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Initial post: 12 Dec 2011, 20:01:07 GMT
Kat says:
I'm basically looking for movies with a Machiavellian theme in there, so along the lines of Cruel Intentions, Dangerous Liasons, Valmont, Pretty Persuasion and Minnie's first time.
I just noticed it's all women in those examples - definately doesn't need to be the case, variety is always good :)

Thanks xx

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2011, 17:13:41 GMT
J.Yasimoto says:
The Talented Mr. Ripley?

Posted on 25 Dec 2011, 22:22:00 GMT
Rebecca has it all - especially the truly sinister Mrs Danvers

All About Eve is an all-time "twist and turn" favourite - so fasten your seatbelts, you'll be in for a bumpy ride!

Posted on 30 Dec 2011, 10:30:02 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Some Like It Hot - Tony Curtis manipulates Jack Lemmon very comically

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2011, 15:02:58 GMT
sistermoon says:
Great Expectations - Miss Havisham brings up Estella to be a breaker of men's hearts.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012, 12:21:35 GMT
seance on a wet afternoon. richard attenboroughs character is manipulated into abducting a girl for his wife!

Posted on 7 Jan 2012, 15:54:40 GMT
Kat says:
thankyou all, I look forward to checking them all out
for some reason I never even thought of including Great Expectations even though I have already read and seen it so thanks for the fresh perspective ! :)

Posted on 7 Jan 2012, 18:24:15 GMT
The Last Seduction, Double Indemnity, Internal Affairs, Out of the Past/Build My Gallows High. All female Machiavels except Internal Affairs. Any film version of Othello! Vertigo (Gavin Elster, the hardly seen manipulator, but with devastating effect, via Judy/Madeleine, who is herself cruelly manipulated).

Posted on 13 Jan 2012, 12:00:31 GMT
Tabbygray says:
I love the same films so you might find these suitable:
The Draftsman's Contract - Peter Greenaway isn't everyone's cup of tea but there are a lot of manipulative characters and the Draftsman is so cold.
The Pillow Book - there's a streak of cruelty running through this, I find it fascinating
High Plains Drifter - yes, a Clint Eastwood western and his characters are usually very manipulative, but this is good
p.s. thank you for the recommendation of Pretty Persuation. Minnie's First Time: I can't find this - do you have any more information about it? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012, 11:30:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jan 2012, 11:32:02 GMT
LEP says:
Sleuth - the 1972 version with Olivier and Caine.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012, 20:39:52 GMT
Kat says:
Thanks for all the suggestions again :)
P.Lambert - I spelt it wrong lol ... It comes up when you search 'Mini's First Time' on amazon and imdb and it's the one with Nikki Reed in it

Posted on 21 Jan 2012, 02:06:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2012, 02:07:38 GMT
Infernal Affairs Andy Lau's character Lau Ki Ming is a master manipulator
WuXia Takeshi Kaneshiro is trying to unmask a murderer and both he and Donnie Yen are great in their respective roles.
Zhang Zigi in curse of the golden flower and in Crouching tiger hidden dragon
Jet Li in hero

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2012, 19:54:17 GMT
LEP says:
That one with Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in it as sisters, title is to do with Baby Jane.

Misery with James Cain/Carne (?). He's an author with a broken leg and she's a sinister crazed fan.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2012, 20:22:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Feb 2012, 17:59:09 GMT
LEP says:
I suppose one of the most famous Machiavellian characters is Iago in Othelo. There are various films of Othelo.
The Godfather
The Emperor's Club (2002)
Dr Fu Manchu
Pulp Fiction (Lance)
Sherlock Holmes (Moriarty)
MacBeth (Lady M)
Spun (the Cook)
Henry of Navarre (Catherine de Medici)

Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 01:08:51 GMT
Can i also add Oldboy to this list. Brilliant film with a wonderful if sickening twist! Talk about manipulative. a man is kidnapped and locked in room for 15 years, he is then let out into the street with nothing but a mobile and a wallet of money and tells him to solve who kidnapped him.

Posted on 14 Mar 2012, 14:35:38 GMT
Jayke1981 says:
How about Keyser Soze in The Usual Suspects?
and Infernal Affairs US remake...The Departed?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012, 21:57:36 GMT
Robin says:
Try The Manchurian Candidate - the original version - where the great, great, great Angela Lansbury plays a truly manipulative schemer. You might also watch The World Of Henry Orient where she plays a devious adulteress.

Posted on 14 Apr 2012, 23:08:49 BST
Rachel says:
Fatal Attraction

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2012, 15:48:39 BST
"Never Talk to Strangers" with Rebecca de Mornay and Antionio Banderas.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2012, 15:50:21 BST
"The Game" with Michael Douglas

Posted on 16 Apr 2012, 15:52:26 BST
Memento, Guy Pearce's character basically manipulates himself

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2012, 13:18:39 BST
sistermoon says:
'Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?' and 'Misery' - both parodied by French & Saunders!

James Caan portrayed the author in 'Misery'.

Posted on 22 Apr 2012, 21:30:58 BST
Taxi driver

Posted on 22 Apr 2012, 22:40:01 BST
Burnt by the Sun (the original, not the sequel; I haven't seen the sequel yet)
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