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  • David Buchanan
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    If the legacy of cinema was left up to YOU, what 5 (and only 5) movies would you choose to save and pass down to future generations? Why?

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    vinny
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    1. The Godfather Part II
    2. The Godfather
    3. Casablanca
    4. Gone with the wind
    5. The Wizard of Oz

    I just love these movies.

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    The Wizard of Oz
    The 1939 classic musical captures the wonder of cinema, paricularly the simple change from b&w to color as Dorothy enters a new world. Further, I would contend that Judy Garland’s performance of “Over the Rainbow” is the zenith of screen acting.

    Some Like It Hot
    The funniest film of all time is a must. Marilyn Monroe may be the industry’s greatest movie star, a very different designation than the best actress.

    The Best Years of Our Lives
    The importance of film to be the social conscience of its audience is arguably best represented by this William Wyler-helmed, Best Picture winner that addressed the plight of returning WWII veterans to an indifferent America.

    To Live
    Selecting one picture to represent world cinema is a thankless task. I simply chose my personal favorite foreign film. This simple, elegant movie from China never fails to move me.

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    Animation is a core component of film history. The sequence early in this Pixar Best Picture nominee that documents the love between two life long partners is one of the finest pieces of the art form that has graced the silver screen.

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    I think what would be the focus of my mission would be to provide a variety of types of films, but requiring that each provide the viewer with an abundance of things to talk about at length–aesthetic appeal, cinematic technique, subject matter, subtext, the human condition, etc.

    On those grounds, I’d save:

    CAROL
    THE LION KING
    PULP FICTION
    THE THIN RED LINE
    WEST SIDE STORY

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    David Buchanan
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    CAROL

    Of course you have Carol on your list, John!

    I love the variety in these replies so far, especially seeing both animation and movie musicals captured. Great choices! I’m still mulling over my five.

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    Andrew Carden
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    A Christmas Story
    E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
    Halloween
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Ordinary People

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1956) – Doris Day ne déçoit jamais

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    The Truman Show
    Psycho
    Pulp Fiction
    Metropolis
    Alien

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    Star Wars
    Blade Runner
    La grande illusion
    The Naked Gun
    Shoah

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    (1977) Eraserhead
    (1983) Videodrome
    (1986) She’s Gotta Have It
    (1994) Kika
    (2014) Inherent Vice

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    Where Is the Friend’s Home?
    A Time to Live, A Time to Die
    Entranced Earth
    Chimes at Midnight
    Come and See

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    Where Is the Friend’s Home?
    A Time to Live, A Time to Die
    Entranced Earth
    Chimes at Midnight
    Come and See

    Now that’s a provocative list. Thanks.

    I am now off to see four films for the first time!

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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
    La Strada
    Singin’ in the Rain
    Vertigo
    Pulp Fiction

    That was effing hard.

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    This, is a tough tough question.

    Well, you guys were able to do it so here goes:

    RAN~cultural, beautiful, brutal, astonishing….and Kurosawa
    Blade Runner: mentioned above. Great citation! And, for all the usual reasons. Screw the conventional dramas.
    The Right Stuff: Some legit history from the great Tom Wolfe..and a terrific cast of players.
    Being There: Let’s throw in some humour brought to the screen in absolutely elegant fashion. Although, I could have gone with Dr Strangelove I suppose.
    Avatar: That’s right. AVATAR. That one deserves it’s spot in a top-five library.

    Aargh. Excruciatingly difficult for me.

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    Avatar: That’s right. AVATAR. That one deserves it’s spot in a top-five library.

    Interesting. I just watched Avatar again last week.

    For me, the single greatest joy of great cinema is the ability to allow the viewer momentarily to regain that sense of wonder lost when we came of age.

    James Cameron and crew created a vivid world full of danger and beauty that leaves me enchanted, captivated and mesmerized.

    Oz or Pandora is a matter of personal taste.

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    Avatar: That’s right. AVATAR. That one deserves it’s spot in a top-five library.

    Interesting. I just watched Avatar again last week.

    For me, the single greatest joy of great cinema is the ability to allow the viewer momentarily to regain that sense of wonder lost when we came of age.

    James Cameron and crew created a vivid world full of danger and beauty that leaves me enchanted, captivated and mesmerized.

    Oz or Pandora is a matter of personal taste.

    Thank you Mr Aisle. You’re full of wonderful surprises.

    The politics of AVATAR, was already embedded in my soul. That’s over and above the visionary, visual knock-out that this film is.
    Not often you see your own brand of “religion” on the screen.

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