Shoot the Piano Player Franηois Truffaut 1960 043 315
Monterey Pop D. A. Pennebaker 1969 044 168
Show Boat James Whale 1936 045
North by Northwest Alfred Hitchcock 1959 046
Adam's Rib George Cukor 1949 047
Blowup Michelangelo Antonioni 1966 048 865
Rashomon Akira Kurosawa 1950 049 138
The Rules of the Game Jean Renoir 1939 050 216
Singin' in the Rain Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen 1952 052
Forbidden Planet Fred M. Wilcox 1956 053
Zulu Cy Endfield 1964 054
Darling John Schlesinger 1965 055
Paths of Glory Stanley Kubrick 1957 057 538
The Wizard of Oz Mervyn LeRoy 1939 059
2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick 1968 060
L'Avventura Michelangelo Antonioni 1960 062 098
The Killing Stanley Kubrick 1956 064 575
The Blob Irvin Yeaworth 1958 065 091
The Adventures of Robin Hood Michael Curtiz 1938 066
Seven Samurai Akira Kurosawa 1954 067 002
The Graduate Mike Nichols 1967 068 800
Blade Runner Ridley Scott 1982 069
The River Jean Renoir 1951 070 276
8½ Federico Fellini 1963 071 140
Random (incoherent) thoughts:
Shoot the Piano Player is a wee bit dull, but I like how Truffaut subtly played with gangster film conventions, and I liked most of the lead actors.
Monterey Pop is actually a lot more fun than Woodstock, maybe just because I'm overexposed to the latter. 60s rocknroll just seemed so new and fresh at the time... I dunno, compare Janis Joplin and Hendrix's performances from Monterey to Woodstock. times change...
I think Joe and Tonyv and I already discussed it a bit, but the 30s version of Show Boat is a lot of fun and much more interesting than the more famous later version. Not a very likely flick for James Whale. Watching it also got me interested in Paul Robeson, who is a fascinating person.
Adam's Rib was great. I had never seen a Tracy/Hepburn movie before. I loved their dynamic, and it seems a rather forward-thinking movie for the time.
First time watching Blowup. Very dated (which is fine) and fascinating, IMO.
Sadly, I don't think I will ever enjoy Rules of the Game more than when I watched it with a bunch of college kids as a freshman. But the extended party scenes at the end is some masterful film making.
Forbidden Planet was a lot of fun. Stayed within its limits in terms of technology and told a good old-fashioned sci-fi story. Questionable acting at times, but it doesn't really detract from the experience.
Zulu was a little monotonous but it won me over by the end. Lead me to do some fun history reading.
Darling was excellent. Must have been quite controversial at its time. Loads of hateable characters. Made me want to move to Capri.
This is obvious, but I want to reiterate how great Kirk Douglas is in Paths of Glory. Not too many speeches get my blood boiling like his courtroom scenes.
What is it about Italian movies that demand a rewatch every decade or so to sort of reassess where you are in your life? I would say the same about Antonioni and Fellini. It's crazy to think that I first saw L'Avventura 11 years ago...
The Blob was great fun as well. the theme song rattles around in my head almost daily now... one of those movies where cheesy acting and silliness simply won't detract from enjoying it.
Robin Hood was one I'd been wanting to see for a while. I had never even seen Errol Flynn in anything. It was pretty good, maybe not as enjoyable as I hoped. I think my favorite actor was Claude Rains seemingly setting the stage for the portrayals that we're all familiar with of Prince John as a precious little gayboy.
Seven Samurai is still one of the best movies ever made.
The River was great. another that I'd been wanting to see for a long time. the production stories are fascinating... they really took a lot of risks making it (using amateur actors, shooting in India and not being able to view the Technicolor treatments for months) and it came out perfectly. the Lord Krishna interlude was magnificent as well. Renoir was a master... he's done some very different things and seems to excel at all of them.
I ended up buying the DVD 8 1/2 Criterion. I still can't decide if I would rather f!ck Anouk Aimee, Sandra Milo or Claudia Cardinale.
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