spirit of culture.

    What 5 films can you think of that accurately reflect the ethos of your country.
     
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    In no particular order.

    Kind Hearts and Coronets
    The Life of Brian
    Kes
    The Crying Game
    Trainspotting

    I'll probably change my mind in five minutes.
     
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    off the top of my head but there's probably a thousand more

    Tender Mercies
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    Days of Heaven
    Citizen Kane
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
     
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    I don't know if I can participate in this thread. I was told by someone at dinner last night that because I was not born in the US that I am not truly a US citizen.:mad: After some major back peddling I was told I more "of the world"... but I'll give it some thought anyway!
     
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    Gone with the wind - speaks to a southern sentiment (though I find it offensive)
    Magnolia- speaks to modern western life
    Wizard of oz
    Midnight cowboy
    Savingp rivate ryan
     
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    Given that you are one of our true film buffs (I am not), I sincerely hope that you will, as I was thinking of what your choice would be when I first saw the thread.

    In fact, I would like to see your US choices and then your Global choices.
     
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    ^^Great choices!

    I'd probably go for:

    Quadrophenia
    The King's Speech
    Educating Rita or The Full Monty
    Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels
    The Third Man (altho not actually set in UK).
     
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    Thank you very much I consider that a compliment.... My choices are most likely not going to be very popular because my experience and viewpoint about the United States have not been typical of most but here they are....

    Watch On The Rhine
    A Face In The Crowd
    Good Night And Good Luck
    Apollo 13
    The Last Picture Show
     
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    American Beauty
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Ordinary People
    Little Miss Sunshine
    2001 A Space Odyssey
     
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    GWTW is not offensive!!
     
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    I can only remember two of these :eek:. I said I wasn't a film buff.

    Written by a Brit and filmed in the UK??

    Earl, I thought you were Canadian. :tongue:
     
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    Wellllll, formally, maybe.
     
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    House of Cards (TV serialization film soon to be remade by Hollywood)
    Kes (nod to Drifterwood - I cry every damn time)
    Get Carter
    Mischief Night
    East is East
     
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    But Kubrick was American!

    Canada, America, eh...it's all the same.

    (I know I'll get flack for that comment!)
     
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    Coming up with five individual films is too difficult for me to narrow down at the moment. Maybe later I'll pick a single film from each, but for now I'll just list the five American filmmakers who I feel have made the most significant contributions to cinema. In no particular order:

    Stan Brakhage
    John Cassavetes
    Orson Welles
    Robert Flaherty
    D.W. Griffith
     
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    I'm sure this bears more thought... unfortunately, first one to come to mind was Idiocracy.
     
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    Who spent the vast majority of his adult life in the UK....

    I considered 2001 and Clockwork Orange for the UK :tongue:

    John Ford doing Dylan Thomas with Richard Burton? But then I prefer that foppy English guy who did An Englishman goes up a Hill and comes down a Mountain, or whatever it was called. That got the Welsh quite well IMHO in a romantic sort of way.
     
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    So everything he made after Spartacus counts for the UK then? haha I thought for sure you would have mentioned Barry Lyndon! I was under the impression that's his most popular film over there.
     
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