OVERVIEW: Filmmaker Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) struggles to find creative inspiration. Overwhelmed by his work and personal life, the director retreats into the fantastical territory of the imagination. As he tries to sort out his many entanglements, romantic and otherwise, Anselmi finds his production becoming more and more autobiographical. Director: Federico Fellini
OVERVIEW: Secret ops assassin Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is sent on a mission up a river during the Vietnam War to “terminate with extreme prejudice” the errant Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Director: Francis Ford Coppola. Make sure to see the longer version (ie: Redux) and to turn the volume up.
One of the more charming films you will ever see. Director: Jacques Tati
This film has to be understood in the context of a world that is being replaced by technology and “progress” that is actually not an improvement. Director: Jacques Tati
A classic comedy for ADULTS. Director: Woody Allen
Wonderful. Director: Carol Reed
The last film by one of the great film directors of our time is based in part on “Traumnovelle” 1926 novella “A Dream Novel”, also known as “Dream Story” by the Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler.
Some of this movie will shock even world-aware adults. NOT for children. Amazing in so many ways! Director: Stanley Kubrick
Peter Sellers taking on several roles in this great classic by Stanley Kubrick.
Many see this as Billy Wilder‘s greatest film and a classic for all time. It stars William Holden as Joe Gillis, an unsuccessful screenwriter, and Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a faded silent film star who draws him into her fantasy world where she dreams of making a triumphant return to the screen, with Erich von Stroheim as Max von Mayerling, her devoted servant. In the movie, Norma Desmond’s address is 10086 Sunset Boulevard in the film but in reality, the filming location was 641 S. Irving Blvd at the corner of Irving and Wilshire. See > The home right before it was demolished in 1957. Make sure to see the actual SCREENPLAY (a wonderful read).
OVERVIEW: Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) is pursued by ruthless spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) after Thornhill is strangely mixed up in one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest films. Includes: the renound scene on a country road with the dust cropper scene
To date the coolest counter-terrorism films! Director: Ridley Scott
At times darkly comic, very touching as you see the heroic side of criminals in a ridiculous scheme (taking hostages and trying to rob a bank for a lover’s sex change operation) based on true events:
A masterpiece of acting. With Al Pacino and John Cazale. Director: Sidney Lumet
A wonderful, amazing movie. Director: Brian De Palma
NOT FOR CHILDREN – An amazing film. Director: Roman Polanski
Not for children: 10 films, each based on a BROKEN commandment, set in and around an apartment block in Warsaw, Poland. The stories share the fractured quality of modern family life, its dreams, hopes and sadness; focus on the CHOICES we all make, every day of our lives.
I would suggest taking 5 days to see all the films in one go and NOT watching anything else (save the news if you have to).
Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski
“Pather Panchali, is one among the finest films ever made. The film won about a dozen awards at various film festivals world-over. Pather Panchali, eventually, became the first film of a trilogy.” Read More. Discover: Satyajit Ray
Two young children experience the many comedies and tragedies of life. Director: Ingmar Bergman