Where are the trailers for Herzog's new doc and "Nocturnal Animals"??
How 'bout everyone just try to make good films and forget about awards and recognition.
More like "How to kill creativity before starting your screenplay"
In my opinion, its impossible to watch a film and not learn something from it, so with that being said I'd encourage you watch anything you want from the silent era (even starting with Melies and the Lumiere brothers) all the way through the 60's (if you want to concentrate on black and white films, many early to mid 60's European films were still shot in black and white).
If you want specific recommendations though, I'll list some directors that I enjoyed or learned something from:
- Robert Bresson
- Andrei Tarkovsky
- Frederico Fellini
- Louis Malle
- Alfred Hitchcock (even his color films; I really learned how "modern" a director Hitchcock was at the time. None of this films looked like anything else at the time, from camera movement to framing.)
- Ingmar Berman
- Orson Welles
- Vittorio De Sica
This isn't comprehensive, but it should give you a good start. Never stop watching and learning!
Great to know! I've actually been using an old nikkor 50mm on my t3i.
Been thinking about pulling the trigger on a few vintage Russian lenses on eBay. This makes them even more tempting.