Here are my own recommendations:
Greed (1926)The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928; France)To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)Lord of the Flies (1962)City Lights (1930)The Grapes of Wrath (1940)Great Expectations (1946)Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)Jean de Florette/Manon des Sorces (1987; France)Wuthering Heights (1939)All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)Night and Fog (French; 1955)Anne of Green Gables/Anne of Avonlea (1985)Sansho the Bailiff (Japan; 1954)Beauty and the Beast (France; 1946)Henry V (UK; 1989)A Separate Peace (1972)West Side Story (1961)Glory (1989)Being There (1979)And Then There Were None (1945)A Taste of Cherry (Iran; 1997)Bicycle Thieves (1948; Italy)Romeo and Juliet (1968)Fateless (Hungary; 2005)Captains Courageous (1937)Hope and Glory (1987; UK)I Never Sang For My Father (1971)How Green Was My Valley (1941)Sounder (1972)Kes (1968; UK)Twelve Angry Men (1957)Driving Miss Daisy (1989)The Crucible (1996)Beautiful Thing (1996)The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)I Walked With A Zombie (1942)Carnival of Souls (1962)Fiddler on the Roof (1971)Oliver! (1968; UK)Gattaca (1997)Watership Down (1978)Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Sherlock Jr. (1924)M (1930)Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)The Maltese Falcon (1941)Gone With the Wind (1939)Bless the Beasts of Children (1972) -S.J.Here is what Allan adds:THE GOLD RUSH – Not Chaplin’s best, but nice and short, and probably his most outright comedy. Chaplin’s narration will also make it seem less like a silent for them, and then maybe chuck in a Chaplin short while you’re at it.LAUREL & HARDY SHORTS – Three will do, I’d suggest Big Business, The Music Box and Busy Bodies in terms of three they may like.M – good choice by Sam this one, show an early talkie and a foreign one.THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD – ideal for use of colourTHE MALTESE FALCON – probably the Bogart film they’d most appreciate seeing, most straightforwardTHE TRUE GLORY – study documentary wartime movement, especially in UK, but this is a good one to pick as a US and UK co-productionTHE SEARCHERS – pick a western that’s not too modern but not too oldPSYCHO – seems an obvious choiceDOCTOR STRANGELOVE – this one I think could workLES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG – musical and foreign, so ideal in many waysKES – excellent choice from SamPICNIC AT HANGING ROCK – a different sort of film for themTHE ELEPHANT MAN – a way of introducing black and white in modern cinemaBLADE RUNNER – I have some reservations with the couple of topless shots of Joanna Cassidy, but otherwise an intersting choice – allow comparisons between various cutsTHE KING OF COMEDY – a different sort of Scorsese, and allows look at the power of celebrity and modern media, very prescientDO THE RIGHT THING – there’s that one topless shot of Rosie Perez, but interesting from a racial angleRESERVOIR DOGS – a Tarantino will be something to drag them inCROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON – again would be a foreign film they would be drawn toSPIRITED AWAY – modern animation away from DisneyETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND – studfy Kaufman and his influence nd the importance of screenwriting to the processQuestion to WitD readers: Would you be so kind as to ‘recommend’ 15 to 20 films that you feel all high students should see, for whatever criteria you attach to the undertaking? You may of course choose any of the titles recommended by Allan or myself on your own lists. Thank You!