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For curious minds

For the film buffs, here is the viewing list for Film Appreciation this semester (in alphabetical order):
Annie Hall
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Citizen Kane
The Devil's Backbone
Joyeux Noel/Merry Christmas
Night of the Hunter (Mitchum, not Chamberlain)
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Psycho (1960)
Sin City (if we have it)
Singin' in the Rain
Stagecoach (1939)
Some Like it Hot

Why Stagecoach rather than The Searchers? Searchers is prettier, Stagecoach is a better overall enterprise. And there's the length thing.
Why Tron? To show a movie can rock in one area and be weak in another (and because it's cool!)
I may add Murnau's Sunrise. We'll see.



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Aug. 24th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Do you own a copy of

Aug. 24th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Do you own a copy of
No, I use the college's. Actually I only own a couple of these.
Aug. 24th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
Just curious
Why patricularly the 2005 Pride and Prejudice?
Aug. 25th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
Re: Just curious
Stunning cinematography, of a variety of types. Breathtaking.
Aug. 25th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
What made you take it a second time?

I understand the searchers Eathen is such a complex person it can take away from what you want to teach about.

Aug. 25th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Here was a quick list that I though might cover a lot of bases...

The Maltese Falcon or Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Guess who’s coming to dinner? or Driving Miss Daisy
Babette’s feast
My Fair Lady (1964) or Gigi
The picture of Dorian Gray or To Kill a Mockingbird
The last Emperor or The Man Who Would be King
Fail safe or Catch-22
Blade Runner
Heathers or Gone with the Wind
American Graffiti or West Side Story
Moby Dick (1956) or The Lion in Winter (1968)
The Quiet Man or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) or The four feathers (1939)
Aug. 25th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
Take a look through your list, if you would, and cut anything with a running time of more than 110 minutes? Thanks.
Aug. 25th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
The Maltese Falcon 101min
Guess who’s coming to dinner? 107min
Driving Miss Daisy 99min
Babette’s feast 103min
Gigi 117min
Fail safe 111min
Blade Runner 114min
Heathers 103min
American Graffiti 112min
Moby Dick (1956) 115min
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 110min
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) 104min
The four feathers (1939) 115min

and to replace the ones I dropped:
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) 92 min
Key Largo 97min
The First Great Train Robbery 111min
Robin and Marian 108min
Aug. 25th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Oooooo--Key Largo.
Thank you!

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and Four Feathers I should add to their "remakes" paper option (I'd forgotten about those). The Day the Earth Stood Still is on that list. I've thought about doing Babette.

For Noir I tend to do Double Indemnity, but I might switch it for Maltese Falcon next semester--good idea.

I love Fail Safe and The Ghost...(made me sob the first time I saw it), but I'm not sure they would work with the students I get. They have clips of The Great Train Robbery on the textbook DVD...I'll have to consider that.

Great suggestions, though! Thank you!
Aug. 25th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
We seem to have a similar taste in old movies, and I could probably add some more. I have found myself watching some of these old forgotten gems late at night, and wonder if any of the kids today will ever discover them. Some of them are so charming, stripped bare of special effects, and focused on the story and craft of acting.

The Picture of Dorian Gray- I was unable to find a length for it. I looked the rest up on IMDB.COM and found the runtime on the DVD or Laserdisk info buttons.
Aug. 25th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
I want to take your film class!
Aug. 25th, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
Hmmm...I used to be seriously addicted to film, like seeing a 2 or 3 a week. It's an interesting sylabus (sp?).

"Cabinet of Dr. Caligary" is a must for its art and design.
"Citizen Kane" can be discussed endlessly.
"Stagecoach" is a classic because it does a lot with very little.
"Singin'in Rain" for its color.

I saw a 35mm cut of "Singin'" and I can tell you its different than on the video. The shots are much more clear. Imo, "Singin'" uses all the techniques from past films. You can see "Cabinet of Dr. Caligary" in the "Gotta Dance" sequence.
Aug. 25th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Sounds like a class I would enjoy
Aug. 25th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Annie Hall- strange but i liked Love and Death more
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari- missed this must check it out
Ciitzen Kane- classic nuff said
The Devil's Backbone- missed also will check on it
Joyeux Noel- another one i missed
Night of the Hunter- ever notice good guy actors just runaway with villan roles??
Pride and Prejudice- saw the old one read the book missed the new one
Psycho- classic which just reminded me i have yet to take the ride to Bodega Bay
Sin City- very cool also liked the Spirit
Singin' in the rain- lovely film which unfortunately i can't listen to the theme song now without thinking of Clockwork Orange
Stagecoach- very cool and loved Andy Devine
Some Like it Hot- can see it over and over, those two are what made The Great Race one of my faves
Tampopo- feel bad never even heard of it, more to hit netflix for
Tron- great concept cool movie
and yes I agree The Maltese Falcon or Treasure of the Sierra Madre
and purely for sinful pleasures I would go for The Vikings.
Aug. 25th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I keep trying to figure out a way to get Kirk Douglas in, but unfortunately I keep trying to justify screening The Villian, complete with a preceding class on Road Runner cartoons.*lol*
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