1. CITIZEN KANE/TOUCH OF EVIL – Deep focus. Never got over it.
2. Script of Chinatown – taught me how to write a screenplay.
3. Pickpocketing Montages from Bresson’s PICKPOCKET. Inspired me to want to edit.
4. Hitchcock’s films: Suspense vs. surprise: the essence of storytelling.
5. SERPICO/PRINCE OF THE CITY/DOG DAY AFTERNOON – THE HIDDEN was my homage to the great police procedurals of Sidney Lumet whose impeccable performances and casting I could only aspire to.
6. LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS – Tremendously rich and complex characters who completely inhabit a make-believe world I could live in for 3 hours in a darkened movie theatre. If only…
7. 8 ½. Watching this again for the first time in 20 years, totally blown away by its greatness, I also realized I had actually stole shots from the opening of 8 ½ for the opening of NIGHTMARE II.
8. Films edited by Dede Allen, Gerry Greenberg & Ralph Rosenblum. The great New York editors showed you didn’t have to match cut to cut a great film.
9. Actor’s Studio. Martin Landau got me in to audit, and it taught me how good actors work.
10. The Streetfighter movies (Sonny Chiba). Cutting trailers for these and other low budget action and horror films taught me how to shoot action by taking these movies apart and putting them back together at 2 ½ minutes long.
I think the kids at Western Caroline University are in very capable hands. Thank you again to Mr. Sholder for writing that list for us. Stay tuned throughout the week for reviews of some of his best films.
SEE YOU ON FORTY DEUCE,
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