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My personal favorite film of the silent era, "The Passion of Joan of Arc" is one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking films ever made. Dreyer's brilliant use of close-ups creates an emotional experience I've felt with no other film. And, if your soul isn't moved by Maria Falconetti's performance as Joan, I question if you actually have one.
"This is Spinal Tap" was not the first mockumentary ever made, but it is, easily, the best. It captures the form of documentaries, while seamlessly mixing in the silliness. Strangest thing of all is how accurately it depicts where rock and roll was, at that time.
I rank Jack Nicholson as one of my two or three favorite actors, and his performance as Bobby Dupea in "Five Easy Pieces" (an excellent drama and character study, in it's own right) is, in my opinion, his best. His finest moment may be the scene near the end, where Bobby has a highly emotional talk with his invalid father. The vulnerabily that Nicholson displays is endlessly moving.
"Rosemary's Baby" is more of a supernatural drama than an out-and-out horror film, but that does not make it any less engaging. Polanski is a proven master of placing his audience in the shoes of his protaganist: what they feel, we feel. It's that ability that makes the film the classic that it is.