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Old 14-02-2013, 22:40
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Old 14-02-2013, 23:13
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Old 15-02-2013, 19:27
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I forgot 'Sin City'
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Old 15-02-2013, 19:58
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Old 15-02-2013, 20:08
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Old 15-02-2013, 21:23
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One is assuming a Movie can be [ a work of ] Art.
I don't think it ever can be.

A work of Art is really one person's imagination transferred to canvas, bronze, wood, marble or photographic paper. A Movie is a story brought to life by various writers, photographers, special effects technicians, assistant directors, 2nd unit directors, all under the eye of a Director.

Millais, Van Gogh, Rodin, and Arbus are Artists, John Ford and Hitchcock are Movie Makers.
That is an interestiing take, but I rather regard cameramen, technicians and so on making a film, as akin to players in an orchestra. If you watch the first act of La Boheme my guess is that you will not deny that it is art. And if that is, then so is Bicycle Thieves. And Koyaanisqatsi.
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Old 15-02-2013, 21:43
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House of flying Daggers
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Anything by Terence Malik.
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Old 15-02-2013, 21:55
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Just about to watch this.
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Old 15-02-2013, 23:41
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Lots of the others mentioned, especially Kubrik's works.

And - Master Japanese film maker Hayao Miyazaki should be up there, with such classics as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke -beautiful, artistically and emotionally beautiful films.
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Old 15-02-2013, 23:45
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I FEEL some Westerns were so, so beautiful - the landscape stretching to everynowhere - so Pale Rider.

(Secretly love most of them though)
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Old 16-02-2013, 19:36
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Old 16-02-2013, 20:08
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Old 16-02-2013, 20:24
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Old 16-02-2013, 20:50
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I was hooked from the first second to the last, one of the most compelling films I have seen and an absolute masterclass of editing.
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Old 16-02-2013, 21:00
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A few others:

Charriots of Fire- just a beautiful human story with old fashioned spirit and fair play.

Sunshine. Dont know how much the budget was but some of the scenes are simply stunning-especially the last one.

Lord of the Rings trilogy-milestone in film making imo.
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Old 16-02-2013, 23:46
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Better not tell all those folks that run art house cinemas, they'll be all despondent.

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Yes, there are plenty of films listed here that I love but wouldn't classify them as art rather than just great entertainment.
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Old 17-02-2013, 04:34
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Yes, there are plenty of films listed here that I love but wouldn't classify them as art rather than just great entertainment.
Indeed. I've never even heard of this Hayao Miyazaki geezer.
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Old 17-02-2013, 11:49
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A Streetcar Named Desire
West Side Story
Million Dollar Baby
Lord of the Rings
Casablanca
Chariots of Fire
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


There are many other films that I think have soundtracks that are in themselves works of art (The Mission, ET, Les Miserables ertc), regardless of what I think of the movie itself!
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Old 17-02-2013, 12:17
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Old 17-02-2013, 12:22
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Blade Runner.
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Old 17-02-2013, 16:16
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I forgot The Third Man that is a great example.
And I forgot The French Connection!
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Old 17-02-2013, 16:18
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How could I have missed this out - It's a fantastic example.
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Old 17-02-2013, 16:22
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Surprised no-ones mentioned Jean-Luc Goddard - not a fan of his but he's influenced a hell of a lot of Directors with his Nouvelle Vague style.
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Old 17-02-2013, 16:40
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Blade Runner, Alien & Apocalypse Now.
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Old 17-02-2013, 19:59
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-Fellini's La Strada and La Dolce Vita
-Kieslowski's Colours trilogy are some of the best films of the last two decades, Red is honestly hands down one of most favourite films.
-Kubrick's 2001 and Dr Strangelove
-I liked Godard's Pierrot Le Fou however his other films are way too shallow
-Malick's Days of Heaven is utterly beautiful
-Kobayashi's Human Condition are the greatest war films ever made, it's a shame he's ignored because Full Metal Jacket is a basic rip off of the second one.
-Bergman's films are outstanding, esp Persona and Through a Glass Darkly
-End of Evangelion is one of the most ambitious pieces of Sci Fi of the 20th century for me.

And then there's Hitchcock, Lynch, Kurosawa, Miyazaki etc.

Really anything is a work of art aslong as the Director is honest about his work.
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