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  • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
  • Moralistic ▶ Yes please
  • Innocence ▶ Seasoned, Savvy, Streetwise
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Do the Right Thing (1989)

A perfect balance of audacity and control, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing is inarguably one of the greatest American films ever made, despite the fact that both the Oscars and the American Film Institute's Top 100 list ignored it. The story is set on the hottest day of the year in the Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood. Following several key characters throughout the day, the film allows little pockets of emotional pressure to boil slowly until the final explosive climax in which the cops strangle Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn) in front of Sal's Famous Pizzeria. read more...
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    • Moralistic ▶ Yes please
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time

Do the Right Thing (1989)

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  • With: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Spike Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Frankie Faison, John Savage, Rosie Perez, Joie Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Roger Guenveur Smith, Martin Lawrence
  • Written by: Spike Lee
  • Directed by: Spike Lee
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Running Time: 120 minutes
  • Release Date: 04/30/1989
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Alphaville (1965)

Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville ostensibly combines the detective genre with the sci-fi genre, but the result is all Godard. It stars American actor Eddie Constantine as private eye Lemmy Caution, a role that Constantine had already played in several cheap "B" movies. (Did Godard actually watch some of them?) Caution is called to the outlands, to Alphaville, a sinister city run by an evil computer; it's supposed to be the future, but it's really just Paris in 1965. No effort was made to disguise it or dress it up, although it certainly does look uninviting. read more...
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    • Brainy ▶ Brainy or complex
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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Alphaville (1965)

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  • With: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karinam, Akim Tamiroff
  • Written by: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: French, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/04/1965
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Macbeth (1948)

Like Fritz Lang and John Ford, Orson Welles found a certain amount of artistic freedom and the Poverty Row studio Republic Pictures. He shot this haunted Shakespeare adaptation quickly and cheaply by not recording sound; the actors dubbed their lines afterwards in a studio. The resulting Macbeth can be a bit ratty; lips don't always match the line readings, and the audio sometimes leaves a bit to be desired. But the film has a jagged, noir-ish aspect that makes it a masterpiece. read more...
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    • Moralistic ▶ Yes please
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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Macbeth (1948)

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  • With: Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O'Herlihy, Roddy McDowall, Edgar Barrier, Alan Napier, Erskine Sanford, John Dierkes, Keene Curtis, Peggy Webber, Lionel Braham, Archie Heugly, Jerry Farber, Christopher Welles, Morgan Farley
  • Written by: Orson Welles, based on the play by William Shakespeare
  • Directed by: Orson Welles
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/30/1948
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The Lady from Shanghai (1948)

Orson Welles is so often identified as a legendary filmmaker that sometimes his performances are overlooked. Case in point: his Michael O'Hara in The Lady from Shanghai. He's a roughneck Irish sailor with no real home and very often no job. His latest employer, Rita Hayworth, keeps emphasizing how big and strong he is. We don't often associate "big and strong" with Orson Welles, but we buy it here. read more...
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    • Anxiety Level ▶ I like my stomach in knots
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time

The Lady from Shanghai (1948)

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  • With: Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia
  • Written by: Orson Welles, based on a novel by Sherwood King
  • Directed by: Orson Welles
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 87 minutes
  • Release Date: 12/23/1947
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Mr. Arkadin (1955)

Of the thirteen finished, released films that Orson Welles directed, only two were written directly for the screen and not based on any other material, Citizen Kane and Mr. Arkadin. Many critics have noticed the connection between the two: a flashback structure, a third party snooping around in the past life of a great figure. But the two films are markedly different. Mr. Arkadin (a.k.a. Confidential Report) is pulpier and more deliberately flashy, and at the same time it suffers badly from its technical shortcomings. The sound is horrid, and the film stock on even the best prints makes sickening jumps with each edit. And yet it's still a spectacular film, a complete and total Orson Welles film with his unique fingerprints all over it. I wouldn't swap it for a dozen other films. read more...
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    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time

Mr. Arkadin (1955)

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  • With: Orson Welles, Robert Arden, Michael Redgrave, Akim Tamiroff, Mischa Auer, Gert Frobe
  • Written by: Orson Welles
  • Directed by: Orson Welles
  • MPAA Rating: Unrated
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Release Date: 02/28/1955
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