An interesting fact: One of George Romero’s favorite movies, which he said changed his life, was The Tales of Hoffmann from 1951. He said it made him want to make movies. I love it as well and always felt more connected to Romero having known that.
This is for George, to make him happy and to remember who he was, not just his adventurous films. The full version of Hoffmann was hard to find, so here’s a trailer. If anyone finds it please post in the comments?
In addition to GR’s better-known zombie films, Creepshow was another childhood favorite, such a good one from the tween memory collection.
This macabre French-Italian film is one of my favorites because not only is the story fascinatingly awful, but the cinematography is breathtaking. I once saw a tap dance musical in Chicago based on this story which was, well, interesting, not great, but I had to give them kudos for trying. This film was met with praise and disgust when it premiered in 1960, which only gives it more value in my eyes, as I feel art in any form needs to move you in some way, even if it’s negative. It is an interesting story about ego, vanity, isolation, the helplessness of sentient beings, and obsession. The crushing vanities of the bourgeoisie?