Monday, August 03, 2009

Five Favorite Mystery Movies

This time the category is mystery movies. With my list below, in each case the style on display in the film was as important as any other consideration. So, the lighting, the editing, the atmosphere, all mattered to me as much as the unfolding of the story.

Here are my favorite five mystery movies of all-time, in alphabetical order:

Chinatown” (1974): Directed by Roman Polanski; Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
The Conversation” (1974): Directed by Francis Ford Coppola; Cast: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Cindy Williams
The Maltese Falcon” (1941): Directed by John Huston; Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet
The Third Man” (1949): Directed by Carol Reed; Cast: Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Alida Valli
Z” (1969): Directed by Costa-Gavras; Cast: Yves Montand, Irene Pappas, Jean-Louis Trintignant

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