Film fans: most shocking gap(s) in your viewing history?


Film fans: most shocking gap(s) in your viewing history?: Three years ago, my friend S., an astounding film geek who'd seen *thousands* of films, mentioned that he'd never seen The Wizard of Oz. I was stunned, but then I started thinking...which gaps in my film-viewing history would widen the eyes of other film lovers, or people who think of me as a movie-obsessed freak? (Heh..) When I mention I haven't seen certain films (yet!), which are those that I might mutter furtively? :-)
Most titles that immediately come to mind would only raise the eyebrow of another film fan, but I'm trying hard to think of some really popular ones (like Lord of the Rings, Jaws, etc.) that would shock someone who *only* hangs out at the multiplex. I've given myself about five years' leeway on recent films, since I rent a lot of the newer stuff on DVD.
Sooo...some that I came up with are:

Any of the Tomb Raider movies (I'm in no hurry)
The Big Parade
The Tree of Life
The Darjeeling Limited
District 9

Of course, there are plenty more that I can imagine, but these are a handful.
Do you have a "list of shame"? ;-P
The "strikeout" know, like the one for italics (i) or paragraph (p) but with an "s" in between the two brackets ? --- doesn't appear to be working for me, so I've simply started removing my "list of shame" titles that I've now seen. :-)
Update 10/1/13: Removed Black Hawk Down, Z, Yi YI, and Pierrot le fou -- my list is slowly decreasing.

There are quite some...Lets see:

The Passion of Joan of Arc
City Lights
It Happened One Night
The Lost Weekend
Umberto D.
Tokyo Story
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Russian Ark

Oh, I love your list---I haven't seen Intolerance or City Lights yet either, but several of those are really high on my list. The idea of seeing those for the first time is envy-provoking. :-) Umberto D. actually made me cry (I'm not usually such a sentimental sap!).

In the film magazine i read there was an article in which writers had to pick a classic film they hadn't seen. First they explained why they hadn't seen it then finally watch it and review it. Some of the films chosen were The Godfather, Seven Samurai, The Seventh Seal and Citizen Kane. None of my gaps are as amazing.

The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Nanook of the North (1922)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Top Hat (1935)
Grand Illusion (1937)
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Sansho the Baliff (1954)
The Red Balloon (1956)
The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
L'Avventura (1960)
Le Samouraï (1967)
The Conformist (1969)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Close-Up (1990)
Hoop Dreams (1994)

Would you happen to know what film magazine that was? It sounds interesting; I'd be curious to read their explanations. I haven't seen several of yours, either...I guess we have great (or potentially great) viewing experiences ahead of us.

The magazine is called Empire and the article was done in Semptember 2004. I can't find it on the internet so I could type some of the ones you're most interested in. The other films chosen were LOTR:The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandhi, Lawrence of Arabia, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Raging Bull, Dr. Zhivago, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Third Man and Singin' in the Rain.

Mine are a bit more low-brow (though I could include quite a long list of classics as well). I've never seen:

Rocky II, III, IV, V, etc.
Raging Bull

What's shocking about that list is that I'm a boxer.

It's not worth killing yourself to see Million Dollar Baby...

or E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, for that matter.

I saw Million Dollar Baby and really liked it. But that's mostly because I'm a real sucker for training sequences, and her boxing was a thing of beauty.

At this point I'm keeping clear of E.T. just out of sheer bullheadedness.

I'm pretty sure 0dysseus's comment about Million Dollar Baby was meant as a pun.

As for me, the biggest gaps in my film viewing would be mostly epic films, because I'm rarely in the mood to sit down and watch a movie over three hours long. As such, I've never seen:

Gone With the Wind
Fanny and Alexander
Dr. Zhivago
Barry Lyndon
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

I have no such excuse for these films:

Grand Illusion
Stalag 17
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Rio Bravo
In the Heat of the Night
The Quiet Man
American History X
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

I'm grinning about the boxer thing. :-) I wanted to put some more "low-brow" movies on mine, but I was having trouble thinking of them: movies that may not be *as* critically acclaimed as Ikiru or Hud, but are very popular, especially over a long period. All the ones I could think of that came out 5+ years ago, I'd seen...films like Jaws or the Harry Potter movies or The Wizard of Oz or Casablanca. I'd think those sorts of movies would be more "shocking" gaps to more people. I could tell my sister I hadn't seen La Dolce Vita or Birth of a Nation, and all I'd get was a blank stare. If I hadn't seen X-Men or Spiderman 2, she'd be freaking.

Yeah, I hear ya. When I told my friends I was proud to share my last name with an extremely famous and influential French director, I got blank stares. But everyone expected I'd have seen Superbad by now.

I've never seen The Grand Illusion; that's pretty bad!

Oh, and only one film by Kurosawa. I have not seen The Seven Samurai. It's pathetic!

Maybe it's time for a "One Great Non-American Director / Three Great Films" project. It's much quicker than reading most books, so more than one is fair! (I'd have plenty of work to do, but I'm definitely deficient with the Germans...) Which Kurosawa film have you seen, out of curiosity?

I have only seen Dreams. I tried to rent Thrones of Blood but couldnt differentiate the characters. I have to try again. Germans are awesome! Schlondorf and Herzog are my faves along with Murnau.

I actually haven't seen Dreams! I just got Madadayo at home, so I'll have to see how it is. I really like Throne of Blood! Yojimbo and Rashomon are really good, too. From everything I've heard, I suspect Ikiru may be a good match for me, too. Ever tried Mizoguchi or Ozu? As much as I like Kurosawa...I prefer both of them to him. (I love Kobayashi, too...)

Murnau is a god---I've seen four or five of his films, and he's blown me away every time. I've only seen two Herzog films (!!---Aguirre and Grizzly Man), and the only Schlondorff film I've seen is The Handmaid's Tale -- not his best work, I'd bet! (I've heard The Lost Honor of KB is really good...)

The Tin Drum is amazing! Recently he did a holocaust film, The Ninth Day, which is one of his best. I just watched Young Torless and it was very dark and so German. The child tormented is fashioned after Peter Lorre in M.

I know very little about Japanese film. I will have to branch out a little as I am in film watching mode. Fires on the Plain interests me as I read the book and it was quite good.

I have seen 8 Herzog films and really enjoyed Nosferatu, Fitzcarraldo and Grizzly Man the most. Finally I discovered a good video store around my area; before I was dependent on Blockbuster and they had NO classic foreign cinema... odd as it is in the Castro.

If you're pretty ensconced within the city, I'd have dreamed there would be *lots* of foreign videos, cinema revivals, festivals, etc.; of course, finding the time and money to hunt them down can have an impact, and since I've never lived there, there might be other obstacles. A few of the cities I've lived in spoiled me with easy access to foreign videos and outside-the-multiplex fare; I live so far out of Boston now that my two main "fixes" are Netflix and Turner Classic Movies.

I may have to start shoving some of the Schlondorff, Herzog, Fassbinder, etc. a bit higher in my queue. (I have seen M; it's a favorite.) I tend to run my Netflix queue like a rotating lottery, with a randomizer determining which items move to the top. My friends who know about my little system laugh at me, but it helps stretch me beyond my own natural preferences. Randomizing my choices has helped me "discover" Jim Jarmusch, Luchino Visconti, and Dirk Bogarde a lot faster than I would have if I'd followed whatever preferences or preconceptions I had before they ever crossed my path. I haven't seen Fires on the Plain, nor any Ichikawa film for that matter, but most of his that are out on DVD are films I wish my "system" would choose! Besides, randomizing things prevents me from seeing nine Burt Lancaster films in a row.

Herzog and Schlondorff are really fun to watch actually! They are virtually Spielberg in excitement compared to Bergman! I finally saw Fires on the Plain; I highly recommend this!

Speak of the devil! My little random system just picked The Lost Honor of K.B. to shove near the top of the list---must be a sign. :-)

What did you think?

I thought it was disquieting in the best sense of the word; one of the better films on the terrors of irresponsible / malicious journalism. I'm still on the fence about the ending (though I did love the "disclaimer" at the end). A few things that happen near the end feel out of joint with the rest of the film---if they hadn't been in the film, I keep wondering if my reaction wouldn't have been even more impressed or affected than it was. It's made me eager to investigate more Böll, more Schlöndorff, and possibly more *good* films with Prochnow in them (it looks like most of his Hollywood roles have been pretty schlocky)...for as little time as he spends on screen and as few lines as he has, I was surprised by the impact he made and how clearly his rapport with Angela Winkler was established in those early scenes, with so little dialogue.

I've never seen The French Connection...or anything starring Daniel Day Lewis.

I have never seen a Star Wars or Indiana Jones movie

Speaking to Once Upon a Time in America, its been on TV a bunch of times, but is usually some weird cut of the thing. I did not see the full thing until I BOUGHT it. So beware of claiming you have seen it if you only saw it on TV and it wasn't 3 hrs or more long.

Films like Birth of a Nation or Phantom of the Opera (Lon Cheney) are more understandable because they are harder to find. And the smaller the city or town in which you live, the harder they are to get an opportunity to view.

Mostly I see films on Turner Classic Movies or The Movie Channel on Dish Network. I find Turner has more of the films in my gap (which I disclose on my other lists) than the other and Turner's are full length, as seen in the theatrical release, commercial free.

Anyone who has not seen Rashomon, needs to add that to their "Gap" list if you consider yourself well versed in filmology.

Three and a half years later and i still have some major gaps:
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Top Hat (1935)
Sansho the Baliff (1954)
Le Samouraï (1967) - I counldn't even get this when i was in France
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Hoop Dreams (1994)

Hey, from 17 down to 7 -- that's not bad! Definitely progress!