Admit it—there are some classic films that even the die-hardest of cinephiles just have not gotten around to seeing yet. Just like when you promise yourself you’ll get around to reading Moby Dick or Ulysses one of these days, these are the films that keep getting pushed lower on the priority list. I say they are films I have not seen “yet”, for that added bit of optimism.
My list of shame:
Woman in the Dunes
All That Heaven Allows
The Seventh Seal
Making this list has motivated me to get thee to a cinematheque immediately!
Yeah, yeah. I’m going to see it, I swear. I even Netflixed it once last year and just kept putting it off. I’ve even seen Stardust Memories! Shameful.
There are plenty of others, but that’s the one I feel most ashamed of.
I’ve owned Fanny And Alexander for a while and haven’t viewed it yet. There I said it!
I’m not ashamed, just a little embarrassed. But there are way too many to say that I haven’t seen. My excuse? I started getting serious in this film business only last year. To name a few:
12 Angry Men
The Big Sleep
I can go on for days. :(
I have my own list, but I submit that there is a definite conflict between the classic films and the need to stay current with films coming out as we speak.
The River (Renoir)
The Searchers (Ford)
The Philadelphia Story (Cukor)
The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski)
I recently bought The Searchers, so this one missing classic will be remedied soon. I hope I like it!
I didn’t finish The River. I was not enjoying it at all. Maybe I’ll try again someday.
The Conformist & Intolerance
Doubly so since they’re both sitting on my nightstand.
Nothing specific springs to mind, but I’m intent on ploughing through the Rainer Werner Fassbinder filmography, especially after seeing “Fear is Fear”, “Berlin Alexanderplatz” and the stunning “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul”. No one should feel ashamed about not seeing the “defining” classics, as we all work at our own pace, and voyages of discovery are always different. There’s always more to see, and sites like this can only enrich each other’s viewing pleasures. I’ve also bought the Eric Rohmer box set from Criterion- another director I’m not familiar with, but am looking forward to enjoying his stuff.
I’ve seen many movies. More than many, and I’ve never seen the Wizard of OZ. I tell people this and they look at me like I’m a freak.
Apparently this is taboo.
Should I give a shit?
I don’t mean to sound sarcastic; should I?
It’s not essential to have seen “Wizard of Oz”, but usually makes up a child’s cinema viewing, but there’s no harm in seeking it out. Of course, there are a lot better, more interesting movies out there. As it’s Christmas time, it’ll probably end up on a TV schedule sometime this month.
2001 >_< I’ve intended on seeing it about 8 times already but it never ends up happening.
I’m almost ashamed to reveal the ‘classic’ films I’ve intended to see, BUT before you judge me know this. Due to the recent releases of classic films on Blu-Ray, I’ve decided not to buy anymore DVD’s and just wait until next year when Blu-Ray movies are cheap to get the full experience.
The Godfather Trilogy (I know, I know …)
Seven Samurai (hoping for a Criterion Blu-Ray release :D )
8 1/2 (from what I’ve heard, this movie was made for Blu-Ray)
Star Wars Series (that’s right, NONE!)
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
The Good,The Bad and The Ugly
Rio Bravo (QT would be ashamed of me)
2001:A Space Odyssey
The Third Man
A Touch Of Evil
Gone With The Wind
A Bande Apart
And these are just the ‘popular’ ones…
I’ve seen just about every Spielberg movie except Jaws. I know, weird.
ditto on the Jaws. I think i’ve seen the ending on tv or something, but not the whole film.
for me though, i’ve never seen Casablanca. I’ve been meaning to for a long time, but have never gotten around to it. I could list a whole bunch of other ones i’d like to see but haven’t, but i feel that is the one i’ve been waiting to see the longest.
I’ve not seen anything by Wes Andersen (Since a very brief encounter with Royal Tenebaums) and I intend to keep it that way. Grim…very grim.
I haven’t seen Rocky, Gone With the Wind, or An Inconvenient Truth. There are others, many others. I think maybe a more embarassing question is what directors haven’t you seen. I’ll offer up Ozu and Tarkovsky. Just haven’t gotten to them.
I haven’t seen Gone With The Wind, The Searchers, Seven Samurai, Rashomon, A Touch Of Evil, the Lord of The Rings trilogy (Which I don’t really feel like watching).
There’s a lot of DW Griffith that I have seen, but stuff like Intolerance that weirdly enough I haven’t seen.
I haven’t seen ANY Tarkovsky, although I tried watching Solaris years ago.
Jennifer—“2001” is meant to be seen on a big screen, so if you’re in a major urban city and can wait for the (usual) yearly or bi-yearly screening, I would recommend doing that. If, however, you cannot, see it anyway. I first saw it on a small tv (letterboxed) and it only grows in stature. Ditto: “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Playtime”, “Vertigo”. Actually, these are all must 70mm screenings (esp. “Playtime”).
I have a huge hole where Bergman should be, but I’m weary. I’ve seen The Seventh Seal, and really didn’t care for it. I know I like Bergman in concept: isolated, cold, austere, cerebral, subtle, but I haven’t gotten beyond my hesitation to engage. It’s not like I don’t own enough Bergman, which is the other shameful part of it!
The 400 Blows, The Passion of Joan of Arc, and Citizen Kane, off the top of my head.
I’m persistently making my way through the Criterion Collection, and there’s still plenty of other films to see from the past and present.
So far, I’ve seen all the movies you folks have named… not to brag, I just have a voracious appetite and several years of life behind me.
Here are some I haven’t caught yet:
“The Ballad of Narayama”
“Kiss of the Spider Woman”
“Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters”
Birth of the Nation!
All of Seven Samurai
All of Amarcord
Those three are the only owns i can think of that are important enough off the top of my head.
Saving Private Ryan
Henry V (both Branagh’s and Olivier’s)
The Shawshank Redemption
Those are just a few off the top of my head. There’s so much out there you can’t get to everything right away.
I’ve just gone through all the posts up to this one to see what I haven’t seen:
*A handful of obscure films by Fassbinder
*From the Rohmer box set, I haven’t yet rented Suzanne’s Career and The Collector
*Return of the King
*Rio Bravo (and I OWN it!)
*An Inconvenient Truth
*I’ve missed a lot of Ozu and Tarkovsky,
*The Ballad of Narayama
I could go through the Criterion library and come up with a hundred more, I guess.
I’m not at all ashamed to say this: I’ve never seen a single second of a Harry Potter film. I’ll keep it that way forever.
I’m absolutely ashamed to say this: I’ve never seen a single second of the Godfather trilogy. That will change soon.
ive never seen Saving Private Ryan, Seven Samurai, 8 1/2, and lots of others!
I have never watched a single film by Jean Renoir and Sergei Eisenstein, and only “Seven Samurai” by Kurosawa. What am I even doing on this message board?!