gh wrote:Best Years may be the most depressing film I've ever seen. If for no other reason than to discover how quickly the bubble burst even for the "greatest generation" heroes of WWII.
Interesting, and unique, at least to me, perspective. It is definitely one of my favorite films and my reaction is the exact opposite. Though I sort of understand what you mean, but what do you mean by bubble bursting? The Cold War, and the Korean War, Vietnam, and the all of the nonsense that came with it? Certainly not the economy which is what busting bubbles is used now.
Seeing "Best Years" for the first time (as a freshman in college) was a really powerful experience. I'd use the word "sobering" rather than "depressing"--in many ways it is a remarkable work of popular art AND a revealing social document.
Can't really argue with #1. 'Casablanca' is perfect.
I've shown this movie to many friends and also young people from various teams I've coached (a film basically about doing the right thing) and every one who has seen it has enjoyed it immensely. It is timeless in its message.
Plus Ingrid Bergman is a total babe.
Always sad to see Dr. Zhivago, another favorite of mine and about the best adaptation possible of a pretty much unadaptable-in-scope novel, not make this list. Beat out in 1966 by another favorite, Mike Nichols' (The Graduate) "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" starring none other than Liz & Dick in their prime.
[And if you don't know who they are, why are you reading this thread?] :]
Flumpy wrote:Dr Zhivago is 1965. It was beaten by The Sound of Music.
Both you and gh are correct, Flumpy. Sorta.
Went back and re-read my reference source and realized I was confused by the name highlighting for "Woolf"--on other sites I had been reading this week being highlighted meant the film had won. But not on this one (at least only for Best Pic; some also highlighted maybe because they won for other categories):
And Zhivago was a 1965 release, as was The Sound of Music.
But the Oscar--hard to write that name right now--for Best Pic of 1965-released films was awarded at the 1966 Academy Awards presentations (like the Superbowl, always after the turn of the new year for the previous season). So Sound beat out Dr. Z for Best 1965 pic at the 1966 awards show and Man won over Woolf (and others) for 1966 at the 1967 show.
One disappointment about the Zhivago film was the loss of some of the most poignant symbolism present in the book. Coming to mind readily was the lack of re-occurrence of the wolves, other than the two almost token shots. Various scholars have speculated on their symbolism in Zhivago's life as representing the hardness of the world around him in Russia, or of the Bolsheviks as beasts hounding him, etc.
But the time limits were what they were and Lean & Co. did an excellent piece of work, IMHO.
I think the only way Zhivago could have been more true to the subtleties of the book would have been as a trilogy, a' la Star Wars or Bourne. But it probably wouldn't have worked, back then or now, because the flow would have been hard to maintain (among other things).
Besides, who ever heard of "Epic--Part 2", "Epic, The Sequel", or "Epic: Reloaded"---?
But it remains my second all-time fave and neat to read how many of you also have it on your lists. I actually make it a point to re-watch it around the time of the first Winter snowfall every year in either November or December. .
Per Andersen wrote:Not too bad until I saw Titanic in 10th place Ahead of Patton Midnight Cowboy A Man for all Seasons Mutiny on the Bounty From Here to Eternity The Unforgiven One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
I'd rather sit through Sound of Music than Titanic.
They're in chronological order not ranked by merit.