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Posted By: Peter T.
18-May-04 - 09:34 AM
Thread Name: BS: Best Movies You'd Never Heard Of??
Subject: RE: BS: Best Movies You'd Never Heard Of??
"Spirited Away" is not exactly obscure, but people don't exactly flock to Japanese cartoons. All of Miyazaki's films are interesting (the earlier ones for children are an acquired taste); but "Spirited Away" and "Princess Monononke" (The JenEllen of Japan) are both worth seeing.

"L'Atalante" is one of the greatest films of all time, but no one in North America has heard of it. That is true for a host of French films, but "L'Atalante" is particularly wonderful.

There are a whole pile of westerns made in the 1950's starring Jimmy Stewart and directed by Anthony Mann (starting with Winchester 73) that are all worth seeing -- they are unconventional, don't do what Westerns are supposed to do.

They have finally released "Picnic" on DVD, which I don't think was ever released on video; and I don't think anyone has seen it since 1955.It has not worn well -- it is a film of the famous original play by William Inge, and the playishness of it shows through -- and it is cheesy in parts, but it has some wonderful moments -- it was filmed on location in Kansas in 1954, and shows it. The standout is the young Kim Novak, who became a major star on the basis of a sensuous dance scene during the Picnic. Susan Strasberg is great too ("I memorized all of Shakespeare's sonnets last summer....."). It is so 1950s that it is a kind of classic (like Rebel Without A Cause).

A completely ridiculous, cheesy movie that I saw last week was "Against All Flags" with Errol Flynn and Maureen O'Hara -- a pirate film, with Maureen as the JenEllen of Madagascar.


Peter T.