Thursday, 30 October 2008

100 All-Time Favorite Movies

100 All-Time Favorite Movies
Not my favourite films, 100 All-Time Favorite Movies is instead the title of a new book edited by Jurgen Muller. Published by Taschen in two volumes (1915-1959 and 1960-2000), it includes a chronological survey of 100 classic films. Being a Taschen book, its layout and photography are superb; the selection of films is impressive, too, with only two questionable entries (Fanfan The Tulip and Forrest Gump) and only one inexplicable omission (Singin' In The Rain).

Taschen's 100 All-Time Favorite Movies are as follows:
  • The Birth Of A Nation
  • Nosferatu
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Gold Rush
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • The General
  • Metropolis
  • The Blue Angel
  • Under The Roofs Of Paris
  • M
  • Duck Soup
  • King Kong
  • Modern Times
  • Grand Illusion
  • Gone With The Wind
  • Fantasia
  • Citizen Kane
  • To Be Or Not To Be
  • Casablanca
  • The Big Sleep
  • La Belle & La Bete
  • Notorious
  • The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • The Third Man
  • All About Eve
  • Rashomon
  • The Young & The Damned
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • The African Queen
  • High Noon
  • Fanfan The Tulip
  • The Wages Of Fear
  • Seven Samurai
  • La Strada
  • Rebel Without A Cause
  • The Night Of The Hunter
  • Giant
  • The Searchers
  • Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Vertigo
  • The 400 Blows
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ
  • La Dolce Vita
  • L'Avventura
  • Psycho
  • Breakfast At Tiffany's
  • Lawrence Of Arabia
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Dr Strangelove
  • Goldfinger
  • Dr Zhivago
  • Pierrot Le Fou
  • Andrei Rublev
  • Bonnie & Clyde
  • The Graduate
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Once Upon A Time In The West
  • Easy Rider
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Death In Venice
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Deliverance
  • Cabaret
  • The Godfather
  • The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie
  • A Woman Under The Influence
  • Chinatown
  • Jaws
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
  • Taxi Driver
  • Star Wars IV: A New Hope
  • Annie Hall
  • The Deer Hunter
  • The Tin Drum
  • Mad Max
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Raging Bull
  • Fitzcarraldo
  • Fanny & Alexander
  • Scarface
  • Blade Runner
  • The Fourth Man
  • Blue Velvet
  • Dead Ringers
  • The Silence Of The Lambs
  • Forrest Gump
  • Chungking Express
  • Pulp Fiction
  • LA Confidential
  • Face/Off
  • The Celebration
  • All About My Mother
  • American Beauty
  • Magnolia
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Note that Ben-Hur is the 1959 sound version rather than the 1925 silent version, and Scarface is the 1983 remake rather than the 1932 original. Also, Some Like It Hot is the 1959 comic masterpiece, not the obscure 1939 comedy. The oddest mistake: Psycho ends with a smirking skull, not a "smirking toilet seat" (page 440)!

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