Michael Brown's Top 10 List

By Michael Brown

1. Death of a Salesman (USA/Germany, Volker Schloendorff, 1985)

Death of a SalesmanAging traveling salesman Willy Loman’s life is falling apart.  He’s about to lose his job, can’t pay his bills and his two sons don’t respect him and seem unable to live up to their potential.  He does everything in his power to get his life back on track.

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2. Kitchen Stories (Norway/Sweden, Bent Hamer, 2003)

Kitchen StoriesThe fictional tale of a scientific observer sent to examine a man’s kitchen habits for a study in Sweden and the relationship that grows between them.

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3. Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean (USA, Robert Altman, 1982)

Jmmy DeanThe disciples of Jimmy Dean get together on the anniversary of his death to contemplate their lives.  They ponder many mysteries and their futures in the wake of Jimmy Dean’s death.

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4. American Beauty (USA, Sam Mendes, 1999)

American Beauty Lester Burnham is in the midst of a mid-life crisis.  His wife and daughter hate him, he is underappreciated at work and feels that he has lost touch with the fun side of his life.  Sparked by an interest in his daughter’s attractive friend, he decides to get it all back.

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5. The House of Sand and Fog (USA, Vadim Perelman, 2003)

House of Sand and FogA woman is wrongfully evicted from her home and attempts to get it back from the new owners. What begins as a legal struggle turns into a personal confrontation, with tragic results.

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6. The Straight Story (USA, David Lynch, 1999)

The Straight StoryDavid Lynch’s tale of a 73-year-old man travels across country on his tractor in order to make amends with his dying brother.  Based on real events.

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7. Sleuth (UK, Joseph Mankiewicz, 1972)

SleuthA married man proposes that his wife’s lower class lover steal his jewelry so that he can claim the insurance money and avoid paying alimony.  However, it turns out things are not what they seem and everything spirals out of control after the robbery.

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8. Das Leben Der Anderen (The Lives of Others – Germany, Florian Henckel von Donneersmark, 2006)

The Lives of OthersA government observer assigned to watch a successful writer and actress who are not completely loyal to the party becomes increasingly absorbed with their lives.

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 9. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? (USA, Mike Nochols, 1966)

Virginia WolfAn aging bitter couple’s failing relationship is revealed to a younger happy couple that has come over one night for a drink.  A vulgar troubling tale revealing what can become of a troubled relationship.

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10. Sex, Lies and Videotape (USA, Steven Soderbergh, 1989)

Sex, lies and videotape John is cheating on his quiet wife Ann, with her sister Cynthia but when his old college friend Graham shows up everyone’s life starts to change.

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About The Author

Michael BrownMichael Brown was born in 1958 in West Germany; raised in Germany and Italy (to 1963), in the San Francisco Bay Area (to 1971), in Paris, France (to 1976), in Arizona (to 1978), in Germany (to 1982), in Paris till 2005, currently living in Hamburg, Germany.
He started his career behind the camera in 1978 as camera-assistant, and then acquired experience in dubbing and unit and production management before he became assistant director. In 1995 he created CARAVAN PRODUCTIONS, a production services company for foreign productions in France. He now continues to work on fiction as a 1st AD and has directed his first documentary features as well many music & dance programs.

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Michael Brown's Top Ten List