Persona (in an abstract way, but remember the opening and Bergman’s voice narrating)
Those are my faves…
“when i hear the word culture i reach for my chequebook”
Eyes Wide Shut
… watch it again. you’ll see.
Singin’ in the Rain
Purple Rose of Cairo
SUNSET BOULEVARD !
Wender’s Der Stand der Dinge und Fassbinder’s Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte are my favs.
Lots of good films so far….
I would also add:
CLOSE UP (Kiarostami)
THE MIRROR (Panahi)
SALAAM CINEMA (Makhmalbaf)
(Yes, the Iranians are big on self-reflexive films)
LES GLANEURS ET LA GLANEUSE (Varda)
MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA (Vertov)
8 1/2, Singin’ in the Rain, Barton Fink, The Player, all great and I just saw Irma Vep on the weekend and loved it.
Mulholland Dr., terrifying and deeply sad.
The Shadow of The Vampire
Showgirls – I sort of joke in this one.
i would have to say Cinema Paradiso, 8 1/2, and The Dreamers (though it has to do with other topics as well)
Living in Oblivion
is 8mm the nic cage movie?
Rick – yes, I think F For Fake is a great example. It isn’t just that Welles is dangling the artifice, like a magician; but he’s exhibiting as a filmmaker the workings of a capricious and itinerant and even godlike intelligence, such as Picasso displays before the camera in Clouzot’s Mystery of Picasso.
McElwee’s Sherman’s March is another: extremely bold and yet extremely abject at the same time. And Kaufman’s script for Adaptation exhibited all these traits, as well.
Camera Buff of course, also Kiarostami’s 10 and 5.
Most of Rivette is about making art and looking at art. I would say Paris nous Apartient and Celine et Julie vont en Batteau are particularly about making and watching films.
These are four nice entries:
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
But I guess “8 1/2” wins because of the prodigious directing and the level of depth used to describe the hard job of the film-maker.
Some of my favorites are:
Living In Oblivion
Kagaz Ke Phool
I think Bresson, Bergman, Godard, Greenaway, they all speak in the ‘cinematic language.’ I haven’t seen The Big Picture (1989), but from what I hear I want to see it.
Here’s a comprehensive list of all the movies about movies:
Singin in the Rain
Man with a Movie Camera
Bubbling under; not forgetting Journey to the Beginning of the World (Oliveira) which starts at my favourite little spot in the world, and I enjoyed the Taviani bros’ Good Morning Babylon
A Star is Born
Shannan, haha yes. I was joking of course.
Would also add:
I just got on here to mention Irma Vep which I just watched for the first time tonight. If you haven’t seen the Serial it is based on you really should see that before hand as there are allusions to those characters and story in the filmthat really make it sing. The directors names are both aliases of head Vampires, and the costume artist is really a representation of the Paris Underground that the evil Producers in the film try to crush out of the art. Also, I wasn’t the one to catch this, but it was pointed out to me that the scene with the nude lady having a fight on the phone was a reference to 8 1/2 as well. Really a great film!