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    Default Favorite Old Movies (from the 30s-50s)

    what are they, ones that stuck out to you. Mine are
    -Arsenic and Old Lace
    -All About Eve
    -Breakfast at Tiffany's
    -The Wizard of Oz
    -Casa Blanca
    -Dial M for Murder
    -My Fair Lady

    I'm sure there's more but I can't think of them
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    Haven't watched many movies from this period..

    The 400 Blows (1959)
    The Seventh Seal (1957)
    Death of a Cyclist (1955)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stansmith View Post
    Haven't watched many movies from this period..

    The 400 Blows (1959)
    The Seventh Seal (1957)
    Death of a Cyclist (1955)
    I haven't seen those, I might watch them if they look like something I'd like. I have heard of The Seventh Seal, and I've been wanting to watch it, but haven't gotten around to doing so
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    Summoning @Red Herring and @Mad Hatter to this thread

    My favorites off the top of my head are mostly by Kurosawa or Capra. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life, Rashomon, The Seven Samurai...
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    Summoning Red Herring and Mad Hatter to this thread

    My favorites off the top of my head are mostly by Kurosawa or Capra. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life, Rashomon, The Seven Samurai...
    Oh, great thread idea - thanks for calling me here. Hmm, 30s-50s is a very wild field, especially if there is no limit with regards to genre or nationality. There are so many great movies!

    Several great movies have already been mentioned (Arsenic And Old Lace is one of my favorite comedies, The Seventh Seal is a fantastic movie that leaves you captivated, Rashomon was great and I'm a hardcore fan of Casablanca!!!). As much as I might be a film noir lover, few of them are real noir (and all are English language movies).

    Sorry if most of these are insultingly obvious picks!

    Off the top of my head I'd say some of my absolute favorites are:

    - Casablanca (1942) (the movie to end all movies, there is even an essay by Umberto Eco on why that is)
    - The Night of the Hunter (1955) (marvelous movie, very atmospheric)
    - The Big Sleep (1946) (the best of them, but honestly, everything with Bogart and Bacall in it will do!!!)
    - The Third Man (1949) (similar in style and also by Carol Reed: Odd Man Out (1947))
    - The Man With The Golden Arm (1955) (you can hardly go wrong with Preminger and this one is surprisingly modern in thinking))
    - Laura (1944) (also by Otto Preminger)

    Great comedies:
    - Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (great Ealing comedy)
    - Some Like It Hot (1959)

    This also the period of marvelous directors like Welles or Hitchcock (who had his golden age in the 50s, I think)
    - Rear Window (1954)
    - Vertigo (1958)

    Great movies by Orson Welles (other than the obvious Citizen Cane, duh!):
    - The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
    - The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

    The Magnificent Ambersons has a beautiful intro sequence:


    I'll make a more genre specific noir list...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post
    Oh, great thread idea - thanks for calling me here. Hmm, 30s-50s is a very wild field, especially if there is no limit with regards to genre or nationality. There are so many great movies!

    Several great movies have already been mentioned (Arsenic And Old Lace is one of my favorite comedies, The Seventh Seal is a fantastic movie that leaves you captivated, Rashomon was great and I'm a hardcore fan of Casablanca!!!). As much as I might be a film noir lover, few of them are real noir (and all are English language movies).

    Sorry if most of these are insultingly obvious picks!

    Off the top of my head I'd say some of my absolute favorites are:

    - Casablanca (1942) (the movie to end all movies, there is even an essay by Umberto Eco on why that is)
    - The Night of the Hunter (1955) (marvelous movie, very atmospheric)
    - The Big Sleep (1946) (the best of them, but honestly, everything with Bogart and Bacall in it will do!!!)
    - The Third Man (1949) (similar in style and also by Carol Reed: Odd Man Out (1947))
    - The Man With The Golden Arm (1955) (you can hardly go wrong with Preminger and this one is surprisingly modern in thinking))
    - Laura (1944) (also by Otto Preminger)

    Great comedies:
    - Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (great Ealing comedy)
    - Some Like It Hot (1959)

    This also the period of marvelous directors like Welles or Hitchcock (who had his golden age in the 50s, I think)
    - Rear Window (1954)
    - Vertigo (1958)

    Great movies by Orson Welles (other than the obvious Citizen Cane, duh!):
    - The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
    - The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

    The Magnificent Ambersons has a beautiful intro sequence:


    I'll make a more genre specific noir list...
    Isn't this era considered the golden age of hollywood? Also I've seen a few of those movies and I really liked them. especially the hitchcock ones but the point is that I really like movies from this era. my favorites tend to be indies and movies from this time period. Not because I want to be different, but because most of the mainstream movies these days suck and don't really match my tastes. I might like foreign films, but don't like dubbing or reading subtitles. I should learn a different language
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    Here are a couple I can think of.

    Napoléon (1927)
    All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
    Vampyr (1932)

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    The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)*
    Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post

    The Magnificent Ambersons has a beautiful intro sequence:

    I own that movie.

    I tend to like the epic movies like The 10 Commandments, Spartacus and Ben Hur as well as old black and white romantic comedies, like Bringing Up Baby, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House and It Happened One Night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post
    Oh, great thread idea - thanks for calling me here. Hmm, 30s-50s is a very wild field, especially if there is no limit with regards to genre or nationality. There are so many great movies!..
    I know, I've been eating up movies from the 50's on Netflix. I'm really tickled with American 50's movies, there's so much effort to stick to and stick it to the Hayes Code. It's fun to watch, like for instance, the lead character mentioning the 'interior decorators' who live upstairs in "The Seven Year Itch".

    I'm also a sucker for anachronisms. I can't always tell if elements that are represented in this era are tropes of the era, or if the expected film narrative hadn't been as locked down as it is now. I watched "Duck Soup", and the presentation was so surrealistic, The Marx Brothers were The Marx Brothers and everybody else was a set piece, and it worked.

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