rGirl - After reading your piece on Jules et Jim, I would insist that you get it published. It is brilliant. You're up there with Pauline Kael and Citizen Kane.
I am now going to rent it and have a new look at Jules et Jim. sub-titles don't really bother me if the movie is good. And those 'foreign films' of the fifties were special. Nights of Cabiria was another great one. I could go on.
I have quite a collection of classic movie videos. My favorites are:
1. Philadelphia Story
2. The Best Years of our Lives
3. Laura and another Gene Tierney movie, Leave Her to Heaven
4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
6. To Kill a Mockingbird (which also happens to be one of my favorite books of all time)
7. Gone With the Wind
9. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (which is one of the few comedies that Alfred Hitchcock made--it has Carole Lombard in it)
10. The Maltese Falcon
11. My Man Godfrey
A good place to order videos and DVD's of classic movies is Critic's Choice. They have a lot available and the prices are not bad. I also have many of the old musicals, which I love too.
Look at me! I'm doing a triple.....THUD! *ouch*
I like anything with Barbra Stanwyck in it. She was a good actress.
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After a weekend of watching TV and rearranging my video collection, I have four more favorite B&W films to add to my list(s).
The Mortal Storm – 1940 – Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart
Keeper of the Flame – 1942 – Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy
Experiment in Terror – 1962 – Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stefanie Powers, Ross Martin
On The Beach – 1959 – Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire (If anyone lived in the Chicago area in 1959 and saw this film, they would understand why Da Mayor's stunt of setting off the air-raid sirens when the Sox won the pennant brought a whole new meaning to 'duck and cover'.)
And again: those who have cable or satellite, TCM and AMC does show B&W and yes, silent films too, you just have to watch for them. PBS is another source although not as much selection today as 20 years ago, course that maybe due to the local PSB channel. If I remember correctly, and that could be debatable, WTTW is more innovative and progressive than KERA.