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  1. I nominated Make Way for Tomorrow, which finds the characters and the audience confronting the aging process in at least 3 stages of life. First, there is the Old couple, who are facing the heartbreaking fact of having to leave their home, and be separated for the first time ever. Then there are the adult children and their spouses, in the prime of life, and busy with social and work activities, yet having to deal with the added burden of taking care of their aging parents. Finally, there are teenage children, grandchildren of the old couple, who are finding their way on the cusp of independence, and are straining against the bonds of childhood in a search for independence and freedom. The film deals with these competing family claims with grace and humor, but with an unsparing honesty that allows us to sympathize with each generation's difficulties, but without letting them off the hook for their choices. I also nominated Tokyo Story, which is a sort of remake of Make Way for Tomorrow, yet set in Japan, and with a Japanese set of family dynamics. I advance it for similar reasons to the McCarey film. I nominated Madadayo as well. In this swan song of Kurosawa, he revisits many of the themes of aging that are present in earlier works, including the loneliness of old age, the sense of loss when you have retired from your livelihood, the romanticism of nostalgic recollection, and the defiance of intending to live even longer. "Not Yet!" In Chaplin's Limelight, I think there is a profound exploration of what it means to be past your prime, especially in a performance profession, where you are only as good as your most recent success. There is also a tender look at the phenomenon of trying to recapture youth through a relationship with someone much younger. In The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, we get the full scope of a man's adult life, from brash and romantic youth, to cautious and set-in-their-ways old age. The sense that the world may be passing you by as you get older, and the reflection on the contrast between the boldness and certainty of the young with the experience and wisdom of the old has never been made better.
  2. Second Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  3. I nominate: Title: Make Way for Tomorrow Director: Leo McCarey Year: 1937 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029192/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029192/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Title: Tokyo Story Director: Yasujiro Ozu Year: 1953 Language: Japanese IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046438/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Title: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Director: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Year: 1943 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036112/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Couldn't find one. Director: Akira Kurosawa Year: 1993 Language: Japanese IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107474/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Couldn't find one Title: Limelight Director: Charles Chaplin Year: 1952 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044837/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Couldn't find one. Title: A.I. Artificial Intelligence Director: Steven Spielberg Year: Language: IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212720/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  4. Just belatedly chiming in to say that I hope this idea continues to move forward. I would be interested in contributing if it was desired.
  5. I thought you all might appreciate the experience I had tonight, seeing PARIS, TEXAS at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Hunter Carson, the Mydolls (a band which featured in a cameo upstairs at the "Peep show" location) and a couple more crew members were on hand for a post-screening discussion. Highlights of the evening included: *Mydolls band members reminiscing about doing odd jobs during the production, like picking up rental cars and driving them to El Paso, and about riding out Hurricane Alicia in Downtown Houston, with Claire Denis on her very first visit to the US! *Crew members giving anecdotes about filming and how they would run out of money and Wim would have to return to France to get more. *The casting/Texas location director who was on hand talked about how hard they worked to get this local Mexican singer, who had an astonishing long-bearded appearance to be in the film, even convincing him to cross the river illegally on his burro. The scene was cut from the film. *He also talked about how Robby Mueller had crafted a perfect looking shot by breaking all the lighting rules in using flourescent light, etc, and then intentionally not telling the film lab how he had shot it, knowing that when they processed it it would turn out the way he wanted it. *They said that they watched the daily rushes and worked on the script in the very theater we were in. *The audience was very appreciative—clapping at names during the opening credits! And really responsive especially to the funny moments, which brought out to me just how much humor is in the film in addition to the great pathos. *Something Hunter Carson said about how the film has changed for him over the years, or more properly, how his viewing of it had changed as he got older: He said that what affected him most now on recent viewings was the scene where Travis is trying to determine how to act like either a rich Dad or a poor one. He saw it in the light of being a dad himself now, and watched Harry Dean Stanton acting as his character's dad in the film, while imagining his own Dad, Kit Carson, writing the scene. Lots of layers of meaning! *For me, it was interesting to see Hunter, the character in the film, watching old home movies of his younger self, while at the same time I was looking at Hunter Carson a couple rows ahead of me, watching this old movie of his younger self... *And here's a tidbit for you Criterion nerds—the lady in front of me had the same idea as me to get him to sign the disc booklet, and while he was doing it, he said he'd never seen the Criterion Disc before!
  6. Nice, Evan. I'm holding out for the sweet MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS release at the end of the month. If I can swing another title, I will go with something on my long list of coveted favorites...
  7. My time here has been brief, and my participation sporadic and of doubtful value to the community, but I've enjoyed the contributions of you all, and I'm glad that this site will continue. Thank you, Ken.
  8. Posted this on Facebook—just thinking out loud, but a few that come to mind, but may or may not meet your definition are: NETWORK THE MOSQUITO COAST Pretty much any Panahi film Maybe BARRY LYNDON
  9. I was only going to get one disc due to financial prudence, but due to an unexpected refund, I was able to get the Dietrich-Von Sternberg set and ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS.
  10. I know this is probably too late, but seeing that Evan responded with thoughtful remarks on ANATOMY OF A MURDER reminded me that there that film depicts serious concerns regarding rape, social views of victims of sexual assault, and how it is treated in the criminal justice system. Check the thread on that film for both his and my thoughts.
  11. Definitely prioritize RAGTIME.
  12. https://twitter.com/magadizer/status/998644601308278787?s=19
  13. I see that this post is from last summer, but I can't agree more. There's a book out there of Kurosawa's painted storyboards for RAN also, which I really need to just buy some time.
  14. I finally put together what I hope are some more coherent thoughts on this film. I really look forward to seeing it again. Even if you don't read my post, I urge any Kiarostami fans to watch the video that I embedded. It's a Q&A between Ahmad Kiarostami (Abbas's son, who completed 24 FRAMES) and Godfrey Cheshire. It's Kiarostami gold, I assure you. Anyways, here's the link to my essay: https://fforfilms.net/2018/02/16/24-frames/
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