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Old 10-10-2010, 11:14 PM   #16
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Also, going back to Gump's list, I really need to see some René Clair.
A Nous la Liberté is really good - it is definitely a counterpart to Metropolis and a huge influence on Modern Times.

Funny that I have two prison related films in my list.
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I've only seen Frankenstein, The Good Earth, and San Francisco out of those. That last one is a technical marvel. For Lubitsch, I haven't seen any of his earlier musical comedies, though I did see Mamoulian's Love Me Tonight, which apparently is very much like the master's work, and stars Lubitsch collaborators Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald.

Very underversed in Temple and Astaire, though I'm more of a Kelly fan when it comes to the big dancers.
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Old 10-10-2010, 11:50 PM   #18
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Funny that I have two prison related films in my list.

I wonder why...


 



I'm sure many of you knew that was coming, but it's been a while.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:01 AM   #19
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:20 AM   #20
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1. Gone With The Wind ( Fleming, 39)
2. The Good Earth (Franklin , 37)
3. The Public Enemy (Wellman , 31)
4. The Private Lives of Elizabeth & Essex (Curtiz, 39)
5. Destry Rides Again (Marshall , 39)
6. Jezebel ( Wyler, 38)
7. Bring Up Baby (Hawks, 38)
8. King Kong (Cooper/Schoedsack , 33)
9. Frankenstein (Whale, 31)
10. Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs ( Hand, 37)

1939 was a great year in film!
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1. M (Lang)
2. Angels With Dirty Faces (Curtiz)
3. Duck Soup (McCarey)
4. The Grand Illusion (Renoir)
5. Footlight Parade (Bacon)
6. Horse Feathers (McLeod)
7. The Public Enemy (Wellman)
8. Bringing Up Baby (Hawks)
9. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Hitchcock)
10. Lady Killer (del Ruth)

I'm sure I could have made a more refined list, but these are the films that give me the most joy - as such, there's probably too much Cagney.
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The Wizard of Oz is probably the only pre-60s or 70s film i've seen, but i could be wrong. i'm very surprised not to see Gone With the Wind on most lists however, as it does frequently come up in movie discussion!
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C'mon Ashley, I think those Marx Bros. films had different directors for the most part. Make a list....
As the Hardy commands . And you managed to have the only list in which I'd seen none of the films

  1. Animal Crackers (Heerman, '30)
  2. Duck Soup (McCarey '33)
  3. Modern Times (Chaplin, '36)
  4. The Lady Vanishes (Hitchcock, '38)
  5. Bringing Up Baby (Hawks, 38)
  6. A Day at the Races (Wood, '37)
  7. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Curtiz/Keighley, '38)[Silly, silly movie, but I do love it a lot, especially just how vibrant it is]
  8. Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (Hand, '37)
  9. Horse Feathers (McLeod, '32)
  10. The Wizard of Oz (Fleming, '39)
I really fucking love me some Marx Brothers. And possibly have the biggest unpopular opinion about them of all in the fact that I love the movie Room Service, though I elected not to include that one, as I don't think I love it that much. Choosing between A Day at the Races and A Night at the Opera was hard, mainly because I've only seen the latter once, in spite of how beloved it is. I just can't quite remember how much I liked it, because I was sick as hell when I saw it. It was the last Marx Brothers movie (aside from the Casablanca one, which I never intend on seeing) I saw, still not sure how it took me so long to get around to that one.

That is one big-ass list of happy fun time movies up there, isn't it? Really, really need to see more films from this decade..., but, of all the films I have seen from the decade, I have great memories and a lot of love for the ones above.

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A Nous la Liberté is really good - it is definitely a counterpart to Metropolis and a huge influence on Modern Times.
That's hot.
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A Day at the Races and A Night at the Opera
was this how Queen named their albums?
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was this how Queen named their albums?
Indeed.
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1. The Rules of the Game (Renoir, 39)
2. Stagecoach (Ford, 39)
3. City Lights (Chaplin, 31)
4. Top Hat (Sandrich, 35)
5. Vampyr (Dreyer, 31)
6. The Awful Truth (McCarey, 37)
7. M (Lang, 31)
8. The 39 Steps (Hitchcock, 35)
9. 42nd Street (Bacon, 33)
10. The Wizard of Oz (Fleming, 39)

Not happy at all with this list, but whatever.
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Glad to see the lists roll in. Hopefully my screwball choices helped break the ice. I was gonna mention a few I didn't include, but thought it would break the bonus picks rule . Of course Oz & Kong would make my list, and Gone With the Wind, Chaplin deserve to also. And I thought if Sad Punk would pop in, Angels with Dirty Faces would get in .

And I understand the reluctance of young viewers to make a list, cuz how much time does one really have to delve into 70 - 80 year old movies. So I'm glad you latecomers chimed in. I had to watch these, cuz in the 60's there was only the choices given to us on the 7 or so channels we had. And alot of these are quite silly and hard to believe now. But the innocence is real for the most part, and the singing and dancing is hard to beat.

Shirley Temple mid '30's are her best. Though probably tough to watch now, since the stories are basically the same (Shirley is an orphan, or parents killed off early, new caregivers are actually better ), her sheer talent for a 6 year old is remarkable and natural.

And Fred Astaire's best are probably this decade, but I wouldn't put him above Kelly. Gene just came along a little later.

I've seen a lot from this decade, but I have missed a good chunk of the actual heavyweights that influenced what was to come, as Laz often reminds me. Foreign films for the most part. Those never made it to the Million Dollar Movie on channel 9 . But the classic and cheesy horror films were on aplenty

Now on to the 40's!

What Ford film this time
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I almost included Gone With The Wind, just so I could credit it to Selznick instead of Fleming. But it was close to making mine as well, for sure.

I really need to see 42nd Street.

Nice to see all the strong love for M, even if I personally prefer Lang's follow-up Mabuse film, which I find a little bit more sophisticated, if not as iconic. If you guys haven't seen it there's a great criterion edition. And in the UK there's a brand new Mabuse set which containt Testament as well as the original 4-hour silent epic Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, and Lang's final film The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse from 1960 which is really underrated and has a lot of elements that would later become associated with the James Bond series.
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I've only seen M, unfortunately, but I've been meaning to check out that Mabuse Criterion for a while. Also waiting for the Metropolis restoration to make it near me for that one.
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1. Gone with the wind - Fleming
2. 39 Steps - Hitchcock
3. City Lights - Chaplin
4. The Adventures of Robin Hood - Curtiz
5. Mr. Smith goes to Washington – Capra
6. A night at the opera - Wood
7. The Four Feathers - Korda
8. Dodsworth – Wyler
9. Gunga Din - Stevens
10. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse – Lang
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