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movies others aren't impressed by [Nov. 26th, 2004|06:11 pm]
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[dfordoom]
Is there a movie that you think deserves to be considered great, but that nobody else seems all that impressed by, and a lot of people haven’t even heard of?

For me one would be Lewis Milstone’s “Rain”, from 1932, starring Joan Crawford. A great pre-code Hollywood movie about a prostitute and a preacher.

Another would be Orson Welles’s “Mr Arkadin”.
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[User Picture]From: helenabucket
2005-01-09 06:03 am (UTC)
"Rain" is an amazing pre-code film. If Hollywood were to make it today, I'm not sure they could do any better. Everything stands the test of time in this one. I watched it with my jaw gaping open.

On my forgotten film list is, "Little Big Man," my father's favorite film. Forget that the film is dated. Forget all the stuff that reminds you that you're watching a film from a particular era. The story arc is just perfect: everything that Jack Crabbe (?) experiences in the first part of the film is met by its polar opposite in the second. He loses his white wife to the Native Americans in the first part of the film, and he loses his Native American wife to the white men in the second. That's only one example.

It's one of my "lost classic" picks for films that people just don't know about.
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[User Picture]From: dfordoom
2005-01-09 06:10 am (UTC)
I agree entirely. "Little Big Man" is a superb film. A classic from my favourite era of Hollywood history, the period from the late 1960s up to about the late 1970s.

And I agree that it's unlikely that a modern remake could improve on "Rain". I don't think there's anyone around today who could better Walter Huston's performance, or Joan Crawford's performance. It's a superbly balanced film. My only wish is that someone would do a really top-notch restoration job on this movie.
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[User Picture]From: helenabucket
2005-01-09 06:35 am (UTC)
A restoration of "Rain" would be so wonderful. The sound they did at the time was top notch, and it holds up well. The prints, however, are just bad. I'd love to see a re-mastered version of this film.

Thanks for agreeing that "Little Big Man" is wonderful.
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