Amph Filmmakers & Critics' Top Ten Movies: Liv Ullmann

Discussion in 'Archive: The Amphitheatre' started by Nevermind, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

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    I'm going with that being because the overwhelming majority of films were produced more than twenty years ago. Law of averages and all-there's a good fifty years worth of films between the dawn of the color era and 1990. Plus most of these people are in their forties or older; their cinematic tastes aren't necessarily going to reflect our generation's tastes.
  2. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    I suspect that these lists also come from different years.
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  4. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    Strangely, I've got 3 of those titles out from my library right now -- The Night of the Hunter, Eyes Without a Face and Häxan.
  5. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    "Haxan" was on the 1001 Movies list, but I haven't seen it. Nor had anyone else.
  6. Chancellor_Ewok Chosen One

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    Does anyone find it funny that Armageddon is part of the Criterion Collection.

    [face_laugh]
  7. CloneUncleOwen Force Ghost

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    Wow.[face_hypnotized]

    And the Criterion Collection prides itself on releasing the highest quality films?

    Go figure.

    HAXAN is a fantastic semi-documentary film that critics are constantly comparing
    contemporary horror films to, even pornographic twaddle such as ANTICHRIST.
    It surprises me that so few film students ever mention having viewed it in class;
    they were probably too busy being forced to review ARMAEGEDDON instead.
  8. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    Two guesses as to what happened: (1) With The Rock, Michael Bay seemed to be a director poised to become an important (in more than just commercial terms) contemporary director, so Criterion jumped on the rights to his next film. Whoops. Or (2) it was some kind of deal. I know some CD labels who specialize in classic film music will release a contemporary score that's not really their cup of tea as part of an agreement with a studio to acquire more classic scores from the archive. It's possible something similar happened: Criterion wanted rights to older films from a studio, and they said sure, as long as you release this Michael Bay stuff too.
  9. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    Interesting list; no one will quibble with his Kurosawa, though some might with his Time Bandits. Pleasantly surprised to see Preston Sturges; I'll have to watch Unfaithfully Yours as it's one of his I haven't seen.
  10. duende Force Ghost

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    i've seen and really like most of these. neat guy.

    bay got criterions because he asked. criterion agreed to release bay criterions to attract and introduce new customers to the company.
  11. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    If they have to move the occasional drek in order to offer rarities, I'm not going to complain.
  12. Vincent-Kenobi Jedi Grand Master

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    Not surprised to see that del Toro listed Spirit of the Beehive, considering that he covered similar material in The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth.
  13. duende Force Ghost

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    that's exactly how i feel about it. i'm sure those releases were a huge boon to the company. i remember a lot of people at the time thought it sullied their reputation or something, which is ridiculous.
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    Michael Caton-Jones
    (Filmmaker: Scandal, Doc Hollywood, Rob Roy)

    Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
    Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir)
    Ikiru (1952, Akira Kurosawa)
    My Darling Clementine (1946, John Ford)
    Midnight Cowboy (1969, John Schlesinger)
    L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
    The Maggie (1953, Alexander Mackendrick)
    The Awful Truth (1937, Leo McCarey)
    Show People (1928, King Vidor)
    The Philadelphia Story (1940, George Cukor)

    A good bit of comedy: "The Awful Truth" for one. I haven't seen "The Maggie" and would like to, because it's directed by Mackendrick (I think)
  15. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    The Philadelphia Story and The Awful Truth? Well, I don't blame him a bit. Show People is a film I'd like to see because it stars Marion "Rosebud" Davies, but it's very hard to find.
  16. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    TCM shows it; I'll try next time I see it.

    Vincent Canby
    (Film Critic: The New York Times)

    Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
    The Circus (1928, Charles Chaplin)
    The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
    Sherlock Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
    Nights of Cabiria (1957, Federico Fellini)
    Some Like It Hot (1959, Billy Wilder)
    Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)
    The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
    Weekend (1967, Jean-Luc Godard)
    Badlands (1973, Terrence Malick)

    First cite of the great "Rear Window" and of "Badlands"
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    Charles Champlin
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    Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
    The Godfather Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
    The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
    The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin)
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939, Frank Capra)
    Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
    Show People (1928, King Vidor)
    All That Jazz (1979, Bob Fosse)
    Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
    The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)

    Second cite of "Show People"...first of "The Maltese Falcon"

  18. Manisphere Force Ghost

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    Kane, Maltese Falcon, Godfather II (that's right II) and Chinatown. Gone with the Wind?? I never quite get why this film is so popular outside of the the huge technical advancements. And Chaplin's Modern Times and City Lights are better than The Gold Rush IMO.

    Did Pauline Kael ever have a top ten? I would think not but I'd like to see one if she did.
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  20. CloneUncleOwen Force Ghost

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    You've already answered part of the question -- the huge technical advancements. If you add to that a script adapted from
    a popular novel, and famous contemporary actors... well, that sums it up.

    Of note is how unpopular the movie is with film critics. Only three of the Top Ten lists posted so far (including Champlin's)
    have picked it. Of course some film critics snub blockbuster movies for a number of reasons; but close to one out of ten?

  21. Havac Former Moderator

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    That's probably the most "accessible" list so far -- the density of well-known classics with name recognition is much higher there than any of the other lists. The others tend to be much more eclectic or obscure.
  22. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    That's because it's a producer's film rather than a director's.
  23. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    I recently saw Gone with the Wind on the big screen at a local theater (they brought it back for a one week run as part of their Fall Classics series). If some critics don't like it, fine; they can go jump in a lake. It's a great movie and it still holds up; got to be about the fifth time I've seen it and it's still brilliant.
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    Jackie Chan
    (Filmmaker: Project A II, Drunken Master II)

    The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
    City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
    Rocky (1976, John G. Avildsen)
    War and Peace (1968, Sergei Bondarchuk)
    Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
    Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
    Jurassic Park (1993, Steven Spielberg)
    My Fair Lady (1964, George Cukor)
    Pocketful of Miracles (1961, Frank Capra)
    Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)


    I suppose the Capra film might seem good if it were dubbed into Chinese.
  25. JohnWesleyDowney Force Ghost

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    I'm surprised there aren't more silent comedies on Jackie's list. He's frequently talked about how
    all the old stars of the silent era that did stunt comedy influenced his work, his timing, etc.