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A human being's ability to understand a foreign language is always greater than his ability to speak it.

- Walter Murch, "In The Blink Of An Eye"

My movie shame: 20 beloved movies I have never seen

Movies have always been my Great Refuge. I went to the best film school in the world, for years I was employed by a center for motion picture study actually called the The Center for Motion Picture Study, and I continue to bash my head against the walls of the asylum of The Industry. Still, I harbor a secret shame. A secret shame of unwatched films. There are dozens of classics – beloved must sees – global cinematic touchstones – that I have never seen.

So here it is. My shame. My confession. Twenty universally beloved movies that I haven’t seen (yet):

  1. Alexander Nevsky (1938)
  2. Cabaret (1972)
  3. Carnival of Souls (1962)
  4. Children of Paradise (1945)
  5. Clerks (1994)
  6. Don’t Look Now (1973)
  7. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
  8. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  9. The General (1926)
  10. The Grand Illusion (1937)
  11. Klute (1971)
  12. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
  13. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
  14. The Mummy (1932)
  15. The Navigator (1924)
  16. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
  17. Say Anything (1989)
  18. Sherlock Jr. (1924)
  19. Anything directed by Andrzej Wajda
  20. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

What’s your shame?

Cinema Paradiso ending - Jacques Perrin

 

1 comment to My movie shame: 20 beloved movies I have never seen

  • Glenn Romanek

    You will see them, but maybe it is okay that you have yet to see them, and not be overly influenced by their merits or demerits; rely less on their presentation and more on your intuition, reading, strength of mind, and your study of the virtues (if any) of the human race. Maybe a saving creative grace for you is not having the experience, pleasure, and excitement of seeing The Magnificent Amberson’s; therefore, not be influenced unduly by Welles. Welle’s himself was not influenced by the released version which you will see, since he saw the original version. A number of knowledgeable people who saw the uncut version alleged that Amberson’s was better than Citizen Kane: one of them was Robert Wise, the editor (again – as you know), who viewed it in its full glory. He must have cringed and wept when he watched about 50 minutes of the film chopped and tossed into the fiery furnace. I can believe their Ambersons assessment: even the released version is superb

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