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Ooh! I joined Netfilx last night, and seeing this goal reminds me that I should put some classics in my queue. Anyone have some recommendations?


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Sep. 14th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
Sunset Boulevard. Arsenic & Old Lace. North by Northwest. Topper/Topper Returns. Metropolis (the silent Fritz Lang (?) film). Breakfast at Tiffany's. Some Like it Hot. Miracle on 34th Street (closer to Christmas). 2001. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. An Affair to Remember. To Catch a Thief. Heck, anything w/ Cary Grant. Any of the old grandiose musicals - 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Oklahoma, The King & I (the flagon with the dragon has the brew that is true!). Oh - Kiss me Kate! And one of my enduring favorites - The Court Jester. Danny Kaye kills me :)

I'm sure I'll think of some more here...

I was raised on old movies :)
Sep. 14th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
ALL RIGHT! Now, that's what I'm talking about! Recommendations!

I've seen about half of those - which means there are a WHOLE bunch of new ones for me to try! And some of them I should watch again . . . it's been a while since I saw Sunset Blvd, or Arsenic and Old Lace. And I just remembered that I ADORE Dial M for Murder, and it's been years since I saw that one, too. Also . . . *hugs Miracle on 34th Street* And C hasn't seen that one yet, I don't think. I think he'll LOVE it. And we don't really stick to that "Christmas movies in December" thing. We watched "A Christmas Carol" several times in July. :D

*hurries over to Netflix queue*
Sep. 14th, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
But WAH! Netflix is doing some scheduled maintenance, so I CAN'T UPDATE MY QUEUE RIGHT NOW!!!!!!

*has drama queen moment*

*gets over it*

Okay, so I'll update tomorrow. :D
Sep. 14th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC)
Somebody already said Sunset Boulevard, so I'll say any Buster Keaton movie you can get your hands on, especially The General, The Navigator, The Playhouse, The Boat, and Cops.
Sep. 14th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC)
Oh! Oh! And It Happened One Night for sure!
Sep. 14th, 2006 10:42 am (UTC)
I really liked 12 Angry Men once I got into it.
Sep. 14th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
His Girl Friday,
The Women,
All About Eve,
Bringing Up Baby,
A Philadelphia Story,
My Favorite Wife,

Film Noir:
Murder on the Orient Express (okay, probably not really old enough to be a classic, but it's a classic in my mind),
Mildred Pierce,

Drama Romance:
Now Voyager,
Mr. Skeffington,
Imitation of Life (both the 1934 and the 1959 versions)...

I'm sure I've got more for you. Some of my other recommendations were already said above (Sunset Boulevard, It Happened One Night).
Sep. 15th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
YAY! Thanks for the recs!

I had to laugh at myself just now . . . I saw "All About Eve" in the comedy category, and thought WTF? HOW IS THAT MOVIE FUNNY?

And then I realized I was thinking of "Three Faces of Eve." So, "All About Eve" has been added to the queue.

Sep. 14th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)

The last category should be Drama/Romance, not Drama Romance.


I'm insanely jealous of you for getting netflix! YAY!
Sep. 14th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
Netflix has a listing of classics, both the AFI's top 100 movies, and a genere as "Classic" take some time to look at what they have listed. You might find something you had forgotten about.
Sep. 14th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
Oooh, classic movies, my favorites. Let's see.....
To Kill a Mockingbird
Stagecoach (the original with John Wayne)
The Best Years of Our Lives (this one is a little long but it gives a really interesting view on post WWII adjustment by returning military)

I'm sure I'll come up with a bunch more later :)
Sep. 14th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
Netflix rocks my world. Okay, I'm a musical theatre dork so that's where my recs will come from. Let's see, Mary Poppins although not that old it is a classic to me. The Sound of Music, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz. I rewatched Cabaret last week, excellent choice. I'm a sucker for To Kill a Mockingbird. There's always Casablanca. You can't go wrong with Dr. Strangelove. And who can forget My Fair Lady? There's always Hitchcock too, Rebecca or Psycho.

Hmm, might be back later as I think of more.
Sep. 14th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
White Zombie, with Bela Lugosi. He's *amazing* in that.
Sep. 15th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, classic movies!
North by Northwest, Notorious, Arsenic and Old Lace, and anything else with Cary Grant.

Vertigo (the BEST Hitchcock), Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life (it is NOT hokey--it's fantastic), and anything else with James Stewart.

Anything with Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn.

M. (OK, I've never seen it, but I really want to.)

Casablanca. I know I already said Bogart. This movie is SO classic I think "it's got to be overrated, and then I see it again and am once again blown away by how good it is.

Double Indemnity.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (tour of everyone in comedy in the 50s)

Annie Hall

Lolita (Kubrick version, please. Jeremy Irons is fine but he can't compete with Peter Sellers AND James Mason AND Shelley Winters all rolled into one great movie)

Dr. Strangelove


Sunset Boulevard

Bad Day at Black Rock--I guess I may as well just say anything with Spencer Tracy, but this is my favorite of the ones I've seen

The Manchurian Candidate (Frank Sinatra is NOT just a lovely voice)

Miss Lonelyhearts (Montgomery Clift is NOT just a pretty face. Oh, and Robert Ryan . . . I need to have a Robert Ryan fest one of these days, even though Joy claims not to like Westerns)

Some Like It Hot

On the Waterfront

Rebecca (I guess I should just say everything by Hitchcock, Marnie being the most skippable I've seen)

Harold and Maude

Singin' in the Rain

To Kill a Mockingbird (and anything with Gregory Peck, though in Moby Dick he chews scenery worse than the whale)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Kind Hearts and Coronets (and any Ealing Studios comedy)

I guess that's enough to get you started. ;-)
Sep. 15th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Ooooh, classic movies!
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a classic, alright, but you have to be in the right mood for it. I actually found listening to Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor sniping at each other a little wearing, despite the brillance of the acting.
Sep. 15th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Ooooh, classic movies!
Don't be picking on my movies. Make yer own list.

Yes, Who's Afraid...? is not the most cheerful movie (though it is FANTASTIC). Neither is A Bad Day at Black Rock, Miss Lonelyhearts, Fail-Safe, or Sunset Boulevard. Wendy, don't watch those when you want light entertainment--watch Annie Hall or It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World instead.
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
Some excellent suggestions above, but I'd concentrate on Hitchcock, if I were you. It is the best way to learn to appreciate the true genius of classic movies.

Forget the real famous stuff he did in the 60s. It's ok, but strictly 2nd tier -- scary thrillers made for the mass market. His best stuff was all made earlier. These are my favorites:

North by Northwest, To Catch A Thief, Notorious (all w/ Cary Grant at his suave best), Vertigo, Rear Window (the Jimmy Stewart classics), Dial M for Murder, Strangers On A Train, Spellbound (watch for the dream sequence w/ sets by Salvador Dali), Rebecca, The 39 Steps, and The Lady Vanishes

I also like these, which include some of his 60s work, but they are definitely not as good as the ones above: Psycho, The Wrong Man, The Trouble With Harry (a comedy about a dead body), Frenzy, Lifeboat, Suspicion (which would have been a great film but the studio made Hitchcock change the ending), The Man Who Knew Too Much (which would also have been a great film except that Doris Day breaks out into song every 5 minutes, so you have to keep your finger on the mute button. Oh, and note that there's an earlier version of this), The Birds, Shadow Of A Doubt, Saboteur, Foreign Correspondent, Sabotage.

The only other director who approaches Hitchcock in the sheer power and brillance of his movies, IMO, is Stanley Kubrick, although I'm not sure you'd consider them "classics," as the earliest ones were made in the late 1950s and his last movie just a few years ago. Dr. Strangelove is probably the best movie ever made. 2001 is amazing but the last 20 minutes are indeed incomprehensible, although fun to watch especially on drugs. A Clockwork Orange is incredible and fascinating and visually stunning, although very violent and disturbing. The Shining is nothing if not the gold standard of scary movies. Lolita is a brilliant interpretation of a brilliant book, with Peter Sellers and James Mason doing their thing beautifully. Paths of Glory and Full Metal Jacket are both excellent "anti-war war movies." Eyes Wide Shut is not as good as his earlier films, but still disturbing and fascinating. I liked Barry Lyndon, but I think I'm the only one, so you might want to skip it. The Killing, if you can get a hold of it, is excellent, too.
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