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Who likes pre-1965 (or thereabouts) black and white movies?

Discussion in 'Movies, Music & Television' started by Kalinychta, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. Kalinychta

    Kalinychta Well-Known Member

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    Who among you likes old black and white films? I’m watching Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician (1958, Swedish) tonight and wondered how many other creatures like me there are lurking in this forum.
     
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    That would be me. Too many to list.... :cool:
     
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    Kalinychta Well-Known Member

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    At least tell me your favorites.
     
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    Virtually all the Universal monster movies of the 30s and 40s for starters. And so many silly sci fi movies of the 50s. Childhood favorites...have most of them on DVD. :)

    And a few by their title:

    The Haunting (1963)
    The Innocents
    The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
    Sink The Bismarck
    The Outsider
    King Rat
    Captain Blood
    Dawn Patrol
    The Prince And The Pauper
    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
    Citizen Kane
    42nd Street
    Footlight Parade
    The President's Lady
    The Best Years Of Our Lives
    Mrs. Miniver
    Psycho
    Dr. Strangelove
    Fail-Safe
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    Morituri
    Some Like It Hot
    Pressure Point
    Blackboard Jungle
    Under Ten Flags
    The Longest Day
    It's A Wonderful Life
    Whatever Happened To Baby Jane
    The Bad Seed
    All the Blondie films (Penny Singleton)
    All the Tarzan films (Johnny Weissmuller)
    Advise and Consent
    Twelve Angry Men
    Public Enemy (James Cagney)
    Little Caesar
    The Grapes Of Wrath
    King Kong (1933)
    Things To Come
    The Mouse That Roared
    Paths Of Glory
    The Guns Of August
    All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
    The Wild One
    Seven Days In May
    The Snake Pit
    The Best Man
    David And Lisa
    Five Fingers
    The Ox-Bow Incident
    The Train
    Judgment At Nuremberg
     
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    The philadelphia story (1938)
    Bringing up baby(1936?)
    The 39 steps(1934?36)
    some of Casablanca(1942?)
    The Ghost train(1938?)
    The lady vanishes(1938?)
    The cat and the canary-Bob Hope
    The enchanted cottage (US)
     
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    Old westerns. All of them.
    And The Glass Menagerie.
     
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    Wooo, that’s a long list. What do you think of Citizen Kane? For some reason I’ve avoided watching it all these years. I love Orson Welles’s film The Trial, though, which he once said was the best movie he’d ever made.
     
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    James Whale, right?
     
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    Dr who 1963 tv show ,it had that movie quality ,which stopped by the mid 1970s after john pertwee left
     
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    The Thin Man
    Charlie Chan
    Sherlock Holmes
    The House on Haunted Hill
    Dementia 13 (1965 Roger Corman Production)
    Any Black & White Horror or Science Fiction movie.
     
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    tried to watch an ingmar bergman but it was unnerving, Im very nervous ,cat and the canary isnt often watched now .
     
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    miss charlie chan ,only saw them on bbc2 ,never see them now ,being in the uk many are copyright to the us only .
     
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    Absolutely. :cool:
     
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    The one thing to consider about this film above nearly all others IMO lies with one single, but crucial consideration. That of storytelling. An aspect of film making that more often break than make a movie. Particularly in a visual sense, apart from quality dialog and acting. Citizen Kane excels in storytelling.

    Though there's one other film that is even better IMO. - "Schindler's List". From the very beginning of this film it's just one visual cue after another telling you what it's all about. Brilliant. Though of course this is a relatively modern film in comparison.

     
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    To name a few:

    African Queen
    Casablanca
    The Maltese Falcon
    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    The Petrified Forest

    The 1954 Godzilla
    The Seven Samurai
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    Dracula (1931)

    Most of Charlie Chaplin's movies
    I Remember Mama
    The Thin Man series
     
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    Fun movie!
     
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    Do you mean the Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone?

    Do you recall the title of the Bergman film you tried to watch? I love his films, but they can be unnerving. Almost all of them have to do with Bergman's struggle with religion/God versus nihilism.

    Has anyone seen David Lynch's Eraserhead? Jesus, if you want unnerving, watch that movie... I had to view it in 15 minute intervals over the course of a few days because it is so disturbing. Amazing work of art, though. Quite possibly the best film I've ever seen in many ways.
     
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    Isn't Citizen Kane considered to be the best film ever made among film historians? I'm going to move it to the top of my Netflix DVD. I'm glad we had this conversation. I saw Schindler a long time ago, but I'll get that one, too, and report back.
     
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    no they are all titled Charlie Chan ....... they are based on the books by Earl Derr Biggers , The American productions of Sherlock Holmes are not accurate imo , found Charlie Chan movies on YouTube, Can’t remember the Ingmar Bergman film watched it for two minutes then turned it off.
     
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    I was hoping someone would bring up Seven Samurai and The Maltese Falcon! I love old Japanese movies and American film noir. Do you like The Asphalt Jungle? I could watch it every day for the rest of my life and never become bored.

    Some of my favorites:

    -The Trial (Orson Welles 1962 based on a Franz Kafka novel about a man placed under "open arrest" by a group of mysterious men...this is an AMAZING film!)
    -Seven Samurai
    -The Human Condition
    (1959 Masaki Kobayashi film set during WWII about a man struggling to remain a humanist and pacifist in the face of mass violence and irrationality)
    -Harakiri (1962, also Kobayashi, about a young man forced to commit ritual suicide)
    -The Asphalt Jungle
    -The Maltese Falcon

    Anything by Ingmar Bergman but especially The Silence and The Seventh Seal