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Raising Kane

The American Film Institute has just published its 100 greatest films list, having polled "artists, critics and historians", and here it is:

  1      Citizen Kane                                           1941
  2      The Godfather                                          1972
  3      Casablanca                                             1942
  4      Raging Bull                                            1980
  5      Singin' In The Rain                                    1952
  6      Gone With The Wind                                     1939
  7      Lawrence Of Arabia                                     1962
  8      Schindler's List                                       1993
  9      Vertigo                                                1958
  10     The Wizard Of Oz                                       1939
  11     City Lights                                            1931
  12     The Searchers                                          1956
  13     Star Wars                                              1977
  14     Psycho                                                 1960
  15     2001: A Space Odyssey                                  1968
  16     Sunset Blvd.                                           1950
  17     The Graduate                                           1967
  18     The General                                            1927
  19     On The Waterfront                                      1954
  20     It's A Wonderful Life                                  1946
  21     Chinatown                                              1974
  22     Some Like It Hot                                       1959
  23     The Grapes Of Wrath                                    1940
  24     E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial                             1982
  25     To Kill A Mockingbird                                  1962
  26     Mr. Smith Goes To Washington                           1939
  27     High Noon                                              1952
  28     All About Eve                                          1950
  29     Double Indemnity                                       1944
  30     Apocalypse Now                                         1979
  31     The Maltese Falcon                                     1941
  32     The Godfather Part Ii                                  1974
  33     One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest                        1975
  34     Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs                        1937
  35     Annie Hall                                             1977
  36     The Bridge On The River Kwai                           1957
  37     The Best Years Of Our Lives                            1946
  38     The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre                       1948
  39     Dr. Strangelove                                        1964
  40     The Sound Of Music                                     1965
  41     King Kong                                              1933
  42     Bonnie And Clyde                                       1967
  43     Midnight Cowboy                                        1969
  44     The Philadelphia Story                                 1940
  45     Shane                                                  1953
  46     It Happened One Night                                  1934
  47     A Streetcar Named Desire                               1951
  48     Rear Window                                            1954
  49     Intolerance                                            1916
  50     The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring      2001
  51     West Side Story                                        1961
  52     Taxi Driver                                            1976
  53     The Deer Hunter                                        1978
  54     M*A*S*H                                                1970
  55     North By Northwest                                     1959
  56     Jaws                                                   1975
  57     Rocky                                                  1976
  58     The Gold Rush                                          1925
  59     Nashville                                              1975
  60     Duck Soup                                              1933
  61     Sullivan's Travels                                     1941
  62     American Graffiti                                      1973
  63     Cabaret                                                1972
  64     Network                                                1976
  65     The African Queen                                      1951
  66     Raiders Of The Lost Ark                                1981
  67     Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?                        1966
  68     Unforgiven                                             1992
  69     Tootsie                                                1982
  70     A Clockwork Orange                                     1971
  71     Saving Private Ryan                                    1998
  72     The Shawshank Redemption                               1994
  73     Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid                     1969
  74     The Silence Of The Lambs                               1991
  75     In The Heat Of The Night                               1967
  76     Forrest Gump                                           1994
  77     All The President's Men                                1976
  78     Modern Times                                           1936
  79     The Wild Bunch                                         1969
  80     The Apartment                                          1960
  81     Spartacus                                              1960
  82     Sunrise                                                1927
  83     Titanic                                                1997
  84     Easy Rider                                             1969
  85     A Night At The Opera                                   1935
  86     Platoon                                                1986
  87     12 Angry Men                                           1957
  88     Bringing Up Baby                                       1938
  89     The Sixth Sense                                        1999
  90     Swing Time                                             1936
  91     Sophie's Choice                                        1982
  92     Goodfellas                                             1990
  93     The French Connection                                  1971
  94     Pulp Fiction                                           1994
  95     The Last Picture Show                                  1971
  96     Do The Right Thing                                     1989
  97     Blade Runner                                           1982
  98     Yankee Doodle Dandy                                    1942
  99     Toy Story                                              1995
  100    Ben-Hur                                                1959

I have seen seven of the top ten (musicals etc are not my thing) a, and 66 of the top 100, which I think is fairly respectable. The trouble with 'Kane' is that one can never see it with the eyes of a 1941 audience, as all of the innovations it used are now so familiar. Quite sad in some ways. It would appear to be US productions only, although that is only stated indirectly in the press release (registration required).

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Anonymous L. Visconti said... 11:36 am

No films not in English? No funniest film of all time - Bergman's 7th Seal? (Unless I've missed it.)


Anonymous P. O'Toole said... 11:38 am

Was Florence of Araby a US production, then?  

Blogger Caroline Hunt said... 12:25 pm

E.T. sucked.  

Anonymous Nomad said... 1:04 pm

And, Snow White apart, no cartoons either. Some of the 1940s/50s Tom & Jerry were simply brilliant, especially those in which Tom plays the classical piano pieces. Several of these (can't recall their titles now) won the highest awards in Hollywood. Still, I suppose any list of this sort is necesarily subjective and a different panel would doubtless have chosen differently.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:08 pm

Ah, 'The Seventh Seal'. There's many, erm, one bad joke I've made about that.

Or, come to that, 'Kwai'.

CH - Not my cup of tea either, but not as appallingly dreadful as 'Forrest Gump'.

Nomad - 'Toy Story' is in there. Maybe it was full length films only.  

Blogger Hercules said... 1:39 pm

I've seen only 45 of the top 100!!! I'm with you on the musicals & Forrest Gump Croydonian.

Hitcocks Vertigo was shit, why the hell is that so high!

Goodfellas and Platoon should be in the top 10 also Godfather 2 was better then the first, in my humble opinion you must understand.

Hope you are well?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:50 pm

There are some good ones and some curious ones in there. I'm yet to meet anyone who /truly/ enjoyed '2001', and 'Easy Rider' isn't all that, frankly.

Meanwhile, yes, all is well at Croydonian Towers, likewise at Hercules Towers I hope.  

Anonymous verity said... 2:07 pm

Fortunately I have a talent for not having to actually see a movie to know whether it's any good.

For example, I knew that Forrest Gump was going to be emetic just from looking at photos of Tom Hanks's face. I saw one clip out of Chinatown and knew instinctively, "pretentious with precious camera angles and lighting". Another one I didn't see.

Raging Bull -- oooooh, a movie about an angry man! I'll bet I could miss that and still sleep at night!

I did see Vertigo and wondered throughout what it was all about and why should I care? How could they have slotted it in above Psycho, which really was outstanding.

Over all, though, this list is exactly what "artists, critics and historians" would have come up with. It would be intersting to see a list voted on by the general, movie-going/renting public.  

Blogger CityUnslicker said... 2:36 pm

Bladerunner at 97..pfff.

I think Toy Story should count as a cartton though; even though it has no right to be in there.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:46 pm

I rate both Raging Bull and Chinatown, but à chacun son goût.

There is a list of the top 100 by adjusted box office receipts here, but it opens up a blizzard of pop ups.

So, as an act of charity, here it is:

1. Gone With the Wind (1939)
2. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
3. The Sound of Music (1965)
4. E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
5. The Ten Commandments (1956)
6. Titanic (1997)
7. Jaws (1975)
8. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
9. The Exorcist (1973)
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
11. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
12. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
13. Ben-Hur (1959)
14. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
15. The Sting (1973)
16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
17. Jurassic Park (1993)
18. The Graduate (1967)
19. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
20. Fantasia (1940)
21. The Godfather (1972)
22. Forrest Gump (1994)
23. Mary Poppins (1964)
24. The Lion King (1994)
25. Grease (1978)
26. Thunderball (1965)
27. The Jungle Book (1967)
28. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
29. Shrek 2 (2004)
30. Ghostbusters (1984)
31. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
32. Love Story (1970)
33. Spider-Man (2002)
34. Independence Day (1996)
35. Home Alone (1990)
36. Pinocchio (1940)
37. Cleopatra (1963)
38. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
39. Goldfinger (1964)
40. Airport (1970)
41. American Graffiti (1973)
42. The Robe (1953)
43. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
44. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
45. Bambi (1942)
46. Blazing Saddles (1974)
47. Batman (1989)
48. The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
49. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
50. The Towering Inferno (1974)
51. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
52. My Fair Lady (1964)
53. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
54. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
55. The Passion of the Christ (2004)
56. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
57. Back to the Future (1985)
58. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
59. The Sixth Sense (1999)
60. Superman (1978)
61. Tootsie (1982)
62. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
63. Finding Nemo (2003)
64. West Side Story (1961)
65. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
66. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
67. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977/1980)
68. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
69. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
70. Rocky (1976)
71. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
72. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
73. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
74. Twister (1996)
75. Men in Black (1997)
76. The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
77. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
78. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
79. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
80. M*A*S*H (1970)
81. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
82. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
83. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
84. Aladdin (1992)
85. Ghost (1990)
86. Duel in the Sun (1946)
87. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
88. House of Wax (1953)
89. Rear Window (1954)
90. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
91. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
92. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
93. Sergeant York (1941)
94. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
95. Toy Story 2 (1999)
96. Top Gun (1986)
97. Shrek (2001)
98. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
99. "Crocodile" Dundee (1986)
100. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)  

Anonymous M. Pickford said... 3:34 pm

Surely The Passion of the C. made more money, even relatively? It was $300 m. some time ago.  

Anonymous verity said... 3:43 pm

BTW, surely Lassie Come Home should rate? I thought it was one of the most popular movies of the time? It should be notable for introducing Elizabeth Taylor to a breathless world.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:01 pm

Mary, Verity, I really would not know. I just did a copy and paste job.

However, apparently LCL "has been deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress". Which is nice.

I look forward to other films being judged "culturally insignificant", which would be far more amusing.  

Anonymous verity said... 9:49 pm

Thank you, Croydonian.

Also, you titled your post 'Raising Kane', which reminded me, 'Raising Arizona' was neat little movie. Well worth renting.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:06 pm

Indeed - a thoroughly amusing film. I rate the Coen brothers as the most consistently interesting, challenging and entertaining film makers currently working.  

Anonymous verity said... 11:11 pm

What are some of their other films? Not that they'll have them at my local video rental, so I suppose I'm asking out of academic interest.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:30 pm

They have done maybe a dozen or so films, with personal favourites including the deeply noir 'Blood Simple', pitch black comedy / drama 'Fargo' and 'The Big Lebowski'.

More here.  

Anonymous verity said... 2:00 am

I hated Fargo. As in, loathed it as a politically correct piece of garbage. I have never, in the hugeness of the United States, heard of a very pregnant woman sheriff. Never. Never in any county in Texas. Nor in S Dakota. Nor in upstate NY. Never. Nor in Louisiana. Nor in Oklahoma. Nor in Washington State.

I mean, NEVER.

I hate that manufactured crap. I kept hoping she'd get hit by a stray bullet as she trudged across the interesting overwhelming white, white, landscape in which she was just a tiny figure. Oh, the camera-work! I am amazed that she didn't have a little red hat on for interesting contrast.

And the husband never said, "Darling, this is all wrong. You are nine months pregnant! You should not be out chasing a killer across the snowy wastes!" No. He made her a cup of coffee.

God, I hate lefties. Frankly, had I been the husband, I'd have shot her. He could have moved to a warmer climate and, with the insurance money, found a girl for bikini beach parties oceanside.
These lefties have to learn they can't have it all their own way.

I sincerely loathed that movie.  

Anonymous Nomad said... 4:37 am

Having spent large portins of my life living in somewhat out of the way places - incuding ome without both tv or cinema - my knowledge of films is rather limited. But from what I can see, practically the entire output of folk like John Wayne, Rock Hudson, David Niven and Donald Sutherland (many of whose films I quite enjoyed in my younger days) and no doubt others who do not readily spring to mind seem to have been utterly worthless.

PS: Verity - as you will probably not return to that deadwood thread, my final comment was to the effect that different thyme zones permit us to orchidstrate our comments! You over there, me over here and our gallant host in the middle! Lotsa fun innit!!  

Anonymous verity said... 4:44 pm

Caroline Hunt - I never saw it, but I knew instinctively that it would suck.  

Anonymous verity said... 5:41 pm

Yes, Nomad, we can run rings round the rest of them. And that is my last tree comment.

Who is burning British flags in Malaysia? Which party? Or just a bunch of loonies? What's the PM's attitude to this?

In a sense, I'm very surprised, but in another sense, I'm not. It was because I anticipated events that I did not return to Malaysia, although I love the country.  

Anonymous verity said... 8:20 pm

In any event, I am looking forward to watching a three-episode video this evening of that entertaining American sit-com, Fronds.  

Anonymous Nomad said... 4:19 am

Verity: Not sure where your info is coming from, but there have been no reports at all about any flag burnings - or indeed any other reaction from the usual suspects - here. These events have been reported quite fully, on local and internation TV and in local papers, from Pakistan, Iran etc, but all is quiet on the Eastern front. This may be because, following a very fierce 5 hour storm and exceptionally heavy rain a couple of days ago, many people are far too busy clearing up after the two rivers overflowed their banks flooding the entire centre of our overbuilt capitaal city, including Merdeka Square and environs, up to a depth of about 4 feet. This now seems to be coming something of a regularity and the PM is mightily peeved about it, more so as he was in everybody's good books having just married again - this time to his sister in law. He is also mightily pissed off again because of major (unrelated!) leaks to the roofs of several high profile govt buildings including the famous new court-house and parliament, plus quite a serius landslide in the new town of Putrajaya, which fortunately just managed not to kill anybody. All put down to shoddy maintenance and employing unskilled Indons to do the work. Cheap labour and cronyism win the day again! Plus ca change...

PS: There is ABSOLUTELY NO TRUTH IN THE RUMOUR that I am planning to change my name to Jack Aranda.  

Anonymous verity said... 1:46 pm

Hmmmm ... well, I know you're a Limey, like me, but would The Telegraph lie to us? Obviously, it caught my eye when I read it. Perhaps they're just bananas.

Did Badawi have the forethought to divorce his first wife before marrying the second, or has he gone native? If so, he's setting a bad exhemple.

Anyway, for the round-up of news on KL and the Indonesia workers, treemakasi!  

Anonymous Nomad said... 3:47 am

Verity: Just goes to show that one should not believe everything one reads in the papers! I am not even sure the DT has a regular stringer here.

Mr B's first wife died of cancer a little over a year ago and he has been soldiering on alone in the interim. So the requisite time had elapsed for him to go hunting again.  

Anonymous verity said... 1:06 pm

Perhaps it was al-Beeb. I saw the piece and was going to read it later and never bothered.

Sorry to hear about the PM's late wife. Hadn't read anything about it. What's with Anwar these days?  

Blogger gitanodemurcia said... 9:53 pm

g les couilles qui me gratouilllent  

Anonymous verity said... 11:06 pm

Thought 'treemakasi' was worthy of a special bow! It didn't even get a mention!  

Anonymous Nomad said... 2:53 am

Verity; Rest assured it raised a grin (although I did not really appreciate the Limey bit!!). But the nuances did not go unmissed.

Just as a by-the-by, yet another roof collapsed over the weekend, this time at the Terengganu Development Office. Fortunately it happened out of office hours when the place was empty and thus avoided the necessity for the PM having to explain why a worker was brained by a two ton beam.  

Anonymous Nomad said... 3:00 am

Verity: In response to your other question - not much. He continues to operate in the shadows, but I suspect will make a comeback attempt when the time is right. Mr B now seems to be mainly concerned with the foreign stuff, jetting hither and yon a la Blair, and leaving Najib as the front man on all the domestic stuff. The runes say that there cd be a change of leadership come the election - but .....

{No postings yesterday as I was otherwise engaged all day, hence the delayed responses. N}  

Anonymous verity said... 12:59 pm

I met Anwar. He's a sneaky little bugger. He had good presentation because a middle aged English lady who had been in KL for yonks was a friend of his and chose his clothes. I won't mention her name because I'm not sure of the legality and besides, what's the point? Anyway, she was a good friend to him and helped him to look like a sophisticated Western statesman.  

Anonymous Nomad said... 2:15 pm

Verity: Yes, that's why he always looked quite Spruce!! [Haha - which is also something one finds in a garden, I think!].

Over and out on this thread. N  

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