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Films

Absolute, most-loved, could-not-live-without film: Singin’ in the Rain

All the others I adore (alphabetically):

The Adventures of Robin Hood, Broadway Melody of 1940, Dial M for Murder, From Here to Eternity, Gone with the Wind, Jaws, Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, The King and I, The Little Mermaid, The Nightmare before Christmas, North by Northwest, Notorious, The Princess Bride, Rear Window, Rebecca, Roman Holiday

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People (alphabetical by first name)

(the lists of the top 6 for actor and actress)

Alfred Hitchcock, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Christian Bale, Daniel Day-Lewis, Deborah Kerr, Errol Flynn, Fred Astaire, Gary Oldman, Gene Kelly, Grace Kelly, Gregory Peck, Howard Keel, Ingrid Bergman, James Mason, James Stewart, Kate Winslet, Katharine Hepburn, Stewart Granger, Tom Hanks, Yul Brynner,

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Genre

I’m heavily influenced by genre films. I would say about 90% of the films I love were made from the early 30’s to the late 60’s when genres were still made in a more severe way, at least, compared to present day when most films are classified as drama, action or comedy. There isn’t really so much classification with musicals, war films, epics, westerns, etc.. Even though there are war-related, musicals or science fiction films still made today, they tend to be dropped under drama, and the older films are mostly categorized as classics, versus their respected genre. Also, back then you had different sub-genres for most parent genres (i.e. screwball, slapstick, parody, and romantic for comedy).

So, here’s my list of favorite genre films:

Action – story is largely told through physical action as opposed to dialogue. Die Hard / Die Hard with a Vengeance

Adventure – works in which the protagonist or other major characters are consistently placed in dangerous situations, and a fictional character who lives by their wits and their skills is often called an adventurer. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Animation – rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D or 3-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Biography – account of someone’s life. Chaplin

Comedy – any humorous discourse generally intended to amuse. Arsenic and Old Lace / You Can’t Take it With You

Crime – breach of one or more rules or laws for which some governing authority via mechanisms such as “police power” may ultimately prescribe a conviction. Bonnie and Clyde

Epic – places emphasis on human drama on a grand scale. Lawrence of Arabia

Disaster – the tragedy of a natural or human-made hazard (a hazard is a situation which poses a level of threat to life, health, property, or environment) that negatively affects society or environment. The Towering Inferno

Drama – depends mostly on in-depth development of realistic characters dealing with emotional themes. Dramatic themes such as alcoholism, drug addiction, racial prejudice, religious intolerance, poverty, crime and corruption put the characters in conflict with themselves, others, society and even natural phenomena. Gone with the Wind

Fantasy – uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting. Labyrinth

Foreign – non-English speaking countries. Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau)

Horror – strive to elicit the emotions of fear, horror and terror from viewers. The Exorcist

Musical – several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. Singin’ in the Rain

Mystery – focuses on the efforts of the Detective, private investigator or amateur sleuth to solve the mysterious circumstances of a crime by means of clues, investigation, and clever deduction. Spellbound

Noir – emphasize moral ambiguity and sexual motivation. Laura

Romance – central plot (the premise of the story) revolves around the romantic involvement of the story’s protagonists. Roman Holiday

Sci-Fi – imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically-established or scientifically-postulated laws of nature. Back to the Future / The Time Machine (1960)

Superhero – a fictional character of unprecedented powers dedicated to acts of daring-do in the public interest. The Dark Knight

Suspense – a feeling of uncertainty and anxiety about the outcome of certain actions. Rear Window

Thriller –  fast pacing, frequent action, and resourceful heroes who must thwart the plans of more-powerful and better-equipped villains. Notorious

War – concerned with warfare, usually about naval, air or land battles, sometimes focusing instead on prisoners of war, covert operations, military training or other related subjects. The Best Years of Our Lives

Western – devoted to telling stories set primarily in the later half of the 19th century in what became the Western United States. The Magnificent Seven

{definitions of genres courtesty of wikipedia}

One response to “film

  1. Love this page. I’m a big, no wait, scratch that: huge fan of Singin’ in the Rain, Alfred Hitchcock, Audrey Hepburn, Cray Grant…. pretty much everyone in your list.

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