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Old 08-03-2018, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Coney View Post
Is this for a class that you are teaching or one that you already completed? You didn't specify that it had to be contemporary film or that the historical significance wasn't the focus. Otherwise, I would have added titles of silent films, as well as early films that combined animation with live action. Every Saturday night on PBS/channel 13, independent films and shorts are shown. Many of the shorts are made by recent film school graduates showcasing different techniques. You may want to check them out and watch them online on thirteen.org.
I'm not teaching it, I was a student in a film school course, but now graduated.
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:11 PM
Location: San Antonio
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Originally Posted by Coney View Post
The obvious one-Citizen Kane
And Welles would say Stagecoach.
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Old 08-08-2018, 01:39 PM
Location: Summit, NJ
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Originally Posted by Mark S. View Post
And hopefully even some bad stuff. You can learn a lot from a bad movie.
Interesting point.

Before I moved to New Jersey, I lived in a state with no billboards. Now I see them everywhere. And you know what? I've learned a lot about marketing by looking at the bad billboards. Bad, meaning, either low budget, or so cheeseball that it totally misses the mark.

I remember a few years ago watching the 140-minute Judd Apatow failure "This Is 40," and thinking for the first time on how one properly constructs a comedy, and why the similarly 128-minute "Knocked Up" worked.
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Old 08-31-2018, 06:43 PM
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I took a Film Noir class in college, and these are some of the films they showed us (all of which I thought were good choices). Probably forgetting a few, since it was almost 20 years ago - but here's what I remember:

Double Indemnity (1944)
Rear Window (1954)
Touch of Evil (1958)
American Gigolo (1980)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Gilda (1946)
The Usual Suspects (I think?) (1995)

As for general film studies, that would take me a while to narrow down here!
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