“Great Movies — A List” (My Classic Cinema Favorites)

Ardan Michael Blum
Oct 2 · 6 min read

Sunset Boulevard

Many see this as Billy Wilder‘s greatest film and a classic for all time. It stars William Holden as Joe Gillis, an unsuccessful screenwriter, and Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a faded silent film star who draws him into her fantasy world where she dreams of making a triumphant return to the screen, with Erich von Stroheim as Max von Mayerling, her devoted servant. In the movie, Norma Desmond’s address is 10086 Sunset Boulevard in the film but in reality, the filming location was 641 S. Irving Blvd at the corner of Irving and Wilshire. See > The home right before it was demolished in 1957.

Federico Fellini’s 8½ is part of the “Italian neorealism, also known as the Golden Age, is a national film movement characterized by stories set amongst the poor and the working class, filmed on location, frequently using non-professional actors. It is a total masterpiece” (Source/More). You may want to see the Martin Scorsese interview on Federico Fellini from 1993.

I suggest that you always watch foreign films with subtitles and not dubbed.

Apocalypse Now Redux

If this is the first time you are going to see this AMAZING movie, then, I suggest, to be blown away totally that you MAKE SURE TO SEE THE EXTENDED REDUX VERSION (there are 3 theatrical versions of Apocalypse Now).

OVERVIEW: Secret ops assassin Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is sent on a mission up a river during the Vietnam War to “terminate with extreme prejudice” the errant Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Director: Francis Ford Coppola. There are 3 versions of Apocalypse

MUST BE SEEN (AT LEAST THE FIRST TIME) ON A LARGE SCREEN!

Radio Days

A nostalgic reminiscence about growing up in 1940s Rockaway, Queens, New York. Directed by Woody Allen.

Bananas

In this early Woody Allen comedy, the director stars as Fielding Mellish, a hapless product-testing New Yorker who will give up on product testing and travels to the turbulent country of San Marcos …

The Third Man

Director: Carol Reed

Barry Lyndon

A masterpiece: Barry Lyndon is a 1975 period drama film based on the 1844 novel The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. (later to be renamed: The Luck of Barry Lyndon) by William Makepeace Thackeray. Director: Stanley Kubrick.

MUST BE SEEN (AT LEAST THE FIRST TIME) ON A LARGE SCREEN!

জলসাঘর বাংলা ছবি — “The Music Room”

Bengali (language) film from 1958 directed by Satyajit Ray.

Chinatown

Los Angeles private eye J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband’s activities, …

An amazing film (for adults only). Director: Roman Polanski.

Dekalog | TV Mini-Series 1989–1990

10 films, each based on a BROKEN commandment, set in and around an apartment block in Warsaw, Poland. The stories share the fractured quality of modern family life, its dreams, hopes and sadness; focus on the CHOICES we all make, every day of our lives. Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski. For adults only.

Three Days of the Condor

Joe Turner (Robert Redford) is a bookish CIA researcher with the code name Condor …. Director: Sydney Pollack.

Mon Oncle

One of the more charming films you will ever see! Director: Jacques Tati

Mon Oncle has to be understood in the context of a world that is being replaced by technology and “progress” that is actually not an improvement.

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot

At the beach the most suprising things are to happen on Mr. Hulots vacation. This is an all-family-fun movie of great charm!

Scarface

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, …

Director: Brian De Palma. For adults only.

The Godfather Part II

Of the 3 films — the second is the best. Director: Francis Ford Coppola.

Dog Day Afternoon

At times darkly comic, very touching as you see the heroic side of criminals in a ridiculous scheme (taking hostages and trying to rob a bank for a lover’s sex change operation) based on true events. With Al Pacino and John Cazale. Director: Sidney Lumet. For adults only.

Dr Strangelove

Peter Sellers taking on several roles in this great classic by Stanley Kubrick.

Main plot: U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes completely insane, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He thinks that the communists are conspiring to pollute the “precious bodily fluids” of the American people.

Fanny and Alexander

Two young children experience the many comedies, tragedies and magic of life. Director: Ingmar Bergman.

Sleeper

After health-store owner Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) dies during a routine surgery, his family has him cryogenically frozen. He awakens 200 years later, revived by a group of underground radicals who oppose the oppressive regime in power. Once the police arrive to arrest the group, Miles flees, disguised as a robot. …

North By Northwest

Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) is pursued by ruthless spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) after Thornhill is strangely mixed up in one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest films. Includes: the renound scene on a country road with the dust cropper.

2001 — A Space Odyssey

A contemplation on the nature of humanity in a science fiction masterpiece by Stanley Kubrick.

FAVORITE (4.5 STAR) MOVIES:

12 Angry Men — 1957

25th Hour — 2002

A Night at the Opera — 1935

All the President’s Men — 1976

American Psycho — 2000

Amélie — 2001

Annie Hall — 1977

Argo — 2012

Body of Lies — 2008

Brazil — 1985

Casablanca — 1942

Die Hard 2–1990

Heat — 1995

High Noon — 1952

Inglourious Basterds — 2009

Jarhead — 2005

La Cage Aux Folles — 1979

La La Land — 2016. See this film on a large screen!

Manhattan — 1979

Marathon Man — 1976

Matchstick Men — 2003

Midnight in Paris — 2011

Modern Times — 1936

Moonraker — 1979

Munich — 2005

Nikita — 1990 film known also as “La Femme Nikita”.

Platoon — 1986

Psycho — 1960

Ran — 1985. See this film on a large screen!

Rashomon — 1950

Rear Window — 1954

Return of the Jedi — 1983. See this film on a large screen!

Saturday Night Fever — 1977

Seven — 1995

Spartan — 2004

Stalag 17–1953. Written by Billy Wilder and my grandfather Edwin Blum.

Stranger Than Paradise — 1984

Super 8 — 2011

Syriana — 2005

The China Syndrome — 1979

The Day of the Jackal — 1973

The Firm — 1993

The Great Dictator — 1940

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie — 1976

The Little Drummer Girl — 1984

The Passion of Joan of Arc and this link

The Producers — 1967

The Shining — 1980

The Sum of All Fears — 2002

Tootsie — 1982

Trading Places — 1983

Vanilla Sky — 2001

War Games — 1983

War of the Worlds — 2005

Zero Dark Thirty — 2012.

Fauda — All 3 seasons are great (the second is almost better than the first). Great acting by “Walid” (Shadi Mar’i) and “Shirin” Laëtitia Eïdo.

Narcos — All 3 seasons are great. Love the acting of “Navegante” (Juan Sebastián Calero Hernández) and “Chepe” (Pêpê Rapazote).

Great Movies

Great Movies: A mix of Art House Cinema, Cult Classic Movies and Hollywood Golden Age films.

Ardan Michael Blum

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Swiss born Dachshund lover, with (generally) centrist political views. You will find here: French and English content from Geneva, Palo Alto and beyond.

Great Movies

Great Movies (My Classic Cinema Favorites). A mix of Art House Cinema, Cult Classic Movies and Hollywood Golden Age films.

Ardan Michael Blum

Written by

Swiss born Dachshund lover, with (generally) centrist political views. You will find here: French and English content from Geneva, Palo Alto and beyond.

Great Movies

Great Movies (My Classic Cinema Favorites). A mix of Art House Cinema, Cult Classic Movies and Hollywood Golden Age films.

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