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Spike Lee's Essential Film List (VIDEO)

by Anne Thompson
July 29, 2013 4:10 PM
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  • Pritesh | July 30, 2013 12:47 PMReply

    Very good list. Shame you have to pay to add to it. Here's a few more though:

    The Graduate
    The Apartment
    The Gambler
    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
    Les Enfants du Paradis
    Le Samourai
    Seven Men from Now
    Back to the Future
    Les Amants
    The Return
    Make Way for Tomorrow
    Classe Tous Risques

  • Griff | July 29, 2013 6:17 PMReply

    It's "Cooley High," not "Coolie High."

  • Zelda | July 29, 2013 5:35 PMReply

    Surprisingly unoriginal.

  • DJ | July 31, 2013 2:39 PM

    It's the quintessential list given to all first years in film schools like NYU, USC, et al.

  • Thedudeabides | July 29, 2013 6:16 PM

    The Pope,

    Actually the title reads Essential Film List. Which to film students and lovers, means films that are necessary to watch and soak in to learn the craft and beauty of the medium. I think Scorsese's list is the real definitive list. Don't get me wrong, he's covered some essentials, but when you're missing Bergman or Chaplin, you cannot get a rounded view of film history.

  • The Pope | July 29, 2013 5:57 PM

    I think you're slightly missing the point. It is not about originality. It is about setting a framework within which students can look, listen and learn. I would have been disappointed, if not dismayed, had Mr. Lee not included The Conformist, Battle of Algiers and Rashomon. Am I unoriginal? That's not the issue. The issue is that those films added immeasurably to the art of cinema.

  • Jake | July 29, 2013 4:56 PMReply

    That's "City of God" not "City of Gods".

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