nothing 2 film buffs like better than going down a list adding their 2 cents to all the entries, and see how it compares to the 2 cents of the other buff: here are my 2 cents on the AFI LIST
1 CITIZEN KANE (1941) Yes. (most who watch Kane have no idea what all the hoopla is about, most I've spoken to have never got passed the March Of Time sequence. Voyager Laser discs did not help the situation any when they released their deluxe version of Citizen Kane, with a healty price tag of $125.00. In the supplement, instead of doing an analitical break-down, like they did with Myron Meisel on their Orson Welles' Othello, they filmed 48 famous people saying, 'Wow, Kane is great.” Among them master-schlock, Roger Corman, asking, “What went wrong?” Also making an appearance is Welles' mortal enemy, a studio-suit saying, “Wow, great film.” One speaker quotes the film as being made in 1947. To understand Citizen Kane, to recognise and understand it's lofty position in every prestigeous film list around, there is only one man, one book for the job: David Bordwell's “Film Art”. This academic study of films is packed with everything you need to know about making, watching and understanding films.
2. CASABLANCA (1942) Yes, agree, but not at #2 spot.
3. GODFATHER, THE (1972) Should be #2.
4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) Yes, but not at #4.
5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) Yes. The Director's cut on Laser Disc, in LBX, is nothing short of stunning, a masterpiece.
6 . WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939) Yes, even with some shamelessly bad backdrops.
7. GRADUATE, THE (1967) No.
8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) Yes.
9. SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993) Yes. This film should be required viewing in all Humanities studies.
10. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952) Well, ok, Gene Kelly, all right (was he gay?).
11. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) Not sure, maybe.
12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950). Yes, yes, yes. But: Holden and the woman dating the wooden Jack Web, to portray romance, do sing-song dialogue while dancing little circles around each other, like a pair of idiots in a bad play! You wonder why? Why was this done? Then one day you find out the director, Billy Wilder, was gay. Then you say, well, ok, that's why. Billy Wilder's total inability to portray a man and a woman in courtship, almost doomed this film. However, he did get the mutant relationship between the young Holden and the old-bag Swanson right on the money.
13. BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, THE (1957) I didn't like it.
14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) No. Billy Wilder out of the closet and on a rampage.
16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) Maybe but probably not. 6 months later: watched it again, yes.
17. AFRICAN QUEEN, THE (1951) Yes! “You skinny, psalm singing hag!”
18. PSYCHO (1960) No.
19. CHINATOWN (1974) Great film but Top 100? No.
20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975) Yes.
21. GRAPES OF WRATH, THE (1940) Yes, Yes, Yes. Cinematographer Greg Toland's second best work after Citizen Kane.
22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) No. Allusions of the return of infancy? It also appears in the prestigious Sight and Sound lists that are compiled every decade, but I did't get it.
23. MALTESE FALCON, THE (1941). Loved it! Great! “I like talking to a man who likes to talk. Talking is not something a man can do well unless he does it judiciously. Now then, let's talk about the black bird.” Great stuff.
24. RAGING BULL (1980) Yes. Scorseses's tortured offering that he thought was going to finish his career.
25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) No.
26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
No. I think I'm one of the few in my crowd that was not knocked out by this film.
27. BONNIE & CLYDE (1967) Can't say till I see restored version. The version I saw seemed incomplete.
28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979) I don't think so. Missing a middle and an ending. But bitching film. See it in surround sound and feel the laws-rockets shooting past your head, whoosh, whoosh.
29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939) never saw it. 30. TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948) Yes. How Huston was able to shoot in the wilds of Mexico and make it look like a studio backlot, is beyond me, but the narrative works wonderfuly, despite Disney type music scoring.
31. ANNIE HALL (1977) No, no, no, what about “Star Dust Memories?”
32. GODFATHER PART II, THE (1974) Yes, however, in my book, Godfather and Godfather II share the #2 spot, right under Citizen Kane.
33. HIGH NOON (1952) No. Why not Kramer's INHERIT THE WIND?
34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) Yes.
35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) Never saw it.
36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969) Great.
37. BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE (1946) No.
38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) No. Fred Macmurray, I can't take it, it's Chip's dad.
39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965) No. Bad movie. Glaringly shameless backdrops.
40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) Yes, yes, yes, despite glaringly bad rear-projection.
41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961) NO.
42. REAR WINDOW (1954)
Yes. Best Hitchcock ever.
43. KING KONG (1933) Yes.
44. BIRTH OF A NATION, THE (1915) Yes.
45. STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, A (1951) Absolutley.
46. CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A (1971) Yes. Best Kubrik.
47. TAXI DRIVER (1976) Yes. Great. Along with Treasure Of Sierra Madre, one of the best screenplays I've ever read.
48. JAWS (1975) I guess.
49. SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937) Yes.
50. BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) No, no, no! Never! Beat me to death and I'll still saw “Never!” That scene with the bicycle, “Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head!” Right in the dumper!