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Re: top 10 movies of all times, according to PW members?
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Foreign Intrigue 1956 Robert Mitchum
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Originally Posted by argerichfan
.....and the great 2001: A Space Odyssey I find so pretentious when I'm not giggling.

I guess times were different back in 1969.


Yup - I guess you really had to be there. grin

We'd never seen anything quite like it before.....


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Nobody has mentioned “Napoleon”! The silent film by made Abel Gance in 1927. I have seen it four times now. Eight hours including intervals, with live orchestra playing a magnificent compilation by Carl Davis of Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Cherubini and other contemporaries of the French Revolution; a longer score than Götterdämmerung! The film grips the imagination like nothing else. It has been described as one of the most remarkable works of art, in any medium, ever created.

So many marvellous episodes stick in the mind. The snowball siege at the Brienne Military Academy, to the accompaniment of Mozart’s “Little G Minor” symphony. Napoleon’s eagle, symbolising his destiny. The thrilling chase across Corsica. Napoleon’s escape from Corsica in a small boat in a storm, intercut with the stormy battle in the Convention between Robespierre and the Girondins. The murder of Marat in the bath. The Siege of Toulon. The clerk in the office of the Terror bureaucracy, surreptitiously eating guillotine orders to save as many people as possible. And finally, the heroic advance into Italy, when the screen expands to triple width, in a sort of early Cinerama; the impact of this is stunning.

I really cannot wait to see it again.

Anyone interested can read more here and here.

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Well - speaking of Abel Gance, how about his La Roue(1923) - incredible film.

My other all time favorites include....

Sunrise (1927)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
King Kong (1933)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Kings Row (1942)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
Singin in the Rain (1952) - I remember seeing it in the theater when it first came out
East of Eden (1954)
Giant (1956)
Vertigo (1958)
Psycho (1960)
Dr. Zhivago (1966)
Women in Love (1969)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Amadeus (1984)
The Color Purple (1985)
Schindler's List (1993)
Age of Innocence (1993)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Babe (1995)

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Originally Posted by David-G
Nobody has mentioned “Napoleon”! The silent film by made Abel Gance in 1927. I have seen it four times now. Eight hours including intervals, with live orchestra playing a magnificent compilation by Carl Davis of Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Cherubini and other contemporaries of the French Revolution; a longer score than Götterdämmerung! The film grips the imagination like nothing else. It has been described as one of the most remarkable works of art, in any medium, ever created.

So many marvellous episodes stick in the mind. The snowball siege at the Brienne Military Academy, to the accompaniment of Mozart’s “Little G Minor” symphony. Napoleon’s eagle, symbolising his destiny. The thrilling chase across Corsica. Napoleon’s escape from Corsica in a small boat in a storm, intercut with the stormy battle in the Convention between Robespierre and the Girondins. The murder of Marat in the bath. The Siege of Toulon. The clerk in the office of the Terror bureaucracy, surreptitiously eating guillotine orders to save as many people as possible. And finally, the heroic advance into Italy, when the screen expands to triple width, in a sort of early Cinerama; the impact of this is stunning.

I really cannot wait to see it again.

Anyone interested can read more here and here.


Wow, David - that sounds fantastic! I would line up in a minute to watch that.

You just reminded me of another great, unforgettable film - also silent - The Passion of Joan of Arc.

And for some reason that made me think of another unforgettable favorite of mine (probably because it's black and white and I thought it was silent, although it's not) The Shop on Main Street - a heartbreaking movie about a Slovak carpenter who is assigned to take over a button shop owned by an old, deaf Jewish widow as part of the Nazi Aryanization of the town.

I wonder if they'll ever play Napolean in the New York area - will have to keep an eye out for that...

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I don't remember coming across The Shop on Main Street. I will have to look out for it.

I found this announcement about "Napoleon": "The San Francisco Silent Film Festival has announced it will present the U.S. premiere of Abel Gance’s legendary NAPOLEON in its complete restoration by Academy Award-winning historian, documentarian and archivist Kevin Brownlow, in four special screenings at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre on March 24th, 25th, 31st and April 1st, 2012." Did any PW members go to this?


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Since I haven't seen it here yet: Gandhi.

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Oh man, I can't believe I left "Amelie" and "Crash" off my list!!!

"Crash" may win my vote for overall best, even. The scene with Matt Dillon trying to rescue Thandie Newton, with the gorgeous music by Mark Isham, moves me even after watching it for the 20th time. (I use the movie in my social psychology class when we're talking about race.)

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Yes I enjoyed Inception was a great film, was very clever. some of my favourite films include The Green Mile, Bridge to Terabithia, One hour photo, a recent film that I watched which I really enjoyed and was a really good film was Max and Mary. There's so many good films out there id find it hard to list my top 10 :-D

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Yes I enjoyed Inception...

An amazing film. Quite forgot about that one, as I did 'Gosford Park'.


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Anybody mention Pink Flamingos?
my list was missing a John Waters movie. Though I might have picked Pecker, not Pink Flamingos.

My list was also missing a Mike Leigh film. Someone mentioned Secrets and Lies. That's a brilliant film.

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Yes I enjoyed Inception...
there's so many layers.

(sorry, I couldn't resist a reference to Community. any fans here?)

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Originally Posted by argerichfan
.....and the great 2001: A Space Odyssey I find so pretentious when I'm not giggling.

I guess times were different back in 1969.


Yup - I guess you really had to be there. grin

We'd never seen anything quite like it before.....


It has stood the test of time, still a great movie...

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Originally Posted by chopin_r_us
Anybody mention Pink Flamingos?
my list was missing a John Waters movie. Though I might have picked Pecker, not Pink Flamingos.

My list was also missing a Mike Leigh film. Someone mentioned Secrets and Lies. That's a brilliant film.


Hah. i think John Waters makes my favorite directors list, but I'm not sure any of his movies makes my top 10. I involuntarily shudder every time I think of Pink Flamingos. I saw John Waters at London Heathrow traveling by himself last year. I thought about asking him for an autograph, but he looked like he had had a pretty rough night, so I let him be. :P

And in the vein of John Waters, I can't believe I forgot maybe my favorite movie ever:
Hedwig & the Angry Inch - "You, Kant, always get what you want"

Here's some more
Dancer in the Dark
Triplets of Belleville - Yes!!
The City of Lost Children
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Harold & Kumar go to White Castle - YES!!!
La Vie en Rose
Man on Wire


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2001: Space Odyssey

Shame on you fan ... giggling over the 1968 Stanley Kubrick blockbuster.

Just to think that this imaginative movie was made
BEFORE

Cape Canaveral ... starting a space programme (1961)
Pres. JF Kennedy ... getting a man on the moon (1969) 6 years after the death of Kennedy in 1963 .
The Star War movies (1977)
Computers (personal) 1980

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Anybody mention Pink Flamingos?
my list was missing a John Waters movie. Though I might have picked Pecker, not Pink Flamingos.

My list was also missing a Mike Leigh film. Someone mentioned Secrets and Lies. That's a brilliant film.
Nuts in May!

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Good call, and much of the credit should go to Clarke as well.

I'm always a bit surprised at how people think Inception is really forward-thinking and original. It's good writing, but Nolan is borrowing heavily from writers who explored that territory decades ago. (Alfred Bester and Philip K. Dick come to mind.)

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2001: Space Odyssey

Shame on you fan ... giggling over the 1968 Stanley Kubrick blockbuster.

Just to think that this imaginative movie was made
BEFORE

Cape Canaveral ... starting a space programme (1961)
Pres. JF Kennedy ... getting a man on the moon (1969) 6 years after the death of Kennedy in 1963 .
The Star War movies (1977)
Computers (personal) 1980

Watch out ... or I’ll get HAL to sing “Daisy”!


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I don't think I can come up with my top 10 without spending a couple of hours on IMDB but some of my favorites are:
Days of Heaven
Room With a View
Lawrence of Arabia
Notorious
The Painted Veil
Pride and Prejudice (the longer A&E version with Emma Thompson)
Love Actually
Singing in the Rain
You Can't Take It With You
Annie Hall
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Dr Strangelove
A Hard Day's Night
Wizard of Oz
The Sting
Star Wars
Its A Wonderful Life
The Fifth Element
The Magnificent Seven
The Great Escape
Shawshank Redemption


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