After my recent podcast, How to improve the quality of your acting without taking lessons, I was asked what movies I would suggest to actors--this is a list of general viewing suggestions provided to the actors in my repertory company in no particular order:
"All About Eve"
"Some Like It Hot" "Duck Soup" "Bridge on the River Kwai" "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" "The Wizard of Oz" "To Kill a Mockingbird" "Tootsie" "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" "Sunset Boulevard" "Lawrence of Arabia" "Citizen Kane" "The Quiet Man" "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" "My Fair Lady" "Singin' in the Rain" "Take the Money and Run" "Mister Blandings Builds His Dream House" "Rebecca" "The Maltese Falcon" "Casablanca" "The Big Sleep" "The Day the Earth Stood Still" "He Walked by Night" "The Lion in Winter" "The Matrix" "Run Lola Run" "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" "Shaft" (starring Richard Roundtree) "Blade Runner" "Vanishing Point" "Deep Blue Sea" "The English Patient" "Life is Beautiful" "Wings of Desire" "Romper Stomper" "Snatch" "Harold and Maude" "Glengarry Glen Ross" "Sense and Sensibility" "Hamlet" (dir. Kenneth Branagh) "Le Samourai" "Cinema Paradiso" "A Clockwork Orange" "Das Boot" "Manhattan" "The Apartment" "Sleuth" "Vertigo"
How to Shoot a Feature Film in 15 Days (And Survive to See Profits)
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Examples of Responsive Reactions
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Action/ReAction at Stella Adler
Point of Departure
A Series of ONE...
Stephen and Dragonuk
Stephen Mitchell webinar for Stage 32
Ferrari GTO 3987 at speed by Yan denes
Ray D. Shosay's Journal
Dispatches from a (junior) suite in Paris
Ray D. Shosay's Journal (excerpt)
"Saturday, January 27, 2007
They say you can fool some of the people all of the time. Accordingly, I think we should concentrate on this group initially. We can move on to the people you can only fool some of the time at a later date if we deem it necessary. I hope to hear back from my agent about this as soon as he's out of rehab, as I don't think my messages have been getting through."
Ignorance is Bliss by Stephen Mitchell
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Exerpt from Ignorance is Bliss
"Out of the corner of his eye, Martin saw Martha shift in her seat. She leaned forward, as though something was about to be decided. This caused her breasts to push up against the neckline of her dress in a way that couldn't be fully appreciated out of the corner of one’s eye. So, Martin turned his head to look directly into the abyss of her cleavage. He was vaguely aware that Murray was talking again."
Carrera Panamericana (1950-54)
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Ferrari GTO 3987
Elysée Wednesday: Drive!
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“You ought to meet Steve. The two of you have the same kind of Ferrari.”
Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso
One evening, I was enjoying a John le Carré novel and a glass of Bordeaux...
L'art de l'automobile
My first Lusso prior to restoration
It was only after Sinatra was gone...
Once upon a time...
Meeting Enzo Ferrari
I came across this on a late night stroll in Paris near the Louvre.
I bought Bentleys in England and Ferraris & Maseratis in Italy to re-sell in Los Angeles as a teenager. I met Enzo Ferrari, Juan Fangio and Steve McQueen. I 'grew up' on the set of Mission: Impossible and other episodic TV series of the era. For a few years, I owned a Ferrari GTO that is owned by Ralph Lauren today and valued at approximately $52M. I began my film career by writing, producing and directing Montmartre in Paris in French. I founded and ran a repertory company for film & TV for 20 years in Los Angeles. I created a TV series which had fans that included Marlon Brando. I authored the first new acting technique--Action/ReAction--that was not based on Stanislavski's Method. I am currently writing my third novel and shooting my spy thriller Exigence. If you can't make movies, live your life as though you were in one...