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 – May 6, 1915

“I liked the cinema better before I began to do it. Now I can’t stop myself from hearing the clappers at the beginning of each shot. All the magic is destroyed.” “A poet needs a pen, a painter a brush, and a director an army.” “I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.” –Orson Welles Continue reading Born On This Day – May 6, 1915

In Their Words – Monday, May 6, 2013

“You see, I had the best contract anybody had for Kane. Nobody comes on the set. Nobody gets to look at the rushes. Nothing! You just make the picture and that’s it. If I hadn’t had that contract, they would have stopped me at the beginning just by the nature of the script. But it was such conditions! I’ve never had anything remotely equal to that contract since. So it isn’t just the success. What spoiled me is having had the joy of kind of liberty once in my life and never having been able to enjoy it again.” –Orson Welles   Continue reading In Their Words – Monday, May 6, 2013