Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Films of Influence on Me

Film director Martin Scorsese has teamed up with Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios to help preserve some early American motion pictures which exist only on (highly unstable) nitrate-based film.

In this article Scorsese talks about films that have influenced him; his big three: On the Waterfront; Citizen Kane; and Shadows.

This non-working filmmaker, if I were a working filmmaker, too would pick Orson Welles' Kane and John Cassevetes' Shadows as two that have influenced me. Mr Scorsese's picks got me thinking:

Metropolis (1927)
Battle of Britain (1969)
Five (1951)
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
Der Schweigende Stern (1960)
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)

There are more, no doubt.

Television I grew up with would also be a big influence: a later post.


Dominic M said...

I'm getting curious about that Cassavetes one. His movies never seem to come up on TCM. If Metropolis does come on, I have to watch it....sooo frickin' incredible!

Simon St. Laurent said...

Metropolis: "incredible" is right. For me, it's the most fascinating film of all time.