THE GREATEST FILMS EVER MADE
* A discussion about the best of cinema. Lets talk about our favourite directors, actors, actresses and debate what makes a great film.
There must be thousands of great films that span all genres, decades and cultures. Similarly there must be a thousand different ways to begin a workshop about ‘the greatest films ever made’, especially as everybody can have a different opinion about what makes a film great. Any films highlighted in this workshop for their greatness is highly subjective. My approach has been to create a list of 100 films I consider to be great. I have no doubt that some people will argue that I have missed off some great films from my list and I’m sorry if any of the films I selected don’t meet your standards of greatness. We will begin by reviewing my list of 100 great films and vote to select our top 10 from the list. Then we will focus on a handful of films that I personally feel a connection to and think that I have something noteworthy for us to discuss. OK, let’s talk films!
12 ANGRY MEN
SYNOPSIS: Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy's fate.
12 Angry Men is a black and white American film drama made in 1957, which was directed by Sidney Lumet and stars the legendary actor Henry Fonda. Ask me to watch any film that is over 50 years old and I will be very hesitant. Old black and white films can seem painfully slow to watch in comparison to the modern, fast pace films of today. This film is slow, but if you have the patience to watch the first 20 minutes, then you soon become captivated by the story that begins to unfold. This film has become a famous tool for teaching leadership lessons, which is how I came to discover this film. One of the best things I have done while living in Brazil was to participate in a weeklong leadership course for entrepreneurs called Open Dojo. In the workshop we studied this film to learn techniques for how to become a better leader. This film teaches the power of persuasion, the importance of having a different perspective, to trust in your instinct, the power of staying calm and how to turn a room of people who are against you into your allies one by one. This is a film for a rainy Sunday afternoon. It may not blow your socks off, but it will certainly be a valuable education.
*** THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE GREATEST FILMS EVER MADE WORKSHOP! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE THIS CONVERSATION WORKSHOP IN FULL, WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND A FRIENDLY GROUP OF PEOPLE, THEN PLEASE CONTACT US TO FIND OUT HOW TO PARTICIPATE.
The rest of this workshop will discuss...
- 100 GREATEST FILMS BY JAMES : VOTE
- GOOD WILL HUNTING
- SCHINDLER’S LIST
- PULP FICTION
- 12 YEARS A SLAVE
- INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO
What is one of your favourite films and why? Please let us know by leaving a response in the comment section below.
- synopsis: (noun) [Portuguese: sinopse] - a brief summary or general survey of something. "a synopsis of the film"
- subjective: (adjective) [Portuguese: subjetivo] - is the opposite of objective, which refers to things that are more clear-cut. That Earth has one moon is objective - it's a fact. Whether the moon is pretty or not is subjective - not everyone will agree. Facts are objective, but opinions are subjective.
- noteworthy: (adjective) [Portuguese: digno de nota] - interesting, significant, or unusual. "it is noteworthy that no one at the bank has accepted responsibility for the failure"
- janitor: (noun) [Portuguese: zelador] - a person employed as a caretaker of a building; a custodian.
- leniency: (noun) [Portuguese: clemência] - the fact or quality of being more merciful or tolerant than expected; clemency. "the court could show leniency"
- screenplay: (noun) [Portuguese: roteiro] - the script of a movie, including acting instructions and scene directions.
- expediency: (noun) [Portuguese: conveniência] - the quality of being convenient and practical despite possibly being improper or immoral; convenience. "an act of political expediency"
- lush: (adjective) (of vegetation) [Portuguese: exuberante] - growing luxuriantly. "lush greenery and cultivated fields"
- hitman: (noun) [Portuguese: assassino de aluguel] - a person who is paid to kill someone, especially for a criminal or political organisation.
- debased: (adjective) [Portuguese: degradado] - reduced in quality or value. "The debased traditions of sportsmanship"
- malevolent: (adjective) [Portuguese: malévolo] - having or showing a wish to do evil to others. "the glint of dark, malevolent eyes"
- heist: (noun) [Portuguese: roubo] -a robbery. "a diamond heist"
- penchant: (noun) [Portuguese: inclinação] - a strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something. "He has a penchant for adopting stray dogs"
- F-word: (noun) [Portuguese: Po**a] - used as a euphemism for the word “fuck” because of the latter's taboo status.
- ordeal: (noun) [Portuguese: provação] - a painful or horrific experience, especially a protracted one. "the ordeal of having to give evidence"
- espionage: (noun) [Portuguese: espionagem] - the practice of spying or of using spies, typically by governments to obtain political and military information.
- redemption: (noun) [Portuguese: redenção] - the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil. "God's plans for the redemption of his world"
- grizzly (murder): (adjective) [Portuguese: horrível] - causing a shudder or feeling of horror; gruesome
- gluttony: (noun) [Portuguese: gula] - habitual greed or excess in eating.
- greed: (noun) [Portuguese: ganância] - intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.
- sloth: (noun) [Portuguese: preguiça] - reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness.
- wrath: (noun) [Portuguese: ira] - extreme anger (chiefly used for humorous or rhetorical effect).
- pride: (noun) [Portuguese: orgulho] - a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.
- lust: (noun) [Portuguese: luxúria] - very strong sexual desire.
- envy: (noun) [Portuguese: inveja] - a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck.
- neo-noir: (adjective) (of a film) [Portuguese: neo-noir] - set in contemporary modern times, but showing characteristics of a film noir, in plot or style. L.A. Confidential is an example of neo-noir film.
- to interweave: (verb) [Portuguese: entrelaçar] - weave or become woven together. "The threads are interwoven" or "Wordsworth's political ideas are often interwoven with his philosophical and religious beliefs"
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