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Favorite Films (& TV)

I spent over 40 years teaching theatre and film, and have many films that I have sincerely enjoyed. These are a few of the films (and a couple TV shows) that I recommend to all of my friends.

Favorite Films (& TV)

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Fargo TV Show — really fascinating variation on a favorite film. Certainly worth seeing.

5 Reasons the Fargo TV Show Is Just as Good as the Movie

Seven Brides (1954) - Corny and aged somewhat sexist script, but some really wonderful dancing. Please watch it in wide screen or you miss lots of the action.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

The Seventh Seal 1957

Rashomon, 1950 “Human beings are unable to be honest with themselves about themselves.They cannot talk about themselves without embellishing.” Akira Kurosawa —a treasured filmmaker

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel with Ralph Fiennes and many delightful characters.

Ozma of Oz — I'm directing a play adapted from this book this spring.

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    My favorite Oz book

Classic movie. This was the first play I remember seeing. I was about 5—can still remember where I sat and can describe the set. I played the scarecrow for weeks afterward.

The Lives of Others -- subtle, moving, and incredibly rich German film, really deserved the Oscar it received.

Argo -- a new film on my list. Fascinating look at a tumultuous time. See it on the big screen while you still can.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy -- loved the books; really enjoyed the Sweedish films and also liked the first American film. Looking forward to the final two films.

Harry Potter Movies -- I wasn't addicted to the books, but the films were quite enjoyable.

Shakespeare in Love - 1998 Winner. Another one of my favorites. A really wonderful romantic movie.

Juno -- Delightful little film with a terrific screenplay and performances to match.

Amadeus - a fascinating look at the soul and spirit of artists and the mystery of genius and inspiration. A wonderful play transferred successfully to film.

Forrest Gump -- Parallels my life's timeline, which added another level to my appreciation of this fascinating film.

Forrest Gump (1994)

The Station Agent -- a quiet little movie that is subtly charming. Peter Drinkledge is fascinating.

Departures -- Fascinating and subtle look at contemporary Japan. Well worth your time.

Monk -- fun premise and interesting characters

Looper -- interesting ideas well told. Dark but fascinating.

Harvey -- If you haven't seen it, you should.

Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned th Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb -- wonderfully wacky look back at the Cold War era

North by Northwest — one of Hitchcock's most entertaining adventures

Monty Python and the Holy Grail — classic bit of nonsense

The Fast Runner -- The best film in Innuit I've ever seen. :-) Fascinating look into the world and culture of our northern Native Americans.

The Sting - Redford and Newman together again to present another loveable pair of outlaws ripping off a bigger crook, also included a memorable score of ragtime music

The Sting (1973)