Four classic films were so innovative in their era that today they are greatly inspiration for film-makers of the now.
For these classic super-movies we talk rarely, but we should do it more often …
L ‘Eclisse by Michelangelo Antonioni
Starring Alain Delon and Monica Vitti and based on Italy, this classic 1962 film was awarded the Cannes Film Festival. The film is considered to be top for its’ avant-garde aesthetics and its stylish photography. Great directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa and Francis Ford Coppola have stated that “L ‘Eclisse” was the main source of inspiration for their works.
The Conversation by Francis Ford Coppola
With this powerful mystery thriller of ’74, Gene Hackman gave the best performance of his career, overshadowing Harrison Ford and Robert Duvall.
Conversation was Coppola’s the post-Godfather film and although the ultimate mafia film had set the bar high, the film was both aesthetically and culturally pioneered to the point that the US National Film Registry to placed it next to ” 12 Angry Men “and” Ben-Hur “.
Le Cercle Rouge by Jean-Pierre Mellville
In the film of 1970 starring Alain Delon, critics and viewers saw for the first time in the history of cinema the longest silent scene. Everyone was nailed to their seat as they were watching the most epic robbery ever!
It goes without saying that Cercle Rouge influenced Quentin Tarantino and John Woo.
Rocco & His Brothers by Luchino Visconti
In this Italian film of 1960, starring Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot and Claudia Cardinale, our very ownb fellow Greeks, Spyros Fokas and Katina Paxinou had a part as well.
The film remains timeless because of both the intense performances and its’ raw aesthetics. The filming of Rocco & His Brothers brought realism close to sentimentalism something that made critics of the time bow to Luchino Visconti talent.