Wednesday, January 17, 2007

So you want to make a list?

Terry Teachout posts his list of the 15 best sound films previous to the American new wave of the 1970s. Not being one to be shy with my opinion, I join the fray with a list of my own. Some are duplicated on Terry's, some are not.
In no particular order...
  • The Maltese Falcon

  • Citizen Kane

  • The Searchers

  • Out of the Past

  • Singin' in the Rain

  • Double Indemnity

  • Vertigo

  • The Wizard of Oz

  • The Philadelphia Story

  • Sullivan's Travels

  • Duck Soup

  • Casablanca

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood

  • It Happened One Night

  • Touch of Evil
Perhaps Terry can also give us his best of post-1970.

My top 5 would be

  • The Godfather

  • The Godfather part 2

  • Taxi Driver

  • Annie Hall

  • Chinatown
I also think it is interesting that given the criteria Terry defines of pre 70's, he nor I have much to say about the 1960s, in which there were some good movies, but not quite good enough to make my list. And equally, I could have doubled or tripled my list of post-1970 films without ever leaving that decade.

So not to let a good meme go bad, I toss this to pal George. What are your 15 faves befor 1970 and 5 faves after 1970?

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