Saturday, April 22, 2006

Only One Film Remains

Below, I have cut and pasted Roger Ebert's "101 Movies You Must See Before You Die" list.

As of now, there's only one I haven't seen. I really need to set that straight, or else something as trivial as Roger Ebert's idea of what makes essential viewing is going to keep niggling at me.

2001: A Space Odyssey
The 400 Blows
8 1/2
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Alien
All About Eve
Annie Hall
Bambi
Battleship Potemkin
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Big Red One
The Bicycle Thief
The Big Sleep
Blade Runner
Blowup
Blue Velvet
Bonnie and Clyde
Breathless
Bringing Up Baby
Carrie
Casablanca
Un Chien Andalou
Children of Paradise
Chinatown
Citizen Kane
A Clockwork Orange
The Crying Game
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Days of Heaven
Dirty Harry
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Do the Right Thing
La Dolce Vita
Double Indemnity
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Duck Soup
ET The Extra-Terrestrial
Easy Rider
The Empire Strikes Back
The Exorcist
Fargo
Fight Club
Frankenstein
The General
The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II
Gone With the Wind
GoodFellas
The Graduate
Halloween
A Hard Day's Night
Intolerance
It's A Gift
It's a Wonderful Life
Jaws
The Lady Eve
Lawrence of Arabia
M
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
The Maltese Falcon
The Manchurian Candidate
Metropolis
Modern Times
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Nashville
The Night of the Hunter
Night of the Living Dead
North by Northwest
Nosferatu
On the Waterfront
Once Upon a Time in the West
Out of the Past/Build My Gallows High
Persona
Pink Flamingos
Psycho
Pulp Fiction
Rashomon
Rear Window
Rebel Without a Cause
Red River
Repulsion
Rules of the Game
Scarface
The Scarlet Empress
Schindler's List
The Searchers
The Seven Samurai
Singin' in the Rain
Some Like It Hot
A Star Is Born
A Streetcar Named Desire
Sunset Boulevard
Taxi Driver
The Third Man
Tokyo Story
Touch of Evil
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Trouble in Paradise
Vertigo
West Side Story
The Wild Bunch
The Wizard of Oz

The one I didn't see? It's a Gift. Its the last of three W.C. Fields comedies directed by Norman McLeod, and is widely regarded to be one of the finest comedy films ever made. Somehow, I just never caught it.

I'm going to polish up my list of 38 and post it in the coming days. 38 films that I do, sincerely, believe everyone would appreciate watching, in one way or another.

And it won't have Schindler's List, Goodfellas or Fight Club on it, I can promise you that.

1 comment:

Rich Johnston said...

But it will have Brazil on it.

Probably all four cuts.