EFC II #176 – Intolerance (1916)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#176 – Intolerance (1916)
Dir. D. W. Griffith
Starring: Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Margery Wilson, Eugene Pallette, Constance Talmadge, Elmer Clifton, Alfred Paget, Howard Gaye, Lillian Langdon, Lillian Gish

The one hundred and seventy-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, D. W. Griffith’s staggering silent epic, Intolerance.

Recorded in August 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Definitely, even if it doesn’t quite work overall, it’s strengths are nothing less than stunning cinema.

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EFC II #150 – Avatar (2009)

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#150 – Avatar (2009)
Dir. James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Laz Alonso, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore

The one hundred and fiftieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, James Cameron’s divisive yet incredibly successful sci-fi epic, Avatar.

Recorded in April 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Visual Effects (Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones), Best Art Direction (Rick Carter, Rober Stromberg, Kim Sinclair), Best Cinematography (Mauro Fiore)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s great, one of my favourites.

Luke: Yes, despite the negative feeling most have towards it, I still think it’s an incredible visual experience that takes full advantage of what a film can do in taking you to another world, and I love it.

EFC II #137 – Metropolis (1927)

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#137 – Metropolis (1927)
Dir. Fritz Lang
Starring: Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Heinrich George, Theodor Loos, Fritz Rasp, Erwin Biswanger

The one hundred and thirty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, on the 90th anniversary of its original release, Fritz Lang’s magnum opus, one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time, Metropolis.

Recorded in January 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s brilliant, even if the first hour dragged.

Luke: Yes, one of the greatest films of all time, everyone needs to see it!

EFC II #128 – Napoleon (1927)

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#128 – Napoleon (1927)
Dir. Abel Gance
Starring: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële, Alexandre Koubitzky, Antonin Artaud, Abel Gance, Gina Manès, Marguerite Gance, Yvette Dieudonné, Philippe Hériat

The one hundred and twenty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abel Gance’s hugely innovative and awe inducing silent epic, Napoleon.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Absolutely, it’s a staggering piece of cinema, a flawed masterpiece, but a definite must see.

EFC II #76 – The Birth of a Nation (1915)

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#76 – The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Dir. D.W. Griffith
Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Ralph Lewis, George Siegmann, Walter Long

The seventy-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, D.W. Griffith’s towering American Civil War epic that is in one part a masterpiece, and in another, a horrifying example at the inherent racism running rampant when the film was made, The Birth of a Nation.

Recorded in September 2016 & September 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, though it is, to paraphrase others, a schizophrenic masterpiece. Impeccably made for 1915, but some very questionable and offensive content.

EFC II #71 – The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

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#71 – The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Dir. Raoul Walsh
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Julanne Johnston, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher, Brandon Hurst, Sojin Kamiyama, Mathilde Comont, Noble Johnson

The seventy first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a swashbuckling fantasy adventure featuring one of the biggest stars of the silent era in the title role, The Thief of Bagdad.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, without a doubt, one of the best fantasy/adventure films ever made.

EFC II #28 – Gone with the Wind (1939)

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#28 – Gone with the Wind (1939)
Dir. Victor Fleming
Starring: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O’Neil, Evelyn Keyes, Hattie McDaniel

The twenty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the classic, grand sweeping epic, one of the most popular and successful movies of all time: Gone with the Wind.

Recorded in June 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (David O. Selznick), Best Director (Victor Fleming), Best Screenplay (Sidney Howard), Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel), Best Art Direction (Lyle R. Wheeler), Best Cinematography (Ernest Haller Ray Rennehan), Technical Achievement Award (Don Musgrave), Honourary Award for Use of Colour (William Cameron Menzies)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s one of those films you need to say that you’ve seen, it’s a classic.

Luke: Yes, it’s a bonafide, all time classic.

EFC II #7 – The Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003)

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#7 – The Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003)
Dir. Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom

The seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy covering JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novels.

Recorded in March 2015.

Oscar Wins: The Fellowship of the Ring – Best Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook, Richard Taylor, Mark Stetson), Best Cinematography (Andrew Lesnie), Best Original Score (Howard Shore), Best Makeup (Peter Owen, Richard Taylor)

The Two Towers – Best Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke), Best Sound Editing (Ethan Van der Ryn, Mike Hopkins)

The Return of the King – Best Picture (Peter Jackson, Barrie Osborne, Fran Walsh), Best Director (Peter Jackson), Best Adapted Screenplay (Phillipa Boyens, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson), Best Costume Design (Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor), Best Art Direction (Dan Hennah, Alan Lee, Grant Major), Best Film Editing (Jamie Selkirk), Best Makeup (Peter King, Richard Taylor), Best Original Score (Howard Shore), Best Original Song (Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox), Best Sound Mixing (Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges, Hammond Peek), Best Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke)

Are they films you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes. And if you don’t you should be ashamed.

Luke: Yes. One of the greatest epic films/trilogies ever made, with an attention to detail that may never be matched.

EFC II #5 – Dr. Mabuse the Gambler {Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler} (1922)

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#5 – Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922)
Dir. Fritz Lang
Starring: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Alfred Abel, Aud Egede-Nissen, Paul Richter, Bernhard Goetzke, Gertrude Welcker

The fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Fritz Lang’s four plus hour silent crime epic, Dr. Mabuse the Gambler.

Recorded in February 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, as far as silent epics go, there are far better out there, though I still love this film.

EFC #4 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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#4 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Dir. Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain

The fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece, often hailed as one of the greatest films ever made.

Recorded in August 2014.

Oscar Wins: Special Visual Effects (Stanley Kubrick)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s a one of a kind film, ahead of its time.

Luke: Yes. It’s a true cinematic “experience.”