Books & Culture

4 amazing old movies

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Do you want to explore older works of cinema but you have no idea where to start? Well, this post is just for you!

Rashomon (1950) dr. Akira Kurosawa

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I’m sure that anyone interested in japanese culture or cinematography in general has heard the name of Akira Kurosawa.

Rashomon tells a story of a misterious crime. Three men: a priest, a woodcutter and a passer by are hiding from a storm in a destroyed temple. To fight the boredom, one of them tells a story of a murder that took place nearby.

The story, initially very simple, becomes more complicated and uncanny. The director tricks with viewers minds, makes us rethink what we know and stop trust everyone, even the people we thought were completely innocent.

 

12 Angry Men (1957) dr. Sidney Lumet

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A hot day, solved case of murder and 12 men ready to finish the work and go home. Only thing they don’t know is that one of them isn’t so ready to call it a day.

The whole movie takes place in one room. There’s no special effects, no landscapes, no new protagonists, but still, in my opinion it’s one of the best films ever made.

 

The Kid (1921) dr. Charles Chaplin

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The Kid was the very first silent film I’ve seen and I loved it immediately.

Trying not to spoil anything, the movie tells a heart-warming story of a man and his adopted son. I wasn’t aware of how much a silent film can mess with my emotions. Me, an emotional trainwreck!

 

Un chen andalou (1929) dr. Luis Bunuel

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This crazy, surrealistic, 17-minutes long movie can be easily found on youtube.

This movie has no sense. It just doesn’t. It was made from dreams of Luis Bunuel and painter Salvador Dali. Pure art in itself, lacking of purpose or meaning, made to mess with our thoughts.

Be aware of the fact that the film contains scenes some viewers may find disturbing!  But if you’re into horror, abstraction and mad creativity this one is just for you!

 

What are your recommendations?

Are you a fan of old cinema?

Let me know!

 

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