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Thread #103095   Message #2102129
Posted By: Stringsinger
13-Jul-07 - 10:17 PM
Thread Name: BS: The 100 greatest movies of all time
Subject: RE: BS: The 100 greatest movies of all time
"Dr. Strangelove".....a classic.

Bergman's "Seventh Seal", "Wild Strawberries" and although he dismissed it himself I loved "Smiles of a Summer's Night" (not American)

"Black Orpheus" (not American)

"Lavender Hill Mob" (not American)

Aside from "Schindler's List" most American films are flawed. In "Kane" I think Orson went over the top. "Gone With The Wind" was an overblown....well you know. "The Third Man" was Orson again over the top.

"King of Hearts" was a sleeper-charmer.

Olivier's "Hamlet" was commendable as was "Henry V"

Of the musicals, "Forty-Second Street", "Broadway Melody of 1940" because of the breathtaking dance combo of Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire.

Most book musicals just don't work for film because of the naturalistic medium. The only exception where the film version was better than the stage musical was "Cabaret". That's because the show wasn't great on Broadway. But not top 100.

Peter Brook's "King Lear" and "Mahabarata" were exceptional films though not American.

I thought that "Close Encounters" was a much better film than the "Star Wars" cartoons.

Many of the AFI's recommendations were weak. If you ever saw "West Side Story" with the original cast, the movie would be a let-down.

There is a strong Hollywood bias in the selections. We could nit-pick their selections but what would be the point?

Reflecting on many of the above choices, in some they display character inconsistencies,
continuity flaws and writing with holes in it.

"Breaker Morant" was an Aussie film, I believe.

"The Blue Angel" was an interesting film with Emil Jannings debuting Dietrich.

About twenty or so of the list seem to be accurate.