Filmmaker Richard Linklater has been on the awards circuit collecting prizes for his epic tale “Boyhood,” winning critics’ prizes and taking home the best drama at this year’s Golden Globes. The film, which took 12 years to make, also is up for six Oscars: best picture, director, supporting actor (Ethan Hawke), supporting actress (Patricia Arquette), original screenplay and editing.
Chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown spoke with Linklater recently (watch that on tonight’s NewsHour) on the process of making a movie over such a long stretch of time. He also asked the veteran director to name his five favorite movies of all time. Hard to do on the spot. So instead, he came up with these five films that he recommends everyone see right now — five classics, mostly shot in the iconic CinemaScope style.
1. “Some Came Running” (1958) about a veteran who returns to his hometown from war, along with a woman he drunkenly invited with him.
2. “Bigger than Life” (1956) is about a school teacher, who, after he’s told he only has months to live from a rare disease, agrees to an experimental treatment that both cures him but drives him to abuse the medicine.
3. “Andrei Rublev” (1966) a film about the life of the 15th century painter and life in Russia during the turbulent period.
4. “Zabriskie Point” (1970) about a college dropout on the run from police and a Los Angeles student in late 1960s America.
5. “Boy” (1969) is a Japanese film about a couple earning money as con artists, sometimes using their son in their scam until he attempts to escape.