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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post
    Casablanca (is it old enough )?

    Ingrid Bergman was more natural than many famous todays woman actors/models.
    Casablanca is such a treat. Don't know how they did it, everything just works.

    And Ingrid Bergman is awesome. Great actress, wonderful smile, classy lady. I've also always loved they way she speaks Swedish.

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    Three Days of the Condor
    Strategic Air Command
    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
    For Your Eyes Only
    The Taking of Pelham 123
    Twilight's Last Gleaming
    The Poseiden Adventure
    Terminator II Judgement Day
    Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan
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    Körkarlen (The Phantom Carriage) (1921) - Victor Sjöström


    If you haven't seen a silent film yet, you may as well start here, because this film is an absolute marvel.

    This is a story of redemption (originally a novella written by Selma Lagerlöf, but the film is a lot better), where actor/director Victor Sjöström brilliantly portrays David Holm, a man fallen from grace. You can really feel his shame underneath the sarcastic smiles. The rest of the main cast is also great: their joy feels real, as do their sorrow and hopelessness. The direction is powerful, making the best of realist, romanticist and expressionist influences.

    Do mind: the initial exposition is admittedly a bit tedious. But from David Holm's visit at the Salvation Army (shortly before the middle of the film) and onward, this is pure cinematic wizardry, a cathartic experience like no other.

    (As for which soundtrack to choose, I'd recommend Matti Bye's.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skärmträl View Post
    Nice pick! I remember its being so comfortable to watch, with such charming characters, so far from modern cynicism. Which is strange since it's a pretty spooky story...
    Thank you! Sadly, the film isn't as appreciated or well-known as I think it should be. One can't go wrong with Edith Head as costume designer, either.

    Some more favourites:

    Les diaboliques/The Fiends (1955)
    Valkoinen peura/The White Deer
    (1952)
    Linnaisten vihreä kamari/The Green Chamber of Linnais (1945)
    Sommarnattens leende/Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alice View Post
    Sadly, the film isn't as appreciated or well-known as I think it should be.
    That struck me as well as I finished watching it; it blows many so-called classics out of the water. It was sheer luck that I stumbled upon this gem.

    One can't go wrong with Edith Head as costume designer, either.
    Admittedly, I never considered the costumes, but I'll give them an extra look whenever I watch the film again.

    Valkoinen peura/The White Deer (1952)
    Linnaisten vihreä kamari/The Green Chamber of Linnais (1945)
    Must say I've never watched much Finnish cinema, but I'll give it a go. Thanks for the recommendations!

    Sommarnattens leende/Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
    Love this one. Basically any Bergman film with Gunnar Björnstrand and Eva Dahlbeck in it makes for great tragicomedy. Their chemistry is exquisite.

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