For those of us, like myself, who have not been keeping up with the activities of Turner Classic Movies, they have just fielded a beta version of "The TCM Classic Movie Union." The Union invites members to pick their favorite films from a library touted at over 150,000 features. One is encouraged to plunge in, select favorite movies and favorite film artists, make comments, join blogs or clubs, post videos and photos.
Of course, I was anxious to carry out "a little target practice" for Baesen, French and others here, and so I went right to the Favorite Movies. I was not terribly surprised to find Number One (so far) to be THE WIZARD OF OZ, and Number Two, CASABLANCA. I approved BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID and TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD (I guess) being Four and Five -- less so, EACH DAWN I DIE taking Number Six -- but DOUBLE INDEMNITY rounded out the first Seven.
But I bet you can't guess what is Number Three, way ahead of most of the first thousand.
CITIZEN KANE, it's true, IS the first film directed by Orson Welles listed, but it is way down near 60, somewhere behind THE THIRD MAN.
[THE STRANGER is the next Welles' film, down about 155. Larry French will be heartbroken to know that I had to fish, with some difficulty, FALSTAFF from where it has been thrown with FOUR other films of the same title, in order to give it a "First Fan."]
I've just spent a couple of hours becoming the "First Fan" of a surprising group of distinguished films, which means that many of them are a couple of thousand down on the list.
Now, true, it is only a popularity test, but my guess is that those tapped, or only coming across "The TCM Classic Film Union," are far ahead of the average filmgoer in terms of knowledge and understanding of film quality and history.
And people do seem to be flocking to the new Site by the dozens, maybe the hundreds. Wellesnetters better get on down, sign up, and exercise their good taste, so that more "sleepers" like Number Three on the list don't come dominate the First 100!
The Site does seem a bit . . . I guess "wonky" is the term -- but it does also appear to be quite responsive, with film titles sometimes shifting in rank as one works on the list. [Just making a final check, I notice that DOUBLE INDEMNITY has climbed back into Fifth Place, and photos of Welles have been added within the last twenty minutes.]
Here's the URL: http://fan.tcm.com/service/searchEveryt ... s=filmpage