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03-03-2013, 06:25 PM
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Also, anyone know of a movie called The Conversation from the 70s? Is it basically the same as The Lives of Others (that German film)?
They aren't similar at all beyond the fact both have main characters who do audio surveillance. The Conversation is closer to Blowup or Blow Out.

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03-03-2013, 07:30 PM
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For A Few Dollars More:


Witness For The Prosecution (Agatha Christie), also on Netflix:


The Good The Bad and The Ugly



The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934 version), think I'll watch the 56 version because I like visual coloured effect of films from the 50s and 60s:

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Stalag 17
The Time Machine
Heaven Knows Mr. Allison
The Searchers
Ben Hur
All quiet on the western front

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Stalag 17
The Time Machine
Heaven Knows Mr. Allison
The Searchers
Ben Hur
All quiet on the western front
Stalag 17 is a damn good one. Funny too.

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Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski are all classics that I've enjoyed.

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I'm sure many of these have been mentioned before, but i'm just going to give my list that I watched back in December/January... Most of these were recommended to me by the folks in the "Last Movie You Watched..." thread, so much thanks to them!! Pick any one of them and you're basically guaranteed to watch one of the best films you've ever seen.

The Birth of a Nation - 1915
The General - 1927
M - 1931
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang - 1932
Duck Soup - 1933
Top Hat - 1935
Swing Time - 1936
Gone with the Wind - 1939
Wuthering Heights - 1939
Citizen Kane - 1941
Children of Paradise - 1945
The Third Man - 1949
All About Eve - 1950
Sunset Boulevard - 1950
A Place in the Sun - 1951
Singin‘ in the Rain - 1952
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - 1953
From Here to Eternity - 1953
On the Waterfront - 1954
Rear Window - 1954
Guys and Dolls - 1955
Giant - 1956
12 Angry Men - 1957
Vertigo - 1958
Some Like it Hot - 1959
Mutiny on the Bounty - 1962
Dr. Zhivago - 1965
Last Tango in Paris - 1972

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03-04-2013, 12:22 AM
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Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski are all classics that I've enjoyed.
Er....these are from the 90s. Wish people read OP's on here.

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (really old one, from '39):
https://vimeo.com/49156759

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M, there was another German b/w one from after WW2. It had a women returning to her apartment after the city had been bombed. She found some other man living in it I think and had a friend who was an old shop keeper below the building, I don't know the name and I never saw the ending:


Blow-Up (60s coloured film):
https://vimeo.com/7875387

The Bicycle Thief (Italian, click on subs and then English):


Battle of Algiers:


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03-04-2013, 12:28 AM
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Watch Rome: Open City as well as Bicycle Thieves, OP. Both great Italian films.

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03-04-2013, 08:42 AM
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Smorgasbord

'55 Bad Day At Black Rock (Am)
'59 Odds Against Tomorrow (Am)
'59 Fires On The Plain (Jap)
'61 Last Year At Marienbad (Fra)
'62 Knife In The Water (Pol)
'75 Picnic At Hanging Rock (Aus)

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Citizen Kane (1941)
Casablanca (1942)
Double Indemnity (1944)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Out of the Past (1947)

Rear Window (1954)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Some Like it Hot (1959)
North by Northwest (1959)

The Apartment (1960)
Psycho (1960)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Chinatown (1974)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Network (1976)
Annie Hall (1977)

You can't wrong with any of those, in my opinion. I'd say that 12 Angry Men or North by Northwest is a good starting point for someone who hasn't watched films from the '30s, '40s or '50s before.

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03-06-2013, 01:21 PM
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I recommend D.W. Griffith's silent epics; Intolerance (1916) and the infamous The Birth of a Nation (1915). They laid the groundwork for big budget cinema.
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both great movies--however--both films are told from the southern perspective and in many states are still banned
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How could a state outright ban a DVD? Also, while Birth of a Nation was refused in several cities, I didn't think any overall bans were ever able to pass. I was able to buy it at Best Buy myself (took a cinema class and needed it) and it is available on their site.
They can't. Movies (and subsequently videos & DVDs) have been granted full First Amendment protection since 1952 - when the SCOTUS ruled state censorship laws unconstitutional (Joseph Burstyn, Inc. v. Wilson, 343 U.S. 495 (1952)).

The only exception are those deemed legally obscene - meeting the Miller Test standard (set by the Supremes in Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973)).

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03-06-2013, 06:05 PM
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I'm sure many of these have been mentioned before, but i'm just going to give my list that I watched back in December/January... Most of these were recommended to me by the folks in the "Last Movie You Watched..." thread, so much thanks to them!! Pick any one of them and you're basically guaranteed to watch one of the best films you've ever seen.

The Birth of a Nation - 1915
The General - 1927
M - 1931
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang - 1932
Duck Soup - 1933
Top Hat - 1935
Swing Time - 1936
Gone with the Wind - 1939
Wuthering Heights - 1939
Citizen Kane - 1941
Children of Paradise - 1945
The Third Man - 1949
All About Eve - 1950
Sunset Boulevard - 1950
A Place in the Sun - 1951
Singin‘ in the Rain - 1952
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - 1953
From Here to Eternity - 1953
On the Waterfront - 1954
Rear Window - 1954
Guys and Dolls - 1955
Giant - 1956
12 Angry Men - 1957
Vertigo - 1958
Some Like it Hot - 1959
Mutiny on the Bounty - 1962
Dr. Zhivago - 1965
Last Tango in Paris - 1972
Liked the one from the 30s with Clark Gable better but they're both good films.

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03-06-2013, 07:34 PM
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2 that haven't been mentioned yet:

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Zulu (1964)

Both based on a true story.

As others have said....12 Angry Men (1957) is terrific. It's 90 minutes and the only setting is this room but thanks to great writing and cinematography the time passes quickly. I am quoting an example of this from IMDB:

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At the beginning of the film, the cameras are all positioned above eye level and mounted with wide-angle lenses to give the appearance of greater distance between the subjects. As the film progresses the cameras slip down to eye level. By the end of the film, nearly all of it is shot below eye level, in close-up and with telephoto lenses to increase the encroaching sense of claustrophobia.
Just a fantastic movie.

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03-11-2013, 12:56 PM
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Really enjoying 12 Angry Men in 720p on YT atm.

Some more that are online:

2001:
https://vimeo.com/56593397

Here's a Nancy Drew movie from 1939, not bad. Unfortunately they never made and still haven't made a Hardy Boys film.


The Cincinnati Kid (has Steve McQueen)

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Saw Vertigo and Chinatown....both overrated films though they look great visually. Vertigo especially was such a slow moving and stupid film. I didn't think the acting was good and the plot was nothing special. I have no idea how it became such a highly rated movie, most of today's films that are below 60% on Rotten Tomatoes are more enjoyable. I also don't really like anything I've seen with James Stewart in it so far though Jack Nicholson in Chinatown was great.

Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn was a nice film, not really better than today's romance films but classier and I guess original for its time.

Dial M For Murder though was a fantastic film. I never really felt any suspense in Vertigo despite it being a Hitchcock film outside the beginning scenes where he was stalking her but M For Murder has tension throughout the film and a clever plot though it gets a bit convoluted....was really fun to watch though.

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The Petrified Forest - 1936

An early Bogart film. Awesome

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The Battle of Algiers

By Gillo Pontecorvo

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In 2003, the New York Times reported that the Pentagon screened this film for officers and civilian experts who were discussing the challenges faced by the US military forces in Iraq. The flier inviting guests to the screening read: "How to win a battle against terrorism and lose the war of ideas".

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The only film in Oscar history to be a nominee in two separate non-consecutive years. It was a foreign film nominee for 1966, and then a nominee for screenplay and direction for 1968.
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This film was very rarely shown in France until recently, and the torture scenes were cut in the US and UK.


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11-18-2013, 05:35 PM
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Saw Double Indemnity, a very good noir film though no more substance than a crime thriller. Would recommend anyways.

Witness For The Prosecution is a 4/5 imo. It gets really good in the final third and the plot twist is one of the best I've seen though the movie starts off slow.

Btw, this site is fairly useful. Just check off Netflix on it and it'll search if any given movie or TV show is on Netflix in any region. You then click on the Netflix logo on teh search results to check what region it's on. Then go to Netflix.com after installing a browser add-on called Hola-Unblocker which lets you access and switch back/forth from Netflix in any country including Nordic/Mexico/SAmerica/UK/Ireland/Netherlands and obviously Canada/US:

http://www.moreflicks.com/

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Just a simple fun movie starring one of my all time favorite actors, Ernest Borgnine, I love the movie Marty.

Someone above mentioned Father Goose starring Cary Grant. I love that one too. Grant is hysterical in that one. A washed out drunk living in isolation on an island during wartime, he is forced to look after a group of kids who get stranded there, he was hysterical in that movie.

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Once Upon a time in America. Get the full 5hour version if you can. THere are four different versions of the movie and the 5 hour one is the closest to the one the director wanted. . Avoid the 2h and 10 minute one like the plague
To the best of my knowledge, that full version film is lost. I have tried to locate it, to no avail.

The almost 4 hours version is probably the most complete one out there right now. It is a great film, and despite the long run time, I still feel it is too short.

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Gotta toss in "Bride of Frankenstein" for the Universal Collection. It's really livened up by the presence of Ernest Theisger as the evil Doctor Pratoreus.

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Apocalypse Now!

My favorite movie.

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Saw Vertigo and Chinatown....both overrated films though they look great visually. Vertigo especially was such a slow moving and stupid film. I didn't think the acting was good and the plot was nothing special. I have no idea how it became such a highly rated movie, most of today's films that are below 60% on Rotten Tomatoes are more enjoyable. I also don't really like anything I've seen with James Stewart in it so far though Jack Nicholson in Chinatown was great.

Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn was a nice film, not really better than today's romance films but classier and I guess original for its time.

Dial M For Murder though was a fantastic film. I never really felt any suspense in Vertigo despite it being a Hitchcock film outside the beginning scenes where he was stalking her but M For Murder has tension throughout the film and a clever plot though it gets a bit convoluted....was really fun to watch though.
I agree with you on many points, but you are far too tough on Chinatown.

It had a script that many today still considers to be perfect, filled with twists and turns, and an expected ending that went against the conventional wisdom of the genre. I also liked how it was a true first person point of view, as Nicholson is in every single scene, and it was an unusual way of storytelling that is still rare today. Chinatown is a film that is ahead of its time, and one that still holds up very well today.

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How about some Paul Newman classics:

The Hustler
Butch Cassidy and the sundance kid
Cool Hand Luke
The Sting
The long hot summer
And as mentioned Slap shot

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