THE THIRD MAN

Earlier this week, BBC Culture released its lists of “The 100 greatest American films” from a poll of 62 international film critics. The results weren’t surprising — what was left off cause more discussion — with the usual suspects: Citizen Kane, Vertigo, The Godfather, The Searchers, 2001, etc. topping the list. While these lists are arbitrary for their ranking, they remain fascinating for their treatment of the time-honored notion of canon. Whether or not Citizen Kane is the greatest motion picture of all time is debatable,  but most agree that it is amongst of the greats. A pillar of cinema … Continue reading THE THIRD MAN

Born On This Day – December 30, 1906

“They’re all disappointments in the end. You only see the things you wish you had done. In the theatre you can take a play and then change it on tour or cut it down, but once you have finished a film and shown it, that’s it… No, I have no favourites.” “Following the picture through to the last detail is critical, terribly important. You know, not enough directors are willing to do this. They are too eager to run off and play in the south of France – they want their money fast and easy. As soon as shooting is … Continue reading Born On This Day – December 30, 1906

Born On This Day – December 30

“The most important purpose of the commercial film-maker is to produce entertainment which will draw the largest possible number of the paying public into the cinema, and keep them there. You could gather a large number of people together to gaze at a two-headed dog, especially if you had a man with a loud enough voice announcing it; but the number of times people can be induced to pay money to see the dog is strictly limited; the wise showman provides also a bearded lady and a living skeleton – all, be it emphasized, strictly genuine. The public may be … Continue reading Born On This Day – December 30