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Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by elegant20, Mar 9, 2009.
Care to name one at least.
Yellow Submarine; Wild is the Wind; Ran
Gunga Din Gunga Din (1939)
Beau Geste Beau Geste (1939)
The Petrified Forest The Petrified Forest (1936)
The Purple Heart The Purple Heart (1944)
Topper Topper (1937)
Topper Returns Topper Returns (1941)
The Grapes Of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Winterset Winterset (1936)
The Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Flesh Gordon Flesh Gordon (1974)
A Boy and his Dog A Boy and His Dog (1975)
A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Naked Lunch Naked Lunch (1991)
Querelle Querelle (1982)
To Kill A Mockingbird
Breakfast At Tiffanys
The Seven Year Itch
Mockingbird, Mame and Tiffanys are also all exceptional books that I will forever re-read.
Meet Me In St. Louis!
Miracle on 34th Street
It's a Wonderful Life
Bells of St. Mary's
Going My Way
Arsenic and Old Lace
.....just to name a few. I'm a HUGE film fan, and the older movies, for the most part, are better produced than more recent films.
Miracle Of The Bells (1948) *
Amateur Night At The Doxie Bar & Grill (1979 made-for-TV) *
Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982)
Big Wednesday (1978)
Chicken Chronicles (1977) *
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
Last American Virgin (1982) Even though I don't like the ending!
Li'l Abner (1959)
Macon County Line (1974)
Return To Macon County (1975) *
Spring Break (1983) *
Staying Together (1989)
The Wild Life (1984) *
Where The Boys Are '84 (1984) *
* not available on DVD dammit! I have to watch my VHS tapes
Stairway to Heaven (I had a crush on David Niven when I was like 7 yrs old.)
Imitation of Life (The one with Lana Turner)
All About Eve
Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Young Girls of Rochefort
The Last Metro (I don't consider this old..but it's older than some of the LPSG membership, so I guess it's old)
I assume you mean the Rosalind Russell version of Mame and not the Lucille Ball one. I love Lucy, but her version pales in comparison.
The Old Maid
Gone with the Wind
Now prepare for me being a super-homo here. The Lucille Ball musical version of Auntie Mame is actually just called "Mame". Why do I know these things?!
Are you serious the background was so blurred trying to make Lucy look like she was under 100 years old, I had a sick headache when I left the theatre ( the screens were big in those days!)
I know getting into old movies can be very difficult for modern audiences. Maybe it's the black and white, maybe it's the lack of familiar names. So many people pass by these great films which have become like so many great literature books everyone owns but never reads. It's sad because so many early films are just as wonderful and sophisticated today as they were when released.
A few notables stand out. Gone With the Wind and Casablanca are perennial, with many arguing that Casablanca's would be entirely ruined were it filmed in color. The Wizard of Oz is still enchanting viewers as it has for 70 years. After these three however, most people steer far away from old movies figuring they have little to say to contemporary audiences. That's a terrible mistake.
Herewith are a few I think people not into old movies will appreciate:
If you saw the recent promos for the remake of this classic then you knew it just had to fail. Despite the fact The Women is from 1939, everything about it is still contemporary. Well it should be too as the original was written by Claire Booth Luce and the screenplay was adapted by Anita Loos; two 'A' list writers by any means. The cast is stellar, the dialogue witty, the women glamorous, and the story engaging. It remains the only major film to come out of Hollywood without a single male appearing in the film. Even the animals were female.
The Women is a story of New York society ladies and their husbands. Yes that sounds horribly dull to anyone who isn't gay or into Real Housewives, but the film was made during the height of screwball comedy and given the power of the writing, there isn't a wasted line in the entire film. The jokes only let-up for a few minutes during a Technicolor fashion show segment that's simply fascinating to watch not only for the luscious use of three-strip Technicolor, but for the historicity of the clothing. Beyond that, these characters are real. They have real emotions, conversations, and even if they dress differently, they are contemporary women, "But mother, this is today! Stephen and I are equals!," declares Mary.
See The Women and be prepared for one of the most brilliant comedies ever to make it to the silver screen. This montage of Rosalind Russell's better moments gives you an idea of the punch this film still carries.
Two I saw whole my childhood and still see it at times, maybe silly for a guy, but I love them, and I grow up with them:
- Marry Poppins
- The sound of music
Two for the Road (1967) with Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney
The Taming of the Shrew (1967) with Burton and Taylor
Play Misty for Me (1971) with Clint Eastwood and Jessica Walter
Vertigo (1958) with James Stewart and Kim Novak (this is top on the list)
Rear Window (1954) with James Stewart and Grace Kelly AND THELMA RITTER!
These days there's Bollywood and independent film plus flourishing small films that turn-up from all over the world. Still, Hollywood has the most clout, money, and star power. Time was that Hollywood wasn't everything in the world of cinema. Between World War I and the Nazi takeover of Germany in 1933, the great challenger to Hollywood was Germany. German films were sophisticated, visionary, and wholly extraordinary in a way Hollywood didn't begin to appreciate until Orson Welles brought us Citizen Kane in 1941 and film noir, arguably one of America's most important contributions to film. As they were largely silent, adapting German films for American audiences was easy. The title cards were simply changed from German to English. This gave American, and world audiences, easier access to foreign films than we do today. No subtitles, no dubbing.
Unfortunately for Germany, Hitler found many of the films of his country to be degenerate and so the best German directors fled to Hollywood right after the Nazis moved in. For the most part, they didn't do well in the US but some did. The brilliant cinematographer Karl Freund came from Germany and gave us the staple three-camera format TV sitcom, developed for I Love Lucy, still in use today.
One director landed here however and gave us something really special. His name was Friedrich Murnau and the film he gave us was Sunrise. You have to try to understand that German film from those days is nothing like what Hollywood was selling. It was Expressionist in that moods and feelings were exaggerated, acting appeared overblown by modern standards, and fantasy and reality were woven together in any way the director wanted. You've probably heard of Murnau's most famous work, Nosferatu. Even if you don't, you'll know the haunting images from the film which are disturbing even today.
Sunrise, though it sounds like a vampire movie sequal, has nothing to do with vampires and everything to do with love found, love lost, and finally, the excrutiating power of life in just surviving. Critic after critic has called it one of the most beautiful movies ever made and that's not hyperbole. Sunrise was honored with Oscars for Most Unique and Artistic Picture (Best Picture), Best Actress, Best Cinematography, and nominated for Best Art Direction. Really, people knew it was great at the time and it's still great now. Much of its magic comes through Murnau's lens where you're never quite sure if what you're seeing is a dream, a memory, or something else entirely. The love plot is stupid simple yet handled with such respectful sentiment that even now it doesn't fall into hokiness the way many love stories do. By the end though, what started as an ordinary love story becomes epic, terrifying, and deeply moving. So much of that is due to the remarkable chemistry between the two leads, Janet Gaynor and George O'Brien (hunky and maybe even better than Gaynor), who deliver performances which aren't remotely upstaged by Murnau's surreal sets.
Ever pick-up a movie and think you know what it's all going to be about and just know you won't like it? A lot of people do this with Sunrise and it's a huge mistake because Sunrise is one of the great love stories of all time.
Murnau only made two following films before his untimely death in 1933.
Silver Streak (brilliant ending )
The Third Man
Fellowship of the Ring
Lion King (Zazu rocks!)
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