Live Poll: Back to the Ancestors

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This is a suggestion to debate about. 35 possibillities, I took one in as example. It's about traveling 100 years back in time to show the folks a movie that you want them to see.

So what movie would you like them to see?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls022536035/

https://www.imdb.com/poll/CFDZOTXtP90/
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That's very interesting and reminds me of a (real) story Béla Balázs told in his book "The Spirit of Film" (1930). It's about a man who was considered an intellectual and was always up to-date with the latest cultural and technological news. Only he lived in a very small village for some time and didn't have the chance to witness the advent of cinema.

After fifteen years, the same man arrives in a big city, and he is eager to go to the movie theater. He goes to see the movies that attract big audiences like comedies, adventure movies, etc. Someone asks him, "so what do you think of those movies?" - "They look fantastic, but I don't have the slightest idea what happened."
Apparently, despite his intellectual capacities, the man was unable to link the shots into a coherent narrative; something that was easy even for children at that time. It was all too developed, too fast and arranged with complex codes. Balázs says, "Four or five years ago, we wouldn't have understood the most simple films that are being made today."
It seems incredible what he writes. Let's be optimistc against these statements. My pick is The Shining. I'd like to see what impact a movie that is frightening even to modern audiences can make on the people of 1918.
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'The Shining' is on the list. Thank you for  contribution.
That's a heavy experiment you would start. Interesting pick!
I hope some others will contribute, too. ;)
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I'd probably show them something of historical socio-political & human rights related significance such as Schindler's List in the hope that such events could be prevented.

That would, of course, create the quintessential time travel paradox... :)
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Ok, shall I take that as a suggestion? So I would put 'Schindlers List' on this list suggested by Abi. Ok?
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Sure, thanks.
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Your pick and 'suggested by Abi' is on this list. :)
So we created a quintessential time paradox! Yes! Always wanted to see this. ;)
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Hey, Abi. Your suggestion is the lead. ;)
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I saw. :)
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I'd show them an apocalypse movie like 2012 and say its a documentary. ;)
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Perhaps you could drop the "IMDb Top 250" requirement and replace it with "minimum 7.0 rating and xxx,000 votes".

I was not aware Schindler's List was in the Top 250 when I suggested it, and if it had been rejected I probably would not have made the effort to check the Top 250 for a new suggestion.
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Don't Worry. I check, if it fits to the rules. Some movies I don't have to think about, if they're on top-250. Specially those like 'Schindlers List'. But there are still many other movies at the top-250-list you can choose instead, because nobody has choosen before. Or is there an movie that goes to your head and doesn't match the rules? I think it should be a real good one or very interesting to change the rules. But I relly meant from the Top 250 to keep a very tight circle of movies. Nikolay had the same problem about his choice. Maybe I should do that. I think I'll sleep over this decision. Thank you for the idea. :)
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Abi, did you want to suggest another movie as 'Schindler's List'? If it is so, now is the best occasion to do so. If you are not sure about 'Schindlers List', let me know. ;) If you are - ok, so it is 'Schindlers's List'. ;)
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If we’re going back to 1918 I might bring Lawrence of Arabia, which is set around that time.
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Nice Pick. :)
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TO ALL:

I think Abi is right. Picking from the today 250-top-movie-list is just too limitated. That doesn't automatically affect the picks of the users, that suggested before. But all of you can repick, after you read the new rules. So with that I skip the Top 250 from 2018 rule.

Everyone can pick any movie she/he wants, as long as they are still not picked, rated 7/10 or higher, with at least 10.000 votes. I sat that rule to 10.000 to make lesser known pictures able and to disable complete trashy movies. So everybody has a wide range of movies he can pick. I reduce the numbers of picks in this P.S. to 25. The first who suggests, is in! So there are at least 15 free picks. One pick per user. Thank you Abi, that was useful, because I tied the rules too tight at first. :) Debateable !

Nikolay: 'Highlander' is in. ;) Mr. Tharindu, you might pick another movie. ;)
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