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Title: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: Xavi on February 14, 2010, 05:40:41 AM
A few days ago I was flabbergasted when I discovered that my new rommate hasn't seen almost any movie released before the 60s (except Casablanca and Citizen Kane). The thing is that my rommate is not a meathead who thinks "all black and white films are boring" or anything like that, he has a pretty good taste and is open to new things. That's why decided on having a classic movie night every week. So I'm asking for you help in curating the program.

Remember, this is not about educating him on the most important/best/influential films of that era, but about choosing ones that are easily watchable by today's standards and tastes.
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: smirnoff on February 14, 2010, 10:12:06 AM
For various reasons I've always had trouble enjoying 'the classics', but one pre 60's film I loved without any reservations was 12 Angry Men.
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: FroHam X on February 14, 2010, 10:42:25 AM
It Happened One Night.
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: Wilson on February 14, 2010, 11:41:15 AM
Singin' in the Rain
Rear Window
12 Angry Men
It's A Wonderful Life
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: Bondo on February 14, 2010, 11:42:23 AM
No particular order, here are some of the pre-1960s that I have enjoyed.

City Lights (and other Chaplin)
The General
12 Angry Men
Casablanca
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Some Like It Hot
Strangers on a Train
Rear Window
Harvey
Roman Holiday
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 14, 2010, 11:50:04 AM
Most people I know love Hitchcock. I'd say start with some of those and go from there.
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: Junior on February 14, 2010, 12:01:10 PM
His Girl Friday.
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: sdedalus on February 14, 2010, 01:02:39 PM
The AFI list is a good starting point.

The List (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI's_100_Years…100_Movies_(10th_Anniversary_Edition)).
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: Clovis8 on February 14, 2010, 01:05:52 PM
12 Angry Men is in my top 10 all time but I think if we are defining accessible as the kind of movie the vast majority of people would get into I dont this it qualifies.

Most people do not like movies that are just people talking about social issues with no action and no love story.

Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: Bill Thompson on February 14, 2010, 01:30:40 PM
12 Angry Men is in my top 10 all time but I think if we are defining accessible as the kind of movie the vast majority of people would get into I dont this it qualifies.

Most people do not like movies that are just people talking about social issues with no action and no love story.



Yet 12 Angry Men resonates with generation after generation, so I do think it qualifies.

Pretty much anything by Capra and Hitchcock, and selected works from Ford and Hawks would be my guess.
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on February 14, 2010, 01:50:52 PM
Ones not already mentioned:

Goodbye Mr Chips
The Searchers
Bringing Up Baby
The Wizard of Oz (although he has probably seen it)
The Third Man
Sunset Blvd
Bad Day at Black Rock
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: THATguy on February 14, 2010, 05:11:27 PM
It Happened One Night.

THIS.

Also...
The Philadelphia Story
Double Indemnity

And then... as others have mentioned, yeah, a lot of Hitchcock.
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: Verite on February 15, 2010, 05:56:31 PM
So far, no mention of a non-English language film?  

The 400 Blows
M
Ikiru
The Seven Samurai
The Wages of Fear
Boudu Saved From Drowning
L'atalante
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: Bondo on February 15, 2010, 06:14:00 PM
So far, no mention of a non-English language film?  

Foreign films aren't accesible  :P

Ok, some are (Wages of Fear), but Seven Samurai most certainly isn't.
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: Verite on February 15, 2010, 06:44:16 PM
So far, no mention of a non-English language film?  

Foreign films aren't accesible  :P

Ok, some are (Wages of Fear), but Seven Samurai most certainly isn't.

I think the Kurosawa is more accessible than the Clouzot.
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 15, 2010, 06:44:47 PM
So far, no mention of a non-English language film?  

Foreign films aren't accesible  :P

Ok, some are (Wages of Fear), but Seven Samurai most certainly isn't.

I think the Kurosawa is more accessible than the Clouzot.

Wouldn't Hidden Fortress be accessible because it's like the Star Wars?
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 15, 2010, 09:54:58 PM
So far, no mention of a non-English language film?  

Foreign films aren't accesible  :P

Ok, some are (Wages of Fear), but Seven Samurai most certainly isn't.

I think the Kurosawa is more accessible than the Clouzot.

Wouldn't Hidden Fortress be accessible because it's like the Star Wars?
Yea, I was going to say this. I got my dad to watch this film, and to my knowledge it's only one of two non-English films I've gotten him to sit through (the other being M Hulot's Holiday).
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: Basil on February 15, 2010, 11:41:14 PM
Probably A Place in the Sun, based on my roommate's experience.
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: Telegram Sam on February 16, 2010, 10:53:22 PM
Pinocchio
Bride of Frankenstein
Duck Soup
Robin Hood
The Quiet Man
Title: Re: Top 5 most accesible classic movies
Post by: oneaprilday on February 16, 2010, 11:04:02 PM
My top 5's have already been mentioned I think but maybe

The Thin Man
Arsenic and Old Lace
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Young Mr. Lincoln
,

too.