Help picking a film

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Help picking a film

Postby Russ17 » Sun Apr 15, 2001 10:01 pm

Hi. I'm 17 and from Canada, and have just started a film club at my school. It's fairly difficult to get other students to come out to see films and discuss them afterwards, but I am trying my best. So far, some of the films that we have watched have been Run Lola Run and Sliding Doors (which we discussed the concepts of fate/destiny vs. life choices), Central Station (where we discussed teh concept of familial love, etc.), and quite a few other films. What I have noticed, is that our turn out is normally a lot better when we show newer, more vibrant films (such as Sliding Doors & Run Lola Run), so I need some help selecting some new films.

Does anyone have any suggestions?


Re: Help picking a film

Postby katsuben » Sat Apr 21, 2001 2:35 am

if visceral films are the agenda, you might be interested in such things as Godard's 'Breathless' or Kalatozov's 'I Am Cuba' or Tarkovsky's 'Solaris' or Wong Kar-Wai's 'Chungking Express'. personally, i think you should play what you want to see and if someone else turns up it's a bonus. after all, you're the one doing all the organising. but that's straight from idealism central. . .

Re: Help picking a film

Postby nana » Sat Apr 21, 2001 2:45 am

i think you should show a little of everything. show films from different countries
different cultures, and different generations. make it diverse, but be aware that
most people have to get used to subtitles and long sloooooooowwww films. cause
most people are used to hollywood's one liner crap. good luck!!

Re: Help picking a film

Postby aguirre » Sat Apr 21, 2001 11:19 pm

Even though it beats you over the head with its sentimentality, I can't help but recommend Cinema Paradiso. It's a simple, heartwarming movie that only the most cynical of young moviegoers would hate.

However, don't be afraid to show more challenging foreign films. When I remember the stuff I liked to watch when I was 17 I want to cringe! Even if you only have a couple of people show up, that's two young people that get to see how great foreign cinema can be. Here's a long list of some I'd recommend:

Some challenging films that would provoke a lot of discussion are:

Nostalghia by Andrei Tarkovsky
Red Desert by Michelangelo Antonioni
Taste of Cherry by Abbas Kiarostami
Last Year at Marienbad by Alain Resnais
Pierrot le Fou by Jean Luc Godard
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeosie by Luis Bunuel
Cleo From 5 to 7 by Agnes Varda

And here's some that aren't difficult, though they are no less moving:

Nights of Cabiria by Fellini
Color of Paradise by Majid Majidi
Aguirre The Wrath of God by Werner Herzog
The Bicycle Thieves by Vittorio De Sica
The 400 Blows by Francois Truffaut
The Seventh Seal by Ingmar Bergman
Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders

And finally, these are just really fun to watch:

Yojimbo by Akira Kurosawa
Diabolique by Henri-Georges Clouzot
The City of Lost Children by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau

Anyway,I apologize for being such a windbag...I could go on recommending films forever (I think I already have). Good luck with your club!


Re: Help picking a film

Postby FilmLover » Mon Apr 23, 2001 9:38 am

I would recommend Kolya. I think most people would enjoy this one. Sweet film. not too hard to digest....

Enjoy your club!!

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