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PartyPooper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:47 AM
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What is your all-time favourite black and white movie?
Mine is "Now Voyager" starring Bette Davis. Also, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf" with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton is near the top. (I'm thrilled she won the Oscar!)

And, Joan Crawford's performance in "Mildred Pierce" was terrific. There are so many more great choices.

What's yours?

:D

:hi:
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enigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:49 AM
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1. "Ikiru"
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:37 AM
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30. I agree
Everything Kurosawa does is great.
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deadparrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:49 AM
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2. Citizen Kane. nt
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NoQuarter Donating Member (532 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:49 AM
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3. Who's Afraid Of Virgina Woolf.
Now if I could just find a remastered print.
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Reverend_Smitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:22 PM
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60. That's one of my all time favorites
I just watched it again a few months ago and I was blown away by its intensity and every actor put forth one hell of a performance. My next goal is to see it on stage. It's playing on broadway, I'm trying to convince my dad to buy me some tickets.
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Tallison Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:50 AM
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4. "All About Eve" or "Wuthering Heights"
Come to think of it, Bette Davis & Laurence Oliver would have made quite a screen team...
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Rufus T. Firefly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:50 AM
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5. Kind Hearts and Coronets
A dark comedy from 1949. Alec Guinness plays 8 roles, including a woman.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041546 /

"Louis Manzzini's mother belongs to the aristocratic family D'Ascoyne, but she ran away with an opera singer. Therefore, she and Louis were rejected by the D'Ascoynes. Once adult, Louis decides to avenges his mother and him, by becoming the next Duke of the family. Murdering every potential successor is clearly the safest way to achieve his goal..."
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Kerrytravelers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:52 AM
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6. To Kill A Mockingbird
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 01:30 AM
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15. Mine too.....
I normally would have put down Casablanca, but that is only because I always forget TKAM is BW
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:53 AM
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7. The Day The Earth Stood Still
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tuvor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:54 AM
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8. Casablanca
Followed by Eraserhead.
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enigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:55 AM
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9. God, I love Eraserhead
Reminds me of Clevo in the 70's. When Henry visits Mary's family and has dinner.....
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tuvor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 01:34 AM
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17. Saw it for the first time at the Princess.
My friend and I were speechless as we emerged into technicolor summer evening.

And Casablanca at the Princess was my first date with my to-be wife.

That was a great theatre. Hope they're still at it.
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enigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:03 AM
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19. They are
What a beautiful theater it is. Did you hear about The Hub burning down a few months ago? Very, very sad, but the owner is going to rebuild..
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tuvor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:45 AM
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31. That's too bad.
Another old haunt of mine. I love the Garneau area.
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benny05 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:21 AM
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22. This is the beginning of a beautiful frienship, Louis
Pleasantville also was great, and along those lines, the Wizard of Oz.
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lavenderdiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 01:15 AM
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10. Can we have more than one favorite?
I hope so, 'cuz there's several that I LOVE:

Rebecca
The Women
Pride and Prejudice (with Greer Garson & Laurence Olivier)
David Copperfield (David Lean version)
Dark Victory
Stella Dallas
All About Eve
Wuthering Heights (with Merle Oberon & Laurence Olivier)

those are just the ones I can remember at this late hour...
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 01:18 AM
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12. No, no no. "Favourite"
:)
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lavenderdiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 01:23 AM
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14. Okay- favourite
Edited on Thu Jul-28-05 01:25 AM by lavenderdiva
I grew up in Australia, and this is how we spelled it there! :hi:

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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 01:31 AM
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16. That's awesoume!
;)

You have good taste in movies. :)
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lavenderdiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:08 AM
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21. g'day...
and Thank you! :hi:

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fujiyama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 01:16 AM
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11. Seven Samurai
Great film.
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:37 AM
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29. unbelievable film
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:01 PM
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49. Yep
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liontamer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 01:18 AM
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13. Roman Holiday eom
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 01:40 AM
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18. I have several, I am afraid....
"Jane Eyre"....."YOung Frankenstein"...."Dr. Strangelove".......

I"m hoping "Jane Eyre" will come out on DVD soon...This is the version with the screenplay by Aldous Huxley, I believe...and two other famous writer, whose names I have now forgotten! Made in the 1940's and it was quite true to the story. I love it...

Mr. Rochester was played by Orson Wells...awesome!
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:07 AM
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20. Night of the Iguana.
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 05:25 AM
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23. "The Manchurian Candidate"
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 05:48 AM
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24. night of the living dead
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pinniped Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:02 AM
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25. Roman Holiday
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ulysses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:03 AM
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26. wings of desire.
Ok, it's only partly in b&w, but it's a hell of a film. I don't get into old movies much.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:18 PM
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52. He said favorite movie, not favorite torture method.
Sorry. I'm not bitter. Longest damn night of my life. Hey, Mr. Director, could you mix a plot or a script in there somewhere!? "Ooo, look, pretty pictures and pretentious poetry, what could be better for a movie?" Geeze. I kept hoping Godzilla would jump from the river and stomp on the director.

It's cool. I know some loved the film. I'm okay. I'll back down now. Time for my meds.... I didn't need friggin' meds until after that flick!
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CBHagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:33 PM
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62. I'm sure Bruno Ganz and Wim Wenders forgive you.
O8)
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:41 PM
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63. I like Bruno, actually. And Solveig, and of course Peter Faulk
The cast wasn't the problem. Wim, though... I may not forgive him.
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General Zod Donating Member (652 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:15 AM
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27. "Invasion of The Body Snatchers"
....with "Raging Bull" a close second and" To Kill a Mockingbird" 3rd.
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:36 AM
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28. All About Eve
I love that movie.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:51 AM
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32. City Lights & Gold Rush - both by Charlie Chaplin
I love them so much I can't choose which is better
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 10:13 AM
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36. Aahhh! you beat me to it - The Gold Rush made me cry
the late Fidelity Bank used to run a "Fidelity Silent Film Festival" on our local PBS station on Friday nights.

Both my SO and I have happy memories of parking in front of the TV in our respective houses for these classics. The scene where Chaplin is waiting for the floozies to join him at his cabin on New Year's Eve always got to me.

I would add "The Thief of Baghdad" with Douglas Fairbanks, and "The Beloved Rogue" with John Barrymore as Parisian thief/poet Francoise Villon.
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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:55 AM
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33. Tie ...Citizen Kane & Rashomon
n/t
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WilmywoodNCparalegal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:57 AM
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34. Sunset Boulevard..
it's creepy, it has great acting and every line is memorable.
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lavenderdiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:28 PM
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61. awesome movie! How did I forget this one on my list of 'favourites'?
Joe Gillis: You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.
Norma Desmond: I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small.



Norma Desmond: And I promise you I'll never desert you again because after 'Salome' we'll make another picture and another picture. You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.


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Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:00 AM
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35. Young Frankenstein
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WeRQ4U Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 10:19 AM
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37. I love Christmas so "It's a Wonderful Life" ranks right up there.
Casablanca and CItizen Kane are close second and third.
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Lilyhoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:18 PM
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53. It's A Wonderful Life is my all time favorite movie.
Last year I got a chance to see and hear it in what I believe they called Cinema Vision. They play the movie as usual but they fill in the empty spaces of dialogue with a narrative of what is happening in the movie. It was created so blind people could get a better idea of what they are not seeing. It has only been done to a couple of movies as I understand it. I really liked it. I would like to see it done to more movies. :hi: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 10:24 AM
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38. It's a tie between
To Kill a Mockingbird and Dr. Strangelove
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Trigger Hippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 10:44 AM
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39. Holiday, with Hepburn and Grant
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 10:53 AM
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40. Captains Courageous - Spencer Tracy & Freddie Bartholomew
Based on a Rudyard Kilping novel. Spencer Tracy won an Oscar for Best Actor
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 10:58 AM
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41. Choice Of Three
Citizen Kane, Metropolis, or Intolerance. (I dig the silent movie thing.)
The Professor
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ladeuxiemevoiture Donating Member (668 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 11:02 AM
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42. So many - "M", "Rain", "Diabolique", "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane"
eom
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 11:03 AM
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43. Citizen Kane of course
Next to that it's either Maltese Falcon or Dark Passage. Bogie ruled.
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Love Bug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 11:13 AM
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44. I don't differentiate between black & white and color movies
Edited on Thu Jul-28-05 11:26 AM by Love Bug
A good movie is a good movie no matter what color it is and vice versa.

However, I'd have to say I'd vote for Wizard of Oz and Shindler's List on the basis of "Most Effective Use of Black and White AND Color"
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 11:49 AM
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45. "So Proudly We Hail"
I love WWII movies, and that one always makes me tear up a bit.

Also, kudos to "Now, Voyager."
FSC
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caty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 11:53 AM
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46. Philadelphia Story
Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart. Who could ask for anything more? :applause:
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formerrepuke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 11:55 AM
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47. B&W isn't a genre...most dedicated film fans wouldn't distinguish
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:21 PM
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57. No, it's a technique, though, and one that had its own cinemagraphic
challenges and rewards.
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I Know How To Do it Donating Member (499 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:00 PM
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48. The Third Man. The whole movie revolves around shadows.
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:05 PM
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50. Eraserhead
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:20 PM
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56. good one, just watched it the other day...
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:08 PM
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51. Zorba the Greek.



After that, maybe The Longest Day.



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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:19 PM
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54. I'll say Casablanca, but throw in Ed Wood for consideration.
Since no one else has mentioned it.
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:19 PM
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55. The Women (Minus The Color "Fashion Show" Sequence)
It was 1939 and the color segment was just thrown in there as a gimmick anyway.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:21 PM
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58. there's a bunch...
the thin man, the killing, elephant man, etc...
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:21 PM
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59. the original "Twelve Angry Men"
still love that movie, and the remake was pretty good, too.
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