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Added by Mr. Saturn on 24 May 2012 09:24
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Some things I love about cinema

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Greed (1924)
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The Decalogue (2010)
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Seven Samurai (1954)
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Deep staging and extended takes - Citizen Kane was considered the greatest film for 40 years of the Sight & Sound Poll

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City Lights (1931)
Comparing my taste in films to my favorite directors and Charlie Chaplin's films

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Poetic Realism


From the few films I've seen, Children of Paradise epitomizes poetic realism, but it isn't as brilliant technically as The Rules of the Game. It's still a masterpiece.
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Taxi Driver (1976)
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Rashomon (1950)
Moral uncertainty

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People who added this item 551 Average listal rating (316 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 8.6
Anti-war films and historical movies with allegories for the present

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People who added this item 667 Average listal rating (362 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Andrei Rublev (1966)
Discovering underappreciated films and experiencing wonderful cinematic moments


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People who added this item 548 Average listal rating (329 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Believable magic.

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Bresson's Films and films with unconventional characters, like Balthazar the donkey

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People who added this item 4703 Average listal rating (3189 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.6
Spirited Away (2001)
Anime and the films of Miyazaki

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People who added this item 1523 Average listal rating (857 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
M (1931)
Films exposing group-think

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life-affirming films - there aren't enough characters, especially male characters, like Gelsomina.

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Films for the young at heart

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The cinematic inventiveness of Ozu's films, particularly the pillow shots


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The 400 Blows (1959)
Personal films influenced by the directors' lives, François Truffaut's films, and film series


Truffaut's film is semi-autobiographical. A couple other directors whose life experiences helped shape their work are Mizoguchi (his sister was sold as a geisha) and Kon Ichikawa (his family survived an atomic bombing, and he made some anti-war films).
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Films as criticism and Godard's best films



As a critic, I already thought of myself as a filmmaker. Today I still consider myself a critic, and in a sense, I’m even more of one than before. Instead of criticism, I make a film, but that includes a critical dimension. I consider myself an essayist, producing essays in the form of novels or novels in the form of essays: only instead of writing, I film them. - Jean-Luc Godard, 1962 quoted in Breathless as Film Criticism by Jonathan Rosenbaum

"The best way to criticize a movie is to make another movie." — Jean-Luc Godard
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People who added this item 1228 Average listal rating (670 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
Films about how we connect to other human beings



The movie Solaris has a space station, it takes place near another planet, but actually it's a mediation on the human individual and not really a space opera at all. Do we see other people as they are, or do they exist for us only in our ideas about them. The planet can read the man's mind and reproduce his dead wife, but as he looks at the reproduction he grows depressed because he questions how well he really knew her in the first place. The planet cannot supply what's not there in his mind. The movie is quiet and creepy, thoughtful and very moving about the subject how well we can ever really know one another. - Roger Ebert's review of the Solaris remake (applicable to the original film)
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People who added this item 1417 Average listal rating (805 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Persona (1966)
films that break the 4th wall

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People who added this item 576 Average listal rating (370 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.2
Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
When slapstick is combined with imaginative film-making and Buster Keaton's best films



I recommend the blu ray restoration.
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People who added this item 407 Average listal rating (215 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.7
Intolerance (1916)
Films showing the language of cinema

Scorsese on Intolerance
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Soviet montage and pure cinema

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Films influenced by Soviet montage theory


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Soviet animated films, Soviet films, and Animated films in general

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Queer Cinema and TV - There's a Listal's favorite GLBTQ films list worth checking out.

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German Expressionism - I love the use of painted shadows in this film.

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Humanist cinema

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Documentaries can make you (or at least me) consider things no book or any other type of media could.


The awful thing about life is this: everyone has their reasons - Octave - The Rules of the Game

Documentary film can capture what Renoir's character said perfectly; if I didn't see Kenzo's reasons for his assaults I doubt I would have bothered to figure out his reasons, or feel so much sympathy. The documentary will question what you feel you know about war and might make you even reconsider the Machiavellian maxim 'the ends justify the means'.
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Film Documentaries

No matter what you think of Scorsese, you have to admire his passion for cinema.
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People who added this item 180 Average listal rating (77 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
Incomplete films


I really like fan edits and restorations of films; the recobbled cut was made by a fan who spliced together some rough cuts and the complete inferior versions (the director didn't make the versions) to make a great estimation of what Richard Williams wanted. They un-Disneyfied the film (bad musicals made the film look like an Aladdin rip off when Disney's Aladdin ripped of some scenes), and made Tack a mute.
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F for Fake (1973)
When directors play tricks on you

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Rejected (2000)
Surreal humour and Don Hertzfedts' films

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Cartoons come to life - I really enjoy cartoons where the characters very noticeably break the fourth wall.

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Films that show the worst part about our humanity and David Lynch's best films

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Naked is another film that's harder to watch the more critical you are of your character.
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Watching cult movies, especially with commentary from MST3K or RiffTrax

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People who added this item 454 Average listal rating (222 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
Weekend (1967)
Tracking shots

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L'Argent (1983)
Films about the unexpected moral consequences of our actions


[M]y film is about today’s unconscious indifference when people only think about themselves and their families. But it is not an anti-bourgeois film. It is not about the bourgeoisie, but about specific people. I am a bourgeois myself. I simply happened to have observed people like that. That’s what I like about the Tolstoy story. People from other classes can behave in the same way, for the love of their children. They are not intrinsically evil, but their behavior has evil consequences. - Bresson, in a interview with Michael Ciment
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Watching great films even when I'm opposed to their ideological themes e.g. conservative films (I'm not implying this film is conservative.)

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The links are to relevant lists, mostly added by me.

original list - a few things i love about cinema

I made a 30 Days, 30 Movies list. The list isn't strictly ranked.

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