I love hypothetical questions regarding movies, especially because they're not so easy for me to answer. I've got such a wide taste in film that I can't always pinpoint something like which one movie I wish I could see again for the first time. So the other night when my girlfriend asked, I drew a blank. For her, it was easy. She loves the twists in Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner so much that she wishes she could go back and watch it again without knowledge of what's going to happen.

If I was going with the surprise factor, I guess I'd like to see Psycho again for the first time. But not as I actually saw it for the first time, which was with full knowledge of all the twists in the film. I was unfortunately born into a time when Hithcock's classic and both its shower scene and its ending is completely embedded into pop culture and the collective conscious. I'd prefer to go back to 1960 and see it as everyone else saw it for the first time, when it somewhat revolutionized the moviegoing experience and spawned the very concept of movie twists and spoilers.
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