If you could remove one film from the canon of one or two or more of your favorite directors which film would you choose? This is just for fun…..
I would remove The Life Aquatic from the canon of Wes Anderson.
I would remove The Paradine Case from the canon of Alfred Hitchcock.
Harry Potter 3
Because you know when Gravity cones out the trailers will say ‘from the director of Prisoner Of Azkaban’.
You have a great point…
I’d remove The Aquatic Life from Wes Anderson. That’s probably my number one.
Speaking of Anderson, I did like Punch Drunk Love, but I don’t think it needs to exist in the career of PT.
Remove Punch-Drunk Love? Blasphemy!
I wouldn’t remove anything from PTA’s filmography, BUT I can think of plenty I would remove from say, Woody Allen’s filmography. The Curse of the Jade Scorpion is often cited as one of his worst, but I’ve avoided watching it. So maybe just get rid of Alice or something. Come to think of it, I’ve avoided pretty much all of his not-so-good films.
I would remove Eyes Wide Shut from the Kubrick canon.
Peter Weir – The Cars That Ate Paris
Richard Linklater – Waking Life (though he has a number of films I haven’t seen on purpose, like Bad News Bears)
Billy Wilder – The Seven Year Itch
Coen Bros – The Ladykillers
Mike Nichols – The Graduate
David Fincher – Benjamin Button
Altman – Kansas City
De Palma – Redacted
If you’re going to remove a Kubrick film, shouldn’t it be Spartacus or Fear and Desire? And The Cars that Ate Paris is the shit (take Dead Poet’s Society or Green Card instead).
I’d remove Bruiser from Romero’s oeuvre.
Buster Keaton’s The General is vastly overrated and pretty racist.
Remove any Woody Allen film? Blasphemy!
I’d remove All These Women from Bergman’s filmography, and New York, New York from Scorsese’s.
^ I haven’t seen Weir’s Green Card, or Fearless or The Year of Living Dangerously for that matter. But TCTAP just did nothing for me. Sometimes it seems to border on camp, but never gets crazy enough to be enjoyed in that way. Maybe if I was Australian, I would be more appreciative of what it is trying to do. But I did love that made for TV film that was included with it, The Plumber.
Dead Poet’s Society isn’t one of my favorites, but it’s more like I wish it were just made by another director than not made at all. Regardless it looks like we both love Picnic at Hanging Rock :)
Remove The Graduate? Really? Nichols has plenty of crap to remove from his filmography…..Wolf and Closer come quickly to mind.
Martin Scorsese – Cape Fear
Maybe the worst Scorsese in my opinion.Even De Niro’s performance is a bit over the top.
And an easy one:Μy Blueberry Nights from Kar-Wai’s filmography.For obvious reason.All his films to that point(with maybe the exception of his debut)were really great.No need to make a film with american actors at all.Hope his next film,if it will ever be in cinemas of course,will bring him back on his form.
Regarding HenryThe FortuneThe Day of the Dolphin
…Mike Nichols has a truckload of crappier films than The Graduate…and I don’t even like The Graduate!
Why is it so impossible to look at early cinema in the context in which is was made? Jeez, how about getting another monument in cinema, Birth of a Nation, involved too.
Funny you should mention taking context into consideration because even by 1915 standards Birth of a Nation was so racist that it generated protests. Griffith had to defend himself from accusations that he was racist for the rest of his carreer.
The General is a great film and it is also a racist film, though to an extent that was acceptable in 1926. Being aware of the context under which it was created may be fine and well for some but are you seriously asking why watching it might be, at the very least, uncomfortable for non aryans in general (and african americans in particular)? At the same time I’m surprised The General was specifically singled out for being racist when you could level the same accusation at quite a few of Keaton’s works.
I’d remove Inland Empire from David Lynch and Billion Dollar Brain from Ken Russell
Racism aside, I think The General is a decent film, but not Keaton’s best work and it continually appears on best of polls because it has been canonized to death and no one wants to stray from the previously set standards of the canon. The train stunts are pretty incredible and solid universal comedy is tough to pull off, but I still don’t think that justifies it as consistently being in the top 10 to 5 greatest films of all time category.
Closer > The Graduate any day of the week! (but, you may have a point on Wolf)
@ Hellshocked – these films were considered racist at a particular time and should be seen as a depiction of that time and place. By today’s standards, I don’t consider them racist films, but more as documents of an era. I feel more uncomfortable today in cinema where racial slurs are used as buddy terms. America is just as racist as it was then. Just because people are lynched and beaten more often doesn’t mean that some people aren’t holding in these feelings for fear of consequence.
these films were considered racist at a particular time and should be seen as a depiction of that time and place. By today’s standards, I don’t consider them racist films, but more as documents of an era.
And that is your right. It is also someone’ else’s right to be completely appalled by them. It took just about all I had to make it through the second half of Birth of a Nation which, again, was considered so racist in 1915(!!!) that it generated protests.
It is kind of hard to root for The Confederacy or the KKK no matter what year it is. haha
Edit: actually, I’ve decided I don’t want to participate in the derailment. I will come back with an answer true to the OP.
I’m Hispanic, my family is from Cuba. I have to deal with racist assholes in my face pretty often. Sure that has nothing to do with the ethical treatment of african Americans in cinema, but I get it, it’s still bad. But coming from an ethnic background and being able to look at these films that way is pretty important.
Fred Astaire wore blackface too so let’s cut some of his films out.
It’s also kind of hard to take someone seriously while talking about important issues whilt their username has the word molester in it.
well they could cut that horrible holiday inn number where bing crosby wears it :\
but i don’t mind this so much. it’s a tribute actually
Intolerable Cruelty by the Coen Brothers.
Insomnia by Christopher Nolan.
Osaka Tough Guys by Takashi Miike.
Will continue to think of more…
The racism isn’t necessarily why I would remove it and I’m not saying any film containing racist scenes or themes should be removed for that reason. I just stated that the film is pretty racist as a fact secondary to my opinion that it is overrated. The OP asked to remove a film from a director you like and I enjoy all of Keaton’s films that I have seen, I just think there are far better examples in his oeuvre than The General.
Now this is an issue of clarity.
Are we allowed to remove three quarters of Coppola’s career?