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Old 08-01-2018, 08:01 PM
 
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I graduated from film school a while ago, and the three movies they showed us, which we studied and broke down, were Children of Men (2006), Winter's Bone (2010), and Limitless (2011).

Three movies I would have expected actually. But which movies do you think should be shown to educationally learn from?

My top 2 so far would be Cell 211 (2009), and Ed Wood (1994)

Cell 211 was great on how to a 180 degree character arc in such a short amount of time, while keeping subplots interconnecting with it. Ed Wood is a good movie on what not to do, but a great inspiration on filmmaking passion.

But which movies do you think should be shown?
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Old 08-01-2018, 08:06 PM
 
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Battleship Potemkin.
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Old 08-01-2018, 08:07 PM
 
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Oh why that one?
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Old 08-01-2018, 08:11 PM
 
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The first movie that came to mind for me is Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rope'. Continuity throughout the entire film, it gives the perception of one long, uncut shot for the entire movie. Very unique and ingenious.

Come to think of it, almost any of Hitchcock's films would be good to use.
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:51 PM
 
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The obvious one-Citizen Kane
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:57 PM
 
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Well... it's just that Citizen Kane is so well known. Everyone in my class had already seen it, so I thought it would be better to show lesser known gems maybe.

Plus a lot of the filmmaking techniques used in Citizen Kane are not used as much anymore, and a lot of students probably want to learn more modern technigues I am guessing, such as cutting from scene to scene, instead of fading all the time, or shallow focus instead of deep focus, etc.
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Old 08-02-2018, 06:26 AM
 
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Shawshank Redemption (**perfect** storytelling, pacing and character arc)

Das Boot and Rear Window (small space creates tension)

Memento and Pulp Fiction (playing with time storytelling)

Three versions of Romeo & Juliet: Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version, Baz Luhrmann's 1996 version, and Jerome Robbins' 1961 musical (West Side Story)
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Old 08-02-2018, 06:40 AM
 
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But which movies do you think should be shown?
It depends on the point you're trying to convey.

Cinematography? LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. THE MISSION. THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING.

Writing? THE GODFATHER. CHINATOWN. TAXI DRIVER. L.A. CONFIDENTIAL.

How special effects should serve the story, not be the story? STAR WARS, EP. IV: A NEW HOPE. BLADE RUNNER. MINORITY REPORT.

The proper use of music and silence in place of dialogue? THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH. THE BLACK STALLION. THE MISSION. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. ALIEN.

How music defines a movie? THE MISSION. STAR WARS, EP. IV: A NEW HOPE. HALLOWEEN. JAWS.

Show don't tell? Anything by Stanley Kubrick. THE TERMINATOR.

Best editing? STAR WARS, EP. IV: A NEW HOPE. ALIENS. JAWS.

Character conflict? L.A. CONFIDENTIAL. JAWS. THE GODFATHER. HELL OR HIGH WATER.

The anti-hero? TAXI DRIVER. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY.

Redemption stories? SHANE. THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES. UNFORGIVEN (which is actually an anti-redemption story). THE MISSION. THE IRON GIANT. BLADE RUNNER. THE INCREDIBLES.
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:16 AM
 
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I graduated from film school a while ago, and the three movies they showed us, which we studied and broke down, were Children of Men (2006), Winter's Bone (2010), and Limitless (2011).
Are you serious?
What kind of film school would only show films from the 2000s (and especially three films that I would not consider particularly worthy of studying)?
Is the school run by millenials or something?
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:32 AM
 
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Are you serious?
What kind of film school would only show films from the 2000s (and especially three films that I would not consider particularly worthy of studying)?
Is the school run by millenials or something?
Children of Men and Winter's Bone are both very good movies. I haven't seen Limitless.

Any good film school is going to cover the classics with more modern stuff. And hopefully even some bad stuff. You can learn a lot from a bad movie.
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