Tuesday, 29 July 2008

The 100 Best Films Of The World

The 100 Best Films Of The World
The 100 Best Films Of The World: A Journey Through A Century Of Motion-Picture History, was edited by Manfred Leier. (Leier is not named on the cover or spine, and the introduction is signed simply "The Editor", with Leier identified only on the copyright page.)

The book consists of 100 films, arranged "according to the film director's country of origin". Thus, for example, Psycho (made in Hollywood) is listed in the Europe section, because Alfred Hitchcock was born in England. Oddly, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest appears in the North America list despite Milos Forman being Czech by birth. There are two pages devoted to each of the 100 films, each film represented by plot synopses and glossy stills. The detailed synopses are too spoiler-ridden for those who have not yet seen the films and redundant for those who already have.

North America
  • Greed
  • The General
  • All Quiet On The Western Front
  • Gone With The Wind
  • The Grapes Of Wrath
  • Citizen Kane
  • Casablanca
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • High Noon
  • From Here To Eternity
  • On The Waterfront
  • Rebel Without A Cause
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ
  • Breakfast At Tiffany's
  • Easy Rider
  • The Godfather
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
  • Star Wars IV: A New Hope
  • Annie Hall
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • ET: The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Blade Runner
  • Out Of Africa
  • Pretty Woman
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Matrix
  • Lost In Translation
  • Titanic
  • Belle De Jour
  • All About My Mother
  • The Rules Of The Game
  • Children Of Paradise
  • The Wages Of Fear
  • M. Hulot's Holiday
  • Black Orpheus
  • Breathless
  • Last Year At Marienbad
  • Au Revoir Les Enfants
  • Amelie
  • La Strada
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Blow-Up
  • Once Upon A Time In The West
  • Death In Venice
  • Last Tango In Paris
  • Life Is Beautiful
  • Zorba The Greek
  • Yol
  • All Night Long
  • The Assault
  • Character
  • Metropolis
  • The Blue Angel
  • M
  • Ninotchka
  • The Tin Drum
  • The Marriage Of Maria Braun
  • Fitzcarraldo
  • Wings Of Desire
  • The Lacemaker
  • Closely Observed Trains
  • Kolya
  • The Shop On Main Street
  • Mephisto
  • Time Of The Gypsies
  • Ashes & Diamonds
  • Dance Of The Vampires
  • The Pianist
  • Names In Marble
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • The Cranes Are Flying
  • Andrei Rublev
  • Lights In The Dust
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Autumn Sonata
  • As It Is In Heaven
  • Babette's Feast
  • Breaking The Waves
  • City Lights
  • The Great Dictator
  • The Third Man
  • The Bridge On The River Kwai
  • Psycho
  • Lawrence Of Arabia
  • Goldfinger
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • Dr Zhivago
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Gandhi
  • The Wind Will Carry Us
  • Mother India
  • Monsoon Wedding
  • Rashomon
  • Seven Samurai
  • Raise The Red Lantern
  • Farewell My Concubine
  • The Piano
  • The Lord Of The Rings I-III
The list includes no examples of Neorealism or film noir, and no films by DW Griffith, Martin Scorsese, Howard Hawks, or Yasujiro Ozu. Note that Ben-Hur is the William Wyler remake and Titanic is the James Cameron version. Also, Some Like It Hot is the 1959 comic masterpiece, not the obscure 1939 comedy.

2 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

what about the carry on films surely they should be included?

The 100 best films will always be by nature debatable but no.1 must be "Ben Hur".


Matthew Hunt said...

Really, the Carry On films? I'm not so sure :-)