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Films to watch again. And again.
I noticed on gypsy0131's journal that she was watching Howards End for the umpteenth time. It got me thinking about the films that matter most to me. There are plenty of films that I enjoy, think are wonderful, and have watched many times, but there are only a few that I regard as true escapism, films that give me a feeling of contentedness just knowing that the DVDs are on my shelf.

If I had to choose the three most important films to me, I'd go for High Society, North By Northwest and Flash Gordon. Look, my choices don't have to make sense, but I'm really glad those films exist!

What are your personal films?

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In order of release:

I haven't seen The Gold Rush or Miracle on 34th Street, but I'm currently selling a two-disc set of The Gold Rush on eBay, so I might see if I can find time to watch it before it goes.

I prefer the silent version of The Gold Rush (well, music only) which is one of the extras on the second disc. The main feature on disc 1 has a narration by Charlie Chaplin which was added some years later after talkies came around. It is also cut slightly, as Chaplin made some minor changes to the ending. Having amassed almost all of Chaplin's films and shorts on DVD, I think it's his most satisfying, although some of his other films are more "worthy". For the time, I was also impressed by the special effects.

Miracle on 34th Street you would either love or hate - it's a feel-good Christmas movie, but not quite as saccharine as that immediately suggests. I originally read the book of the film, which was sent to my Mum by a pen pal of hers in the States in the late forties, and only saw the film much later. I'm not usually affected emotionally by films, but this one gets me. There's a nineties remake by/featuring Dickie Attenborough which is OK, but go for the original.

Not sure I'd say they were important but I'm glad they're on my shelves. In no particular order :-
Muppet Christmas Carol
Independence Day
The Princess Bride

Good choices. I was convinced you'd pick Streets of Fire.

In no particular order

Star Wars
Yellowbeard (except that I only have it on video as it's not out on DVD).

I've not seen Leon or Yellowbeard. In fact, I hadn't heard of Yellowbeard - will have to keep an eye out for it.

Even though I love Howards End, there are actually three others that 'make me happy knowing they are on my shelf':

The English Patient
Out of Africa
Ben Hur

I haven't seen any of those three. I'm currently selling DVDs of Out of Africa and Ben Hur on eBay (getting rid of old Filmgold stock), but I don't think I'll get a chance to watch them before they go.

I saw Howards End at the St Andrews cinema when it first came out, in the boxy second screen. I found it rather dull - it didn't do anything for me. Just shows that different films work for different people!

I noticed that 'The Princess Bride' is in Kate's top three films... that's John's fave film, which I had to watch early on- I was informed that if I didn't like it, it would have been a swift end to the relationship! (Luckily I did).

In the order I thought of them...
Mortal Kombat [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113855/]
The Breakfast Club [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088847/]
The Cat and The Canary [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017739/] (might be an other version)

Good choices. Do you have any of them on DVD? If not, they ought to be on your Amazon Wish List!

Hmm, zero out of three...

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