and why? It doesn’t necessarily have to be your favorite film. It could just be for a specific scene.
For me: Spoorloos. The ending obviously. Totally unsuspected. Simple, brilliant and suspenseful.
Here we go again. What film are you talking about?
For the ending- The Sacrifice
He´s talking about the Dutch film “The Vanishing”.
8 1/2 Women
Sorry. The title wasn’t there when I first saw the post. Yes, great – and shocking – ending.
I was overly high the first time I watched it and it was incredible. Although I feel that way about basically everything when I’m high, nothing beats watching a great film blown.
The same goes for ROSEMARY’S BABY or REPULSION.
Bela Tarr’s Harmonies. I saw it a few years ago, and for some reason…for all this time… couldn’t remember past the hospital scene. so, it was sort of like watching it again.
I wish the ending for The Vanishing hadn’t been ruined for me by one of those stupid “Scariest Movie Moments” shows. I guess it’s my own fault for being dumb enough to watch them.
Tom, I think it was that hospital scene that ruined the film form me.
Pierrot le Fou or maybe Breathless or maybe Band of Outsiders or the 400 Blows or Last Year at Marienbad but you get the point.
The World According to Garp
Not my favorite film of all times… but the first time I watched Kurosawa’s Dreams I was blown away. I have revisited the film but have never felt the same way.
Star Trek (2009)
I’m a nerd.
The Usual Suspects haha
Sin City. It hit me like a brick.
Secrets & Lies. I just watched it for the first time two weeks ago. Then I saw it again this morning. The only reason the power went out of a particular scene was because they included it in a Mike Leigh documentary I was watching, then I watched that extended scene on YouTube. So yeah, usually rewatches are good if it’s been a couple years. Even though Secrets & Lies was still amazing, I just didn’t feel like breaking down and crying, because I sort of knew what was going to happen.
Rewatches for great movies are good though, because you’re able to take new things away from it. I’d talk more about it, but it would have to include spoilers from the movie.
yeah, Sin City was an all new experience.
for me it had to be apocalypse now
Psycho (1960). I watched it years later on television, late at night with my dad when I was 10 years old. After recovering from the trauma of the infamous shower scene, I was still quaking in my boots as Arbogast the detective walked slowly up the stairs of Mother Bates’ house.
In a tremulous voice i asked my dad if the detective would be okay.
“Oh, certainly,” says dad, who had seen the film on its original release. “He’s the detective. He’s got to get to the bottom of this mystery.”
Seconds later, we get screeching violins, carving knives raised in homicidal rage and that incredible backwards tracking shot of Arbogast heading down the stairs with a rather startled expression.
Meanwhile, there’s a bug-eyed 10-year-old boy with the hair on his head standing straight up and his dad roaring with laughter at the wicked joke he’s just played on the boy.
I’ve been obsessed with film ever since. So, yeah, I’d like to see Psycho again with fresh eyes.
Pierrot Le Fou, positively.
After taking this question under consideration, I can’t think of anything. More and more I’m discovering that it’s repeat viewings of films that really work on me. I can think of a dozen or more films that I now love (The Searchers, Black Narcissus, The 400 Blows – for example) that just didn’t do it for me the first time through. But, they stuck with me, and I tried them again to find that I loved them deeply. Sometimes a first viewing for me is like meeting a person at a party for the first time. They leave an impression – good or bad – but you can’t totally trust it until you’ve interacted with that person again, usually in a different context.
But that’s just me.
Nathan, you crazy, crazy man…
I’d say 2001: A Space Odyssey. The first time I saw that I was in such awe. So much you wouldn’t believe. That’d probably be the one I’d pick.
Ordet( The Word), 2001 is def. one, Ikiru, Amarcord, The Conformist, Holy Moantain, Au Revoir les Enfants. The 400 Blows, Contempt, 81/2
Cries and Whispers.
Kicking and Screaming.
The Wages of Fear.
A Streetcar Named Desire.
The Lives of Others.
I Saw the Devil.
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.