Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3501 posts, RR: 5 Posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3445 times:
Last night I finally saw Shutter Island. Which, is not an old movie; but rather a contemporary one.
However, this morning I added it to my List O' Movies I've Seen, and decided on a lark to re-sort the list by Year. The oldest movie that I've seen, in its entirety, seems to be Grand Hotel, from 1932.
kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13175 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3431 times:
Well, I've seen some of the early Marx Bros., which date from the late 1920s, as well as some silent Laurel & Hardy and Harold Lloyd, which would be early to mid 1920s. (Don't know if these count as movies in their own right, but they're too early to be TV episodes!)
Some of the early Chaplin work, such as "The Kid" , dates back to 1921, but I can't recall ever seeing that in full, so for me, it'll have to be Animal Crackers.
Animal Crackers (1930) also features one of the oldest movie jokes I know. "This morning I shot an elephant in my pyjamas. How he got there I'll never know!"
PSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3131 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3395 times:
When I was a kid,I remember seeing some Buster Keaton(great stunts) films and movies with Keystone Kops in them.But what the titles were beats the heck out of me.Like most folks,the Marx Bros and Laurel and Hardy films like,"Babes In Toyland"('34),for example,are best early films seen.
I guess pre 1950's movie that is most watched is "Wizard Of Oz."
photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 3092 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3393 times:
Wings -- (1927) (I've got it on VHS)
Wings (1927) is a silent movie about World War I fighter pilots, directed by William A. Wellman and released by Paramount Pictures. It was the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture and the only silent film ever to win Best Picture. Wings stars Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen. Gary Cooper appears in a scene which helped launch his career in Hollywood and also marked the beginning of his affair with Clara Bow.
signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3084 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3373 times:
Dive Bomber with Errol Flynn, made in 1941. It was some time ago so I can't really remembver much about it.
The Third Man, with Orson Welles, made in 1949. It was recommended by a friend, but to be honest, I couldn't get into it.
MadameConcorde From Monaco, joined Feb 2007, 11311 posts, RR: 34
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3306 times:
The old movie that had struck me the most as a kid was 'La Strada' by Fellini with Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn as the main actors. The film came out in 1954.
I had seen much older films such as Nosferatu by FW Murnau (1922), Dr Mabuse by Fritz Lang and also Metropolis (1927) also by Fritz Lang, two silent movies from German expressionism that also struck me very much.
I also got to see the Blue Angel by Josef von Sternberg with Marlene Deitrich. I was fascinated by these old German films.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 9): My father and I agree that 20 year old Lauren Bacall in her first couple movies was the subtle sexiest woman ever on the silver screen.
I would agree, she was sooooo hot! I also think Grace Kelly was real looker too. Those two are much more attractive than the fake boobed bimbos we have on the screen today.
The oldest movie I own is Battleship Potemkin (1925). I may have seen something older than that, but I don't remember. I usually like older movies compared to the new ones. I am not a big fan of computer generated special effects.
My list of "old" movies includes "Wizard of Oz", "Gone With The Wind","Phantom of the Opera","M" and "The Wind." I like Peter Lorre and saw a movie recently starring him as a doctor who grafted a pair of hands from a murderer onto a concert pianist. Something about silent black-and-white movies make them so much more intense. No blood all over the place, no guts spilling out everywhere.
rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7805 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3233 times:
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 12): The old movie that had struck me the most as a kid was 'La Strada' by Fellini with Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn as the main actors. The film came out in 1954.
A movie younger than me isn't 'old'.
Quoting falstaff (Reply 13): The oldest movie I own is Battleship Potemkin (1925).
I finally got to see this a couple years ago after reading about it - including Red Storm Rising - great movie. Eisenstein was a genius. He knew a lot more about visual imagery than many of the lauded directors today.
Another favorite of mine - is anything by Kurosawa - especially Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo and Sanjuro
Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 15): Casablanca, 1942. Bought it on DVD to see what all the fuss was about and was disappointed
That is one of my favorites. What didn't you like about it?
I think old movies are better than new movies for a lot of reasons, but mostly because they don't have all the computer generated crap. They did effects in other ways, but they actually had to build something or do something, not just set it up with a computer.
"Haunted Spooks" (1920); a Harold Lloyd movie, is the oldest film I've seen. My favorite Harold Lloyd film is "Speedy" (1928), there is good film footage of New York City from that time. Most of the film footage was done by Harold Lloyd's crew, though some "stock" film clips are used.
directorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1938 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3122 times:
A few years ago, I made a point to catch every single silent movie that came on TCM. I saw tons of movies, dating from the late 1910s to the 1920s. I saw films starring actors like Lilian Gish, John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson...and of course I've seen plenty of Chaplin films, my favourite being The Gold Rush (1925) (the Chaplin movies were DVDs borrowed from a friend though).
And I did catch The Metropolis a year ago in history class, was pretty powerful. The symbolism was indeed striking.
I can't really date the oldest movie, since I can't recall them all, but it's probably one of the earlier Chaplin movies.