Favourite films

The following list is of Mike's favourite films particularly in respect of cinematography, technical expertise and creativity.

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Third Man 1949 

the greatest entry of an actor into a film / classic usage of Deutsch angle

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Seven Samurai 1954 

a true masterpiece

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Citizen Kane 1941 

an encyclopaedia of camera techniques

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In the Heat of the Night 1967 

acting at its best

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Solaris 1972 USSR + remake 2002

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Good Bad & Ugly 1966  

a music lesson understanding the marriage of Vison and Morricone

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Schindler's List 1993  

why we may still shoot B&W

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Blade Runner 1982 

great set design

Alexander Nevsky 1938 

a classic propaganda film of these times.

Psycho 1960 

a lesson in the editorial pace

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Das Boot 1981  

an education in the power of the original language…always to use subtitles.

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Metropolis 1927  

visual story telling…with a warning

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Paper Moon 1973 

demonstrating even the young can deliver a perfect performance

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Midnight Cowboy 1969

Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman - you need no others!

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M 1931

early cinema lessons of building story & suspence

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400 Blows 1959

trapped between past and future

Shoah 1985 

difficult to describe as a favourite due to subject matter, but surely the finest visual historic documentation by Claude Lanzmann of a dark era.