With the week having just started , there’s nothing more that I’m looking forward to than a ‘night-in’. Due to our stressful work or study schedules, we barely get time for our selves to simply lie down at home in our comfy beds and enjoy a movie marathon or even enjoy reading a book . I do know that sometimes even though we have an inclination to watch a good film, we spend more time in thinking what to watch rather than actually going ahead and watching it. In this post, I wanted to share some of my personal favorites that one must watch , (incase you haven’t already) along with sharing a little section of my collection for some film-spiration for your next buy!
My comfy night-in is not complete without some jasmine tea and a soothing candle burning! I must admit, I do keep little jars of goodies for nights like these incase I get sudden pangs of hunger. I have been reading Midnight’s Children and hence that is also usually placed on my bedside table. On certain nights when I don’t feel like reading or straining my eyes, I go on to www.audible.com and listen to any of the books that I’ve downloaded!
Here are some Indian classics that should be on your priority watch list
Mandi , Ankur , Nishant , Suraj ka Sathva Godha by Shyam Benegal
Pather Panchali , Aparajito , Apur Sansar , Shatranj ke khiladi by Satyajit Ray
About a year ago, I decided to buy the Absolute 40 films collection from www.flipkart.com which was a great deal! It’s not sale on Flipkart as of now but if you do have any discount coupons make sure you use this. The films listed in bold are my personal favorites and must buys if you can get hold of them individually! The synoposis’ of the films are from Flipkart.
1. Bicycle thieves.
A 1948 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It tells the story of a poor man searching the streets of Rome for his stolen bicycle, which he needs to be able to work.
2.The Birth of a nation.
Set during and after the American Civil War, the film was based on Thomas Dixon’s The Clansman, a novel and play.
An expedition exploring a remote island. Capture a gigantic ape & bring him back to New York for exhibition. A beautiful actress who accompanies them is menaced when the monster’s love for her causes him to break out. The original blockbuster in spectacular black and white.
4.The grapes of wrath.
Oklahoma in the Thirties is a dustbowl and dispossessed farmers migrate westward to California. After terrible trials en route they become little more than slave labor. Among the throng are the Joads who refuse to knuckle under. A broken family in the greatest American migration
Johnnie loves his train (The General) and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil begins he is turned down for service because he’s more valuable an engineer. Annabelle thinks it’s because he’s a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnny must rescue both his loves. The #1 Silent film of all time
6.The duck soup
The Marx brothers’ duck soup is widely considered as the slapstick team’s masterwork. A madcap script which is mockingly surreal, it is the chronicle of a war fever that swallows up the imaginary nation of Fredonia when Groucho becomes its dictator. The best comedy from Marx brothers
7.Rome open city
The films follow the fate of several Romans during the last days of the German occupation. Rome, Open City is considered as a major turning point in film history and as a testament to the film’s lasting impact. Jean-luc-Godard famously said All roads lead to Rome Open City. A landmark of Italian Neorealism
8.Lady from shanghai
The story is outwardly uncomplicated: a seaman Michael O’Hara (Orson Welles) is hired as a crew member on the yacht of the wealthy banister (Everett Sloane). His beautiful but mysterious wife Elsa (Rita Hayworth) has met O’Hara earlier when he saved her from a mugging.
One of the most famous murder mysteries ever, it is the story of a wealthy journalist who gets captivated by a gorgeous young career women named Laura. One of the top 5 mystery films of all time
Regarded as one of the most significant works in the history of silent pictures, as well as possibly Eisenstein’s supreme work, Battleship Potemkin brought his theories of cinema art to the world in a powerful showcase. One of the most influential films of all time
In the 1930’s, The public Enemy crystallized the theme of Little Caesar and delved even more deeply into the making of a gangster. Directed by William Wellman the film follows two young boys and their growth from shoplifters to hardened criminals. A classic gangster film
Frank (Humphrey Bogart) visits a rundown hotel run by crippled James Temple (Lionel Barrymore) and his daughter-in-law Nora (Lauren Bacall), widow of Frank’s friend from the war. A great Bogart in a greater Huston classic
13.The lost Weekend
From the director of Sunset boulevard’ and Some like it hot’
14.Mr.smith goes to washington
Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state’s senator-presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Pain. Frank Capra at his greatest.
Beautiful and trusting, Paula Anton (Ingrid Bergman) is slowly tormented by mysterious happenings in her luxurious Victorian home. A spine chilling thriller
16.The Last emperor
The film tells us the true story of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi, the last emperor of the Chinese Ching Dynasty depicted from 1908 to 1967 when China made its transition from feudalism to Republic. It is now widely considered as a modern classic. Winner of 9 Oscar Awards
17.Triumph of the will
Commissioned by Hitler, this is a documentary on 1934 Nazi party convention in Nuremberg which glorified Hitler as the true leader who will bring glory back to the nation and emphasized Germany as a great power. The most powerful propaganda film of all time
18.Children of heaven
Devoid of cynicism of post-modern dramas, this heart-warming film tells the story of nine year old Ali, who loses his sister Zahra’s newly repaired shoes. The ultimate Iranian Classic
19. 12 Angry Men
In New York City, this riveting story begins in the midst of a jury deciding on a first degree murder charge. The twelve men must determine, collectively, whether the accused is innocent or guilty of the charge of murder. One of the best courtroom dramas ever.
In this classic British drama, Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) is a housewife whose marriage is not everything she desires it to be. A classic British romance
Home After a night of revelry in the West Indies, the crew of the Glencairn return to the tramp steamerand set sail for Baltimore. John Ford’s epic starring John Wayne.
22.Letter from an unknown woman
The film is about Joan Fontaine who is left by pianist Louis Jourdan, then romantically meets him again, but when he receives her last letter years later finds he cannot remember her.
Chaplin’s classic comedy
Based on Alexandre Dumas Fils’ La Dame aux Camlias, the film depicts a doomed romance of a courtesan in 19th century Paris. One of Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Movies in 2005
25.The cabinet of Dr.Caligari
Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) plays the title character, a sinister hypnotist who travels the carnival circuit displaying a somnambulist named Cesare. The most amazing story ever Screened
Wyler’s Dodsworth was chosen by Sight and Sound magazine as Best Movie of the 1930s. From the director of Ben Hur
27.Paths of glory
In the third yearofWorld War I, the erudite but morally bankrupt French general Broulard orders his troops to seize the heavily fortified “Ant Hill” from the Germans. A Stanley Kubrick Classic
28.Shadow of a doubt
Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Newton is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need. Hitchcock’s Personal favourite
Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s 8 (Otto e mezzo) turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of cinema. Fellini’s Masterpiece
Two years into a steady relationship with Ji-Woo, See-hee is at unrest. Constanly doubtful, she imagines that he may soon abandon her for someone new. From the director of Spring,Summer,Fall,Winter…and Spring
Considered as one of the most influential science fiction films ever, it was also the most expensive film from the silent era. Hitler’s Favourite film
‘The greatest Action movie ever made.’
33.Bob the Gambler
To be the first film of the French New Wave- Chicago Sun-times
34.Diary of A Chambermaid
Diary of A Chambermaid was a crucial turning point in Luis Bunuel’s Career
A new era for Hong Kong filmmaking – New York Times
36.The Human Beast
One of Gabin’s greatest performances – TV guide
37.The soft skin
A tale of truly modern Love.
Bergman’s warmest..finest film..astonishingly moving performance- Time Out 39.
Intoxicating and Irresistible – The Washington Post.
40.Crossing the bridge
Fatih Akin’s engaging and lively homage to the spirit of Istanbul is an inspired portrait of Turkish music. A musical Turkish delight!
Finally, if you’re not in the mood for anything too heavy this list is perfect for you! I’d like to call this my chick flick guide (in no specific order), which is perfect for a girly sleepover/slumber party! All the films are available on DVD in store or on flipkart. They are also available online but pay for cinema, people!
Click on the name of the film to watch the trailer
4. Brides Maids
10. The Notebook
11. Legally Blonde
12. Sex and the City
15. Wild Child
16. Just Married
18. Andaz Apna Apna
Hope you guys enjoy some of these films over a yummy cup of hot chocolate over the week/weekend . We all deserve a lazy movie night, don’t we?
Ps: What are your favorite films ? Comment below and let me know!
Till we meet again,